Pohnpei Swimming Club represents FSM in Saipan

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By Susan Kihleng
Saipan—Four swimmers from the Pohnpei Swimming Club represented Pohnpei and the FSM at the Saipan International Swim Meet March 17-19. The three days of competition at the Kan Pacific Pool in Marpi, Saipan gave our swimmers an excellent opportunity to showcase their skills among some of the best swimmers in the region. The first day of competition resulted in a 1st place finish for 16 year old Kaleo Kihleng in the Men’s 200 Meter Backstroke, 2nd place finish for 11 year old Nicole Adams in the Girls 200 Meter Breaststroke, and a 3rd place finish for 11 year old Kyler Kihleng in the Boys 200 Meter Backstroke. The team finished out the day with a 3rd place finish in the Mixed 200 Meter Freestyle Relay.
Friday was another day of stiff competition and saw our team start out the day with a 4th place finish for Kestra Kihleng and 6th place finish for Nicole Adams in the Girls 100 Meter Freestyle, 6th place for Kyler Kihleng in the Boys 100 Meter Freestyle, and 3rd place for Kaleo Kihleng in the Mens 100 Meter Freestyle races. Friday’s session finished out with Nicole Adams placing 6th in the Girls 50 Meter Backstroke, Kyler Kihleng placing 4th in the Boys 50 Meter Backstroke, Kestra and Nicole placing 2nd and 3rd in the Girls 100 Meter Butterfly, and Kaleo Kihleng placing 2nd in the Mens 100 Meter Butterfly. The team enjoyed a second place finish in the Mixed 200 Meter Medley Relay.
Saturday was a full day of competition, starting early in the morning and lasting well into the evening. In spite of fatigue and some minor illnesses, the Pohnpei swimmers pulled through with some great races, finishing in the top 6 in every event they entered. Kestra Kihleng and Nicole Adams finished 2nd and 4th in the Girls 100 Meter Breaststroke, 2nd and 6th in the Girls 50 Meter Butterfly, 2nd and 5th in the Girls 50 Meter Breaststroke, and 3rd and 5th in the Girls 50 Meter Freestyle. Kestra also came in 2nd in the Girls 200 Meter Individual Medley. Kyler Kihleng placed 3rd in the Boys 100 Meter Breaststroke, 6th in the Boys 50 Meter Breaststroke, 3rd in the Boys 100 Meter Backstroke, and 5th in the Boys 50 Meter Freestyle. Kaleo Kihleng finished 1st in the Mens 50 Meter Butterfly, 2nd in the 200 Meter Freestyle, 2nd in the 200 Meter Individual Medley, and 3rd in the Mens 50 Meter Freestyle.
Along with the many ribbons the team brought home was a high-point trophy, awarded to 12 year old Kestra Kihleng as she tied for third place in the overall points earned in her age division.
Swimmers were also able to tour some of the sites of the island during the five days they were in Saipan. They also enjoyed the island’s famous Night Market where the local entertainment performed a Pohnpeian song in honor of the team from Pohnpei.
The team returned from Saipan in high spirits and looks forward to representing Pohnpei in future competitions.

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Annual Rotary Club of Pohnpei Fun Run

It was a rainy day on March 12, 2016, when the Annual Rotary Club Fun Run took place.
In fact it is always a rainy day. It has rained for the last seven consecutive years, without fail. We moved the run to St. Patrick’s Day to avoid a rainy February. This year, we are in the middle of a drought, with water rationing going on and it still rained. Still this is Pohnpei, so we are all tough and used to the rain.
The Run took place as scheduled with about 100 brave and hardy souls out to compete against the elements. Some people were almost blown into the lagoon on the causeway, when the wind picked up, but all of the competitors returned safely.
The winners of the various divisions are as follows:
Overall Winner
(M) Drew Jack 19:26
(F) Reloliza Saimon 24.:46
Master Division (50+)
(M) T homas Nilsson 2 6 : 4 9
(F) Paula Nilsson 28:39
18 and Under
(M) MJ Ioanis 19:33
(F) Sulani David 32:44
12 and Under
(M) Kyler Kihleng 34:17
(F) Khloe Boylston 1:24:15
Each of the winners received a trophy provided by the FSM NOC.
However, all of the participants are winners. The top 10 finishers received cups and hats from Moylan’s Insurance. The event drew a lot of youth, so that is very important.
No run or event is possible without our sponsors and helpers. We want to thank Ambros, Inc. (Guam) for providing the run t-shirts; Palm Terrace Shopping Centre, for the venue and donations; FSM NOC for supplying the trophies and organizing the run; Pohnpei Ace Hardware; Moylan’s Insurance; Pohnpei State Police Department; Kolonia Town Police, Nett Municipal Police; Drops of Life, Island Food Community; INS and the Kaselehlie Press. Our sponsors were great and so many people helped out that the run came off without a hitch.
The Rotary Club of Pohnpei organizes this run each year as a fundraiser. It is to raise money for Rotary Club projects. Last year the Club awarded $11,300.00 in scholarships to FSM College students. The Club also donated to help finish the playground at the Pohnpei Public Library, built toilets at a Sokehs Community Center, and recently just completed a major project to put solar panels on the Sapwalap Elementary School. These are just a few of the projects your Rotary Club is involved in. Your money is being put to good use, and we are happy the fundraiser was a success.
Thanks to all of the participants who took the time to exercise in the rain (once again). Many thanks to our sponsors and all of those who helped out, including all the Rotarians. See you next year, (bring an umbrella).

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Pohnpei Tennis Club junior members square off for Saipan championship

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TJ Rush Apis - 18 JAN 2016
This week Pohnpei Tennis Club hosted a successful qualifying tournament where junior tennis players from Pohnpei and Kosrae battled it out on the court to see who will fly the FSM flag in the North Pacific Regional Championship to be held in Saipan in June 2016.
The qualifying event in Pohnpei started off with a high note where Kosrae's number 1 seed JR notched his first win against Deavin Etscheit of Pohnpei 6-0, 6-1. JR went on winning all his matches and was crowned the 12 and under champion. Jones of Kosrae settled with second place beating Deavin 6-4, 6-1, JT 6-0, 6-1, Nathan 6-0,6-0,
Jeremiah 6-0, 6-0, Israel 6-0, 6-0, and Kigo 6-1, 6-1. Deavyn placed at number 3 and Kigo placed at number 4 after making a few upsets being the number 8 in the tournament.
In the 14 and under girls, Anne Skilling of Kosrae stunned number 1 seeded Isabel of Pohnpei creating the biggest upset of the tournament. Isabel went down to Anne losing the first set 6-2, she pushed herself to grab the second set but Anne proved too strong and quick taking the final set in a super tiebreaker 10-4.
In the 16 and under boys category, Joab Williams of Kosrae took out 1st place while his fellow teammate Sterkis Abraham settle for runner up. Andrea Perillo of Pohnpei took out 3rd beating Weston of Kosrae. The 16 and under girls had only 2 competitors, sunshine Palik from Pohnpei and Chriselda of Kosrae. Sunshine went on to take the win 6-0, 6-2.

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FSM Little Leaguers once again compete in Okinawa, Japan

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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
February 24, 2016
FSM—The FSM Little League team from Pohnpei once again performed admirably at the 2016 Asia Children’s Baseball Tournament in Onna Village and Uruma City, Okinawa, Japan. The tournament was hosted by Nippon Travel Agency, Uruma City, and the Okinawa Prefectural Government.
Last year the team competed only in non-tournament friendship games but this year they took part as full participants competing against teams from Okinawa, Kyushu, and Pohnpei. They did not win either of their two full tournament games but the scores were quite tight. They lost 4 to nothing to the Shimajari, Okinawa team. They also lost 4 to 3 to the Okinawa Diamond team but later beat that same team 5 to 1 in a friendly game.
The team was given a star’s welcome by the “Okinawa – Ponape Friendly Association”.
Because of their participation this year, the team was invited to compete again in March of 2017. During that competition there will be teams from Singapore, Russia, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Okinawa.
The FSM Amateur Baseball Association which was formerly known as the FSM Junior Baseball Association has already begun to prepare for the 2017 trip to Okinawa and is accepting new applications for FSM players now.
The members of the team that participated this year were:
Keanu Dwayne Edgar, Trevor Cameron Gallen, Johnwen Loyola, Christopher Jadwick, Adalpret Jovany Semens, Eneriko Doneven Pablo, Lane Loyola, Julio John Villazon, and Leorenzo Ernest. The Coach was Kazuhiro Fujita.
Numerous generous donors contributed substantially to help make the trip possible for the Pohnpei team including Micronesia Registration Advisors, FSM Line, Mr. Takahashi, Ocean Care Company, Black Sand Store, Kaselehlie Diner, Pohnpei Elemi Outlet, Genesis Pharmacy, Micronesia Insurance, Ray and Dors, Best Buy, Caroline Fisheries Corporation, and Taiyo –Pohnpei Corporation.
Merria and Swyther Clark, a Pohnpeian family living in Okinawa welcomed the players during visit with open arms and helped them while they were there.

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Will Stinnett signs contract to play professional basketball

 

basketballWill Stinnett, son of Bill & Kiki Stinnett signed a contract to play professional basketball with the Hawks Bay team in Napier, New Zealand, on his 30th birthday. He says it was a great birthday present and a dream come true.
His dream of playing pro ball started while attending Father Duenas High School where he played 4 years of varsity basketball helping the Friars win two Island Championships and along the way earned CO-MVP of the Championship Game his sophomore year, All Island 1st Team his junior year, and All Island MVP his senior year.
While still in high school he also played basketball with the Island Dragons in an outside league and with the Guam Jr. National Team. He attended basketball camps at Duke University in Durham, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and a 5 Star basketball camp in Pennsylvania. By 18 years of age he was a member of the Guam National Men’s Basketball Team and graduated from Adamson University in the Philippines on a basketball scholarship.
Willie’s first big basketball tournament was at age 15 when he played for Chuuk State in the Micronesian Games in Pohnpei. Since then he has played in basketball tournaments in Palau, Saipan, the Philippines, Samoa, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, China, Australia and New Zealand, and most recently in Papua New Guinea at the XV South Pacific Games where, as Team Captain and playing point guard, Team Guam won the SPG Gold Medal.
It was at the 2015 South Pacific Games that he attracted the attention of a number of Pro Basketball Teams from New Zealand who contacted him and the Team Guam coach, E.J. Calvo, about the possibility of playing pro ball in New Zealand. That led to Willie and 3 of his Team Guam teammates entering a FIBA 3 on 3 tournament in Australia where they earned the Bronze medal behind Australia and New Zealand. After that tournament they travelled to a number of cities in New Zealand and worked out with various teams and eventually Willie and teammate Joe Blas were offered contracts to play with the Hawks Bay team in Napier, New Zealand.
Willie has been recognized by the Guam Legislature for his community service work with youth and the Chuukese community in Guam – most notably organizing the Matson sponsored Chuukese Basketball League consisting of 12 teams that took place in Yigo. He worked for the Guam Court as the Chuukese Interpreter and Alternate Sentencing Officer for the past 2 ½ years and just recently resigned to take advantage of this pro basketball opportunity.
He has to be in New Zealand before the end of January and his most immediate goal is to help his new team reach the Championship playoffs this year and along the way attract attention of an Australian Team that could put him in a more competitive pro basketball environment and from there . . . who knows. His longer term goal is to return to Chuuk and help the family operate their full service hotel and dive center and at the same time, work with youth, the local community, help organize sports programs and promote facilities development to enhance athletic activities in the State.
In preparation for his new life, he’s spending time in Chuuk with his young family and then travels to San Diego to visit family and friends there and expects to return to Guam around the second week in January 2016, then pack up for the big move south.

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Pohnpei Sports Update

By Ryan Eliwise
Pohnpei Sport Office
On January 13, 2016, the 2015 Nutrena Tournament has concluded its championship games at the Pohnpei State Softball field located in Kolonia Town. The games started at 5:30 and ended at 8:30 in the evening. The Nutrena Tournament has become part of Pohnpei Sport Calendar of Activities and always sponsored by the supplier of Nutrena feeds for Pohnpei. The Co-Sponsors of the tournament are Seven Stars Store and Pohnpei Sports Office.
Participating teams for this year’s tournament are the followings:
- Team Ekis Ekis
- Team Me Mehn Kana
- Team Pohnpei ACE Hardware
- Team Nett
- Team P4
- Team LP Gas
- Team NinSei
The championship rivalry was held between the top two teams selected from the round robin, between Team Net and Team LP Gas. Both Games of the night ended with a ten difference regulation (10 points difference) causing the lights at the field to shut off early. Even with the early lights out, spectators and everyone enjoyed watching the games under the excellent weather of the night.
Awards were given out in cash to the following top three teams:
1st Place Team LP Gas $500.00
2nd Place Team Nett $300.00
3rd Place Team Ekis Ekis $100.00

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