Pohnpei athletes return home to heroes’ welcomes

 MG 1276By Bill Jaynes

The Kaselehlie Press

August 3, 2018

Pohnpei—Pohnpei’s athletes who participated in the Micronesian Games in Yap received heroes’ welcomes as they returned.  Hundreds of people carrying banners and cheering wildly welcomed the athletes as they arrived at the airport, and then followed them through town in happy cheering motorcades.

After the last of the athletes arrived today, all of the athletes paraded through town to the government complex where the State sponsored a huge party for them.

The Pohnpei athletes performed very well at the games.  Though in terms of gold medals they came in fourth place with a total of 18, they tied with Palau for first place in terms of total medals earned with 70.  33 of those medals were silver medals and 19 were bronze. MG 1317

Palau won the games with a total of 32 gold medals.  The Republic of Marshall Islands was tied with Guam with 29 gold medals each but RMI had 17 silver medals while Guam had 12, putting RMI in second place.

CNMI was in fifth place with nine gold medals, followed by Yap with five.  Chuuk also earned five gold medals.  Kirabati and Nauru each had two gold medals.  While Kosrae did not earn any gold medals they did earn a total of 14 medals, four of which were silver.

In athletics competitions, Pohnpei’s athletes brought home three gold medals, eight silver medals and seven bronze medals. 

Pohnpei’s baseballers brought home gold, the first time for a Pohnpei team to medal in a very long time. 

Pohnpei’s basketball team came home with bronze medals. 

 MG 1297Pohnpei men brought home gold and bronze medals for Micronesian All Around.  Pohnpei women brought home gold and silver in the event.

Kestra Aileen Kihleng brought home a very respectable bronze medal for the 2.5 km open water swimming event.  It was not only Kihleng’s second ever open water swimming event but also only her second long distance swim competition of any kind.  She also came in at a respectable fourth place in the 5K open water swim.

Defending soccer champions, Pohnpei again brought home the gold.

Taylor Paul won a bronze medal for individual spear fishing and Pohnpei’s spearfishing team brought home silver.

 In table tennis the men’s team brought silver. Men’s doubles also earned silver, and John Thomsin brought bronze in singles.

Pohnpei women brought silver in Va’a while the men brought bronze.

Pohnpei’s weightlifters and wrestlers brought home an impressive number of medals in a variety of event.  Weightlifters brought home four gold medals, 10 silver medals, and two bronze.  Wrestlers brought home seven gold medals, 11 silver medals, and three bronze.

Complete results for the Micro Games can be found at http://websites.sportstg.com/medal.cgi?mt=28&pID=1 .

The next Micro Games will be in RMI in 2022.

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17 boats participate in LP Gas and 7 Stars fishing tournament

17 boats participate in LP Gas and 7 Stars fishing tournament

Pohnpei Fishing Club

 MG 0986Pohnpei—17 boats registered and participated in the LP Gas – 7 Stars fishing tournament on Saturday, September 7, 2018. The fishing conditions were difficult on the day of the tournament but several anglers still managed to coax some fish out of hiding.

We want to thank the sponsors: LP Gas/7 Stars and their related businesses, Lefty’s, 7 Stars Inn and Restaurant, Hot Plate and 7 Stars Store.

The format of the tournament was big fish. There were lots of prizes including a $1,000.00 grand prize. All prizes were in cash.

Congratulations to the winners below:

Biggest Fish

  1. 1. $ 1,000 - 29lb Mahi Mahi - Steincia Hawley MG 0917
  2. 2. $ 700 - 23lb Yellowfin - Stephanie Spencer
  3. 3. $ 500 - 21lb Yellowfin - Welber David
  4. 4. $ 400 - 20.5lb Yellowfin - Ivan Hedson
  5. 5. $ 300 - 19.5lb Wahoo - Walden Weilbacher
  6. 6. $ 200 - 16.5lb Barracuda - Mary Tretnoff

Lady Angler

  1. 1. $200 - 10lb Wahoo - Marcella Hawley

Junior Angler

  1. 1. $ 100 - 11lb Wahoo - Daunte Peterson
  2. 2. $ 75 - 5.5lb Barracuda - Stephanie Spencer

 MG 0934Largest of Species - $175 each

Yellowfin - 15.5lb Emerald Eperiam

Skipjack - 14.5lb Marlino Mihkel

Wahoo - 16.5lb Damian Saick

Barracuda - 12.5lb Patterson Lawrence

No one won the marlin jackpot. It is now $4,300.00 for a marlin over 450 pounds.

There was a wide distribution of prizes among the boats. Congratulations to Steincia Hawley for landing the biggest fish of the day and winning the $1,000.00 grand prize. The prizes were distributed in the way they were because each fish could only receive one prize.

We also want to thank all the people who helped out: Bill Pendergraft, Tina Albert, Kumer Panuelo’s guys, and everyone on the dock.

 MG 0939Elementary school aged girls Jasmine and Lia Daunakamakama, and Beulah Tamani sang to their own ukulele and guitar accompaniment with voices well beyond their years and a repertoire to match, stunning all who heard them at the weigh in for the tournament. During breaks, Chris Johnson also spun some great recorded music.

We also had a barbecue to support the Pohnpei Public Library.

Once again thanks to our sponsors, LP Gas and 7 Stars.

Our next tourney is the annual kid’s tourney, set for July 28 and sponsored by Ace Hardware. Get your kids ready for some fishing action.

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Pohnpei Sports Commission taking applications for coaches

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
October 20, 2017
Pohnpei—The Pohnpei Sports Commission is currently seeking coaches to help Pohnpei athletes to prepare for the 9th Micronesian Games that will be held in Yap in July of 2018. The Committee will take applications beginning on October 30 and finishing on November 30.
They are looking for coaches for Athletics, Baseball, Basketball, Canoeing, Football, Micro All Around, Open Ocean Swimming, Spear Fishing, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.
The committee can reached by email at pohnpeisports@hotmail.com or by phone at 320-6278.

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9th Micro Games in progress in Yap

OnlineBy Bill Jaynes

The Kaselehlie Press

July 20, 2018

FSM—At near the halfway point of the 2018 Micro Games in Yap, Guam is the gold medal leader with 26 medals, followed by Palau with 21, Pohnpei with nine, and Yap with 5.  Guam athletes have been awarded a total of 50 medals, followed by Pohnpei with 40.  Pohnpei has 20 silver medals and 11 bronze.  Palau has the third highest number of medals with 36, seven of which are silver and 8 bronze.  Home team Yap has won the fourth largest number of medals with 26, 8 of which are silver and 13 bronze.

Though the discovery of a highly contagious and debilitating rotavirus was made just before the games began, and logistical problems due to the arrest of the “Forever Lucky” threatened to derail the games, they seem to be running reasonably smoothly.  The typically friendly residents of Yap have been reminded to “WAVE”, meaning to “Welcome All Visitors Enthusiastically”.  People in Yap don’t really need that kind of reminder but they have shown their hospitality and friendliness by opening their homes to visitors who had no place to go when the “Forever Lucky” failed to arrive as planned.

37279891 10155335566836780 7092483996457631744 oThe games began with a spectacular opening ceremony with the entrance of the athletes and speeches followed by a truly stunning fireworks display, the first that many people at the games had ever seen and certainly the first in Yap.

Perhaps the darling of the games is Jonah Harris of Nauru.  His is truly a Cinderella story.  Before the games began Nauru announced that it was pulling out of the games because it couldn’t afford to travel.  But it didn’t stop one of their athletes, Jonah Harris from finding his own way to Yap and dominating in every Athletics meet he participated in.  By himself, Harris won two gold medals, two silver and one bronze medal.

In the Men’s 100 meter race Harris won a gold medal with a time of 11.07 seconds.  He jumped 6.33 meters for a gold medal in the long jump.  His time of 22.22 seconds in the 200 meter race earned him a silver medal.  His high jump of 1.85 meters earned him another silver medal.  His only bronze was in the triple jump with a distance of 12.09 meters.

The Micro Games was supposed to have been live streamed on the Micro Games official webpage but they were never able to get that service up and running.

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“Women in Sports Leadership” takes center stage in Yap with 2018 MicroGames ahead

micro gamesColonia, Yap. The 2018 MicroGames Organizing Committee has announced a series of Women in Sports Leadership presentations that will take place October 8 - 14, 2017 in schools and communities throughout Yap to provide information and encourage women and girls to get involved in sports and sports management.
Jennifer Chieng, the first female Olympic boxer to represent FSM at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 and gold medalist at the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua, New Guinea, and Baklai Temengil, Secretary General of the Palau National Olympic Committee Board and the first woman Vice President for the Oceania National Olympic Committee, will meet with local high school and college students, the Yap Women’s Association and other community-based women’s and youth associations during their stay.
“We are very excited and honored to welcome Secretary General Temengil and to have our native daughter, Jennifer, back home in Yap for this important event,” states Dee Libian, event organizer and member of the 2018 MicroGames Organizing Committee. “We encourage our youth to get involved in sport for the lifelong health benefits, and these two extraordinary, accomplished women are a great inspiration. From their own experiences, they will show women and girls how they can extend their interest in sports to include management and leadership.”
Funding has been provided by the FSM National Olympic Committee. For more information, contact the 2018 MicroGames office at 2018microgames@gmail.com.

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Vital and Nauru Airlines tournament attracts record number of anglers

 MG 0442 EditBy Pohnpei Fishing Club

June 9, 2018

Pohnpei—The Vital Fishing Tournament, co-sponsored by Nauru Airlines attracted a record number of boats for any Pohnpei Fishing Tournament in its 25 years of existence.  46 boat owners and their crews signed up for the tournament during which many big fish were landed including four qualifying marlin.  Eleven Yellow Fin tuna, all over 60 pounds placed for prizes in the tournament.

Vital’s (Micronesia Petroleum Corporation) fuel vouchers for all participating boats and the possibility of scoring round trip tickets on Nauru Airlines were the big draws for anglers.  Colorful fluorescent yellow Vital T-Shirts provided to each angler were added draws.

In the “Big Fish” category, Mary Tretnoff scored a huge marlin at 329 pounds and took the top prize of a round trip ticket on Nauru Airlines and $200 in fuel vouchers from Vital.

Shambhu Prasad also landed a good sized marlin at 178.5 pounds.  That catch earned him the second place prize of a round trip ticket on Nauru Airlines and $100 in fuel vouchers from Vital. MG 0355

Third place in the big fish category again went to Mary Tretnoff with another marlin of 171 pounds.  She earned another $240 fuel voucher for that catch.

Rodney Phillip earned a $220 fuel voucher for his fourth place catch of a 110.5 pound marlin.

Hilarko David won the fifth place prize of a $200 fuel voucher for his monster 92 pound yellowfin tuna. tuna.

Daunte Peterson was just behind scoring a $180 fuel voucher for a 91 pound yellowfin tuna.

Mary Tretnoff also took seventh and 9thth places for 87 pound and 81 pound yellowfin tunas.  She took home $160 and $120 fuel vouchers for those catches.

In between, at eighth place Westcott Panuelo won a $140 fuel voucher for his 86 pound yellowfin tuna.

Oliver Hawley caught the 10th biggest fish, a 76.5 pound yellowfin tuna for a prize of a $100 fuel voucher.

The top two lady angler prizes for fish that had not been awarded another prize went to Mary Tretnoff for yet another large yellowfin tuna at 72 pounds.  She earned a $100 fuel voucher for that catch. The second place lady angler prize of a $40 fuel voucher went to Gina Becker for a 68 pound yellowfin tuna.

 MG 0200Falcam Hadley and Isaiah Hawley won the top two junior angler prizes of $100 and $40 fuel vouchers for their catches of a 64.5 pound yellowfin tuna and a 29.5 pound barracuda.

Prizes were also awarded for the biggest fish caught of each species that had not won a prize in another category.  First and second place prizes were $100 and $40 fuel vouchers.

Snyther Biza caught and 18 pound skipjack tuna for first place.  Second place was a tie between Samuel Thomas and Nick Gilmete who each caught 17.5 pound examples of the species.

Trumaine Penias landed a 74.5 pound yellowfin tuna for first place of the species.  Mary Tretnoff scored yet another prize for her second place winning 67.5 pound yellowfin tuna.

Jojo Hentrick caught the only mahi mahi of the day at 32.5 pounds for first place.

Thomas Inatos’ 25.5 pound wahoo earned him first prize followed by Konrad Englberger with a 23.5 pound fish. MG 0360

True to form, Konrad Englberger landed the largest barracuda at 34.5 pounds for first place.  Second place went to partner and boat mate Esperanza Guiuan with a 23.5 pound barracuda.

The biggest giant trevally was landed by Rodney Phillip, a seven pound fish.  Berno Hedson’s six pound grand trevally earned her second place in the category.

The weigh in and awards ceremony was a lot of fun.  Vital put on food and beer for all the anglers.  Additionally they were rocked by the sounds from Chris Johnson who served as DJ.  It was a great event.

Every boat that registered and attended the weigh in and awards, also received free gas from Vital.  That made for a lot of really happy fishermen.

We want to thank all the staff of Vital who helped out, along with the all of the regular Fishing Club helpers, Tina, Praise, Bill, Cel, Paul and Ansper, along with all of Kumer’s guys.

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Team FSM to compete in 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan

turkmenistanBy Jim Tobin
FSM National Olympic Committee
The Federated States of Micronesia will now be sending 11 athletes to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan to compete in the2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. The FSM will be competing in Wrestling, Swimming and Athletics (Track and Field). Ashgabat 2017 games are from September 17-27, 2017.
The FSM sports delegation, attending the Ashgabat 2017, will include 5 wrestlers (Dukay Tairuwepiy, Richard Nakasone, Thomas Wichlibuch Jr, Myron Damian and Ryan Ifamilik), 4 swimmers (Dionisio Augustine II, Kaleo Kihleng, Jourdyn Adams and Taeyanna Adams) and 2 runners/sprinters (Estanis Ikelap Jr and Alvin Martin). The coaches are Larry Uwelar (Wrestling) Sweeter Daniel (Swimming) and Rendy Germinaro (Athletics). The FSM Chef de Mission is Ted Rutun. Welbert (Donnie) Samuel will be an administrative staff. The FSM delegation will be led by Berney Martin. Jim Tobin, FSMNOC Secretary General will not attend but will be traveling to Yap to assist with the planning and organization of the 2018 Micronesian Games.
Over 2,000 athletes from all over the Asia and Oceania regions will participate in 21 sports in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. The majority of TEAM FSM will depart the Pohnpei on September 11 and arrive in Turkmenistan in September 13. The Opening Ceremony will be held at 7:00pm, September 17. Dionisio Augustine II will be the FSM flag bearer. TEAM FSM will return on October 02.
This will be the first Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games that the FSM has participated in. The FSM National Olympic Committee has been a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1998. The IOC had recommended that the small Pacific countries, like the FSM, that participate in the Olympic Games, compete in more regional competitions to try to improve the results of the FSM Olympic athletes.
The FSMNOC received funding support from Asia National Olympic Committees, Turkmenistan National Olympic Committee and International Olympic Committee grants for the costs of economy airfares, Ashgabat accommodation, uniforms, insurance and travel stipends for all TEAM FSM members.

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