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Record, Reporter Wednesday, Jan, 10, 2001 1 I Lro~ Chris Pre- sh.:t, boys basket- week in compete in a and enjoy attractions. Photo submitted t 5Mb, b (A ]Jlf3 lets one fly at in Hawaii. award. Photo submitted the Kon'uu High School JV Hol- Bentz earned the Keoki Ahuna I BY l .almon Mmmw E tof The Greenville High School boys basketball teams, along with parents and spectators, traveled to Hawaii for a week, Dec. 13-21, to play in a tourna. ment and enjoy island attrac- tions. The players' days were filled with snorkeling, surfing and visiting tourist spots, and then they played basketball in the evenings. "We had a lot of fun over there," said coach John Hol- land. "I was pleased with what we did. It was a unique experi- ence." The varsity team competed in the Big Island Candles Holi- day Prep Classic Tournament, co-sponsored by Hilo High School. The tournament was held at Hilo Civic Center, where the University of Hawaii plays. Eight schools participated in the tournament, with Greenville being the only team not from Hawaii. All the teams Greenville played were Divi. sion I schools, with enroll. ments of 1,200 plus. Greenville went 0-3 in the II tournament but presented good competition, losing its second game by two points and Photo submitted its third game by five points. Greenville's NMhamlel Bond gets well above a defender Nathaniel Bond was one of on- for a Jump shot at the Big Island Candioa Holiday Prop ly five players to receive an Clemdc Tournament In Hawaii. Bond was mimed to the All- All-Tournament selection. Tournament team. The junior varsity team played in the Kea'au High State Park. There they swam and show. The group also got School JV Holiday Tourna- with sea turtles, tuna, and more opportunities for snor- ment. Greenville won its first brightly-colored fish. The next keling and surfing. two games before losing the day, lava tubes and rain The entire trip was primari- championship match. Trevor forests were explored, and ly financed by two years of Bentz was awarded the Keokl more swimming and surfingfundraising. Players and par- Ahuna Most Inspirational was done. Following theseents contributed lots of time award, which is the equivalent busy days, the teams played and energy to raise the money of the tournament's Most Valu- their games in the evenings, necessary to go. able Player. Then on Saturday, the group "Greenville High School and Then Greenville's varsity took a bus tour of Walkiea vol- the players would like to thank team and JV team each played cano and Rainbow Falls, and all the peoplc who helped sup- a final game in Honolulu were entertained by legends port Hawaii 2000," said Hol- against Assets High School, and stories about Hawaii. The land. and both teams won. final games of the basketball Greenville's boys basketball A total of 54 people from tournaments were that night, teams are strongly considering Greenville went on the trip. Sunday was a free day, and going to Alaska next year, but They stayed at the Naniloa re- everyone went off to do differ- are concerned about not get- sort in Hilo, where everyone ent things around the island, ting to see many attractions had ocean-view rooms only Several people rented cars, because of the short winter feet from the beach. Restau. and activities such as body days, added Holland. rants and golf courses were surfing, golf, boogie.boarding within easy walking distance, and snorkeling were enjoyed. Varsity On Friday, Dec. 14, the Once back on the is- Greenville's, first game, Dec. Greenville group hired a pro. land of Honolulu, the group 14, was against Waiakea, the fessional diver to teach every- went to the Polynesian Cultur. one to snorkel at Richardson al Center where they were treated to a Hawaiian dinner lee Hawaii, page bhout California to- ,re are more than eglstered snowmo- their owners are the Sierra and Cas- ttntains because of alY groomed trails, r vistas and soli- I I tude they know they will find. It's fast, it's exhilarating and it's a marvelous way to explore the beautiful back- country, but Roberta Rawl- ings, of Pioneer, vice presi- dent of the Calif./Nev. Snow- mobile Association, cautions riders that any mountain in the winter can be harsh and unforgiving. "Snowmobiling requires knowledge of how to take care of yourself in a different envi- ronment," said Rawlings. "A snowmobiler needs to know how to be properly protected from the elements and from hazardous terrain." She added that knowing some ba. sis survival techniques could prove to be crucial in an emergency situation and she encourages all snowmobilers exciting but Inherently dangerous. The machines are fast and the wenther oan get harsh. to Join u local snowmobile club and participate in snowmobile safety seminars. Photo submitted I w mDbII- to join a club and recreate to- gether. Administered by the Cali- fornia Off.Highway Motor Ve- hicle Recreation Division, the snowmobile registrations are part of the division's Green Sticker program. Fees collected from snow. mobile registrations and gas tax transfers are used to maintain groomed trails, en. hance habitat for wildlife, provide law enforcement, and maintain Sno-Parks. "The state provides winter recreation activities at 21 Sno.Parks located throughout the Sierra and 11 of those parks have snowmobile op. portunittes," said Barry Jones, winter recreation coor. dinator for the OHV Division. "We also operate 30 snowmo. bile trail heads and more than 2,200 miles of one-way groomed trails." "California can provide re- warding outdoor recreational experiences, but winter haz. ards can turn a pleasant trip into tragedy," Rawllngs said. "Common sense and caution in snowmobiling activities will help avoid accidents and assure our riders of a safe and enjoyable experience?' Rawlings explained that fast-moving storms could ap- pear out of nowhere. Heavy snow or sustained winds can create an avalanche danger and overex- posure to the cold can result in hypothermia--the No. 1 killer of winter outdoor en- thusiasts. "Safe snowmobiling means riding within your own capa- bilities, operating,at safe and appropriate speeds for the ter- rain, and never drinking alco- holic beverages before dri- ving," said Rawllngs. "Al- ways wear a helmet and ado. quate clothing, stay within designated riding areas, and always snowmobile with at least one other person." Sometimes, mishaps do oc- cur on the trail and snowrno. briers should be prepared for all possibilities. They should take along a spare belt, spark plugs, and tools to do basic repairs. They should also carry emergency supplies, such as a basic first aid kit, and overnight survival provisions such as food, matches, a flash. light and extra batteries, and shelter materials. Snowmobilers should heed signs of stormy weather, espe. clally at higher altitudes and over passes, Turn back rather than risk being lost in a winter storm with limited visibility. Moun- tain weather can change rapidly with little warning. The California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Di- vision funds snowmobile safe- ty training through the Cali./Nev. Snowmobile Asso- ciation. For more information on snowmobile opportunities in California, contact the Cali- fornia Off.Highway Motor Ve- hicle Recreation Division at (916) 324-4442 and for informa- tion on the Cali./Nev. Snow- mobile Association and Join. ing a club, contact Roberta Rawlings at (209) 295- 7852.