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McDonald's All American Semi Finalist

Posted Thursday, February 05, 2009 by Bobbie Awa
Bello, Hanato-Smith honored by McDonald's
by By Bill O'Rear
Stephens Media

Thursday, February 5, 2009 8:55 AM HST
A pair of Big Island Interscholastic Federation standouts have been named semifinalists for the 2009 McDonald's All-American basketball teams.

Waiakea's Kanisha Bello and Konawaena's Kara Hanato-Smith are two of eight girls in Hawaii on the semifinal list.

Bello is a 5-foot-7 shooting guard who plays for Warriors head coach Grant Kauhi. She has accepted a scholarship to play at Idaho State next year.

Hanato-Smith is a 5-4 point guard who plays for Wildcats head coach Bobbie Awa.

According to a McDonald's All-American team spokesperson, the eight girls and seven boys from Hawaii, all seniors, are among 2,500 student athletes from around the country "chosen by the McDonald's All-American basketball team selection committee, a group of nationally prominent basketball experts including coaches and top high school sports journalists."

Later this month, 24 girls and 24 boys will be chosen from the nationwide list of semifinalists and will receive invitations to the McDonald's All-American basketball games. The games take place April 1 at the BankUnited Center in Miami.

Besides Bello and Hanato-Smith, the other Hawaii girls on the semifinal list are Punahou's Janelle Nomura and Rebecca Lau, Aiea's Nathasha Heisham, Kamehameha-Oahu's Pualei Furtado, Lahainaluna's Rachel Rickard and Mid-Pacific's Johnnelle Kapua.

The Hawaii boys semifinalists are Punahou's Manti Teo and Dalton Hilliard, Kamehameha-Oahu's Auwae DeRego and Pii Minns, Iolani's Pablo Warner, Kahuku's Jray Galeai and Mid-Pacific's Marcus Holyfield.

The Hawaii state semifinal lists were announced in January after being released to the Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

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