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Pre-game: Kamehameha-Honokaa, boys hoops

By Jerry Campany on February 27, 2010

By Paul Honda It could’ve been a three-day visit to the Big Island for the Kamehameha Warriors. Instead, the precaution of staying grounded while the state was under tsunami warning did them good. The biggest and only boys basketball game of Saturday, a state-tourney play-in game between Kamehameha and Honokaa, was postponed to Monday, 4 p.m. After winning the Interscholastic League of Honolulu’s third-place tournament, Kamehameha stayed home on Oahu. Honokaa, a team that went through a coaching change in the off-season, hit its peak in the postseason. “Hopefully, we catch some magic,” coach Cheyenne Meyer said. He was the longtime coach of the Dragons before stepping away to assist Daphne Honma, coach of the UH-Hilo women’s team. With Honokaa […]

HHSAA Wrestling postponed

By Jerry Campany on February 27, 2010

(Note: The Chevron/HHSAA State Wrestling Championships have been postponed due to a tsunami warning. Weigh-in will be at 7 a.m., Sunday, Blaisdell Arena.) By Paul Honda The Civil Defense sirens went off at 6 a.m., waking up some roosters in pockets of Honolulu and points elsewhere. The sirens wailed again at 7. I slept right through. Didn’t hear them, but I did hear my trusty digital alarm clock (trusty as long as electrical power is available) and got up for Day 2 of the Chevron/HHSAA State Wrestling Championships. Kind of pumped. Day 1 had its share of upsets. So many new faces and contenders. Grabbed my stuff, got in the car and hit the road. The gas station nearby had […]

Post-game: Moanalua-Kahuku, boys hoops

By Jerry Campany on February 26, 2010

By Paul Honda If there were a sixth-man award, there would be few candidates as stout as Keven Amaral. The 6-foot lefty regularly rides the pine as Moanalua’s Formula One starting crew takes off at the start of each game. By the time Amaral enters, he’s been chilled on the bench for several minutes. By the time he’s done for the night, the reserve swingman has another double-digit game, hardly a turnover and Moanalua has another win. Last night’s 55-48 victory over Kahuku for the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red Conference crown was testament to the deep and loaded Menehune. Senior starters kept their poise while shots were drawing iron and instead found their teammates open for easy layups backdoor. Underclassmen […]

Post-game: Roosevelt-Kailua, boys hoops

By Jerry Campany on February 26, 2010

By Paul Honda Same start, same finish. Watching the ongoing primetime drama of Roosevelt and Kailua has all the emotional swings and power plays of any great rivalry. Yet, it’s puzzling and baffling — and for Kailua fans, heartbreaking — that the ending was the same once again. A week ago, Kailua demolished Roosevelt in the first half, led by 17 at the break, opened the margin to 21 points … and found itself practically helpless as the Rough Riders rode a wave (no pun intended) of momentum to a playoff victory. That’s why, when Kailua opened a relatively scant eight-point lead last night against the same Rough Riders, Surfrider Nation wasn’t quite comfortable yet. Once again, a Roosevelt rally […]

Pre-game: Kahuku-Moanalua, boys hoops

By Jerry Campany on February 25, 2010

By Paul Honda Don’t get confused now. Kahuku scored just 40 points in a playoff loss to Mililani. A week or so later, the Red Raiders scored 64 in a win over those same Trojans. What gives? Well, Kahuku had a poor shooting night in the loss. On Tuesday, it was a run-and-gun tempo for both teams early on, especially with Mua Malufau and Samala Afalava hitting open 3-pointers — to Mililani’s surprise — in an elimination playoff game. So, are the Red Raiders fueled today? Will they run and gun with the fastest of them all, Moanalua? It’s a tough call for any team in mid-week, with the daily grind of school. But for Kahuku, coming in from the […]

Pre-game: Kailua-Roosevelt, boys hoops

By Jerry Campany on February 25, 2010

By Paul Honda Tall order for the Kailua Surfriders. They bounced back from last week’s heart-wrenching loss to Roosevelt with an impressive win at Waianae on Tuesday. This means Kailua needs two wins over Roosevelt, the only undefeated team in the Oahu Interscholastic Association White Conference double-elimination tourney, to win the league crown. The Surfriders are capable. They had a 34-17 lead on Roosevelt when they played at McKinley Student Council Gym last week. Jordan DeCorte is a powerful scorer on the low post, but does most of his damage in the early going, as he did in the loss to Roosevelt. Rhys Nakakura is a streaky long-range shooter. Corey Lau is a ultra-quick point guard, but he was somewhat […]

Pre-game: Kahuku-Mililani, boys hoops

By Jerry Campany on February 23, 2010

By Paul Honda It could be a spectacular week for the Kahuku Red Raiders. Or the Mililani Trojans. A loss tonight eliminates one of them. Then comes a matchup with Moanalua on Thursday. A victory there and it’s a championship game on Saturday for the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red Conference crown. There are some complaints about the multitude of playoff games in the OIA since it adopted a double-elimination format last season. Me? I love it. Though I still have an issue with the lack of reward for regular-season winners (they deserve automatic berths or at least an East-West game for the berth), I love the fact that one bad night doesn’t end the season for most of the teams […]

Post-game: Punahou-Kamehameha, boys hoops

By Jerry Campany on February 23, 2010

By Paul Honda It’s been quite a week for prep basketball fans. Talk about intensity levels! After the girls state championships — kudos to Lahainaluna and Kaimuki for such clutch performance — the boys gave us some fantastic pace. Moanalua and Mililani provided a statewide TV audience with the most pinball-type action in the first half of their game, a combined 88 points. Then last night, Punahou kept its food on the pedal from start to finish in a 65-59 win over Kamehameha. It was the gazillionth time the two storied programs met on the hardwood, and it may rank as one of the better battles. Kamehameha never stopped coming even after a cold start: 2-for-12 from 3-point range in […]

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