February 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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It ain’t simple, but it makes sense. The Interscholastic League of Honolulu has become a bit of a loner when it comes to sound and sensible playoff formats. The ILH still rewards its regular-season winner with an automatic state berth; the OIA hasn’t done that in ages (if ever) and the BIIF dropped the automatic […]

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Some notes on tonight’s key battle for second place — and a state-tournament berth — in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu between Kamehameha and Punahou. Defending state champ Kamehameha (20-5) is ranked No. 3 in the Star-Bulletin Boys Basketball Top 10. Punahou (19-3) is No. 2. • The game is at Punahou with a tipoff […]

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In some circles, fundamental basketball is considered corny. Boring. Anti-fun. The Moanalua boys think otherwise. They move the ball upcourt after misses and makes alike. Passes first, dribbles second on most possessions, since passes cover more ground in less time. Whether it was Josiah Kauhola or Marcus Keene or any other Menehune ballhandler, the ball […]

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