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HAWAII GROWN: Saban mum on starting QB

By Billy Hull on July 18, 2018

Coming off the bench to turn a 13-point halftime deficit into an overtime victory to win a national championship isn’t enough to guarantee Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa a starting role entering fall camp. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said during his press conference during one of four SEC media days on Wednesday that he has not decided on a starter for the regular season opener on Sept. 1 against Louisville — continuing what he has said repeatedly throughout the spring. “The […]

UCLA picks up commitment from Punahou OL

By Billy Hull on July 17, 2018

Punahou senior Duke Clemens announced on Twitter tonight that he has committed to UCLA. Done deal.💯😤 #COMITTED #4sUP #8CLAP UCLA I'm coming!!! — Duke Clemens (@dukeclemens) July 18, 2018 Clemens, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound offensive lineman, is ranked as the 21st best offensive guard prospect in the nation according to 247Sports. A three-sport athlete who also started on the Punahou basketball team and has logged innings as a pitcher for the baseball team, Clemens was offered by 20 Division I […]

Saint Louis opens No. 12 in the country

By Billy Hull on July 16, 2018

Two-time defending Open Division state champion Saint Louis opens the 2018 season ranked No. 12 in the nation in the Max Preps preseason top 25 released Monday. The Crusaders, who finished No. 15 in the final Max Preps rankings in 2017, have won 15 consecutive games and 20 of the last 21 overall since losing to Kahuku in the 2015 state final. Saint Louis lost six first-team All-State players from last season, including offensive player of the year Chevan Cordeiro, […]

Punahou’s Horn named to Polynesian Bowl

By Billy Hull on July 12, 2018

Punahou kicker Timothy Horn, who recently committed to the University of Washington, has been named a Polynesian Bowl All-Star. Horn is the seventh player from Hawaii selected to the high school all-star football game, which will take place Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Aloha Stadium. Chris Sailer Kicking ranks Horn as the No. 2 placekicker in the country in the class of 2019. Horn joins Punahou teammates Maninoa Tufono and Duke Clemens, Kapolei offensive lineman Julius Buelow, Kahuku offensive lineman […]

Huskies closing in on Hawaii’s top prospects

By Billy Hull on July 11, 2018

The Washington Huskies have already secured commitments from three of the nine Division I committed prospects from Hawaii in the class of 2019, and it might only just be the beginning. UW, which is 22-5 with one appearance in the College Football Playoff in the last two seasons under head coach Chris Petersen, remains in the running for the top four prospects in the state who are uncommitted. Punahou inside linebacker Maninoa Tufono, the No. 96 overall prospect in the […]

HAWAII GROWN: Tobita wins pro debut at home

By Billy Hull on July 9, 2018

Oregon alumna Alyssa Tobita, a 2014 Mililani graduate, began her professional career on Sunday with a win in the Tennis Championships of Honolulu. Tobita, a two-time All-Pac-12 second-team selection while with the Ducks, swept former World No. 18 Alexandra Stevenson 6-1, 6-4 in the first event of a five-week U.S. Open Wild Card Challenge Series. The 37-year-old Stevenson advanced to the semifinals at Wimbledon in 1999. “I’m in shock. [Stevenson] really pushed me to the end. I knew she was […]

Ten girls wrestlers finish in top 15 in country

By Billy Hull on July 8, 2018

Ten girls wrestlers from Hawaii high schools finished the season ranked in the top 15 in the nation in their respective weight classes. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame released its final rankings for the year last week. Hawaii was represented in seven different divisions with three different wrestlers making the list at 100 pounds. Kahuku’s Teniya Alo was the highest finisher, moving up one spot to No. 2 in the final rankings at 138 pounds. Kaiser’s Tiare Ikei finished […]

Three draft picks from Hawaii sign

By Billy Hull on July 6, 2018

The deadline for 2018 MLB draft picks to sign a professional contract passed today with three of the four Hawaii high school alums who were selected going pro. ********** UPDATE: Baldwin alum Anthony Hoopii-Tuionetoa had reportedly signed with the Twins but will instead head to Yavapai College in Arizona. Baldwin coach Shane Dudoit confirms Hoopii-Tuionetoa turned down a proposed $100,000 signing bonus at the last minute to go to college in hopes of getting picked higher. still lists Hoopii-Tuionetoa […]