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Punahou is top seed in state boys volleyball

By Billy Hull on April 26, 2018

Six-time defending Division I state boys volleyball champion Punahou is predictably the No. 1 seed for the New City Nissan/HHSAA Boys Volleyball State Championships that begin Monday. Waianae and Mililani are the two Oahu teams that will travel for opening-round games. The Trojans will play at Maui High at 5:30 p.m. on Monday while the Seariders will face Kamehameha-Hawaii at 4 p.m. on the Big Island. OIA champion Moanalua is the No. 2 seed, followed by MIL champion Kamehameha-Maui as […]

Pearl City saves best game for OIA final

By Billy Hull on April 25, 2018

Pearl City won its first OIA Division II boys volleyball championship ever and first league title overall since 2002 on Wednesday night with a 25-20, 25-14, 26-24 sweep of Kalani at Radford. Senior Jeremiah Perifanos-Ta’amu put down a match-high 16 kills and eight digs and senior Zion Tupuola-Fetui added 10 kills for Pearl City (6-6), which played its best game of the season according to both players and coach. “Throughout the season we’ve had good games of a little bit […]

Punahou, ‘Iolani clinch state baseball berths

By Billy Hull on April 25, 2018

Jake Tsukada doubled and drove in three runs and Punahou knocked out Saint Louis in the ILH double-elimination tournament with a 10-7 victory on Wednesday. Despite getting outhit 11 to six, Punahou and ‘Iolani both clinched state tournament berths with the Buffanblu’s win over the Crusaders. The two teams will play Thursday at Central Oahu Regional Park with the winner needing to beat Mid-Pacific twice to win the tournament. ‘Iolani finished second and Punahou third in the regular season. A […]

OIA softball playoffs begin Wednesday

By Billy Hull on April 22, 2018

The West No. 1 seed Campbell Sabers enter the OIA tournament as the three-time defending state champions. However, the Sabers haven’t won an OIA title since 2013. Mililani, which has won three of the last four OIA Division I softball titles, is the defending champion and opens the tournament Wednesday in a must-win game at Kailua to keep its season alive. Defending OIA Division II champion Aiea is the No. 3 seed this year behind Kalani and Waialua. McKinley will […]

Taulia to join Tua at Alabama

By Billy Hull on April 21, 2018

Former Kapolei quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, who prepped at Thompson Academy this past season as a junior, has committed to join his older brother, Tua, at Alabama. Taulia announced his commitment Saturday to CBS 42’s Simone Eli, who posted this video on Twitter. #BREAKING: Thompson HS quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (@tauliaa12), younger brother of #Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, has committed to play for the Tide! #RollTide @WARRIORNATION20 @coachmarkf @Tuaamann_ @AL7AFootball @AndrewJBone @TideSports #ALpreps — Simone Eli (@SimoneEli_TV) April 21, 2018 Alabama […]

‘Iolani hands Mid-Pacific state berth

By Billy Hull on April 20, 2018

The ILH baseball season finally came to an end on Friday with ‘Iolani defeating Punahou 11-5 at Hans L’Orange Park. The game originally started a week ago but was halted in the bottom of the second inning with the Raiders ahead 7-2. Micah Miyahira‘s three-run triple helped ‘Iolani pull away to finish the ILH season at 11-3-1, a half-game ahead of Punahou 11-4. With the Buffanblu loss, Mid-Pacific clinched the ILH regular season and a return trip to states after […]

HAWAII GROWN: Alo a candidate for national award

By Billy Hull on April 19, 2018

Oklahoma freshman Jocelyn Alo, a two-time Gatorade Hawaii state player of the year while at Campbell, is one of 25 candidates for the 2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year award, the NFCA announced today. Alo leads the Big 12 with 19 homers, 60 RBIs and a 1.009 slugging percentage. Nationally, Alo ranks second in homers, third in slugging, fifth in RBIs and sixth in total bases with 113. She’s hitting .446 with an on-base percentage of […]

HAWAII GROWN: William Jessup cashes in on Hawaii

By Billy Hull on April 17, 2018

After winning just 10 games without a single player from Hawaii on its roster last season, William Jessup decided to recruit the islands hard. The NAIA baseball program based in California added six players with Hawaii ties to its roster this season and was rewarded with its first-ever Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season championship. The Warriors completed a series sweep of Arizona Christian on Saturday to clinch the title with their 34th win overall. “I can’t put into words how […]