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Leilehua’s Corbett, Taniguchi named Hawaii’s best

By Jerry Campany on March 14, 2018

Leilehua wrestling coach Kevin Corbett and assistant Corey Taniguchi have been named the 2018 coach and assistant coach of the year for Hawaii by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Corbett and Taniguchi led the Mules to their first state boys championship since 1995 under Stan Ono on the strength of state champion Brett Barefoot and runners-up Hunter Nagatani, Keanu Punley and Jonah Caminos Freitas to beat Kamehameha by a single point. Other state placers included Joe Kila Faafiu (third place), […]

Konawaena’s Molina repeats as player of the year

By Jerry Campany on March 11, 2018

For the eighth time in 10 seasons, the top girls basketball player from the state hails from Kona. Of course, those eight player of the year awards belong to only three people and for the fifth year in a row, the winner has the same last name. Konawaena’s Cherilyn Molina adds her second All-State player of the year award following older sister Chanelle Molina, who just completed her sophomore season at Washington State. Chanelle won three, Cherilyn has two and […]

1964 prep football all-star teams

By Jerry Campany on March 3, 2018

Only one player was a unanimous selection to the Honolulu Advertiser 1964 All-State football team. Punanhou’s Charley Wedemeyer was the consensus player of the year in both newspapers. Buffanblu teammates Doug Jacobsen and Wayne Sterling were also first-team selections by both newspapers. The Advertiser had two more Buffanblu players on its first team — tackle Ed Pickering and guard Robert Klein. The Star-Bulletin added Punahou center Fred Hemmings. McKinley’s Allen Takamori was the other back to make the first team in […]

1982 prep football all-star teams

By Jerry Campany on March 1, 2018

Kahuku running back Lakei Heimuli and Waianae defensive back Derrick Mahaulu were the top offensive and defensive players as chosen by the Honolulu Advertiser in 1982. The year is best remembered, through, for Pac-Five winning the first of its two Prep Bowls under Don Botelho. Running back Joe Onosai, quarterback Tino Sellitto and Russell Borden, the only offensive lineman selected to the All-State first team shorter than 6 feet, were all All-State picks on offense. Wolfpack defensive lineman Joey Fleming, […]

1967 prep football all-star teams

By Jerry Campany on February 25, 2018

Saint Louis defensive end/tight end Jim Nicholson was the ILH’s lineman of the year and player of the year by the Honolulu Advertiser and the lineman of the year by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin in 1967. Nicholson was 6-foot-7 and 245 pounds. His Crusaders teammate, fullback Donald Mahi, was named the back of the year by the Advertiser. The Star-Bulletin differed, choosing Farrington defensive back George Dudoit, a 5-foot-10, 166-pound senior. The Star-Bulletin created two new positions on its all-star team […]

2011 prep football all-star teams

By Jerry Campany on February 23, 2018

After a ruling was handed down regarding the use of an ineligible player that ended Kahuku’s 2010 season, the Red Raiders bounced back the following season to win the 2011 state title under coach of the year Reggie Torres. Red Raiders linebacker Benny Fonua won a super-close vote for the Star-Advertiser defensive player of the year honors over teammate Kawehena Johnson, Punahou defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, Campbell linebacker Giovanni Stevenson and Leilehua teammates Russell Siavii and Penitito Melei. Leilehua quarterback […]

1991 prep football all-star teams

By Jerry Campany on February 23, 2018

Saint Louis swept everything in 1991 — winning its sixth straight Prep Bowl and the top honors on the Honolulu Advertiser All-State team. Offensive lineman Tasi Malepeai and quarterback Joel Lane were the lineman and back of the year, respectively. Cal Lee was the coach of the year. The Crusaders did lose a game this year — 28-21 to Punahou — but came back to beat the Buffanblu 45-20 in the rematch. The Star-Bulletin went with Waianae quarterback Glenn Freitas as its signal […]

1972 prep football all-star teams

By Jerry Campany on February 22, 2018

The Honolulu Advertiser, which did an All-Oahu team in 1970 before going back to league all stars in 1971, put together its first All-State team in 1972. Leilehua in the OIA West, Kahuku in the OIA East and ‘Iolani out of the ILH dominated the first team with four selections each. Mules senior quarterback Alex Kaloi was named the back of the year while Raiders senior guard Tiloi Lolotai was the lineman of the year. ‘Iolani also had tackle Len […]