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Punahou, ‘Iolani unbeaten at Ann Kang

By Jerry Campany on August 10, 2017

ILH powers Punahou and Iolani led the charge on the first day of the Ann Kang Invitational at Iolani on Thursday, going through the first day unbeaten. Neither team dropped a set. Punahou swept Boswell, Moanalua and Buchanan in pool A to share the lead with Long Beach Poly, which beat Santa Margarita 26-24, 21-25, 15-10. The Mustangs started slow, needing three sets to beat King Kekaulike 25-9, 23-25, 15-12 but recovered to sweep Mid-Pacific. Punahou and Long Beach Poly open the second day with a match at 8 a.m. on Friday. ‘Iolani swept Mililani and Le Jardin before going three sets in a win over Oak Ridge. Mater Dei matched the hosts with a 3-0 record in pool B, […]

Volleyball season tips off with Ann Kang

By Jerry Campany on August 9, 2017

Some of the nation’s top girls volleyball programs will be in town for the 29th annual Ann Kang Volleyball Invitational at ‘Iolani this week. The headliner is 2016 Southern California regional champion Santa Margarita, which will be looking for a better showing in the preseason tournament this year. The Lady Eagles won the tournament two years ago, beating Punahou in the final. Last year, Santa Margarita swept throuogh local squads Moanalua, Le Jardin and Punahou on its way to the final, where it fell to Mira Costa. Mira Costa is not in the field this year, so Santa Margarita serves as the closest thing to defending champions. The Lady Eagles lost Meghan McClure and Juliana Reisinger to graduation but return […]

Hawaii in Top 10 in sports safety policies

By Jerry Campany on August 8, 2017

A study conducted by the Korey Stringer Institute puts Hawaii in the top 10 in the nation in safety. The study grades states on ability to protect athletes from from potentially life-threatening conditions, including heat stroke. North Carolina, Kentucky and Massachusetts top the list with Iowa, California and Colorado bringing up the rear. Those scores were based on a state meeting best practice guidelines addressing the four major causes of sudden death for that age group: cardiac arrest, traumatic head injuries, exertional heat stroke and exertional sickling occurring in athletes with sickle cell trait. The National Federation of High Schools was not happy with the rankings, releasing a statement that read, in part, “Unfortunately, the Korey Stringer Institute has proclaimed […]

No. 1 Saint Louis starts with tough task

By Jerry Campany on August 5, 2017

When Cal Lee returned to Saint Louis a few years ago, part of the reason was to bring back a taste of the old days. The ways don’t get much older than a season opener in Waianae. From 1967 to 1975, Saint Louis began each season except one (1972) against Larry Ginoza‘s Waianae Seariders. Ron Marciel‘s squad made the trip to the West side in alternating years, making it the only visiting field his boys would play on throughout the entire season. The trip was not always kind to the Crusaders, absorbing losses of 34-0 and 17-0. All told, Saint Louis was 3-5 against the Seariders in that span, finishing the annual matchup with four losses in a row. Lee […]

Skippa Diaz Stadium open for business

By Jerry Campany on August 3, 2017

Kamehameha and Farrington haven’t played a meaningful game since Onosai Tanuvasa toted the rock for the Governors more than 40 years ago, but Friday’s clash means more than most. The neighborhood rivals have met 19 times since the Governors left the ILH way back in 1969, but always in August or September. This time, though, they will christen brand new Skippa Diaz Stadium on the Farrington campus, and that will mean plenty to fans who are lucky enough to find parking. The Warriors hold the edge since the split, winning 14 of the 19 games including six in a row twice. Farrington rose up to beat Kamehameha back-to-back only once, in 2010 and 2011 at Kaiser High School. They last […]

2004 Mules give unranked teams hope

By Jerry Campany on August 3, 2017

Ask players, coaches and fans and they will all tell you that a preseason poll means little. In many ways they are right, but history tells us that the preseason poll is more than just ‘cotton candy,’ as Paul Honda so fondly calls it. Defending Open Division state champion Saint Louis is No. 1 in the 2017 Star-Advertiser preseason rankings. That in itself is not a huge surprise since every defending champion has started the following season ranked No. 1 since 2013, when the Crusaders and No. 2 Punahou were picked ahead of defending champion Kahuku. That bodes well for the Crusaders as the preseason No. 1 team has finished the year in the top five in each of the […]

Leilehua’s Corbett wins national title

By Jerry Campany on July 18, 2017

A day after celebrating her 16th birthday, Leilehua’s Kelani Corbett enjoyed another milestone. Corbett, who won state championships as a freshman and sophomore, ran through the 152-pound bracket in the U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Freestyle Cadet Nationals at Fargo, North Dakota. Corbett, who was the top seed, pinned Persian Singh of New York in 32 seconds in the quarterfinals before edging Colorado’s Tristan Kelly 9-6 in the semis. Corbett completed her mission with an 8-5 win over Wisconsin’s Kiana Pugh in the championship. Corbett, a Cadet World Team member, finished fifth in the tournament last year. She finished the high school season third in Hawaii Prep World’s pound-for-pound rankings last year behind Kahuku’s Teniya Alo and Angela Peralta of Radford. […]

OIA football schedule tough on certain schools

By Jerry Campany on June 4, 2017

The algorithms that make up the OIA football schedule didn’t do Kaiser any favors this year. The OIA’s fall football schedule features midweek games to address the lack of qualified officials. Kaiser football coach Arnold Martinez was the most vocal critic before the schedule was released. Once the schedule was officially released, all of Martinez’s fears were realized. Kaiser has four regular season games with fewer than six days rest next season, more than any other OIA team. Farrington, Kailua, Castle and Radford all have three such games. Kaiser’s toughest stretch comes in the middle of September, when it plays three games in a span of 12 days, against Kahuku, Moanalua and Waianae. The good thing for the Cougars is […]