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Coaches clinic highlights HBVI this week

By Jerry Campany on March 21, 2017

The Punahou boys volleyball program rarely seems to get much out of the annual Hawaii Boys Volleyball Invitational, but this year might be different. The Buffanblu are entered in ‘Iolani’s tournament, sharing a pool with KS-Maui, McKinley and Redondo Union (Calif.). Punahou has won the title the past two years, beating Moanalua in the final each time. Punahou is expected to roll through its pool, but will get a chance to sharpen its skills on Friday after playing Redondo Union. There will be a coaches clinic from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, featuring former UH Wahine head coach Dave Shoji imparting his wisdom. He will be joined by 11-time HHSAA champion coach Chris McLachlin and Olympic gold medalist […]

Lehl, Wilson win track events in California

By Jerry Campany on March 18, 2017

The Punahou track and field team will be bringing some gold back from its weekend in California. Reigning state cross country champion Connor Lehl ran a 4:24.72 to win the 1,600 meters at the Mustang Relays in Mira Costa, Calif., on Saturday, closing with a 2:03 in the final 800 meters to earn the win. Ian Irish of Palos Verdes was second in 4:25.11. Lehl, who also ran in relays, was the only Hawaii runner in the event. Sophomore Kennedy Freeman took gold for the Buffanblu, winning the JV shot put with a throw of 44-06, a personal best. His effort was more than four feet farther than the second-place finisher. Senior Bailey Wilson won the high jump for Punahou […]

Punahou softball in semis of elite tourney

By Jerry Campany on March 17, 2017

The Punahou softball team is hanging with some of the best programs in Arizona this week. The Buffanblu beat Mountain Ridge 8-4 to reach the semifinals of the Desert Mountain Softball Invitational in Arizona on Friday. Punahou pitcher Bailey Akimseu surrendered a three-run home run in the first inning but erased it with a three-run shot of her own in the bottom of the inning. Jolie Fujita added two RBIs with a single in the fourth inning to give the Buffanblu the cushion they needed. Akimseu settled down in the circle to allow Mountain Ridge only a single run the rest of the way. Punahou plays Pinnacle (Ariz.) in today’s semifinals. Pinnacle finished the tournament in second place last year. […]

Kaiser’s Nam invited to LPGA qualifying

By Jerry Campany on March 17, 2017

Kaiser golfer Malia Nam will represent Hawaii in qualifying for the LPGA’s first major tournament of the season. Nam, the 2015 OIA champion, will compete with 39 of the world’s best female junior golfers for a spot in the ANA Inspiration beginning March 27 at Mission Hills Country Club in California. “It is such an honor to be selected from Honolulu and playing amongst top junior golfers from all over the world,” Nam said in a release. “Qualifying for the LPGA major, the ANA Inspiration, would be an amazing experience, and it would be something I will cherish for the rest of my life.” Whether she qualifies for the tournament or not, Nam will be paired with an LPGA Legend […]

ILH boys tame Hawaii Prince

By Jerry Campany on March 15, 2017

The number of rounds in the 60s in ILH competition doubled on Wednesday, when two boys took advantage of the conditions in the league’s fourth tournament. Punahou senior Andrew Chin shot his second sub-70 round in three starts with a 67 at Hawaii Prince on Wednesday, the lowest score in the ILH this year. Chin opened the season with a 69 at Mililani. Teammate Remington Hirano finished two strokes back on the Ewa plains for his lowest score of the year after a 73 at Mililani and a 77 at Olomana. Punahou junior Evan Kawai was the only other boy to break par, shooting a season-low 70. Iolani’s Kengo Aoshima is the only other ILH boy with a round in […]

Kalani’s Manta collects first win of golf season

By Jerry Campany on March 14, 2017

With Kaiser’s Malia Nam not in the field, Miki Manta of Kalani earned her first win of the OIA golf season on Monday at Hoakalei Golf Course. Manta, the reigning OIA champion, shot a 76 on the par-72 layout to beat the field by seven strokes. Teammate Michelle Kim was second with an 83 and nobody else broke 90 but the Falcons had three of the top four golfers with Melissa Yago taking fourth with a 92. It was the best score of the season for Manta, who shot an 80 at Hawaii Prince and a 78 at Makalena this year. For the second straight tournament, the boys winner came from out of nowhere. Kalani’s Brayden Miguel shot a 78 […]

O’Handley, Norbrey MVPs at Yamamoto track

By Jerry Campany on March 11, 2017

Kaiser’s Kristen O’Handley picked up this year’s track and field season where she left off last year. O’Handley, who won the 100 and 200 and chipped in on a relay win at last year’s state championships, won two individual events and was in on two relay wins at Saturday’s Yamamoto Invitational at Mililani. O’Handley broke the meet record with a 5-05 effort in the high jump and won the 200-meter dash. Kaiser won the team title with 151.75 points to beat Campbell’s 137.75. Campbell won the boys team title with 189 points to Kapolei’s 109.5. Ronald Norbrey was the big contributor for the Sabers, winning the triple jump, long jump, high jump and the winning 4×400 relay. Here are the […]

Punahou volleyball is Best of the West

By Jerry Campany on March 11, 2017

The Punahou boys volleyball team blitzed through the Best Of The West tournament in Poway, Calif., this week, taking the gold bracket championship. The Buffanblu opened the tournament with a sweep of Mira Costa (25-20, 25-17) then took out Corona Del Mar 22-25, 25-19, 15-13 in the second round. From there, Punahou swept Mater Dei 26-24, 29-27 and beat Oak Park 25-22, 16-25, 15-13 for the title. Punahou’s Ryan Wilcox was selected as the tournament’s MVP and Kana’i Akana joined him on the all-tournament team. Punahou is playing in the tournament for the first time since 2014, when it finished 11th behind Larry Tuileta. The Buffanblu won the tournament in 2010 with Taylor Crabb as the MVP and Henry Cassiday […]