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Gusman stands ground, ejected for first time in 47 years

By Paul Honda on March 15, 2018

A lot of improbable things have happened since 1971. None of them included an ejection of baseball coach George Gusman. That is, until today. Gusman, who has coached from intermediate to varsity levels at Kamehameha and Saint Louis, was thrown out in the third inning as his Crusaders battled the Warriors on a hot, sunny afternoon at Ala Wai Field. It wasn’t a blatant, animated ejection. But the scenario that led to it left Gusman, who officiates BCS college football […]

Girls basketball Fab 15 notes, All-Defensive team, most improved

By Paul Honda on March 15, 2018

Here’s the 2017-18 Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball All-State Fab 15 including individual capsule summaries for the 15 plus honorable-mention players and close misses. Also included are the All-Defensive Team and Most Improved vote-getters. All selected by a panel of coaches and media. Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball All-State Fab 15 2017-18 Player of the Year: Cherilyn Molina, Konawaena Coach of the Year: Bobbie Awa, Konawaena Fab 15 1. Cherilyn Molina, Konawaena, 5-4, G, Sr. A four-time Fab 15 selection, repeats as Player of […]

Q&A: Sacred Hearts champion Dorothy Sanidad

By Paul Honda on March 14, 2018

She draws inspiration from an eclectic range of people, from family to snowboarders. Dorothy Sanidad’s path to success in air and precision riflery is unique, and perhaps not even half as dynamic as she is. The Sacred Hearts senior helped lead the Lancers — including Maile Fox, Clarissa DeSmet and Quinn Lum — to a state championship last fall, posting a total score of 2,132 at Blaisdell Center. Her tally of 544 topped her team and was fourth overall on […]

Q&A: Sacred Hearts champion Dahee Jung

By Paul Honda on March 14, 2018

Her older brothers thrived as they grew up in South Korea, but for Dahee Jung, the future was different. She left her homeland with her family and moved to Hawaii, where her brothers were born. Jung, a scholar-athlete at Sacred Hearts, feels at home with her parents, with her teammates and classmates, teachers and coaches. The pulse of island life fits her and fits her well. Jung is also the 2018 ILH precision riflery champion, and with first-team all-star teammate […]

Trojans, Mules get good look at depth chart

By Paul Honda on March 14, 2018

Things aren’t quite the same when there’s a nine-run margin in the middle of a baseball game. Ryan Ancheta was cruising along with a one-hitter after four frames. He needed a modest 51 pitches to record 12 outs, but the Mililani Trojans opted to get some game action for reserves with a big lead. In the aftermath of a 16-hit attack and a 10-5 win over Leilehua, ninth-ranked Mililani got to see what it needed to see on the mound. […]

Kahuku OL Enokk Vimahi chats about The Opening

By Paul Honda on March 13, 2018

At 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, Enokk Vimahi is an imposing figure anywhere he dwells. It’s the intelligence and obedience in his mind and spirit, though, that separate him from much of the world. The Kahuku junior made his mark recently at The Opening in San Francisco, rated No. 2 among offensive linemen. It was a banner weekend for island players: Lokahi Pauole of Kamehameha and Duke Clemens of Punahou joined Vimahi among the top five of O-linemen at the prestigious event. […]

Leilehua still No. 1, ahead of Kamehameha, Campbell

By Paul Honda on March 12, 2018

Math is math. The way it came about is as strange as it gets. Leilehua remains at No. 1 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Softball Top 10 today despite a loss to then No. 7 Mililani — and despite receiving just one out of 11 first-place votes. The Lady Mules reached No. 1 in the poll last week, a first in recent years. Leilehua beat then-No. 10 Pearl City before losing at home (Kaala Elementary School field) to the Trojans, 5-3. […]

Moanalua hands Kaiser first loss

By Paul Honda on March 10, 2018

The patience of Scott Yamada is almost supernatural. Never too high. Never too low. A man who has unique skills as a coach, a teacher of young men, and even a green thumb on of the most beautifully manicured diamonds in all the Hawaiian islands. Nothing, though, brings relief the way his team’s bats did on a hot, then cold afternoon at Kaiser on Saturday. Na Menehune spanked 13 base hits, drawing six walks from Kaiser pitchers for good measure, […]