Paul Honda

Jobs were won, jobs were lost. Jobs were won back. The internal competition for starting roles, contributing roles, any kind of role has been part of the machinery that makes this year’s Punahou baseball team intriguing. And even at 12-9, they are probably, as Mid-Pacific coach Dunn Muramaru says, the most dangerous team in the […]

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The anguish was clearly visible. It was, in the end, a painful close to what had been, at one point, a dreamy baseball season for the Saint Louis Crusaders (11-7). That is the reality of athletics in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu, where as many as five teams were ranked in the Star-Advertiser Top 10 […]

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It’s a most beautiful and pristine early evening in Waipahu for this crucial ILH playoff matchup between regular-season runner-up Saint Louis and tournament runner-up Punahou. It’s Chase Meilleur of Saint Louis against Geoffrey Moore of Punahou. At stake? The league’s second and final state-tournament berth. 1st The opening inning was a carbon copy for each […]

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In a widely-speculated change of direction, the NCAA has removed its potential ban of so-called satellite football camps for high school football players today. See the official announcement on the NCAA’s site here. The proposal to implant a ban was suggested roughly a month ago to the chagrin of players, parents and some college coaches […]

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They played six times. Just about every game was close. Four times, the Mid-Pacific Owls got past the Punahou Buffanblu. Host Mid-Pacific rallied to win their first meeting, 3-2, on Mar. 2. Punahou won the second matchup 6-5, at MPI on Mar. 18. The Owls won their third meeting, 10-3, at Hans L’Orange Park on […]

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There’s nothing Saint Louis and Punahou can do about their predicament. Saint Louis has been atop the Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10 this season. Punahou has played like it for stretches, especially during the ILH playoff tourney. But there’s this: Saint Louis has been idle for more than a week since being eliminated from the double-elimination […]

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So, if you’ve been ignoring or avoiding the world of ILH baseball, here’s where we are: Punahou and Mid-Pacific play for the league’s playoff tournament. It’s been a wild, unpredictable double-elimination format, two weeks of heart break and ecstasy for those involved. If Punahou wins, a state-tournament berth is locked up. If MPI, the regular-season […]

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There is nothing but pride on the West side once again, but this time, it’s the baseball team at Kapolei beaming. One year after Campbell’s HHSAA Division I state championship, it’s the Hurricanes making inroads at the D-II level. With a come-from-behind 9-4 win over Kalaheo on Saturday at Hans L’Orange Park, the ‘Canes captured […]

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For the 13th time in OIA history, the baseball championship belongs to the boys in blue from Kailua High School. The Surfriders opened an early lead and hung on for a 7-5 win over Kalani on Saturday for the league title at Hans L’Orange Park, and to a man, they handled it with maturity. “We […]

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Kailua has won 12 OIA baseball championships, including six under current coach Corey Ishigo. Kalani hasn’t won one since 1971. The two teams are going at it tonight in the OIA Division I final at Hans L’Orange Park. 1st Dustin Imanaka and Dalton Kalama started it off for the Surfriders with walks off Kalani starting […]

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