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Waianae’s Rosario invited to Polynesian Bowl

By Billy Hull on October 19, 2017

Waianae running back Rico Rosario, who set the Seariders’ single-game school rushing record with 243 yards earlier this season, has been selected to play in the 2018 Polynesian Bowl. Rosario (5-foot-10, 200 pounds), who was an All-State first-team selection as a junior after leading the state in rushing yards, is currently third on Oahu in Division I with 702 yards and a league-best 10 rushing touchdowns in only seven games played. Rosario surpassed 2,000 career rushing yards in a win […]

Upsets uncommon in OIA semifinals

By Jerry Campany on October 18, 2017

Conventional wisdom will tell you that Friday night’s OIA football semifinals are a mere formality before division champions Mililani and Kahuku play for the OIA championship. Upsets are rare in the Final Four, but they do happen. Farrington took down Kapolei last year for the first semifinal upset in five years. There is a level of comfort for the favorites, though, as a division winner hasn’t made it to the semifinals and failed to make states since Mililani in 2003 […]

Pupule ballot: Voters raise Waipahu’s black flag

By Paul Honda on October 18, 2017

The Black Flag is waving on the castle of Star-Advertiser Football Top 10, and that means another team has been bumped out. Unless there has been a tie. Waipahu, Damien, Lahainaluna, all worthy teams this season and especially for Damien in recent years, and Lahainaluna over the course of decades, that have been overlooked due to Division II designation/choice. I lamented almost endlessly last week about Damien’s strategic approach and defeat, and whatever the case, voters penalized the Monarchs by […]

‘Iolani’s Genovia will miss state tournament

By Billy Hull on October 18, 2017

Last Friday at Kozuki Stadium, ‘Iolani slotback Justin Genovia joined a special group. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior caught a 7-yard pass over the middle against St. Francis to make him the ninth player ever on Oahu to record 2,000 career receiving yards. That accomplishment was quickly overshadowed when Genovia struggled to get up after taking a hit in the middle of the field. Genovia, the Raiders’ leading receiver this season with 869 yards and seven touchdowns on 83 receptions, suffered […]


By Nick Abramo on October 16, 2017

Three teams have clinched state berths so far. Here is a look at the state scenario in all three tiers, the teams still alive and the teams no longer in contention. DIVISION-I OPEN (TOP TIER) >> ILH Division I champion: Saint Louis (7-0) or Kamehameha (4-4) >> OIA Division I champion: Mililani (9-0), Kahuku (8-1), Campbell (7-3), or Waianae (6-3) >> OIA Division I runner-up: Mililani (9-0), Kahuku (8-1), Campbell (7-3), or Waianae (6-3) >> OIA third place: Mililani (9-0), […]

Waipahu earns first ranking since 2011

By Billy Hull on October 16, 2017

For the first time since the 2011 season — a span of 92 weeks — Waipahu is ranked in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10. The Marauders (9-0), who shut out Roosevelt 38-0 on Friday to advance to the OIA Division II title game a week from Thursday against Pearl City, earned seven votes in the latest rankings released today to check in at No. 10. Waipahu finished ahead of Hilo (four), St. Francis (three), Konawaena (three), Farrington (three), Maui (one) […]

Saint Louis remains in Top 25

By Billy Hull on October 16, 2017

Saint Louis continued to hold onto its No. 25 ranking in the latest MaxPreps Xcellent 25 released on Sunday. The Crusaders (7-0) were idle to start the ILH second round over the weekend. Saint Louis will play Kamehameha, which ended a 10-game losing streak to Punahou with a 44-31 win over the Buffanblu on Friday, for the overall league title on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium. Kamehameha (4-4) would have to beat Saint Louis twice to end the Crusaders’ season. […]

Taulia Tagovailoa now 7-0 in Alabama

By Nick Abramo on October 15, 2017

Taulia Tagovailoa is having another brilliant high school football season. It’s just not happening in Hawaii like the last two. According to, Tagovailoa has thrown for 2,144 yards, 19 touchdowns and and only three interceptions in his junior season for Thompson High of Alabaster, Ala. Tualia is the younger brother of Tua Tagovailoa, the reigning Honolulu Star-Advertiser offensive player of the year who is now playing in college for No. 1 Alabama. Taulia now has more yards in his […]