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Hee delivers key hit as Maryknoll stuns #1 Kamehameha

By Paul Honda on March 21, 2018

The Kamehameha Warriors finally reached the top of the Star-Advertiser Softball Top 10 this week. After outscoring five ILH opponents by a total of 47 runs in five games, it appeared that there wasn’t much the league could do to stop the talented, young juggernauts. Leave it to an experienced, cagey Maryknoll squad to change momentum. The Lady Spartans rallied from a 4-0 deficit to stun No. 1 Kamehameha 7-6 on a cool, overcast afternoon at Sand Island. Nohea Hee, […]

Kaiser holds on in battle of undefeated teams

By Christian Shimabuku on March 20, 2018

Kaiser has taken the lead in the OIA East softball race after a 6-4 home win over Roosevelt. Both teams were undefeated heading into Tuesday’s matchup, but the Cougars gained an early edge thanks in large part to the Aholelei sisters. All four of them had a hand in the victory, helping the Cougars improve to 6-0 while the Rough Riders dropped to 5-1. Primrose Aholeilei tossed a complete game, striking out four and walking one while giving up eight […]

Kamehameha takes throne, No. 1 in softball poll

By Paul Honda on March 19, 2018

The softball shuffle is simply stunning. For the third time in four weeks of the Star-Advertiser Softball Top 10, there is a new No. 1. Kamehameha moved up from No. 2 to the top spot today after collecting six of the 10 first-place votes. The Warriors are 10-2 overall and 5-0 in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu. They overpowered Mid-Pacific 13-1 in five innings last week. Campbell, which was atop the throne in the opening week of the poll, gathered […]

No. 6 Punahou clutches up for 5-4 win over No. 4 Maryknoll

By Paul Honda on March 17, 2018

It wasn’t checkers or chess. Punahou vs. Maryknoll on a summer-hot afternoon at Tiger Softball Stadium was more like Risk. Every decision, every pitch, everything that could change momentum played out from start to finish as the Buffanblu pulled out a 5-4 win in eight innings. The rankings — Punahou entered tied at No. 6 and Maryknoll is No. 4 — will fluctuate with an Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division I cast of teams that is impossible to predict. Parity […]

Nanakuli athletes may come to rescue

By Nick Abramo on March 14, 2018

Nanakuli athletic director Andrew Moody says the school is in the process of recruiting Golden Hawks girls athletes to see if they want to help keep the softball team in competition for the rest of the season. “We’re trying to hustle up some other athletes to get out there,” Moody said via cellphone Wednesday. “We have eight players, just under the nine needed to play. There are some prospects supposedly who will come out today to start working out. If […]

Campbell tips Pearl City to take OIA West lead

By Nick Abramo on March 13, 2018

No. 3 Campbell had the psychological edge Tuesday against No. 9 Pearl City. Winning breeds winning and the Sabers, who are three-time defending Division I state champions, were playing on their home field. And the Sabers are a good team again this year. But how good? There are a lot of young faces in the lineup … just like Pearl City. So when those two teams met Tuesday, there was a pretty good chance fans were in for a good, […]

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. […]

Holes in No. 1 Leilehua’s game hard to find

By Nick Abramo on March 6, 2018

There’s little doubt that things are going to get tougher for the Leilehua softball team. After winning the first three games of the OIA West by scores of 16-5, 12-2 and 9-3, how can they not? The Mules are ranked No. 1 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Top 10 and with good reason. Finding reasons why they shouldn’t be ranked there is mighty tough. Leilehua (3-0) is stacked at the plate and in the field, even though they made four errors […]