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Saint Louis works on major athletic facility upgrades

By Nick Abramo on September 18, 2018

Gone is Gerber Fieldhouse on the Saint Louis School campus, and it is being replaced by a new sports complex. Groundwork of the final phase of the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Center — construction of a new gymnasium — is being done now. According to Glenn Medeiros, the school president, plans were originally drawn up in 2010. However, the work was put on the shelf for a while due to low enrollment. “Enrollment had gone done to about 550 students, […]

Campbell’s Delos Reyes eases into retirement

By Nick Abramo on August 5, 2018

Sam Delos Reyes was not crazily busy Saturday. Not like last year and all those years before. The Campbell Sabers were playing the Hilo Vikings in a season-opening football game, and Delos Reyes was not the man constantly making sure if everything — the whole production — was in order. Those days are gone, and Delos Reyes was relaxed to da max — or at least as much as he could be. He still had a duty to perform, and […]

State football OT is one of many HIADA topics

By Nick Abramo on May 29, 2018

The longest football game in Hawaii high school history has led to a proposal by athletic directors to ensure that there won’t be a repeat performance. Last November at Aloha Stadium, Lahainaluna outlasted Konawaena 75-69 in seven overtime periods to win the state’s Division II championship. It was the main reason why Nov. 18’s Aloha Stadium tripleheader lasted almost 12 hours — from 2 p.m. on a Saturday until 1:04 a.m. Sunday. High school administrators typically want to get their […]

Reading between the lines of OIA transfer rule

By Nick Abramo on May 16, 2018

ANALYSIS The rewording of the OIA transfer rule may seem like small potatoes, but it has large implications. Due to an out-of-court settlement in the case of Miller v. Kishimoto recently, the scuttlebutt around OIA athletic directors is that the league is back to the “wild, wild West” of a few years ago. OIA athletic directors will not talk about it on the record, referring any inquiries to OIA executive director Ray Fujino. Fujino did not return a call asking […]

Services for Bernie Ching to be held May 5-6

By Nick Abramo on April 27, 2018

Services for the late Bernie Ching will be held May 5-6. Ching, who served as an ‘Iolani coach for 48 years, died April 6 at age 79 Ching coached girls and boys basketball, football and paddling, and he also served as a security guard at the school for 38 years. He was also a musician with The Surfers, who recorded the album “Blue Hawaii” with Elvis Presley, and it became a gold record. He sang, played the guitar, ukulele, bass […]

‘Iolani coach and musician Ching dies

By Nick Abramo on April 6, 2018

Bernie Ching, who served as an ‘Iolani coach for 48 years, died Friday morning at Queen’s Medical Center surrounded by his family and close friends, according to a letter sent by head of school Timothy Cottrell to his staff. Ching, who was born Jan. 16, 1939, was 79. Ching coached girls and boys basketball, football and paddling, and he also served as a security guard at the school for 38 years. “Bernie was known for his warmth, big smile, and […]

Behind scenes, Takara left a lasting legacy

By Nick Abramo on April 2, 2018

If the name Yasuo Takara doesn’t ring a bell, it’s because — as his daughter Melanie so aptly describes — he was “a man behind the scenes.” But the name Yasuo Takara — who died Feb. 2 at age 85 — will always ring a bell for many in the Hawaii sports world. Professionally, he was an educator — classroom teacher, football coach, athletic director — but his passion was working to make a better life for those around him […]

Barcoma takes over as Maui baseball coach

By Nick Abramo on August 30, 2017

Leonard Barcoma Jr. will take over as head coach of the state champion Maui High baseball team, Sabers athletic director Michael Ban announced Wednesday. Barcoma has coached in more than 20 seasons in the Maui Interscholastic League — at Maui High and at Kamehameha-Maui. He was Maui’s JV head coach last season. “Coach Barcoma is a dedicated individual who is committed to teaching the game of baseball and instilling common core values such as discipline, hard work and sportsmanship,” Ban […]