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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 […]

So, you want to keep stats? Learn Saturday

By Nick Abramo on July 26, 2017

Ever wanted to learn how to keep football stats? Saturday is your chance. Thomas Yoshida is a professional stat keeper, among many other things, and he is giving a three-hour workshop on doing it the correct way on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Kaimuki High School. “In this workshop, you’ll learn the basic football stats and terms and how it applies to the game,” Yoshida said. “You’ll also track an actual (taped) game and be provided with stat […]

Tokuda takes over as Leilehua athletic director

By Nick Abramo on July 22, 2017

Nolan Tokuda was a huge part of the Leilehua football renaissance in the early part of the 2000s, and now he is the school’s athletic director. As the football coach, Tokuda brought the Mules to the Division I state championship game in 2004. 2007 and 2008, and that included a 20-16 victory over Saint Louis for the ’07 title. That same year, Leilehua won the OIA championship. Since then, the Mules have been a tough competitor in the OIA and […]