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Maui state champ baseball coach steps down

By Nick Abramo on August 3, 2017

Maui High baseball coach Chase Corniel stepped down from his position today, according to a press release from Sabers athletic director Michael Ban. Corniel, who will become a vice principal at the school, led the Sabers to the 2017 Division I state championship in May that was capped with a 6-1 victory over Waiakea in the title game. “It was a tough decision, but I was provided an opportunity to better my career and support my family,” Corniel said in a news release. “This school year, I will be working as a vice principal at Maui High School. Being a high school administrator is demanding and I would like to start my career on the right foot. I will miss […]

Hawaii Baseball Group off to hot start

By Billy Hull on July 25, 2017

The Hawaii Baseball Group, a summer traveling team coached by former UH assistants Keith Komeiji and Chad Konishi, are 6-2 on their current trip to California. The team, which is made up of players who will be sophomores, juniors and seniors this year, leaves for Carlsbad, Calif., on Wednesday and will play in two games at Cal State Fullerton on Thursday before participating in the Phil Singer Tournament in San Diego from July 28 to August 4. The 18-under event features 32 teams from across the country. HBG is seeded 14th overall. HBG started their trip on Saturday and split a doubleheader against The Zoots at Saint Mary’s (Calif.), winning 6-3 and losing 8-3. They then swept Sacramento Show by […]

Leilehua baseball: Watanuki out, Omalza in

By Nick Abramo on July 22, 2017

Spencer Omalza, a former Leilehua and Hawaii Pacific pitcher and shortstop, is the new varsity baseball coach at Leilehua. Omalza takes over for Lane Watanuki, according to new Mules athletic director Nolan Tokuda. No reason was given for the change. Watanuki is also a former Campbell baseball coach. Omalza will be in charge of the varsity and JV programs for the Mules. In other moves at Leilehua, Tokuda said Wendell Au will take over for Stacy Araki as the varsity softball coach. Tokuda also said there have been four other Leilehua hires — Kenneth Buffa for boys varsity soccer, Brent Yamagata for boys tennis, David Miyamoto for JV boys soccer, Cecil Hale for JV softball, and Karl Cook for girls […]

Waipahu’s Russell to play for UH Hilo

By Nick Abramo on July 22, 2017

Waipahu Kobie Russell has decided to play college baseball instead of signing with the pros. Russell, who played shortstop for the Marauders before graduating in 2017, was drafted as a catcher by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball draft last month. Instead, he will head to the Big Island to play for UH Hilo, according to Waipahu head coach Milton Takenaka. Russell originally planned on signing with the Blue Jays, but changed his mind. Another option was to play for Lewis-Clark State in Lewiston, Idaho, but he chose the Vulcans. Takenaka said he believes Russell was given a financial package to attend UH Hilo, but did not know if it was a partial […]

Arakawa out as Pearl City baseball coach

By Nick Abramo on July 21, 2017

Pearl City is looking for a new baseball coach. The Chargers went 6-9 a year ago under first-year head coach Peter Arakawa, and that included a 1-2 run in the OIA Division I playoffs. They didn’t make the state tournament. Arakawa played his high school baseball at Moanalua, and he took over for Gavin Concepcion at Pearl City prior to the 2017 season. Pearl City athletic director Reid Shigemasa is in the process of finding a replacement. No reason was given for the change, but according to a source, Arakawa’s work schedule conflicted with the baseball schedule. According to Shigemasa, applicants must have prior high school or college coaching experience and a college degree is recommended. Resumes with at least […]

Cantillo makes MaxPreps national team

By Nick Abramo on July 6, 2017

CBS MaxPreps picked Joey Cantillo to its 2017 All-American baseball team, the website announced Tuesday. Cantillo, a left-handed pitcher who led Kailua to its second straight Oahu Interscholastic Association championship, was one of 31 players to make the second team. Thirty-one players were picked to the first team. Cantillo, who is 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, recently signed with the San Diego Padres and received a signing bonus of $302,500 after he was selected in the 16th round.

Kailua’s Cantillo will sign with Padres

By Nick Abramo on June 29, 2017

Kailua left-handed pitcher Joey Cantillo plans to play professional baseball and sign with the San Diego Padres, Hawaii Prep World learned via sources today. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound former Surfriders star will sign within the next few days. He was chosen by the Padres in the 16th round of the Major League Baseball Draft, the 468th overall pick. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. If he hadn’t decided to go pro, Cantillo would be headed to the University of Kentucky with a scholarship. Jeff Ellis, a senior columnist for, wrote this about Cantillo after the draft: “A guy that also could be interesting is Joey Cantillo, a big projectable lefty from Hawaii. There is a lot to dream […]

MLB draft had quite the Hawaii presence

By Billy Hull on June 14, 2017

For the first time since 2000, six Hawaii high school graduates were taken in the first 20 rounds of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft that ended Wednesday. After KJ Harrison, Ryley Widell and Tanner Nishioka were taken in the first 10 rounds on Tuesday, four more prep stars heard their names called today. Unlike Harrison (Oregon State), Widell (Central Arizona College) and Nishioka (Pomona-Pitzer), Hilo’s Joey Jarneski, Kailua’s Joey Cantillo, Waipahu’s Kobie Russell and Punahou’s Cole Cabrera were selected within weeks of graduating from high school. Jarneski heard his name called first in the 12th round (No. 374 overall) by the Texas Rangers and became the first Viking drafted since the Cleveland Indians took Jodd Carter in 2014. […]