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Q&A: All-State Position POY Anthony Hoopii-Tuionetoa

By Paul Honda on June 3, 2018

When the stars line up at Baldwin, it’s happy time. It’s also, at least in two of the last three seasons, time for a state championship. Anthony Hoopii-Tuionetoa gave the Bears the kind of utility as a player that all coaches covet. In this age of specialization, the senior not only offered pristine defense in center field, he was perfect on the mound with a 0.00 ERA during Maui Interscholastic League play. Then came a clutch performance at the Wally […]

VIDEO: Kailua All-State pitchers Parker, Ballesteros

By Paul Honda on June 3, 2018

Kailua’s Stone Parker and Bryson Ballesteros pulled off a rarity: both were voted to he Honolulu Star-Advertiser Baseball All-State first team. The complete All-State teams were released in Sunday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser, which you can read here. Here’s video of Parker, who was named pitcher of the year, and Ballesteros. Corey Ishigo of Kailua also chatted about his dynamic duo.

Baseball all state, 2010-17

By Jerry Campany on June 2, 2018

The last of our all-stars of the past brings us to the present, with the 2018 edition being released in Sunday’s Star-Advertiser. Parity reigns after the death of Eric Kadooka‘s Punahou dynasty, with only Baldwin winning multiple state championships in Division I but Division II had a small dynasty of its own with Maryknoll taking three in a row. A little off topic, but here is a really good story about Mid-Pacific shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Sportsday on Kiner-Falefa Doubleclick the […]

Baseball all state, 2000-09

By Jerry Campany on June 1, 2018

With the Star-Advertiser’s 2018 All-State baseball team coming out on Sunday, we are looking back at some of the greats of the past. In this installment, we look to the stars of the 2000s. The decade began with the miracle Farmers of Molokai and ended with an unprecedented run of dominance by Punahou, which won seven titles in a row. Familiar names to look for include Brandon League of Saint Louis, Kamehameha’s Bronson Sardinha, Baldwin catcher Kurt Suzuki, Mid-Pacific’s Ricky […]

Baseball all state, 1990-99

By Jerry Campany on June 1, 2018

With the 2018 All-State baseball team coming out on Sunday, we are remembering teams of the past. This time it is the 1990s. The decade began with a three-peat by Dunn Muramaru‘s Mid-Pacific club and with another one by the Iolani Raiders of Herbert Yoshimura and Dean Yonamine before the Molokai Farmers took the first of their two titles. Familiar names to look for include Kekoa Kaluhiokalani of Waianae, Aiea’s Nolan Tokuda, Kailua shortstop Corey Ishigo, Kalaheo’s Alika Smith, Jamie […]

Baseball all stars, 1980-89

By Jerry Campany on May 31, 2018

Ed Allen‘s Kamehameha crew started the decade off with a state title and ended it with two more, including a 1-0 win in 1987 to deny Iolani its third title. The OIA didn’t have much success but might have had the best battery of the decade with Kaiser’s Sid Fernandez and Keith Komeiji willing their Cougars to an OIA East title early in the decade and a state title in 1981. Familiar names to look for include Joey Meyer of […]

Baseball all-stars, 1970-79

By Jerry Campany on May 31, 2018

Iolani was the elite program of the 1970s with three state titles, but there was plenty of parity with Aiea winning twice and no other school doubling up. There were still no all-state teams, so this list of pages compiles league all-stars from the decade. The list of big stars has to begin in the OIA with Aiea, which featured both Gerald Ako and Derek Tatsuno on the hill. But Punahou’s Glenn Goya was no slouch in the year between […]

Baseball All-State teams: 1959-69

By Jerry Campany on May 30, 2018

The state baseball tournament has come full circle, with Baldwin atop the mountain. With the Star-Advertiser’s All-State baseball team coming out Sunday, here is a look at the All-State teams from 1959-69. The first HHSAA tournament began in 1959 and Tamotsu Omoto‘s Bears won the first two behind the heroic performance of Glenn Oura. Oura went 3-0 and pitched 21 of 24 innings for the Bears in 1959 and repeated it in his senior season by pitching 29 1/3 of […]