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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 […]

Kailua’s Parker is Hawaii Gatorade player of year

By Nick Abramo on May 29, 2018

Kailua senior Stone Parker was chosen as the Gatorade Hawaii baseball player of the year, the Gatorade Company announced today. The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound right-handed pitcher and first baseman posted a 6-1 record with a 0.69 earned run average on the mound. Parker struck out 66 batters while allowing just 24 hits and 12 walks in 51 innings pitched in leading […]

After 23 years, Kalani baseball coach Hirai retires

By Paul Honda on May 24, 2018

Through any challenge he and his staff faced, Kalani baseball coach Shannon Hirai wanted what was best for his Falcons. After 23 seasons at the helm, Hirai is finally doing something best for himself. Hirai announced his retirement from coaching on Thursday afternoon, sending an e-mail to players and parents. Then, five minutes later, he called Hawaii Prep World. “I’m kind of relieved. I’m tired, as most coaches are. I enjoyed my 23 years. I just felt like it was […]