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Hilo’s Bello selected in Round 2 of MLB draft

By Billy Hull on June 4, 2018

Hilo outfielder Micah Bello was selected in the second round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Monday by the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers took Bello with the No. 73 overall pick which holds a slot value of $824,900. Bello was named to the Honolulu Advertiser All-State first team on Sunday after hitting .564 with 26 runs scored and 16 stolen bases. He is the highest draft pick out of high school from Hawaii since the Brewers took […]

Q&A: MPI All-State shortstop Wyatt Young

By Paul Honda on June 4, 2018

Two months have passed since Wyatt Young shared his appreciation for dad’s barbecue ribs. That might be something the recent Mid-Pacific graduate takes to the mainland. Young will depart on Thursday to play for the Utah Marshalls, a summer baseball outfit. Two months on the continent, in a home with a kitchen, means he might have an opportunity to replicate dad’s cooking. Young gets one last chance to learn from the grill master soon. “I think we’re actually having ribs […]

Q&A: Hilo’s Micah Bello MLB draft workout tour

By Paul Honda on June 4, 2018

En route from Anaheim to Los Angeles, Micah Bello and family were in the midst of an amazing adventure. Bello, the recent Hilo High graduate, was on the continent traveling from one pre-draft workout to another. It’s no surprise. The lanky, powerful outfielder led everyone at his position in the Star-Advertiser All-State voting by coaches and media. That’s a bit of a surprise considering the Vikings lost a play-in game prior to the state tourney and never set foot on […]

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 […]