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Fotu commits to Saint Mary’s

By Nick Abramo on September 28, 2017

Former Kahuku star Daniel Fotu has given an oral commitment to play basketball at Saint Mary’s, a source from Hawaii confirmed today. Last winter, Fotu, a 6-foot-7 forward who lives in New Zealand, enrolled at Kahuku after the start of basketball season, spent the three months of basketball season in Hawaii and led the Red Raiders to the Division I state championship before moving back to New Zealand. Fotu’s commitment to play for the Gaels was first reported by ESPN, […]

Q&A: New Saint Louis basketball coach Sol Batoon

By Paul Honda on September 21, 2017

It was, from some who have kept close tabs on the process, an exhaustive search to find a new varsity basketball coach at Saint Louis. The Crusaders hired longtime coach Sol Batoon on Wednesday. Batoon is a 1966 graduate of Farrington High School. His coaching resume has stretched across the state: Assistant coach and assistant athletic director at Chaminade; Kaiser, St. Joseph, Campbell, Thompson Academy, St. Francis. He was athletic director and boys basketball coach at St. Francis, starting a […]

Saint Louis hires Batoon as basketball coach

By Paul Honda on September 21, 2017

Q&A: New Saint Louis boys basketball coach Sol Batoon Sol Batoon is the new varsity basketball coach at Saint Louis. “It was a long process. You have to respect the process. I really appreciate all the support that I got. I feel great. I’m looking forward to the opportunity, having one this late in my life. I’m excited having my battery recharged,” he said. Batoon, 70, has spent most of his life in and around basketball. He was an assistant […]

Silva steps down from Saint Louis

By Paul Honda on August 29, 2017

For 11 years, Allan Silva‘s message of positivity was a given for the Farrington boys basketball program. For the past two seasons, the former Chaminade hoopster was back at his stomping grounds, McCabe Gym. The Saint Louis Crusaders looked to Silva for an edge in the ruthlessly difficult Interscholastic League of Honolulu. After two seasons at Saint Louis, Silva has stepped down. “I decided to resign last Friday to pursue other opportunities,” Silva said. “There’s some other things I’m doing […]

Hoop Dreams wins AVAC/Swoosh title

By Paul Honda on July 26, 2017

Hoop Dreams of the Big Island captured the Freshman/Sophomore Boys championship at the Antelope Valley Athletic Club (AVAC)/Swoosh Las Vegas Tune-Up Tournament. The event was played at Cypress College (Anaheim, Calif.). In pool play, Hoop Dreams defeated Hoop City 42-13 and OC Swoosh 49-21. In the semifinals, Hoop Dreams defeated California Stars 8-6 in a game that was terminated by officials due to bench conduct by a Stars assistant coach. Hoop Dreams then beat AVAC Ballerz 57-44 in the finals. […]

‘Iolani’s Hogland signs with Portland

By Nick Abramo on April 22, 2017

‘Iolani center Hugh Hogland signed a letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Portland, Raiders coach Dean Shimamoto confirmed Saturday. Hogland was a rarity in Hawaii high school basketball — a 6-foot-9 shot-blocker who also displayed offensive nimbleness and deft passing ability. Hogland’s mere presence on defense and his leadership were among his hallmarks. When he was in the game, even if he didn’t block a shot, opponents had to shoot around his large wingspan. “I’m really […]

Kahuku’s Villa adds Gatorade honor

By Hawaii Prep World on March 20, 2017

Kahuku senior guard Jessiya Villa, who was named the Honolulu Star-Advertiser player of the year just over a week ago, was selected as the Gatorade Hawaii boys basketball player of the year on Monday. Villa averaged 17.1 points, 6.2 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in leading Kahuku to its first-ever state title in boys basketball. As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Jessiya will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive […]

Boys hoops Fab 15: Coaches chime in

By Paul Honda on March 16, 2017

Here’s a look at what coaches had to say about some of the 2017 Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball All-State Fab 15 selections. They had much to say about the Fab 15, and bit more about those who missed the list, which is to say that we could’ve had a Fab 20, no question. The “Extra Sauce” comments are by this pupule writer, just a bit of information to complete the summaries. Jason Justus, Lahainaluna Coach of the Year Russ Fitzgerald, Leilehua: […]