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Aura of Konawaena: Transfers, rumors, dynasty

By Paul Honda on August 25, 2017

If Konawaena is part of a statewide game of thrones, House Awa has both a formidable castle and a moat filled with ferocious, hungry creatures. Few, if any, ever want to leave the dynastic program, which has won seven of the last 13 girls basketball Division I state crowns. Konawaena, with its modest enrollment (roughly 800 students), has plenty of talent returning from last year’s back-to-back championship squad with All-State guards Cherilyn Molina and Mikayla Tablit, along with promising young […]

Roundball Skills wins Fab 48 title

By Paul Honda on July 29, 2017

Roundball Skills Academy defeated Vegas Elite White 61-38 today to capture the Girls 15-Under Division at the Las Vegas Fab 48 tournament. Members of the team are: Kylie Bagay, Taylor Hange, Heaven Hense-Dorroh, Namahana Keao Young, Ta’ Niyan Latson, Dominique Pacheco, Angle Pauole, Kayla Tansiongco and Hanah Urbano. The games for Girls 15U were played at Faith Lutheran High School. RSA, coached by Marco Johnson, began pool play on Wednesday with a 62-48 over the same Vegas Elite White team. […]

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. […]

Islanderz win top division at Cal Storm tourney

By Paul Honda on July 24, 2017

The Islanderz girls basketball team had a phenomenal performance that was hotter than July. The Islanderz, coached by Scott Cambra, went 5-0 in the Cal Storm tournament’s highest division, Showcase/Diane Taurusi. That netted the team from Oahu co-championship honors with EBO Black in the nine-team division, which had no playoff bracket. Members of the Islanderz: Cheyenne Ardona (Mililani), Isabella Cravens (Maryknoll), Salara Dill (Radford), Kalena Gibson (Mililani), Kehau Gililand (Maryknoll), Kawai Kahalehoe (‘Iolani), Ka‘imi Kalei (St. Francis), Brooke Napier (Mililani), […]

Storm wins Cairo Division at Nike TOC tourney

By Paul Honda on July 24, 2017

The Hawaii Storm girls basketball team outlasted Team Kwik (Texas) 37-29 to capture the 17-Under Cairo Division title at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Chicago last week. Members of the Storm are: Shayla Cabato-Machado (Farrington), Paige Fahrni (Mid-Pacific), Mandi Kawaha (Hilo), Brilie Kovaloff (Mid-Pacific), Dallas Martinez (Sacred Hearts), TeHiwa Medeiros (Sacred Hearts), Dahlis Sablay (Mililani) and Taylor Wu (‘Iolani). The Storm, coached by Mike Taylor, placed first in their pool with a 3-2 record. They opened play with a […]

Govs, Spartans among letter-of-intent signees

By Paul Honda on April 12, 2017

High school classmate. Friend. Teammate. Champion. College student-athlete. College teammate. There are few strings of words that are as gratifying as those, and that’s the road travelled by Farrington seniors Molimau Heimuli and Chantal Mailou. The two basketball standouts were among dozens from the class of 2017 who inked their letters of intent in a signing ceremony hosted by Education First on Wednesday morning at the Honolulu Elks Lodge (Waikiki). Heimuli and Mailou signed to play at Paris Junior College […]

Wright replaces Ah-Hoy in Robinson Classic

By Paul Honda on March 10, 2017

Kahuku center Taimona Wright will replace Kesi Ah-Hoy at the Geremy Robinson Senior Classic. Brandyn Akana, who coached both players at Kahuku, made the announcement on Thursday. Wright is a 6-foot-4 senior who has an accurate mid-range jumper and played a supporting role in Kahuku’s ascent to the state championship. Ah-Hoy, one of the team’s key stoppers who came on strong with his perimeter shooting in the postseason, has signed to play football at Oregon State. The opening ceremony of […]

Robinson Senior Classic on Saturday at NBC

By Paul Honda on March 8, 2017

The Geremy Robinson Senior Basketball Classic will be played at Neal Blaisdell Center on Saturday. Previous exhibition games pitting high school seniors were held at Moanalua. The boys and girls matchups will begin in the early afternoon, followed by a Hawaii Swish (professional) game. The boys and girls games have a private-versus-public school format. The schedule: 1 p.m. Opening ceremony. 2:30 p.m. Girls game, followed by boys and girls 3-point contests and slam dunk contest. 5:00 p.m. Boys game, followed […]