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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. On Thursday, they defeated Lady Snipers Spark 63-49. In semifinal play on Friday, Roundball Skills routed Elite Dynastr 60-33.

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. HD used only its freshmen in this tourney. Members of the ninth-grade team: Macmillan Aloisio, Kia‘i Apele, Elijah Blankenship, Izayah Chartrand, Jake Holtz, Keawe Silva, Koby Tabuyo-Kahele and Kaupena Yasso. The team is coached by Randy Apele, assisted by Kalani […]

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), Moe Notoa (Maryknoll), Rhianne Omori (Maryknoll) and Jette Steitzel (Maryknoll). On day 1, the Islanderz outlasted Storm OC Elite (Calif.) 46-36. On day 2, the Islanderz edged Cal Storm 17 Elite 41-37, then beat Colorado Combined 51-39. They defeated NM […]

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 45-44 win over the Illinois Rage. That same night, they defeated Precision Athletics (Kansas City, Mo.) 35-29. The next day, Hawaii Storm fell to MT Elite Ducks Onyx (Mass.) 50-46 and the Houston RoadRunners 50-33. On day 3, the Storm […]

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 (Texas). “We have to earn our spots,” said Heimuli, a 6-foot post who was arguably the best girls basketball player in the Oahu Interscholastic Association. “We leave at the end of June. We’re going to play hard.” The Lady Dragons […]

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 the Robinson Senior Classic begins 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Neal Blaisdell Center. The updated rosters: Girls Private Schools (plus Konawaena) Camy Aguinaldo, ‘Iolani Abigail Aplaca, Punahou Kamaile Kandiah, Punahou Mikiala Maio, Kamehameha Celena Jane Molina, Konawaena Shania Nakamura, Damien […]

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 by the closing ceremony. 7:30 p.m. Hawaii Swish vs. Orange County Novastars. Girls Rosters Private Schools (plus Konawaena) Camy Aguinaldo, ‘Iolani Abigail Aplaca, Punahou Kamaile Kandiah, Punahou Mikiala Maio, Kamehameha Celena Jane Molina, Konawaena Shania Nakamura, Damien Skylar Nakata, ‘Iolani […]

Heimuli, Mailou to sign with Paris JC

By Paul Honda on March 3, 2017

All-State Fab 15 selection Molimau Heimuli and teammate Chantal Mailou led Farrington to an Oahu Interscholastic Association Division I girls basketball championship last month. In a few more months, Heimuli and Mailou will be en route to Paris Junior College in Texas to continue their playing careers. Heimuli, a 5-foot-11 guard/forward, was voted No. 4 in the Star-Advertiser All-State Fab 15 by coaches and media. Versatility across the court and power in the paint make Heimuli an elite prospect. Coaches locally consider her at college Division I talent, but she didn’t qualify by NCAA standards. Heimuli is a left-hander who wowed fans with her ambidextrous post shooting, point-guard level ballhandling skills and tremendous endurance. The senior averaged more than 21 […]