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Maryknoll is rare No. 1 seed from ILH

By Billy Hull on February 1, 2018

For the first time since 2009, the No. 1 seed in the Snapple/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships is a team from the Interscholastic League of Honolulu. Four-time defending league champion Maryknoll is the top seed as it tries to break through for its first state title since 1978. The Spartans have lost to three-time defending state champion Konawaena in the final in each of the previous two seasons. The Wildcats, who have won eight of the last 14 Division I […]

St. Francis gets top seed in D2 basketball

By Jerry Campany on February 1, 2018

ILH champion St. Francis ticked another box on its list of accomplishments. The Saints drew the top seed in the Division II portion of the HHSAA Girls Basketball state championships, the first time in the history of the program they have been seeded. St. Francis has been in the last five tournaments, but hasn’t reached the final since 2005. The Saints are followed by fellow champions KS-Hawaii (second), Roosevelt (third) and Kauai (fourth). Those teams have the benefit of waiting […]

GIRLS QUARTERFINALS: When 4 is better than 3

By Paul Honda on February 1, 2018

Twelve is a lovely number that is welcome in every corner of planet earth. Unless it is state-tourney time in Hawaii. On Monday, the field was trimmed down to eight teams. By the end of today, barring any chain of multi-overtime battles, the Snapple/HHSAA Girls Basketball Division State Championships will be whittled down to four in Division I. As usual, there will be at least one elite-level team ousted in the early going due to the nature of the system […]

Pupule ballot: Kalani, KS-Hawaii girls climb higher

By Paul Honda on February 1, 2018

It’s time for the Big Dance. It’s also time to see how the hottest team in the OIA, Kalani, will fare against the rest of the state. Here’s how I voted. (All win-loss records as of Saturday, Jan. 20.) Pupule BKG Top 10 01/28/18 1. Maryknoll Spartans (26-2, 10-0 ILH) > Vs. Top 10: 20-2 (.909). 2. St. Francis Saints (23-0, 15-0 ILH D-II) > Vs. Top 10: 4-0 (1.000). 3. Lahainaluna Lunas (20-4, 12-0 MIL D-I) > Vs. Top […]

Jr. ‘Bows battle to end in loss to Castle

By Paul Honda on February 1, 2018

They battled to the very end. The Junior Rainbows of University Lab School rarely had a long stretch of pure ease this season. What they did every time they were down was get right back up. Moments after a 63-52 loss to Castle in the opening round of the Snapple/HHSAA Girls Basketball Division II State Championships, senior center Ti Posiulai was as grateful as she was spent. “It’s sad we didn’t go further, but we were willing to fight to […]

Relentless Knights get St. Francis next

By Paul Honda on February 1, 2018

Shayla Young says the Castle Knights have played better. Moments after a 63-52 win over University in the Division II first round of the Snapple/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships, the Knights have never been more clutch this winter. After losing 12 of their first 13 games, including an 0-6 start to the OIA East schedule, the Knights are in the quarterfinal round of the state tournament. Young had the game of her young career, certainly not alone in her effort. […]

Who stops Saints from marching to title?

By Paul Honda on February 1, 2018

Twelve days is a mighty long time to go without a game. Somehow, the top-seeded St. Francis Saints will make do when they meet unseeded Castle tonight in the quarterfinals of the Snapple/HHSAA Girls Basketball Division II State Championships. St. Francis is unbeaten and largely rested since winning the ILH D-II championship on Jan. 20. They rallied to edge Hawaii Baptist that night, and have been stellar against Top 10 competition. Kamehameha-Hawaii, Roosevelt and Kauai round out the seeded (league […]

Dark horses take aim at St. Francis

By Paul Honda on January 31, 2018

St. Francis might show some signs of struggle this week. Or they might not. After all, at 23-0, the Saints are the top seed at the Snapple/HHSAA State Championships. The Saints, who have a first-round bye and play on Thursday, have played spectacularly well with a 23-0 overall record and top seeding in this tourney. But two key players, sisters Kealani and Savannah Neves, transferred before the regular season. Playing three games in three days with two fewer cogs in […]