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No dance for ‘Iolani and a look at pairings

By Paul Honda on January 29, 2017

This week’s Pupule perspective on the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10 is a day early. That’s why this is also the Eve of the Big Dance edition, with the HHSAA Division I State Championships set to tip off on Monday, 5 p.m. Why so early in the day? Probably because the many teams traveling inter-island can save a bundle by flying back home immediately after their games. Back in the day, the last flight in or out was around 7-8 pm. Now, we have 9-10 pm flights. About the Monday-Thursday-Friday-Saturday format: This began last year with volleyball playing opening-round matches on Mondays. Seemed quirky at first, but I grew to like it. I’m sure the teams that qualified for states […]

Konawaena earns No. 1 seed in girls basketball

By Hawaii Prep World on January 28, 2017

Here are the brackets in both Division I and Division II for the 2017 HHSAA/Snapple Girls Basketball State Championships. Konawaena is the two-time defending champion in Division I while Hawaii Baptist is the reigning Division II state champion. Division I Division II

Cinderella wears Maroon: Farrington wins D-I

By Paul Honda on January 27, 2017

There were two Cinderellas at the ball on Thursday night. The one wearing a flowing velvet maroon gown, Farrington, turned out to be the princess of OIA Division I basketball following a 45-37 win over Kaimuki at Waipahu’s gym. The Lady Governors proved that, yes, working smart and hard every day does make a difference. A big one, enough to beat the same Kaimuki team it had lost to 50-35 just six weeks earlier. “Nothing went our way that day,” said Caroline Tatupu, who has now steered the Lady Governors to four OIA D-I championships. “Our shots weren’t dropping and we got into foul trouble.” This time, the Lady Govs showed the kind of development that only comes from constant, […]

At last, Maio and Warriors head to Big Dance

By Paul Honda on January 26, 2017

Just like that, ‘Iolani’s dream season ended before it could climax, and Kamehameha’s season is a dream come true. Kamehameha’s late-season surge is no surprise. For much of the early season, the Warriors played well enough to compete with front-runners Maryknoll and ‘Iolani. But something was missing. That something showed up under the brightest spotlight on Wednesday night with a state-tournament berth essentially on the line. Mikiala Maio, the senior who had never been to the state tourney other than as an eight-grade team manager, dug down deep and scored 24 points for Kamehameha in a 64-61 overtime win over ‘Iolani. “We’re much more focused now,” Maio said, recalling early-season, late-game difficulties in those rare Warrior losses. “We’ve been playing […]

Girls Top 10: Kaimuki’s rise, Punahou’s slide

By Paul Honda on January 24, 2017

Is Kaimuki the Cinderella princess-to-be wearing a black dress with green and gold trim? Mililani, a powerhouse from the OIA West, will have plenty to say about that. So will the other semifinalists: Farrington and Leilehua. The Lady Trojans have been down this road before, and this year’s crew has endured just enough bumps in the road to be battle tested. They’ll face a hot Kaimuki team (10-1) that has transformed since its early season turbulence in the semifinals of the OIA playoffs tonight in Waipahu. The Bulldogs are now a grizzled bunch that refuses to give up an easy shot despite having one of the smallest rosters in the state. Coach Mona Fa‘asoa gives her shooters the green light, […]

Beyond golden: Kaimuki’s Fa‘asoa and her legacy

By Paul Honda on January 19, 2017

Senior Night at Kaimuki was about to begin, moments after a 58-42 win over Kalani sealed first place in the OIA East for the Bulldogs girls basketball team. There it was, framed, a certificate of recognition from the State Legislature. Kaimuki coach Mona Fa‘asoa, the honoree. There was more. Another certificate, this one in a big envelope, commemorating recognition from Gov. David Ige. Fa‘asoa, the demanding, intense guru, began to melt. Every 10 seconds, she wiped more tears from her eyes. Nobody sees Coach Fa‘asoa like this. She couldn’t escape. There was the Senior Night festivities and coach is the MC. The timing was perfect. Whoever figured out when to catch the crafty Fa‘asoa off guard is, for all practical […]

Latest shuffle vaults Kaimuki into Top 10

By Paul Honda on January 18, 2017

There’s no question that there is a surplus of quality teams in boys basketball, more than we see in girls hoops. And yet, that doesn’t diminish my interest in how many of the lower-enrollment, competitive programs are faring this season in girls basketball. KS-Maui continues to roll in the MIL against all teams not named Lahainaluna. Seabury Hall leads MIL D-II despite splitting with Molokai in a home-and-away two-day series — with the road team winning closely in each game. Waiakea is unbeaten in BIIF play with showdowns ahead against Hilo and Konawaena. Seeing so many former powerhouses in the BIIF now at a middling pace — the league is far more interesting when Kohala is contending — is still […]

HAWAII GROWN: WSU’s Molina tears ACL

By Hawaii Prep World on January 17, 2017

Washington State freshman Chanelle Molina will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL suffered in last Friday’s 68-49 loss to No. 18 Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. The Konawaena alumna was injured in the second half after another freshman from Hawaii, Cameron Fernandez, suffered a scary head injury in the first half. “Friday the 13th was absolutely the horriblest, worst day of our lives I think,” Washington State coach June Daugherty said during Tuesday’s press conference. Molina had started the first 17 games of the season for the Cougars averaging 12.8 points on 51.5-percent shooting. She was named the Pac-12 freshman of the week two times in a row to start 2017 after helping the Cougars beat […]

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