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VIDEO: Buffanblu freshmen beat the buzzers

By Paul Honda on November 29, 2017

Freshmen Tamalani Fonoti and Melody Lum beat the buzzer not one, not two, but three times during a win over Farrington. Nov. 8, 2017.

Girls hoops tourney scores through Nov. 27

By Nick Abramo on November 28, 2017

Looking for girls basketball tournament and preseason scores? Click here for scores through Nov. 27. Got a score for a preseason or tournament game not listed or an upcoming game or tournament that is not shown, please email . There are three girls basketball tournaments scheduled for this week: the Orthopedic Associates Sacred Hearts Invitational, the Ka Makani Girls Basketball Tip-off Classic at Hawaii Prep, and the Kapaa Goodwill Tournament.

Wily thinking long term for young Kahuku

By Paul Honda on November 26, 2017

There was a time, not so long ago, when LaToya Wily and Chico Furtado were not coaching counterparts. In fact, Wily was one of the top hoopsters in the state, and she departed from Kahuku to play at Furtado’s girls basketball juggernaut at Kalaheo for a season. Furtado, now coach at Maryknoll, remembers it clearly. “That was some crazy times. She played for me one summer with Hawaii Select. Then she came over after her freshman year. Leaving a community […]

Pupule ballot*: Maryknoll girls the team to beat

By Paul Honda on November 22, 2017

Girls basketball preseason tipped off a couple of weeks ago, and though we’re not doing a girls basketball Top 10 just yet, this pupule brain is wrapping itself around what it saw at the McKinley Black and Gold Classic and a nonconference game between Kamehameha and Kaimuki. That was enough to stoke the fire a bit. This is not a ballot, but the beginning of one. Pupule BKG ballot 11/17/17 (Updated with more recent results) Teams listed in no particular […]

Manuel, Vierra spark Kamehameha over Kaimuki

By Paul Honda on November 17, 2017

Sometimes, the learning curve has a few bumps along the route. Kamehameha, one of the contenders for the Interscholastic League of Honolulu girls basketball title, is taking that bumpy ride with appreciation. Senior Kiana Vierra scored 10 of her 14 points in the second half as Kamehameha broke open a close game and rolled to a 52-31 win at Kaimuki on Thursday night. The UC Santa Barbara signee didn’t have to carry the load, even on a night when center […]

Martinez, Medeiros spark Lancers over Tigers

By Paul Honda on November 12, 2017

Progress can come in small doses, as it did for the McKinley Tigers. It can also arrive with wrecking-ball impact, and the Sacred Hearts Lancers would be the smashmouth basketball team that no group of petite defenders looks forward to. The Division II Lancers began the McKinley Black and Gold Tournament with a decisive 59-28 loss to defending D-I state champion Konawaena on Thursday. A day later, the Academy grinded out a 56-37 win over Farrington. By Saturday, their imprint […]

Falcons upbeat after nearly upsetting Punahou

By Paul Honda on November 12, 2017

The Lady Falcons of Kalani have been on smooth street this week, if it was paved with sandpaper, that is. Coach Chi Mok and his team have endured some internal ripples, but like any family, they united as a single, potent force. The results showed on the hardwood on Saturday night as Kalani took an 11-6 lead on Punahou, lost the lead and battled back before losing 44-42 at the McKinley Black and Gold Classic. Kandyce Woods was the engine […]

Okamura, Malta adjust to leadership roles for ‘Iolani

By Paul Honda on November 12, 2017

The theme of girls basketball, at least at the McKinley Black and Gold Classic, seemed to be youth. As in team rosters light on seniors and heavy with underclassmen. That hasn’t been a detriment, though, especially for the ‘Iolani Raiders. With freshman Lily Lefotu Wahinekapu’s versatility at the forefront, the Raiders overpowered Farrington 62-35 on Saturday afternoon at McKinley Student Council Gym. ‘Iolani went 2-1 in the tourney, enjoying an early scoring explosion from senior Kellie Okamura, who scored all […]