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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 […]

‘Iolani’s Hogland signs with Portland

By Nick Abramo on April 22, 2017

‘Iolani center Hugh Hogland signed a letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Portland, Raiders coach Dean Shimamoto confirmed Saturday. Hogland was a rarity in Hawaii high school basketball — a 6-foot-9 shot-blocker who also displayed offensive nimbleness and deft passing ability. Hogland’s mere presence on defense and his leadership were among his hallmarks. When he was in the game, even if he didn’t block a shot, opponents had to shoot around his large wingspan. “I’m really excited for him,” Shimamoto said about Hogland, who is a two-time Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State first teamer and the player of the year as a junior. “I think it’s going to be a good fit for him and hopefully for them. […]

Kahuku’s Villa adds Gatorade honor

By Hawaii Prep World on March 20, 2017

Kahuku senior guard Jessiya Villa, who was named the Honolulu Star-Advertiser player of the year just over a week ago, was selected as the Gatorade Hawaii boys basketball player of the year on Monday. Villa averaged 17.1 points, 6.2 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in leading Kahuku to its first-ever state title in boys basketball. As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Jessiya will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program, according to the press release. Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional […]

Boys hoops Fab 15: Coaches chime in

By Paul Honda on March 16, 2017

Here’s a look at what coaches had to say about some of the 2017 Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball All-State Fab 15 selections. They had much to say about the Fab 15, and bit more about those who missed the list, which is to say that we could’ve had a Fab 20, no question. The “Extra Sauce” comments are by this pupule writer, just a bit of information to complete the summaries. Jason Justus, Lahainaluna Coach of the Year Russ Fitzgerald, Leilehua: “He built a solid program, not just a good team, three years running.” Extra Sauce: After a long preseason that involved one Oahu-based tourney, a nice win over a hot St. Francis team that had beaten a (Dan Fotu-less) Kahuku […]

Kahuku’s Villa is Hawaii’s player of the year

By Hawaii Prep World on March 12, 2017

The 2016-17 Honolulu Star-Advertiser boys basketball Fab 15 was released in Sunday’s newspaper. You can read it here. Kahuku point guard Jessiya Villa was named the player of the year and Lahainaluna’s Jason Justus is the coach of the year. Here are some notes on the rest of the selections. >> ‘Iolani has had at least one player in the fab 15 for four straight years. >> Hugh Hogland is the first Raider to make it to successive Fab 15 selections since Trevyn Tulonghari in 2010-11. >> Kahuku has had at least one selection for each of the last three years. >> Kahuku’s three Fab 15 players matches the three they had in 2012 (Kawehena Johnson, Mason Kualii Moe, Mekeli […]

‘Iolani’s Hogland tops All-Defensive team

By Paul Honda on March 12, 2017

Kahuku’s Jessiya Villa leads 2017 boys basketball Fab. 15 voting The 2017 Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball All-State Fab 15 was released this morning, but coaches and media also checked off their votes for All-Defense and Most Improved on their ballots. The All-Defense team is led by ‘Iolani’s 6-foot-9 shot blocker, Hugh Hogland. The springy senior was voted first or second on all but one ballot, using his wingspan and timing to be a major source of rim protection for the Raiders. Kahuku landed four players among the All-Defense Top 10. Kesi Ah-Hoy, who came up big with perimeter shots late in the season, was a lockdown defender on the perimeter and a strong rebounder for state champion Kahuku. The 6-foot, 215-pound […]

Q&A: Kahuku basketball coach Brandyn Akana

By Paul Honda on March 12, 2017

Kahuku’s Jessiya Villa leads 2017 boys basketball Fab. 15 voting Brandyn Akana is not a fortune teller, nor is he a prophet. He simply wants to enjoy the moment, which is a wise choice. Kahuku’s first boys basketball state championship captured the imagination of hometown fans and faraway foes alike. With all the chaos that surrounded the University of Hawaii men’s basketball program while he was an assistant coach there, the NCAA violations, the questions over the hiring of Akana at Kahuku, much of it has settled down like dust from a windstorm that has blown through town. The anguish of those inside the program — a new coaching staff, players left to continue on – and those outside, is […]

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 […]