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Punahou’s Wilcox tops in boys volleyball

By Hawaii Prep World on May 28, 2017

Punahou junior outside hitter Ryan Wilcox was named the Star-Advertiser’s player of the year for boys volleyball in Sunday’s newspaper, continuing an unprecedented three-year run for the program. Wil Stanley was the player of the year last year and Micah Ma’a took the award after the previous season. In all, the Buffanblu had five players on the Fab 15, for the third straight year. No other program has ever had more than three. Punahou also got five players on the 2008 squad. Wilcox repeated as a Fab 15 selection, joined by Kamehameha-Hawaii’s Avery Enriques as a second-time selection. The other 13 players are on the list for the first time. Wilcox will have a chance to get his third selection […]

ILH boys volleyball all-star teams announced

By Hawaii Prep World on May 10, 2017

The ILH released its boys volleyball all-star teams in Division I, II and III today. The full teams are listed below. DIVISION I Most valuable player—Ryan Wilcox, Jr, Punahou Coach of the year—Jordan Inafuku, ‘Iolani FIRST TEAM Hugh Hogland, Sr, ‘Iolani Cole Hogland, Jr, ‘Iolani Matthew Saffery, So, Kamehameha Chad Bolte, Sr, Maryknoll Andrew Caraang, Sr, Maryknoll Ethan Siegfried, Sr, Punahou Shea Suzumoto, So, Punahou SECOND TEAM George Kailiwai, Sr, Kamehameha Kade Apuna, Jr, Kamehameha Kaimi Haas, Sr, Mid-Pacific Kana’i Akana, Jr, Punahou Ryan Hong, Jr, Punahou Jameson McKibbin, Jr, Punahou Chad Oshiro, Jr, Maryknoll HONORABLE MENTION ‘Iolani: Joseph Among, Sr; Nathan Yung, Sr; Ryan Van Cantfort, Jr; Shane Harimoto, So. Kamehameha: Hookela Hanohano, Sr; Kaioluhia Kalani, Jr; Kobe Young, […]

Punahou got past its moment of doubt

By Nick Abramo on May 8, 2017

Altogether it was just a little more than 5 minutes, but you could see it on the faces of the Punahou players – just a little bit of doubt. The heavily favored Buffanblu tried in vain to fight off Kamehameha-Hawaii in the second set of Saturday night’s state Division I boys volleyball final. The opposing Warriors sensed something amiss on the other side of the court and they pounced to win the set and tie the match at 1-1. How would Punahou respond? Fall apart or come out with even more energy? Well, if you guessed the latter, you are correct. The Buffanblu, who finished 19-0, went on some big runs to win the next two sets to wrap up […]

Enriques to retire as KS-Hawaii coach

By Nick Abramo on May 7, 2017

No one would doubt that Rick Tune is an authority on volleyball. And the former collegiate star and current Punahou coach, fresh off an eighth state championship in nine years, had somewhat of a bombshell to rock the Hawaii high school volleyball world Saturday night. Highly successful Kamehameha-Hawaii coach Guy Enriques will not be in charge of the Warriors next season, according to Tune, whose Buffanblu had just gotten past Enrqiues’ team in four sets in the Division I state final. Enriques confirmed his decision via a phone call Sunday. “Honestly, I’m really happy that we won, especially for our three seniors, but this moment is not just about Punahou and the championship,” Tune said. “I really want to acknowledge […]

Chalk up another state title for Hawaii Baptist

By Billy Hull on May 6, 2017

Hawaii Baptist’s lone senior was the one standing at the service line with a seventh straight Division II state championship on the line. Kellen Takatsuka, a 5-foot-8 outside hitter who starts alongside 5-foot-9 junior Michael Johnson, served the final four points of the Eagles’ 25-17, 25-23, 25-20 sweep of Kapaa in the New City Nissan/HHSAA Boys Volleyball State Championships on Saturday night at Blaisdell Arena. HBA (23-0) extended its state tournament winning streak to 22 with a sweep of the Warriors (14-1), who HBA head coach Teoni Obrey called the best Division II team they’ve had to beat during the streak. “I thought Kapaa man-for-man probably outmanned us at certain positions against them,” Obrey said. “They’re probably the best Division […]

Wilcox, Johnson top volleyball all-tourney teams

By Hawaii Prep World on May 6, 2017

Punahou junior outside hitter Ryan Wilcox was named the most outstanding player in Division I in the New City Nissan/HHSAA Boys Volleyball State Championships on Saturday night at Blaisdell Arena. Wilcox had a game-high 20 kills and 10 digs in a four-set win over Kamehameha-Hawaii in the final. Hawaii Baptist junior outside hitter Michael Johnson was named the most outstanding player in the Division II tournament. Johnson hit .250 with a match-high 13 kills and 15 digs in a sweep of Kapaa in the final. Punahou has won six straight D-I crowns and Hawaii Baptist has won seven in a row in Division II. DIVISION I All-Tournament team Most outstanding player—Ryan Wilcox, Punahou Ethan Siegfried, Punahou Avery Enriques, Kamehameha-Hawaii Nalu […]

Punahou awaits KS-Hawaii’s best punch

By Nick Abramo on May 5, 2017

Going by past results, Saturday night’s Division I boys volleyball state tournament at Blaisdell Arena has a heavyweight in one corner and a light heavyweight in the other. The old-timey boxing announcer could announce Punahou as “the reigning five-time champeen.” The opponent, Kamehameha-Hawaii, is the annual challenger, the team that gets super close, but can’t bring home the hardware. Punahou coach Rick Tune is relishing the matchup against the Big Island Interscholastic Federation Warriors. “They have a fantastic coach, Guy Enriques,” Tune said. “I have tons of respect for him and the way he runs his program. They don’t have a lot of size, but they play with a lot of heart and they scrap. And just keep scrapping.” Punahou […]

KS-Hawaii’s volleyball train is in town

By Nick Abramo on May 5, 2017

Every year at this time, Kamehameha-Hawaii shows up for the Division I boys volleyball state tournament. And the Warriors’ usual modus operandi is to make it far but not win the championship. Coach Guy Enriques was clear about what was needed to get past the remaining squads in their way. “We need to play a flawless match,” he said after a three-set sweep of Waipahu in the quarterfinals Thursday at Radford. He added that if any of his teams of the last decade had the ability to do it, this is the one. The team – led by hitters Addision Enriques and Avery Enriques (the coach’s twin sons), middle Nalu Kahapea and setter Jai Makuakane – is 15-0 and the […]

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