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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Brotherhood of ‘One Team’: Raiders rolling

By Paul Honda on May 2, 2017

There was a brief time, during basketball season and a trip to the mainland, when brothers Hugh and Cole Hogland were just about out of their minds. Being only one year apart in age is one thing. But seeing your brother constantly — on campus, at practice, at home, the pressure of ‘Iolani’s 1-2 foot high pile of daily homework, playing for state champion — add it all up, and it can be a wee-bit stressful. And annoying. So Hugh […]

Punahou seeks 6th straight state volleyball title

By Hawaii Prep World on April 30, 2017

Brackets and seedings for the New City Nissan/HHSAA Boys Volleyball State Championships were released on Saturday night. In Division I, ILH powerhouse Punahou remains the top seed in the state with a 15-0 record, while BIIF champion Kamehameha-Hawaii claimed the No. 2 seed. Mililani earned the No. 3 seed as the OIA champion with a 13-0 record, while Kamehameha-Maui clinched the fourth seed and final first-round bye. Two O’ahu schools will travel interisland for their Division I first-round matchups on […]

Q&A: Mililani’s Niino, captains Fuiava, Guillermo

By Paul Honda on April 28, 2017

Roughly 12 hours after the Mililani Trojans won their first OIA boys volleyball championship in 23 years, head coach Trenton Niino, senior outside hitter Sila Fuiava and sophomore setter Chance Guillermo were kind enough to do a Q&A with Hawaii Prep World. Fuiava had 17 kills in a five-set upset win over six-time defending league champion Moanalua. Guillermo dished out 45 assists with four kills and three blocks. They go huge performances by key role players like middle Andrew Valladeres […]

Mililani goes from rebuild to OIA title game

By Paul Honda on April 26, 2017

The dream of an Oahu Interscholastic Association Division I volleyball title ended for Waipahu’s boys team on Tuesday night, while the dream continued for the Mililani Trojans. Mililani’s 16-25, 25-20, 25-20, 31-29 semifinal win at James Alegre Gymnasium was a microcosm of the Trojans’ season to date. So much potential, a deep arsenal of weapons, and plenty of defense to withstand one of the league’s hottest teams. “After the team Mililani had last year, I think a lot of people […]