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Hoopbook: Punahou champion, Kordel Ng, Classic moments

By Paul Honda on December 14, 2018

It’s Aloha Friday and I’m finally caught up. What does that mean? Between connecting dots and helping out on our All-State Football package which will come out Sunday, and covering as much girls and boys basketball as possible, there are plenty of takeaways to be made on roundball. And now that this head cold is clearing up, my brain is catching up, too. On Thursday, I was pretty sure it was Wednesday. And on Wednesday, it felt like Tuesday. That’s […]

Macfarlane returns to scene of greatest prep triumph

By Jerry Campany on December 14, 2018

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane will experience some familiar feelings when she walks into the Blaisdell Arena for Bellator 213 on Saturday. Macfarlane will be representing something more than Punahou this time, as she will have the entire state behind her. But the butterflies will probably never be fluttering more than when she took the mat for the 2009 state wrestling championship. In 2009 she met Hana’s Ahnjalee Akuna, a beast of a competitor who went on to wrestle in the World Team […]

HAWAII GROWN: UCF’s Milton will have a 4th surgery

By Nick Abramo on December 13, 2018

McKenzie Milton had an ultrasound on his injured leg today, according to a story in the Orlando Sentinel. It cleared the former Mililani star for another surgery, the story said, quoting from a Twitter post from McKenzie’s mom, Theresa Milton. Milton suffered the serious injury in the Knights’ regular-season finale against South Florida and has had three surgeries so far, according to the story written by Iliana Limon Romero and Matt Murschel. In other developments, Milton: >> Will be going […]

Q&A: Stephenson on giant slayer Damien’s first loss

By Paul Honda on December 12, 2018

They were and they are, still, the giant slayers. Damien’s unbeaten run came to an end on Tuesday night with a 65-58 loss to nemesis St. Francis. The resume speaks for itself. Wins over St. Francis, Kalaheo, Punahou, Kailua. A 9-1 overall record. Not bad for a Division II program. Running the table in preseason would have been a simple, if enormously difficult, antidote to the naysayers who have knocked the Monarchs for declaring as a D-II team back in […]

Q&A: Durant on St. Francis’ ascent to tourney final

By Paul Honda on December 12, 2018

A year ago, it was St. Francis that rebuilt that unique template of what a giant slayer could be. In the 2017-18 season, Saints were unbeaten against all competition through preseason with the exception of two close losses to mighty Punahou, which went on to capture the Division I state title, and one to Kamehameha. St. Francis went on to capture its second D-II state championship in a row. The boys basketball squad made the long-awaited move up to D-I, […]

Tourneys abound: St. Francis, Walter Wong, Kaimuki, ‘Iolani Classic

By Paul Honda on December 11, 2018

The holiday season is busy enough for shoppers and those of us driving in vehicles who aren’t shopping. Then there’s rain that slows all traffic to a crawl. Then there’s prep hoops. The onslaught of tournaments is upon us in full, thick morass. The Walter Wong Invitational tipped off on Monday with four games. Host Saint Louis is coming off a title run at the St. Joseph Cardinal Classic in Hilo. The Crusaders didn’t play on Monday, but Kaiser routed […]

USC, Georgia, UCF in running for Mililani’s Gabriel

By Paul Honda on December 10, 2018

A simple life is one Dillon Gabriel appreciates. More so in times like these. The Mililani senior quarterback visited Georgia over the weekend. He also has an offer from UCF, where former Mililani standout McKenzie Milton had a perfect 22-0 record as a starting QB before suffering a leg injury two weeks ago. Today, Gabriel will possibly meet up with USC head coach Clay Helton and new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury. Gabriel has seen his share of what Kingsbury developed […]

‘Iolani remains at No. 1 despite loss to Kamehameha

By Paul Honda on December 10, 2018

‘Iolani remains atop the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10 for a third week in a row. The Raiders lost to then-No. 5 Kamehameha on Friday, but still collected more points in the rankings. ‘Iolani played without starter Lily Lefotu Wahinekapu (ankle), which may have played a role on the ballots of coaches and media. Kamehameha (7-2) improved to 2-0 in ILH play and is now at No. 2 in the Top 10. The Warriors gathered six of the 10 first-place […]