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Punahou is top seed in state boys volleyball

By Billy Hull on April 26, 2018

Six-time defending Division I state boys volleyball champion Punahou is predictably the No. 1 seed for the New City Nissan/HHSAA Boys Volleyball State Championships that begin Monday. Waianae and Mililani are the two Oahu teams that will travel for opening-round games. The Trojans will play at Maui High at 5:30 p.m. on Monday while the Seariders will face Kamehameha-Hawaii at 4 p.m. on the Big Island. OIA champion Moanalua is the No. 2 seed, followed by MIL champion Kamehameha-Maui as […]

Moanalua reclaims OIA volleyball throne

By Nick Abramo on April 25, 2018

Kaiser coach Jon Stanley had a tall task Wednesday – beat the iron of OIA boys volleyball. But you can’t wave a wand and defeat Moanalua. The Cougars (12-2) didn’t, losing 25-15, 25-18, 25-11 in the league final at the Radford gym. Na Menehune are back on top in the OIA, which they feel is their rightful place. Last year was rare. They didn’t win it. Prior to that, they had won six league D-I championships in a row and […]

Waianae power surge zaps Moanalua

By Paul Honda on April 25, 2018

In the vast universe of supreme high school softball in Hawaii, Moanalua had an opportunity to leave a mark. Na Menehune finished third in the OIA East and earned home field for the opening round of the playoffs against Waianae, the sixth and final playoff qualifier from the West. Ask Moanalua coach Dean Oshiro if eight runs — including two homers from senior Iyana Reed, a homer by Raven Rosa-Lasco and two triples from Kellie Kitano-Maguire — would give him […]

Pearl City saves best game for OIA final

By Billy Hull on April 25, 2018

Pearl City won its first OIA Division II boys volleyball championship ever and first league title overall since 2002 on Wednesday night with a 25-20, 25-14, 26-24 sweep of Kalani at Radford. Senior Jeremiah Perifanos-Ta’amu put down a match-high 16 kills and eight digs and senior Zion Tupuola-Fetui added 10 kills for Pearl City (6-6), which played its best game of the season according to both players and coach. “Throughout the season we’ve had good games of a little bit […]

Punahou, ‘Iolani clinch state baseball berths

By Billy Hull on April 25, 2018

Jake Tsukada doubled and drove in three runs and Punahou knocked out Saint Louis in the ILH double-elimination tournament with a 10-7 victory on Wednesday. Despite getting outhit 11 to six, Punahou and ‘Iolani both clinched state tournament berths with the Buffanblu’s win over the Crusaders. The two teams will play Thursday at Central Oahu Regional Park with the winner needing to beat Mid-Pacific twice to win the tournament. ‘Iolani finished second and Punahou third in the regular season. A […]

Punahou’s Yamafuji sets Hawaii pole vault mark

By Nick Abramo on April 25, 2018

Punahou’s J. Kai Yamafuji pole vaulted higher than anyone in Hawaii history on Wednesday, according to his coach Tom Hintnaus and ILH track and field coordinator Jeff Meister. Yamafuji, a sophomore, cleared 16 feet. A bit earlier, he had made 15 feet, 3 inches as did rival and defending state and ILH champion Logan Rubasch of ‘Iolani. Yamafuji then went on to make 15-9 on his first try and 16-0 on his second attempt. Yamafuji was immediately hugged by Hintnaus, […]

Former UH player Castello is new Maryknoll coach

By Nick Abramo on April 25, 2018

Former University of Hawaii starting libero Nick Castello has been named the new Maryknoll boys volleyball head coach, according to Ben Valle, the school’s athletic director, in a news release. After graduating from UH in 2012, Castello went on to play professionally for UK Ostrava in Great Britain and Voleibal Brno in the Czech Republic. He is currently serving as a volunteer coach for the Hawaii women’s volleyball team and as a trainer at Mar Training in Honolulu. “Coach Castello […]

MPI closes in on ILH title with walk-off win

By Paul Honda on April 24, 2018

The wind was wicked and unkind, but neither the Owls nor the Raiders would succumb often. There were dazzling, whirling catches by the visiting ‘Iolani Raiders on a rainy afternoon. Swirling winds made life difficult on routine pop flies. By the end, regular-season winner Mid-Pacific edged ‘Iolani 7-6 on a game-winning sacrifice fly by Jet Uechi, and the dream flourishes for the Owls. They are now the only remaining unbeaten team in the ILH baseball double-elimination tournament. For a long […]