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Profound ILH girls soccer rivalry rages on

By Nick Abramo on December 15, 2017

The Big Three in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu — ‘Iolani, Punahou and Kamehameha — are known for fiery rivalries in most sports. In girls soccer, it’s all-out combat every year, and not one of the three teams has approached anything that could be considered dominance. ILH state berths (champions and runners-up) 2008-2017 >> 2017: 1. Punahou; 2. ‘Iolani >> 2016: 1. ‘Iolani; 2. Kamehameha >> 2015: 1. Punahou; 2. ‘Iolani >> 2014: 1. ‘Iolani; 2. Kamehameha >> 2013: 1. […]

Mariota, Buckner have played each other before

By Christian Shimabuku on December 15, 2017

When the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers square off at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday, it will be a reunion of sorts for former Oregon teammates Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota and San Francisco defensive lineman DeForest Buckner. The two former Ducks will play on the same field for the first time since the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship — a 42-20 loss to Ohio State — but it won’t be the first time they’ve played against each other. As ILH […]

Fairfax brings history, Montverde brings Barrett

By Paul Honda on December 15, 2017

There once was Yates, the human basketball team blur, as it were. Scoring and scoring and running and running. Full-time intensity and speed for 32 minutes. Of course, longtime ‘Iolani Prep Classic fans recall Oak Hill, which seems to be here playing for the title every year. There are powerhouse teams that don’t play roundball these days, like Montrose Christian, which featured a younger Kevin Durant. There are teams that left their mark three decades ago, like the West Philadelphia […]

VIDEO: Kahuku at Roosevelt, overtime thriller

By Paul Honda on December 15, 2017

Highlights, Kahuku visits Roosevelt in an OIA East battle that goes into overtime. Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Score: Lady Raiders 42, Rough Riders 37, OT.

Lack of support led Ajifu to resign at Mid-Pacific

By Paul Honda on December 14, 2017

Sherice Ajifu says there was no choice. The Mid-Pacific girls basketball coach, who led the Owls to the Division II state championship last season, resigned on Sunday after several days of crisis within the program. It came down, she said, to “core values.” “I don’t want to put anybody on a hot seat, but I’ll say this: we decided to resign due to a lack of administrative support,” Ajifu said Thursday night. “It has nothing to do with a kid. […]

Tagovailoa wins player of the year award in Alabama

By Billy Hull on December 14, 2017

Former Kapolei quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, who threw for 6,703 yards and 64 touchdowns in two seasons with the Hurricanes before transferring to a school in Alabama, was named the 2017 Shelby County Reporter Player of the Year on Thursday. Tagovailoa, who went 12-1 as the starter for Thompson Academy in Alabaster, Ala., threw for 3,823 yards and 35 touchdowns to become the easy choice for the award by the local newspaper. Here’s their full story. His yardage total is the […]

1981 prep football all-star teams

By Jerry Campany on December 14, 2017

As the 2017 Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s football All-State team release draws near, periodically we are going to ask a spreadsheet to generate a random number between 1947 and 2016. Whichever year pops up, we will post that season’s all-star pages here. In this edition we get one of the most magical seasons in high school football. Radford miraculously won the Prep Bowl under interim coach Waldemar Doane, who took over when longtime coach John Velasco died the day before the Rams […]

Kahuku, Roosevelt hoopsters growing up quickly

By Paul Honda on December 13, 2017

Kahuku and Roosevelt had appeal for basketball fans long before there was anything resembling the unusual. Kahuku’s 42-37 overtime win in Roosevelt’s gym was every bit as tantalizing as imaginable for two fairly young teams in the hunt for an Oahu Interscholastic Association championship. It has been three games since coach Chad Kaihe resigned after an incident with a parent in the parking lot at Sacred Hearts Academy following a tournament game. That situation remains in the no-comment zone for […]