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Ewa Beach gives Tua a rousing homecoming

By Nick Abramo on May 19, 2018

With wide-open and loving arms, a proud Ewa Beach community welcomed home Tua Tagovailoa on Saturday with a parade and celebration at the Ewa Beach Boys and Girls Club near Campbell High School. Before he starred for Saint Louis and then won the national championship with Alabama, Tua Tagovailoa began to learn his quarterback craft with the Ewa Beach Sabers. Many in the large gathering wore Alabama colors. Others wore the Ewa Beach Sabers’ white, orange and black. One fan […]

Reading between the lines of OIA transfer rule

By Nick Abramo on May 16, 2018

ANALYSIS The rewording of the OIA transfer rule may seem like small potatoes, but it has large implications. Due to an out-of-court settlement in the case of Miller v. Kishimoto recently, the scuttlebutt around OIA athletic directors is that the league is back to the “wild, wild West” of a few years ago. OIA athletic directors will not talk about it on the record, referring any inquiries to OIA executive director Ray Fujino. Fujino did not return a call asking […]

Kapolei’s top 2 QBs among those transferring out

By Nick Abramo on May 16, 2018

Kapolei will be without its top two quarterbacks for the 2018 season, according to multiple sources. The Hurricanes’ Kaniala Kalaola, who will be a senior this fall, has transferred to Campbell. He split starting duties with Lonenoa Faoa, who transferred in to Kapolei from Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) late last August. Faoa, who will be a junior, has transferred to Liberty (Henderson, Nev.). Kalaola played in nine games in 2017, throwing for 1,331 yards and 11 TDs. Faoa played in […]

1949 prep football all-star teams

By Jerry Campany on May 7, 2018

We’re down to our last few prep football all-star teams. Undefeated Saint Louis led the way with five selections on the Honolulu Advertiser’s ILH all-star team in 1949. Halfback Valentine Freitas was joined on the first team by four Crusaders linemen — Walter Cabral, Dan DeRego, Kelvin Lau and Fred Meyer. ‘Iolani halfback Allen Napoleon, who broke his leg in the Raiders’ final game of the season, was the only unanimous selection. He was also the only unanimous pick by the […]

1953 prep football all-star teams

By Jerry Campany on May 6, 2018

Punahou, which beat out Saint Louis for the ILH championship in 1953, tied the Crusaders with three players each on the ILH all-star team by the Honolulu Advertiser. Punahou guard Wendell Marino and Saint Louis running back Talbot George were the only underclassmen on the first team. The Star-Bulletin had three underclassmen on its first team — George, Punahou guard Gilbert Ane and Punahou back Harry Pacarro. Rural OIA champion Waialua dominated the league all-star team with seven of the 11 […]

Punahou’s Clemens added to Polynesian Bowl

By Billy Hull on May 2, 2018

Punahou’s Duke Clemens has earned an invitation to the 2019 Polynesian Bowl All-Star game today. Clemens, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound offensive lineman, holds 16 scholarship offers: Arizona State, Boise State, California, Duke, Georgia Tech, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Oregon State, Rice, San Diego State, Syracuse, UCLA, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Washington State. Clemens is a three-sport standout who was a member of Punahou’s state championship boys basketball team this season. He is also on the baseball team that will compete in the state tournament […]

ILH records vs. OIA opponents

By Billy Hull on May 1, 2018

The OIA-ILH football schedule, which was released on Monday, will give ILH teams an opportunity to face some new opposition. In the Open Division, Punahou, Saint Louis and Kamehameha will play six different OIA teams (Campbell, Farrington, Kahuku, Kapolei, Mililani, Farrington). Some are common opponents and in one case (Saint Louis vs. Campbell) the teams have never played in the modern era. Here’s a look at the three ILH teams’ history against their OIA counterparts in the Open Division since […]

2018 OIA-ILH football schedule

By Nick Abramo on April 30, 2018

The OIA-ILH football schedule is out for the 2018 season. For the first time, the two leagues are combining for a full slate of regular-season games. The OIA and ILH will continue to crown their own league champions. The OIA will hold playoffs. The ILH will base its champions on won-loss records. The schedule does not include the LH vs. ILH games in the Open Division and the ‘Iolani vs. Damien game in Division I and Pac-Five vs. St. Francis […]