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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 […]

Mililani’s Gabriel named Gatorade POY

By Jerry Campany on December 6, 2018

In yet another example of Hawaii being the hotbed of quarterbacks, Gatorade named Dillon Gabriel of Mililani its Hawaii Football Player of the Year on Thursday. Quarterbacks have won the award in eight of the last 10 years, with running backs Vavae Malepeai of Mililani and Punahou’s Steven Lakalaka the only exceptions. In the first 10 years the award was given out, beginning in 1985, no quarterbacks were selected. Jason Gesser of Saint Louis was the first signal-caller so honored, […]

Polynesian Bowl to hold combine in Las Vegas

By Hawaii Prep World on December 5, 2018

The Polynesian Bowl and Polynesian Bowl Hall of Fame will host their national combine and showcase March 30-31, 2019, at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. A youth camp will be held for players in grades six through eight and a showcase/combine will be held for current freshmen, sophomores and juniors. There will also be a specialists camp for punters, kickers and long snappers from grades eight through 12 with gurus Chris Sailer and Rubio Long on hand. Six […]

Saint Louis rises to No. 13 in USA Today 25

By Billy Hull on December 3, 2018

While most of the nation completes its football season over these final few weeks, three-time defending Open Division state champion Saint Louis continues its climb up the national rankings. The Crusaders (11-0) rose two spots to No. 13 in the latest USA Today Super 25 released today and are No. 7 for the second straight week in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25. Saint Louis was jumped by North Shore (Tex.) in the USA Today rankings but moved ahead of idle Centennial-Carona […]

Football players’ parents file suit against Castle

By Nick Abramo on November 30, 2018

The parents of three Castle football players have filed suit in First Circuit Court against Knights football coach John Hao, principal Bernadette Tyrell and athletic director Laynie Sueyasu as well as district superintendent Matt Ho. The suit — filed by Kyle Giron and his wife Ashleigh Giron on Wednesday — alleges that proper care was not taken to reasonably keep their sons away from harm. In the filing, it mentions that the Castle coaches knowingly allowed the plaintiffs’ sons and […]

Akana resigns as Saint Francis football coach

By Nick Abramo on November 30, 2018

Saint Francis football coach Kip Akana resigned Friday, according to a statement released by head of school Casey Asato at 4:50 p.m. Asato said he is grateful for Akana’s four years of service running the varsity football program. Akana also headed the intermediate program through the 2012 to 2014 seasons. Akana will continue as head coach of the St. Francis varsity baseball team. The Saints (1-8) were undefeated this season until it was found they used an ineligible player and […]

Bowl Series still wants Hawaii team in future

By Nick Abramo on November 29, 2018

All is not ruined for Hawaii after Saint Louis opted out of an invitation on Wednesday to a national bowl game to be televised on ESPNU. According to Rashid Ghazi of Paragon Marketing Group, the creator of the GEICO Bowl Series, there is still interest in bringing a Hawaii team to Phoenix for the event in the future. “We wish Saint Louis nothing but the best,” Ghazi said Thursday in a cellphone message to Hawaii Prep World. “Hopefully one time […]

Q&A: Coaches chime in on Alliance, state format

By Paul Honda on November 29, 2018

The questions were offered and many coaches responded. From Cal Lee (Saint Louis) and Wendell Look (‘Iolani) of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu, to neighbor-island coaches like Garret Tihada (Lahainaluna) of the Maui Interscholastic League and Kaeo Drummondo (Hilo) of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation, feedback about the state tournament and the OIA-ILH alliance is varied. It is golden. Coaches were thumbs up across the board about the alliance and the state-tournament format, and some had a few suggestions along […]