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Neves sisters endure ‘complications’

By Paul Honda on February 21, 2018

Kealani Neves never planned to miss this part. As the St. Francis Saints celebrated after a thrilling 47-43 win over Hawaii Baptist to win the ILH Division II girls basketball title on Jan. 20, Neves was a spectator. She clearly missed her teammates and friends. The game was a month ago, and since then, the Saints finished second in the Snapple/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships. They could have benefited from the play of Neves and older sister Savannah. They never […]

Robinson Senior Classic rosters set

By Paul Honda on February 21, 2018

Rosters for the Geremy Robinson Senior Classic, which will be played Saturday, Mar. 3 at Blaisdell Arena, have been released. There will also be a 3-point contest for the boys and girls and a slam dunk contest as part of the festivities. Rosters were selected by Robinson. OIA Boys Caleb Casinas, Moanalua Cameron Henry, Mililani Tolu Smith, Kahuku Zoar Nedd, Kapolei Jaymin Khansmith, Kaiser Jayden Wyatt, Nanakuli Caleb Corpening, McKinley Saige Pulu, Moanalua Kyle Moraga, McKinley Andrew Kearney, Kalaheo Coach: […]

Notoa’s 11 points lead Team Black to Mufi title

By Paul Honda on February 19, 2018

The setting was casual, but when the team in black got serious, there was no stopping it. Down 16-0, Dallas Martinez and Kaelyn Espinda sparked a comeback as Team Black rallied past Team Blue for a 41-33 win in the final of the high school division of the 25th Annual Mufi Hannemann Basketball Jamboree at Manoa District Park gym. Martinez (Sacred Hearts) and Espinda (Kaimuki), both juniors, entered with the second group and got the rally going. Team Black led […]

VIDEO: No. 1 Maryknoll vs. No. 2 Konawaena

By Paul Honda on February 5, 2018

The battle in the trenches turned into a test of wills. Konawaena trailed at the half, 22-17, then got a layup from Cherilyn Molina and a corner 3 by Caiyle Kaupu to tie the game at 22. From there, the second-seeded Wildcats took control of the tempo and upset top-seeded Maryknoll, making it four consecutive state titles for Konawaena and nine crowns in the past 15 years under Coach Bobbie Awa.

Molina, Aganus named most outstanding players

By Paul Honda on February 5, 2018

The Konawaena Wildcats landed three players on the all-tournament team at the Snapple/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships at Blaisdell Center. Senior guard Cherilyn Molina was selected the tournament’s most outstanding player for a second year in a row as the Wildcats upset top-seeded Maryknoll 47-32 in the final. Teammates Mikayla Tablit and Caiyle Kaupu was also voted to the team. Senior guard Saydee Aganus, who led Kamehameha-Hawaii over top-seeded St. Francis 41-32 in the Division II final, was picked most […]

Konawaena closes season at No. 1 in Top 10

By Paul Honda on February 5, 2018

Numbers reflect action. For nine weeks, Maryknoll was the No. 1 team in the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10. Not just the team at the top, but the Lady Spartans were a unanimous No. 1 from the first poll until last week. Today, voters followed the action and Konawaena is No. 1 in the season finale, collecting all 14 first-place votes. The Wildcats (26-2) ran the table at the Snapple/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships, beating Moanalua 59-32, No. 3 Lahainaluna […]

KS-Hawaii’s title run all about perseverance, work ethic

By Paul Honda on February 4, 2018

In the year 2018, the Kamehameha-Hawaii Warriors confirmed a widespread belief that there is and always has been a commitment in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation to excellence in girls basketball. The Warriors put their seal of triumph into the history books by pounding top-seeded St. Francis 41-32 on Saturday night in the Division II final of the Snapple/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships at Blaisdell Center. Along with Konawaena’s four-peat of the D-I state title, the BIIF laid claim to […]

Konawaena’s drama, destiny and 4-peat

By Paul Honda on February 4, 2018

Epic? This was rematch squared. A continuing saga of Shakespearean-level drama and destiny. In the end, the talented, deep, top-seeded Maryknoll Spartans still couldn’t topple the big green Wildcats at the top of the mountain. Konawaena’s 47-32 win for a state-title four-peat was a demonstration in death by a thousand paper cuts. The Wildcats executed Coach Bobbie Awa’s game plan to the nth degree of success. By the end, it was as if Konawaena (26-2 including nonconference games) extended its […]