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122-pound class stacked at OIA judo

By Jerry Campany on April 28, 2016

The 122-pound class expects to be the toughest at the girls portion of the OIA Judo championships this weekend, with Kalani’s Phoebe Pineda-Abaya drawing the top of the bracket and the bye that comes with it. After that, she will have some work to do to defend it. She faces the winner between Azaria Tandal of Kapolei and 2014 OIA champion Sienna Ho of Moanalua. Waiting on the bottom of the bracket in the second seed is Pearl City’s Netanya […]

OIA Divisional judo results

By Jerry Campany on April 23, 2016

Moanalua has the lightweights, and Kalani has the middleweights and Kahuku has the big boys. Na Menehune and the Falcons split the OIA Eastern Division championships on Saturday, with each school crowning three boys champions. Moanalua got wins from Logan Garcia at 108 pounds, Noah Wusstig at 121 and Chase Wusstig at 132. Kalani got titles out of Jared Kaneko (161), Micah Tateyama (145) and Kailer Okura (198). Kahuku swept the two heaviest weights with Lerod Tongi at 220 pounds […]

OIA Divisional judo brackets

By Jerry Campany on April 22, 2016

OIA East and West championships will be held tomorrow, and judging by the brackets the boys races are already decided. Kalani leads the East with five top seeds including every weight class above 198 pounds, where Kailero Okura resides. Other top seeds for the Falcons are David Higashi, James Lawhn, Jarek Kaneko and Micah Tateyama. Moanalua is next with two top seeds. 2016 EAST BOYS BRACKET Kapolei rules the West, matching Kalani with five top seeds. Andre and Jayson Pagurayan […]

Rough night for some ILH judoka

By Paul Honda on April 2, 2016

Mat 1 was a rough place to be in Mills Gymnasium on Friday night. Most of the night’s ILH judo matches proceeded without more or less than the usual fanfare (like a bloody nose). ‘Iolani’s defending state champion, Dane Yamashiro, breezed through with three wins, completely unchallenged. Kamehameha’s formidable Jaclyn Fontanilla was absent due to illness. But on Mat 1, a Kamehameha player got thrown headfirst, his face bouncing off the surface before he wound up almost motionless on his […]

Hall pass: Sabrina Hollins

By Jerry Campany on June 5, 2015

A case for Hall of Honor candidacy is usually made in an athlete’s freshman year, when they start their journey toward multiple state titles. That is not how Waipahu’s Sabrina Hollins played it, though, but it worked out just fine. Hollins didn’t compete in a varsity sport until her junior year, but did enough in two years to be inducted June 7 at Dole Cannery Square’s Pomaikai Ballroom. Not that there weren’t signs of her future in her junior year. […]

Chandler and Miyao are ILH judo MVPs

By Nick Abramo on May 24, 2015

Mid-Pacific’s Cole Chandler and Pac-Five’s Taylor Miyao were selected as the ILH judo MVPs, the league announced recently. The ILH judo All-Star team follows. ILH Judo All-Stars, 2015 MVPs >> Cole Chandler, Mid-Pacific >> Taylor Miyao, Pac-Five Boys coach of the year >> Dan Nishita, ‘Iolani Girls coach of the year >> Ernest Miyamasu, Kamehameha Boys first team >> 108: Landon Obra-Nakata, Damien >> 114: Weston Kogachi, Punahou >> 121: Jordan Ng, ‘Iolani >> 132: Nicolas Nakaoka, Punahou >> 145: […]

2015 OIA judo all-star teams announced

By Hawaii Prep World on May 14, 2015

OIA EAST BOYS Co-players of the year—Micah Tateyama, Kalani; Zorich Palimo’o, Moanalua Coach of the year—Brandon Maki, Moanalua First team 108—Ritchie Wong, Moanalua 114—Diamond Inouye, Moanalua 121—Wendell Ebesu, Castle 132—Micah Tateyama, Kalani 145—Daeniel Tiamzon, McKinley 161—Kulana Salera, Moanalua 178—Andrew Pascua, Moanalua 198—Zorich Palimo’o, Moanalua 220—Lerod Tongi, Kahuku 285—Ryan Souza, Moanalua Second team 108—Christopher Lum, Roosevelt 114—Shon Aragaon, Moanalua 121—Chase Wusstig, Moanalua 132—Chevy Tabiolo Felcilda, Moanalua 145—Sean Davis, Moanalua 161—Eugene Chong, Moanalua 178—Neavan Pak, Moanalua 198—Kailer Okura, Kalani 220—Diego Delomier, Moanalua […]

Okubo: Mind over matter

By Paul Honda on May 13, 2015

Top seed Jaclyn Fontanilla of Kamehameha was chasing her third title, but was outlasted by Kari Okubo of Aiea in the 154 girls final. Okubo overcame mental and physical hurdles — an injured right ankle — prior to the tourney.  “I really had to fix my attitude this weekend. I was really down about facing a two-time state champion,” said Okubo, who was a defending champion in her own right. “I had to get a motivational talk from my parents. […]