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Hawaii soccer world will miss Chester Chee

By Nick Abramo on August 8, 2017

The calls came nightly from a friendly man with a mission to help. And now the calls will not come at all and our world will be a little bit darker. Chester Chee, a statistician and scorekeeper for Oahu high school soccer, died recently at age 75. “How are you doing?” Chester would ask to whoever in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser sports department happened to pick up the phone. Chester would verify who he was speaking with every time, so he could make a proper greeting by using your name. Oftentimes, whoever picked up the phone would finish the conversation just a bit happier. Sometimes there were comments: “I just love Chester.” “What a guy. Chester Chee.” “Imagine if we didn’t […]

Oahu 14-year-old signed by pro club in Mexico

By Nick Abramo on August 3, 2017

Cuauhtemoc Ochoa was going to be a ninth-grader at Moanalua this fall, but a soccer opportunity changed his plans. Ochoa, 14, was signed by Pachuca, a pro soccer club in Mexico, according to his club coach Hugo Gutierrez, who is also the head coach at Moanalua High. So, instead of playing for Gutierrez as a freshman for Na Menehune, Ochoa will play in the third division of the Pachuca pro club team. At that level, he won’t be paid a salary, but he will receive food and board money and other support money. He needs to climb two more levels to make it to the first division, where the club’s top team plays. Ochoa was a center midfielder on Gutierrez’s […]

Hawaii Prep’s Higgins is Gatorade POY

By Nick Abramo on June 26, 2017

Hawaii Prep’s Emi Higgins was named as the Gatorade Hawaii Player of the Year in girls soccer this week. The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field. The 5-foot-9 sophomore forward and midfielder led Ka Makani to an 11-2-2 record and the Division II state championship in 2017. She scored 19 goals, including seven of Hawaii Prep’s nine tallies in five postseason games. She also had seven assists. Higgins is a member of her school’s student council and has volunteered locally with the Kona Hospital Foundation. “Emi is a great soccer player,” said opposing coach Josh Woodard of Kamehameha-Hawaaii. “She’s very technical with the ball and she’s very athletic. […]

Govs, Spartans among letter-of-intent signees

By Paul Honda on April 12, 2017

High school classmate. Friend. Teammate. Champion. College student-athlete. College teammate. There are few strings of words that are as gratifying as those, and that’s the road travelled by Farrington seniors Molimau Heimuli and Chantal Mailou. The two basketball standouts were among dozens from the class of 2017 who inked their letters of intent in a signing ceremony hosted by Education First on Wednesday morning at the Honolulu Elks Lodge (Waikiki). Heimuli and Mailou signed to play at Paris Junior College (Texas). “We have to earn our spots,” said Heimuli, a 6-foot post who was arguably the best girls basketball player in the Oahu Interscholastic Association. “We leave at the end of June. We’re going to play hard.” The Lady Dragons […]

Kapolei alum Hopeau signs professional contract

By Hawaii Prep World on March 24, 2017

The Seattle Sounders announced Wednesday that Kapolei alum Shandon Hopeau has signed a professional contract with the club’s reserve team that plays in the United Soccer League. Hopeau, a two-time OIA West player of the year, signed directly from Sounders Academy, where he scored four goals in his first two games. He played with S2 last season and earned a starting job and was good enough during league play that he was invited to train with the Sounders’ MLS squad during their run to the MLS Cup. “I think being pushed out of my comfort zone and getting opportunities to play up [with the first team and S2] brings out a more complete player,” said Hopeau in a story posted […]

Punahou’s McKenna tops All-State team

By Jerry Campany on March 5, 2017

The face of high school boys soccer changed a little bit this year. Punahou’s Duncan McKenna gave his school its fifth player of the year award, and second in a row, but that is where the normalcy ended. McKenna was one of only six seniors named on this year’s Star-Advertiser Stellar Eleven, the fewest ever after nine seniors graced last year’s team. The entire team was released in Sunday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser which you can read here. The change was not limited to Oahu, as the Neighbor Islands, led by Baldwin’s Angelo Deloso-Flocco, put four guys on the first team. That is the most for the Neighbor Islands since 2005. Deloso-Flocco was the only player to repeat this year. He is […]

‘Iolani’s Kim-Bustillos is best in state

By Jerry Campany on March 5, 2017

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State girls soccer team was released in Sunday’s newspaper. You can read it here. Below are some notes on a few of the selections. >> The OIA had the player of the year the previous two years with Sunshine Fontes of Pearl City and Mililani’s Tia Furuta. It was the first time the ILH had not had the player of the year two years in a row since Baldwin had Nicole Garbin (2001) and Mahie Atay (2002) in the top spot. >> ‘Iolani’s Kristin Masunaga is the coach of the year for the second time, the first one was in 2013. She is one away from tying Matt Martinson (2009-11) of Punahou for the most all time. […]

McKenna, Turner top ILH boys soccer teams

By Hawaii Prep World on February 27, 2017

The ILH released its boys soccer all-star teams over the weekend. Punahou senior forward Duncan McKenna was named the offensive most valuable player while ‘Iolani senior defender Tasman Turner earned defensive most valuable player honors. Saint Louis’ Rick Sandry was the coach of the year. ILH All-Stars Offensive most valuable player—Duncan McKenna, Sr, Punahou Defensive most valuable player—Tasman Turner, Sr, ‘Iolani Coach of the year—Rick Sandry, Saint Louis FIRST TEAM GK—Ian Withy-Berry, Jr, Punahou F—Tanner Shimomoto, Sr, ‘Iolani; Kaimipono Halemano, Sr, Kamehameha; Michael Ramos, Jr, Pac-Five; Skyler Goo, Soph, Saint Louis MF—Tyler Ebisuya, Sr, ‘Iolani; Alexander Liu, Jr, ‘Iolani; Christopher Jenkins, Sr, Kamehameha; Noah Williams, Sr, Punahou D—Kai Terada-Herzer, Sr, Punahou; Kyle King, Jr, Punahou; Peyton Sommer, Sr, Punahou; Christopher […]