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Bartolotti grateful to sign with Hawaii, keeps grinding

By Paul Honda on November 21, 2018

Cira Bartolotti has traveled near and far to achieve a dream. The Kapolei senior signed with Hawaii on National Letter of Intent Day, but she is far from satisfied. “It’s motivation and a self-awareness having that motivating you to work harder knowing have (college) next year,” said Bartolotti, who struck out 76 in 80 innings as the Hurricanes’ ace last spring. In her first season at Kapolei after transferring from Maui, she also clocked a team-high five home runs with […]

‘Iolani slugger Agbayani signs with Cal

By Paul Honda on November 14, 2018

Aleia Agbayani is having a typical day at ‘Iolani, arriving early for class and grinding through the workload. Oh, and there was that ceremony at the Hawaii Convention Center at 6 a.m., when the senior softball standout signed a letter of intent to accept a scholarship from the University of California at Berkeley. “It’s a big relief. I’ve been waiting awhile to do this,” said Agbayani, an ace pitcher and the team’s leading hitter, their leader in RBIs and run […]

Saints’ Keliinoi looking forward to life at UH

By Paul Honda on November 14, 2018

If signing the most important document of your life at 6 in the morning isn’t memorable enough, maybe the preparation is. Kaena Keliinoi found that out this morning, commuting from Waianae to the Hawaii Convention Center for the National Letter of Intent signing ceremony hosted by Education 1st. The standout catcher at Division II state champion St. Francis signed her document to play softball for Hawaii. Kellinoi, Roosevelt’s Maya Nakamura and Kapolei’s Cira Bartolotti all signed with UH to play […]

Konawaena ace Grace now at St. Francis

By Paul Honda on November 14, 2018

Defending Division II softball state champion St. Francis got a boost with the arrival of junior pitcher Shaylann Grace, a transfer from Konawaena. Grace helped the Wildcats reach the semifinals of the 2017 Division II state tournament. St. Francis rallied to edge Konawaena 8-7 and went on to capture the state title with a win over Kamehameha-Hawaii in the final. Grace homered and went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored against St. Francis. She will bolster a talented […]

Kamehameha hires coaches in baseball, softball, soccer

By Nick Abramo on August 29, 2018

Daryl Kitagawa is the new baseball coach at Kamehameha, the school announced as one of three new hires Wednesday. Kitagawa takes over for Kahi Kaanoi, who was hired on interim basis in February. Prior to that, Tom Perkins was the Warriors’ baseball coach. The school also hired Leo Sing Chow for softball and Uri Barron-Silva for boys soccer. Sing Chow, who previously played for the Warriors’ softball program, takes over for James Millwood. Barron-Silva takes over the soccer reins from […]

Roosevelt’s Foster is Gatorade softball POY

By Nick Abramo on June 13, 2018

Roosevelt’s Mari Foster was named as the Hawaii Gatorade softball player of the year by the Gatorade Company recently. The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field. The 5-foot-7 senior outfielder and right-handed pitcher led the Rough Riders (15-3) to the Division I tournament play-in game. Foster batted .604 (29-for-48) with nine home runs, 34 RBIs, 23 runs scored, a .627 on-base percentage and a 1.333 slugging percentage. In […]

VIDEO: Leilehua All-State OF Alyssa Asuncion

By Paul Honda on May 29, 2018

A busy offseason of learning and applying knowledge helped junior outfielder Alyssa Asuncion of Leilehua become an All-State first-team outfielder. Asuncion hit .488 with an OBP of .560 and a slugging percentage of .814.

VIDEO: Leilehua All-State Utility Gianna Araki

By Paul Honda on May 29, 2018

Gianna Araki talks about a sophomore season that ended with a state championship for the Leilehua Mules. Araki batted .467 with seven HRs, 23 RBIs and an OPS of 1.641. She was voted to the All-State first team as a utility selection.