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All-State softball, 2000-09

By Jerry Campany on May 25, 2018

With the Star-Advertiser’s softball all-state team coming out Sunday, here is a look at the All-State teams from 2000-09. The decade was still dominated by great pitchers, but the best might have been Kailua’s Courtney Kessell, who reigned as the player of the year in 2003 and again in 2005, the only pitcher who was honored multiple times. The end of the decade featured the state’s first full-fledged star who didn’t reside in the circle in Mililani infielder Courtney Senas. […]

All-State softball, 1990-99

By Jerry Campany on May 24, 2018

With the Star-Advertiser’s softball all-state team coming out Sunday, here is a look at the All-State teams from 1990-99. The decade had its fair share of stars early on, but nobody compared to Pomai Kapule of Kailua in the middle of the decade. Kapule is the only girl to be named player of the year three straight times by a newspaper, earning the recognition from the Honolulu Advertiser from 1995-97 before making way for Iolani’s Mitzi Ing. Tomorrow we will […]

VIDEO: Nanakuli ace Lute, Aiea coach Higuchi

By Paul Honda on May 23, 2018

Nanakuli senior Cheyenne Lute and Team Rogue coach Alan Higuchi (Aiea) chat after their victory in the final of the New City Nissan Senior Softball Classic. Lute pitched a complete game win, allowing just two hits with three strikeouts and one walk while pitching on a groin injury. Lute’s team at Nanakuli played just two games, then forfeited the remainder of the season.

VIDEO: Team Rogue honored after winning Senior Classic

By Paul Honda on May 22, 2018

The champions of the New City Nissan Senior Softball Classic, Team Rogue, are honored after a 10-2 win over Team Armada in the tournament final at Patsy Mink Central Oahu Regional Park.

Nanakuli’s Lute shines in New City Nissan Senior Classic

By Paul Honda on May 21, 2018

Cheyenne Lute didn’t dwell in despair as Nanakuli’s softball team fell into a season of forfeiture after just two games. The senior simply took on a new challenge, playing for the Golden Hawks baseball team. The baseball season ended, and she went back to softball. On Sunday night, she hurled Team Rogue to victory over Team Armada in the final of the New City Nissan Softball Senior Classic, 10-2, at Patsy Mink Central Oahu Regional Park. Even more intriguing: In […]

Alo homers in NCAA tournament debut

By Jason Kaneshiro on May 18, 2018

Campbell graduate Jocelyn Alo’s home run assault continued into her debut in the NCAA softball tournament on Friday. The Oklahoma freshman launched a two-run blast in the fourth inning of the fourth-seeded Sooners’ 9-0 win over Boston University in the Norman, Okla. regional. Oklahoma (51-3) advances in the winner’s bracket to face Tulsa on Saturday. Alo, who was named to the NFCA All-Central Region first team on Thursday, entered the tournament second in the nation in home runs and caught […]

Mules finish at No. 1 in final Softball Top 10

By Paul Honda on May 15, 2018

Long ago and oh, so far away, there was a team from the midlands that left an impression on a veteran city coach. “Watch out for Leilehua,” the coach said after a slew of rain-altered preseason tournament games. The mighty Mules fulfilled that prophecy. Leilehua (17-6 overall including nonconference/preseason games) capped the 2018 season with the first state softball title in school history and the No. 1 ranking in the Star-Advertiser Softball Top 10. The panel of coaches and media […]

Mules earn 1st state title in grand style

By Paul Honda on May 12, 2018

To be the best, the Leilehua Mules had to evolve into more than just a lineup of sluggers. They always had the tools. On this night, in a battle of heavyweight sluggers, Leilehua proved that they were ready and willing to put all their weapons into use. Defense. Pitching. Small ball and, of course, big ball with grand slams by Gianna Araki and winning pitcher Kaena Nistal in a resounding 14-4 win over Punahou in the final of the DataHouse/HHSAA […]