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VIDEO: Leilehua softball coach Wendell Au

By Paul Honda on May 28, 2018

Coach Wendell Au chats about Leilehua’s amazing ascent to the state softball championship, the first in the program’s history. The first-year Mules head coach chats about the team’s growth, and what lies beyond.

Softball All-State: Coaches’ comments on 1st Team

By Paul Honda on May 27, 2018

Here are coaches’ comments on the Star-Advertiser Softball All-State first-team selections of 2018. P Kamryn Kamakaiwi, Leilehua, Sr. Pitcher of the Year • 8-2, 1.56 ERA, 58.1 IP, 50 SO, 26 BB, won 2 games at the state tourney • Also hit .375, 5 HR, 15 runs, 13 RBIs, .483 OBP, .771 SLG Kamehameha coach James Millwood: “Her being a lefty pitcher and having the pitch come from a different angle made it hard for batters. She has very good […]

VIDEO: All-State Pitcher of Year Kamryn Kamakaiwi

By Paul Honda on May 27, 2018

It was a final week to remember for Leilehua ace Kamryn Kamakaiwi. She won two games at the state tourney, but also injured her right ACL in the state final. Coaches and media voted the senior Star-Advertiser All-State Pitcher of the Year.

VIDEO: All-State Position Player of Year Sammie Ofoia

By Paul Honda on May 27, 2018

St. Francis third baseman Sammie Ofoia talks about the ups and downs of the Saints, losing in the final last year, then rallying past Konawaena in the semifinals, and routing Kamehameha-Hawaii in the title game as they rose to the Division II state championship.

Kamakaiwi, Ofoia lead softball all-state teams

By Jerry Campany on May 27, 2018

It was a breakout year for two programs this year, with Leilehua and St. Francis taking state titles. Kamryn Kamakaiwi was the first pitcher of the year for the Mules, and is joined by five players on the All-state teams and four others earning honorable mention. Sammie Ofia broke through as the position player for St. Francis, which had five players make the lists and two others earning honorable mention. Ofoia is the first player from St. Francis to take […]

All-State softball, 2010-17

By Jerry Campany on May 26, 2018

With the Star-Advertiser’s softball all-state team coming out Sunday, here is a look at the All-State teams from 2010-present. Although there are still dominant pitchers, this decade is marked by sluggers giving them a challenge. Heavy-hitting pitchers like Katie Manuma, Keiki Carlos and Leisha Liilii gave way to bombers like Mysha Sataraka of Punahou and Mid-Pacific’s Nicole Lopez but all came to a head when Jocelyn Alo took her bat from Kahuku to Castle and repeated as position player of […]

State champion Leilehua fundraiser Sunday

By Paul Honda on May 26, 2018

The recently-crowned Leilehua Mules are on a quest for the ring. The HHSAA Division I softball state champions will host a fundraiser on Sunday, 5 p.m., at Dot’s Restaurant in Wahiawa. The team will have T-shirts and autographed photos available for donations. The goal is to raise enough funds for state-championship rings, Mules coach Wendell Au said. The event will end at 8 p.m. Dot’s is located at 130 Mango Street. Leilehua defeated Punahou in the final of the DataHouse/HHSAA […]

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. […]