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Liana Heshiki’s 4-for-4 day highlights Punahou’s victory

By Nick Abramo on March 7, 2019

Liana Heshiki did what cleanup hitters are supposed to do, going 4-for-4 on Thursday to lead No. 6 Punahou to a 9-3 win over ‘Iolani in an ILH softball game at Ala Wai Community Park. In the No. 4 spot, Heshiki is proving to be right fit as a batting-order companion to the Buffanblu’s D’Asha Saiki, who is at No. 3 in the order. “I love her swing right now,” Eldredge said about Heshiki. “She’s swinging it really well and […]

‘Iolani coach Benny Agbayani recalls MLB high point

By Nick Abramo on March 7, 2019

‘Iolani softball coach Benny Agbayani and his staff spoke to the Raiders for about 20 minutes after their 9-3 loss to Punahou on Thursday. Surely, Agbayani had a lot of insights to share with them after a stinging first defeat in the ILH season. After starring in baseball at Saint Louis and Hawaii Pacific, he played from 1998 to 2002 in the major leagues with the New York Mets, Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox. After the girls were dismissed […]

‘Iolani freshman Lexie Tilton impressive in debut

By Nick Abramo on March 7, 2019

No. 4 wasn’t even on the roster, but she made a major impact in her first varsity game. ‘Iolani freshman Lexie Tilton, who was just brought up from the intermediate team, went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run in her debut. Too bad for Tilton that it came in a losing cause. The Raiders, ranked No. 8 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10, were beaten by rival and sixth-ranked Punahou 9-3 on Thursday at Ala Wai Community Park. Tilton, in […]


Leo Sing Chow honored to return as Kamehameha coach

By Nick Abramo on March 6, 2019

Leo Sing Chow is giving back at her alma mater and that smile on her face is hard to miss. The 2002 All-State player of the year by both the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Honolulu Star-Advertiser is coaching Kamehameha’s varsity team for the first time this season and loving it. After going on to play at UH Hilo, Sing Chow spent the last three seasons coaching Kamehameha’s JV team. “This is a different level,” said Sing Chow, whose uncle Ty Sing […]

No. 3 Maryknoll’s hitters find a major groove

By Nick Abramo on March 6, 2019

No. 3 Maryknoll’s batters have found a big-time groove. Coach John Uekawa‘s softball squad launched two grand slams and put the hurt on No. 7 Kamehameha 16-9 on Wednesday at the Warriors’ home field. Catcher Liliana Thomas and right fielder Kaylah Santos went long with the sacks full, and the Spartans (3-0) also got a complete-game performance from Aloha Akaka, who earned the win despite giving up three round-trippers to the Warriors. “We’e been very, very fortunate with the bats, […]

Aiea softball team moves up to Division I, reluctantly

By Nick Abramo on March 4, 2019

Aiea is up to Division I from D-II in softball this year. It’s not the exact place coach Alan Higuchi and his Na Alii want to be, but they’re going to do the best they can. “If it was by choice, I would choose Division II,” Higuchi said via cell phone on Friday. “Our school enrollment is dropping. Whereas in the past we would have 1,200 students, it’s down to 980. It’s hard to compete with schools that have three […]

Campbell shoots to No. 1 in softball Top 10

By Nick Abramo on March 4, 2019

With two wins to start the regular season, Campbell moved up two spots to No. 1 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Softball Top 10 this week. The Sabers, who won three state championships in a row from 2015 through 2017 before being supplanted by Leilehua at the top in 2018, rolled past Aiea 12-2 and then edged then-No. 8 Kapolei 2-0. Campbell received five of 10 first-place votes and replaced Punahou at No. 1 in the poll. The Buffanblu, after suffering […]

Defending champ Leilehua in a groove, Kapolei without Cira Bartolotti

By Paul Honda on February 26, 2019

For two West side softball powerhouses, it’s a different perspective. The Leilehua Mules are defending state champions and ranked No. 2 in the Star-Advertiser Top 10. Kapolei is at No. 8 and trying to move forward in a circumstance it has no control over. Hurricanes coach Keoke Behic has experienced just about everything in prep softball from his time as a coach at Pearl City — he guided the Chargers to a state title in 2006 — as an assistant […]