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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 […]

Punahou sweeps state swimming championships

By Jerry Campany on February 11, 2017

Punahou took the boys and girls team titles at the K Mark Takai State Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday, fueled by individual performances by Sydnee Whitty and Lia Foster, who won every event they entered. The Buffanblu boys went down to the last relay to beat Maryknoll and Mid-Pacific for that crown. Here are the complete results: hhsaa 20170209 uh oahu results Here is a little historical perspective from each event, which included two meet records: Girls diving Punahou senior Deborah Wen repeated, the first to do it since Nikki Imanaka of Castle in 2013-14. The ILH has taken the title three years in a row. Boys diving Hawaii Prep junior Joar Bergland took the title, the first BIIF […]

Pac-Five’s Zhi commits to Georgia Tech

By Nick Abramo on February 3, 2017

Pac-Five swimmer Albert Zhi — a native of China — committed to Georgia Tech this week, according to his club coach and legal guardian Jialin “Sunny” Sun of Sun-shine Aquatics. Zhi broke one individual league record (44.82 seconds, 100-yard freestyle) and was part of another record (3 minutes, 8.87 seconds, 400 freestyle relay) at the Interscholastic League of Honolulu championship meet last weekend. “He is a self-motivator and he wants to be the best he can, academically and athletically,” Sun wrote about Zhi via email to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii Prep World. “He is strong and has a lot of potential to continue his improvement. A very dedicated kid who is fun to be around with. He loves building airplanes, […]

Five records fall at ILH swim championships

By Jerry Campany on January 29, 2017

MJ Mao led an impressive record haul at the ILH Swimming and Diving championships at Punahou on Saturday, writing his name on the all time list four times to give him a total of five. Mao took part in the 200 medley relay, and 400 free relay on Saturday, both of them league records. He also broke individual records in the 100 breast, and 200 IM to go with the record he set in the 100 fly last year. Here are the results: results var champs–1 Column 2017 ilh varsity champs records

Hwang nets 10 career golds, sets record twice

By Nick Abramo on January 28, 2017

Kalani’s DongJin Hwang finished his remarkable swimming career with two more gold medals at the Oahu Interscholastic Association championships Saturday at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Complex. All told, Hwang has 10 total gold medals in his collection. Hwang also topped his 500-yard freestyle record twice over the weekend. In Friday’s trials, he covered the distance in 4 minutes, 36.58 seconds to break the mark of 4:37.17 he set last year. Then, on Saturday, Hwang, who says he goes by DJ, blazed to a 4:33.76 to win the OIA 500 free title for the third time. He also swam to a win in the 200 freestyle (1:45.03) Saturday. Hwang is the first 10-time OIA gold-medal winner since Kevin Frifeldt of Mililani, who […]

Retired AD helped Kaiser to Saturday’s title

By Nick Abramo on January 28, 2017

Ted Fukushima retired as athletic director at Kaiser in 1990, but a decision he made a long time ago helped the Cougars’ girls swimming and diving team win the Oahu Interscholastic Association championship Saturday. Kaiser scored 313 points, 29 more than rival Kalani. Fifty of the Cougars’ points came from diving, and as coach Asa Tanaka pointed out, Kaiser is the only OIA school with a diving board. “Through attrition, other schools through the years had to get rid of it,” Tanaka said. “We lucked out. I had a good AD (Fukushima) that allowed us to keep the board. A lot of high schools give it up because of liability. He was willing to put up with that liability, knowing […]

Roosevelt boys rewrite OIA swim record books

By Jerry Campany on January 28, 2017

The seniors on the Roosevelt boys swim team went out with a bang. Of the 18 gold medals up for grabs at the OIA Swimming and Diving championships on Saturday, the Rough Riders won 16 of them to run away from the team title. Joseph Ahia led the way with three gold medals and league records in each. He was joined by fellow seniors Jun Yueb Yoon (four golds), Jonathan Oba (four), Alex Croll (two), Shawn Saffery (one) and Jacob Erban (one). Sophomore Reimon Wada contributed two of the gold medals. Kalani’s Dongjin Hwang was the only swimmer able to crack Roosevelt’s dominance, winning the 200 and 500 freestyle races and breaking his own record in the 500. He has […]

Kaiser girls take eighth straight OIA swim title

By Jerry Campany on January 28, 2017

The Kaiser swimming dynasty rolls on. The Cougars girls team won its eighth straight OIA championship on Saturday, getting what their coach called a total team effort. Mari Yasumi and Jill Chaffee were the only Kaiser girls to win individual golds, the same number they had in last year’s victory. This edition of Cougars don’t have a dominator like Corrine Shigeta or Kira Fox, just a group of girls who squeeze every point out of their bodies. Here is a list of gold-medal winners during the Kaiser dynasty, with current swimmers denoted by an asterisk. Corrine Shigeta, 14 Lara Yasumi, 10 Kayla Heiss, 8 Kira Fox, 8 Taylor Bogdan, 6 *Hannah Heiss, 5 *Mari Yasumi, 5 Zoey Fox, 3 Rachel […]