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Punahou’s Corpuz dug deep to win ILH title

By Paul Honda on April 20, 2017

Time flies when you’re having fun. Fun for fans. Sheer competition on the court. It was only a few minutes into the Interscholastic League of Honolulu girls tennis championship match between top-seeded Katreina Corpuz (Punahou) and third-seeded Taylor Lau (St. Francis) when it was absolutely clear this would be a long, drawn-out, sometimes excruciating duel. The first name, Corpuz notes, is pronounced “like the hurricane,” which she often played like on Wednesday. Was it the best match of the year? It might turn out to be. Corpuz dug down deep, rallying for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory over her strongest rival. Even with her win streak this year over the two-time state champion, Corpuz has visited this route before. In […]

Q&A: Kalani tennis player Dale Emoto

By Paul Honda on April 11, 2017

There are 23 players combined on the Kalani varsity tennis team this spring. Eleven of them have a music background, and of them, 10 are currently engaged in the school’s wind ensemble or marching band. Kalani’s Dale Emoto was featured in Tuesday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Kalani’s tennis musicians: Nickolas Ashikawa: retired clarinet Trevyn Dobashi: Piano, Guitar, Trombone Dale Emoto: saxophone Jin Kim: piano Kelly Kwak: Viola Ace Inouye: Trumpet Jacob Marutani: Trumpet Ellis Murayama: Piano Isabel Rogers: percussion Jordyn Tanaka: percussion Justin Terada: Guitar and Ukulele Emoto is perfectly content to blend right in, a brilliant young student (4.1 grade-point average) who happens to enjoy playing tennis (unbeaten in OIA East play), yet truly at home when she plays the saxophone. […]

St. Francis’ Lau commits to U. of Denver

By Nick Abramo on August 16, 2016

St. Francis senior Taylor Lau orally committed to a four-year scholarship to play for the University of Denver. Lau won state high school titles as a freshman and junior and will be going for a third championship this spring. According to Robert Lau, Taylor’s father, she likes the Pioneers’ coaching staff, academic offerings and the campus and will decide between pre-medical and IT. As a junior, Lau defeated Punahou’s Alyssia Fossorier in the 6-1, 6-4 in the Carlsmith Ball/HHSAA State Tennis Championships girls singles final. In her freshman year in 2014, Lau knocked off top-seeded Alyssa Tobita of Mililani, 6-1, 6-3, in the state final. Lau was also the state runner-up in 2015, losing 6-4, 6-3 in the final to […]

Ilagan: Generation of Governor greats

By Paul Honda on May 4, 2016

Even the most casual tennis fan may have gathered this about Andre Ilagan, Farrington’s sophomore sensation on the tennis court: He’s a fairly quiet guy surrounded by folks who love to talk about him. As much as his coaches and dad, Sergio, had to say about the 3.5-grade point average student-athlete, it was impossible to fit all of their thoughts into one feature story. So here’s more. From scratch to title town Sergio has been a local cornerstone, a font of knowledge imparting wisdom on the ewa court at Kalakaua Middle School for more than two decades. Yes, he knew nothing about the sport when he was 32, but what he gained through an Andre Agassi VHS tape and years […]

Ilagan, Domingo take OIA singles tennis titles

By Jerry Campany on April 23, 2016

Farrington’s Andre Ilagan completed his sweep in the OIA tennis championships on Saturday, sweeping Kalani’s Darrell Huang 6-1, 6-3 to repeat his run. Ilagan is the first Farrington singles champion since his brother Mark took the crown in 2004. Anthony, another brother, won two titles before that. Jace Akagi-Okuma and Davin Lee teamed up to take the boys doubles title with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Rayden Murata and Koby Murata of Kalani. On the girls side, Pearl City freshman Sarah Domingo upset defending champion Lisa Owen of Kaiser 6-4, 6-3. Domingo swept her way through the tournament and is the first freshman to win since Mililani’s Alyssa Tobita, who won in 2011 and went on to a Hall […]

Ilagan, Owen going for repeats

By Jerry Campany on April 22, 2016

Farrington’s Andre Ilagan is two matches away from a repeat title in the OIA championships. Ilagan swept both his matches on Friday and will play his semifinal on Saturday at 945 against Ford Nakagawa of Aiea at Central Oahu Regional Park. The final is set for noon against either Kalani’s Darrell Huang or Kellen Higa of Pearl City. Ilagan is trying to become the first Governor to repeat since his brother, Anthony, did it in 2001 and 2002. Kaiser’s Lisa Owen is also going for a repeat. She swept both of her opponents on Friday and takes on Aiea’s Sophia Nishimura in the semifinals. The winner of that plays either Leslie Fujitani or Sarah Domingo, both of Pearl City. Here […]

Somerville Purpura to coach Punahou girls

By Nick Abramo on June 12, 2015

Punahou is juggling its tennis coaching staff, according to Buffanblu athletic administrator Tom Holden. Betsy Somerville Purpura is the new girls tennis coach, and coach Ikaika Jobe will move from the girls team to the boys team, Holden told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii Prep World on Friday. For Jobe, it will be a tough act to follow. He replaces Rusty Komori, who retired recently after winning the last 22 boys state championships (during the streak of 25 by the Buffanblu). In four years as the Buffablu girls coach, Jobe has won the state title each time. He was a boys singles state champion for Punahou in 1999 and 2001 and a doubles champion with Kevin Ching in 2000. Somerville […]

Hall Pass: Kawika Lam

By Jerry Campany on June 6, 2015

It seems like Punahou never loses in tennis, mostly because of athletes like Kawika Lam. Lam won three singles titles and a doubles crown in his four years of prep tennis and for that will be inducted into the Enterprise / HHSAA Hall of Honor on June 7 at Dole Cannery Square’s Pomaikai Ballroom. The Punahou boys tennis team won its 25th straight state title this season, with 12 individual champions and 16 doubles champions during the span. That’s a lot of supremely talented players, but none of them are quite like Lam. Erik Shoji is the only other Punahou boy to make the Hall of Honor as a tennis player, and he made his most of his hay in […]

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