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Ilagan goes out a repeat state champion

By Paul Honda on May 5, 2018

The legacy of Hawaii high school tennis is probably not much different this year, 2018, that it has been in the past. It’s just that Andre Ilagan put his own flavor in the mix, for sure. The Farrington senior, seeded second in the HMSA/HHSAA Tennis State Championships, capped the three-day tourney by beating rival Phuc Huynh 6-2, 7-5 (8-6) on Saturday to repeat at state champion. Ilagan brought power and precision and his left-handed delivery brought flames to his forehands […]

Ilagan and Huynh headline state tennis finals

By Billy Hull on May 4, 2018

A marquee boys final between the top two seeds, ‘Iolani’s Phuc Huynh and Farrington’s Andre Ilagan, headlines the finals of the HMSA/HHSAA Tennis State Championships beginning tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. at Central Oahu Regional Park. Huynh won the 2016 state title beating Ilagan in the finals. Ilagan came back to win the state title last year as the No. 1 seed after Huynh, the No. 2 seed, was upset in the semifinals. Ilagan has dropped only six points in four […]

OIA crowns its tennis champions

By Paul Honda on April 21, 2018

There is perhaps no one who trained and prepared like Andre Ilagan to make a dream come true. By the spring of 2017, the Farrington junior overcame all adversity, becoming the first Oahu Interscholastic Association boys tennis player to win an HHSAA state title since Jared Spiker of Kalani (2009 and ’10). Ilagan also became the first-ever state tennis champ from Farrington. With that kind of achievement, he became more than a crown prince of Kalihi tennis. He became a […]

Huynh and Fossorier shine in ILH tennis tourney

By Nick Abramo on April 18, 2018

Phuc Huynh admitted Wednesday that his body shape is a bit different than three years ago. “I was a lot smaller and chubbier then,” he said Wednesday. “I’ve been training really hard the last three years to play singles at states and to try and help my team win state championships.” The ‘Iolani senior tennis player sewed up his third ILH singles championship Wednesday at Central Oahu Regional Park with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Andrew Yip of Kamehameha. In […]

Q&A: Punahou tennis champ Katreina Corpuz

By Paul Honda on April 17, 2018

Katreina Corpuz has dedicated her life to tennis, but she’s willing to forego a professional career. The defending HHSAA girls state champion loves watching Kill Bill movies with her dad, Reinaldo, but doesn’t consider herself martial arts material. As a junior, Corpuz helped Punahou capture the team championship in 2017, the program’s 15th in a row. The ILH finals approach on Wednesday, with the state tourney around the corner. Corpuz has never been a No. 1 seed, but that’s likely […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]