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Lam and Lau are ILH tennis MVPs

By Nick Abramo on May 24, 2015

Punahou’s Kawika Lam and St. Francis’ Taylor Lau were picked as ILH tennis’ boys and girls singles MVPs. The ILH All-Stars are listed below. ILH Tennis All-Stars, 2015 Singles MVPs >> Kawika Lam, Punahou >> Taylor Lau, St. Francis Doubles MVPs >> Jordan Azuma and Phuc Huynh, ‘Iolani >> Katreina Corpuz and Alyssia Fossorier, Punahou Boys Coach of the Year >> Rusty Komori, Punahou Girls Coach of the Year >> Chanon Alcon, Mid-Pacific Boys first team >> Jeffrey Liang, Hawaii […]

OIA Tennis all stars announced

By Jerry Campany on May 14, 2015

The Campbell tennis team didn’t have many stars this year, but the one they had was the brightest. Zion Heaven was named the OIA West’s player of the year in voting of coaches on Thursday. Heaven was the only Saber honored on the first and second teams. Mililani took four spots on the first team and Pearl City took two. Aiea had the other one. The Trojans swept the rest of the OIA West awards, with Haley Fujimori being named […]

Komori is most proud of building character

By Nick Abramo on May 12, 2015

Punahou’s Rusty Komori took the varsity boys tennis coaching job in 1994, and since that time, he never learned what it was like to finish second or worse in the state championship. That’s 22 years of leading the talent-laden Buffanblu to the Hawaii title. That’s what you call supremacy, and for whoever follows Komori in the job, that’s a tough, tough act to follow. It might seem like an easy thing to do. Punahou gets great athletes in all sports, […]

Alcon upsets Lau in state tennis

By Jerry Campany on May 9, 2015

Mid-Pacific’s Skyla Alcon proved she can do it on her own if she has to. The senior upset defending champion Taylor Lau 6-4, 6-3 to secure the girls singles title in the Carlsmith Ball / HHSAA State Tennis Championships at Central Oahu Regional Park. She added that gold medal to the doubles title she won with Cori Cummings last year. Lau knows all about how upsets happen, she beat three-time champ Alyssa Tobita of Mililani in the final last year. […]

Lam one win away from state three-peat

By Jerry Campany on May 8, 2015

The singles finals at the Carlsmith Ball / HHSAA State Tennis Championships will look a whole lot like this year’s ILH championships. Both matches are repeats, with Punahou’s Kawika Lam opposing Jeffrey Liang of Hawaii Baptist and St. Francis’ Taylor Lau taking on Skyla Alcon of Mid-Pacific. Lam, who will be trying to capture his third straight singles title, beat OIA champion Andre Ilagan of Farrington 6-4, 6-0 in the quarterfinals and Junichi Minakata of Hawaii Prep 6-1, 6-1 in […]

Top seeds face tough draws in state tennis

By Jerry Campany on May 7, 2015

Kealakehe’s Michelle Uyeda provided one of the few surprises in the first two rounds of the singles bracket of the Carlsmith Ball / HHSAA State Tennis Championships at Central Oahu Regional Park on Thursday. Uyeda, who reached the quarterfinals last year before losing to eventual champion Taylor Lau of St. Francis, beat OIA champion Lisa Owen 6-2, 6-3 then took out Kohala’s Gabrielle Bartolome 6-0, 6-1. A rematch with Lau is next for Uyeda at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. Lau […]

OIA tennis championships

By Jerry Campany on April 25, 2015

Boys singles Andre Ilagan, Farrington, def. Zion Heaven, Campbell, 6-4, 6-3 Ilagan beat Chad Aoki of Kalani 6-1, 6-1 in the semis while Heaven beat Kalani’s Darrell Huang 6-4, 7-6 (2). Girls singles Lisa Owen, Kaiser, def. Chantelle Lopez, Kapolei, 6-1, 6-1 Owen beat Leilani Yamanouchi in the semifinals 7-5, 6-1 and Lopez, the fifth seed out of the West, beat Halie Chan of Mililani 7-6 (4), 6-4. Boys doubles championship Jace Akagi Okuma and Davin Lee of Mililani beat […]

OIA tennis semifinals set

By Jerry Campany on April 24, 2015

Kapolei’s Chantelle Lopez pulled off the biggest upset in the girls singles draw on the first day of the OIA tennis championships at Central Oahu Regional Park. Lopez, who entered the tournament as the fifth seed from the West, swept Moanalua’s Bailee Kawamura 6-2, 6-1 in the first round to draw a match against West champion Sophia Nishimura of Aiea, who swept Yuk Ling Lam of McKinley 6-0, 6-0 in the first round. Lopez lost the first set 4-6 but […]