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Q&A: All-State Position POY Anthony Hoopii-Tuionetoa

By Paul Honda on June 3, 2018

When the stars line up at Baldwin, it’s happy time. It’s also, at least in two of the last three seasons, time for a state championship. Anthony Hoopii-Tuionetoa gave the Bears the kind of utility as a player that all coaches covet. In this age of specialization, the senior not only offered pristine defense in center field, he was perfect on the mound with a 0.00 ERA during Maui Interscholastic League play. Then came a clutch performance at the Wally […]

VIDEO: Kailua All-State pitchers Parker, Ballesteros

By Paul Honda on June 3, 2018

Kailua’s Stone Parker and Bryson Ballesteros pulled off a rarity: both were voted to he Honolulu Star-Advertiser Baseball All-State first team. The complete All-State teams were released in Sunday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser, which you can read here. Here’s video of Parker, who was named pitcher of the year, and Ballesteros. Corey Ishigo of Kailua also chatted about his dynamic duo.

VIDEO: Leilehua All-State OF Alyssa Asuncion

By Paul Honda on May 29, 2018

A busy offseason of learning and applying knowledge helped junior outfielder Alyssa Asuncion of Leilehua become an All-State first-team outfielder. Asuncion hit .488 with an OBP of .560 and a slugging percentage of .814.

VIDEO: Leilehua All-State Utility Gianna Araki

By Paul Honda on May 29, 2018

Gianna Araki talks about a sophomore season that ended with a state championship for the Leilehua Mules. Araki batted .467 with seven HRs, 23 RBIs and an OPS of 1.641. She was voted to the All-State first team as a utility selection.

VIDEO: Leilehua softball coach Wendell Au

By Paul Honda on May 28, 2018

Coach Wendell Au chats about Leilehua’s amazing ascent to the state softball championship, the first in the program’s history. The first-year Mules head coach chats about the team’s growth, and what lies beyond.

VIDEO: All-State Pitcher of Year Kamryn Kamakaiwi

By Paul Honda on May 27, 2018

It was a final week to remember for Leilehua ace Kamryn Kamakaiwi. She won two games at the state tourney, but also injured her right ACL in the state final. Coaches and media voted the senior Star-Advertiser All-State Pitcher of the Year.

VIDEO: All-State Position Player of Year Sammie Ofoia

By Paul Honda on May 27, 2018

St. Francis third baseman Sammie Ofoia talks about the ups and downs of the Saints, losing in the final last year, then rallying past Konawaena in the semifinals, and routing Kamehameha-Hawaii in the title game as they rose to the Division II state championship.

VIDEO: Team Rogue honored after winning Senior Classic

By Paul Honda on May 22, 2018

The champions of the New City Nissan Senior Softball Classic, Team Rogue, are honored after a 10-2 win over Team Armada in the tournament final at Patsy Mink Central Oahu Regional Park.