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Punahou water polo makes it 11 straight

By Brian McInnis on May 5, 2018

Ken Smith got his pool toss up on the hill this time. Punahou stormed hostile territory and defeated Kamehameha at the Kalani‘opu‘u Aquatic Center, 8-5, on Saturday night for the Buffanblu’s 11th straight title in the Stanford Carr Development/HHSAA Water Polo Championships. It was their 13th crown in 15 years, all under Smith, the legendary 71-year-old coach who got chucked into the pool by his players just as the resolute Warriors belted out their alma mater. As has been the […]

Big Island Warriors perform while torn

By Brian McInnis on May 5, 2018

Kamehameha-Hawaii players and coaches have had quite a lot on their minds during this week’s Stanford Carr Development/HHSAA Water Polo Championships at sister school Kamehameha-Kapalama. With all that was happening back on the Big Island — lava fissures, historic earthquakes, evacuations, destroyed homes — how could the Warriors not? Ground Zero of the events causing national headlines is just a matter of minutes down the highway from the KSH campus on East Hawaii Island. At least one KSH player had immediate […]

LIVE UPDATE: Water Polo State Semifinals

By Brian McInnis on May 4, 2018

The final four of the Stanford Carr Development/HHSAA Water Polo State Championships is underway at Kamehameha today. There are two familiar faces — Punahou and Kamehameha — and two neighbor island squads looking for a significant breakthrough. The matchups at Kapalama’s Kalani‘opu‘u Aquatic Center are: No. 2 Baldwin vs. host Kamehameha, 5:45 p.m., followed by No. 1 Punahou (the 10-time defending champion) vs. No. 4 Kamehameha-Hawaii at 7. No neighbor island team has made it to the championship game in 15 […]

LIVE UPDATE: Water Polo State Quarterfinals

By Brian McInnis on May 3, 2018

Kamehameha is playing host to the Stanford Carr Development/HHSAA State Water Polo Championships for the first time in the event’s 15-year history. Friday’s semifinals are set. It’s No. 2 Baldwin vs. host Kamehameha at 5:45 p.m., followed by No. 1 Punahou (the 10-time defending state champion) vs. No. 4 Kamehameha-Hawaii at 7. Here’s a quick summary of today’s four quarterfinal matches of the as they happen at Kalani‘opu‘u Aquatic Center. KS-Hawaii and Baldwin became the first pair of neighbor island […]

Hosts get started with a bang

By Brian McInnis on April 30, 2018

Playing host can be a mixed blessing. If you’re an active participant in an event you’re putting on — like Kamehameha is for this year’s Stanford Carr Development/HHSAA Girls Water Polo State Championships — it can be an added level of stress heaped on a pile of worries dividing your attention. On the other hand, you have the advantage of playing on your home turf. In this case, in your home pool. (And back to the first hand, that can be construed […]

Kahuku still reigns supreme

By Brian McInnis on April 21, 2018

The only thing that’s changed for Kahuku in OIA girls water polo is the Red Raiders’ head coach. When it comes to winning league water polo titles, the North Shore is as dominant as ever. Kahuku answered its most meaningful challenge in years in convincing fashion, besting Kaiser 9-6 on Saturday at Central Oahu Regional Park. It was the Raiders’ ninth straight OIA title, and 15th in 16 years since official competition began. Just a couple of weeks ago, Kaiser […]

Punahou keeps ILH water polo streak going

By Brian McInnis on April 20, 2018

When Punahou’s streak of Interscholastic League of Honolulu girls water polo titles began, Christina Hicks was 4, with no concept whatsoever of throwing a ball into a net while treading water. On Friday, Hicks helped the Buffanblu emphatically pick up an 11th straight league crown, 9-1 against host Kamehameha. “I didn’t even know what water polo was until I was about 12 years old,” said Hicks, who had three of her team’s scores. “I started playing water polo in seventh […]

Punahou’s Crabtree named most outstanding

By Hawaii Prep World on May 6, 2017

Punahou goalkeeper Haley Crabtree was named most outstanding player of the 2017 Stanford Carr Development/HHSAA Girls Water Polo State Championships that ended Saturday night at Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex. The Buffanblu held off Kamehameha 3-2 to win their 10th consecutive state crown in girls water polo. ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Most outstanding player—Haley Crabtree, Punahou Marissa Anne Miller, Punahou Payton Bosque, Kamehameha-Kapalama Kaya Lee, Punahou Malia Gacutan, Punahou Laakea Dedrick, Kamehameha-Kapalama Ava Countryman, Kahuku Taylor Brooks, Roosevelt Goalie: Mikaila Ng, Kamehameha-Kapalama