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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

Decade of dominance on the line

By Brian McInnis on May 6, 2017

Few schools have been as dominant in a single sport over time as Punahou in girls water polo. The Buffanblu go for their 10th straight title tonight — and 12th in 14 years of the event — at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatics Complex. They are 35-0 all-time in state tournament play heading into the 6 p.m. tipoff. Punahou, coached by the masterful Ken Smith, is deep, balanced and talented, as always. Only Kamehameha, which got swept by Punahou in the ILH season, stands in the way. The ILH dispatched the OIA’s last hopes — KS 5-1 over Kahuku, Punahou 12-4 over Roosevelt — in Friday’s semifinals. It’s the ninth all-ILH final in the last 10 years. Kamehameha senior Payton Bosque […]

Roosevelt’s Brooks joins elite company

By Brian McInnis on May 4, 2017

Roosevelt’s Taylor Brooks scored on Hawaii Prep Academy on Thursday in the HHSAA/Stanford Carr Development water polo state championship quarterfinals. And scored and scored some more until the Rough Riders not only had a win, but some rarefied air for the senior in the 14-4 victory. The 5-foot-9 senior attacker tallied nine goals, more than all but one other player in the history of the tournament (winners bracket games only). A former Rough Rider, Rachel Kamai, had 11 goals in a 19-5 first-round victory over Baldwin in 2011. “I think it was our best game by far, throughout the whole years I’ve been playing,” Brooks said. “I think we really stepped it up this game. We all really wanted it, […]

Kamehameha’s Bosque among best ever

By Jerry Campany on May 3, 2017

Kamehameha is all about team glory as it chases its first state water polo title since 2006, but there is some individual greatness on the line as well. Senior attacker Payton Bosque climbed onto the list of the tournament’s all-time goal scorers (Winner’s bracket games only) with four scores in a 12-4 win over Kapolei in Monday’s opening round. She passed Punahou’s Saki Migiliorato and Serina Shibata with her 20th goal on Monday and is looking at Aisha Price of Punahou and Brooke Roy of Kahuku with her next goal. It would take a heroic effort to put her name on the top of the career list where Kamehameha legend Nanea Fujiyama resides. Fujiyama scored 36 goals in 11 games […]

Grigsby clutch in Kahuku’s crowning moment

By Paul Honda on April 22, 2017

The roaring sea of red in the bleachers of Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center has become the norm for the Oahu Interscholastic Association girls water polo championship game. Only, it wasn’t just the red of Kahuku. This time, a large gathering of Roosevelt red was in attendance, and the Rough Riders, not the Lady Raiders, were the higher seed coming into Saturday’s title match. Kahuku got a goal by Kayla Grigsby with 4 seconds left in overtime for thrilling 9-8 victory over Roosevelt. It was drawn up and executed exactly as the Lady Raiders envisioned. Coach Larisa Luehrs wound up in the drink with her team as they celebrated the program’s 14th league down. Luehrs, a former Lady Raider player, is […]

Q & A: Kamehameha senior Payton Bosque

By Paul Honda on March 23, 2017

From a physical standpoint, Payton Bosque is not much different from her namesake, the late, great Chicago Bears running back, Walter Payton. She is compact, fluid and a playmaker in the open field. Her field, though, happens to be the pool, where she is a fifth-team All-American in water polo. The University of Hawaii-bound standout was the subject of our prep feature in Tuesday’s print edition. She took time to do this Q&A with Hawaii Prep World before practice on Saturday morning. Payton Bosque Kamehameha water polo Sr. Q&A • Favorites Food (at home): chocolate banana pancakes. >> My dad (Jeffrey) makes it. Maybe since five, six years ago. Whenever he makes it, it’s a nice, calm morning and and […]

Enterprise Hall Pass: Lalelei Mata’afa

By Jerry Campany on June 4, 2016

Lahainaluna’s Lalelei Mata’afa will be inducted into the Enterprise / HHSAA Hall of Honor on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Dole Cannery’s Pomaikai Ballroom. Above are a few shots of the Lunas great through the years. And here is the elite list of athletes he will join: