After the Oahu Interscholastic Association announced it would not enter any of its teams into the Open Division of the state football tournament this year, a counterproposal for an alternate three-division field has been proposed, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser learned Saturday.
Right now, the format passed by the Hawaii High School Athletic Association includes an Open Division of four OIA teams and two Interscholastic League of Honolulu teams, a Division I tournament of three OIA teams and one team each from the ILH, Big Island Interscholastic Federation and Maui Interscholastic League, and a D-II tournament of two OIA teams and one team each from the ILH, BIIF, MIL and Kauai Interscholastic Federation.
The latest counterproposal has an unnamed top tier with three OIA teams and one ILH team, a middle tier of two BIIF teams and one team each from the ILH and MIL, and a lower tier of two OIA teams along with one team from the ILH, MIL and KIF.
In all, there would be four less teams competing in the state championship tournament (two less from the OIA and one less each from the ILH and BIIF).
It is unclear where the counterproposal originated. According to one high-ranking OIA official, it began with HHSAA executive director Chris Chun, who presented it to the OIA at that league’s meeting of principals and athletic directors on Friday. But that source’s information conflicts with an email forwarded to the Star-Advertiser that was originally sent by ILH assistant exeuctive director Georges Gilbert to ILH ADs and executives. In that email, Gilbert wrote that the counterproposal was an idea sent to the ILH from the OIA (with no mention that it first came from the HHSAA) for perusal before it moves on to the HHSAA football committee for discussion and possible passage.
Calls to Gilbert, Chun, OIA executive director Ray Fujino and OIA football coordinator Harold Tanaka for clarification were unsuccessful.
Nick Abramo has the full story you can read in Sunday’s newspaper.
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