Baseball, volleyball standouts sign letters

by Paul Honda on November 13, 2013

Two-sport standout Alohi Robins-Hardy signed with BYU this morning. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

Two-sport standout Alohi Robins-Hardy signed with BYU this morning. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

Twenty-nine signees made it official at dawn's early light. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

Twenty-nine signees made it official at dawn’s early light. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

The signees at PIAA's letter-of-intent event at Elks Lodge Waikiki. (Photo courtesy of PIAA)

The signees at PIAA’s letter-of-intent event at Elks Lodge Waikiki. (Photo courtesy of PIAA)

Eight volleyball players and eight baseball players were among the signees at the Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance letter-of-intent signing event this morning at Elks Lodge Waikiki.

In all, 29 student-athletes signed letters, including record-breaking swimmer Jasmine Mau of Punahou. The senior chose Cal, and the setting for her official decision could not have been more appropriate. It was at the Elks Lodge, as a 3-year-old, where Mau learned to swim.

Swimming champion Jasmine Mau is heading to Cal. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

Swimming champion Jasmine Mau is heading to Cal. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

Two-time girls singles tennis state champion Alyssa Tobita of Mililani signed with Oregon.

The volleyball signees included UH recruit Savanah Kahakai of Farrington and Alohi Robins-Hardy of Kamehameha. Robins-Hardy will play volleyball and basketball at BYU. Playing both sports at the collegiate level was a must for the 6-foot-1 senior. Hawaii recruited her for basketball only.

All eight baseball signees at the event are going away to play. Saint Louis pitcher Jordan Yamamoto signed with his dream school, Arizona. Punahou ace Dylan Combs wore his crimson Harvard cap, while teammates Beau Branton (Stanford) and K.J. Harrison (Oregon State) wore their new colors. Along with ‘Iolani’s Christian Donahue, Oregon State scooped three local prospects today.

Waipahu ace Dylan Sugimoto inked his paperwork to play for San Jose State.

The eight baseball signees gathered for a photo. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

The eight baseball signees gathered for a photo. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

Today’s signees at the PIAA event:

  • Adora Anae, Kahuku volleyball, Utah
  • Melissa Behrens, Punahou volleyball, Manhattan College
  • Taylor Bogdhan, Kaiser swimming, Western State Colorado
  • Beau Branton, Punahou baseball, Stanford
  • Dylan Combs, Punahou baseball, Harvard
  • Cori Cummings, Mid-Pacific tennis, Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Christian Donahue, ‘Iolani baseball, Oregon State
  • Skylan Engleman, Moanalua volleyball, Grand Canyon University
  • Mackenzie Feldman, Punahou volleyball, Cal (sand volleyball)
  • Cyanne Fernandez, Moanalua softball, Texas A&M-Commerce
  • Nicole Fong, Punahou kayaking, Loyola Marymount (crew)
  • Remo Gaogao, Punahou volleyball, Southern Utah
  • Fahren Glackin, Kamehameha softball, UNLV
  • K.J. Harrison, Kamehameha baseball, Oregon State
  • Erica Inagaki, Maryknoll softball, Austin Peay
  • Joshua Inouye, ‘Iolani baseball, Santa Clara
  • Savanah Kahakai, Farrington volleyball, Hawaii
  • Pua Lehua Keola, St. Francis volleyball, Colorado State-Pueblo
  • Jasmine Mau, Punahou swimming, Cal
  • John Oda, Moanalua, golf, UNLV
  • Alohi Robins-Hardy, Kamehameha basketball/volleyball, BYU (basketball/volleyball)
  • Sienna Santiago, Waimea softball, Hawaii Pacific
  • Corrine Shegita, Kaiser swimming, Oregon State
  • Ryan Stack, Kamehameha swimming, Wisconsin
  • Dylan Sugimoto, Waipahu baseball, San Jose State
  • Alyssa Tobita, Mililani tennis, Oregon
  • Tanner Tokunaga, Pearl City baseball, Hawaii Pacific
  • Jadelyn Yadao-Valdez, Mililani softball, UNLV
  • Jordan Yamamoto, Saint Louis baseball, San Jose State
Wednesday's 29 signees at the Elks Lodge. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

Wednesday’s 29 signees at the Elks Lodge. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

Early morning from the oceanfront lanai of Elks Lodge in Waikiki. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

Early morning from the oceanfront lanai of Elks Lodge in Waikiki. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

charley November 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm

congrats to all our local kids in their ever enduring quest at the next level of competition.

a fan November 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm

How sad only one athlete signed for the home team. Well that’s how it goes. Good luck to all.

Tom Bean November 19, 2013 at 9:40 am

Way to go Sienna. Keep up the good work. You make me proud.

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