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Grind and Grit: Trench Dawgz go from obscurity to possible NFL Films docu-series

By Paul Honda on March 5, 2021

The trip to the Golden State is becoming an adventure for the training group known as the Trench Dawgz. The football showcase set for Mar. 16 against Winner Circle Athletics was already much-needed good news for TD’s small tribe of trench men. Their numbers grew with tryouts to fill out the squad to 35 or 40 players. The daily workouts never stopped, and as scholarship offers to players old and new have risen, so has the Dawgz’ cache. One of […]

Perfection: Former ‘Iolani standout Taylor Wu sparks Cal Baptist to 20-0 record

By Paul Honda on March 4, 2021

There is no label for Taylor Wu, the player, but one: winner. As Cal Baptist enters a weekend trip to play Seattle, perfection is on the line. The Lancers are 20-0, 12-0 in the Western Athletic Conference and a league title in hand. This comes after a 16-15 mark and runner-up finish in league play in 2019-20. Wu, the 2018 ‘Iolani graduate and Star-Advertiser All-State selection, has been a key part of the rotation. The 5-foot-7 sophomore is averaging 9.2 […]

Ole Miss enters chase for sophomore LB Tausili Akana

By Paul Honda on March 3, 2021

Tausili Akana is crossing borderlines again. Ole Miss is the latest football program to make a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-4, 220-pound sophomore. “It’s a big surprise to get my first SEC offer. Ole Miss is a very well-known program with great history and coaches,” Akana said on Wednesday morning. “One of my favorite movies of all time is ‘Blind Side.’ I’m excited for this opportunity. It makes me want to work harder.” Akana is fresh off the heels of […]


Uphill climb hasn’t slowed MPI’s cross country harriers

By Paul Honda on March 2, 2021

The course at Mid-Pacific Institute is fun and painful, even for champions. The Interscholastic League of Honolulu’s cross country runners know that final hill run before the finish quite well. When the league championships are hosted by MPI on Mar. 15, it will be a true test of skill and will. The host school will be in the running, so to speak, against powerhouses Punahou, ‘Iolani and Kamehameha. COVID-19 protocols will continue to apply. Staggered run times for each school […]

Offers from Utah, SDSU, WSU for Mililani OL Tavo Motuapuaka

By Paul Honda on March 1, 2021

He picked up his dad’s guitar and within a moment, Sione Tavo Motuapuaka felt home again. “I rarely watch TV and movies,” the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Mililani junior said. “Usually on my free time, I’ll be trying to learn a new instrument or learn new songs on the ukulele or guitar.” Moana Motuapuaka was a musician at the Hawaiian Hut back in the day, performing for more than two decades. That career led to his wife, Lisa, and two children who […]

Saint Louis closes exhibition basketball play 13-0 with win over Le Jardin

By Paul Honda on February 27, 2021

Dan Hale lost track of exactly how much sanitizer his Saint Louis Crusaders used in the past five weeks. Gallons, he says. Gallon after gallon. But the number of exhibition wins in this COVID-19 pandemic school year is memorable: 13, without a loss. The Crusaders’ quest for basketball action came to a close on Saturday afternoon with a 76-43 win over Le Jardin at Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Center. Their big men, Aiva Arquette and AJ Bianco, scored 19 points […]

Xavier Lever shines as Kamehameha, ‘Iolani close out exhibition hoops series

By Paul Honda on February 27, 2021

Another day, another nail biter. Both times, Kamehameha came up with one more play. Led by Xavier Lever’s 10 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, the Warriors rallied from a 11-point second-half deficit for a 43-42 exhibition win over ‘Iolani on Saturday morning, completing a home-and-home sweep of the Raiders within a 16-hour span. In the second game, ‘Iolani’s girls pulled away for a 62-40 win over the Warrior wahine. Kamehameha had a senior-day celebration for the girls after the […]

Two-time defending girls hoops champion ‘Iolani overwhelms Kamehameha

By Paul Honda on February 26, 2021

Kamehameha is good. ‘Iolani is simply off the chart. The Raiders showed their prowess on Friday night, showing their championship pedigree in a 71-32 exhibition win over the Warriors at Father Bray Athletic Center. Senior Alexandra Huntimer poured in 17 points to lead ‘Iolani, the back-to-back girls basketball state champion. In the nightcap, the Kamehameha boys hung on for a 53-47 overtime win over ‘Iolani. The two programs will meet on Saturday at Kekuhaupio Gym. The boys game will begin […]

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