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Nick Velasquez’s basketball journey leads to Armenia

By Paul Honda on November 26, 2021

Back in the day, Nick Velasquez would be in the gym by 5 a.m. to get extra shooting reps. No more. The former Star-Advertiser All-State selection from Punahou gets those shots up whenever he wants now. Life as a professional basketball player has its perks. Velasquez recently signed with the BC Mad Foxes and plays in Yerevan, Armenia. “Kawika Lyons’ agency actually helped me find the job. For this particular job, I ended up playing in a preseason tour and […]

OIA D-I chase in hands of frontrunners Moanalua, Aiea, Waipahu

By Paul Honda on November 24, 2021

Boil it down and the puzzle of OIA Division I football playoff possibilities is still a Rubik’s Cube of wonder. For one-loss teams Moanalua, Waipahu and Aiea, earning one of the two playoff spots — the only playoff game is a championship matchup — is a matter of seizing the day. “Win and we’re in,” Na Menehune coach Vince Nihipali said of the title game. “We control our own destiny, and these kids have that golden opportunity to close this […]

Kapolei’s singing sack man: Iosefa Tapeni draws big comparisons

By Paul Honda on November 23, 2021

There were choices to be made in the thick fog of a global pandemic. Iosefa Tapeni opted to grind as often as possible. Then a sophomore, the Kapolei two-way lineman trained like few others. As a junior, the 6-foot-3, 288-pound LT/DL has nine sacks in five games, a total of 14 tackles for loss. Kapolei is 1-4 in the rugged OIA Open Division, but its defensive unit has played at a high level. That explosiveness that Tapeni uses to take […]


University rallies past Le Jardin in epic ILH D-II title match

By Paul Honda on November 23, 2021

Expectations and goals could have been lower for the Jr. ‘Bows of University High. They know the lows well. As of Monday night, they know the highest of highs, too. ULS’ 25-20, 25-27, 20-25, 25-21, 15-7 win over Le Jardin for the ILH Division II championship on Monday wasn’t as much shocking as it was an extraordinary pinnacle, a genuine turnaround from a 1-3 start. A team this young, so unfamiliar with each other, coming back from a cancelled season, […]

Punahou is first unanimous No. 1 in Girls Volleyball Top 10 this season

By Paul Honda on November 22, 2021

Punahou is the undisputed No. 1 team this week in the Star-Advertiser Girls Volleyball Top 10. The Buffanblu rallied past No. 2 Kamehameha to win the ILH championship last week. For the first time since returning to the top position, Punahou collected all 10 first-place votes from a panel of coaches and media. The two teams will play in the New City Nissan/HHSAA Division I State Championships on Dec. 6, 9-11. Baldwin (9-0) moved up a notch to No. 7 […]

No. 1 Kahuku widens gap with No. 2 Saint Louis

By Paul Honda on November 22, 2021

Kahuku is No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Football Top 10, and the gap is widening. With a bye week, the OIA powerhouse managed to open its margin to double-digit points over No. 2 Saint Louis. Kahuku collected 11 of 13 first-place votes from the panel of coaches and media. A week ago, Kahuku had a six-point edge on the Crusaders. This week, the margin is 11 points, the largest in Kahuku’s four weeks atop the rankings. ILH champion Saint Louis […]

Less is more for No. 3 Mililani in dominant win over No. 5 Campbell

By Paul Honda on November 21, 2021

Rod York wanted fewer of this, fewer of that. Fewer penalties. Fewer turnovers. More ground production. He got all of those and more in No. 3 Mililani’s 48-14 rout of No. 5 Campbell on Saturday night. >> After 169 yards on 16 penalties in a loss to Kahuku last week, the Trojans were flagged 11 times for 100 yards against the Sabers. Only four were of the 15-yard variety. Two of the flags were ruled illegal procedure for kickoffs that […]

Grit and guts by Roosevelt in nonconference loss to ‘Iolani

By Paul Honda on November 20, 2021

Some teams chose to keep their bye weeks. Roosevelt wanted to play one of the best in Division I. In the aftermath of a 40-7 loss to No. 6 ‘Iolani, one that doesn’t count in the OIA Division I standings, Rough Riders coach Kui Kahooilihala lamented the defeat. Roosevelt lined up without eight starters on Friday. One of them, highly-recruited linebacker Kaeo Akana, was on a recruiting trip on Friday. Yet, the Rough Riders defense was steady in the first […]