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The master adaptor: Saint Louis center Ethan Spencer on UH

By Paul Honda on July 20, 2021

New system, old system, doesn’t matter to Ethan Spencer. He is a master of adaptation. The Saint Louis senior center committed to Hawaii last week and embraces anything that will come his way. Just don’t expect a disturbance in the force. “I haven’t really celebrated yet. Just living life normally for now,” said Spencer, now 6 feet, 2 inches and 275 pounds. “I think it’s just going to be any other day, if anything. My parents (Mellissa and Sean Spencer) […]

Talented and growing: QBs John-Keawe and Jaron Sagapolutele

By Paul Honda on July 19, 2021

The arms wars are growing in high school football. Whether they’re a part of it or benefit from the decades of development in passing talent, John-Keawe and Jaron-Keawe Sagapolutele are right there at the upper echelon. John-Keawe Sagapolutele enters his junior year with Punahou, nearly two years removed from a remarkable freshman season. Jaron, who enjoyed a major growth spurt and is now taller than his older brother, is a freshman slinger at Saint Louis. While John had an opportunity […]

Clemson makes it official with offer to LB Tausili Akana

By Paul Honda on July 18, 2021

The June barnstorming tour of Tausili Akana netted a bounty of football scholarship offers. One of them wasn’t official until Saturday. Clemson offered a scholarship to Akana a month after the 6-foot-4, 225-pound outside linebacker visited the school. “I really enjoyed my visit with Clemson football. I did a camp and an unofficial visit. The staff was amazing, the facilities were top notch and the program is one of the best in the country,” Akana said. “They love what I […]

Mililani speedster Gavin Hunter shines at Poly Bowl Combine

By Paul Honda on July 17, 2021

Only two athletes ran the 40-yard dash in an electronically-timed 4.4 seconds at the Polynesian Bowl Combine last weekend. One of them was Mililani wide receiver Gavin Hunter, who later finished the seven-hour event with co-MVP honors at his position. “I’m feeling good right now. We were with Coach Galu (Tagovailoa) getting that morning session,” the 6-foot-2, 185-pound junior said. It was scorching hot at Skippa Diaz Stadium in the morning. Afternoon trade winds soothed the 50-plus pass catchers as […]

Leilehua’s Keawe Andres rises to Poly Bowl Combine honors

By Paul Honda on July 16, 2021

Coaches at the receiver position got their look, hours worth of reps, at the Polynesian Bowl Combine on Saturday. By the end of 7-on-7 competition, nearly seven hours after the day had started, Leilehua senior Keawe Andres stood before his peers. The 5-foot-10, 167-pound pass catcher was named one of the top five players at his spot, one of five co-MVPs. The pronouncement in the announcement was slightly puzzling. “They said ‘No. 161, Kiwi Annndrez,’ ” Andres recalled. His confusion […]

Former Maryknoll hoopster Sage Tolentino commits to Cincinnati

By Paul Honda on July 15, 2021

(3 p.m. Adds interview with Sage Tolentino.) The path will lead to Cincinnati for Sage Tolentino. The 7-foot forward/center from Kaneohe announced his commitment to the Bearcats on Thursday via social media. “I am humbled and blessed that I will be committing to the University of Cincinnati! Thank you to coach Wes Miller, coach Chad Dollar and the entire coaching staff for believing in me,” Tolentino wrote. “I am very thankful for this opportunity to play at the next level, […]

Pearl City’s Josh Gleason rises to challenge at Poly Bowl Combine

By Paul Honda on July 14, 2021

Josh Gleason is quietly relentless. The Pearl City pass catcher made play after play, earning co-MVP honors at the Polynesian Bowl Combine on Saturday. The selections were made by the position coaches, the top five receivers out of a field of more than 50. “I like the fact that he was stepping up to the plate,” receivers coach Samson Anguay said. “Our Pearl City coaches do a great job. Josh is very deceiving, a tall kid with speed, but you […]

Damien’s diamond in the rough: LB Kahiau Young

By Paul Honda on July 14, 2021

Bringing the best of the best together for the Polynesian Bowl Combine was equal parts fun and competition. Kahiau Young had, perhaps, even more motivation. The Damien senior was one of five linebackers named co-MVP at the position after the long day was done at Skippa Diaz Stadium. Leonard Ah You, Kruze Keanu and Liona Lefau of Kahuku, and Alika Cavaco-Amoy of Punahou were also selected out of 48 linebackers. “Leonard and Liona, I think they’re (rated) four stars in […]