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Kainoa Carvalho on Bosco: ‘They’re the top dog in the game’

By Paul Honda on May 24, 2022

Kahuku. St. John Bosco. Sept. 17. Most travel years, Kahuku ventures to Utah for exhibition clashes. This time, the defending Open Division state champions will head to Bellflower, Calif., where the perennial national-title contending Braves of St. John Bosco will be waiting. Coach Sterling Carvalho’s program won its first state title since 2015 last year, relying substantially on a strong junior class. Linebackers Liona Lefau and Leonard Ah You will return, as well as wide receiver Kainoa Carvalho. Without a […]

Kekahi Graham returns, but Saint Louis loses 3 key players

By Paul Honda on May 22, 2022

Here today, gone tomorrow. Just like that, the Saint Louis’ losses are the OIA’s gains. Freshman quarterback phenom Jaron Keawe Sagapolutele is transferring from Saint Louis to Campbell. One of his big-play targets, sophomore wide receiver Kache Kaio, is en route to Kahuku. Another stellar contributor, 6-foot-2, 358-pound offensive lineman Iapani “Poncho” Laloulu, has left Saint Louis and is returning to Farrington for his upcoming senior year. Laloulu cracked the rotation last year despite the presence and talent of 12 […]

Punahou QB John Keawe Sagapolutele is new state shot put champion

By Paul Honda on May 14, 2022

The spring season began with an idea for John Keawe Sagapolutele. In the midst of training for football, he tried something new. On Friday, roughly two months into the track and field season, Sagapolutele is the new shot put state champion of Hawaii. He hoisted the 12-pound sphere 51 feet and 11 inches to top the field at the Island Movers/HHSAA Track and Field State Championships on Friday at Kunuiakea Stadium. “I just joined track for the credit. I never […]

Waiakea reigns: Season-ending Baseball Top 10 has major shuffle

By Paul Honda on May 14, 2022

Waiakea collected all 15 first-place votes to claim the No. 1 ranking in the final Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10 of the season. The Warriors went into last week ranked fourth in the coaches and media poll, and was seeded fourth in the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA State Championships. After ousting Kalani, 6-3, coach Chris Honda’s team then stunned the field with a 5-4 win over top seed Saint Louis and a 3-2 win over second seed Baldwin for the title. “This […]

Maryknoll seizes the throne, winning first softball state crown

By Paul Honda on May 13, 2022

Marvin Malczon gives free hugs. That is, hugs to the Datahouse/HHSAA Softball State Championships koa trophy. Moments before the longtime Maryknoll assistant coach bear-hugged the koa trophy, head coach John Uekawa pointed at his friend. “Marvin has been with me from day one,” Uekawa said after the Lady Spartans toppled ILH champion and top-seeded ‘Iolani, 5-2, for the state title. Malczon laid on his back, nestled on the grass near the dugout, clutching the trophy. A few minutes earlier, at […]

When empires collide: ‘Iolani, Maryknoll clash for state crown

By Paul Honda on May 12, 2022

‘Iolani. Maryknoll. After a certifiably wild first three days, Thrillsville and the Monster Mashers are in the final of the Datahouse/HHSAA Softball State Championships. Maryknoll’s roller-coaster season has been about unmatched hitting in April and May. Leadoff hitter Carys Murakami has been en fuego with a 3-for-5 day against Baldwin (three runs, RBI, double) and a 3-for-4 performance against Kapolei (three RBIs, home run, double, four runs scored with a walk). Junior shortstop Nellie McEnroe-Marinas has been every bit the […]

Nellie McEnroe-Marinas dedicates HR to nephew in Maryknoll’s win over Baldwin

By Paul Honda on May 10, 2022

A courageous smile tells the story for Nellie McEnroe-Marinas. Days after her nephew, Xavier, died, she is dedicating her state tournament to him. That includes a two-run home run on Tuesday that helped Maryknoll topple third-seeded Baldwin, 13-2, at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. “My nephew passed away a couple days ago. The two hearts was for him,” McEnroe-Marinas said, referring to her gesture after rounding the bases, tapping her heart twice and pointing to the sky. “It feels actually pretty […]

Perfection: Mililani’s Ashley Ogata whiffs 15 in 25-0, 5-inning TKO of Kealakehe

By Paul Honda on May 10, 2022

Getting out of class early never felt this good. The Mililani Trojans had a high noon showdown with BIIF champion Kealakehe at pristine Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium on Tuesday. They left with a 25-0, five-inning TKO win — and the ultimate perfect game for senior Ashley Ogata. Ogata, a right-hander, struck out all 15 batters she faced. Kealakehe managed to clip a few foul balls in the top of the fifth, but Ogata bore down and got a rare achievement. […]