‘Iolani, Konawaena are No. 1 in preseason

Iolani's Zach Gelacio is one of the Raiders' key returnees in 2015. Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Iolani’s Zach Gelacio is one of the Raiders’ key returnees in 2015. Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

‘Iolani and Konawaena are the boys and girls No. 1 teams in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Top 10 basketball polls that will be released in the Tuesday edition.

The Raiders were runners-up in the boys state Division I final to Kalaheo a year ago. They return several key players, including Hugh Hogland, Zach Gelacio and Robby Mann.

Punahou is No. 2, followed by Kaiser at No. 3 in the boys poll.

In the girls poll, Konawaena — led by the three Molina sisters, Chanelle, Celena and Cherilyn — is the preseason No. 1. The Wildcats are coming off a Division I state title season, their fifth since 2007.

Lahainaluna is No. 2, followed by Punahou at No. 3.

The boys and girls Top 10 polls follow. First-place votes are in parentheses, followed by points from the ballotin of coaches and media from around the state.

Girls Top 10
1. Konawaena (19), 207
2. Lahainaluna (1), 189
3. Punahou (1), 157
4. Maryknoll, 132
5. Hilo, 105
6. Roosevelt, 100
7. Kamehameha, 91
8. Iolani, 59
9. Mililani, 49
10. Honokaa, 22

Also receiving votes: Leilehua 17, Kaiser 14, Hawaii Baptist 4, Sacred Hearts 3, KS-Hawaii 2, Kailua 2, Radford 1, Farrington 1.

Boys Top 10
1. Iolani (13), 202
2. Punahou (1), 158
3. Kaiser (5), 154
4. Maryknoll, 136
5. Kamehameha, 104
6. Leilehua, 94
7. Kalaheo (2), 91
8. Kahuku, 83
9. Kailua (1), 39
10. Lahainaluna, 37

Also receiving votes: Mid-Pacific 25, Saint Louis 23, Campbell 21, Konawaena 16, Moanalua 14, Farrington 5, Baldwin 3, Kohala 3, Radford 1, St. Francis 1.


  1. Mahatma Gandhi November 30, 2015 2:05 pm

    How many recruits on Iolani’s team this year? Iolani has chosen to make its name in basketball. It used to be THE baseball school under the legendary George Fujishige.

  2. x November 30, 2015 4:13 pm


  3. Clinton R Hannah December 1, 2015 9:30 am

    I have just moved here from Vienna, Va. I am a retired Educator/Coach. I would like to volunteer as a Basketball Coach. I live near Kapolei HS. My background: 45 years experience. I have been a Head basketball coach, Assistant Football and Golf Coach. Also coached Baseball early in my career. Also I am a non/PGA Golf Teaching Professional. I have a lot of experience to share and it will not cost you anything. I can be reached at 703 855 0280.

    Clinton R Hannah

  4. Homegrown December 1, 2015 12:08 pm

    Can’t wait to see how Kahuku does in basketball. Definitely a football powerhouse but some of their athletes simply transfer over to basketball and use their athleticism to stay competitive with these year round basketball boys.

  5. The Rim December 1, 2015 4:04 pm

    I’m positive your ranking of Kohala is from last year. There is no way this years team is anywhere near last and quite frankly may be the worst team fielded in recent years.

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