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Jet-lagged Shane Sasaki likely to sign after Tampa Bay picks him 99th overall

By Paul Honda on June 4, 2019

Shane Sasaki came home for graduation on Saturday. He will return to the mainland as a professional baseball player. The Tampa Bay Rays selected the ‘Iolani center fielder in the third round, the 99th selection, of the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft today. The speedy senior came into the high school season rated as the No. 1 prospect in the islands. Then he measured up in every possible way on the field, and at the plate. “I’m speechless, […]

KS-Hawaii ace Tai Atkins, ‘Iolani slugger Micah Yonamine lead All-State baseball

By Paul Honda on June 2, 2019

Tai Atkins didn’t want to leave his hometown. In Kapaau, life is slower, family is close by and, according to Atkins, there is nothing better. But prior to seventh grade, his family relocated to Mountain View, moving from one corner of the island to another. He grew there, attending Kamehameha-Hawaii, developing his talent on the baseball diamond. Atkins’ senior year saw a pinnacle, sparking his Warriors to the BIIF Division II title with an unbeaten record that included wins over […]

‘Iolani’s Yonamine is Gatorade baseball player of year

By Nick Abramo on May 25, 2019

‘Iolani’s Micah Yonamine was chosen as the Gatorade Hawaii Baseball Player of the Year, the Gatorade Company announced Thursday. The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field. A 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior catcher and infielder, Yonamine led the Raiders to a 12-7 record and a third-place finish in the ILH, batting .500 with 11 home runs, 34 RBIs and a 1.150 slugging percentage. A member of the Japanese National Honor […]


Naighel Calderon becomes 1st Lanai inductee to Hall of Honor

By Paul Honda on May 19, 2019

The 2019 class of the Hawaii High School Hall of Honor includes three elite level basketball players, as well as a good number of neighbor island standouts. Kalina Obrey of Kamehameha, the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball All-State player of the year, was voted into the Hall by the selection committee. So was boys player of the year Kameron Ng of St. Francis. He is the first — and only — boy to be inducted from the school, which will close its […]

2 Big Isle softball players invited to MLB/USA breakthrough camp

By Nick Abramo on May 16, 2019

Kamehameha-Hawaii sophomore shortstop Kawehi Ili and Konawaena sophomore catcher Jayla Medeiros have been selected as two of the 60 players from across the nation and Canada to participate in the MLB/USA Softball Breakthrough Series. According to a news release from MLB.com, the event is a special amateur development camp designed for high school softball players and will be held during Memorial Day weekend in Kansas City, Mo. Ili and Medeiros will receive: >> Instruction from former Team USA stars, including […]

40 years after Radford’s baseball state title, Coach Donald Kimura dies

By Paul Honda on May 16, 2019

Baseball was in Donald Kimura’s blood. The longtime Radford coach taught and coached at Radford for 32 years. Later, he helped with the intermediate program at Punahou while Eric Kadooka guided the varsity during a seven-year reign of state championships in the 2000s. Kimura died on Wednesday morning. Forty seasons ago, in 1979, Radford went unbeaten through the regular season and state tournament, only the second program to do so in state history. The Rams defeated ‘Iolani 7-4 in the […]

St. Francis baseball team goes out in a blaze of glory

By Nick Abramo on May 11, 2019

St. Francis can rest a little bit easier now that it’s hunted down that all-important state Division II baseball championship. Everything was on the line — or as designated hitter Makana Poole said it after a semifinal victory on Friday, “It’s all or nothing.” They wound up getting it all. The Saints (15-4) broke open a close game with a four-run sixth inning for an 8-4 victory over Waimea (9-5-1) Saturday in the finale of the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA Baseball […]

Kalae Harrison, Jake Tsukada flip the switch as Punahou captures state title

By Paul Honda on May 11, 2019

WAILUKU — The afternoon really started for Punahou in the parking lot at Iron Maehara Stadium. The Buffanblu were well ahead of schedule, waiting for their state championship game with Mililani. Coach Keenan Sue noticed something about his projected starter, Michael Robichaux, a seldom-used pitcher. “Right before the game, I spied Mike in the parking lot. He looked a little nervous. I said, hey man, you know what, you’re going to do great,” Sue said. “If you don’t do great, […]