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‘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, […]

LIVE BLOG: Day 4, Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA Baseball State Tourney

By Paul Honda on May 11, 2019

Final: Punahou 7, Mililani 3 Top 7: Shimabukuro’s roll is unstoppable. HE retires Winchester on a grounder, Faildo on a grounder, Pang on a grounder, and the koa trophy is back in Punahou’s hands for the first time in nine years. Bot 6: Oshiro sets the Buffanblu down 1-2-3, and now it’s the last chance for Mililani. PUNAHOU 7, MILILANI 3. Top 6: Suehisa walks with two outs and Oshiro singles, but Thomas flies out to end the threat. That’s […]

Oahu baseball champions set to make more memories on Maui

By Jerry Campany on May 11, 2019

The main event is here, and this time it is a unification bout. ILH champion Punahou and OIA king Mililani clash in the state Division I baseball championship today at 6 p.m. at Iron Maehara Stadium, the first time the champions of the two leagues have met in the final game since Campbell beat Mid-Pacific in 2015. It is the 22nd time Oahu’s league champions have met in the state final with the private schools enjoying a 14-8 edge going […]