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Campbell and Mililani baseball teams show us why we play the games

By Nick Abramo on March 14, 2020

Saturday afternoon at the ballpark, probably for the last time this spring, fans got to see Mililani junior catcher Hunter Faildo and Campbell senior center fielder Ty Stephens provide good examples of why we play the games. After all, now that the games aren’t going to be here and the world is in crisis mode due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, this is a great time to pause in wonder at the beauty sports can give. Both players made plays […]

JT Navyac’s four-hitter with 8 K’s lifts No. 4 Saint Louis over No. 1 Punahou, 1-0

By Paul Honda on March 10, 2020

Months on the road were a godsend for JT Navyac. The Saint Louis shortstop/pitcher didn’t come home for the entire stretch, playing in California. He also spent the offseason grinding away in the weight room. He returned to the Crusaders 15 pounds heavier, now playing at 175 pounds. He also added some pop to his fastball. The right-hander whiffed eight and walked none as No. 4 Saint Louis defeated No. 1 Punahou 1-0 on Tuesday in the ILH season opener […]

Defending state champion Punahou opens 2020 where it left off as No. 1

By Billy Hull on March 9, 2020

The Punahou Buffanblu will begin their 2020 season where they left off last year. The defending ILH and state champions received nine of 10 first-place votes to earn the No. 1 ranking in the first Honolulu Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10 of the new season. The Buffanblu will open the regular season Tuesday against No. 4 Saint Louis at Central Oahu Regional Park after going 5-0 in the preseason with wins over Mililani, Pearl City and Hilo. Punahou returns seven starters […]


Kalani swim coach Victoria Ruelas was first girl starter in Little League World Series

By Nick Abramo on February 15, 2020

The year was 1989, when girls playing Little League baseball was a lot less common than it is today. Victoria Ruelas was one of the girls who was excelling at it back then. Now the Kalani swimming and diving coach, Ruelas broke new ground when she was the first American female to play in the Little League World Series and the first girl starting player and first girl pitcher. It was with the San Pedro Eastview Little League in California, […]

Kamehameha aces Javyn Pimental, Kelena Sauer headed to West Coast power programs

By Paul Honda on November 13, 2019

Kelena Sauer and Javyn Pimental have seen a thing or two. Surprises. Twists. Coaching changes. The two Kamehameha senior pitchers have endured, though. They have thrived. Sauer signed with San Diego State and Pimental signed with Arizona at the letter-of-intent signing ceremony hosted by Education 1st at the Sheraton Waikiki on Wednesday morning. “I’m super excited for what’s coming up. I can’t wait,” said Pimental, who doesn’t mind the desert heat. “I’d rather be hot than cold. The two aces […]

‘Iolani’s Micah Yonamine comfortable playing the waiting game

By Billy Hull on June 5, 2019

Micah Yonamine had a pretty good idea it would either be the Philadelphia Phillies or the Arizona Diamondbacks if he heard his name called today in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. That made the emotional roller coaster for prospects listening to each name called a little easier, but when it was time for either of the two teams to make their picks, it got stressful real quick. “Every time (those picks) came up I made sure I was […]

2019 MLB draft player tracker with Hawaii ties

By Billy Hull on June 5, 2019

After ‘Iolani’s Shane Sasaki was taken with the 99th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Rays in the third round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday, six more players from Hawaii high schools or the University of Hawaii were selected on Day 3 of the draft. UPDATE: Sasaki says he’s agreed to deal with Rays with signing bonus of $475,000. >> The Minnesota Twins selected UH right-hander Dylan Thomas in the 13th round, No 389 overall. […]

VIDEO: All-State player of the year Micah Yonamine drafted by Philadelphia Phillies

By Paul Honda on June 5, 2019

‘Iolani catcher Micah Yonamine closed out his prep career with a bang, swatting 11 home runs and driving home 34 runs. Yonamine also batted .500 and was voted Star-Advertiser All-State position player of the year. He chatted with Hawaii Prep World about everything from his favorite athlete (Kris Bryant) to his favorite teacher, traveling East and West, and his secret talent. Yonamine, who signed with Illinois State, was selected in the 29th round of the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year […]