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JJ Mandaquit at USA Junior National tryouts this weekend

By Paul Honda on October 7, 2022

A year ago, JJ Mandaquit was entering his freshman season at ‘Iolani. Then a 6-foot-1, 160-pound guard, Mandaquit went on to earn Star-Advertiser All-State Fab 15 honors, voted No. 3 by coaches and media. Today, he is one step away from playing for Team USA. Now 6-2 and 180 pounds, Mandaquit is one of 20 players invited to compete for a spot on the USA Basketball Junior (15-under) National Team mini-camp, which began on Friday and ends Monday. Two years […]

JJ, Jaety Mandaquit transferring to RSL Academy in Utah

By Paul Honda on June 22, 2022

It was a matter of time for JJ Mandaquit. The standout ‘Iolani freshman hoopster is moving to Utah with his family and will enroll at Real Salt Lake Academy for his sophomore year. RSL is a tuition-free charter school in Herriman, Utah, with an enrollment of approximately 500. During his freshman season, the 6-foot-1 guard led the Raiders to the semifinal round of the state championships. He was voted No. 3 in the Star-Advertiser All-State Fab 15 during a year […]

Boys Hoops All-State Fab 15, Aiva Arquette, All-Defense and more

By Paul Honda on April 13, 2022

Here’s a boatload of insights from coaches regarding the Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball All-State Fab 15, All-Defense and much more. The selections were made by a panel of coaches and media. >> Coach of the year: Dan Hale, Saint Louis Star-Advertiser: In year three, Hale’s program reached the pinnacle, taking the ILH and Division I state titles. The Crusaders went 20-2 overall, capturing their first basketball state crown since 1986. Larry Park, Kamehameha: “Dan has done a great job building a […]

A finale to remember: Players scribe about inaugural Damien Farias Senior Classic

By Paul Honda on March 18, 2022

There was no championship involved. In fact, the final high school game in the careers of roughly 20 players was purely an investment of sweat and time. The reward: friendships for life. It was a good time to be young and in one’s prime at the inaugural Damien Farias Senior Classic on Saturday. From near and far they came to play in the senior exhibition game, which was as much a celebration of the former standout Saint Louis player and […]

Senior Classic at Saint Louis honors former player, assistant coach Damien Farias

By Paul Honda on March 10, 2022

(Note: Roster additions released on Friday, Mar. 11.) EJ Kapihe, meet O’Shen Cazimero. Amari Westmoreland-Vendiola, this is Drew Triplett. Some of the state’s top basketball players will join forces on Saturday at the inaugural Damien Farias Senior Basketball Classic. The game will tip off in Saint Louis’ Clarence T.C. Ching Gymnasium at 7 p.m. On Team Red: Kapihe, the 6-foot-5 Kamehameha swingman, and Cazimero, the 2020 Gatorade player of the year from Kohala, along with Peyton Macalupay (Punahou), Shoncin Revuelto […]

Mid-Pacific girls basketball coach Reid Sagawa steps down

By Paul Honda on March 9, 2022

After three years guiding one of the top Division II girls basketball programs in the state, Reid Sagawa has resigned. The longtime coach plans to spend more time with son Brody, a ninth-grader at ‘Iolani, and visiting daughter Madison, who plays at Chapman (Calif.). He will also spend more time with his parents. “It’s always tough to give it up. When I applied for this position three years ago, I was the third coach in three years and I just […]

Devotion and loyalty run deep for Saint Louis’ Revuelto ohana

By Paul Honda on March 9, 2022

The glue guy is the bridge between past and present, and in this case, the father and the son played the role to the fullest, and a breakthrough state title was the result for the Saint Louis Crusaders. Shoncin Revuelto, a senior starting guard, and father Mark Revuelto, an assistant coach, were part of the transition from the previous regime to new coach Dan Hale in 2019. Often enough, Shoncin was an unsung, ultra-reliable and trustworthy grit and grinder. The […]

Hoopbook: Pupule’s Top 10 post-season questions

By Paul Honda on March 6, 2022

The 2022 postseason in answered some vital questions about many things Hawaii high school roundball. There are also many questions left unanswered, like why aren’t there UNDISPUTED boys champions in the BIIF and MIL? There is logic, of course, in the eyes of fans at Division I programs like Baldwin and Hilo, which won their respective leagues. If D-II programs want it, they can always request to move up given the proper procedures and timing. But the pupule fan in […]