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Endurance, eligibility are huge keys for Kaimuki’s ironmen

By Paul Honda on June 24, 2021

The 18 Bulldogs showing up daily for conditioning know the task is daunting. Such is the way at Kaimuki, where low numbers, big hearts and ultimate resilience have been the norm for years. Coach David Tautofi has lined up scrimmages with Kahuku, Campbell, Kailua and Saint Louis — not exactly an easy route for any program, let alone one in Division II. Tautofi’s approach has yielded big dividends for the Bulldogs. In 2019, they won the OIA D-II title and […]

Saint Louis agrees to road game at Bishop Gorman in August

By Paul Honda on June 24, 2021

(9:50 p.m. Adds AJ Bianco quote.) Three hundred prospective varsity, junior varsity and intermediate football players are showing up on the slope of Kalaepohaku for conditioning work daily. Saint Louis has rebuilt its prized football program and then some, and the ascension continues. The Crusaders are on the brink of traveling to Nevada in two months to play powerhouse Bishop Gorman. The date is set for Aug. 20. “We’re finalizing the contract. We’ve accepted the terms,” Saint Louis coach Ron […]

Optional conditioning at Campbell draws 90 varsity, 65-plus JV prospects

By Paul Honda on June 22, 2021

While numbers at many prep football programs are fair to middling, the Campbell Sabers are bursting at the seams. The Sabers have roughly 90 players training for the varsity squad, and coach Darren Johnson will have to pare that down to 65 when official tryouts are done in July. A tri-scrimmage with Kahuku and Kaimuki on July 29 will help with evaluation immensely. “I think Kahuku and our team will run 2s and 3s,” Johnson said of depth charts. “What […]

Slow turnout has Waianae football in survive and advance mode

By Paul Honda on June 22, 2021

The challenge seems daunting, but Mike Fanoga is looking for small, everyday victories at Waianae. Weight training is back for the football squad, and momentum is building for a team with plenty of youth. “We’ve got less than 10 seniors. This group right here are all (former) JV except for four or five kids who played for me a year ago. Everyone’s gone from the 2021 class,” the Waianae coach said. “I’ve got new faces. That’s why we’re doing EDD […]

Player turnout going well for new Hilo head coach Chris Todd

By Paul Honda on June 18, 2021

A year ago, Chris Todd was very content to be a husband, father and friendly neighborhood state representative from Hilo. Today, he is still all of the above. Just add head coach to his list of duties. After 10 seasons as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator, and one year away from the game, Todd will guide the Vikings through their first football season since 2019. The timing worked out. Kaeo Drummondo stepped down as head coach after the ’19 […]

‘Official’ season or not, football coaches planning scrimmages, preseason games

By Paul Honda on June 17, 2021

(Saturday, 9:50 p.m. Nanakuli to scrimmage with Damien and Campbell on July 29.) (1:15 p.m. Updates with Waianae’s schedule.) (11:50 a.m. Updates with Moanalua’s schedule.) Somewhere out there, perhaps at many campuses, there are young football players who struggled prior to the pandemic. Maybe some of them are about to thrive with a fresh start. Coaches across the islands are busy scheduling scrimmages and preseason games, even as the official re-start of prep football has yet to be announced. Waipahu […]

2021 class inducted into HHSAA Hall of Honor

By Paul Honda on June 13, 2021

In the most challenging of years, the senior class found ways to succeed. The HHSAA Hall of Honor’s class of 2021 is now inducted, and with a formalized quota system in place, more Neighbor Island and OIA candidates landed in the Hall than usual. Class of 2021 Teani Arakawa, King Kekaulike (Soccer, Cross Country, Track and Field) Kanani Araki, Kamehameha-Hawai’i (Air Riflery, Swimming, Track and Field) Alana Barthel, Le Jardin (Swimming) Cayla Cabanban, Sacred Hearts (Cheerleading) Alaka’i Gonsalves, Kapa’a (Basketball, […]

Lincoln Barit retires after 35 years as Waialua football coach

By Paul Honda on June 12, 2021

When Lincoln Barit began coaching, he was barely older than his current players at Waialua High School. He was a young father. His dream of playing college football ended when he chose to be a family man. The life as a coach, at Pop Warner and high school levels, never ended. That is, until now. “For me, the best part is watching the players grow. Teaching them respect. I always tell them, to get respect you’ve got to show respect. […]