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Hawaii Grown: Jocelyn Alo not focused on anyone’s expectations but her own

By Christian Shimabuku on May 22, 2019

Perhaps the only downside of the sensational freshman year Jocelyn Alo had at Oklahoma was how remarkably high it set the bar for year two. Last season, Alo led the nation with 30 home runs while hitting .420 and a team-high 72 RBI, and was awarded with National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American honors. She was also named Freshman of the Year by both the NFCA and Big 12 Conference. Fans across the country eagerly wondered what she would do for an […]

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, 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 […]

From stats to coaching to design, former Bear Rodney Higa stays busy

By Paul Honda on May 11, 2019

Over the years, wherever there was a football game, there was Rodney Higa. Higa was a former baseball player from Baldwin who kept statistics at War Memorial Stadium for decades. “(Then-MIL executive director) Steve Kim asked me to help. I programmed my laptop to do football stats. After that, I said, I was tired,” Higa said. As an engineer with the County of Maui, he also had a special project at the island’s premier baseball facility, Ichiro “Iron” Maehara Stadium. […]

STATE SOFTBALL RANKINGS: ‘Iolani’s rise to No. 1 indeed rare

By Billy Hull on May 6, 2019

An unseeded team winning the Datahouse/HHSAA Softball State Championships in Division I was nothing new. The team to do so, however, indeed was. The ‘Iolani Raiders became the fifth straight non-league champion to win the state softball title on Saturday night, rolling up 50 runs in four impressive wins to capture the third state championship in school history and first since going back-to-back in 1999 and 2000. The ILH’s first state softball champion in D-I since 2013 ends the year […]

HHSAA all-tournament teams: Softball, Volleyball, Water Polo

By Billy Hull on May 5, 2019

State champions were crowned in track and field, softball, boys volleyball, girls water polo and judo on a busy Saturday around the state. Below are the all-tournament teams in softball, boys volleyball and girls water polo. SOFTBALL Division I Most outstanding player—Aleia Agbayani, ‘Iolani (.769 BA (10-for-13), 2 2b’s, 3b, 3 HR’s, 13 runs, 11 RBIs; 2 wins pitching). P—Alyssa Abe, Leilehua; Aliya Harmon, Baldwin. C—Kai Barrett, ‘Iolani IF—Alana Jarra-Parker, Leilehua; Kalena Markham, ‘Iolani; Asia Lee, Punahou; Lovey Kepaa, Leilehua. […]

‘Iolani came together for one memorable softball state title

By Billy Hull on May 5, 2019

Watching the Datahouse/HHSAA Softball State Championships in Division I was like watching a prize fight. Game after game, two teams would slug away at each other, only in this case, it was by dumping balls over the outfield fence at record pace. In 11 winners bracket games, 36 homers were hit, more than doubling the previous mark. In the final however, one team put it all together — pitching, hitting, defense — for one of the most complete and convincing state-championship performances […]

Expect fireworks in ‘Iolani/Leilehua softball final

By Billy Hull on May 4, 2019

Eleven runs in each of their first three games has been enough for the ‘Iolani Raiders to reach the Division I final in the Datahouse/HHSAA Softball State Championships at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. But will it be enough to defeat the defending state champion Leilehua Mules, who have scored 44 runs in their three games? “Nope,” ‘Iolani coach Benny Agbayani said matter-of-factly after ‘Iolani’s 11-8 win over Baldwin on Friday night. “Nothing is enough to beat Leilehua. They’re a tough […]

DAY 3: Punahou/Leilehua, ‘Iolani/Baldwin in state softball semis

By Billy Hull on May 3, 2019

After a wild quarterfinal round, only No. 2 seed Punahou remains of the four league champions in the Datahouse/HHSAA Softball State Championships in Division I. The Buffanblu and Leilehua meet in a rematch of last year’s state final in the first game, followed by MIL runner-up Baldwin and ILH runner-up ‘Iolani. The offenses have dominated the tournament with a record 27 homers already having been hit in the first two rounds. The one exception is Baldwin junior Aliya Harmon, who […]