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Hawaii Elite 2G enters top Perfect Game tourney in Jupiter, Fla.

By Paul Honda on October 8, 2021

Hawaii Elite 2G is in turbo mode. The conglomeration of the top high school baseball players in the islands won the Perfect Game title in Iowa two weeks ago. “We had our full team. A couple of our pitchers had scheduled shutdown periods, but for the most part, we had everyone. We had Aiva (Arquette) and (Beau) Sylvester,” Elite coach Brandon “Bu” Toro said. Beau Sylvester (‘22, HI) blasts one to the moon!!! His second HR of the day, this […]

Saint Louis shortstop/pitcher Nu‘u Contrades commits to Arizona State

By Paul Honda on September 17, 2021

There’s a lot of ability in Saint Louis senior Nu‘u Contrades. Reliability. Availability. Add versatility and flat-out talent, and schools across the West Coast were yearning to land the standout baseball player. Contrades, who recommitted from Cal State Northridge in August, made an oral commitment to Arizona State on Thursday. “I feel good. I actually feel great. It’s a very good feeling being able to put that behind me and focus on just playing baseball,” Contrades said. “It was definitely […]

HBG plays big, wins 5-Tool tourney in SoCal

By Paul Honda on August 6, 2021

Hawaii Baseball Group embarked on a 19-game, 15-day journey to Southern California on July 23. HBG will return on Saturday with a 18U Upperclass championship trophy from the Five-Tool West World Series. Including games prior to the tournament in Orange County, Calif., the team of 28 players from 12 high schools went 15-3-1. Reyn Matsuzaki’s walk-off RBI single lifted HBG over TB SoCal, 4-3, in the final. In the semifinals, Hawaii Baseball Group edged the Saddleback Cowboys, 2-1. “It was […]

Hawaii Elite 2G surges to Perfect Game crown in Houston

By Paul Honda on July 5, 2021

Two tournaments, one championship and a tie for the other one. Hawaii Elite 2G is doing quite all right after three weeks on the road, covering Georgia, Arizona and Texas. The squad followed up its 2-all tie with powerhouse East Cobb (Ga.) in the final of the Perfect Game Battle of the Southeast by capturing the Perfect Game Central Elite crown on the Fourth of July in Houston. En route to the title, Hawaii Elite 2G overpowered UC Baseball 9-2, […]

Caleb Lomavita of Saint Louis has strong showing at MLB Combine

By Paul Honda on June 27, 2021

The MLB Combine debut came and went, giving Caleb Lomavita a chance to leave his mark. The versatile Saint Louis graduate did that on the first day of the combine, ranking fifth overall with a 105.7 mph maximum exit velocity on a single batted ball. The Cal signee was not among the Top 250 prospects, but had a higher exit velocity than Tommy White (No. 103) and Ryan Spikes (No. 197). Then, day two — Saturday — arrived. Lomavita went […]

Parker Grant, Shaydan Lovediro help Hawaii Elite reach finals in Atlanta tournament

By Paul Honda on June 15, 2021

2020 was a big bummer for high school baseball, but ’21 is turning out pretty well for Maryknoll junior Parker Grant. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound pitcher struck out eight in a complete-game win as coach Brandon Toro’s Hawaii Elite 2G squad defeated the Tennessee Nationals. That game was delayed initially because of lightning in the Atlanta area. The squad went unbeaten in pool play, then defeated the Tennessee Nationals, 5-4, again on Monday. In a showdown with the nation’s No. 2 […]

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, […]

VIDEO: Chace Numata Senior All-Star Game

By Paul Honda on June 8, 2021

Some video clips below from the inaugural Chace Numata Senior All-Star Game held on Saturday at Joey DeSa Field. Numata died in 2019 after suffering injuries in a skateboarding accident. The former Pearl City standout was a catcher in the Detroit Tigers organization, playing for the Erie SeaDogs, a AA team. He was a 14th round draft pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010. Coach Eric Tokunaga organized the game, which he hopes will become an annual event. Team Hawaiian […]