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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 […]

Kapolei’s Jahshua Yacapin earns MVP honor at inaugural Chace Numata Senior All-Star game

By Paul Honda on June 6, 2021

From the knoll at the left-field fence to the welcoming pavement of North School Street, Joey DeSa Field became the adopted home of the inaugural Chace Numata Senior All-Star game on Saturday. Numata, who died in 2019 from injuries suffered in a skateboarding accident, would have relished the sight. Team Hawaiian outscored Team Aloha, 11-5, as Kapolei senior Jahshua Yacapin was named the game’s MVP. The right-hander pitched two innings and hit two doubles for Team Hawaiian, coached by Brandon […]

Chace Numata Senior All-Star Game on Saturday

By Paul Honda on June 4, 2021

Eric Tokunaga couldn’t forget Chace Numata. Numata, a minor-league baseball prospect, died in 2019 from injuries suffered from a skateboarding accident. On Saturday, the inaugural Chace Numata Senior All-Star Game will commence, featuring nearly 50 players from various schools. The nine-inning game will begin at 1 p.m. on the diamond at Joey DeSa Field. Spectators are welcome. Basic protocols will be required, including social distancing. “I called Chace’s parents the other day, yesterday, it’s a very emotional thing for me. […]

Crusaders complete a golden spring with Oahu Baseball Classic title

By Paul Honda on May 28, 2021

Playing without spectators, Saint Louis marched to an ILH baseball title in May. Playing in front of fans with a tournament title at stake — a total rush. Aiva Arquette, Saint Louis’ junior shortstop, embraced every moment of the inaugural Oahu Classic. “There was an adrenaline rush, something that wasn’t there for most of the season. The excitement was there the whole season, but the fans give you a different feeling. It was exciting with them in the stands, especially […]