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Shane Victorino, Marcus Mariota, Deforest Buckner help save spring sports

By Paul Honda on May 13, 2021

Somehow, Keith Amemiya gets the flow going again, every time. In prep sports, he is what Chris Paul is to every NBA franchise he joins, except that Amemiya does it while smiling. That would make him… Magic Johnson? His skill at mobilizing some of the most impactful people in island sports remains unmatched. When the CPB Foundation announced on Wednesday a group donation to public high school sports of $250,000, it was no surprise that the former executive director of […]

Mr. Clutch: DJ Akiyama’s 3-for-3, 3-RBI day sparks Aiea over Campbell

By Paul Honda on May 8, 2021

During the drudgery of the pandemic, with nothing open and virtually everything off limits, DJ Akiyama’s refuge was hiding in plain sight. The batting cage was his sanctuary. Thousands of residents drive by it every day in Aiea. They probably missed the 6-foot hitman taking his cuts, hour after hour, day after day. “It’s pretty much a therapy thing,” Akiyama said after going 3-for-3 with three RBIs in Aiea’s 8-6 come-from-behind win over Campbell on Friday afternoon. “It’s just I […]

Wild momentum swings, wild finish in Kaiser’s 12-11 nail-biter over Campbell

By Paul Honda on May 6, 2021

This was a test of the emotions, a preponderance of numerals in any normal baseball scorebook. Kaiser’s 12-11 win over Campbell, decided by a bases-loaded error in the bottom of the seventh inning, was not quite as rip-roaring as ‘Iolani’s recent 18-17 softball extravaganza with Maryknoll. But the emotions churned as Kaiser rolled up 11 runs in the bottom of the second inning, saw a 10-run lead evaporate, only to push the game-winning run across the plate in a fitting […]

Kailua Surfriders curate their drenched diamond for a chance to play

By Paul Honda on April 30, 2021

The rain fell at 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday and would not stop. Not for game time, 3 p.m., and certainly not for the rest of the afternoon on the bucolic slope of Kailua’s baseball field. The game was made up by Thursday afternoon under a sunny sky. The lush foliage in view from home plate is the best of both worlds for all baseball and nature lovers. The base paths, though, didn’t heal themselves from the downpour. When the ponding […]

Kaimuki two-sport standout Koby Moananu heading to Oregon State

By Paul Honda on April 29, 2021

All Koby Moananu wanted was an opportunity. He is getting one at Oregon State. The Beavers football program extended a Preferred Walk On spot to the Kaimuki senior just two days after Utah made a similar offer. Moananu opted for Oregon State, where he plans to try out for the baseball team, too. “I committed to them on Monday. They sent the graphic today and I sent it to coach David,” he said, referring to Kaimuki football coach David Tautofi. […]

Bottom’s up for ‘Iolani in 6-0 win over Kamehameha

By Paul Honda on April 28, 2021

Fastball, curve, slider. Zachary Tenn has good stuff. What makes his arsenal possibly great is his change-up. It tantalizes. It mesmerizes. It comes out of nowhere during a series of pitches A, B and C. Sits there in front of home plate so innocently. Then it breaks in on the nub of a right-handed batter’s bat. It is the zig to all of Tenn’s zags. “The change-up is probably my best pitch,” Tenn said after firing a four-hit shutout against […]

Kings of the road: No getting the Castle Knights baseball squad down

By Paul Honda on April 25, 2021

The Castle Knights are kings of the road in 2021 A team this young, without a normal home field to practice on, will test the mettle of any coaching staff. The Castle Knights choose to go with the flow. In their 13-2 loss to Farrington, the home-tam Knights found themselves at Joey DeSa Field, where the Governors play home games and practice. They cheered every strike thrown by their young pitchers. They were stoked with each base hit against Farrington’s […]

‘Iolani junior Makani Tanaka comes through in comeback win over Damien

By Paul Honda on April 24, 2021

Seven of his teammates are preparing to play college baseball next season, so Makani Tanaka just might be among the best No. 8 hitters in any ILH lineup. The 6-foot-2 left-handed junior had a day on Friday, tying the game with a two-run triple in the second inning, and contributing to ‘Iolani’s go-ahead fifth inning with an RBI single. The Raiders’ 6-3 comeback win over Damien was tougher than the final score might indicate. Tanaka took it all in stride. […]