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Move to Tier 3 could have impact on ILH decisions for spring and postponed sports

By Paul Honda on February 25, 2021

There are possibilities under Tier 3 that didn’t exactly exist in Tier 2 for Oahu’s youth and high school athletes. The executive order was officially approved by Gov. David Ige on Thursday morning, 12:01 a.m. The move into a more lenient and flexible tier — for the first time since the pandemic forced closure of schools last March — means organized youth and high school sports have a stronger chance of returning for spring season. That includes football and girls […]

Good news for prep sports: Mayor Rick Blangiardi announces Oahu’s move to Tier 3

By Paul Honda on February 23, 2021

Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi has announced a move from Tier 2 to Tier 3, effective Thursday, which could have a significant impact on high school and youth organized sports on Oahu. His live press conference on Facebook Live referred to sports several times. Blangiardi: “Today, I want to announce effective Thursday morning, 12:01 a.m., we officially move to Tier 3, and with that comes a relaxation of the rules. We got there ahead of schedule thanks to all of you. […]

Start date for ILH baseball may hinge on post-Super Bowl COVID-19 numbers

By Paul Honda on February 15, 2021

The last bastion of high school sports in 2020-21 may be the Interscholastic League of Honolulu. While spring sports remain on the statewide calendar for public high schools, pending approval from the state/DOE/OIA/KIF/MIL/BIIF, the ILH has drawn up plan after plan, option after option, from Plan A to Plan I for life with or without their contemporaries. That is, in baseball, the private-school ILH has nine different plans for every imaginable scenario. If the public-school Oahu Interscholastic Association doesn’t play […]

Leilehua’s Hunter Sasaki takes flawless GPA to St. Martin’s

By Paul Honda on February 15, 2021

Hunter Sasaki learned how to hit the books to make his dream come true. The Leilehua senior signed to play baseball for St. Martin’s (Wash.). The plan is to major in civil engineering. “Luckily, they have it,” said Sasaki, who has a 4.0 grade-point average. “I felt connected with the coaches. I visited the campus a couple of times with my travel team.” The Saints are in NCAA Division II and play in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. “I have […]

Andria Tupola: Mayor Blangiardi has amendments to tier system

By Paul Honda on February 12, 2021

The movement is gaining speed for Safe Sports Hawaii. Councilmember Andria Tupola revealed on Friday morning that Mayor Rick Blangiardi has made amendments to the existing tier system of restrictions regarding COVID-19. >> Gyms and fitness facilities will be allowed to open at 25-percent capacity. >> Indoor group physical activities are allowed with no more than five people. >> Outdoor group physical activities, a team, up to 10. The updated guide now includes those amendments and is viewable here. (Note: […]

Kamehameha pitcher Shaydan Lovediro crafts a path to Bushnell

By Paul Honda on February 6, 2021

2020 was nearly as minimal as it got for a team and a pitcher when the high school baseball season got cancelled. Shaydan Lovediro made the most of it as junior-varsity hurler. Kamehameha played three JV baseball games and was on track to join the varsity, eventually. As the COVID-19 pandemic forced closures across the country, the 6-foot, 220-pound senior didn’t get to pitch for the Warriors’ varsity squad, but he remained busy. One year later — 11 months, to […]

Punahou junior shortstop Kaikea Harrison commits to Texas A&M

By Paul Honda on February 3, 2021

There is no rush, but Kaikea Harrison is fine with being early. In Harrison’s universe, timing is everything. The time was right for the Punahou junior to make a commitment to Texas A&M baseball. On Monday, the smooth-fielding shortstop gave the Aggies his word. “I wanted to get it over with. It’s just been a long journey and especially how the times are now, it’s been harder for us as kids because of COVID,” Harrison said on Tuesday. Harrison, who […]

Campbell’s Titus Mokiao-Atimalala among letter-of-intent signees

By Paul Honda on February 3, 2021

The purple orchid lei and black UCF hat were part of a Wednesday morning that was like no other for Titus Mokiao-Atimalala. The Campbell senior signed his letter of intent to play football at UCF, finalizing a recruiting process that began two years ago. “I’m finally at ease. The process is over and now I’m focusing on preparing myself for the next level,” said Mokiao-Atimalala, who has a 3.5 grade-point average. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound wide receiver/defensive back had 20 scholarship […]