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Kamehameha’s Christmas Togiai named Gatorade player of year

By Hawaii Prep World on March 26, 2020

The awards and honors are piling up for Christmas Togiai. The Kamehameha senior was named Gatorade boys basketball player of the year in Hawaii on Thursday. Togiai averaged 14 points, six rebounds and nearly three blocks per game for the Warriors. He was voted by coaches and media the Star-Advertiser All-State player of the year. He was also selected ILH player of the year. Kamehameha (28-6) won the ILH with a perfect 13-0 record and reached the state tournament final. […]

CLOSING THE BOOK: Brandyn Akana on Kahuku’s ‘darn good season’

By Hawaii Prep World on March 25, 2020

Closing the Book: No. 3 Kahuku (19-7, 9-2 OIA) Brandyn Akana is a basketball coach, but before that, he was always a basketball fanatic. The first thing he says before the questions about his Kahuku Red Raiders’ season is about the now. He asks, “How boring is March without March Madness?” Well, Coach, sorrow shared is half the sorrow, so feel free. In fact, reminiscing about Kahuku’s season is much more fun. The Red Raiders were one win away from […]

CLOSING THE BOOK: Larry Park on Kamehameha’s superb season, bittersweet finish

By Hawaii Prep World on March 24, 2020

Closing the Book: No. 2 Kamehameha (28-6, 12-0 ILH) > vs. Top 10: 16-6 (.727) > Top 10 wins: MOA, PUN, MOA, CYN, KD, PUN, MPI, PUN, MS, MPI, DMS, STL, MS, LEI, MS, KAH > Top 10 losses: MS, LUHI, KAIS, COL, ER, MS > Non-Top 10 losses: None > Home: 6-0 > Away: 9-0 > Neutral: 13-6 > Playoffs: 1-0 > HHSAA: 2-1 The season was remarkable for the Kamehameha Warriors, walking in a dream. They were 12-0 […]

CLOSING THE BOOK: Kelly Grant reflects on Maryknoll’s second-straight state title

By Hawaii Prep World on March 24, 2020

Closing the Book: No. 1 Maryknoll (31-4, 10-2 ILH) > vs. Top 10: 21-4 (.840) > Top 10 wins: KAIS, KLH, MOA, KS, KAIL, EIS, HES, SANM, MPI, MPI, PUN, DMS, STL, STL, DMS, PUN, DMS, KS, KLH, DMS, KS > Top 10 losses: St. Francis (CA), KS, KS, KS > Non-Top 10 losses: None > Home: 10-1 > Away: 6-2 > Neutral: 15-1 Numbers don’t tell the whole story, but they tell us this: Maryknoll had a historic season. […]

Boys Basketball All-State Fab 15, All-Defense

By Paul Honda on March 22, 2020

Christmas Togiai leads the 2019-20 Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball All-State selections published in Sunday’s edition. Voted by coaches and media as player of the year, Togiai outpointed Niko Robben of Maryknoll. Kelly Grant, who guided Maryknoll to a second consecutive state championship, was voted coach of the year by the panel of coaches and media. Below are coaches’ comments on the Fab 15, as well as the list of All-Defensive team selections. 1. Christmas Togiai, Kamehameha 6-2, Sr. Near-unanimous selection as […]

Kamehameha’s Christmas Togiai named ILH most valuable player

By Billy Hull on March 17, 2020

Despite his season ending in the state semifinals with a serious knee injury, Kamehameha senior Christmas Togiai was named the ILH most valuable player in Division I today. Kamehameha’s Larry Park was named coach of the year. Below are the complete ILH basketball all-star teams as voted on by league coaches. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State Fab 15 team will be released Sunday. Division I Most valuable player—Christmas Togiai, Sr, Kamehameha Coach of the year—Larry Park, Kamehameha FIRST TEAM Jake Holtz, […]

Kamehameha standout Christmas Togiai leaning on family, friends as rehab begins

By Paul Honda on March 12, 2020

If only there was a time machine, Christmas Togiai Jr. would go back to that moment before the knee injury. It was a crucial play in a close game with Kamehameha ahead of Kahuku with less than 3 minutes left in the state-tournament semifinal round. Togiai drove the right side, as he had earlier in the game for a bucket, and collapsed. He left the game, returned with his knee wrapped up, but couldn’t finish. The Warriors won the game, […]

Little-known Zion Kese explodes in Senior Classic with 17 points, memorable dunk

By Paul Honda on March 8, 2020

If you’ve never heard of Peniel Educational Ministries before, you aren’t the first. Zion Kese has spent countless time explaining the school he attends. He is also patient when he’s asked how to spell Peniel. “It’s like pen, which you write with, and ‘iel’. It’s just a small Christian school in Pearl City,” he said. Kese put his school on the basketball map on Saturday with a resounding performance at the Hawaii Senior Classic in Moanalua gym. The 6-foot-2 wing […]