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Gatorade boys basketball POY O’shen Cazimero of Kohala on quest

By Paul Honda on June 16, 2021

It was late night and O’shen Cazimero just couldn’t fall asleep. It was fate. Good fate. “An email popped up on my phone from Gatorade. There was a banner and a video,” Cazimero said of the Hawaii Gatorade boys basketball player of the year award. Kohala won the 2019-20 Division II state championship with Cazimero as its leading scorer. There was no ’20-’21 season, however, because of the pandemic. “Winning it is a great honor because there were a lot […]

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, […]

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 […]

Legislature approves funding for new Roosevelt gym

By Paul Honda on April 22, 2021

There was a time not long ago when Roosevelt’s gym still had “half moon” backboards. Those days are long gone, but modern amenities in the old building are coming. Sen. Brian Taniguchi announced on Wednesday that $18 million in funding has been approved for a new gym at the school. That allows the plan to include underground parking. “The initial funding was available two years ago, $19 million, but you still have to do the planning and design. We found […]

Punahou boys sweep Kamehameha, improve to 7-0

By Paul Honda on April 16, 2021

Keau Thompson had 10 kills and a block as Punahou remained unbeaten with a 25-17, 25-15 sweep of Kamehameha at Kekuhaupio Gymnasium on Thursday night. The Buffanblu are now 7-0 in Interscholastic League of Honolulu play with three regular-season matches left. Kamehameha dropped to 3-2 despite a hearty effort on its home court. “They’re so consistent, so hard to get points on these guys,” Punahou coach Rick Tune said of his squad. “They just scrap and battle for everything. We […]

Transformer: Punahou’s Ryder Hsiung muscles up before heading to Willamette

By Paul Honda on March 23, 2021

The extra effort has defined Ryder Hsiung on and off the basketball court. Not even a global pandemic could change the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Punahou senior. Hsiung signed with Willamette University, which will get the benefit of the sharpshooter’s marksmanship. As a junior in 2019-20, he had his best scoring output against Saint Louis, splashing six 3-pointers en route to a 24-point performance. Before the game, when Coach Darren Matsuda opened the gym door at 2:30 p.m. for early shooting reps, […]

Exhibition quadrupleheader at HPA features Ka Makani, NSP (Kohala)

By Paul Honda on March 7, 2021

Exhibition basketball hasn’t been limited to Oahu by any means. A four-team tournament was held at Maui Prep last month, played by club teams with players from Lahainaluna, Baldwin, Maui and host Maui Prep. Oahu teams, mostly private schools or clubs comprised of private and public school players, played a modest number of games in the latter half of February. Saint Louis was 13-0 in exhibition play, while Damien played several exhibition games and scrimmages. On the Big Island, Kamehameha-Hawaii […]

Saint Louis closes exhibition basketball play 13-0 with win over Le Jardin

By Paul Honda on February 27, 2021

Dan Hale lost track of exactly how much sanitizer his Saint Louis Crusaders used in the past five weeks. Gallons, he says. Gallon after gallon. But the number of exhibition wins in this COVID-19 pandemic school year is memorable: 13, without a loss. The Crusaders’ quest for basketball action came to a close on Saturday afternoon with a 76-43 win over Le Jardin at Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Center. Their big men, Aiva Arquette and AJ Bianco, scored 19 points […]