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Maryknoll’s Makoto Kamata headlines ILH basketball all stars

By Billy Hull on March 11, 2019

Maryknoll senior Makoto Kamata was named the ILH Division I boys basketball most valuable player today. Kamata and coach Kelly Grant took the top awards for the ILH all-star teams that were voted on by league coaches. The complete list of winners is below. University’s Leif Fautanu was named MVP in Division II and Christian Academy’s Matthew Tokuda won the honor in Division III. DIVISION I Most valuable player—Makoto Kamata, Sr, Maryknoll Coach of the year—Kelly Grant, Maryknoll FIRST TEAM […]

Kameron Ng caps storied career with MVP award at Classic

By Paul Honda on March 10, 2019

Senior exhibitions, all-star games, showcases — they are unpredictable. One year, almost nobody played defense in the ILH-OIA boys game at the Geremy Robinson Senior Classic. But more often, neither side is content to go through the motions. Tonight, the ILH prevailed in a thriller, 88-87, over the OIA that showcased the best of the private-school league and the best of the public schools. The ILH saw a 10-point lead dissipate on Saturday night as the OIA got a huge […]

Iolani coach Dean Shimamoto has the Raiders No. 1 in the boys basketball Top 10. Cindy Ellen Russell / Star-Advertiser

‘Iolani’s 3-time state-championship coach Dean Shimamoto retires

By Paul Honda on March 1, 2019

After a decade as the head coach of ‘Iolani, one of the most successful boys basketball programs in the state, Dean Shimamoto announced his retirement today, He shared the news this afternoon, not long after speaking with his team, the same one that finished third in the state. Over the years, the Raiders, by and large, often overachieved, beating taller and bigger teams with more athleticism. They did it the old-fashioned way, putting in reps on the hardwood and in […]


Students, faculty celebrate Maryknoll’s state title

By Paul Honda on February 28, 2019

Hectic, yes, but the Maryknoll Spartans would have it no other way this week. The Spartans rode a No. 1 ranking and top seeding in the Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships to a state crown on Saturday night, setting off a week of celebrations across the community. Maryknoll capped the season with a 50-34 win over Punahou in the final, completing a 30-2 season. That included a ceremony on Thursday morning in the Maryknoll Community Center with the entire student […]

OIA to demote Kalaheo boys basketball to Division II

By Paul Honda on February 27, 2019

Two Division I league championships in the last four seasons. Four D-I league titles in the last seven years. In all, Kalaheo has captured 16 Oahu Interscholastic Association championships in boys basketball in the D-I level and the pre-classification era. No other school has won more OIA championships in the sport. As of Tuesday night, the league’s administrative policy in shuffling D-I and D-II teams based on air-tight grouping numbers in the East and West, and power rating (wins and […]

Geremy Robinson Senior Classic rosters released

By Paul Honda on February 27, 2019

The boys and girls rosters, in ILH vs. OIA format, have been released for the Geremy Robinson Sr. Senior Classic. The games will be played on Saturday, Mar. 9 at Moanalua High School gym. The girls game tips off at 3 p.m., followed by boys and girls 3-point contests, and the slam dunk competition. The boys game will complete the event. GIRLS ILH Kawai Kahalehoe, ‘Iolani Kaitlyn Kalani, St. Francis Brilie Kovaloff, Mid-Pacific Kaylee-Brooke Manuel, Kamehameha Dallas Martinez, Sacred Hearts […]

Castle hoops coach Neil Bowers announces resignation

By Paul Honda on February 25, 2019

After four years as Castle’s boys basketball varsity coach, Neil Bowers announced his resignation via social media tonight. “It’s a tough, but right decision,” Bowers said. “I’m definitely at peace.” Bowers played at Kalaheo and was a boys assistant coach and girls coach at his alma mater before coming to Castle. He also ran the summer varsity and JV leagues there, and during the school year was a force in starting an informal intramural-style league for students. The Knights were […]

D-I champ Maryknoll finishes No. 1; D-II champ Damien is No. 3

By Paul Honda on February 25, 2019

Defense is no cliche in 2019. The Maryknoll Spartans proved it, capturing the boys basketball state championship and closing the season at No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Top 10. Only four times in 32 games was an opponent able to reach the 50-point mark, and only one of those teams still managed to beat Maryknoll. The Spartans limited Punahou to a season-low 34 points in the state final on Saturday. Maryknoll (30-2) held the pole position in the rankings for […]