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Lone senior Connor Malinger sparks Eagles to 3rd D-II title in 4 years

By Paul Honda on December 6, 2021

Connor Malinger tried running for his school team back in seventh grade. It was 2016. Five years and an eternity ago. “In seventh grade, I thought the season would never end. I had never gone to so many practices for so long. Cross country was definitely the most draining sport I had ever played,” said Malinger, now a member of two of Hawaii Baptist’s boys cross country championship teams. The senior ran the treacherous, cold, muddy course at the Honolulu […]

HBA girls excel despite rain, mud, cold for D-II state title 3-peat

By Paul Honda on December 6, 2021

In the most difficult of conditions, a three-peat performance was epic for the girls of Hawaii Baptist Academy. At HBA, the “Chariots of Fire” theme song doesn’t play every morning on the intercom, but maybe it should. The Eagles’ growth in cross country over the years continues to peak. Not even the coldest, muddiest state championship meet in recent memory could stop them. When the HBA girls and boys arrived at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy campus on a rainy Saturday […]

Punahou’s Izzy Ford wins girls state cross country crown

By Paul Honda on December 4, 2021

Izzy Ford of Punahou posted at time of 21 minutes, 24 seconds to win the girls individual race at the Honolulu Marathon/HHSAA Cross Country State Championships on Saturday morning. Cloudy, foggy conditions, plus wet, 57-degree temperatures — it was 55 for the earlier boys’ race — greeted the field of 200 female harriers at the hilly Hawaii Preparatory Academy campus in Waimea. Just a few miles away, snow capped the summit of Mauna Kea. Ford is a strong two-sport athlete […]


MIL champ Kaimana Cantere edges OIA champ Ben Zerr by .6 of a second for state cross country title

By Paul Honda on December 4, 2021

The wind and rain of Waimea was named by the ancient Hawaiian people as Kipu‘upu‘u, which is known for its strength, beauty, the shivering cold, as well as poetic references to its violent nature. The most challenging course in the state and today it will be the ultimate test. pic.twitter.com/w4lymLsYsf — HHSAAsports (@HHSAAsports) December 4, 2021 Kaimana Cantere of Maui edged Benjamin Zerr of Kalaheo by sixth-tenths of a second to win the boys individual race at the Honolulu Marathon/HHSAA […]

Baker and title maker: Mililani’s OIA champion, Zola O’Donnell

By Paul Honda on November 30, 2021

In a few days, Zola O’Donnell, today’s featured prep athlete in the Star-Advertiser, will be racing on a cross country course. Her Mililani teammates will be competing individually and as team, just one week after finishing a close second to Kalaheo in the OIA championships. O’Donnell is the newly crowned OIA champion after winning the race at Patsy Mink Central Oahu Regional Park in 20 minutes, 17 seconds. Her best time of the season is 19:35 on a very hilly […]

Kalaheo’s Ben Zerr, Mililani’s Zola O’Donnell win OIA cross country titles

By Paul Honda on November 27, 2021

The culture begins with pain, but endures with love. Kalaheo captured its third consecutive girls team title on Saturday morning at the OIA cross country championships at Patsy Mink Central Oahu Regional Park. “Every year, the kids are great, the parents are great. We’ve got good senior leaders creating a culture here,” said Kalaheo coach Peter Jay, now in his 10th season. The boys team of Kalani, likewise, won a fourth OIA title in a row, including the last three […]

Emily Naylor: Not your ordinary scholar/vegetarian/state cross country champion

By Paul Honda on October 26, 2021

She has learned, hands on, what it means to be extremely motivated and strategically balanced. That’s Emily Naylor there, the young lady from Kalaheo with a 4.1 grade-average. She turned her 99th-place finish at the 2018 state cross country meet into a state championship one year later. Naylor is featured in today’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser, entering her senior year as a the defending state champion from 2019. “I’ve never had anybody be a champion, always winning,” Kalaheo cross country coach Peter […]

OIA announces return of spectators Oct. 20

By Paul Honda on October 13, 2021

On a limited basis, spectators will be allowed back to OIA sporting events on Oct. 20. The league posted the news on its Twitter page, noting the requirements of masks, proof of COVID-19 vaccination and social distancing. Fans have not been permitted to see games involving public high schools statewide since the first lockdown in March of 2020. The Oct. 20 timeline falls in line with the statewide mandate for loosening restrictions for outdoor and indoor events. Actual size of […]