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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. — 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 […]

A comeback journey to remember for Punahou’s Malia Dickhens

By Paul Honda on September 7, 2021

Patience is the difference for athletes on the mend. Malia Dickhens’ shin splints led to a stress fracture and as much recovery through cross-training as imaginable. “The stress fracture started March of 2020 and pretty much ended last month,” the Punahou senior said. In today’s edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Dickhens shared her long road back to competition. She won the ILH cross country championship as a sophomore in the fall of 2019. After miles of swimming and cycling (on […]

Full seasons ahead as HHSAA executive board approves revised sports calendar

By Paul Honda on August 13, 2021

High school football for the holidays — it’s coming. The HHSAA announced on Friday that its executive board, representing the state’s five leagues, voted unanimously to have a full sports calendar. That means fall sports, including football, will play out a normal schedule once the currently postponed start date of Sept. 24 arrives. The hope is that all student-athletes will be vaccinated by then. “It is a testament to our members to be able to agree to a calendar on […]

Leagues may vote on return of state tournaments Friday

By Paul Honda on August 12, 2021

Coaches and players are cautiously optimistic about the HHSAA’s recommendation that state championships be played this fall sports season. The state’s four leagues controlled by the DOE will vote by Friday to follow the plan, or reject the possibility of state tournaments. There has not been a state tournament since the winter season of 2020, 18 months ago. Kahuku football coach Sterling Carvalho is confident that the recommendation will be accepted. “This does not surprise me. If the DOE and […]