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ON THIS DATE IN 1970: Damien needs team effort to tie Iolani

By Jerry Campany on November 14, 2020

Even in a tie game, sometimes there is a winner and a loser. On this date in 1970, Damien scored with 45 seconds left and converted the extra points to deny Iolani its first win with a 22-22 deadlock. Damien was denied its second victory. The Monarchs trailed 22-16 when Roger Kurt hit Tony Narvaes for a 23-yard touchdown. Despite the heroics, Anthony Chun took Kurt’s place for the conversion and completed a clutch pass to Mel de Laura to […]

Damien’s Jarvis Natividad joins trek to Whitworth

By Jerry Campany on March 31, 2020

When Eddie Klaneski took his Damien football team to Washington to lose to Mt. Spokane in 2018, he was also giving three boys a glimpse of their future campus. Damien wide receiver Jarvis Natividad made his commitment to Whitworth University (Wash.) on Monday, a few hours after football and basketball teammate Jake Holtz did the same. ❗️COMMITTED❗️ • • Luke 6:38“Give, And It Shall Be Given To You”#GoPirates #JoinTheShip 🏴‍☠️ pic.twitter.com/rMYtSeXNgC — Jarvis Natividad (@j_natividad7) March 31, 2020 Unlike Holtz, […]

CLOSING THE BOOK: 2019 Damien Monarchs

By Jerry Campany on November 11, 2019

2019 TEAM RECORD >> 8-3 overall, 6-2 ILH Division I HEAD COACH >> Eddie Klaneski is 47-43 in nine seasons and the only Monarchs coach with a winning record in his career. KEY UNDERCLASSMEN IN 2019 >> LB/FB River Iaea, Jr.; WR/DB Makanale’a Meyer, So.; WR/DB Alohi Arecchi, Jr.; LB/QB Duke Hoohuli, Jr.; RB Amo Sulu, Jr.; DE/WR Jayce Jay-Pedro, So. DAMIEN THROUGH THE YEARS: 1965-2019 HISTORICAL EQUIVALENT: 2006 Kahuku With apologies to all of the great Damien teams of […]

Nerdpod: The unique talents of Damien QB/hoopster Jake Holtz

By Paul Honda on November 5, 2019

He could be the tallest quarterback in Damien history. Jake Holtz, at 6-foot-3, close to 6-4 and 215 pounds, has been more than a statuesque passer from the pocket. Holtz’s passion and toughness make him a playmaker unlike the usual signal-caller. His athleticism makes him a threat on the basketball court, too, where he has the hops to play in the post, but has the skill level to play in the backcourt. Whether he chooses one sport or both in […]

Despite mistakes, Damien’s Eddie Klaneski proud of his Monarchs

By Paul Honda on October 26, 2019

Timing isn’t always everything. But Damien could have used a break or two on Friday night. The Monarchs came into a huge showdown with ‘Iolani, with a Division I state-tournament berth at stake and an ailing Amo Sulu. The talented and highly productive running back tore his meniscus in a must-win battle with Moanalua two weeks ago, but suited up and played as best he could against ‘Iolani. Sulu came into the game with 1,225 yards and 14 touchdowns on […]

GAME NIGHT 10/25: Damien/Iolani

By Billy Hull on October 25, 2019

No. 10 ‘Iolani 21, No. 9 Damien 14 ———– ‘Iolani is in the D-I state tournament for the third time in four years and second straight under the two-year OIA-ILH football alliance. At Aloha Stadium Damien (8-3) 0 0 7 7 — 14 ‘Iolani (9-2) 7 7 0 7 — 21 Iol—Carter Kamana 99 pass from Jonah Chong (Wailoa Manuel kick) Iol—Brock Hedani 2 pass from Chong (Manuel kick) DMS—Jake Holtz 34 run (Christian Souza kick) Iol—Lanakila Pei 18 fumble […]

Damien ready for ‘Iolani’s rough play this time around

By Paul Honda on October 24, 2019

Sometimes, in a land with perhaps two of the most unusual high school leagues in the nation, the best battles occur before the big dance. The immense size of the OIA, which has 23 active football programs, is matched by very few leagues nationally. The ILH, with a total of six football teams, is left in a conundrum, seeing quality programs sit during the state tournament due to basic mathematics. For the ILH, this is true every year, every season, […]