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DOE’s reopening guide gives hope to spring sports teams

By Paul Honda on March 8, 2021

It’s not quite the end-all yet, but the 46-page “Return To Learn” guide produced by the Hawaii Department of Education provides details and layers — phases — for a return to the classrooms and fields for high school student-athletes. As of today (Monday), pubic-school baseball and softball coaches are expecting to start conditioning workouts on Mar. 29, though it is not written in stone. Oahu is in Tier 3 and could ramp up to Tier 4 by Mar. 25, according […]

Diamond life: Baseball, softball return to a semblance of normalcy in ILH

By Paul Honda on March 8, 2021

Not even the week-long forecast of rain on Oahu can dim the enthusiasm on baseball and softball diamonds. Or batting cages and pitching mounds. The long-awaited return of high school sports is underway no matter how many inches of precipitation falls. In public-school leagues leagues statewide, late March is the guesstimated return for spring sports. “I didn’t get anything concrete yet,” longtime Mililani Baseball Coach Mark Hirayama said. “It’s possible conditioning may start on Mar. 29. Our students are supposed […]

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 […]


Grind and Grit: Trench Dawgz go from obscurity to possible NFL Films docu-series

By Paul Honda on March 5, 2021

The trip to the Golden State is becoming an adventure for the training group known as the Trench Dawgz. The football showcase set for Mar. 16 against Winner Circle Athletics was already much-needed good news for TD’s small tribe of trench men. Their numbers grew with tryouts to fill out the squad to 35 or 40 players. The daily workouts never stopped, and as scholarship offers to players old and new have risen, so has the Dawgz’ cache. One of […]

Perfection: Former ‘Iolani standout Taylor Wu sparks Cal Baptist to 20-0 record

By Paul Honda on March 4, 2021

There is no label for Taylor Wu, the player, but one: winner. As Cal Baptist enters a weekend trip to play Seattle, perfection is on the line. The Lancers are 20-0, 12-0 in the Western Athletic Conference and a league title in hand. This comes after a 16-15 mark and runner-up finish in league play in 2019-20. Wu, the 2018 ‘Iolani graduate and Star-Advertiser All-State selection, has been a key part of the rotation. The 5-foot-7 sophomore is averaging 9.2 […]

Ole Miss enters chase for sophomore LB Tausili Akana

By Paul Honda on March 3, 2021

Tausili Akana is crossing borderlines again. Ole Miss is the latest football program to make a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-4, 220-pound sophomore. “It’s a big surprise to get my first SEC offer. Ole Miss is a very well-known program with great history and coaches,” Akana said on Wednesday morning. “One of my favorite movies of all time is ‘Blind Side.’ I’m excited for this opportunity. It makes me want to work harder.” Akana is fresh off the heels of […]

Uphill climb hasn’t slowed MPI’s cross country harriers

By Paul Honda on March 2, 2021

The course at Mid-Pacific Institute is fun and painful, even for champions. The Interscholastic League of Honolulu’s cross country runners know that final hill run before the finish quite well. When the league championships are hosted by MPI on Mar. 15, it will be a true test of skill and will. The host school will be in the running, so to speak, against powerhouses Punahou, ‘Iolani and Kamehameha. COVID-19 protocols will continue to apply. Staggered run times for each school […]

Offers from Utah, SDSU, WSU for Mililani OL Tavo Motuapuaka

By Paul Honda on March 1, 2021

He picked up his dad’s guitar and within a moment, Sione Tavo Motuapuaka felt home again. “I rarely watch TV and movies,” the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Mililani junior said. “Usually on my free time, I’ll be trying to learn a new instrument or learn new songs on the ukulele or guitar.” Moana Motuapuaka was a musician at the Hawaiian Hut back in the day, performing for more than two decades. That career led to his wife, Lisa, and two children who […]

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