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ON THIS DATE IN 2004: Kamehameha celebrates first state title

By Jerry Campany on December 3, 2020

On this date in 2004, Kamehameha won its first state football championship. The Warriors have collected plenty of Prep Bowls, the last in 1976, but Kamehameha beat Leilehua 28-7 in front of a crowd of 17,757 for its first modern title. Jayson Rego became a program legend in the game, rushing for 212 yards and the go-ahead score in a game that was just 7-0 at halftime. Pono Kam came in at quarterback for Parker Bode and fired three touchdown […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1983: Campbell’s Mark Ramos shines in Shrine Classic

By Jerry Campany on December 2, 2020

With only a week to practice, it only makes sense to find a way to get the ball into the hands of your best playmakers. West coach George Watanabe did just that on this date in 1983, dialing up three reverse plays for Campbell wide receiver Mark Ramos in an 11-8 win in the first Shrine Classic at Aloha Stadium. Ramos picked up 21 yards on his first reverse, then watched his average plummet on the second because it only […]

ON THIS DATE IN 2000: Kahuku finally overcomes Saint Louis for title

By Jerry Campany on December 1, 2020

On this date in 2000, Kahuku finally struck a blow for the OIA against the ILH. Kahuku stunned nationally-ranked Saint Louis 26-0 in front of 14,267 at Aloha Stadium to win the second state championship. The Red Raiders lost to the Crusaders in the final the previous year and five previous Prep Bowl contests. it was the first time the public school league won a Prep Bowl or state championship since Leilehua beat Saint Louis in 1984. The leagues split […]


ON THIS DATE IN 1903: Kamehameha wraps up title season

By Jerry Campany on November 30, 2020

On this date in 1903, Kamehameha had nothing left to play for but still produced a victory. The Warriors, who won the football title a week earlier, beat the High School (now McKinley) 10-0 on the Punahou campus. The teams took turns fumbling the ball to each other in the first half. Patten finally scored the game’s first touchdown in the fourth quarter to start the celebration. He played on the line in the win over Punahou, but Coach Hopwood […]

ON THIS DATE IN 2004: Lahainaluna’s Preston Medeiros tricks Mililani

By Jerry Campany on November 19, 2020

On this date in 2004, Preston Medeiros snuck in from a year out with 9.2 seconds left to lead Lahainaluna to a 41-34 win over Mililani in the state tournament at War Memorial Stadium. Lahainaluna needed to travel 65 yards in 1:35 to keep its season going. Medeiros moved the Lunas all the way to the 1-yard line and settled for a game-tying field goal on third down with the clock running. After the unit sprinted onto the field and […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1944: Wally Yonamine leads Farrington to first football title

By Jerry Campany on November 18, 2020

On this date in 1944, the Farrington Governors won their first football title. The Governors had clinched the championship weeks earlier, but made it official with a 33-0 win over Punahou in front of 5,000 fans at Honolulu Stadium. Farrington finished the season with a perfect record. Coaches Henry Kusunoki and Bert Itoga played their starters for only one quarter in the coronation, heading for the sideline for good after Louis Kahoonei scored from 13 yards out. Wally Yonamine‘s extra-point […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1990: University wins for Danielle Robins

By Jerry Campany on November 17, 2020

On this date in 1990, Danielle Robins of University injured her left knee in a state volleyball semifinal sweep of Kamehameha and had to sit out the championship a few hours later. Robins had something to cheer about at the end of the evening. Her Junior Rainbows swept top-seeded Hilo 15-13, 15-12 to claim their seventh straight state crown. “It hurt at first,” Robins said at the time. “But our team worked so hard to get to this point, I […]

ON THIS DATE IN 2019: Kalei Akagi full of big plays for Leilehua

By Jerry Campany on November 16, 2020

In a reminder of what we are missing, on this date last year Kalei Akagi popped two big scores and Leilehua beat Baldwin 34-7 in the opening round of the state tournament at War Memorial Stadium. Akagi scored on a 72-yard reverse to begin the game and later broke the plane on a 91-yard kick return. Sophomore Jemell Vereen rushed for 174 yards and the Mules defense stepped up with a score. The Mules left Maui with the victory and […]

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