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ON THIS DATE: Kaimuki soccer star Sirideth Lanpouthakoun rescues football team

By Jerry Campany on September 17, 2020

On this date in 1982, Laotian soccer prodigy Sirideth Lanpouthakoun booted a 24-yard field goal with 3:32 left to help Kaimuki over Kahuku 3-0 at Roosevelt. A 24-yard chip shot would normally be no big deal, but Lanpouthakoun missed his previous two attempts (from 27 and 41 yards) in the defensive struggle. Michael Taamilo was a beast for Kaimuki against Kahuku’s formidible offense. He had three tackles for losses and helped hold quarterback Lane Santiago to 32 passing yards and […]

Pac-12 teams scouting Maryknoll’s slugging shortstop, Nelly McEnroe-Marinas

By Paul Honda on September 16, 2020

Nellian McEnroe-Marinas’ high school coach compares her to Jocelyn Alo. Her club coach in California calls the sophomore a Top 10 player nationally. No matter the praise, family and friends call her Nelly. She misses her teammates and classmates at Maryknoll as Hawaii remains in COVID-19 lockdown. “I don’t like online (classes) that much. It’s harder to focus sitting in front of a computer screen because of distractions,” McEnroe-Marinas said on Tuesday. “One-hundred percent, it’s my phone. I do shut […]

ON THIS DATE: Maui’s Robert Kemfort proves unstoppable

By Jerry Campany on September 16, 2020

On this date in 1994, Maui running back Robert Kemfort was stopped only four times in an impressive performance against overmatched St. Anthony. The Sabers won 44-6 and led 31-0 at halftime. Kemfort, a junior on his way to becoming a linebacker at UH, carried the ball just seven times for 252 yards and three touchdowns. His scoring runs went for 48, 92 and 70 yards. Kemfort ended up being a first-team MIL running back along with Kamakani Rowland of […]


Utah State calling for Kamehameha/Wasatch sophomore Tausili Akana

By Paul Honda on September 16, 2020

Utah State is taking the plunge for Tausili Akana. The Aggies made a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-4, 210-pound sophomore from Kamehameha. Akana has spent this fall season playing for Wasatch in Utah, just a two-hour drive from the USU campus. The defensive end/outside linebacker now has seven offers. Utah State is only the third from a Mountain West Conference program. Hawaii was the first school to offer him. UNLV offered in late August. “I haven’t been to Logan, but […]

Roosevelt junior Kaeo Akana’s 8th offer: Oregon

By Paul Honda on September 15, 2020

Oregon is in the game for the services of Roosevelt’s Kaeo Akana. The Ducks made a scholarship offer to the junior defensive end on Tuesday. Oregon is the eighth offer on the list for Akana, who is 6 feet, 3.5 inches tall and 205 pounds. “Oregon is a different offer. It’s always been a dream school ever since we were little. We always were watching them when Marcus (Mariota) was playing there,” Akana said. “The coaches are really nice and […]

ON THIS DATE: Kolten Wong does it all for Kamehameha-Hawaii

By Jerry Campany on September 15, 2020

Kolten Wong was destined to be a major-league baseball player, but he never let it stop him from giving his all on the football field. On this date in 2006, Wong had 44 carries and a career-high 260 yards as Kamehameha-Hawaii beat Keaau 34-20 for the Warriors’ first victory of the young season. Perhaps even more impressive than his totals, Wong carried the ball 12 straight times while his team nursed a 7-point lead in the fourth quarter. He picked […]

Ole Miss commit Keila Kamoku getting pumped for Kamehameha

By Paul Honda on September 15, 2020

When the day of the ILH season opener arrived, Keila Kamoku was ready. So were her teammates and coaches at Kamehameha. The softball wars of the ILH were at full throttle from that first day, when Kamoku blasted two home runs and drove in five runs. One of those taters went beyond both the softball and baseball fences. The baseball barrier is actually behind home plate of the Warriors’ baseball practice field. Beyond that, a precipice where the long-gone softball […]

ON THIS DATE: Kapolei comes back with 35-0 fourth quarter

By Jerry Campany on September 14, 2020

On this date in 2013, Kapolei played 12 minutes of nearly perfect football. The Hurricanes scored 35 points in the fourth quarter to beat Leilehua 48-27 at Hugh Yoshida Stadium. The Mules, ranked No. 7 in the state, turned the ball over three times in the final stanza. Mana Reis scored two of his three touchdowns in the spurt and Kainoa Brown punched in the go-ahead score with 4-yard effort with 4:06 left. It was the first and last 100-yard […]

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