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‘Iolani, Punahou hanging tough at Ann Kang

By Paul Honda on August 12, 2023

Both Punahou and host ‘Iolani are hanging by a thread in the chase for a spot in the championship semifinals at the Ann Kang Invitational. The teams are each 5-1 in their respective pools. In the event of a tie for the first or second spot, set win-loss records will be the tiebreaker. Pool A standings through Friday Mira Costa 5-1 (sets win-loss .843) Los Alamitos 5-1 (swl .769) Punahou 5-1 (swl .688) Moanalua 3-3 (swl .500) Oaks Christian 3-3 […]

Heavy hearts: Baldwin edges Moanalua at Ann Kang Invitational

By Paul Honda on August 10, 2023

The Baldwin Bears rattled the cage with a talented, very young team the past two seasons under coach Al Paschoal. On Thursday, they served notice, pushing ILH powerhouse Punahou to the max three sets in a loss, then upending OIA runner-up Moanalua 25-17, 17-25, 19-17 in pool play at the Ann Kang Invitational. The Bears had heavy hearts as they flew to Oahu from Maui. “Everyone on this team knows someone who lost a home,” Paschoal said, referring to the […]

Mandaquit selected to Team USA U16 squad

By Paul Honda on June 1, 2023

Dreams are already starting to come true for the kid from Hilo. Former ‘Iolani standout JJ Mandaquit was named to the U.S. national U16 team on Thursday following a week of training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. USA Basketball made the announcement, culling the team from a group of 18 finalists. “I found out this morning. After I got my uniform for picture-taking, I took a picture of the back of it with my name on it and sent it […]

Hawaii makes offer to former ‘Iolani guard Aaron Claytor

By Paul Honda on June 1, 2023

When Aaron Claytor played in the Saint Louis summer league in 2022, it was the end of his time as a hoopster in his beloved islands. The Star-Advertiser All-State selection from ‘Iolani moved with his family to North California, where he enrolled at Salesian College Prep, located between Sacramento and San Francisco. Already building momentum thanks to his play in clubs across the West Coast, Claytor kept growing. He is now 6 feet, 3 inches, two inches taller than he […]

Saint Louis, ‘Iolani summer leagues tip off

By Paul Honda on June 1, 2023

Saint Louis’ summer league tips off Friday at Saint Louis. The Saint Louis league runs Fridays and Sundays. ‘Iolani’s summer league begins on Tuesday. Both leagues will use a shot clock. Radford’s summer leagues began on May 26. There are 10 boys teams, 11 girls teams and no shot clock. “We will have 100 games,” league coordinator David Lane said. Note: Adds changes to the Saint Louis league schedule as of Thursday, 9:40 p.m. Radford summer league (boys) Ewa (Campbell) […]

2023 All-State boys basketball: Coaches’ insights

By Paul Honda on March 16, 2023

The Fab 15 selection was tougher than usual. Brutally tougher. When the Star-Advertiser All-State Boys Basketball selections were released in Sunday’s print edition, the depth of talent was astounding. Coaches and media voted for their 15 on ballot, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a lot of agonizing before submittal. As was the case with the Girls Basketball Fab 15, there are hoopsters on the boys side who had superlative nonconference and/or regular-season performances, but were diminished on some ballots […]

2023 All-State girls basketball: Coaches’ insights

By Paul Honda on March 12, 2023

Extra, extra! The Star-Advertiser All-State Girls Basketball selections, released on Mar. 5, stirred plenty of insight from the panel of coaches and media. Here’s a look at voters’ feedback. Honolulu Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball All-State Fab 15 2022-23 Player of the Year: Mele Sake, ‘Iolani Coach of the Year: Dean Young, ‘Iolani Fab 15 1. Mele Sake, ‘Iolani, C, 6-1, Jr. A double-double producer, but numbers alone do not reflect Sake’s full value. She averaged 8.5 points per game for the […]