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Kamehameha’s Kelena Sauer tosses 2-hit shutout to open ILH tournament

By Christian Shimabuku on April 20, 2019

With the way Kamehameha’s Kelena Sauer was throwing against Mid-Pacific, one run was all he needed. Beau Sylvester made sure he got it. Sylvester broke a scoreless tie with a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning and Sauer worked a perfect seventh inning to complete a 1-0 shutout over the Owls (7-8) to open the ILH double-elimination tournament on Saturday at Ala Wai field. Sauer struck out five, walked one and allowed two infield hits for […]

Saint Louis posts 2-1 win over Nevada powerhouse Bishop Gorman

By Paul Honda on April 20, 2019

The Saint Louis Crusaders endured cold temperatures, rain and wind in Las Vegas, but returned home better for the effort. Saint Louis, ranked No. 3 in the Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10, posted a 2-1 win over host Bishop Gorman at the inaugural All-Catholic Classic this week. The Crusaders went 1-3, losing to St. Rita (Ill.) 6-3, Juan Diego (Utah) 7-6 and nationally-ranked St. Laurence (Ill.) 6-4. Bishop Gorman reached the finals, losing to De La Salle (Calif.). “We pitched well. […]

Business as usual for No. 1 Campbell which gets Leilehua in OIA final

By Paul Honda on April 19, 2019

It was methodical, almost mechanical, and classic Campbell. For a few innings, the spirited and young — the starting infield is comprised of freshmen — Kaiser Cougars hung tough. Then came a six-run fourth inning by No. 1 Campbell, breaking a 1-all tie en route to a 9-3 victory for the Sabers in the semifinals of the OIA Division I softball playoffs on Friday night at McKinley. Now it’ll be Campbell, the defending league champion, against defending state champion Leilehua […]


Gianna Araki’s 3 homers boost Leilehua into OIA softball final

By Paul Honda on April 19, 2019

The last time they met, Waianae seemed on the verge of a pitchers’ duel with Leilehua. On Friday night, just like that battle back on Mar. 30, Leilehua’s bats woke up in a big way. No. 7 Leilehua rallied from a six-run deficit for a 12-8 win, paving the way for a matchup with Campbell in the OIA softball championship game on Saturday. In their previous meeting, Waianae freshman pitcher Mya Keliiwaiwai‘ole kept Leilehua quiet for three innings in a […]

Sacred Hearts hires alum Keicha Brunn as softball coach

By Paul Honda on April 19, 2019

Former catcher Keicha Brunn is the new softball coach for the Sacred Hearts Lancers. The Sacred Hearts athletic department made the announcement this week. Brunn was part of the 2007 ILH and state Division II championship team. The team also reached the D-I semifinals in ’08 and the D-I quarterfinals in ’09. Brunn has coached club softball for the past six years, specializing in pitchers and catchers. Brumm replaces Jeremy Shimokawa, who led the Lancers to a 2-14 record in […]

Punahou water polo wins 12th straight ILH crown

By Brian McInnis on April 19, 2019

It’s 12 titles in a row now for the Punahou girls water polo team, but not the 12 the Buffanblu want. The coveted dozen could come early next month in the Stanford Carr Development/HHSAA tournament. Punahou, the gold standard in Hawaii high school water polo, showed few signs of bronzing anytime soon with its 12-6 win over Kamehameha for the school’s 12th straight ILH title on Thursday at ‘Iolani. No one has beaten Punahou in years — it’s basically gone […]

Waianae softball team makes statement

By Christian Shimabuku on April 18, 2019

Waianae wasn’t fazed by No. 2 Roosevelt’s previously undefeated record heading into Thursday’s OIA quarterfinals. Come playoff time, every team comes in with a clean slate. So when the Seariders (9-5) dealt the Rough Riders (12-1) their first loss of the season in a 7-4 victory at Stevenson Middle School, it wasn’t necessarily viewed as an upset to those on the team that put the work in, despite the discrepancy in seeding. Waianae entered as the No. 4 seed from […]

1-ON-1: Saint Louis LB Jordan Botelho on his Notre Dame commitment

By Paul Honda on April 18, 2019

For quite some time, life has been about priorities for Jordan Botelho. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior also has dreams. He fulfilled one today by committing orally to Notre Dame, accepting a football scholarship via phone with Fighting Irish recruiting director Brian Polian. Botelho planned to make a choice among the 22 scholarship offers before senior year began, but after visiting the campus at South Bend, Ind. over the weekend, he was almost 100-percent certain. “I got home and thought about […]