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Cordeiro, Mauga take Star-Advertiser’s top honors

By Jerry Campany on December 17, 2017

Seniors brought the lumber in the 2017 edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s All-State football teams that were released on Sunday. Seniors took 20 of the 26 spots on the first team led by Players of the Year Chevan Cordeiro of Saint Louis and Waianae linebacker Kana’i Mauga. It is their first time on the first team, something they have in common with 17 other seniors. Only Saint Louis linebacker Noa Purcell repeated from last year after Waianae running back Rico […]

Christmas came early in ’17; plans for ’18 in works

By Nick Abramo on December 17, 2017

Christmas came early for the Hawaii High School Athletic Association this year. The Division II state football tournament in November was like a big, bright, red and green present under the tree that Lahainaluna and Konawaena opened slowly and with intense anticipation as the seven overtime periods marched on with the Lunas prevailing 75-69. But the early-arriving Santa Claus did not stop there. The whole package — Open, Division I and Division II — was intricately woven and tied together […]

Jefferson’s 6-10 center, Hepa, embraces island roots

By Paul Honda on December 16, 2017

Alaska can be a chilling place to grow up, but Kamaka Hepa called it home for most of his young life. Hepa is literally the biggest part of a Jefferson Democrats basketball team that won the 6A state championship in Oregon last season. Portland, Ore. Hepa, a 6-foot-10 senior, made the move from Alaska to Oregon two years ago. “In Alaska, getting exposure is down,” Hepa said of college recruiting. The move probably helped. Hepa signed with Texas and will […]

LIVE BLOG: ‘Iolani Classic, day 2

By Paul Honda on December 16, 2017

Greensboro Day (N.C.) 59, Maryknoll 33, F Halftime, Greensboro Day (N.C.) 32, Maryknoll 15 End 1Q, Greensboro Day (N.C.) 16, Maryknoll 7 Montverde (Fla.) 95, Lahainaluna 27, F R.J. Barrett, the nation’s premier college prospect, poured in 40 points to lead the nationally-ranked Eagles over the Lunas. Barrett, a 6-7 senior, threw down a half-dozen or so dunks, mostly on alley-oop lobs. Michael Devoe added 17 points and center Filip Petrusev added 16 points. Reece Pascua led Lahainaluna with six […]

HAWAII GROWN: Kaniho’s pick-6 leads Boise to win

By Billy Hull on December 16, 2017

As a senior at Kahuku, Kekaula Kaniho set a Hawaii state record and fell one short of tying the national record with five interceptions returned for touchdowns in the same season. Kaniho, who went on to win the Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State defensive player of the year award, signed with Boise State, where he has played every game this season as a true freshman. It only took the 5-foot-11, 175-pound defensive back six games to score his first defensive touchdown — on […]

Nationally ranked Pearl City holds off Mililani

By Nick Abramo on December 16, 2017

Pearl City showed why it’s a nationally ranked girls soccer team Friday night. The Chargers, who are ranked No. 45 in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com., soared out of the gate for a big lead but eventually had to hang on in the late stages for a 3-2 home victory over Mililani. The Trojans didn’t go down easy by any stretch of the imagination, pounding away for a possible tying goal that never came in a dominant stretch during the final […]

Defense writes winning code for No. 1 Maryknoll

By Paul Honda on December 15, 2017

Yes, No. 1 Maryknoll held on for a 46-38 win over No. 2 Kamehameha on Friday night. But with a key injury to one of the state’s best post players, Kamehameha really shouldn’t have been this close. “You didn’t give us enough credit,” Warriors coach Joseph Cho said. He’s right. I’ve seen quite a bit of this mature Warriors team. Young as they are, they hang in there no matter what the situation. And this time, the situation should’ve been […]

Order restored at ‘Iolani Classic in 2017

By Billy Hull on December 15, 2017

Last year was an unprecedented edition of the ‘Iolani Classic for local boys basketball teams. For the first time in tournament history since its expansion to 16 teams, three teams from Oahu finished in the top six when it was all said and done. It was an even more incredible feat considering Hawaii teams (excluding host ‘Iolani) had gone winless in the opening round in 12 consecutive years. Punahou in 2004 was the last team to win a first-round game […]