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VIDEO: Mililani-Mission Viejo post game

By Paul Honda on August 15, 2022

For the Mililani Trojans, the litmus test revealed much, a chance to see where the stand. Mission Viejo coach Chad Johnson saw plenty of room for improvement. So did Mililani cornerback/wide receiver Gavin Hunter and defensive lineman Jabiel Lauvao.

VIDEO: Mililani-Mission Viejo highlights

By Paul Honda on August 13, 2022

No scrimmages, no problem for Mission Viejo (Calif.). The visitors from the CIF jumped to a 20-point lead en route to a 34-21 win over No. 2 Mililani on Friday night. The host Trojans made it interesting with a touchdown to end the first half and added two more TDs in the third quarter.

Local teams hanging tough in bittersweet losses at Ann Kang

By Paul Honda on August 12, 2022

Day one at the Ann Kang Invitational, including the Mira Costa’s come-from-behind win over Punahou, was incredible. Fantastic. The constant action from 8 a.m. through the day and night is enough to make anyone forget how short the summer break is. At least for those of us who remember the school year starting after Labor Day weekend. Sixteen teams in a non-stop flow of matches in ‘Iolani’s steamy upper gym and air-conditioned lower gym is the perfect recipe for fans. […]


VIDEO: Mililani’s Rod York, Kini McMillan post-game chat

By Paul Honda on August 9, 2022

Coach Rod York is a stickler to the end, but he also has the perspective of a sage. Mililani’s 28-7 win over Saint Louis on Friday ended a six-game losing streak to the dynastic ILH program. Nothing changes, however, in the eyes of the Trojans. Quarterback Kini McMillan says the team goes back to work this week with the same mentality, win or lose. Coach York cautioned about putting too much value on what amounts to a preseason game. “You […]

VIDEO: Kahuku-Kamehameha highlights, post-game chats

By Paul Honda on August 7, 2022

Kamehameha put up a fight, but right now, Kahuku is utterly dominant in all phases. A 49-0 win to open the 2022 season confirmed one thing: the defending Open Division state champions are fully prepared to repeat their success. A loss to Kahuku, which could land in the national rankings sooner rather than later, is a litmus test more than a failure. “Kahuku’s a great football team,” Kamehameha coach Abu Ma‘afala said. “Disciplined, play together, well coached, great athletes, great […]

VIDEO: Kini McMillan shines, Mililani sacks Saint Louis 28-7

By Paul Honda on August 6, 2022

The final numbers tell a better story, but for one half, the extremes didn’t explain much. In the first 24 minutes, Mililani had a whopping 11 sacks, but Saint Louis seemed to have a modest level of momentum, scoring in the second quarter. The visiting Crusaders trailed 14-7 at intermission, a gift from the football gods, for sure. Mililani closed out strong with a 28-7 win on Friday night, looking sharp — as a team as hungry and active year-round […]

JJ, Jaety Mandaquit transferring to RSL Academy in Utah

By Paul Honda on June 22, 2022

It was a matter of time for JJ Mandaquit. The standout ‘Iolani freshman hoopster is moving to Utah with his family and will enroll at Real Salt Lake Academy for his sophomore year. RSL is a tuition-free charter school in Herriman, Utah, with an enrollment of approximately 500. During his freshman season, the 6-foot-1 guard led the Raiders to the semifinal round of the state championships. He was voted No. 3 in the Star-Advertiser All-State Fab 15 during a year […]

Sparta reigns: Maryknoll closes season at No. 1 in Softball Top 10

By Paul Honda on June 16, 2022

Maryknoll was the ultimate hot start, hot finish team. The Spartans began the season at No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Top 10 scorching hot with a 7-0 mark at the Mililani Softball Classic. Then came three losses in their first four ILH games. Maryknoll did not lose again for nearly one month, winning seven in a row before tumbling in two losses to ‘Iolani, the league champion. Four wins at the Datahouse/HHSAA Softball State Championships rewarded the Spartans with their […]