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When coast clears, ILH prepared for multiple comeback scenarios

By Paul Honda on October 24, 2020

In a perfect setting during a global pandemic, high school sports resume in January. Football, wrestling and competitive cheer, the “higher-risk” sports as defined by the National Federation of High Schools, are a long way from returning. Hawaii requires that a “Tier 4” status before organized sports return, with the current exception of UH football. “How would or could school administration justify playing sports and not having their students in person (on campus),” ‘Iolani co-Athletic Director and football coach Wendell […]

Punahou defender, West Point-bound Jordan Lau on the run

By Paul Honda on October 23, 2020

“Terminator.” “Half woman, half animal.” That’s how Hawaii Surf soccer club coach Shawn Kuroda describes his devastating center back, Jordan Lau. Kuroda has leaned on the Punahou senior for many good reasons. The center back has been the backbone of Punahou’s defense, and in the offseason, she does the same for the Surf. “Jordan is different. I have to tell our kids to stay away from her when they see her coming,” Kuroda said on Friday. “I depend on her […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1982: Waianae picks off 10 Pearl City passes

By Jerry Campany on October 23, 2020

On this date in 1982, Pearl City Sandy Obra just absolutely refused to give up. Obra directed his quarterbacks to put up 42 passes but Waianae stole 10 of them in a 41-7 victory for the Seariders in front of 3,966 at Aloha Stadium. The 10 picks set an OIA record established by Kahuku against Farrington way back in 1973. Pearl City quarterback Kamaki Alejado entered the game as the division’s leading passer and had thrown only five interceptions in […]


ON THIS DATE IN 1928: McKinley’s William Centeio ruled ineligible

By Jerry Campany on October 22, 2020

On this date in 1928, William Centeio of McKinley paid the price for raising a few too many eyebrows. Centeio recovered three fumbles to lead the Tigers over Saint Louis 7-6 three days before. The Crusaders were tipped off that Centeio, who had been playing for the Tigers for years and was still a student at the public school, was older than the league mandated 21. Saint Louis protested the victory and ordered it overturned but lost that plea. The […]

Coaches: Let the games begin in 2021 with proper protocol

By Paul Honda on October 22, 2020

Safety first, adaptation second. Coaches in various sports around the state continue to support the standards for safety. They also note the success of properly-administrated fall sports in states like Utah and Idaho, where football and girls volleyball resumed on schedule. Kahuku football coach Sterling Carvalho spent a week-and-a-half watching high school football in Utah recently. There are a few athletes from the islands, including Kahuku players, who transferred to the Beehive State to play football this fall. One of […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1983: Kamehameha’s Kalani Perry punts Pac-Five

By Jerry Campany on October 21, 2020

On this date in 1983, Pac-Five coach Don Botelho thought he knew everything Kamehameha’s Kalani Perry was capable of doing with his feet. He just didn’t expect him to use them to punt his team into submission. Perry weaved through the Wolf Pack defense for a 48-yard score and then buried Pac-Five with a 56-yard punt to the 3-yard line in a 16-0 win in front of 8,500 people at Aloha Stadium. Perry ran for 167 yards in the victory, […]

ON THIS DATE IN 2006: Kaiser comes back to tie Waipahu

By Jerry Campany on October 20, 2020

Showing up late is better than not showing up at all. On this date in 2006, Kaiser scored two touchdowns in the final five minutes of the game to tie Waipahu 13-all to send both sides home happy for Waipahu’s homecoming. Isaac Saffery scored the tying touchdown with 1:07 remaining but Waipahu’s Neil Paguyo blocked Kyle Niiro‘s attempt at the extra point. Skyler Chan hit Kalua Noa from 18 yards left for Kaiser’s first score on a drive that featured […]

Ron Lee on Tua Tagovailoa’s first NFL start: Mobility matters

By Paul Honda on October 20, 2020

Vince Passas is as surprised as anyone, and Ron Lee he understands what the Miami Dolphins could be thinking. When ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday morning that Tua Tagovailoa will be Miami’s starting quarterback, the general response from football fans was one of surprise. Starter Ryan Fitzpatrick is 3-3 so far this season and the Dolphins are in the playoff chase. “I was at a breakfast this morning, happened to look up at the television screen and he was […]

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