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Narbonne to return for Saint Louis rematch

By Nick Abramo on June 14, 2018

Two state championship teams will go at it Aug. 17, when Saint Louis and Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.) play a rematch of last year’s 56-50 win by the Crusaders at Aloha Stadium. This year’s game will also be at Aloha Stadium, with a starting time to be determined. After Saint Louis’ victory over the Gauchos last year, the Crusaders won five games in a row to finish a 10-0 season as the state’s Open Division champion for the second year […]

VIDEO: GPA Showcase final day

By Paul Honda on June 12, 2018

Day two of the GPA Showcase football combine pitted many of the state’s top offensive and defensive linemen in battles before noted coaches like Jesse Sapolu, Maa Tanuvasa, Leo Goeas and Isaac Sopoaga. The finalists wound up in a final battle of the trenches at the close of the 2.5-hour session.

VIDEO: GPA Showcase OL, DL finalists

By Paul Honda on June 7, 2018

Moanalua defensive lineman Tupu Alualu and Kahuku offensive lineman Micah Soliai-Howlett were named the DL MVP and OL MVP, respectively, at the GPA Showcase football combine on Wednesday at Kamehameha.

GPA MVP de Laura ready to step in at Saint Louis

By Nick Abramo on June 7, 2018

Saint Louis quarterback Jayden de Laura is biding his time. He’ll be a junior this fall and has never taken a varsity snap, yet he has one college Division I offer with another on the way. In addition, de Laura won the quarterback MVP at the GPA Football Showcase on Wednesday at Kamehameha’s Kunuiakea Stadium. Things appear to be lining up. The Vinny Passas quarterback lineage for the Crusaders appears like it will continue seamlessly. Passas is the quarterbacks coach […]

VIDEO: Horn, Sato, Erickson named specialist MVPs

By Paul Honda on June 6, 2018

Wednesday was a winning day for Tim Horn. The 6-foot-3 Punahou senior-to-be began the day with a call from the University of Washington, which offered him a football scholarship. That gives Horn, a placekicker, offers from three schools. The other two are Hawaii and Army. Then, in the afternoon under a blazing-hot sun at Kunuiakea Stadium, Horn was named most valuable player among the PKs. His classmate, Tyler Sato, was named the MVP Long Snapper by coaches. Kahuku’s 6-5 senior-to-be, […]

VIDEO: OL vs. DL at GPA Showcase

By Paul Honda on June 6, 2018

The two-day GPA Showcase at Kamehameha started on Tuesday. Paul Honda was there to watch some of the drills between the offensive and defensive linemen.

Long snappers get their spotlight at GPA Showcase

By Paul Honda on June 5, 2018

The GPA Showcase began with the unsung specialists. Nowhere does football get more unsung than it does for the long snapper. Former Saint Louis three-year long snapper Peyton Yanagi, who is walking on at Oregon this fall, was one of the coaches on the field at high noon. “I’ve only got six guys (long snapping), but they bring something special. I think it’s just about cleaning up their technique. They have the right ideas,” Yanagi said. His background in coaching […]

VIDEO: Sapolu on Dwight Clark: ‘We lost a family member’

By Paul Honda on June 5, 2018

Jesse Sapolu. Maa Tanuvasa. Leo Goeas. Somehow, it’s perfectly fitting that some of the biggest names from Hawaii who ended up starring in the NFL were on a football field on a hot afternoon working with high school players. The GPA Showcase kicked off on Tuesday at Kunuiakea Stadium with kicking-game specialists at noon. Then came offensive and defensive linemen, followed by skill-position prospects. All of the athletes are looking for knowledge and exposure. On hand are dozens of college […]