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Punahou, Kamehameha turn down chance to play at Aloha Stadium, TV coverage

By Paul Honda on April 8, 2021

For safety’s sake, Wendell Look wanted to see exhibition football games between private schools played at Aloha Stadium. Following a cancelled football year in Hawaii, it would have been nostalgic. Memorable. Epic, maybe. Instead, the ‘Iolani co-Athletic Director saw his intricately assembled plan come to a halt. Of all the plans laid out by the ILH’s football coordinator since last summer, this one wasn’t dependent on entities outside the private-school league. It wasn’t even at the mercy of the league, […]

Vince Nihipali, Ron Lee, Sterling Carvalho, Dean Rickard on status of prep football

By Paul Honda on April 7, 2021

The state of football remains unsettled for Hawaii’s high school players and teams. The lack of activity for football programs and players since the fall of 2019 could mean tough decisions are close at hand for athletes and their families this spring. There could be many more ready to transfer to the mainland to ensure a senior football season. Private-school football programs on Oahu are close to engaging in scrimmages and games on a limited, exhibition basis this spring. Saint […]

No place like home: Mid-Pacific’s pullout leaves Pac-Five football without a field

By Paul Honda on April 2, 2021

There was a time when Donny Ma‘a was a proud member of the Pac-Five Wolfpack football team. He was also proud to wear the green and white of his alma mater, Mid-Pacific. In all, Ma‘a played four sports in high school, a premier athlete and a key part of Pac-Five’s Oahu Prep Bowl-infused dynasty in the early 1980s. Mid-Pacific’s announcement this week hit hard for old-school ‘Pack players like Ma‘a and Joe Onosai. School President Paul Turnbull and Athletic Director […]

Young at heart: Reggie Torres serving students, keeping up with grandchildren

By Paul Honda on March 27, 2021

Growing up in Punaluu, Reginald Torres was a busy, active boy. “Reggie” knew everybody. Everybody knew Reggie. Above all, he grew up playing multiple sports with a love for learning that was matched by his love for competition. These days, he and wife Lita have a new love: 10 grandchildren. “I like to stay young at heart, to stay busy. I’m lucky enough that I can still move with my grandchildren, so I want to keep moving with them as […]

MBC back to grind after mainland battles with WCA, PTP/San Bernadino Elite

By Paul Honda on March 17, 2021

Quietly, they have toiled and sweat on the grassy knolls and fields of Kapolei and Ma‘ili. When Coach Mose Tuia came home with his MBC Athletics football team, they already notched a first. The club played two games in a three-game span, falling to California club powerhouse Winner Circle Athletics, 14-0, and defeating a combined team of PTP Sports and San Bernardino Elite players, 21-14, in double overtime. “The trip was very fun. I slept most of the time. I […]

Spring is in the air — and so are football scrimmages for private schools

By Paul Honda on March 16, 2021

There’s nothing quite like the smell of synthetic turf, rubber granules and Baden footballs in the air. When practice resumed at Alexander Field on Monday, seniors Kilinahe Mendiola-Jensen and Kahanu Kia had all their prayers answered. “It’s just good to be back, be on the field, smell it again. It was nice. I was a beautiful day just playing football, seeing my teammates,” said Kia, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker. At Kalaepohaku, Saint Louis is in new-normal mode. In other words, […]

Trench Dawgz back to the grind after WCA’s forfeiture

By Paul Honda on March 9, 2021

There will be no showcase battle between the Trench Dawgz of Hawaii and Winner Circle Athletics of Southern California. According to TD Coach Whitley Fehoko, WCA cited a lack of available players on Saturday as the reason for the cancellation of the highly-anticipated matchup, which had been set for Mar. 16. California opened high school football for the spring season, resulting in a flood of talent returning to school teams. Playing in an club exhibition during school season is not […]

Grind and Grit: Trench Dawgz go from obscurity to possible NFL Films docu-series

By Paul Honda on March 5, 2021

The trip to the Golden State is becoming an adventure for the training group known as the Trench Dawgz. The football showcase set for Mar. 16 against Winner Circle Athletics was already much-needed good news for TD’s small tribe of trench men. Their numbers grew with tryouts to fill out the squad to 35 or 40 players. The daily workouts never stopped, and as scholarship offers to players old and new have risen, so has the Dawgz’ cache. One of […]