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Kaimuki QB Jayden Maiava plans to enroll at Bishop Gorman for 2020 season

By Nick Abramo on December 10, 2019

Kaimuki quarterback Jayden Maiava is going to enroll at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas next month, according to Bulldogs coach David Tautofi. The plan is for Maiava to join the Gaels’ football team for his junior season in 2020. “He’s slated to go to Bishop Gorman and become the man there,” Tautofi said on Tuesday at the same time he confirmed that he will be back as Kaimuki’s head coach next season. According to Tautofi, there is still time for […]

David Tautofi decides to return as Kaimuki football coach

By Nick Abramo on December 10, 2019

David Tautofi confirmed Tuesday that he is returning to the Kaimuki Bulldogs as football coach. That’s big news for Kaimuki. Tautofi was rumored to be leaving after the end of the season, and he said Tuesday that at one point he actually had decided to leave. But in the few weeks since the season ended, he changed his mind. It was not an easy decision. “I had a lot of discussion with family and prayer and consideration of what the […]

Kohala’s Chad Atkins contests his removal as football coach

By Nick Abramo on December 10, 2019

On Halloween day, Kohala football coach Chad Atkins said he was told that the school would be opening up his position to new candidates. He was extremely surprised, and when he asked Cowboys athletic director Laurie Koustik for the reasons why, he said he was told that there had been complaints against him. “She didn’t tell me about any serious complaints from anyone during the season,” Atkins said recently by cell phone. “If it was serious enough, I would think […]


CLOSING THE BOOK: 2019 ‘Iolani Raiders

By Jerry Campany on December 9, 2019

2019 TEAM RECORD >> 10-3 overall, 6-2 ILH Division I HEAD COACH >> Wendell Look is 206-135-3 in 29 seasons with the Raiders. KEY UNDERCLASSMEN IN 2019 >> WR/PK Wailoa Manuel, 5-10, 150, Jr.; DL Shayden Molina, 6-2, 245, Jr.; RB Brody Bantolina, 5-8, 150, So.; DB Stirling Sakashita, 5-11, 165, So. ‘IOLANI THROUGH THE YEARS: 1973-2019 HISTORICAL EQUIVALENT: 2008 Campbell The 2019 edition of ‘Iolani football will probably be remembered more for being on the wrong side of an […]

Out of the shadows, Leilehua WR Jonathan Vasquez steps up at JPS Senior Bowl

By Paul Honda on December 8, 2019

Maybe this was the last touchdown catch of Jonathan Vasquez’s life, but it probably won’t be. There just aren’t that maybe 6-foot-2, 195-pound pass catchers with the body control, deep-ball skills and focus that he has. Maybe this is just the first chapter in a new book for the Leilehua senior. Playing in a defensive, almost tortuous (for fans of offensive football) demonstration of might by Team Liberty, Vasquez stepped up in a large way on Friday night. He hauled […]

Mililani’s Raysen Motoyama, Tristen Townes earn hardware at JPS Senior Bowl

By Paul Honda on December 8, 2019

For the rest of their lives, Mililani teammates Raysen Motoyama and Tristen Townes will be connected thanks to Friday night’s JPS Senior Bowl Classic. Motoyama earned an offensive player of the game honor, scoring the only touchdown for Team Liberty. Townes, lining up at defensive end for Liberty, was named defensive player of the game. Playing in the Commanders contest, Motoyama’s versatility was in play. The Trojan running back/slotback had five receptions for 26 yards in a battle dominated by […]

Twin brothers Josh, Caleb Matagi relish their head-to-head JPS Senior Bowl battle

By Paul Honda on December 7, 2019

Three sacks later, Joshua Matagi was excited. After Team Freedom rallied for a 12-6 win over Team Liberty, he was satisfied. The Farrington senior had a night to remember at the JPS Senior Bowl Classic Commanders game. His twin brother, Caleb (5-10, 245), lined up at right tackle for Team Liberty. The two squared off for one series — Liberty’s lone scoring drive for a 6-0 lead midway through the fourth quarter. He tried, but Josh Matagi (5-10, 225) didn’t […]

Waianae’s Nainoa Machado ends high school career with MVP performance

By Nick Abramo on December 7, 2019

Get Nainoa Machado the ball and chances are he will do something with it. The 6-foot, 195-pound Waianae wide receiver did something that’s quite difficult to do in this day and age. Despite being on the losing team, he won the MVP award in the first game of the JPS Senior Bowl Classic doubleheader Saturday night at Aloha Stadium. Machado caught eight passes for 88 yards and scored all three of Team Liberty’s touchdowns in a 23-21 loss to Team […]