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Football combine on Maui is for Hawaii high schoolers

By Nick Abramo on March 25, 2019

Hawaii high school football players can participate in a football combine on Maui next month, according to Rob Paulele, one of the organizers. It’s called the Hawaii Gridiron Classic and participants will have their skills assessed and measurables scored and the information will be shared with potential college recruiters. Paulele is the offensive coordinator for new coach Mike Fanoga at Waianae. The combine is being run by All Poly Sports and it will be held April 5 and 6 at […]

Pac-Five not sure of 2019 state football classification

By Nick Abramo on March 22, 2019

As it stands right now, Pac-Five is a Division II football team. The Wolfpack will be playing a D-II schedule in the OIA-ILH alliance this fall, just like last year. But their postseason status is in a void at the moment. There is an HHSAA football rule that states a league must have at least two teams in order to get one berth in the postseason. With St. Francis, another D-II classified school, closing at the end of this school […]

Damien football to play Canada team and Lahainaluna

By Nick Abramo on March 21, 2019

A team from Canada is coming to Hawaii to play against Damien in football this fall, according to Monarchs coach Eddie Klaneski. Damien, a Division II team, has also scheduled a game against three-time defending Division II state champion Lahainaluna. The Canada team that will visit is from St. Thomas More Collegiate in Burnaby, B.C. That matchup will be held at Farrington’s Skippa Diaz Stadium on Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. The Damien vs. Lahainaluna matchup will be the weekend […]


Konawaena to take football home-and-home test with Mission Viejo

By Nick Abramo on March 20, 2019

Konawaena football coach Brad Uemoto isn’t backing down from the big boys. Uemoto scheduled his Wildcats to play a home-and-home against Mission Viejo of California this fall on the Big Island and then in 2020 in California. Against a supremely difficult schedule, the Diablos went 6-6 in 2018, but still finished No. 26 in the MaxPreps national computer rankings. One of the losses was by forfeit to Villa Park (after a 28-13 win on the field) and the other was […]

Club football touches down for all college students in Hawaii

By Nick Abramo on March 18, 2019

Club football is about to become available to college students across Hawaii via a program called Hawaii 8. The plan, which is being put forth by the nonprofit Hawaii Football Club, is to put five teams on the field for competition next spring and beyond. The hope is for the five-team conference to eventually become eight, according to HFC executive director Keala Pule. Some big names from Hawaii high school football — former Kahuku coach Reggie Torres and former Waianae […]

New Waianae coach Mike Fanoga has wealth of experience

By Nick Abramo on March 16, 2019

New Waianae football coach Mike Fanoga has been around the block in college football and he has been a Hawaii resident for about eight years. The list of coaching stops is a long one for the former UTEP player: >> UTEP >> West Alabama >> Iowa Wesleyan >> Valdosta State (Georgia) >> Kentucky >> Western Kentucky >> New Mexico State >> Wyoming >> Lane College (Tennessee) >> Benedict College (South Carolina) >> Virginia Union (two separate occasions) >> Morgan State […]

7v7 football tourney features some of Hawaii’s best

By Nick Abramo on March 15, 2019

You don’t have to wait until the first weekend in August to watch Hawaii high school-age football teams going at it. They’ll be doing it this weekend in the Island 7v7 Classic football tournament at Aloha Stadium. Games will run Saturday and Sunday in all the youth age divisions. The highest age group, 18-U, will give fans a glimpse at some of the upcoming high school football athletes this fall. The following are just some of the 18-U teams signed […]

Lawyer unsure if Kaiser football parent will appeal

By Nick Abramo on March 15, 2019

Kaiser football parent Gregory Tartamella‘s lawyer does not know if they will be appealing last Friday’s guilty verdicts in a Circuit Court jury trial. Tartamella will be sentenced May 8 after he was found guilty of second-degree assault, two counts of harassment, and first-degree terroristic threatening. Eric Seitz, his attorney, wants to wait until after sentencing before making a decision on a possible appeal. “If he gets probation — and that’s what we’re hoping for — I would recommend for […]