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BIIF awaits Konawaena decision as three-tiered schedule is not an option

By Nick Abramo on April 11, 2019

Confusion and frustration were just some of the terms bandied about by coaches and athletic directors who attended the BIIF football meeting Tuesday. Kalei Namohala, the league’s football coordinator, however, is waiting for Konawaena to decide where it wants to be classified — in Division I or II before a 2019 schedule can be released. But the Wildcats, according to coach Brad Uemoto, won’t know where they want to be until spring drills begin so he can get a grasp […]

Campbell football to finish home-and-home with O’Connor in ’19

By Nick Abramo on April 3, 2019

Campbell will be hosting a Phoenix team this fall in the finale of a home-and-home series. Last season, the Sabers went to Phoenix, where they beat the Sandra Day O’Connor High 37-20. “They’ve got some good, D-I caliber kids and a really good coaching staff,” Campbell coach Darren Johnson said about the Eagles. Steve Casey, a former Virginia Tech quarterback who coaches O’Connor, is a longtime friend of Johnson. When Johnson was a player at Arizona Western, Casey was the […]

5,000 miles later, Team 808 Elite places 3rd at Adidas Nationals

By Paul Honda on April 1, 2019

The road less traveled is one that Asai Gilman will never forget. The head coach of Team 808 Elite squad took his team from the islands to Tampa Bay, Fla., and took third place out of 32 teams at the Adidas 7-on-7 National Championships. Gilman and assistant coaches Ricky Lumford and Kawika Kane did it with a straightforward approach, and their talented team responded. Team 808 defeated BSP 31-14, FIG 35-7 and KT Prep 49-28, and tied Indy Select, 14-all. […]

Q&A: Kaimuki coach David Tautofi on the state of Bulldogs football

By Paul Honda on March 30, 2019

Here, in view of Diamond Crater, is some breathing room for the Kaimuki Bulldogs. 
 Playing with as few as 23 players in the 2018 season, Kaimuki managed to qualify for the state football tournament. The Bulldogs won at Kamehameha-Hawaii, then lost in a close battle against Kapaa at Vidinha Stadium in Lihue. Their All-State two-way lineman, Sama Paama, suffered a knee injury on Kaimuki’s final offensive play. 
 Had Kaimuki won that Division II semifinal, there would’ve been a title […]

Kaimuki to stay D-II in football while Nanakuli will move down

By Nick Abramo on March 29, 2019

Nanakuli is moving down from OIA-ILH Division I to D-II for football, league football coordinator Harold Tanaka said Thursday. There were reports of Kaimuki moving up from D-II to D-I, but that is not the case, Tanaka confirmed. Last year, there were 10 teams in both the OIA-ILH D-I and D-II. For 2019, Nanakuli, in effect, is replacing St. Francis in the lowest tier. St. Francis, an ILH school, is closing its doors at the end of this school year. […]

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 […]