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Hall of Honor selects 12 more legends

By Jerry Campany on May 25, 2020

The newest class of the Hall of Honor was selected on Sunday, awarding each athlete a $2,000 scholarship from Enterprise. >> Nanea Estrella, Lahainaluna She is a four-time state champion in wrestling, the sixth girl in state history to do so and the second from Maui, joining Lahainaluna’s Lalelei Mataafa from 2016. Estrella ended her career at No. 1 pound-for-pound on’s rankings and will go on to compete for national power Menlo College while majoring in marketing business. >> […]

MAY 8, 1993: Kamehameha comes through without Nani Cockett

By Jerry Campany on May 8, 2020

Other than “play ball,” there are no sweeter words in sports than “Game seven.” On this date in 1993, Kamehameha and Iolani hooked up for the seventh time, but this one was for the state girls basketball championship. The Warriors were without Nani Cockett for the telling contest, losing their all-star two weeks earlier because of injury. Her mates picked her up, though, beating the talented Raiders in overtime.

MAY 7, 1977: Maryknoll wins first HHSAA girls hoops title

By Jerry Campany on May 7, 2020

The first HHSAA girls basketball tournament turned out to be much like every ILH championship before it. On this day in 1977, Maryknoll beat Punahou 48-39 to finish unbeaten in the first state tournament in girls basketball. Kamehameha took third place to make it an ILH sweep. Maryknoll’s Sue Scott was the MVP of the first tournament, scoring 73 points in three games and playing solid defense on Punahou’s Manu Meyer.

MAY 1, 1996: Special Events Arena opens with prep thriller

By Jerry Campany on May 1, 2020

The first prep event in UH’s Special Events Arena was quite special. On this day in 1996, Radford beat Punahou 75-74 in overtime in the quarterfinals of the state girls basketball tournament. The contest came down to the buzzer, with Radford’s Nikki Appleberry blocking Hilary Arakaki’s shot at the buzzer. Appleberry, who went on to play college ball in Maryland, hit four of her final six shots after starting 0-for-15 and pulled down 12 rebounds. She finished with 15 points. […]

APRIL 28, 1998: Brandy Richardson and Onaona Miller win titles

By Jerry Campany on April 28, 2020

On this day in 1998, Punahou won the ILH girls basketball championship and Kalaheo clinched the OIA East. Onaona Miller led the Buffanblu with 22 points and Brandy Richardson tallied 12 to take care of Farrington 72-37. Both stars made it to the state tournament and had to know that a showdown was in their futures. It happened in the state final, where the Buffanblu beat the Mustangs 64-51 to break Kalaheo’s 27-game winning streak. Miller, who transferred from Hilo, […]

APRIL 15, 1987: Villarmias take Aiea to first OIA West title

By Jerry Campany on April 15, 2020

It took more than a sister act for Aiea to win its first OIA West championship in girls basketball. On this day in 1987, Fran Villarmia and Nadine Villarmia combined to score 18 points and Jann Merseberg added 16 as Aiea beat Waipahu 48-41 to win its first division title. Na Alii are still looking for their first OIA championship after Farrington took it in in Fran Villamia’s senior year thanks to a 25-23 win. Aiea ended up the top […]

APRIL 12, 2005: Iolani girls basketball team stays unbeaten

By Jerry Campany on April 12, 2020

On this day in 2005, Iolani stayed unbeaten with a 43-31 win over Maryknoll after a strong start. Alana Wall led the Raiders with 10 points and three different Iolani players hit from long range. Iolani ended up making the state tournament while Maryknoll did not, finishing fifth. ILH champion Punahou won states.

APRIL 8, 1920: Maui without a champ in girls basketball

By Jerry Campany on April 8, 2020

On this date in 1920, Maui had no definitive champion in girls basketball. Maui High and Alexander House of Wailuku were unable to reach terms on a championship after both schools finished the regular season at 3-1 in the three-team league. The contention was on where the championship would be played. Maui wanted it held on an outdoor court and Wailuku preferred to stay indoors to suit its faster style of play. Alexander House handed Maui its lone loss indoors […]