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At 6-2, 245 pounds, ‘Iolani hoopster Shayden Molina finds niche in trenches

By Paul Honda on September 13, 2019

Basketball is practically golden at ‘Iolani, where competing for titles is an expectation. Football, though, is what Shayden Molina loves even more. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound junior sometimes starts for the roundball Raiders, using his strength to help a team of otherwise slender athletes. On the gridiron, though, his ability to accelerate in tight quarters is exceptional. Molina blocked a punt that helped spur a run of four touchdowns in less than four minutes by ‘Iolani, which went on to overwhelm […]

GAME NIGHT 9/13: Waipahu/’Iolani

By Paul Honda on September 13, 2019

‘Iolani 48, Waipahu 14 Waipahu kickoff is a nice one again, touchback. And a Waipahu player says something to a referee, and the yellow flag flies. Unsportsmanlike conduct. Why would any player say something that bad to a referee on a touchback? Incredible. Waipahu tacks on a TD before the close. Three more carries for Failauga, who picks up 17, 17 and then a 2-yard TD. That’s 298 yards on 41 carries. None of it came easy. IOLANI 48, WAIPAHU […]

‘Iolani gives Wendell Look career win No. 200 with little fanfare

By Brian McInnis on September 6, 2019

There were a handful of handshakes and some pats on the back. That’s about all that 29-year ‘Iolani coach Wendell Look would allow after his Raiders romped over Kailua 40-13 at Alex Kane Stadium on Friday night. >> CLICK HERE FOR A PHOTO GALLERY FROM THE GAME Definitely no Gatorade bath. “I feel happy for these kids,” Look said as his players boarded the bus behind the bleachers. “They have a goal in mind. I have 29 years, or whatever, […]


GAME NIGHT 9/6: ‘Iolani/Kailua

By Brian McInnis on September 6, 2019

‘Iolani 40, Kailua 13, FINAL ———- 9:53: Seconds ticking off for career win No. 200 for ‘Iolani coach Wendell Look. 9:51: Friel strings together a couple of great passes to Ho-Mook for gains of 24 and 16 yards. But in ‘Iolani territory, he overthrows his man and it’s picked off by the Raiders secondary, Stirling Sakashita with it. 9:46: Hedani goes up the middle again … this time through a gaping hole, and he’s going all the way to the […]

Coaches chime in as ‘Iolani’s Wendell Look closes in on win No. 200

By Paul Honda on September 3, 2019

In 1989, Wendell Look was a defensive line coach at his alma mater, ‘Iolani. He was also the defensive coordinator, coaching the likes of Rod York, who went on to play for Hawaii before embracing a new life as a coach at Mililani. Look became ‘Iolani’s head coach in ’91. But in ’89, he and wife Linda sent an entry to the Honolulu Advertiser’s weekly Pigskin Picks. One weekend, their entry was the lone, perfect, 15-0 winner. That included the […]

‘Iolani wins Father Bray game but still struggles to close games

By Billy Hull on August 24, 2019

‘Iolani coach Wendell Look was very happy with the Raiders’ 20-point third quarter that helped put away Kaimuki 34-24 in the Father Bray Classic on Saturday at Kozuki Stadium. As for the final 12 minutes, well, that’s becoming a concern. “I didn’t like how we finished the game,” Look said after ‘Iolani fumbled on the Kaimuki 2-yard line in the fourth quarter and failed to score on its final three drives. “These guys need to learn that they can’t finish […]

GAME NIGHT 8/24: Kaimuki/’Iolani

By Billy Hull on August 24, 2019

‘Iolani 34, Kaimuki 24 BOX SCORE At Kozuki Stadium Kaimuki (2-1, 1-0) 3 7 7 7 — 24 ‘Iolani (3-1, 1-1) 7 7 20 0 — 34 Kaim—FG Kurt Kawamoto 36 Iol—Brody Logan Bantolina 37 run (Wailoa Manuel kick) Iol—Noah Gaudi 11 pass from Jonah Chong (Manuel kick) Kaim—Matt Williams 17 pass from Jayden Maiava (Kawamoto kick) Iol—Bantolina 3 run (Manuel kick) Iol—Brock Hedani 46 pass from Sam Faumuina (kick failed) Iol—Hedani 35 run (Mason Mizuta kick) Kaim—Naomas Asuega-Fualaau 77 […]

Quarterback battle possibly brewing at ‘Iolani

By Kyle Sakamoto on August 16, 2019

If ‘Iolani has learned anything in the early season, it is a team which has two capable quarterbacks. Senior Jonah Chong, last season’s starter, and junior Samuel Faumuina both had their moments in a 31-10 triumph over host Aiea in an OIA-ILH Division I game Friday. Chong, a senior, received most of the playing time over the Raiders’ first two games, completing 15 of 30 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns. Faumuina was 3-for-7 for 55 yards and a […]