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Spring Sports Coaches Poll: Optimism for most outdoor sports, doubt about football

By Paul Honda on December 30, 2020

Confidence in high school sports is fairly high for air riflery, Cross country, baseball, esports, golf, softball, tennis and track and field — despite the ongoing challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hawaii Prep World polled dozens of coaches in spring and postponed fall sports. Twenty-two of them responded over the weekend — before the ILH made an announcement about cancellation of five winter sports. Coaches from the OIA, ILH, MIL and BIIF participated in the voting. Postponed fall sports […]

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 Hawaiiprepworld.com’s rankings and will go on to compete for national power Menlo College while majoring in marketing business. >> […]

Naighel Calderon becomes 1st Lanai inductee to Hall of Honor

By Paul Honda on May 19, 2019

The 2019 class of the Hawaii High School Hall of Honor includes three elite level basketball players, as well as a good number of neighbor island standouts. Kalina Obrey of Kamehameha, the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball All-State player of the year, was voted into the Hall by the selection committee. So was boys player of the year Kameron Ng of St. Francis. He is the first — and only — boy to be inducted from the school, which will close its […]


Moanalua places 13 judoka on OIA East All-Star first team

By Nick Abramo on May 9, 2019

Thirteen Moanalua judo athletes were named to the 20-member OIA East All-Star first team. Noah Wusstig, a four-time state champion, leads that list of Na Menehune. Three others became state champions this season — Dayne Takai, McCade Ho and Faith Joy Okubo. Pearl City led the OIA West All-Star first team, with six Chargers’ judoka selected. Click here for a list of the OIA East and West All-Star first and second teams. The breakdown of selections by school follows. OIA […]

Noah Wusstig works his way to state judo slam

By Christian Shimabuku on May 4, 2019

Noah Wusstig’s road to historic territory wasn’t as easy as he made it look. The Moanalua senior took home his fourth consecutive HHSAA judo title on Saturday evening with an ippon of Kapolei’s Grayson Ferreira in the 145-pound finals, which lasted 37 seconds. But in between Wusstig’s coronation at the Stan Sheriff Center and his two other individual state titles in wrestling was plenty of sacrifice, along with the pressure that came with heightened expectations. “It’s been really hard. I […]

Faith Joy Okubo leads Moanalua to state repeat in judo

By Christian Shimabuku on May 4, 2019

The Moanalua girls also took home their respective team title for the second year in a row with 84 total points. Punahou was in second with 53 points, followed by Mililani’s 52. “For the first one, it was so special last year that we didn’t know if we would have this opportunity again so to get it back-to-back, it was super special for our team and they worked so hard for it,” Moanalua girls coach Derron Maki said, who is […]

Moanalua, Kapolei primed for battle at state judo

By Jerry Campany on May 2, 2019

Moanalua’s Noah Wusstig drew the top seed for the last leg of his journey toward a state judo slam. Wusstig opens his state tournament at 145 pounds against Campbell’s Jacob Andrade on Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center. If things go according to form, he will meet second seed Kolby Kon of ‘Iolani in the final. Wusstig, who was unseeded last year, can become the sixth boy to complete the slam, and third from the OIA. Josh Terao of Mid-Pacific […]

Mililani’s Mayu Wise leaves state judo slam on the table

By Jerry Campany on May 1, 2019

For all the great female judoka who will be competing in the Atlas Insurance Agency/HHSAA Judo State Championships on Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center, a lot of minds will be on a girl who will not be on the mat. Mililani senior Mayu Wise has won three straight state titles, the only girl from her school to do so. She was expected to go for the slam this year, the first girl to do so since Bree Rapoza of […]