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OIA-ILH interleague football to continue with Leilehua, Roosevelt moving up divisions

By Nick Abramo on March 5, 2020

OIA and ILH interleague football will continue with a full slate of games to be scheduled for the 2020 season, according to OIA football coordinator Harold Tanaka. And two schools — Leilehua and Roosevelt — are moving up a division. “It’s a go,” Tanaka said Thursday morning. The renewal of the highly popular, fan-friendly two-year pilot program was not a given, and multiple sources over the past few months told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that it was possible OIA principals would […]

CLOSING THE BOOK: 2019 Leilehua Mules

By Jerry Campany on December 28, 2019

TEAM RECORD >> 10-3 overall, 5-1 OIA Division I HEAD COACH >> Mark Kurisu is 24-9 in his current stint as head coach and 34-11-1 overall in four total seasons as Mules coach. KEY UNDERCLASSMEN IN 2019 >> CB Selau Aiava, 5-10, 158, Jr.; QB/WR Kalei Akagi, 5-10, 175, Jr.; DE Kiaka Pio, 6-1, 235, Jr.; RB Jemell Vereen, 5-11, 180, So.; LB Ashton Raquino, 5-10, 185, Jr. LEILEHUA THROUGH THE YEARS: 1973-2019 HISTORICAL EQUIVALENT: 2000 Waianae Mark Kurisu‘s fourth […]

Out of the shadows, Leilehua WR Jonathan Vasquez steps up at JPS Senior Bowl

By Paul Honda on December 8, 2019

Maybe this was the last touchdown catch of Jonathan Vasquez’s life, but it probably won’t be. There just aren’t that maybe 6-foot-2, 195-pound pass catchers with the body control, deep-ball skills and focus that he has. Maybe this is just the first chapter in a new book for the Leilehua senior. Playing in a defensive, almost tortuous (for fans of offensive football) demonstration of might by Team Liberty, Vasquez stepped up in a large way on Friday night. He hauled […]


VIDEO: Highlights of Saturday’s Mud Bowl between No. 6 Hilo and No. 9 Leilehua

By Paul Honda on November 25, 2019

In the rain, the Hilo Vikings are in their element. The Viks withstood a comeback attempt by Leilehua for a 19-9 win in the Division I semifinal round of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA State Championships on Saturday night at Dr. Francis Wong Stadium. Whether it was the ability to throw water-logged footballs or avoid the slippery pitfalls of the outfield grass and mud at Wong Stadium, the Vikings were well equipped to defend their turf.

Mark Kurisu proud of big step forward taken by his Mules

By Paul Honda on November 23, 2019

HILO >> At one time, not so long ago, the Leilehua Mules were quite familiar with mud-bog conditions. The natural surface at Hugh Yoshida Stadium used to turn into a swamp with lakes aplenty. Eventually, that led to the installation of synthetic turf, and the Mules ran and cut happily ever after. Except tonight. Playing on the road for a second week in a row, the OIA Division I runners-up flew to soggy Hilo. They marched into Dr. Francis Wong […]

GAME NIGHT 11/23: Leilehua/Hilo

By Paul Honda on November 23, 2019

No. 6 Hilo 19, No. 8 Leilehua 9, Final Third and 5, Miyasato to Haasenritter in the flat for a first down. Silva through the masses for 34 yards to the Leilehua 9. Time runs out before Silva can punch it over. Hilo advances to the championship game and will the ‘Iolani-Moanalua winner at Aloha Stadium next week. Leilehua three-and-out. Punt. Two plays after the fumble recovery, Miyasato fires a bullet to Kilohana Haasenritter, and the CB misses the pick […]

Defense, special teams spark Leilehua in 34-7 win over Baldwin

By Paul Honda on November 15, 2019

Baldwin’s hearty core of seniors did all it could against Leilehua’s ground-and-pound attack. The Bears trailed 14-7 at the half, but Leilehua was determined to go with blows to the solar plexus of Baldwin’s gritty defense. By the end, Leilehua had a 34-7 win in the first round of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Division I State Championships. Leilehua (10-2), the OIA runner-up, will travel again to meet Hilo next weekend. Jemell Vereen made the most of his 28 carries, running […]

GAME NIGHT 11/15: Leilehua/Baldwin

By Paul Honda on November 15, 2019

Leilehua 34, Baldwin 7, FINAL Leilehua will play at Hilo next Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the D-I bracket. Baldwin closes the season 5-5. Vereen caps a fantastic night with a 7-yard TD run. That’s 174 yards on 28 carries, tough yards between the tackles most of the time. And he never seemed to tire. Gabriel Akaki with a major sack for Leilehua. Then Julyan Mebane picked off a sideline pass and returned it 85 yards for a back-breaking […]

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