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ON THIS DATE IN 2019: Kalei Akagi full of big plays for Leilehua

By Jerry Campany on November 16, 2020

In a reminder of what we are missing, on this date last year Kalei Akagi popped two big scores and Leilehua beat Baldwin 34-7 in the opening round of the state tournament at War Memorial Stadium. Akagi scored on a 72-yard reverse to begin the game and later broke the plane on a 91-yard kick return. Sophomore Jemell Vereen rushed for 174 yards and the Mules defense stepped up with a score. The Mules left Maui with the victory and […]

ON THIS DATE: Kapolei comes back with 35-0 fourth quarter

By Jerry Campany on September 14, 2020

On this date in 2013, Kapolei played 12 minutes of nearly perfect football. The Hurricanes scored 35 points in the fourth quarter to beat Leilehua 48-27 at Hugh Yoshida Stadium. The Mules, ranked No. 7 in the state, turned the ball over three times in the final stanza. Mana Reis scored two of his three touchdowns in the spurt and Kainoa Brown punched in the go-ahead score with 4-yard effort with 4:06 left. It was the first and last 100-yard […]

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 […]