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Hope for prep sports? Tupola, Blangiardi on tiers and flexibility

By Paul Honda on January 9, 2021

Diligence and persistence matter in high school sports, COVID-19 pandemic era. While Hawaii maintains some of the lowest rates and numbers in the nation, the state’s high school student-athletes and the communities that support them are bearing the brunt of complete cancellations. State restrictions and a City and County of Honolulu tier format — both are factors according to Oahu Interscholastic Association Executive Director Raymond Fujino — continue to draw large-scale discussion across the islands. Fujino declined to comment on […]

Coaches, players reeling after BIIF principals ax fall, winter sports

By Paul Honda on January 8, 2021

The Big Island Interscholastic Federation made it official on Thursday as principals voted to cancel fall and winter sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The league’s athletic directors had voted to cancel two days earlier as case numbers increased after the holiday season. The BIIF followed in line with the Oahu Interscholastic Association and Maui Interscholastic League. “This hurts my heart,” said Konawaena girls basketball coach Bobbie Awa, who has guided the Wildcats to nine Division I state crowns. Several […]

Coaches unsurprised, disappointed as MIL cancels fall, winter sports

By Paul Honda on January 6, 2021

The Maui Interscholastic League is the latest of the state’s five high school leagues to cancel sports. The MIL announced on Wednesday that it has cancelled all fall and winter sports, including football and competitive cheer. Those two sports were slated to begin in the spring after being postponed. Air riflery, basketball, bowling, competitive cheer, cross country, paddling, soccer, swimming and diving, and wrestling — all done for the 2020-21 pandemic year. “I think it’s because of all the challenges. […]

BIIF ADs vote to cancel fall, winter sports

By Paul Honda on January 5, 2021

Falling in line with the public-school Oahu Interscholastic Association, athletic directors in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation voted on Tuesday to cancel fall and winter sports. The BIIF, comprised mostly of public schools, will take the athletic directors’ recommendation to a principals’ vote on Wednesday — which is almost always a mere formality. That means no air riflery, basketball, bowling, competitive cheer, cross country, paddling, soccer, swimming and diving, and wrestling. In addition, previously postponed sports that were originally pushed […]

Poll: Coaches optimistic about bowling, swimming, less so on wrestling

By Paul Honda on December 15, 2020

Finality is not here, not quite yet in the strange year of 2020. While vaccines for the COVID-19 virus are being flown across the country, high school sports in Hawaii remain on hold. Leagues are waiting on bated breath for word — and approval — from the Department of Health. Coaches across the state are optimistic about the chances for outdoor sports like soccer and swimming/diving, according to a Hawaii Prep World poll. Eighteen winter-sport coaches, roughly half of those […]

Kalaheo joins the list of paddling state champions with mixed crew win

By Noelle Kakimoto on February 9, 2020

(Note: This story also appeared in Sunday’s edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser) The 2020 state paddling championships saw three different victors, with Kamehameha’s girls finishing first, Punahou’s boys avenging last year’s loss, and Kalaheo notching the first mixed victory outside of a Kamehameha, Punahou or Seabury team since 2010. The half-mile sprints at Keehi Lagoon were neck-and-neck for most of the heats up through the midpoint turn around each team’s flag on Saturday. Kamehameha senior Teiana Gonsalves praised her team’s […]

Kamehameha keeps Punahou from a sweep at state paddling

By Kyle Sakamoto on February 3, 2019

The Punahou girls repeated as state champion and the Punahou mixed crew ended Seabury Hall’s three-year title reign. The race distance for each division was a half-mile, with a turn at the midway point. The Kamehameha boys finally got the better of Punahou, which swept the ILH season. The league had races of 3-6 miles. “It was a quick transition to go from long distance to short distance,” Manatad said. “The last (ILH) race was 6 miles. Throughout the season […]

La Pietra paddlers channel their strength

By Nick Abramo on November 17, 2017

Teenage paddlers crossing the Kaiwi Channel is not unheard of, but it is not common. Six La Pietra girls — Ruby Shuman, Emma Daniel, Arianna Radona, Kualii Copp, Carly Yamada and Anela Donachie — competed in Na Wahine O Ke Kai on Sept. 24. The experience helped them prepare for Pac-Five’s upcoming paddling season. “It was amazing crossing the channel,” said Shuman, who paddled for Hui Nalu in the same crew as Daniel. “It was such a good bonding experience. […]