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ON THIS DATE (1951): Roosevelt routs Punahou for Paintbrush Trophy

By Jerry Campany on September 29, 2020

On this date in 1951, Roosevelt scored seven unanswered touchdowns to rout Punahou 45-7 and retain the once-prestigious Paintbrush Trophy. It was Roosevelt’s most lopsided victory in the 20-year rivalry between the schools. The Rough Riders fumbled the ball eight times but only lost one. Roosevelt’s defense made up for it by picking off seven Punahou passes. Henry George scored two TDs for Roosevelt and Roy Ryder, Richard Lum, Alfred Franco, Ralph Shultz and Lester Santos all scored for Roosevelt. […]

ON THIS DATE (1962): Charley Wedemeyer makes the difference for Punahou

By Jerry Campany on September 28, 2020

Some coaches call special teams play a third of the game, but on this day in 1962 it was so much more for Punahou. The Buffanblu were outgained 306-67 but still managed to beat Kaimuki 13-12 on this date in 1962 at Honolulu Stadium. Future Star-Bulletin sports editor Bill Kwon and Punahou coach Dave Eldredge called it luck. Charley Wedemeyer‘s and Clint Albao‘s presence made it anything but. Wedemeyer took the opening kickoff 84 yards for a score and the […]

ON THIS DATE: Elia Long leads Punahou over Kamehameha

By Jerry Campany on September 21, 2020

On this day in 1940, legendary coach Bill “Doggy” Wise outsmarted another foe. Wise dialed up a pass in the second quarter for the only score of the game and Punahou opened its season with a 7-0 victory over rival Kamehameha at Honolulu Stadium. Wise set up the victory by alternating halfbacks Elia Long and Bill Hubbell to the right side of the line. When Kamehameha was set up, Punahou had quarterback Ellwood Fern roll left. He pulled up before […]


Arizona makes it 18 offers for Punahou junior Tevarua Tafiti

By Paul Honda on September 14, 2020

When April began, the COVID-19 pandemic had Hawaii in lockdown and Tevarua Tafiti was a Punahou sophomore grinding away with his homework and workouts. There was not a single scholarship offer. As of mid-September, Arizona offered a scholarship — on Thursday — and the 6-foot-3, 208-pound junior defensive end now has 18 offers on the table. Arizona is the 11th Pac-12 Conference program to formalize its interest in Tafiti. On the same day, Arizona made an offer to Roosevelt junior […]

Stanford offer makes it 15 for Punahou LB Kahanu Kia

By Paul Honda on September 3, 2020

Kahanu Kia will always remember this month of September. On Wednesday, a day after Notre Dame made a scholarship offer to the Punahou senior, Stanford came up with an offer of its own. “It’s all good. It’s definitely exciting. Man, I like everything about Stanford. It’s the best in the business. They have everything academically and athletically. They have everything,” the 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior said on Thursday afternoon. Former Punahou defensive back Alaka‘i Gilman plays for Stanford. “Alaka‘i, I texted […]

Punahou junior Tevarua Tafiti adds Cal, UCLA, Virginia to offer list

By Paul Honda on September 3, 2020

UCLA, California and Virginia have become the 15th, 16th and 17th FBS schools to offer football scholarships to Punahou junior Tevarua Tafiti. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound defensive end already has offers from Hawaii to the Pac-12 to the Big Ten to the Big 12 and ACC, as well as Notre Dame. The Bruins and Golden Bears made their offers formalized on Tuesday, which saw an explosion of offers across the country, particularly for underclassmen. Virginia followed suit on Wednesday. The phone […]

Punahou, Utah State standout Brian Suite, 28, dies of cancer

By Paul Honda on September 2, 2020

Former Punahou all-state safety Brian Suite has died from a rare cancer. Suite, 28, was a three-sport athlete and played football at Utah State. While he was running for Punahou, the Buffanblu broke the 4×100 medley mark. Suite was a 2009 Star-Advertiser first-team safety. “We’re just heartbroken. Sad. Even though we knew he was fighting an uphill battle, it’s just tough to hear,” said Kale Ane, who coached Suite during his Punahou varsity career. “We can just hope he’s in […]

Notre Dame enters fray for Punahou LB Kahanu Kia

By Paul Honda on September 2, 2020

(Update: Stanford offered a scholarship to Kia later in the day, the 15th school on his list.) Summer was serene and mostly silent for Kahanu Kia. The daily workouts were a grind, the clanging of 45-pound plates and the churning of cleats on grass. Notre Dame changed the mood for Kia, offering a football scholarship to the 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker on Tuesday night. “Every offer is different for me in what they bring to the table, but shoot, it’s Notre […]

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