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New field, bleachers for Kalaheo

By Paul Honda on November 22, 2017

More than a few passers-by have done a double-take along Mokapu Boulevard in recent months. That huge, silverish stack of metal is what has been missing for Kalaheo’s football and soccer teams all these years. Bleachers. A high, beautiful stack of seats in the year 2017. The work isn’t limited to spectator appeal, though. “The sprinkler system is in and when the roots come up, we start the process to new grass,” Kalaheo Athletic Director Mark Brilhante said. The length […]

Soccer season kicks off this month

By Nick Abramo on November 16, 2017

Soccer fans who want to get an early look at some of the top high school teams will get a treat later this month and early December with the 8th annual 808 Prep Soccer Showcase boys tournament hosted by Kapolei. Baldwin, ‘Iolani, Kaiser, Kalani, Kamehameha, Kapolei, Mililani and two-time defending Division I state champion Punahou will be participating. This weekend, the 34th Annual Castle-Leilehua Girls Soccer Tournament is being held. And on the Big Island, Hawaii Prep is hosting a […]

Hawaii soccer world will miss Chester Chee

By Nick Abramo on August 8, 2017

The calls came nightly from a friendly man with a mission to help. And now the calls will not come at all and our world will be a little bit darker. Chester Chee, a statistician and scorekeeper for Oahu high school soccer, died recently at age 75. “How are you doing?” Chester would ask to whoever in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser sports department happened to pick up the phone. Chester would verify who he was speaking with every time, so he […]

Oahu 14-year-old signed by pro club in Mexico

By Nick Abramo on August 3, 2017

Cuauhtemoc Ochoa was going to be a ninth-grader at Moanalua this fall, but a soccer opportunity changed his plans. Ochoa, 14, was signed by Pachuca, a pro soccer club in Mexico, according to his club coach Hugo Gutierrez, who is also the head coach at Moanalua High. So, instead of playing for Gutierrez as a freshman for Na Menehune, Ochoa will play in the third division of the Pachuca pro club team. At that level, he won’t be paid a […]

Hawaii Prep’s Higgins is Gatorade POY

By Nick Abramo on June 26, 2017

Hawaii Prep’s Emi Higgins was named as the Gatorade Hawaii Player of the Year in girls soccer this week. The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field. The 5-foot-9 sophomore forward and midfielder led Ka Makani to an 11-2-2 record and the Division II state championship in 2017. She scored 19 goals, including seven of Hawaii Prep’s nine tallies in five postseason games. She also had seven assists. Higgins […]

Govs, Spartans among letter-of-intent signees

By Paul Honda on April 12, 2017

High school classmate. Friend. Teammate. Champion. College student-athlete. College teammate. There are few strings of words that are as gratifying as those, and that’s the road travelled by Farrington seniors Molimau Heimuli and Chantal Mailou. The two basketball standouts were among dozens from the class of 2017 who inked their letters of intent in a signing ceremony hosted by Education First on Wednesday morning at the Honolulu Elks Lodge (Waikiki). Heimuli and Mailou signed to play at Paris Junior College […]

Kapolei alum Hopeau signs professional contract

By Hawaii Prep World on March 24, 2017

The Seattle Sounders announced Wednesday that Kapolei alum Shandon Hopeau has signed a professional contract with the club’s reserve team that plays in the United Soccer League. Hopeau, a two-time OIA West player of the year, signed directly from Sounders Academy, where he scored four goals in his first two games. He played with S2 last season and earned a starting job and was good enough during league play that he was invited to train with the Sounders’ MLS squad […]

Punahou’s McKenna tops All-State team

By Jerry Campany on March 5, 2017

The face of high school boys soccer changed a little bit this year. Punahou’s Duncan McKenna gave his school its fifth player of the year award, and second in a row, but that is where the normalcy ended. McKenna was one of only six seniors named on this year’s Star-Advertiser Stellar Eleven, the fewest ever after nine seniors graced last year’s team. The entire team was released in Sunday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser which you can read here. The change was not […]