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Sparta reigns: Maryknoll closes season at No. 1 in Softball Top 10

By Paul Honda on June 16, 2022

Maryknoll was the ultimate hot start, hot finish team. The Spartans began the season at No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Top 10 scorching hot with a 7-0 mark at the Mililani Softball Classic. Then came three losses in their first four ILH games. Maryknoll did not lose again for nearly one month, winning seven in a row before tumbling in two losses to ‘Iolani, the league champion. Four wins at the Datahouse/HHSAA Softball State Championships rewarded the Spartans with their […]

Majestic indeed: Majesty Moisa’s 4-RBI night sparks Team LEAF

By Paul Honda on June 6, 2022

Sunday was Majesty Moisa’s time to shine. The Kapolei first baseman drove in four runs as Team LEAF outscored Team Titan 13-9 in the final of the New City Nissan Goodwill Senior Softball Classic at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. (See the photo gallery in Sunday’s edition of the Star-Advertiser.) Moisa had a serviceable senior season for the OIA champion Hurricanes, but thrived in the spotlight of Sunday night lights. She batted 3-for-5 with a two-run single in the first inning, […]

Maryknoll seizes the throne, winning first softball state crown

By Paul Honda on May 13, 2022

Marvin Malczon gives free hugs. That is, hugs to the Datahouse/HHSAA Softball State Championships koa trophy. Moments before the longtime Maryknoll assistant coach bear-hugged the koa trophy, head coach John Uekawa pointed at his friend. “Marvin has been with me from day one,” Uekawa said after the Lady Spartans toppled ILH champion and top-seeded ‘Iolani, 5-2, for the state title. Malczon laid on his back, nestled on the grass near the dugout, clutching the trophy. A few minutes earlier, at […]

When empires collide: ‘Iolani, Maryknoll clash for state crown

By Paul Honda on May 12, 2022

‘Iolani. Maryknoll. After a certifiably wild first three days, Thrillsville and the Monster Mashers are in the final of the Datahouse/HHSAA Softball State Championships. Maryknoll’s roller-coaster season has been about unmatched hitting in April and May. Leadoff hitter Carys Murakami has been en fuego with a 3-for-5 day against Baldwin (three runs, RBI, double) and a 3-for-4 performance against Kapolei (three RBIs, home run, double, four runs scored with a walk). Junior shortstop Nellie McEnroe-Marinas has been every bit the […]

Nellie McEnroe-Marinas dedicates HR to nephew in Maryknoll’s win over Baldwin

By Paul Honda on May 10, 2022

A courageous smile tells the story for Nellie McEnroe-Marinas. Days after her nephew, Xavier, died, she is dedicating her state tournament to him. That includes a two-run home run on Tuesday that helped Maryknoll topple third-seeded Baldwin, 13-2, at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. “My nephew passed away a couple days ago. The two hearts was for him,” McEnroe-Marinas said, referring to her gesture after rounding the bases, tapping her heart twice and pointing to the sky. “It feels actually pretty […]

Perfection: Mililani’s Ashley Ogata whiffs 15 in 25-0, 5-inning TKO of Kealakehe

By Paul Honda on May 10, 2022

Getting out of class early never felt this good. The Mililani Trojans had a high noon showdown with BIIF champion Kealakehe at pristine Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium on Tuesday. They left with a 25-0, five-inning TKO win — and the ultimate perfect game for senior Ashley Ogata. Ogata, a right-hander, struck out all 15 batters she faced. Kealakehe managed to clip a few foul balls in the top of the fifth, but Ogata bore down and got a rare achievement. […]

Kapolei, ‘Iolani share No. 1 ranking in Softball Top 10

By Paul Honda on May 3, 2022

The shuffle continues with ‘Iolani and Kapolei sharing the No. 1 ranking in the Star-Advertiser Softball Top 10. It is the first trip to the peak of the poll for Kapolei (14-4-1 overall), which may be the hottest team in the state behind ace pitcher Jerzie Liana. ‘Iolani returned to the top spot with five first-place votes from the panel of coaches and media. The Raiders were No. 3 last week, then rolled to the Interscholastic League of Honolulu title […]

5 slices and a 2-hit shutout for Taryn Irimata in Campbell’s 5-0 win over Kaiser

By Paul Honda on April 29, 2022

Sometimes, making the best of circumstances is all that matters. When the Campbell Sabers left class early and boarded the bus from Ewa Beach to Hawaii Kai, there was no time to have lunch. They had sandwiches en route to Kaiser High School, a 32-mile journey on a busy Thursday afternoon. There was also pizza. “It was Pizza Hut. ‘Meat Lovers’ style,” ace pitcher Taryn Irimata said. The senior right-hander must’ve enjoyed her lunch. Irimata had five slices of the […]