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VIDEO: ‘Iolani’s softball state champions

By Paul Honda on June 1, 2019

A season of brilliance doesn’t always end with a state championship. No, there is so much talent spread across the islands that sometimes the crown is earned by the team that puts together the best balance. In 2019, that also required unparalleled power hitting. The ‘Iolani Raiders bashed their way to their first state title in 19 seasons, and four of their starters landed on the Star-Advertiser All-State first team. Pitcher/outfielder Aleia Agbayani was voted player of the year, and […]

Q&A: All-State Softball Coach of Year Benny Agbayani

By Paul Honda on May 31, 2019

Benny Agbayani found his calling early and continues to have a Midas touch. The ‘Iolani softball coach guided the Raiders to their first state title in 19 seasons this spring. His oldest daughter, Aleia, had a monster season with a .636 batting average, 16 home runs and 56 RBIs while pitching and playing center field. Four Raiders landed on the All-State first team, including player of the year honors for Aleia. The depth and experience will carry over next season […]

Aleia Agbayani is Gatorade Hawaii softball player of year

By Nick Abramo on May 31, 2019

‘Iolani pitcher Aleia Agbayani was chosen as Gatorade Hawaii Softball Player of the Year, the Gatorade Company announced Thursday. The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field. The 5-foot-5 senior pitcher, first baseman and outfielder led the Raiders to a 19-5 record and the Division I state championship. Agbayani batted .636 with 49 runs scored, 16 home runs and 57 RBI, posting a 1.455 slugging percentage, according to the […]

Training and technology: Softball’s sonic boom of long balls

By Paul Honda on May 28, 2019

The numbers tell us something drastic has happened in the world of high school softball, and fans are applauding from end to end on the bleachers. Batting numbers are up. Way up. So are pitching statistics. The trend has been real in the past two years, perhaps three. Compare the last two state softball Division I tournaments. A month ago, teams combined for 13 home runs. On day one. That alone surpassed the long-ball total of 12 for the 2018 […]

Q&A: All-State Softball POY Aleia Agbayani of ‘Iolani

By Paul Honda on May 28, 2019

Work is work, and play is play. Somewhere along the line, Aleia Agbayani knew they were one and the same in this game of softball. The senior was a major part of ‘Iolani’s state-championship run this spring. Then came the Star-Advertiser All-State selection as player of the year. A southpaw ace pitcher who bats right-handed — .636 batting average, 16 home runs and 56 RBIs — and also plays center field with nearly no peer. Agbayani has one more exam […]

With 16 HRs, 56 RBIs, Aleia Agbayani leads All-State softball selections

By Paul Honda on May 26, 2019

2019 was the year of the splendid splinter. Or, maybe, the year of the supreme swinger. Up and down the lineups of the state’s better teams, sluggers reached new heights. More so, positions that provided mostly defense and solid singles-oriented offense bashed their way into the spotlight more than ever. Leading the way for the 2019 Star-Advertiser Softball All-State team is pitcher/center fielder Aleia Agbayani of ‘Iolani, the player of the year. The Cal-bound senior crushed what is believed to […]

Hawaii Grown: Jocelyn Alo not focused on anyone’s expectations but her own

By Christian Shimabuku on May 22, 2019

Perhaps the only downside of the sensational freshman year Jocelyn Alo had at Oklahoma was how remarkably high it set the bar for year two. Last season, Alo led the nation with 30 home runs while hitting .420 and a team-high 72 RBI, and was awarded with National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American honors. She was also named Freshman of the Year by both the NFCA and Big 12 Conference. Fans across the country eagerly wondered what she would do for an […]

2 Big Isle softball players invited to MLB/USA breakthrough camp

By Nick Abramo on May 16, 2019

Kamehameha-Hawaii sophomore shortstop Kawehi Ili and Konawaena sophomore catcher Jayla Medeiros have been selected as two of the 60 players from across the nation and Canada to participate in the MLB/USA Softball Breakthrough Series. According to a news release from, the event is a special amateur development camp designed for high school softball players and will be held during Memorial Day weekend in Kansas City, Mo. Ili and Medeiros will receive: >> Instruction from former Team USA stars, including […]