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Long debate ends with KIF cancelling fall, winter sports

By Paul Honda on January 12, 2021

After roughly a week of deliberation, the Kauai Interscholastic Federation has cancelled postponed fall and winter sports. Despite having the lowest COVID-19 case numbers in the state, administrators opted to follow the rest of the leagues in continuing to keep high school sports closed until spring season. The KIF went nearly a week after beginning talks amongst athletic directors and principals. Other public-school dominant leagues — the Oahu Interscholastic Association, Maui Interscholastic League and Big Island Interscholastic Federation — needed […]

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 […]

Punahou sweeps team titles without winning an individual event at state swimming championships

By Billy Hull on February 16, 2020

Note: This story appeared in Sunday’s edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. For the fifth year in a row, Punahou swept the team titles in the K. Mark Takai/HHSAA Swimming State Championships on Saturday on Maui. The Buffanblu didn’t have an individual event winner on either side but swept the boys and girls 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay events. Punahou’s girls’ 60 points doubled King Kekaulike and the boys’ 58 points beat Kamehameha, which finished second with 32 points. […]

Kalani swim coach Victoria Ruelas was first girl starter in Little League World Series

By Nick Abramo on February 15, 2020

The year was 1989, when girls playing Little League baseball was a lot less common than it is today. Victoria Ruelas was one of the girls who was excelling at it back then. Now the Kalani swimming and diving coach, Ruelas broke new ground when she was the first American female to play in the Little League World Series and the first girl starting player and first girl pitcher. It was with the San Pedro Eastview Little League in California, […]

Kalani swimmer Paulina Ruelas is readying for states and Sioux Falls

By Nick Abramo on February 11, 2020

Kalani swimmer Paulina Ruelas sometimes wonders what it’s like to not be busy with schoolwork or practice. “There’s a few times I go to the mall and be a regular teenager who is not involved in school so much,” she said. “In those moments, I say, ‘Wow, this is what it’s like.’ If I could I would hang out with friends and go to the beach and just relax. When we go to the beach, it’s usually for practice at […]