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Punahou QB John Keawe Sagapolutele is new state shot put champion

By Paul Honda on May 14, 2022

The spring season began with an idea for John Keawe Sagapolutele. In the midst of training for football, he tried something new. On Friday, roughly two months into the track and field season, Sagapolutele is the new shot put state champion of Hawaii. He hoisted the 12-pound sphere 51 feet and 11 inches to top the field at the Island Movers/HHSAA Track and Field State Championships on Friday at Kunuiakea Stadium. “I just joined track for the credit. I never […]

Fun in every run: Mid-Pacific’s spirited senior, Parker Wagnild

By Paul Honda on April 12, 2022

For a high schooler who once ran marathons during his elementary school years, track and field races are a blip. Parker Wagnild gave up marathons years ago and now is one of the state’s premier runners in the 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs. The Mid-Pacific senior also added the 800 to his menu, setting a state-best time of 2 minutes, 1.25 seconds last Friday at Punahou. The plan, generally, is for Wagnild to focus on the 1,500 and 3,000 at the […]

Baker and title maker: Mililani’s OIA champion, Zola O’Donnell

By Paul Honda on November 30, 2021

In a few days, Zola O’Donnell, today’s featured prep athlete in the Star-Advertiser, will be racing on a cross country course. Her Mililani teammates will be competing individually and as team, just one week after finishing a close second to Kalaheo in the OIA championships. O’Donnell is the newly crowned OIA champion after winning the race at Patsy Mink Central Oahu Regional Park in 20 minutes, 17 seconds. Her best time of the season is 19:35 on a very hilly […]

A comeback journey to remember for Punahou’s Malia Dickhens

By Paul Honda on September 7, 2021

Patience is the difference for athletes on the mend. Malia Dickhens’ shin splints led to a stress fracture and as much recovery through cross-training as imaginable. “The stress fracture started March of 2020 and pretty much ended last month,” the Punahou senior said. In today’s edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Dickhens shared her long road back to competition. She won the ILH cross country championship as a sophomore in the fall of 2019. After miles of swimming and cycling (on […]

‘Iolani freshman Jolie Nguyen wins ILH 1,500 title for 1st, maybe last time

By Paul Honda on May 18, 2021

Doing something you love is usually an act of passion. Doing something you are great at, but don’t love, well, it can feel like a volunteer work or a job. Enjoyment, yes, but not quite the ultimate. That’s where Jolie Nguyen is. The amazing freshman year of the ‘Iolani three-sport athlete came to an end on Saturday with a big bang. Nguyen finished first in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:58.83, overtaking another talented ninth grader, Kamehameha’s Madison […]

Tate Garcia emerges from the pool, becomes ILH girls discus champion

By Paul Honda on May 18, 2021

She is the one who heaves the disk. She also heaves it farther than any girl in the ILH. When Tate Garcia left the swimming pool this spring, she devoted much of her free time to the discus. Swimming remains her sport of top priority, but the ‘Iolani junior launched the disc 95 feet, 11 inches to win the ILH championship on Saturday at Alexander Field. Garcia overcame a solid field that included runner-up Tiana Ma‘afala of Damien (88-08) and […]

Quick healing for Punahou’s Christopher Paige en route to ILH 300 hurdles title

By Paul Honda on May 18, 2021

The convergence of track and football in the spring season was a blessing in the eyes of Christopher Paige. After seeing football cancelled at the league level, the Punahou senior was just glad to have a return to his event, the 300-meter hurdles. Then came an ankle injury on the football field two weeks before the ILH track and field championships. Oh, the young do recover quickly. The Princeton-bound wide receiver won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 38.39 […]

Recovery from injuries key for Punahou’s peak performance

By Paul Honda on May 16, 2021

Punahou’s wide margin of victory at the ILH girls track and field championships on Saturday morning wasn’t the only reason longtime coach Duncan Macdonald was pleased. Many of the Buffanblu who recorded wins in individual events are underclassmen. “I’m very positive about the future,” longtime coach Duncan Macdonald said. “The season was a real trial and the girls handled it really well. I think in particular we have a huge number of ninth graders. We brought up a lot of […]