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VIDEO: Mililani’s Rod York, Kini McMillan post-game chat

By Paul Honda on August 9, 2022

Coach Rod York is a stickler to the end, but he also has the perspective of a sage. Mililani’s 28-7 win over Saint Louis on Friday ended a six-game losing streak to the dynastic ILH program. Nothing changes, however, in the eyes of the Trojans. Quarterback Kini McMillan says the team goes back to work this week with the same mentality, win or lose. Coach York cautioned about putting too much value on what amounts to a preseason game. “You […]

VIDEO: Kahuku-Kamehameha highlights, post-game chats

By Paul Honda on August 7, 2022

Kamehameha put up a fight, but right now, Kahuku is utterly dominant in all phases. A 49-0 win to open the 2022 season confirmed one thing: the defending Open Division state champions are fully prepared to repeat their success. A loss to Kahuku, which could land in the national rankings sooner rather than later, is a litmus test more than a failure. “Kahuku’s a great football team,” Kamehameha coach Abu Ma‘afala said. “Disciplined, play together, well coached, great athletes, great […]

VIDEO: Kini McMillan shines, Mililani sacks Saint Louis 28-7

By Paul Honda on August 6, 2022

The final numbers tell a better story, but for one half, the extremes didn’t explain much. In the first 24 minutes, Mililani had a whopping 11 sacks, but Saint Louis seemed to have a modest level of momentum, scoring in the second quarter. The visiting Crusaders trailed 14-7 at intermission, a gift from the football gods, for sure. Mililani closed out strong with a 28-7 win on Friday night, looking sharp — as a team as hungry and active year-round […]


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 […]

DAY ONE: Stunners at Iron Maehara Stadium

By Paul Honda on May 5, 2022

Star-Advertiser scribe Billy Hull was up at 4:30 a.m. on a fine Wednesday morning. Boarded a plane, headed to Maui and made it to Iron Maehara Stadium 10 minutes before the opening first-round battle at the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA Baseball Division I State Championships. What the longtime writer then witnessed for the next 12 hours was, perhaps, the most unpredictable and mind-blowing quarterfinal round in baseball state-tourney history. Here’s a quick look at the Bonecrusher’s reviews of Wednesday’s thrillers. Thursday’s […]

Punahou, Huntington Beach reach finals of Clash of Titans

By Paul Honda on April 16, 2022

Punahou and Huntington Beach (Calif.) have a date in the finals of the Clash of the Titans boys volleyball tournament on Saturday night. The Buffanblu swept Kamehameha-Hawaii 25-20, 25-14, 25-23 on Saturday morning to finish 3-0 in Pool A. Huntington Beach outlasted Kamehameha in four sets, 25-19, 22-25, 25-19, 25-23 and closed play in Pool B at 3-0. The Punahou-Huntington Beach title match will begin at 7 p.m. in Hemmeter Fieldhouse. Punahou (11-0 ILH) has not lost a set in […]

Unblemished: Punahou, Huntington Beach lead pools at Clash of Titans

By Paul Honda on April 16, 2022

The first day of the annual Clash of the Titans was perfect for host Punahou and powerhouse Huntington Beach (Calif.). The Oilers got past ‘Iolani in five sets, then eked out a four-set win over rival Redondo Union (Calif.). Punahou swept Francis Parker (Calif.) and Moanalua. Pool play resumes with matches at 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday. Matches at 5 p.m. will be followed by the championship and third-place matches at 7 p.m. in Hemmeter Fieldhouse. See the first-day […]