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Campbell ace Taryn Irimata hurls perfect game against Kapolei Charter

By Paul Honda on April 20, 2021

Perfection is spelled S-A-B-E-R-S. It can also be spelled I-R-I-M-A-T-A. Campbell sophomore Taryn Irimata fired a perfect game on Tuesday as the Sabers overwhelmed Kapolei Charter 10-0 in six innings to launch the OIA regular season. Irimata’s mastery of four pitches — fastball, screwball, curve and riser — kept the visitors off balance. She let her defense work, too. The Sabers were flawless, finishing without an error. The one KC batter who managed to get to a three-ball count on […]

What in the name of 2-6-5 double plays and 4-man outfields is going on?

By Paul Honda on April 13, 2021

2-6-5. It may never happen again in years. Decades. The last time Kirt Miyahira saw it, he was a coach at Mililani. Yet, his ‘Iolani Raiders work on the unusual defensive play fairly often. On Wednesday, clinging to a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning at Mid-Pacific, the Raiders were ready. Mostly ready. Runners at second and first, one out. The potential tying run. The potential winning run. Jake Comeaux squares up to bunt. His attempt send […]

‘Golden Girlz’ of Sacred Hearts Academy capture 4th straight ILH title

By Paul Honda on March 14, 2021

Coach Cadey Vakauta gave every drop of energy she had. So much so, that the morning after her Sacred Hearts Academy Lancers won their fourth consecutive league title, she was speechless. “I woke up this morning to a phone call and realized once I said, ‘Hello,’ that I lost my voice,” Vakauta wrote via text on Saturday. Her voice was intact on Friday night, when the Lancers captured another Interscholastic League of Honolulu competitive cheer title at Kekuhaupio Gym. Co-captain […]


‘Iolani harrier Spencer Lyau capturing memories on video

By Paul Honda on February 16, 2021

In the midst of unusual circumstances, an eighth-grade harrier on the ‘Iolani cross country team is making virtual lemonade. Spencer Lyau is a competitive runner in his own right, posting a time of 12 minutes, 24 seconds, second among intermediate boys from ‘Iolani and Maryknoll on Saturday at the Raiders’ on-campus course. He took the opportunity to do more than videotape the two-mile races of his teammates. Part comedian, part reporter, the boy they call “Mr. Spence” may be on […]

VIDEO: Highlight-Hawaii at PTP National Showcase

By Paul Honda on November 3, 2020

Video footage of all four teams representing Highlight-Hawaii from days one through three at the PTP Sports National Showcase are below. More than 140 players from the islands played in the fully-padded event. (If there is missing footage that hasn’t been included here, please leave a link in the comments.) Highlight-Hawaii organizer Nate Kia says he’s looking forward to seeing footage of game action he didn’t see during the three-day event in St. George, Utah. The four teams, plus another […]

Tevarua Tafiti’s 13 sacks spark Highlight-Hawaii Red team at PTP Showcase

By Paul Honda on October 31, 2020

The trophy will be within reach for Tevarua Tafiti and his teammates. The Punahou junior was selected co-MVP of the defensive ends on Saturday, the final day of the PTP Sports National Showcase in St. George, Utah. His Highlight-Hawaii Red team went 5-1 in the three-day event as the 6-foot-3, 208-pound playmaker racked up 13 sacks and took an interception to the house. “It was fun. Our team was fired up and everybody wanted to hit. Hawaii came to play,” […]

Kamehameha DB Evan Rau’s 5 INTs lead Hawaii standouts at PTP Showcase

By Paul Honda on October 31, 2020

Highlights from 11v11 scrimmage action at the PTP Sports National College Showcase in St. George, Utah, on Friday. It was the second day of the event and the first with 11-on-11 play. The group from Hawaii has four teams: Red, Orange, Green and Silver. Other island players were distributed to other teams. There are squads from 10 states in the event. 247sports.com’s Steve Bartle of Ute Zone named Kamehameha defensive back Evan Rau one of the top defensive performers of […]

1v1, 7v7 on day one of PTP National Showcase

By Paul Honda on October 30, 2020

Day one at the PTP National College Showcase in Utah was just the preliminary. The Hawaii group organized by Nate Kia numbers in the dozens. Thursday’s opening day was comprised of 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 competition. “It was a great day,” Kia said. Today, the event resumes with 11-on-11 play. The Hawaii group has four teams: Red, Orange, Green and Silver. When those rosters maxed out, island athletes were placed on other teams. Squads from 10 states are participating in the […]