Baseball all state, 2000-09

Kolten Wong has a look of disbelief while the crowd celebrates, led by his mother, Keala Wong, right, and his girlfriend, Alissa Noll, after he is drafted 22nd by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft. HSA photo by Bruce Asato

With the Star-Advertiser’s 2018 All-State baseball team coming out on Sunday, we are looking back at some of the greats of the past. In this installment, we look to the stars of the 2000s.

The decade began with the miracle Farmers of Molokai and ended with an unprecedented run of dominance by Punahou, which won seven titles in a row.

Familiar names to look for include Brandon League of Saint Louis, Kamehameha’s Bronson Sardinha, Baldwin catcher Kurt Suzuki, Mid-Pacific’s Ricky Bauer, Iolani’s Kila Kaaihue, Keoni Ruth of Kamehameha, Punahou’s Mark Veneri, Mid-Pacific’s Harry Kuroda, Kirby Yates of Kauai, Punahou’s Jared Pate and Jeeter Ishida, Kolten Wong of KS-Hawaii and Breland Almadova of Iolani.

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Subscribers to the Star-Advertiser can search full-page archives going back two years for free (pages are not available on the archive for 30 days after publication) at To access digitized newspapers from farther back — all the way to 1840 — subscriptions to are available for $7.95 per month or $29.95 for six months.

Hawaii Prep World will publish the remaining decades at random times before Sunday’s All-State team comes out in the newspaper.


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