No. 1 Maryknoll, No. 3 ‘Iolani march to showdown

Maryknoll junior Nelly McEnroe-Marinas is on the wish list of some of the nation's top college softball teams. She has committed to No. 1 Oklahoma. Photo courtesy of McEnroe-Marinas family.

After one week of softball for dozens of teams from across the state, Maryknoll left no doubt.
The Spartans swept through the Glenn Ah Sam Trojan Softball Classic with an 8-0 mark, beating Campbell, 4-2, and Mililani, 4-0, on Sunday for the title.

The 2021 ILH champions collected 10 of 11 first-place votes from the panel of coaches and media on Monday. Maryknoll will meet No. 8 Punahou in its ILH season opener on Wednesday at Sand Island.

Campbell remained at No. 2 after going 6-2 in the tourney, both losses to Maryknoll.

‘Iolani also went unbeaten at the Trojan Classic. The Raiders were 7-0, but opted out of the championship game. A tournament official said the Raiders had a “prior commitment.” A member of the ‘Iolani coaching staff said the team “decided not to play Maryknoll.”

‘Iolani and Maryknoll will meet on Saturday at Sand Island in an early-season showdown.
The rest of the Top 10 remained intact with some minor switcheroos. Kalani, however, makes its debut at No. 10. The Lady Falcons went 3-3 at the Trojan Classic with wins over previous No. 10 Moanalua, Waialua and Lahainaluna. Their losses were to Campbell, Maryknoll and Kamehameha.
Kamehameha, which was 5-1 at the Trojan Classic with a loss to ‘Iolani, collected one first-place vote.

Star-Advertiser Softball Top 10 Fared
Mar. 7-13, 2022

Rank School (1st-place votes) Pts LW
1. Maryknoll (10) (8-0, 0-0 ILH) 109 1
> def. Mililani 4-3
> def. Campbell 4-0
> vs. No. 8 Punahou, Wednesday
> vs. No. 3 ‘Iolani, Saturday

2. Campbell (1) (6-2, 0-0 OIA West) 94 2
> lost to No. 1 Maryknoll 4-3
> vs. No. 7 Leilehua, Friday

3. ‘Iolani (7-0, 0-0 ILH) 89 3
> def. Kamehameha 5-1
> def. Mililani 16-1
> vs. Mid-Pacific, Wednesday
> vs. No. 1 Maryknoll, Saturday

4. Kamehameha (5-1, 0-0 ILH) 72 4
> def. Kalani 14-2
> lost to ‘Iolani 5-1
> vs. No. 8 Punahou, Saturday

5. Mililani (6-3, 0-0 OIA West) 67 6
> lost to ‘Iolani 16-1
> lost to Maryknoll 4-0
> vs. No. 6 Kapolei, Friday

6. Kapolei (3-2-1, 0-0 OIA West) 52 5
> lost to Mililani 11-10
> at No. 5 Mililani, Friday

7. Leilehua (4-2, 0-0 OIA West) 40 7
> def. Maui 11-4
> lost to Mililani 9-8
> vs. No. 2 Campbell, Friday

8. Punahou (6-2, 0-0 ILH) 35 8
> def. Pearl City 6-2
> def. Maui 7-1
> vs. No. 1 Maryknoll, Wednesday

9. Baldwin (3-1-1, 1-0 MIL) 26 9
> lost to Campbell 6-3
> vs. King Kekaulike, Wednesday
> vs. Lahainaluna, Wednesday

10. Kalani (3-3, 0-0 OIA East) 7 NR
> def. Lahainaluna 4-3
> lost to Kamehameha 14-2
> at Kaiser, Saturday

No longer in Top 10: Moanalua (No. 10)
Also receiving votes: Waianae 6, Kaiser 4, Moanalua 2, Maui 1, Mid-Pacific 1.


  1. Falcon Future March 15, 2022 2:26 pm

    Seriously, Iolani made it to the championship game and then “decided not to play Maryknoll”? Why?

    Unless there’s an actual legitimate reason, this is a shameful act by Iolani. The tournament officials need to take note of this and make sure Iolani is never invited again.

  2. Giants Fan March 16, 2022 9:34 pm

    Looks like a typo in the rankings (should be Mililani not Iolani)

    Rank School (1st-place votes) Pts LW
    1. Maryknoll (10) (8-0, 0-0 ILH) 109 1
    > def. ‘Iolani 4-3

  3. ILoveHawaii March 17, 2022 7:59 am

    Spartans suffered a loss by lowly ranked #8 Buff and Blue yesterday.
    You could hear the waves crashing on the shore it was so quiet when the last out was played.
    It was awesome to see the humble pie eating contest after they strutted around CORPs last week.
    Hat’s off to Puns for pulling off the upset.

  4. Paul Honda March 17, 2022 2:00 pm


  5. KG March 21, 2022 11:13 am

    This tournament was to showcase the different high schools and prepare for the regular season. States is where the real championship counts. Rankings this early means nothing, as evident this past week when the #1 Maryknoll went down to both Punahou and Iolani. Also agree with ILOVEHAWAII “It was awesome to see the humble pie eating contest after they strutted around CORPs last week.
    Hat’s off to Puns for pulling off the upset.”.

  6. KG March 21, 2022 11:28 am

    Giants Fan- FYI- Mililani got swept both times by Iolani, and it wasn’t even close. Hope you have a great day and your Mililani team has a successful season.

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