The intricacies and politics of all-star voting won’t be a burden for Oahu Interscholastic Association coaches any more.
The league’s athletic directors council recently voted to end the tradition of coaches selecting all-stars for team sports. The decision reverts the process back to media, in all likelihood. In the early decades of the Rural Oahu Interscholastic Association, Interscholastic League of Honolulu and the merged OIA, all-league selections were done by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
“I don’t know when it changed. When I was playing, the media picked it,” OIA Executive Director Raymond Fujino said on Wednesday afternoon.
Fujino played basketball at Kaimuki in the late 1970s and later coached the team to a state crown.
“My philosophy was always you don’t want to put an emphasis on all-stars,” he said. “It’s nice if you’re picked.”
The ILH, at last check, will continue to select its own all-stars.
(Correction: Fujino was incorrectly quoted about who selected OIA all-stars. Media always selected all-stars until the league took over the process sometime in the 1980s.)