1970 prep football all-star teams

The 2017 Honolulu Star-Advertiser football All-State teams were published on Sunday with Saint Louis quarterback Chevan Cordeiro and Waianae linebacker Kana’i Mauga winning top honors in the state.

You can see the full team here.

As a treat for Hawaii Prep World readers, we counted down to the release of the team by looking at some of the greats of years past.

Because they were so popular, we will keep going and eventually have a list of every all-star team from each year.

We were still a couple of years away from the All-State teams from each newspapers, but 1970 is a fun group of league all-stars to look at.

This was the first year the OIA played in two divisions because five city schools joined the league for the first time after leaving the ILH (Farrington, Kaimuki, Kalani, Roosevelt, McKinley).

Unanimous selections from both newspapers on the ILH all-star team include Damien’s Mel deLaura, Saint Louis’ Kaipo Spencer and Gary Campbell, and Punahou’s Arnold Morgado on offense. Spencer was the top quarterback while Campbell was an explosive runner headed for Colorado.

The defense features an impressive group of linebackers in Punahou’s Kale Ane, Kamehameha’s Dan Kitashima and St. Louis’ Francis Keeno. The Crusaders’ Tony Raiola was one of only two players on defense who weighed more than 205 pounds on the Advertiser first team.

Damien’s Ricardo Sallas was one of three first-team defensive backs on the Star-Bulletin squad.

McKinley put nine players on the Star-Bulletin OIA East first team while the Advertiser had eight.

The Star-Bulletin said it was a tight race at almost every position, and went with Kaimuki’s Joe Lee as the top QB over Farrington’s Tommy Santos and Kailua’s Russ Francis. McKinley’s Chester Grey was the back of the year and Kaimuki’s Herman Koa was the lineman of the year.

The Advertiser went with Roosevelt’s Alvin Tokuda as its quarterback and put four more QB’s on its second team.

Waianae dominated the OIA West all-star team. Fullback Tuinanalu Ala was the most outstanding back by both newspapers, edging out his QB, Walter Saragosa, for the top spot in the Advertiser. Tackle Wadsley Abihai was the lineman of the year by both newspapers.

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  1. J Boy Laeno December 21, 2017 10:59 am

    1991-1992? Please? Would be a great Christmas gift to my Dad. Would like to frame it for a gift. Pleeease! Haha, mahalo

  2. ??? December 21, 2017 12:01 pm

    Thanks for the Memories 🤙

  3. Revan December 21, 2017 12:36 pm

    Personally I’d like for the 1992 teams to come out. The force is strong with Darth Revan for that year at wide receiver.

  4. Knight Marcher December 21, 2017 2:25 pm

    1978-1979 too, Thanks

  5. Mahatma Gandhi December 21, 2017 5:46 pm

    Look how many All-Stars McKinley had back then. Now St Louis recruiting all the top McKinley school district players.

  6. old school December 22, 2017 6:11 am

    1969 too, Thanks…. Merry Christmas

  7. Kalaepohaku54 December 22, 2017 6:25 am

    Gary Campbell went to Colorado. Scored a TD in a possible upset of Oklahoma. . .LB for Bears during the Ditka years…

  8. ALLILH December 22, 2017 8:42 am

    @Ghandi it’s called people making sacrifices to send there kids to get a better education. It’s no secret our public education system is not up to par, thus many of our kids cannot even make it in college, so parents make sacrifices! Stop crying and get over it!

    Oh when you have breakfast with AANNYYWWAAYYSS go compare notes and cry together. Your agenda runs deep!!!


  9. !!!!!!!!! December 22, 2017 10:23 am

    This was the first year of the old ILH split when the 5 public schools left. I played for Farrington and we were all sick to death of the split. Yes many players who lived and played in the Kalihi area did go to the private schools, ( Mosi Tatupu, etc.). But we welcomed the challenge and remained close friends and only wished the best for them. The one thing we missed the most was the rivalries, Farrington vs. Punahou, St. Louis, Kam, etc. Good to see the pics of Cliff Laboy, Rey Leonardo, etc. Even Chester Grey, Ken Kashiwaeda, Joe Cho. Mahalo plenty!!

  10. Casual Observer December 23, 2017 4:46 pm

    November 27, 1970 first All State Team published by the Honolulu Advertiser. Pg 50.

  11. Jerry Campany December 23, 2017 6:04 pm

    Thanks, I added it but I don’t consider it an all-state team. It is all-oahu.

  12. Casual Observer December 23, 2017 8:00 pm

    Thanks for adding it. You’re correct, it was an all Oahu team but as close as you can get at that time. Relied on only memory up to this past year. One note, on the defensive second team, Joe Cho is listed as a senior. He was a sophomore. ( I believe).

  13. one old buggah December 25, 2017 6:52 am

    From 1970-72 , there were three all-star games between Hawaii and California. California won two and Hawaii won one. The young men pictured above were part of the winning team. Here are some factoids.
    1- Larry Ginoza, Englar and Maeda(sic) were the coaches.
    2- Laboy, Richardson, Raiola and Desoto as well as others contributed on defense.
    3-Final score 15 to 6
    4- This is great topic for a series of blog entries or article(s)

  14. Pua campbell March 18, 2018 4:30 pm

    Gary Campbell is my dad !!

  15. Steven Willey December 11, 2019 10:41 am

    Greetings- fall 1970 Wilson Rams Tacoma wa vs Punahoe , 38- 6 WILSON we travelled well, played better,

  16. Ben Apilado December 26, 2019 7:25 am

    The 1970s were the most exciting games the old Honolulu Stadium the rivalries between the public and private schools was awesome I remember Farrington facing KAM. or St.louis or Punahou and those were the toughest games played and were so exciting but when the private and public schools split up it was different but they were great memories especially buying the newspapers and looking at the lineups and the ribbons students purchased before the games representing the schools nothing like that today now they bring banners We are the Governors of kalihi was a great cheer amen and God Bless

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