If you had to choose one coach to possibly outwit Saint Louis legend Cal Lee, Punahou’s Kale Ane would be near the top of the list.
The legends will face off for the 15th time on Saturday at Aloha Stadium, and Ane can pull up behind former Damien and Pac-Five coach Don Botelho with his fifth win over Lee. Botelho went 6-35 against Lee in his career, while Ane is 4-10.
Ane can become the first coach to beat Lee in four straight seasons. He shares the distinction of beating the Crusaders three years in a row with former Kamehameha coach Kanani Souza. Souza beat Lee’s Crusaders once each from 1997-99.
Botelho (1984-85), Kahuku’s Siuaki Livai (2000-01) and Doug Bennett of Punahou (1990-91) are the only other coaches to beat Lee in successive years.
Only three Hawaii coaches, Dave Eldredge, Hugh Yoshida and Joe Kahahawai, are unbeaten against Lee. Mainland coaches Harry Welch of Canyon and St. John Bosco’s Jason Negro are also 1-0 against Hawaii’s winningest coach.
What makes Ane’s streak against Lee even more impressive is that he has done it three years into Lee’s latest tenure. Twenty-five of Lee’s 39 losses have come in his first three years in building a program. Lee is currently in his fourth year of his third stint as Saint Louis coach.
Coaches to beat Cal Lee (Record against Lee)
5 times: Don Botelho, Damien and Pac-Five (5-35)
4: Kale Ane, Punahou (4-10)
4: Eddie Hamada, Iolani (4-13)
4: Kanani Souza, Kamehameha (4-10-1)
2: Dave Eldredge, Punahou (2-0)
2: Siuaki Livai, Kahuku (2-3)
2: Dan Morrison, Punahou (2-13)
2: Doug Bennett, Punahou (2-4)
2: Mike Pavich, Punahou (2-5-1)
2: Al Torco, Damien (2-4)
1: Cal Chai, Kamehameha (1-1)
1: Hugh Yoshida, Leilehua (1-0)
1: Harry Welch, Canyon (1-0)
1: Blane Gaison, Kamehameha (1-13)
1: Wendell Look, Iolani (1-28)
1: Jason Negro, St. John Bosco (1-0)
1: Rod York, Mililani (1-1)
1: Vavae Tata, Kahuku (1-1)
1: Joe Kahahawai, Kailua (1-0)
1: George Naukana, Kamehameha (1-1)
UPDATED: DON BOTELHO HAS SIX WINS AGAINST CAL LEE, DOING SO IN 1974, 1982 TWICE, 1984 AND 1985 TWICE. A previous edition of this post ommitted a win for him in 1982.