There’s no question Damien and St. Francis will be classified in Division II for Interscholastic League of Honolulu football this fall.
It’s possible, however, that both the Monarchs and Saints will declare for Division I in the three-tiered state tournament.
At a league meeting recently, according to sources, a discussion of athletic directors and league personnel centered on declaring Saint Louis, Punahou and Kamehameha for the Open Division state tournament, Damien and St. Francis for Division I states, and ‘Iolani and Pac-Five for D-II states.
The meeting was held so the administrators could get an idea of where the schools wanted to be classified for states, sources said. Another meeting will be held in the near future, when a final determination is made.
In league competition for 2017, the Crusaders, Buffanblu and Warriors will play in D-I and the other four will play in D-II.
On Friday, ‘Iolani coach Wendell Look told Hawaii Prep World that the Raiders are declaring for D-II in league play (down from D-I the past two seasons) and also D-II for the states (although, with one more meeting to go, apparently that last part could change).
Asked about his feelings of possibly being placed up one division from what the Monarchs will see in regular-season competition, Damien coach Eddie Klaneski said, “We’re not opposed to it at all. If it happens, fine.”
St. Francis coach Kip Akana also did not have a huge problem with it.
Both Klaneski and Akana, however, would have reservations about being placed in Division I if certain teams (they didn’t name) that they feel are fully capable of competing in the Open Division are also put in D-I.
“We don’t want to be pigeon-holed (into a division where we don’t belong),” Akana said.