‘Iolani declares intention to play D-I football

‘Iolani coach Wendell Look and the Raiders are officially in ILH Division I football for at least one season, starting this fall. / Dennis Oda / Star-Advertiser
‘Iolani coach Wendell Look and the Raiders are officially in ILH Division I football for at least one season, starting this fall. / Dennis Oda / Star-Advertiser

‘It’s official. ‘Iolani will be playing football in ILH Division I next season, Raiders coach Wendell Look confirmed Thursday.

Having won multiple ILH and state championships in D-II, the Raiders were required by a new rule to move up to D-II, barring appeal.

School officials had been meeting the last few months in an attempt to make a decision on whether ‘Iolani would appeal to stay in D-II or not.


Eventually, the Raiders’ returning players made the decision.

“We met with them and that was the deciding factor,” Look said. “We sent our declaration to the ILH to be in Division I. The players want to give it a shot and see where they stand. It’s another challenge for them. We will continue to approach the season like we approach every season, with the goal of making and winning the championship.”


Now, instead of Pac-Five, St. Francis and Damien as their main foes, the Raiders will be trying to surpass Saint Louis, Kamehameha and state runner-up Punahou in order to get a spot in the state tournament. As a matter of fact, the ILH is keeping the two divisions separate for the first time this fall, so the Raiders won’t be playing Pac-Five, St. Francis or Damien in league contests and will likely have two games each against the three ILH powerhouses.


The Raiders’ promotion to D-I is for one year only. They will have the option to choose D-I or D-II the following season.

Since the start of the 2010 season, ‘Iolani is 41-18 overall, but 3-17 against D-I schools.

COMMENTS

  1. Jimmy Clausen April 24, 2015 7:01 am

    The rest of D2 won’t miss you Iolani!


  2. Bauto April 24, 2015 7:43 am

    Iolani has a choice? Did the ILH recently pass a rule that the D1 teams who use an exemption (Iolani – Football, Mid Pacific – boys and girls soccer) and win 2 ILH D2 titles in a row in that sport must declare D1 for the next year? Does anyone know?


  3. Jimmy Clausen April 24, 2015 11:14 am

    Bauto, Iolani could appeal but it would’ve been a losing battle. Besides, they’ve got as much business playing Pac-Five or St. Francis as UH does playing the Colts or Seahawks.


  4. Smoking Duck April 24, 2015 12:34 pm

    Actually Jimmy Clausen, Pac-5 has won state 2 Div 1 Hawaii state football championships. Same as Punahou. Iolani has won 1.


  5. Ldub Twenty April 25, 2015 1:38 am

    Smoking Duck, that was ages ago. You can also say Waialua’s got more OIA championships than Mililani as well (which is the truth).


  6. Ldub Twenty April 25, 2015 3:21 pm

    The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. There is nothing wrong with Iolani playing D1. There is nothing to complain about regarding it. Stop complaining and accept that Iolani playing D1 is the right thing.


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