Lahainaluna earns highest SA ranking

Lahainaluna has had a lot to celebrate in recent years. Photo by Dennis Oda/Star-Advertiser.

For at least a week, Lahainaluna will have to share its No. 6 ranking.

Still, the jump into a tie with Kamehameha for the sixth spot represents the Lunas’ highest-ranking ever in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10.

The Lunas beat Baldwin 34-7 and made up two votes against the Warriors to tie for the sixth spot. Kamehameha, which has been No. 6 the entire season, knocked off Farrington with a 32-21 win on homecoming at Kunuiakea Stadium on Friday.


Lahainaluna, meanwhile, has won all five of its games by at least two touchdowns and is averaging 31.0 points per game. The two-time defending Division II state champions have won 15 straight games since losing to Kamehameha in Week 2 of last season and have won 13 consecutive MIL games since a loss to Baldwin in 2016.

Lahainaluna has been ranked No. 6 in a poll before. The Lunas were No. 6 in a Honolulu Advertiser Top 10 poll during the 2007 season. In 2004, Lahainaluna finished No. 4 in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin rankings after advancing to the semifinals of the Division I state tournament before losing to eventual champion Kamehameha.

In a rarity for the Star-Advertiser Top 10, the first four teams listed on all 10 votes were exactly the same. No. 1 Saint Louis (100 points) remained unanimous, followed by No. 2 Kahuku (90 pts.), No. 3 Punahou (80 pts.) and No. 4 Mililani (70 pts.).

Campbell held onto the No. 5 spot, but its double-digit vote lead shrank to only six ahead of the Warriors and Lunas.


Lahainaluna was ranked as high as fifth on three ballots and one voter had the Lunas all the way down at No. 10.

Moanalua remained at No. 8 but did earn a vote as high as sixth. ‘Iolani, which is in the lead to be ILH’s lone representative in the Division I state tournament with a one-game lead over Damien with three games to play, flip-flopped spots to No. 9 with Farrington, which held on to stay in the rankings at No. 10.

(EDIT: The tiebreaker between ‘Iolani and Damien does not matter in ILH D-I. If they finish tied, there will be a playoff for the state berth.)


Leilehua (five), St. Francis (four), Kapolei (two) and Kauai (one) also received at least one vote.

TOP 10 SCHEDULE
Friday, Sep. 28

No. 1 Saint Louis at No. 5 Campbell, 7:30 p.m.
No. 3 Punahou vs. No. 6 Kamehameha at Aloha Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
No. 6 Lahainaluna at King Kekaulike, 7 p.m.
No. 8 Moanalua at Radford, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sep. 29
No. 4 Mililani at No. 2 Kahuku, 6:30 p.m.
No. 9 ‘Iolani at Nanakuli, 6 p.m.
No. 10 Farrington at Waianae, 6:30 p.m.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

BASEBALL
Updated: Mar. 16
RkTeamPts
1.Saint Louis (6)94
2.Baldwin (4)86
3.Punahou80
4.Campbell50
5.Kailua45
6.Mid-Pacific41
7.Mililani37
8.Waiakea36
9.Kamehameha26
10.Maui 23

COMMENTS

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  2. Suisan September 24, 2018 10:32 pm

    TooMeke me laugh TooMuchy Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha (the breath of life) go see it at PCC!


  3. Farney September 24, 2018 10:53 pm

    Campbell field weed clumps and hard. Hope nobody get hurt.


  4. Northshore September 25, 2018 12:22 pm

    The ranking is what it is, bogus! How can a division II team (Lahaina) be ranked 6th when the strength of their schedule (Kapaa, Baldwin (twice) Maui, Kamehameha Maui) isn’t as tough as other schools that are ranked below them. I’m sure that other schools ranked below them could easily be ranked where they are if their schedule was the same. Pollsters are only looking at their win/loss record which doesn’t amount to anything that warrants to be ranked 6. Have nothing against Lahaina but they need to compete at a higher level if they deserve to be in the ranking. They should be ranked at the upper echelon of Division II but not ranked with the open division.


  5. Tomas September 25, 2018 9:57 pm

    Maybe they should move up to D-1.


  6. ??? September 26, 2018 10:38 am

    Just quiet everyone by ranking teams in their own divisions! 🤷🏽‍♂️


  7. Retired Lunatic!! September 26, 2018 5:49 pm

    You never know till you play’em!..unless you top 5 “should feel confident in beating them”. Hawaii Prep World and Scoringlive get them at #6/#7 “RESPECTIVELY”! And I agree with their status. So what if they D2, they more than capable of beating the top teams in D1. Oahu D1 AND D2 teams lost to outer island teams these past 2-3 years right?! Who came out on top? little ass “LAHAINALUNA”! Yup…das dem! All year last year, and garanz “EVERY YEAR” clowns goin always be negative to this program, but it’s all good..we no kea what people think! Sandbagging? I guess you can say that these past 2 years they was “sandbagging” with 5’5”, 140 lb. Filipinos and Underclassmen Japanese running the table in D1/D2 teams from Kauai, Big Island and Oahu!! They only lost to Kapalama, so yeah…haters goin hate!


  8. Wake up September 27, 2018 7:49 am

    Let them play in the open and see what their record is at the end of the year. Clowns


  9. Suisan September 27, 2018 2:12 pm

    C’mon Retired Lunatic, who you tryin for kid??? Lahainaluna’s O Line has Pablo Rico 280, Ah Was 280, Nobriga 250, Hookipa 250 and Galoia 305 and their RB Tihada is 175. What little Filipinos and Japanese starters are you talking about. No B.S. you guys like win one D II Championship instead of playing up to the proper level of competition. No Worries, Mililani did that 3 years ago when Gabriel was a Sophomore and they didn’t make the Div I playoffs so they poached a State Title in Div II against Iolani who was actually 0-7 in ILH league play by 11 pts. Lahainaluna is the best team on Maui for the last 2 seasons and you clowns are just schucking and jiving.


  10. Retired Lunatic!! September 29, 2018 8:33 am

    @Wake Up, ahhh..you clown!..all jelly cause one outer island “D2” team in the rankings? clown dat! LOL


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