Lahainaluna looking to take the next step

Lahainaluna's Kailas McGhee of the 2007 team knows all about coming up just short at states.
Lahainaluna’s Kailas McGhee of the 2007 team knows all about coming up just short at states. Jamm Aquino / Star-Bulletin

Lahainaluna seems to know all about state heartbreak. Here is a look at their previous appearances:

>> 2006: The Lunas went 7-2-1 with a 6-5 and 14-6 losses to Baldwin, which was in the midst of its MIL D-I dynasty. The tie came against King Kekaulike, which took the league’s Division II title and went on to edge. King K then edged ‘Iolani 38-37 at War Memorial before downing Kauai 33-20 in the state final at Aloha Stadium.
>> ’07: Entering the state tourney, the Lunas were 8-1, including 6-1 in MIL play with a 23-20 overtime loss to eventual league D-I champion Baldwin. The Lunas rolled over Kaimuki 52-20 at War Memorial before falling to ‘Iolani in the final, 28-21, at Aloha Stadium.
>> ’08: The Lunas opened with a blowout loss to CIF powerhouse Edison and a nonleague win over Keaau. Then they went 6-1 in MIL play, losing only to Baldwin (29-28). In the first round of the D-II state tourney, they lost to Radford 33-27 at War Memorial.
>> ’09: Lahainaluna lost to Kauai 35-18 in presesaon, then started MIL play 1-2. Then came five wins in a row, including a 28-14 victory over Baldwin. The Lunas lost at Aiea in the opening round of the D-II state tourney 20-12.
>> ’10: The Lunas opened with a preseason win over Keaau, then went 6-2 in league play with both losses to Baldwin. Then more state-tourney heartbreak: a 28-27 loss to Kaimuki at War Memorial. Bulldogs running back Chester Sua rushed for 229 yards and three TDs on 33 carries.
>> ’11: Lahainaluna lost to Pac-Five 14-0 and beat Keaau 26-6 in preseason, then went 5-3 in MIL play. They beat Konawaena 23-6 at War Memorial, then lost at Waipahu 19-14 in the state semifinals.
>> ’12: The Lunas are potent, routing Keaau in preseason and opening MIL play with six wins in a row, all in blowout fashion. But Baldwin, had been routed earlier by the Lunas, edged them 20-17 in overtime. Lahainaluna finished 7-1 in league play, then blanked Nanakuli 28-0 at Aloha Stadium to reach the final of the D-II state tourney. The Lunas lost to ‘Iolani 36-33 in what may have been the most entertaining D-II title game in history. It was the last state title in a string of six in a row for the Raiders.
>> ’13: Lahainaluna went 2-0 in preseason, beating Kapaa and Mt. Douglas (Canada). The Lunas were ranked every week in the Top 10 starting in week 2 and went 8-0 in MIL play, routing every team including once-mighty Baldwin. But Kaiser was too strong, beating Lahainaluna 20-9 in the state semifinals en route to the state title.


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