Pollsters split on Kahuku and Farrington

Kahuku's Jrue Williams was wrapped up by Waianae's Mosiah Brame on Saturday. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser.
Kahuku’s Jrue Williams was wrapped up by Waianae’s Mosiah Brame on Saturday. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser.

Go ahead and put them in different divisions, conversation always comes down to Kahuku and Farrington anyway.

After showing their stuff in Saturday’s Aloha Stadium doubleheader, the Governors and Red Raiders are tied for fifth in the Star-Advertiser’s latest football poll. It might not be decided until the OIA semifinals if they get that far.

Farrington plays the winner between Aiea and Waianae while Kahuku gets either Kapolei or Castle. Should they both win, they would meet before the OIA title game.

Here is the new poll, to be released in tomorrow’s Star-Advertiser:

1. Punahou, 2. Mililani, 3. Saint Louis, 4. Kamehameha, 5. Kahuku, 5. Farrington, 7. Leilehua, 8. Campbell, 9. Lahainaluna, 10. Kaiser.

The only difference from last week was Leilehua jumping over Campbell for the seventh spot.

The 10 coaches on the panel like what they see out of Lee Leslie’s bunch on the North Shore, putting them third behind Punahou and Mililani, leaving Kamehameha and Saint Louis tied for fourth. Another tie follows that, with Farrington and Leilehua splitting enough votes to tie for sixth. The only other place the coaches differ from the final poll is in the No. 10 spot, where they prefer Hilo over Kaiser.

Media voters have Saint Louis narrowly better than Kamehameha and their quarrel isn’t with deciding between Farrington and Leilehua since they have the Mules No. 8 behind Campbell. Media members have Kaiser No. 9 ahead of Lahainaluna, but the coaches fixed that for the official poll. The media is all in on the ILH, putting those three teams in the top four. Coaches have it two and two.

Undefeated teams Hilo and Nanakuli are on the verge of the top 10 with Waianae, Maui, Kapolei and Kapaa also receiving votes. ‘Iolani did not receive a mention for the first time this year. The Raiders’ point totals from the beginning of the season read like this: 21, 12, 5, 13, 10, 5, 2, 2, 0.

Kealani Browne has been an integral part of Kamehameha's dynasty. Krystle Marcellus / Star-Advertiser.
Kealani Browne has been an integral part of Kamehameha’s dynasty. Krystle Marcellus / Star-Advertiser.

The volleyball poll didn’t have a single change among the top 10 and Punahou hasn’t had a first-place vote in two weeks.

Here is this week’s poll: 1. Kamehameha, 2. Punahou, 3. Moanalua, 4. ‘Iolani, 5. Kamehameha-Hawaii, 6. Konawaena, 7. Kahuku, 8. Seabury Hall, 9. Mililani, 10. Hawaii Baptist.

Just because there wasn’t any movement doesn’t mean there wasn’t any drama. Kamehameha-Hawaii is closer to the No. 4 spot than it has been all year, falling just one point short of ‘Iolani. The Warriors were two points behind Moanalua in week two but the gap widened until this week.

That should make for a great state tournament, when neighbor island powers hit Oahu to prove themselves. Hilo is just outside of the top 10, just one point behind Hawaii Baptist.


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