Saint Louis is No. 1 in Star-Advertiser Top 10

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and his Saint Louis Crusaders leaped over Punahou for No. 1 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and his Saint Louis Crusaders leaped over Punahou for No. 1 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

A big weekend for both Saint Louis and Kahuku paved the way for the Crusaders and Red Raiders to take over the top two spots in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10 released Monday.

The Crusaders went from having their season possibly end on Saturday night to pulling in the No. 1 ranking for the first time in four weeks following a 30-14 victory over Punahou, which saw its three-week reign at the top come to an end.

Saint Louis trailed 14-0 and was on the verge of falling behind further when Buffanblu RB Wayne Taulapapa fumbled near the goal line. The Crusaders went on to hit a 97-yard touchdown pass from QB Tua Tagovailoa to Drew Kobayashi and it was all Saint Louis from then on as the Crusaders scored the final 30 points to win comfortably.

Saint Louis received nine of the 14 first-place votes to stay in front of Kahuku, which throttled Kapolei 56-10 in the OIA quarterfinals. The Red Raiders earned the other five first-place votes to jump to its highest spot in the rankings all season at No. 2. Kahuku was listed either first and second on all but one ballot, which had the Red Raiders third.

Punahou dropped to No. 3 but remained ahead of defending state champion Mililani, which was fourth for the third straight week. Mililani beat Moanalua 48-13 in the OIA quarterfinals with freshman Dillon Gabriel getting the majority of the work at quarterback. Trojans RB Vavae Malepeai went over 200 yards for the second straight game and is officially on record watch toward becoming the all-time leading rusher in Hawaii high school history.

Malepeai passed Damien’s Kama Bailey for fourth on the all-time list and is 63 yards away from reaching 4,000 in his career. He currently trails the record holder, ‘Iolani’s Joe Igber, by 491 yards.

Kamehameha, which beat ‘Iolani 39-24 despite giving up an ILH Division I record 485 yards passing to Raiders QB Tai-John Mizutani, held on to the fifth spot ahead of Waianae, which is sixth.

Farrington jumped to No. 7 followed by a first this season. Two Division II teams are ranked for the first time as Kapaa moved up to No. 8 and Radford debuted in the top 10 at No. 9. The Rams are 10-0 this season and are giving up an average of only 4.6 points per game after locking up a Division II state tournament berth with a 23-6 win over Waialua. Radford will get Kaimuki in the OIA D-II title game in two weeks.

Kailua edged Kapolei for the No. 10 spot.

Updated: Sept. 20
1.‘Iolani (10)100
7.Le Jardin43
8.Hawaii Baptist 22
10.Maryknoll 11


  1. Homegrown October 21, 2015 11:44 am

    @realistic “But then again everyone has different opinions on what is bad.”

    Funny thing is, you fit my description as bad. Are you smart? Seems like it. Genuinely concerned for Kahuku’s academic welfare? Highly doubt it. One condescending comment after another, paints a clear picture of the type of person you truly are. Should the Kahuku community focus more energy on academics? Absolutely! Does high test scores translate to “success” in life? Not always. You seem to feel confident enough in your “success” to stand on a soapbox and criticize a community succeeding in one field and lacking in another. I’ll take 100 genuine people who struggled through school, contributing to society over a “successful” genius like you any day of the week.

    Now let’s get back to some friendly football banter!haha Go Big Red!

  2. JUNE JONES October 21, 2015 12:05 pm

    Bottom line is EDUMACATION should be the first goal. That’s exactly why Kahuku went and got a ST LOUIS graduate from UCLA to change that because pride is great but prioritizing is more healthy. Balancing Edumacation and Football will go farther for these kids then just playing football. I am sure that most of those kids on Kahuku’s team is in desire to go to college and get a degree. So until you change your mind set like the Head Coach is trying to do, you will always think football first, pride of the community second, education third, and then lastly is to live your football dreams thru these kids….aloha

  3. Realistic October 21, 2015 12:05 pm

    It’s that mentality that sets up kids for failure. Auwe…. Continue to make excuses.

  4. 88 October 21, 2015 3:41 pm

    Nobody in Kahuku puts football first. Are you guys idiots or what? There is no Father or Mother who in their right mind tells their kids ” Ummm, you know what, i cant help you with your homework today because i need to go support the football team” or ” Uhhh, stop studying and lets go watch the football team practice because they really need us down there”. There are kids who are good students and there are kids who are not. Its that simple. Did everyone in your graduation class go on to be Doctors and CEO’s of fortune 500 companies? Better yet by your reasoning schools with high teen pregnancy rates must have communities who place teen pregnancy 1st above education right? Saying that the North Shore community supports sports more than education is not only ignorant its straight irresponsible. Keep this about football.

  5. Manley October 21, 2015 4:18 pm

    Kahuku has the most NFL players and super bowl rings. For a small community compared to all communities across the USA, off the charts. With that said, this is a football forum. Genius don’t play football. Oh also the winner of more State Champs then any other HS since 2000. So take those academic scores to the flag football or Pencil Neck Geek forum. Mahalo.

  6. 88 October 21, 2015 7:38 pm

    I take that back. There is one parent who places sports before education. Clown !

  7. Tanoai Reed October 21, 2015 10:37 pm

    I love each and every one of you. Thank you for your entertaining posts. I know Kahuku has raised its minimum elegibilty GPA to a 2.3 instead of the 2.0 that the rest of the schools require. It’s a step in the right direction and kids have been doing better than the past years. Coach Tata wants to raise it to a 3.0 which is usually preferred by Universities.
    I’ve learned that a lot of the teachers ( not all but a few is way too many) who have been at the public schools for many years don’t put that much effort into teaching anymore. They’re just collecting a pay check. The teachers union protects them and if they don’t want to give any effort than the kids suffer and nothing can be done. I’m fortunate my son has good teachers this year and is doing very well in school. I know many kids on the team who are in AVID classes that require a 3.0 or above. I believe our kids performance in school is a reflection of their teachers effiorts along with their own efforts.
    I chose to bring my son home from the mainland to attend Kahuku because there are things he’ll learn in this community that will take him further in life than what a private school has to offer. I know many very successful people who graduated from Kahuku and other public schools, as well as many private school alumni who are working minimum wage jobs.
    Success in life is dictated by the drive of the individual, not by the color of their cap and gown.
    I know many very successful people who have come out of Kahuku High School and other public schools, as well many private school graduates are working minimum wage jobs.

  8. Realistic October 22, 2015 8:11 am

    There are always going to be private school kids who are not as successful as public school kids. But if you look at the entire body it’s not even close. There will always be the standout student from Waianae, Farrington, and Kahuku. But look at the whole. Going to Punahou or Iolani opens doors that will not often open for kids who do not go to this school.

    Networking as an alumni of Punahou or Iolani is invaluable. It is not the same as going to the public school. Unless you have graduated from these two schools, especially Punahou, I don’t expect people to understand that.

    I paid for tuition at Punahou to pen door and make connections for my kids. My kid graduated with only a 3.4, but was able to get into higher level colleges than his friends from Kaimuki and Kaiser who got an 3.8 and 4.0 respectively. If you guys don’t think that had to do with getting a Punahou diploma, then you are really naive.

    I understand that each community has wonderful core value they teach. But the results for the “whole body” is alarming and terrifying.

    I know many Punahou graduates who are CEO’s, owners of large businesses, and making high salary jobs. Sorry but I do not know a single working graduate over the age of 25 who are working minimum wage.

    I am sure there are a few, so please enlighten me. Which Kahuku Graduates are making 7-8 figures now who are not playing in the NFL since there are several?

  9. Kahuku 82 October 22, 2015 8:45 am

    ^^^^^^well I commend you for being able to send your kid to a private school, glad you were fortunate enough to do so.. But not all of us are that fortunate enough to afford to send our kids to a private school. But we do the best with what we have. Plain and simple!! Learn how to do without!! But don’t judge our community especially if you haven’t lived or grown up there!!! Just satin clean your own yard and we can clean ours!! Anyways can we get back to football! This what this blog is about anyways!!!

  10. Realistic October 22, 2015 9:03 am

    Every High School Blog or topic inevitably turns back to academics.

  11. fan of sports October 22, 2015 9:09 am

    Love that Kahuku has the AVID program and that there are athletes that are challenging themselves with the program. Those are kids that are headed in the right direction!

    @Realistic Why compare what you have versus what the public schools don’t have? More power to the kids who work hard and make it on their own without what you have in the private schools.

    Bring it back to football now.

  12. Tanoai Reed October 22, 2015 10:25 am

    Wow, . 7-8 figures is your definition of “successful? That’s a lot of pressure on your kids. Come on now, let’s be @realistic about this.
    Back to the topic of this post. Football……Oh yah, Kahuku has that locked down. Always has, always will.
    Aloha my millionaire friend;)

  13. Realistic October 22, 2015 10:48 am

    Just in response to your point about minimum wage. Here is your quote, “I know many very successful people who graduated from Kahuku and other public schools, as well as many private school alumni who are working minimum wage jobs.” So my reply of salary is made in reference to your initial comment about private school people making minimum wage. I am just commenting on the premise that you put forth.

  14. Good Story October 22, 2015 11:43 am

    Tanoai Reed is the stunt double for the Rock, he’s been involved in a lot of movies. So he would be in rhe know-just not sure if you were aware of who you were talking $$$$ money with. Don’t think he would brag about himself either.

  15. Good Story October 22, 2015 11:50 am

    …or should I have said the Rock is the stunt double for Tanoai. I got you 6’4″.

  16. Realistic October 22, 2015 12:00 pm

    In the know about what?

  17. Good Story October 22, 2015 12:21 pm

    In the Movie Industry, being an actor myself from time to time, you see a wide spectrum of people. It is interesting who you see, what they do…conclusion: Private schools don’t necessary mean good money and public school doesn’t always mean bad money.
    Look, we get it. You were here last year posting as Education First. Looks like you’ve polished your arguments, timed it perfectly with the SBAC scores to make your point. But if I remember correctly, it ultimately became “Be like us Asians”. Enuff alreti. We get it…but this is not the place. We are not interested.

  18. 88 October 22, 2015 1:11 pm

    You 2 actors need to get a room

  19. Good Story October 22, 2015 2:21 pm

    Sorry…88 will be more an happy to continue this discussion with you.

  20. Football Fan 68 October 22, 2015 3:53 pm

    Good Story, why do you think you know so much and attack everyone? I have been on these blogs since the merger and you are quite a nuisance.

  21. Good Story October 22, 2015 4:10 pm

    @Football Fan 68
    Me attacking…Reality hasn’t responded because it’s the truth. Last year, the message was “Polynesians are dumb and wasting their time with football. Be like the Asians who worked hard and are now the Leaders here in Hawaii”. Am I supposed to just let that go? Realistic is welcome to refute….

  22. Good Story October 22, 2015 4:26 pm

    If Realistic comes and says that Education First was someone else…I will apologize immediately.

  23. Lee Boy October 22, 2015 4:49 pm

    Hmmm we got actors in here??????? interesting. Can we please get back to FOOTBALL!!!!!!!

  24. Good Story October 22, 2015 5:01 pm

    Wassup Lee Boy
    Well, I gotta go to yoga…so if something happens-I’ll apologize as soon as I get back.

  25. Jashaun October 22, 2015 5:08 pm

    To Good Story – cuz u got too much time on ur hand if u know everyone’s username. dats kinda skeetch. kinda creepy and stalker kine.

  26. Good Story October 22, 2015 8:47 pm

    If you cannot remember the names of those that attack your culture and community, you are…hopeless.

  27. Realistic October 23, 2015 7:33 am

    Good one Jashaun. I kinda knew she was a creeper, I hope the community out there keeps their door locked from Good Story. She is probably handing out candy for the little ones on the street corner.

    Anyway, no idea what this person is talking about. Just a feeble attempt to redirect the the truth.

  28. Realistic October 23, 2015 7:39 am

    I have yet to see a single person tell me why the scores are so bad there? All I read is:

    1) excuses
    2) look at other schools
    3) this is a football forum
    4) insults directed at others (or myself)
    5) sarcasm
    6) false accusations

    But not one person has said anything that hold this community accountable. Point the fingers and make the excuses all you want. These low scores have been like this for the past 20+ years. Maybe if you stopped doing #1-5 above it would change. But I GUARANTEE the comebacks after this post will revert to something mentioned above. You guys are too predictable. Especially “Creeper” aka GoodStory (or at least she hopes she is a good story).

    I challenge anyone to explain why the scores have been so low for so long. Mililani doesn’t have these scores? Moanalua doesn’t have these scores? McKinley doesn’t have these scores. Kalani doesn’t have these scores. I am sure some do. But you cannot use the it’s the DOE’s fault because others do not have these low scores.

    GOODSTORY, please flame away Mr. Homer.

  29. Tanoai Reed October 23, 2015 9:08 am

    sorry, my brother “Kae” was reading the posts on my phone and decided to send that last comment. Please dont post it because it could come off as a threat and thats not cool. I scolded him. Lol! Mahalo, -Tanoai

  30. Homegrown October 23, 2015 9:48 am

    @realistic What about this list:

    1. You don’t care about the students.
    2. You’ve been watching the low test scores for 20 years and have done nothing to help the community improve.
    3. You don’t care.
    4. Because Kahuku has a successful football program(that means academic too) you get some twisted satisfaction in pointing out where the school is struggling in national standardized testing which by the way has tonsss of flaws as a whole.
    5. You don’t care.

  31. Jerry Campany October 23, 2015 10:13 am

    I trashed it, Tanoai.

  32. Tanoai Reed October 23, 2015 11:05 am


  33. Realistic October 23, 2015 1:11 pm

    That is a great list HOMEGROWN, but not being a part of the community who has many resources to change it for themselves, I choose not to. As for not caring about the students do you have any evidence to support that? I put scientific numbers? I have volunteered numerous hours over the past 15 years at community centers in Kalhi & Palolo. Can I help every kid, of course not. And honestly it should come down to parents, after all they chose have children.

    And are you saying they have successful academics? Please tell me how national testing that has nothing to do with their report cards lead to such a low graduation rate and attending college?

    Like I said some people will make excuses, avoid the problem, or re-direct. That is exactly what HOMEGROWN did. I must be a prophet since it turned out exactly how I said it would about 6-7 hours ago. I must be a prophet or something. Nah, I don’t think so. It’s just these writers are so predictable. Next?

  34. Homegrown October 23, 2015 1:41 pm

    @Realistic we must be on the same prophetic wave lengths cause your responses always confirm my previous post. Have a good day:)

  35. 88 October 23, 2015 3:01 pm

    So you choose not to be part of the solution to a problem that you have dedicated countless hours of research too and feel so passionate about? Thats to bad.

  36. Football Fan 68 October 23, 2015 6:39 pm


  37. Football Fan 68 October 23, 2015 6:40 pm

    I think what is tragic is so many people pretend to be from Kahuku, lol.

  38. Homegrown October 28, 2015 2:24 pm

    Realistic too bad the moderators blew your cover. Where you at these days?

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