Molina, Quinlan nominated for McDonald’s game

Keala Quinlan is Roosevelt's go-to player. Craig Kojima / Star-Advertiser
Keala Quinlan is Roosevelt’s go-to player. Craig Kojima / Star-Advertiser

The top two players in last season’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser Fab 15 are now getting some national recognition.

Chanelle Molina of Konawaena and Keala Quinlan of Roosevelt were selected as nominees to compete in the 2016 McDonald’s All American Games, which will take place in Chicago, Ill. The 15th annual girl’s game is set for March 30.

Molina, a Washington State signee, led the Wildcats to an HHSAA Division I state title last season.

“Chanelle represents the state of Hawaii so well. This nomination is not only great for our school, but for the entire state,” Konawaena head girls’ basketball coach Bobbie Awa said in a release. “She is helping put our kids on the map.”

Quinlan, who signed with Portland, led the Rough Riders to consecutive OIA championships.

“We are so proud of Keala,” Roosevelt head girls basketball coach Hinano Higa said. “She is our go-to person and an all-around team player going out of her way to make sure her teammates are involved and comfortable.”

In Hawaii Prep World’s most recent top 10 rankings released this morning, the Wildcats are a unanimous No. 1 while the Rough Riders are sitting at No. 8. It is the first time for both schools that a player has been nominated for this event.

A total of 755 high school seniors from 49 states as well as the District of Colombia were nominated by high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee. The full list of candidates is available at

McDonald’s will name the final roster consisting of 24 boys and 24 girls on Sunday, Jan. 17. It will be televised live on ESPNU at 5:30 p.m. local time.


  1. bawlah January 6, 2016 10:42 am

    What an honor!!! Good job to these girls and their families!

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