Five-run third inning powers Hawai’i Pacific over Saint Martin’s, 5-3

Five-run third inning powers Hawai’i Pacific over Saint Martin’s, 5-3

Five-run third inning powers Hawai’i Pacific over Saint Martin’s, 5-3

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED FEB 15, 2024

WAIPAHU — The Sharks keep rolling.

Hawai’i Pacific did all of its scoring in the bottom of the third inning as they bested visiting Saint Martin’s University, 5-3, Wednesday afternoon at the Patsy T. Mink Central O’ahu Regional Park.

It was the Sharks’ third victory in a row as they improved to 8-1 to start the year.

Skylar Agnew hit an RBI triple to tie the game and scored the go-ahead run off an RBI by Kota Suzuki to get the scoring started.

Catcher Ian Wolski was the leading batter at the plate with three hits, which included an RBI to give HPU a 4-1 lead.

The Sharks used five arms on the mound to pick up the victory. Enrique Espinoza was credited for the win in four innings of work while Ryan Inouye closed out the day for his fourth save of the year. Luigi Albano-Dito, Mac Leisher and Scott Armstrong also saw time on the mound.

HPU will next play Chaminade in a four-game series next weekend, with the first game slated for 6:15 p.m. at CORP.

Make it five in a row for state champion ‘Iolani Raiders

Make it five in a row for state champion ‘Iolani Raiders

Make it five in a row for state champion ‘Iolani Raiders

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED FEB 8, 2024

HONOLULU — The queens stay queen.

‘Iolani maintained its spot atop the Hawai’i girls basketball mountain with a 39-38 overtime victory over Kamehameha in the Heide & Cook state championship at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena Friday night.

The Raiders (23-2) bested Kamehameha for the sixth time this year to earn their fifth straight state title, their ninth overall.

Junior guard Mia Frye, who was selected as the tournament’s most outstanding player, scored 13 points with two rebounds, two assists and two steals. She also knocked down a 3-pointer, that was originally ruled as a 2-point shot, to start the overtime period.

Keiki McGee followed with eight points and three assists and senior center Mele Sake had seven points and nine rebounds with two blocks to power ‘Iolani down low.

Nihoa Dunn led the Warriors (17-8) in the loss with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Raiders got off to an 8-0 lead to start the opening quarter and held Kamehameha scoreless until a Rylee Paranada jumper at the 1:10 mark of the frame.

‘Iolani would grow its lead to as many as 15 points in the first half, 21 to 6, before the Warriors started to claw their way back into the contest.

Kamehameha took its first lead of the game, 29-28, on Dunn’s layup with 4:16 left in regulation before a pair of 3-pointers by McGee and Sake pushed the lead back to 34-29 for the Raiders.

A corner triple with one minute left in the fourth quarter by Paranada ultimately tied the game at 36 before a couple of turnovers between both squads saw the game go into overtime.

Maryknoll wins first state title since 1978 with 46-33 win over Hanalani

Maryknoll wins first state title since 1978 with 46-33 win over Hanalani

 

Maryknoll wins first state title since 1978 with 46-33 win over Hanalani

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED FEB 8, 2024

HONOLULU — After 46 years, the Maryknoll Spartans are champions once again.

Maryknoll won its first state title since 1978 Friday night when the Spartans defeated Hanalani, 46-33, in the Heide & Cook Division II Girls Basketball Championships at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena.

The Spartans won their 15th straight game to end the season with a 24-3 record as they claimed their third overall state crown.

Senior guard Isabella Arrisgado led the way with 13 points with three made 3-pointers. Rebekah Lum See and Madison Guillermo each scored eight points and Hailey Perez and Khansas Tuisamatatele both added six points apiece to round out the top scorers for Maryknoll.

The Spartans got off to a quick 7-0 lead, but sloppy basketball and bad defense saw the Royals (12-4) take a 22-21 lead at the half.

That’s when Maryknoll flipped the switch to another level.

The victors put the clamps in the second half and outscored Hanalani, 25 to 11, after the intermission to pull away for the win.

Tamlyn Celestino led the Royals in the loss with 12 points.

Hawai’i makes quick work of Tusculum to complete series sweep, 25-15, 25-11, 25-7

Hawai’i makes quick work of Tusculum to complete series sweep, 25-15, 25-11, 25-7

Hawai’i makes quick work of Tusculum to complete series sweep, 25-15, 25-11, 25-7

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED FEB 4, 2024

HONOLULU — The night just kept getting better and better for the Hawai’i men’s volleyball team Sunday.

Keoni Thiim hit .722 and put down a career-high 14 kills as the Rainbow Warriors completed the series sweep of Tusculum with a 25-15, 25-11, 25-7 win at the SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center.

Hawai’i tallied 16 total aces in the contest as it notched its seventh straight win to improve to 8-1 on the season.

Middle blocker Kurt Nusterer also had an outstanding performance with six aces, most of which came during an 18-0 run in the third set.

Alaka’i Todd was the next leading attacker after Thiim, posting eight kills in just two sets of work.

Backup setter Kevin Kauling played the final two sets and tallied a match-high 21 assists.

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Suzuki’s two RBI performance helps HPU rally by Cal State East Bay, 4-2

Suzuki’s two RBI performance helps HPU rally by Cal State East Bay, 4-2

Suzuki’s two RBI performance helps HPU rally by Cal State East Bay, 4-2

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED FEB 3, 2024

WAIPAHU — A slow start did not deter the Sharks from victory.

After giving up two runs at the top of the first inning, Hawai’i Pacific rallied for a 4-2 win over Cal State East Bay on the second day of the Oahu Baseball Classic Friday afternoon at Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park Baseball Complex.

Senior outfielder Kota Suzuki led the way with two RBIs, which included the go-ahead RBI in the bottom of the seventh inning. He also knocked in an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning.

The score would hold at 2-1 in favor of CSU East Bay up until the fifth inning when first baseman Daniel Johnson tied the game with an RBI of his own.

Nicholas Jio would extend the Sharks’ lead in the bottom of the eighth inning with an RBI of his own for the final run of the game.

Senior Mac Leisher got credited for the win after relieving freshman Jeremy Kahle in the fourth. Scott Armstrong, a 6-foot-5 senior, closed out the game on the mound in the eighth inning to earn the save.

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