Weather postpones HHSAA Baseball and Softball events on Thursday

Weather postpones HHSAA Baseball and Softball events on Thursday

Weather postpones HHSAA Baseball and Softball events on Thursday

BY HSRN STAFF
PUBLISHED MAY 16, 2024

There are just some things that you can’t control.

Due to inclement weather, the HHSAA has postponed all baseball and softball semifinal games that were scheduled for Thursday, May 16.

All four Wally Yonamine Foundation semifinal games will resume Friday at Les Murakami 10 a.m. with the first Division II matchup between Kamehameha-Hawaii and Kauai resuming their suspended game with the Warriors leading 6-0 in the bottom of the third (tickets from suspended game will be honored during resumed game). Damien vs. Waianae will follow with the Division I semifinals slated for 4 (Saint Louis/Maui) and 7 p.m. (Baldwin/Kamehameha).

Dates and times of championship games are TBD.

In the DataHouse Softball Championships, the HHSAA will try to complete both semifinal and title games on Friday with semifinals for both Division I and Division II being held at Moanalua and Pearl City.

Full softball scheduled is listed below:

DIVISION II
PAC-5 vs. Waimea at Moanalua 10 a.m.
Kapaa vs. Aiea at Pearl City 10 a.m.
Title game at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium 4:30 p.m.

DIVISION I
Baldwin vs. Kamehameha at Moanalua following conclusion of PAC-5/Waimea
Mililani vs. Campbell at Pearl City following conclusion of Kapaa/Aiea
Title game at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium 7 p.m.

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Kamehameha takes down Punahou to win sixth state boys volleyball title

Kamehameha takes down Punahou to win sixth state boys volleyball title

Kamehameha takes down Punahou to win sixth state boys volleyball title

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED MAY 12, 2024

The title returns to the top of the hill.

Kamehameha ended Punahou’s 10-year reign in boys volleyball in a four-set victory Saturday night at the Neal Blaisdell Center in the New City Nissan Division I Boys Volleyball Championships.

Set scores were 25-27, 25-23, 25-17, 25-21 in the Warriors’ first title win since 2011, their sixth overall.

Tournament most outstanding player Kainoa Wade put down 34 kills on 76 swings as he finished the week with a phenomenal .458 hitting percentage.

It was a redeeming win for the Warriors after falling short to the Buffanblu last year in the state final and four times this season.

“We had a meeting a week after the state championship last year and I said, ‘We will be back in this game and we will win this game,’ and that’s what we did tonight,” said Wade.

“It’s unbelievable. I just wanted to bring one back to the school and fight for these players, these coaches — we’ve been through so much. We were knocked down, but we never gave up, that’s the thing. This group never lost confidence and we showed it tonight.”

Conor Williams added 10 kills, Christian Togiai had five and middles Kaupo Hoopai-Waikoloa and Poukihi Awai combined for three kills and three solo blocks and five block assists.

 

University Lab Jr. Bows takes home first-ever state title in boys volleyball

University Lab Jr. Bows takes home first-ever state title in boys volleyball

University Lab Jr. Bows takes home first-ever state title in boys volleyball

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED MAY 12, 2024

Redemption.

One year after falling short in the state final, the University Lab Jr. Bows outlasted Le Jardin in five sets to win their first-ever state title in the New City Nissan Division II Boys Volleyball Championships at the Neal Blaisdell Center Saturday night.

Koa Laboy finished with 40 kills and Micah Nakasato added 26 in the 25-22, 25-27, 27-25, 25-27, 15-12 victory as University capped an undefeated 14-0 season.

“It means everything,” said Nakasato. “Since middle school, I’ve always dreamed of winning a state championship for our school and to be the first one, it’s an honor and I’m so grateful to be a part of it.”

Laboy was named the tournament’s most outstanding player as he hit .235 on the match on 98 swings while tallying 21 digs and three service aces.

“It feels great to make history,” said Laboy. “I’m so glad to execute and get it done.”

 

KS-Kapālama downs Punahou in overtime to clinch historic state title repeat

KS-Kapālama downs Punahou in overtime to clinch historic state title repeat

KS-Kapālama downs Punahou in overtime to clinch historic state title repeat

BY PAUL BRECHT | HONOLULU
PUBLISHED MAY 11, 2024

HONOLULU – The new queens of the pool? Dynasty of Warriors? 

No matter how you slice it, the Kamehameha-Kapālama Warriors made history Saturday night as the defending state champions downed Punahou in overtime of the HHSAA girls’ water polo state championship match, 9-8. With the win, KS-Kapālama became just the second program to ever win back-to-back state championships in girls’ water polo – joining the Punahou Buff n’ Blue, who had won 13 consecutive state crowns before the Warriors knocked them off in 2023. 

It was the fourth overtime match between the two ILH powerhouses this season and sixth meeting overall. For fans who had paid close attention, it was a near-expectation entering the night that the game may need extra time once again. 

The defending champion Warriors used an aggressive start to open the game, winning the opening sprint and earning a 5-meter penalty shot that skirted wide to begin the evening’s proceedings. KSK’s aggression finally paid off as Laikukamahina Wong found the back of the net for KSK just under 90 seconds into the action. 

KS-Kapālama’s defense would hold strong, turning away a few close opportunities for Punahou to keep the Buff n’ Blue scoreless through the opening 7-minute frame and helped the Warriors take a 2-0 lead into the 2nd quarter after Ava Gurney snuck in a goal with 26 seconds left in the opening stanza. 

Punahou began to wake up in the 2nd quarter, winning the opening sprint but not scoring with the early advantage. KS-Kapālama continued to play quickly with counter attacks, fast breaking down the pool following a stop and drawing a 5-meter penalty try once again. This time, Gurney finished the play and delivered a 3-0 lead to the Warriors with 6:14 left in the 1st half. 

It was Punahou leading scorer Synnove Robinson that finally got the Buff ‘n Blue out of the scoring funk with her first goal of the night just 24 seconds after Gurney’s penalty finish to make it a 3-1 deficit. The Buff ‘n Blue would cut the Warriors’ lead in half just over a minute later with a 5-meter penalty shot of their own, watching along as Ava Aguilera calmly deposited the second goal of the night for Punahou. 

The Buff ‘n Blue offensive onslaught continued 70 seconds later as Kailoa Kerber got into the scoring fun, punching in a goal with 3:22 left in the 2nd quarter and sending the match into halftime all tied at 3-3. 

Punahou’s powerful momentum shift did not stop with the midway break, either. Hope McCarren scored the fourth consecutive goal for the Buff ‘n Blue after the visitors fell down 3-0 to open the contest, giving Punahou its first lead of the night with 4:23 left in the 3rd quarter.  

Following a timeout, the KS-Kapālama squad settled back into their comfort zone and tied the game at 4-4 with Wong’s second goal of the night with 1:25 remaining in the frame. It looked like the Warriors had stolen back the momentum until Kerber snuck in a goal with three seconds left before the final quarter to send Punahou into the 4th leading by one, 5-4. 

After the Warriors’ offense had been stymied for the first four minutes of the final frame, Tea Brandon brought back the Kamehameha-Kapālama team once again with a game-tying score with 2:40 left in regulation. Punahou star Synnove Robinson nearly clinched the title for the Buff ‘n Blue with back-to-back scores within a minute of each other, giving a 7-5 lead to the longtime dynasty program that was searching for the top once again. 

With 97 ticks left to save their season, Kamehameha-Kapālama called timeout to re-group. The break in the action was all the defending champions needed to lock back in on the ultimate goal. 

Again, Brandon delivered a quick-strike goal with 1:23 left to play and cut the Punahou lead to one score. Needing one stop, the Warriors suffocated the Buff ‘n Blue offense and countered for a critical possession. With 37 seconds left in regulation, Isabella Wailele Kapali bounced one into the back of the net to tie the game at 7-all and re-ignite the hometown Warriors crowd as the match went to overtime. 

With two 3-minute periods to be played with no golden goal sudden-death ending in play, both teams took turns with cautious attacks throughout the opening overtime. After trading stops, KS-Kapālama’s Wong delivered on her third and biggest goal of the night to give the Warriors an 8-7 lead heading into the 2nd overtime frame. 

Punahou star Synnove Robinson one-upped Wong’s hat trick by scoring her fourth goal of the night on a 5-meter penalty shot just 18 seconds into the 2nd overtime period, tying the match once again. 

Tea Brandon erased the memory of that 46 seconds later, scoring the decisive ninth goal for Kamehameha-Kapālama with 1:56 left in overtime to take a 9-8 lead as Brandon completed a hat trick of her own. The Warriors drained the clock with the few remaining possessions they had, shutting down the Punahou offense to clinch the improbable comeback and become the second program in HHSAA history to win back-to-back girls’ water polo championships. 

“To repeat is just such an awesome feeling. All the credit goes to the girls, they did an awesome job tonight,” KS-Kapālama head coach Anthony Cabrera said following the win. “Only one other team has [repeated] in the history of girls’ water polo in the state of Hawai’i, and we look up to that program.” 

It is the Warriors’ second title under Cabrera and third in program history. For a team that had struggled to finish the job at the top until last season, Kamehameha-Kapālama has figured out the way to win in big moments and is not looking to stop anytime soon. 

“It feels really amazing, I was really hoping we would get the two-peat this year and we did,” KS-Kapālama’s Laikukamahina Wong said following her hat trick in the team’s state title win. “Now we can go home saying we may be the new queens of water polo in town.” 

 

Photo Credit: Ku’ulei Agbayani, HSRN

Photo Credit: Ku’ulei Agbayani, HSRN

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.