Casey Yamauchi is most valuable for Waiakea when he’s doing a bit of everything on the diamond: sparking the offense as a leadoff hitter, building a wall at third base and pitching under pressure as a closer.
Hawaii Prep is defined by its versatility, especially with two-way players Jonah Hurney, Finn Richmond, Sheldon Aribal, and Michael Hughes, who all set the tone on the pitching mound and at the plate.
It’s an annual baton passing at Kamehameha, where seniors take on leadership roles and guide the way to another BIIF Division II title.
Kiarra Lincoln hit a grand slam in the UH-Hilo softball team’s 12-6 win over Western New Mexico, and Isabelle Mejia clubbed a grand slam in an 11-3 win over Fort Lewis on Friday in St. George, Utah.
Hawaii Prep follows the lead of Jonah Hurney on the basketball court, where his composure carries over from the pitching mound.
Kamehameha had more muscle than Konawaena, which countered with much better ball-handling, a valuable weapon to retain possessions for a late-stage comeback.
Kamehameha knew Keaau senior guard Rico Handy would get his lion’s share of points with layups, free throws, and 3-pointers but locked down on everything else, especially in half-court sets.
HILO – This time it was Konawaena’s turn to pull out a miracle rabbit out of the hat against Waiakea, previously known as the mailman that delivers the agony of postseason defeat.