History and long odds are stacked against any school sweeping all three races (girls, boys, and mixed) at the BIIF canoe paddling championships.
There was the required rain for the BIIF canoe championships at Hilo Bay, where the weather was overcast with an unfriendly wind and inhospitable waters, setting the stage for Keaau’s dominance.
Hilo running back Kahale Huddleston and Konawaena quarterback Austin Ewing have put up monster numbers all over the place and entertained football fans on the Big Island and Oahu.
KEAAU — In the second half, Kamehameha senior Nalu Kahapea probably thought to himself, “Boys jump on my back because I’m carrying you guys to victory.”
KEAAU — It was supposed to be a feel-good night for Kamehameha’s five seniors: Saydee Aganus, Jordyn Mantz, McKenzie Kalawaia, Taylor Sullivan, and sixth-man Hera Salmeron.
Hilo kept hanging around with 3-point shots, but Waiakea went for high-percentage looks, converted at a better rate and relied on its zone defense to fend off its crosstown rival.
Whitman College senior guard Casey Poe, a 2014 Kamehameha graduate, was voted the NCAA Division III national player of the week on Tuesday. The Northwest Conference tabbed Poe the basketball student-athlete of the week on Monday.
KEAAU — Next to the bogus missile warning, the biggest news off the BIIF basketball court, at least on the Orchid Isle, was the league expanding the boys postseason from four to six teams.