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.
On the basketball court, Hawaii Prep is a disciplined and tactical ballclub, playing to its strength and tempo while waiting for a defense to leave the door slightly open.
Mandi Kawaha’s ball-handling and Hilo’s tough man defense and composure under pressure proved pivotal against Waiakea, which is always in any game with the services of standout Kelsie Imai.
Kamehameha gave giant killer Hilo a good lesson in smash-mouth basketball in a key Division I showdown on the basketball court.
It was a surprise when the Keaau girls, maybe not to them, captured first place at the first BIIF canoe paddling regatta held at Hilo Bay, where the weather was uncooperative last year.
It was a wild Thursday when Keaau and Hilo pulled off huge BIIF basketball upsets over two-time defending champion Waiakea and runner-up Konawaena, respectively, confirming the optimist’s slogan: Anybody can beat anybody.
KEAAU – Keaau borrowed Waiakea’s blueprint to show it could close out a big game on the basketball court against the master experts at late-game execution.
The Honokaa girls are finding a nice comfort level at embracing their tempo of choice on the basketball court.
By KEVIN JAKAHI