Kamehameha’s softball team doesn’t have to look any further than its brothers and sisters on the school’s girls basketball, boys soccer and baseball programs to see that winning state crowns is often a process.
Kamehameha junior Pono Yanagi made a strong second-day run with a 1-under-par 71 at the HHSAA championships on Friday at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu, showing that he belongs in the same neighborhood among the state’s best golfers.
It wasn’t 41 feet and it wasn’t easy, but Chenoa Frederick is golden again.
About three-quarters of the way through Chenoa Frederick’s 400-meter race, Kamehameha coach Manly Kanoa saw the expression on her face.
Bryce Furuli’s bases-loaded tripled highlighted Kamehameha’s five-run first inning, and the seven-time BIIF champion Warriors rebounded to beat Waianae 7-3 in an HHSAA Division II tournament consolation game at Hans L’Orange Park in Waipahu, Oahu.
Waiakea jumped on the strengths of its pitching and defense to ride into the HHSAA Division I championship, but both were nowhere to be found against Baldwin at Les Murakami Stadium, where the Maui Interscholastic League has now captured the last three state titles.
Konawaena was two outs away from a berth in the HHSAA Division II championship and a shot of redemption against BIIF rival Kamehameha. But a stubborn Saint Francis team had other plans on Thursday afternoon in Honolulu.
Waiakea sophomore Isaiah Kanno got off to a hot start with three birdies on the front nine Thursday and shot a 1-over 73 to put himself in contention at the HHSAA boys golf championships at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu.
Season after season, Kamehameha added to its BIIF softball dynasty, but like clockwork, the Warriors were never able to muster much success after leaving the Big Island.
Quintin Torres-Costa, Kodi Medeiros, David Nakamura … Cody Hirata.