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HPA edges Honokaa in PKs, reaches BIIF final

By KEVIN JAKAHI

Tribune-Herald sports writer

HONOKAA — Besides his sure hands, Hawaii Prep sophomore goalie Trent Wise’s next best quality on the soccer field is probably his ice-cold composure, maybe an environmental benefit because he was born in Juno, Alaska.

Wise made a ton of saves but none bigger than a key save in double overtime, and the last stop in penalty kicks as HPA outlasted Honokaa 2-1 at the Big Island Interscholastic Federation Division II semifinals Thursday.

The No. 3-seeded Ka Makani clinched a spot to the Hawaii High School Athletic Association tournament, which runs Feb. 13-15 on Oahu, returning to states for the second straight year.

In the other semifinal, No. 1 Christian Liberty defeated Kamehameha 3-1. As the BIIF regular season champion, the Canefire already had a berth to states.

HPA (9-3-3) will play Christian Liberty (11-3) for the BIIF Division II championship at 5 p.m. Saturday at Kamehameha’s Paiea Stadium.

Ka Makani last won the league