WAIMEA He hasnt been prowling the sidelines for a couple years, but it would be a mistake to assume that Fred Lau hasnt been paying attention to high school football on the eastside of the Big Island.
Wide-eyed looks on the faces of fourth- and fifth-graders told you all you needed to know about Hilo-based interest in UH Rainbow Wahine volleyball.
It was never about numbers, comparing statistics or highlighting peak performances that got them here, but after all these years, things add up to the point that it all melts into one and becomes hard to ignore.
Based on your own perspective of counting years, Hilo High Schools boys basketball team either won the last state championship of the 20th century or the first state championship of the 21st century.
Barely a day goes by that we arent persuaded to try some new transformational way to exercise and stay healthy, even in the privacy of your own home, as some of the advertisements claim.
Next time you attend a high school game, take a moment to watch the cheerleaders and see if, apart from jumping up and down, they have some actual athletic talent.
Unlike some places that pride themselves on their high school teams or their college teams or their professional teams, the state of Ohio is a place that believes deeply in football at every level, arguably more than any state.
If we had a chance to sit down and discuss the big issues with Reed Sunahara, possibly the most accomplished all-around athlete to ever come out of Hilo, there is a very good chance that, at some point, he would tell a young, athletic person to dream big.