History was made at the 62nd annual Haili Volleyball Tournament behind the right arm of Nani Spaar and the rest of her precocious Pilipaa teammates, who refused to bend against the will of their opponent, Legacy, older but blessed with collegiate experience.
Mahala Kaapuni was just enjoying the moment as her Piopio Bears Laukoa team took down her sisters, the Piopio Kilakila club, in three sets in the girls 18 division.
Pilipaa keeps rising to the occasion, producing another strong showing in the Moku O Keawe region girls 18 championship with a sweep over the Piopio Bears 25-16, 25-13 on Saturday at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.
They keep growing great golfers on trees at Waiakea, where freshman Kiersten Saludares shot the best round of her young life and made a memorable debut.
If Hilo senior Riley Kaneshiro flew under the radar last year, that cover is gone after a blistering round on Wednesday at the Hilo Municipal Golf Course.
It was survival pitching at its finest for Waiakea sophomore Tristen Cullio, who walked nine against Keaau but threw cold water on every brushfire before it got too big.