Before the start of the HHSAA Division I baseball tournament, Waiakea coach Eric Kurosawa presented his team a challenging goal: Itll take a five-game winning streak to bring home a state title.
Kamehameha sophomore Anela Manuia competes in judo, golf and soccer and runs cross country and in her spare time slays giants.
The weather forecast wasnt good for the Valley Isle on Saturday, and the HHSAA even prepared for the 90 percent chance of rain by moving the start of the Division II softball championship up an hour earlier to 5 p.m.
Mikayla Kekoa dominated in the pitching circle and at the plate to send Kohala into the semifinals at the HHSAA Division II on Maui.
On a perfect day for baseball with sunshine and no dark clouds in sight, Logan Wilson painted a masterpiece on the mound and fired a five-hitter to lift Hilo over Waiakea 4-3 for the BIIF Division I championship.
KEAAU – Hilo starter Ocean Gabonia got a no-decision, and Waiakea senior Ty Honda got tagged for a tough loss in Game 1 of the BIIF Division I championship series, which doubled as a test of perseverance.
KEAAU – At first glance, Kamehameha senior left-hander Tai Atkins numbers didnt look particularly dominant: 5 2/3 innings, three runs and nine strikeouts with one walk and three hit batters.
HILO – Makua Lani played to its strength balanced firepower while Hawaii Prep couldnt overcome its season-long weakness ball-control in an unlikely BIIF Division II championship, one team deep in tradition and the other a bunch of hard-working greenhorns.
Only the underdogs saw this one coming.
Once Makua Lani and Hawaii Prep stopped beating themselves, order was restored to the BIIF Division II volleyball universe.
It was gold-collecting day, otherwise known as the BIIF individual championships where Waiakea senior Raelyn Ai-Yoneda and Hilo senior Hula Kahookaulana stamped their legacies as four-time champs.
PAHOA Its been a remarkable building process on the volleyball court for Makua Lani, which didnt have a team two years ago.
UH-Hilo has won eight games straight on the diamond, not quite halfway to the school record of 19 games in a row, which was set in 1982.
Last season, Chanelle Hwang had a fine freshman golf season for Hilo with a fifth place finish at the BIIF championships.
KEAAU Hawaii Preps ball-control woke up just in time against Christian Liberty for a volleyball battle with a nice little prize on the line.
Last year, the UH-Hilo mens tennis team produced a landmark season with a first-round loss at the NCAA Division II championships, a shocking achievement considering Hawaii Pacific is seen as the states preeminent program.