It looked like a mismatch on the volleyball court with Hilo in first place at 6-0 and Keaau in last at 0-6.
Jordan Tagawa went off to play baseball at Menlo College, where he graduated with an accounting degree. But, with a year of eligibility, he wasnt ready to sit behind a desk and walked on to the UH-Hilo baseball team.
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.
There would be no comeback for Kealakehe, known for its dramatic rallies on the volleyball court last season.
There would be no happy ending for UH-Hilo and Patience Taylor, Amber Vaughn, and Alyssa Movchan on senior night against Chaminade, which did just enough to play spoiler.
For most of the season, UH-Hilo has been on an emotional roller-coaster whether it would make the PacWest postseason or not.
Waiakea has decided to go in a different direction and dismissed girls basketball coach Brandon Kauhi, who led the Warriors to their first BIIF Division I title since 2008.
KEAAU – It wasnt a vintage Kamehameha performance on the volleyball court, but the Warriors got the job done against Kohala in a BIIF season-opening match on Wednesday night at Koaia Gym.
Cody Hirata didnt have his best stuff, but he still pitched like an ace and Waiakea thumped Hilo 8-2 in a much-anticipated BIIF season-opener on Tuesday night at Wong Stadium.