The OIA softball regular season closes today with five games in the East and West divisions.
OIA teams looking
to finish on high note
By Jason Kaneshiro
Mililani (9-0) has wrapped up the OIA West title and closes the season against Nanakuli (3-6).
Waianae and Campbell are tied for second place at 7-2. Waianae hosts to Leilehua (6-3), while Campbell plays Waipahu (6-2-1).
Waianae holds the tiebreaker edge and would earn the division's second seed and a first-round bye in the OIA playoffs if the teams are tied after today's play.
Waipahu, Leilehua and Pearl City (5-3-1) have also wrapped up OIA playoff berths.
Castle has clinched the OIA East crown with a 9-0 record and closes the season against McKinley (0-9). Kaimuki (8-1) will finish second and ends the season against Kalaheo (1-8).
Kailua (7-2), Moanalua (6-3) and Roosevelt (5-4) have clinched playoff berths. Kaiser (4-5) must beat Kailua today to clinch a spot in the playoffs. Kalani finished its season at 4-6 and would hold the tiebreaker edge if the Cougars stumble.
The league playoffs open Jan. 15 at the home fields of the higher-seeded teams and conclude with the championship game Jan. 19 at Kailua.
The ILH season continues today with the showdown between Kamehameha and Iolani. The regular season ends Jan. 23.
Recruiting watch: Pac-10 schools scored commitments from two local football standouts over the past week and could have a couple more before the month is over.
Kamehameha offensive lineman Enoka Lucas verbally committed to attend Oregon next fall last weekend, while Iolani's Donny Mateaki committed to Washington earlier in the week.
Lucas a 6-foot-3, 285-pound offensive lineman notified Oregon coaches of his decision Saturday. He also visited Colorado and turned down trips to Wisconsin, Utah and Washington State.
"I was just praying every day and every night and hope the Lord will make the decision for me," said Lucas, who plans to major in dentistry.
Lucas was a first team Interscholastic League of Honolulu all-star last season after helping lead the Warriors to a 5-1-1 record as a senior.
"They'll be getting a good, hard-working guy," Kamehameha offensive line coach Del Beazley said. "Obviously, he's blessed with size and athletic ability, but it comes down to the work he put in."
While Lucas and Mateaki can relax until they make their decisions official on Feb. 6, two of Lucas' teammates are still pondering where to pursue their college careers.
Brandon Ala, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound defensive end, is considering Oregon, Washington and Hawaii.
Abu Ma'afala, a 6-foot-2, 270-pound defensive lineman, has pared his list to Washington, Washington State and Hawaii.
Ala has already taken trips to Eugene and Seattle, while Ma'afala is scheduled to visit the Washington State campus in Pullman this weekend. Both have meetings with the Hawaii coaching staff lined up for next week.
"After next week I think I'll decide," Ala said.
Ala, who finished second in the state in the discus throw as a sophomore, said he's hoping to compete in track and field as well as football in college. Oregon and Washington both feature successful track and field programs. Hawaii doesn't field a men's track team.
John Dolac and Derrick Thomas hit free throws in the final minute as host Leilehua beat Radford 58-54 in an Oahu Interscholastic Association Western Division game last night.
Lowe scores 14
as Mules beat Rams
Brandon Lowe scored 14 points as the Mules handed the Rams their first loss of the regular season.
Chris Williams led Radford with 17 points, while Kula Tanuvasa added 16.
At Leilehua H.S. gym
Radford (2-1) 15 11 16 12 -- 54 Leilehua (2-1) 15 11 19 13 -- 58
RADFORD -- Justin Rellin 3, Tauran Moore 8, Charles Seanior 0, Jeffery O'Garro 4, Joshua Auelua 3, Kula Tanuvasa 16, James Johnson 0, Chris Williams 17, La Micheal Wilkins 3.
LEILEHUA -- T.J. Brewington 4, John Dolac 7, Tim Flowers 5, Mike Helgerson 0, Brandon Lowe 14, Kaimana Merhtens 0, Zacharias Rivera 10, Andrew Talaeai 6, Derrick Thomas 6, Demitrius Washington 4, Antonio Carter 2, Jon Connelly 0.
3-point goals: Radford 6 (Rellin, Moore 2, Williams 3). Leilehua 4 (Lowe 2, Dolac 2).
Junior varsity -- Radford 39, Leilehua 38
Mililani 56, Campbell 35: Trey Brown scored 12 of his game-high 14 points in the first half as the Trojans improved to 3-0 in the OIA West.
Rashaun Broadus scored 12 points and hit two 3-point shots. Broadus scored eight of Mililani's 21 first-quarter points as the Trojans opened an early lead and maintained it.
At Campbell H.S. gym
Mililani (3-0) 21 12 11 12 -- 56 Campbell (1-2) 13 6 7 9 -- 35
MILILANI--Gary Deliz 2, Rashaun Broadus 12, Robert Cacace 2, Mitch Rose 2, Jose Santos 4, Andrew Min 8, Trey Brown 14, Alex Patykula 2, Kaipo Patoc 6, Simeon Tavares 4.
CAMPBELL--Mark Villanueva 0, Gentel Morris 8, Eugene Dawson 7, Jacob Cadelina 11, Kainoa Rapoza 0, Norman Arce 0, Travis Pratt 2, Mark Palacios 3, Rylan Redona 4, Allen Brown 0, Lionel Edwards 0, Rylan Mayrena 0, Del John Mangrobang 0.
3-point goals--Mililani 4 (Broadus 2, Min 2 ), Campbell 1 (Dawson).
Junior varsity -- Mililani 49, Campbell 39.
Waianae 59, Waialua 46: Jacob Milare scored a game-high 22 points, including 14 in the second half in the Seariders' victory over the Bulldogs.
Milare hit three 3-point shots and Preston Popa added 11 points to lead Waianae (1-1). Daniel Jamora scored 15 points to pace Waialua (0-2).
No box score was available.
Waipahu 65, Nanakuli 41: Paulo Aga scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half to stake Waipahu to a 17-point advantage at the half, and Maurice Daniels added 10 of his game high 16 points in the second half to lead the Marauders to their first win.
Alika Enos scored 11 points to lead Nanakuli.
At Waipahu H.S. gym
Nanakuli (0-3) 12 10 11 8 -- 41 Waipahu (1-2) 22 17 20 6 -- 65
NANAKULI--Jacob Kaawa 7, Henry McShane 3, Alex Armstead 9, John Chandler 6, Alika Enos 11, Jojo Wilkins 5.
WAIPAHU--Branden Chung 0, Bryan Acidera 2, Rumel Mejia 7, Thomas Mason 3, Jacob Aga 4, Francis Caliboso 4, Shane Kaleiwahea 2, Kenneth Cheers 9, Paulo Aga 14, Maurice Daniels 16, Chris Coloma 2, Fritz Creighton 2, Marcus Tuisamata 0.
3-point goals--Nanakuli 4 (Chandler, Enos, Kaawa, Wilkins), Waipahu 1 (Cheers).
Junior varsity -- Nanakuli 39, Waipahu 27
Athletes of the Week
Boys>> Jesse Wong, Kaimuki basketball: Drained eight 3-point shots in two games to lead the Bulldogs to wins over Roosevelt and Kahuku. He hit four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points as the Bulldogs beat Roosevelt 51-45. He made four more 3-pointers and scored 17 points two nights later in Kaimuki's 52-49 win over Kahuku.
Girls>> Lindsey Peck, Kalaheo soccer: Posted four goals in the Mustangs' 10-0 win over Farrington. She also scored in Kalaheo's 4-0 win over Roosevelt, which gave the Mustangs sole possession of first place in the OIA East.
BASKETBALL>> Ikaika Alama-Francis, Kalaheo: Scored 24 points and hit three 3-point shots in the Mustangs' 77-44 win over Castle. He also finished with a game-high 17 points in Kalaheo's 39-33 win over Moanalua.
>> Rashaun Broadus, Mililani: Scored 22 points, 20 in the first half, and drained three 3-point shots to lead the Trojans to a 73-39 win over Kapolei.
>> Gentel Morris, Campbell: Scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half as the Sabers rallied to a 56-51 win over Waialua.
>> Kynan Pang, Punahou: Scored a total of 26 points as the Buffanblu opened the ILH season with wins over Maryknoll and St. Louis.
>> Jason Rivers, St. Louis: Scored a game-high 17 points against Punahou and hit three 3-pointers.
>> Taleki Mailau, Kailua: Hit four 3-points shots en route to scoring 15 points in the Surfriders' 55-51 win over Farrington.
>> Robert D'Amato, Kalani: Made three 3-pointers and finished with 18 points in the Falcons' loss to Kaiser.
>> Bobby Webster, Iolani: Scored 26 points in the Raiders' wins over Mid-Pacific and Maryknoll.
>> Lamont Williams, Aiea: Hit for 28 points to lead Na Alii to wins over Leilehua and Campbell.
BOYS SOCCER>> Breland Pedro, Moanalua: Booted three goals in the Menehunes' 5-0 win over McKinley.
>> Nolan Miranda, Castle: Scored three goals as the Knights beat Kailua 6-2.
>> Satoshi Mitsuda, Punahou: Scored both of the Buffanblu's goals in their 2-0 win over Iolani.
>> Christopher Rania, Punahou: Scored three goals in Punahou's 6-0 win over Damien.
GIRLS SOCCER>> Chante Figueroa, Pearl City: Scored four goals to lead the Chargers to a 9-0 win over Waipahu.
>> Lauran Dignam, Iolani: Scored in the Raiders' 1-0 win over Kamehameha.
SOFTBALL>> Sarah Weiskopf, Punahou: Struck out 10 batters and tossed a no-hitter in the Buffanblu's 16-0 win over Mid-Pacific. She also picked up a win over Sacred Hearts.
>> Nicole Cazinha, Sacred Hearts: Pitched a no-hitter to lead the Lancers to a 14-0 win over La Pietra.
>> Kelly Tanabe, Roosevelt: Hit a home run and picked up the win on the mound in the Rough Riders' 8-2 win over Kalani.
>> Malamaisaua Manuma, Waipahu: Drove in four runs to lead the Marauders to an 11-3 win over Kapolei.
>> Napua Naumu, Kamehameha: Went 3-for-3 with two triples and five runs batted in to lead the Warriors to a 19-0 win over La Pietra.
>> Myra Amisone, Waiakea: Tossed a no-hitter and struck out nine batters in the Warriors' 1-0 win over previously undefeated Kealakehe.
>> National Letter of Intent day for football is Feb. 6. The signing period runs through April 1.
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