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Sunday, June 9, 2002


[ HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS ]



Young stars lead the first team


By Tim Crouse
tcrouse@starbulletin.com

There was a conspicuous absence on this year's Star-Bulletin first team: seniors.

Four first-team selections were juniors and the other a sophomore.

That means next season should be very competitive, with most of the contenders retaining their best players.

"A lot of the talent this year is going to come back next year. The bulk of the talent was underclassmen," Iolani coach Glenn Takara said. "It looks good for girls basketball in Hawaii."

Joining Ching on the first team are juniors Amber Lee of McKinley and Becky Hogue and Rachel Kane of Punahou and sophomore Nancy Hoist of Konawaena.

Kane, who has been on the varsity squad since her freshman year, was the floor leader for Punahou this season.

"She played great, she wasn't one-dimensional," Takara siad. "She scored when she had to. She made her team better."

The junior guard averaged 9.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.8 steals in the ILH.

"She's always a threat on the court," Sacred Hearts coach Dexter Kaiama said. "(Punahou's) offense and defense starts with Kane."

Helping Kane and Punahou reach the state championship game was Hogue, another three-year starter.

Hogue was the most dominant inside force in the ILH. She finished with 14 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks a game. She shot an impressive 60 percent from the field and recorded nine double-doubles.

"She's a smart kid," Buffanblu coach Mike Taylor said. "She loves to play, she loves her teammates. I'm really looking forward to having another year with her."

Lee already has the attention of some college coaches, even though she's been playing the game for just four years.

Lee led the Oahu Interscholastic Association --and all of Oahu -- in scoring with 17.8 points a game. One of her biggest shots of the season was a game-winning basket in overtime against Farrington.

"She was pretty dominant," Kalani coach Mike Zane said.

Hoist played impressively throughout the Big Island Interscholastic Federation season, and Oahu fans finally had a chance to see her in action during the state tournament. Hoist averaged 15 points (shooting 17 of 27 from the field), six rebounds, two steals and a block during the tournament.

"She's quick, she handles the ball outside or takes it inside," McKinley coach Jesse Victorino said. "Once she gets inside she's hard to stop. Her basketball knowledge at this age is good."

Clay Cockett guided Kamehameha to its third state title in the past four years. He was also the Star-Bulletin Coach of the Year in 2000.

"(His teams) put constant pressure on you for 32 minutes," Sacred Hearts coach Dexter Kaiama said. "He goes deep into his bench. His philosophy is 'we beat you with our team (not an individual player).' "



PLAYER OF THE YEAR

>> Megan Ching, Kamehameha

COACH OF THE YEAR

>> Clay Cockett, Kamehameha

FIRST TEAM

>> G/F Megan Ching, Jr., Kamehameha
>> G Rachel Kane, Jr., Punahou
>> C Amber Lee, Jr., McKinley
>> C Nancy Hoist, So., Konawaena
>> F Becky Hogue, Jr., Punahou

SECOND TEAM

>> G/F Patti Hardimon, Jr., Moanalua
>> G Ashley Takata, Sr., Kalani
>> C/F Ashley Ruff, Sr., Kamehameha
>> F Brittney Aiwohi, Sr., Sacred Hearts
>> F Ginger Gravelle, So., Iolani

THIRD TEAM

>> G/F Jessica Hanato, Fr., Konawaena
>> G/F Dalia Solia, Jr., Kaimuki
>> G/F Erica Tadio, Sr., Honokaa
>> C Fatai Halaapiapi, Jr., Lahainaluna
>> F Latoya Wily, So., Kalaheo

HONORABLE MENTION

Baldwin: Kami Kapaku. Iolani: Fabriann Gin. Kahuku: Kelci Naihe. Kamehameha: Lehua Wood. Lahainaluna: Monika Vehikite. Leilehua: Heidi Garcia. Maryknoll: Michelle Baduria. Pearl City: Christie Ayers. Radford: Heather Massey. University: Diane Okubo. Waiakea: Amy Kaaiakamanu.

LEAGUE ALL-STARS

Teams selected by leagues.

ILH
Varsity division I
Player of the year: Megan Ching, Jr., Kamehameha.
Coach of the year: Clay Cockett, Kamehameha.

First team
Brittney Aiwohi, Sr., Sacred Hearts Academy; Michelle Baduria, Sr., Maryknoll; Becky Hogue, Jr., Punahou; Rachel Kane, Jr., Punhou; Diane Okubo, Jr., University High.

Second team
Ginger Gravelle, So., Iolani; Cheryl Lee, Fr., Maryknoll; Ashley Ruff, Sr., Kamehameha; Stephanie Toshi, Sr., Mid-Pacific; Lehua Wood, Jr., Kamehameha.

Honorable mention
Iolani:
Fabriann Gin, Jackie-Lynn Sasaki, Lana Young. Kamehameha: Amber Carter, Courtney Chai, Kekai Crabbe, Megan Kanoa, Mounia Nihipali, India Soo. Maryknoll: Shannon Riley. Mid-Pacific: Kelli Kajiwara, Kristy Minamishin. Punahou: Megan Abbott, Shanna-Lei Dacanay, Kelly Kams, Janelle Shin, Elyse Umeda. Sacred Hearts: Jennifer Faumuina, Cherie Kinoshita, Nicole Lehner, Nicole Raiola, Shalei Soueira, Kimberlee Young. St. Francis: Jasmine Dulan, Elizabeth Narkon, Chelsey Powell, Lauren Upadhyaya. University High: Kamaile Durrett, Leahi Frias, Karlee Kailiehu, Kylie Lum, Cara Pang.

Varsity division II
Player of the year: Tara Hiramatsu, Sr., University High.
Coach of the year: Christina Apisa, Kamehameha.

First team
Regina Cummings, Sr., Kamehameha; Sarah Curnan, Jr., Kamehameha; Kristin Kutara, Sr., Iolani; Kara Morita, Jr., Hawaii Baptist; Nia Naumu, Jr., Kamehameha.

Second team
Chelsea Kalama, Sr., Kamehameha; Wendy Kashiwabara, Jr., Kamehameha; Eliza McGuire, Fr., La Pietra; Nicole Wong, Sr., Iolani; Chelsea Yasuda, Jr., Hawaii Baptist.

Honorable mention
Hanalani:
Amanda Dick, Jessica McGraw, Jennifer Ramos. Hawaii Baptist: Patrice Kodama, Liza Onuma. Iolani: Kelly Asato, Jennifer Morishige, Jessica Wong. La Pietra: Justine Grajski, Jessica Miller, Jacey Muramoto, Annie Waid. Redemption: Ashlee Rapp. St. Andrews: Lori Miyasato, Caasi Nakasone, Holly Saito, Amanda Wong. University High: Kelly Adler, Anya Ledesma, Jessica Shimizu, Brianna Tsukamoto. Punahou: Adria Campbell, Ramona Char, Stephanie Deweese, Shauna Imanaka, Kellie Nakamura, Kimberly Oi, Shaina Sonobe.

OIA

Eastern Division
Player of the year: Amber Lee, Jr., McKinley.
Coach of the year: Jesse Victorino, McKinley.

First team
Amber Lee, Jr., McKinley; Dalia Solia, Jr., Kaimuki; Ashley Takata, Sr., Kalani; Latoya Wily, So., Kalaheo; Patti Hardimon, Jr., Moanalua.

Second team
Kelci Naihe, Sr., Kahuku; Ashlie Dutro, Sr., Roosevelt; Chenty Bonifacio, Sr., Kalani; Mereani Lewenilovo, Sr., Kahuku; Laosomaoa Uli, So., Farrington.

Honorable mention
Castle:
Shantel Tilton, Venabel Agullana, Tiare Kahoekapu. Farrington: Meleane Mateaki, Xania Cadoy, Cherlyn Ligot, Paepaetele Poasa, Revelyn Cabaya. Kahuku: Michelle Peters, Karla Tailele, Lesina Funaki. Kailua: Konnie DeCaires, Alberta Lui, Ana Fisilau, Taryn Imai, Loke Lastimosa, Jaushlyn Mansinon, Ruth Pedro. Kaimuki: Tyleen Tausaga, Lovely Moyle, Chyenna Souza, Jessica Arakawa. Kaiser: Amanda Petterson, Shera Yamamoto, Nanea Kamauoha, Julia Paulo, Kahau Bangay. Kalaheo: Bre Carson, Brina Fritzsche, Kalena Hatori, Shaina Siliga, Natasha Lagapa, Brandi Benson. Kalani: Jodi Segawa, Lauren Cheng, Tamari Miyashiro. McKinley: Rayna Isaki, Chyloh Rodrigues, Meagan Miyasaka, Amanda Leopoldo, Chantal Yadao, Kristi Fukumoto. Moanalua: Kepua Lee, Christina Sierra, Marleen Leautu, Sasha Silva. Roosevelt: Kahea Rodrigues.

Western Division
Player of the year: Heidi Garcia, Sr., Leilehua.
Coach of the year: Mike Morton, Pearl City

First team
Heidi Garcia, Sr., Leilehua; Heather Massey, Sr., Radford; Lehua Yap, Jr., Nanakuli; Christie Ayers, Jr., Pearl City; Jasmine Dias, Sr., Aiea.

Second team
Darci Watanabe, Sr., Mililani; Marci Lobendahn, So., Pearl City; Tiare Holbron, So., Waianae; Jamie Kua, Jr., Campbell; Missy Cordeiro, Sr., Radford.

Honorable mention
Aiea:
Noe Colburn, Chanelle Takemoto, Karina Koda, Tiffany Seiki. Campbell: Hoku Leiato, Jalen Garcia, Chaunte Jackson, Jasmine Lopez, Denise Alonzo, Joanne Corpuz, Jaci Mendes. Kapolei: Tasha Faumuina, Ama Haupu-Silva, Charlyn Kawachi, Tanya Menino. Leilehua: Pikake Nutter-Gaudet, Nachelle Scott, Inez Tauvela, Sarah Smith. Mililani: Adrienne Kasaoka, Sandy Santiago, Jody Saquilon. Nanakuli: Ashley Gasper, Chelsey Kaimi, Chalcedony Silva, Lindsey Ako, Marsilina Holi-Arrington, Jasmine Carvalho. Pearl City: Jillan Soria, Kelli Yuen, Chalice Kaapuni, Tina Questel. Radford: Jennifer Taylor, Brianna Reyes, Talaya Jones, Joanne Czumalowski. Waialua: Ashley Yoshizu, Glenelle Matas, Kira Nakasono. Waianae: Tristina Nitta. Waipahu: Tiana Ortogero, Rosanna Jardin.

BIIF
Player of the Year -- Nancy Hoist, Konawaena
Coach of the Year -- Bobbie Awa, Konawaena

First team
Dione Fernandez, Jr., Kohala; Erica Tadio, Sr., Honokaa; Amy Kaaiakamanu, Sr., Waiakea; Jessica Hanato, Fr., Konawaena; Nancy Hoist, So., Konawaena.

Second team
Ashley Kualii, Sr., Waiakea; Kara Taniyama, Sr., Konawaena; Alex Ditullio, Sr., Hawaii Prep; Saundra Cariaga, So., Kealakehe; Rachel Gleed, Sr., Hawaii Prep.

Honorable mention
Hawaii Prep:
Mikela Yarawamai. Hilo: Tita Hanohano, Lynelle Paranada, Kimberly Callison. Honokaa: Kami Shigematsu, Iwalani Cariaga, Amber Salvador. Kau: Kuulei Karratti. Keaau: Antonette Venture. Kealakehe: Kahaunani Kahanani, Candice DeSilva, Alana Power. Kohala: Malia Medeiros. Konawaena: Jennifer Tayamen, Shawna Gomes. Pahoa: Chantel Brigoli, Katie Kobayashi. St. Joseph: Natassja Embernate, Duchess Kama. Waiakea: Genevieve Girdner, Stacey Yanagihara.

KIF
Player of the Year -- Jasmine Stevenson, Kapaa
Coach of the Year -- Michael Ban, Kapaa

First team
Ihilani Yama, Jr., Kapaa; Sharlene Carillo, Jr., Kapaa; Ashlee Vea, Jr., Waimea; Kanoe Arinaga, Jr., Kapaa; Danielle Hill, Jr., Kapaa; Belinda Butac, Sr., Kauai.

MIL
All-star selections are not available.


The All-State team was selected after consulting with coaches from around the state.

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