Punahou warms up
for Iolani at mainland
The Punahou boys varsity water polo team finished eighth at last week's Newport Harbor High (Calif.) Invitational.
The Buffanblu lost to Foothill 10-8 in the seventh-place match to finish 2-3 in the 32-team event. During pool play, Punahou fell to Servite, the top-ranked team in California, 13-7. Servite was upset by Long Beach Wilson in the title match.
"It was everything we had hoped it would be," said Buffanblu coach Ken Smith. "There were so many good teams and we had good competition every game. Nothing was easy."
That theme continues this Friday when Punahou (2-0) travels to Iolani (2-0) in a renewal of one of the state's fiercest rivalries in any sport.
The match is set to start at 6:15 p.m. at the Iolani pool.
The water polo match is just part of a busy evening on the Iolani campus as the Raiders' boys and girls volleyball teams also host Punahou.
The boys start at 5:30 p.m. with the girls to follow at about 7.
Classic letdown: St. Louis and Kahuku weren't the only teams that struggled in the wake of the Sept. 21 First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football Classic.
De La Salle extended its winning streak to 128 with a lackluster 14-0 win over St. Francis. Long Beach Poly was only slightly better in a 34-20 victory over winless Narbonne (Harbor City).
Both of the Hawaii teams in the doubleheader lost last Friday. St. Louis fell to Kamehameha 41-20 and Kahuku was upset by Roosevelt 23-13.
St. Louis fell out of the Student Sports Fab 50 with its loss and Kamehameha made its debut in the west region rankings at No. 12.
On the run: The Oahu Interscholastic League and Interscholastic League of Honolulu cross country seasons continues with four meets on Saturday.
Waianae and Pearl City host seven-team OIA meets at 9 a.m. and Kalani holds a meet at 3 p.m.
The ILH teams will compete in the Kamehameha Invitational at 2 p.m.
All of the Oahu schools will participate in the Punahou Invitational on Oct. 12. The Mililani Invitational is scheduled for Oct. 19.
Both the OIA and ILH hold their championship meets on Nov. 9. The HHSAA championships are set for Nov. 16 at Central Oahu Regional Park.
On a break: Maui Interscholastic League and ILH football teams have the week off as the leagues brace for the second round of their seasons.
The MIL's midseason break coincides with the annual Maui County Fair. The second half of the regular season begins next Friday.
Baldwin completed a perfect first round with a 17-8 win over Maui. If the Bears win the second round, they will claim the league title. If another team wins the second round there will be a league championship game on Nov. 15.
The ILH completed divisional play last week with Kamehameha and Iolani finishing 2-0. The round-robin portion of the schedule begins Oct. 11 with all six teams in action.
Athletes of the Week
Boys>> Graham Enomoto, Hawaii Baptist volleyball: Put down a two-match total of 30 kills in the Eagles' win over Damien and loss to University.
Girls>> Annie Lanoza, Leilehua volleyball: Pounded 11 kills and came up with 12 digs in the Mules' victory over Waialua.
BOWLING>> Mika Shimabukuro, Hawaii Baptist: Rolled series scores of 524 and 537 to lead the Eagles to a win over Punahou.
>> Jacob Wong, Kamehameha: Led the Warriors boys team past St. Louis with a high series of 624.
CROSS COUNTRY>> Tamarah Binek, Waiakea: Won the girls race at Saturday's BIIF meet at Hawaii Preparatory Academy with a time of 13 minutes, 41 seconds.
>> Jared Chapman, Hawaii Prep: Finished first in the boys race at the BIIF meet with a time of 18:13.
FOOTBALL>> Dennis Moku Pilialoha, Pac-Five: Had two sacks, caused two fumbles, recovered two more and scored a touchdown in the Wolfpacks' 41-7 win over Damien.
>> Sualata Siva Savini, Pac-Five: Returned an interception of Damien quarterback Tevita Williams' pass 56 yards for a touchdown.
>> Josh Vierra, Kamehameha: Caught three touchdown passes among his seven receptions for 124 yards in the Warriors' 41-20 win over St. Louis.
>> Keoni Ruth, Kamehameha: Totaled 110 receiving yards, including a 71-yard touchdown grab.
>> B.J. Batts, St. Louis: Returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and also scored on a 10-yard run in the Crusaders' loss to Kamehameha.
>> Bryson Borges, Roosevelt: Rushed 26 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns as the Rough Riders upset Kahuku 23-13.
>> Chris Thorpe, Radford: Returned a kickoff 95 yards and a punt 75 yards for touchdowns in the Rams' 29-26 win over Aiea.
>> Ben Ah Mook Sang, Aiea: Caught seven passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns in Na Alii's loss to Radford.
>> Billy Barbour, Mililani: Ran 25 times for 143 yards in the Trojans' 21-20 victory over Leilehua.
>> Jose Santos, Mililani: Blocked the potentially game-tying PAT and recovered the ensuing onside kick to preserve the Trojans' lead over Leilehua.
>> Kevin Cadiente, Kauai: Returned an interception 100 yards for a score on defense and caught four passes for 77 yards and a score on offense.
>> Matt Bell, Farrington: Ran for 111 yards and a touchdown in a loss to McKinley.
>> Jonny Poe Hooikaika, Kapaa: Caught four passes for 108 yards and a touchdown.
>> Justin Barit, Waialua: Recorded 16 tackles at middle linebacker in the Bulldogs' loss to Pearl City.
RIFLERY>> John Donahue, Castle: Led the Castle boys to a win over Moanalua with a score of 250 points.
>> Chelsey Villanueva, Kapolei: Recorded a score of 242 in the Hurricane girls team's victory over Pearl City.
VOLLEYBALL>> Ashley Kau, University: Recorded 11 kills and 11 digs in the Junior 'Bows loss to Hawaii Baptist and hit .900 with nine kills in a win over Hanalani.
>> Lauren Chang, Punahou: Served up four aces and recorded 14 digs in wins over St. Andrew's and Mid-Pacific.
>> The last time the St. Louis football team dropped consecutive games was in 1993 when the Crusaders lost to Punahou 21-7 and Iolani 27-26.
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