The stretch run of the high school football season heralds the approach of the annual holiday prep basketball tournaments.
Annual holiday basketball
tournaments fast approaching
By Jason Kaneshiro
The Iolani Prep Classic runs Dec. 16-21 at the Raiders' gym and will feature a 16-team field highlighted by Miami Christian (Miami, Fla.) and defending champion Fairfax (Los Angeles).
Miami Christian finished last season ranked 10th in the Student Sports Fab 50 and the Victors are expected to be a preseason top-five team this season.
Both of last year's championship game participants return for the Classic. Fairfax edged Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) 43-40 in last year's final. Fairfax returns point guard Kevin Bell, while Montrose is led by forward Linas Kleiza. Montrose has finished second in the tournament the last two years.
Vincent of Milwaukee, Wis., will also make the trip after going 23-1 last season and finishing the year ranked 38th in the country.
Other mainland teams scheduled to participate are Ben Franklin (Seattle, Wash.), Lincoln (Portland, Ore.) and Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.). Siena of Tuscany, Italy, will also take part in the Classic.
The tournament's local contingent is led by host and defending state champion Iolani. The Raiders feature all-state guard Derrick Low and forward Bobby Nash. The Raiders finished fifth in last year's tournament.
Other Hawaii teams in the Classic are St. Louis, Kamehameha, Leilehua, Radford, Pearl City, Kaimuki and Baldwin.
St. Louis will host the Walter Wong Invitational Dec. 26-28 at McCabe Gym.
Local teams joining the Crusaders in the tournament are Word of Life and Farrington. Also in the field are Kings (Seattle, Wash.), Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.), Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.), Tikigag (Point Hope, Alaska) and Hamamatsu Nishi (Shizoku, Japan).
State broadcasts: Two of Friday's quarterfinal games of the Chevron State Football Championship will be broadcast live on KUMU 2 1500-AM.
The network will carry the game between Castle and Hawaii Prep at 5 p.m. from Aloha Stadium. That game will be followed by the Baldwin-McKinley matchup at 7:30 p.m. from War Memorial Stadium on Maui.
KUMU 2 will also air both semifinal games on Nov. 29. KKEA 1420-AM will carry the state championship game on Dec. 6.
Hawaii Sports Network will televise the semifinals and championship game on a two-day delay basis.
The final match of the Nissan Girls Volleyball Championship on Saturday will also air live on radio and television.
The match at Hilo's Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium will be carried by KUMU 2 and Hawaii Sports Network on Oceanic Cable channel 16.
Athletes of the Week
BOYS>> J.B. Bolson, Kamehameha cross country: Helped the Warriors win their sixth consecutive state championship by capturing the boys individual title at the HHSAA State Cross Country Championships. He finished the 3-mile race in 16 minutes, 36 seconds.
GIRLS>> Nicole Anderson, Iolani cross country: Led the Raiders to a second straight state title by winning the girls race with a time of 12:02 at Central Oahu Regional Park, 29 seconds ahead of her next competitor.
BOWLING>> Bronson Teramoto, Kailua: Won the boys individual crown at the AT&T Wireless/HHSAA State Championships with a nine-game total of 2,003 pins. His performance helped the Surfriders win their first boys team championship.
>> Samantha Masuda, Kapolei: Knocked down 1,787 pins to win the state girls championship at Lihue Lanes on Kauai, leading the Hurricanes to a third-place finish as a team.
>> Jodi-Ann Gum, Pearl City: Led the Charger girls team to the state championship with a second-place performance in the individual competition. She finished with 1,744 pins.
FOOTBALL>> Keao Monteilh, St. Louis: Came off the bench to snag four interceptions in the Crusaders' 27-12 win over Kamehameha in the ILH championship game.
>> Jason Rivers, St. Louis: Caught a career-high 12 passes for 106 yards and a TD to help the Crusaders win their 17th consecutive ILH title.
>> Keoni Ruth, Kamehameha: Caught 11 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the Warriors' loss to St. Louis.
>> Micah Lau, Kamehameha: Recorded eight tackles and a sack against St. Louis. He also caused a fumble and returned it 40 yards.
>> Jared Suzui, Castle: Returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown and scored on a two-point conversion as the Knights defeated Kailua 25-0 in the OIA championship game.
>> Blaze Soares, Castle: Recorded nine tackles, four for losses, intercepted a pass and recovered two fumbles in the Knights' shutout of Kailua.
>> Joshua Bumanglag, McKinley: Caught seven passes for 100 yards in the Tigers' 14-10 win over Farrington in the OIA third-place game.
>> Abel Werner, McKinley: Completed 18 of 28 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns against Farrington.
BOYS VOLLEYBALL>> Isaac Kneubuhl, Kamehameha: Recorded nine kills as the Warriors defeated Pearl City 15-10, 15-9 in the title match of the Nissan/HHSAA State Boys Volleyball Championship in Hilo. He was named the tournament's most outstanding player.
>> Jonathan Charette, Pearl City: Hammered 20 kills in the Chargers' 15-8, 11-15, 15-5 win over Iolani in the state semifinals. It marked the first time in 13 years that an OIA team advanced to the state championship match.
>> NIssan/HHSAA State Boys Volleyball championship all-tournament team: Charette (Pearl City), Derrick Low (Iolani), Sean Carney (Iolani), Jarrett Day (Kamehameha), Willy Melemai (Kamehameha), Ainoa Miyashiro (Kamehameha). Most outstanding player--Kneubuhl (Kamehameha).
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL>> Alicia Arnott, La Pietra: Finished her high-school career by recording 66 kills, five blocks and three aces in three matches last week.
>> Julia Sandborn, Punahou: Hit .621 in registering 20 kills in two matches as the Buffanblu split a pair with La Pietra.
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