Fisher commits to play at St. Francis
He lands at the I-AA school after getting a late start in the recruiting game
Late is better than never, both for St. Francis (Pa.) and Russel Fisher.
Fisher, a Star-Bulletin first-team All-State defensive end from Pac-Five, gave the Division I-AA school an oral commitment to play football there this fall.
The 6-foot-1 1/2, 251-pound senior impressed fans and opponents alike last season with his strength and catch-up speed. Despite playing for the last-place team in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu, Fisher was a standout defensively.
Fisher sent out videotapes to prospective schools late in the season.
By then, schools that liked Fisher had already given scholarship offers out, and he got caught in a numbers game.
One of them was Hawaii.
Recently, the Warriors expressed interest in the Mid-Pacific Institute senior class president.
UH, running low on scholarships and gray-shirt offers, asked Fisher to walk on.
St. Francis, with three players from Hawaii and another three from American Samoa, appealed to Fisher.
"It seems like a place where I could grow both athletically and academically," Fisher said.
Another I-AA school, Mississippi Valley State, also offered Fisher a scholarship.
"Basically, my parents really helped me," he said. "They felt St. Francis would be a better academic experience."
The campus isn't far from metro areas such as Pittsburgh.
"I can go see (NFL) games, so I'm pretty excited about that," said Fisher, who has no plans to run for class president at St. Francis.
"That's kind of a heavy deal," he said of running for office. "I don't have a problem with making my voice be heard, but as a freshman, no. Maybe as time goes on."
Fisher wouldn't rule out interest in Hawaii down the road.
"Depending on how I was doing at St. Francis. If I really like it, I'll stay up there," he said.
Eagle to land in Texas:
Hawaii Baptist Academy soccer standout Cameron Holm
has orally committed to play at Southern Methodist next season.
Holm was also recruited by Penn State despite missing part of last year due to injury. Holm is not playing this season due to the ILH outside-participation (club) rule.
As a sophomore, he led the Interscholastic League of Honolulu in scoring with 11 goals. He was voted to the All-ILH first team by coaches.
Holm will be a midfielder for an SMU squad that advanced to the NCAA final four last year.
Hawaii team in poll:
Punahou, the defending state baseball champion, is ranked No. 10 in the Easton Sports National High School Poll run by Collegiate Baseball's newspaper.
Punahou went 34-3-1 last year.
The No. 1 team in the poll is Russell County (Ala.).
Raiders seek applicants:
Iolani School is accepting applications for the girls volleyball head coach position.
Those interested in applying for the position can call the Iolani athletic office at 943-2208 or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Athletes of the week
Miah Ostrowski, Punahou basketball:
Scored 17 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as the Buffanblu rallied for a 69-68 win over Maryknoll. Also scored the game-winning layup in OT.
Kaliko Kepa, Kalaheo softball:
Tossed a five-hit shutout and went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored as the Mustangs defeated Aiea for the OIA Division II crown.
Okesene Ale Jr., Kahuku:
Scored 33 points, including five 3-pointers, as the fourth-ranked Red Raiders topped No. 10 Kaimuki.
Chris Aiwohi-Kegler, Kamehameha-Hawaii: Tallied 16 points and 13 rebounds as the fifth-ranked Warriors defeated Pahoa.
Cameron Bayne, Saint Louis: Scored 20 points against Iolani.
Brad Foster, AOP: Poured in 28 points in a win over Hanalani.
Daniel Gordon, Mid-Pacific: Scored 20 points, including six 3-pointers, against Maryknoll.
Kalani Kahalekai, Nanakuli: Scored 25 points in a win over Aiea.
Clayton Laurel, Leilehua: Poured in 21 points in a win at Waialua.
Ken Moses, Mililani: Scored 29 points, including five of his team's 11 3-pointers, in a victory over Waialua.
Gary Satterwhite, Radford: Scored 22 points, including four 3-pointers, in a win at Waianae.
Kawika Shoji, Iolani: Scored 23 points, including 4-for-5 from 3-point range, in a win at Saint Louis. Also scored 18 points against Punahou.
Tyler Tsukazaki, Maryknoll: Scored 21 points in a victory over Mid-Pacific.
Andrew Wingert, Kaiser: Tallied 26 points in a win over Kailua.
Ikaika Makue, Pearl City:
Scored twice as the Chargers topped Castle in an OIA playoff game.
Daniel Phelps, Leilehua: Scored both of his team's goals in a playoff win over Roosevelt. Also scored two goals in a 4-0 win over Kalaheo.
Brooke Shriner, Moanalua: Made several saves in her team's 1-0 win over Kailua.
Tajia Acierto, Kapolei:
Scattered seven hits for a complete-game playoff win over Campbell. Also went 2-for-3 with a triple, double and five RBIs.
Lily Cabral, Kalaheo: Went 3-for-4 in an OIA Division II championship win over Aiea.
Krista Dumandan, Kailua: Struck out five of the nine batters she faced in relief, recording a save as Kailua blanked Leilehua for the OIA Division I championship.
Noe Esperas, Kamehameha: Hurled six scoreless innings as the Warriors beat Sacred Hearts to clinch the ILH title.
Jessica Ghazali, Pac-Five: Struck out 10 in the Wolfpack's 2-1 win over Punahou.
Ashley Hopfe, Kailua: Allowed no runs and just three hits in 3 2/3 innings in Kailua's win over Leilehua.
Shyenne Hussey, Kailua: Belted a 3-run homer against Leilehua.
Agesha Lightsy, Kahuku: Went 3-for-3 against Kapolei.
Sarah Robinson, Moanalua: Fired a three-hit shutout while striking out six in the Menehunes' playoff win over Castle.
Chasity Senas, Mililani: Went 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs against Kailua.
Stacie Sueda, Pac-Five: Went 2-for-4 and recorded an assist on a throw from the outfield as the Wolfpack edged Maryknoll. The win clinched the ILH Division II title for Pac-Five.
Tiana Vierra, Leilehua: Limited Pearl City to one run and five hits in a playoff win. Also went 3-for-4 with a double.
To nominate ...
To nominate an athlete of the week, contact the Star-Bulletin Sports Department by 11 p.m. Sunday: