Grey hopes to add some color to the Tigers' offense
A ghost from the past has recently shown up on the McKinley campus.
Bobby Grey, son of former McKinley great Chester Grey, has been working steadily with the Tigers since taking over the football program last month. Grey is just 28, but has been the offensive coordinator at Moanalua under Arnold Martinez the last three seasons.
He stepped in for outgoing coach William Moeava, who has returned to school.
"Everything's going great. We just started our offseason weight program, running and lifting," said Grey, who teaches math at Wahiawa Elementary School.
Coming from Moanalua, where the staff emphasized unity and academics, he is pushing his new players gently, but consistently.
"Right now, the biggest challenge is getting the kids to come out, getting kids eligible, so we have study table twice a week. They need to get it done in the classroom," said Grey, who played football at Air Force.
Though Moanalua was heavy on the option because of Grey's familiarity with the Flexbone, he plans to make use of his personnel at McKinley.
"I have a talented quarterback (Tilton Kaluna) coming back and some talented wideouts, so I'm really happy," he said.
"The offense will be a little bit different. My offense will be a little more spread open, but I'm sure we'll do some option."
His father, known as the "Grey Ghost," was an all-league running back in 1970. Chester Grey went to Boise State after graduating from McKinley and settled down there. He coaches football and track at a Boise high school.
"My dad is super excited for me. He'll retire within five years and then join me over here," Bobby said.
Martinez had mixed feelings about seeing his friend leave the Menehunes.
"Bobby will be missed. He brought a lot to the table. We did things in a collegiate-type setting because of his coaching in college," Martinez said. "I'm proud of him. He did a heck of a job. McKinley's getting a good coach with a lot of knowledge, and he'll prepare those kids for college.
"Hopefully, they'll be receptive to what he teaches."
Moanalua's new offensive coordinator is Jeff Stine, who has coached 5-A football in Texas for five seasons, Martinez said.
Realignment under way: The look of the Oahu Interscholastic Association football divisions changed, as scheduled, after two seasons.
Radford and Campbell moved up from the White Conference (Division II) to the Red West (D-I).
In the Red East, Moanalua and Kalaheo have arrived from the White.
The White Conference consists of Kaiser, Kalani, Nanakuli, Pearl City, Roosevelt, Waialua and newcomer Anuenue, which played junior varsity ball last season.
Bullish on Bruins: Word of Life senior Careena Onosai returned from Los Angeles on Sunday after visiting the UCLA campus with her father, Joe Onosai.
Careena Onosai is planning to walk on and play volleyball at UH next season, but UCLA is high on the talented senior when it comes to track and field. Onosai is one of the top discus throwers in the nation, and though volleyball is her first love, she paid close attention when the Bruins upped their offer from a partial scholarship to a full ride during her visit.
The "other" Punahou: Punahou's Division II girls basketball team is off to a 2-0 start in league play. Overall, the D-II Buffanblu are 11-1, including wins over fifth-ranked Kalaheo and Moanalua.
Voters gave the D-II Buffanblu six points in the latest Star-Bulletin Top 10, which means the team is within close range of No. 10 Hilo.
Arielle Daniels has been a constant in the low post for a Punahou team that is deeper than most D-I teams. Their only loss came at Kauai. Rainy weather kept the team from arriving at the gym on time. When they arrived, the Buffanblu were given only 5 minutes to warm up, and the loss ensued.
Still, 11-1 is nothing to sneeze at.
On the radar: Whether they like it or not, Sacred Hearts is on the radar after an 8-2 start in nonconference play.
Led by senior Samantha Saito, the small school plays hoops in Division I of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu. One of their losses came against Punahou's power D-I squad.
SHA has beaten OIA D-I teams Kaiser and Mililani and OIA D-II powers Kalani and Kaimuki by double-digit margins.
"We kind of don't want others to know how well we are doing," coach Alan Matsui said.
Athletes of the week
Peter Kirst, Pac-Five baseball:
Struck out 10 and pitched six innings as the Wolfpack upset Kamehameha 4-3.
Shanadee Canon, Kalaheo basketball:
Poured in 25 points as the Lady Mustangs edged Kahuku in two overtimes 76-74. The senior guard also scored 27 points in a win over Kaiser.
Bucky Aona, Punahou:
Socked a double and drove in four runs as the Buffanblu downed Kamehameha.
Scott Hiramoto, Punahou: Hurled a complete-game five-hitter against Kamehameha. He also went 2-for-4 with a double.
Christian Johnson, Iolani: Belted a three-run homer and pitched a four-hitter in a victory over Saint Louis.
Zachary Kometani, Punahou: Was 3-for-5 with three RBIs in a loss to Iolani.
Matt Suiter, Punahou: Went 3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI in a loss to Iolani.
Ryan Taketa, Pac-Five: Went 3-for-4 in the win over Kamehameha.
Christine Ching, McKinley:
Scored 18 points for the Lady Tigers in a loss to Kalaheo.
Janine Diehl, Hawaii Baptist: Scored 36 points in wins over Kapaa and Kealakehe.
Kendra Fischer, Kalaheo: Pumped in 27 points, including three treys, against Kahuku.
Courtney Gaddis, La Pietra: Scored 19 points in a win over Kamehameha II.
Kaitlyn Ikehara, McKinley: Scored 18 points on six 3-pointers in a loss to Kaiser.
Ashley Medcalf, Christian Academy: Scored 29 of her team's 32 points as the Patriots lost to HBA.
Kimberly Meyerowitz, Waialua: Scored 18 points in a win over Kailua.
Chelsey Ramirez, Waialua: Scored 23 points as the Bulldogs won at Kailua 53-50. She also scored 19 points in a win at Waianae.
Chelsie Sato, McKinley: Tallied 18 points in a loss to Kaiser.
Siutiti Takai, St. Francis: Pumped in 20 points as the Troubadours defeated Kamehameha II.
Artevia Wily, Kahuku: The senior guard poured in 29 points in a loss at Kalaheo.
Alyssa Kong, Kamehameha:
Helped lead the Warriors to the large-school state championship for a fourth year in a row. She was also named the state's outstanding cheerleader of the year.
Zakry Akagi-Bustin, Leilehua: Shot a 78 to win the OIA West boys tourney at Mililani Golf Course.
Britney Choy, Leilehua: Shot an 81 to win the OIA West girls tourney.
Ashlee Akeo, Kamehameha:
Scored four goals in a win over Pac-Five.
Manea Fujiyama, Kamehameha: Tallied four goals against Pac-Five.
Beth Knorek, Punahou: Scored three goals as the Buffanblu girls edged Iolani 9-8.
Aja Kusao, Iolani: Tallied three goals in the Raiders' loss to Punahou.
Ashley Nickle, Iolani: Scored three goals in the loss to Punahou.
Kari Nickle, Kamehameha: Amassed five goals in a win over Pac-Five.
Kelly Samples, Punahou: Scored three goals in the Buffanblu's win over Iolani.
To nominate ...
To nominate an athlete of the week, contact the Star-Bulletin Sports Department by 11 p.m. Sunday: