Arceneaux takes over for Millwood as Mililani's football head coach
The success of Mililani football under James Millwood was unprecedented.
Continuity, though, was at the forefront when the Trojans hired offensive coordinator Darnell Arceneaux on Monday to fill Millwood's shoes.
Arceneaux was the coach at Saint Louis in 2002 when the Crusaders lost 27-26 to Kahuku in the state championship game. The former Crusader and Utah quarterback returned to the prep ranks last year as an offensive coordinator under Millwood.
Athlete of the Week
Keone Reyes, Kaimuki basketball: had 27 points, six rebounds and four assists against Kamehameha-Hawaii. He scored 21 points with seven rebounds against Punahou. He was named most outstanding player at the Hawaiian Airlines/HHSAA Division I state championships.
Beau Albrechtson, Kaimuki: had 22 points on 11-for-11 shooting and eight rebounds against Saint Louis. He scored 16 points with 16 rebounds and two blocks against Punahou and was named to the all-tournament team at the D-I state championships.
Stevie Austin, Moanalua: had 24 points, three steals and two blocks against Radford and scored 23 points (9-for-15 shooting) against Kamehameha-Maui. He was named to the all-tournament team at the D-I state championships.
Ryan Bautista, Kohala: named to the all-tournament team at the D-II state championships.
Tri Bourne, Academy of the Pacific: named to the all-tournament team at the D-II state championships.
Jayden Delizo, Campbell: scored 27 points against Baldwin.
Christian Fernandez, Farrington: named to the all-tournament team at the Division II state championships.
Kelii Kimi, Kamehameha-Hawaii: had 20 points and seven rebounds against Kalaheo.
Josh Kure, Moanalua: scored 20 points against Radford.
Nainoa Lessary, McKinley: named to the all-tournament team at the Division II state championships.
Spencer McLachlin, Punahou: had 18 rebounds and six blocks against Moanalua. He tallied 17 points, seven boards and three blocks against Kalaheo and was named to the all-tournament team at the Division I state championships.
Kaiea Medeiros, Kamehameha-Maui: had 18 points and 14 rebounds against Moanalua.
Miah Ostrowski, Punahou: scored 25 points and dished out five assists against Moanalua. He scored 22 points against Kalaheo and was named to the all-tournament team at the D-I state championships.
John Salmo, Baldwin: scored 22 points against Campbell.
Earvin Sione, McKinley: named to the all-tournament team at the Division II state championships.
Kameron Steinhoff, Punahou: scored 26 points with 13 rebounds and six blocks against Moanalua.
Mea Wong, Kamehameha-Hawaii: named to the all-tournament team at the Division I state championships.
Obie Woods, Aiea: named to the all-tournament team at the D-II state championships.
Mililani will lose several key players to graduation this year, including All-State running back Jordan Torres
, linebacker Josh Andrews
and offensive lineman Brandon Dela Cruz
"I think it's good that they hired him because we'll probably keep some of our coaches back," Dela Cruz said yesterday. "Sometimes he can be tough on us, but he's a good coach."
One of Arceneaux's protégés is quarterback Rustin Funakoshi, who emerged as one of the top passers in the Oahu Interscholastic Association in the new system.
"I think Rustin's gonna do really well," Dela Cruz predicted. "He has a really tight relationship with Arceneaux."
Funakoshi, who is a junior, is elated.
"I'm glad he's back," Funakoshi said. "He knows his stuff. Just basic fundamentals, different techniques. He tells me how to read defenders.
"I learned a lot coming in as a sophomore, but when Darnell stepped in, he taught me a whole new level of play."
Arceneaux is as demanding as they get.
"To me he's a good coach. I trust him being my coach," Funakoshi said. "I think it's good how he's hard on everybody. He pushes people to do better. He likes to compete."
Tigers at the top:
As McKinley's boys basketball coach, Bob Morikuni
has withstood the ebb and flow of talent in his program. With Abel Werner
as his point guard not so many years ago, the Tigers shocked the OIA by playing well in the playoffs, qualifying for the state tourney. It was a team nearly devoid of substantial height in the low post, but Morikuni and his court general found a way.
This season, McKinley ascended to the throne as the state's Division II champion. Morikuni's team was competitive from the start, posting early wins over D-I Campbell and Moanalua. The Tigers also lost close games to Radford and University, as well as a walloping defeat at the hands of Morikuni's alma mater, Iolani.
By the postseason, the Tigers were peaking, and Morikuni's steady influence paid dividends. One of the booming voices on his bench: Abel Werner.
Morikuni quickly deflects praise and credits his players and assistant coaches.
"Duane Omori, Brandon Flores and Abel were the ones who scouted the Farrington-University game. They came up with the game plan, and they were the ones the next day who went over it with the kids," he said of the state semifinal victory against a hot Farrington squad.
Morikuni, who took over the girls basketball program this year, was short on time as a result.
"(Our girls) had a 3:30 p.m. game at Kalani, so the assistants implemented and set the game plan to the kids before the game," Morikuni said. "Against Kohala, we basically played a 2-3 zone, but it was the other guys who came up with the other defenses that helped us through the season and helped me to step out of my conservative box at times,.
As for Werner ...
"Mark my words, Abel Werner is going to be a great head coach someday either in football or basketball," Morikuni said. "He is an awesome motivator and lights a fire under the players and coaches.
"He knows what he is doing."
No 'I' in team:
The Iolani girls basketball team is off to a 4-0 start in nonconference play, but coach Glenn Takara
is cautiously optimistic.
Takara's team already has wins over state-title contenders Honokaa, Kalaheo and Kalani. The Raiders' next game is tonight against Moanalua in the seventh annual Punahou Wahine Spring Basketball Classic.
The tournament, which uses a preset schedule format, is comprised of 12 teams. Six of them are from the Interscholastic League of Honolulu, and the remaining six are from the Big Island Interscholastic Federation and OIA.
The four-day tourney concludes on Saturday afternoon. Today's schedule is: Mid-Pacific vs. McKinley at 4 p.m., followed by Iolani-Moanalua (5:30 p.m.) and Punahou II-Kalani (7 p.m.). On the Ewa court, Maryknoll and Roosevelt meet at 4 p.m., followed by Punahou-Aiea (5:30 p.m.) and Word of Life-Hilo (7 p.m.).
Lee squashes rumor:
Damien athletic director Pohai Lee
refuted a rumor that he is in the running for the head football coach position at the school.
"That was agreed upon when I took the job," the former Baldwin offensive coordinator said. "I have enough on my plate as it is."
Eleven applications are in, he said, including one from California and one from Florida. The process will speed up once Brother Greg O'Donnell, the school's president, returns from a mainland trip.
Until then, speculation about a replacement for football coach Dean Nakagawa continues. Lee, who was a part of Baldwin's ascent to the Maui Interscholastic League football title, admits that he misses the game.
"If they bring it up, I'd listen," he said. "I've been missing it since I came here."
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