Clague leaves soccer behind
Bob Clague put 32 years of coaching into Punahou soccer, which is why it's only fair to mention that the Buffanblu boys won 16 state titles in his time there.
This year's team went 16-1-1, thanks in part to a deep, cohesive unit that finished second in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu, then toppled Baldwin in the play-in game to reach the state tournament.
Clague, who recently retired from his job, will move to Volcano on the Big Island with his wife and put his energy into painting his new house and fixing the driveway.
Veteran Mililani girls coach Ray Akiona will remember Clague in the highest regard.
"He's had a lot of influence on people directly and indirectly. He's an icon who's done a lot for soccer in Hawaii as it's taken off. He's kind of who we can gauge ourselves. It's sad to see him go, but it's nice to see that he's set the path for a lot of people," Akiona said.
"If we're smart enough, we'll follow that path."
Counting the logic
In stride with the statewide debate over differing criteria for Division I and Division II, Kalani Silva
has some insights of his own.
The longtime player, fan and youth coach became Kamehameha-Hawaii's girls basketball varsity coach this season. Currently, the leagues have the autonomy to determine their own criteria. Last summer, new ILH president Richard Schaffer asked the other leagues to consider giving the Hawaii High School Athletic Association full control of a consistent, uniform classification policy for all leagues.
The leagues returned to the following HHSAA executive board meeting and rejected the informal suggestion. That hasn't eased the minds of many coaches and fans, however.
"I really think the HHSAA should take on this kuleana to make it consistent," said Silva, who is a CPA by profession. "Each league should get involved in coming up with the criteria (which is good for their own league) that would be compromised and agreed to by each league's representative and the HHSAA. Then you will get a true pairing of teams who should have a chance at a state title."
High School Report
Athlete Of The Week
Kaiser track and field
He won the 100 (11.1 seconds), 200 (22.6), high jump (5 feet, 6 inches), long jump (20-834) and paced his team's winning 4x100 relay unit.
Kalani Brackenridge, Kapolei:
went 3-for-4 against Waianae.
Codey Cabael, Castle: threw a five-inning, two-hit shutout and went 2-for-3 with three RBIs against Kaimuki.
Jeff Domingo, Pearl City: went 4-for-4 with a triple, double and three RBIs.
Jayson Fukumoto, Saint Louis: went 3-for-4 with four RBIs against Iolani.
Daniel Higa, Saint Louis: pounded two triples and scored four runs against Iolani.
Chaz Leong, McKinley: went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored against Roosevelt.
Ryan Murakami, Aiea: went 3-for-3 with a homer, double and three RBIs against Waialua.
Brett Nakasone, Leilehua: hurled four shutout innings for a win, and batted 3-for-3 against Nanakuli.
Allyn Oliva-Respcio, Campbell: threw five shutout innings and went 2-for-3 in a win over Waipahu.
Justin Otaguro, Roosevelt: went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs against McKinley.
Chad Quillopo, Pearl City: socked two triples and drove in five runs against Waialua.
John Ray Rodrigues, Kamehameha: went 4-for-4 against Pac-Five.
Cal Tashiro, Kaiser: belted a homer and drove in five runs against Farrington.
Jazzmin Awa-Williams, Konawaena:
scored 29 points against Ka'u.
Tiana Barbier, Seabury Hall: scored 23 points in a win at Molokai.
Ta Nitra Byrd, Radford: scored 23 points against Mililani.
Aloha Dias-Kekahuna, Campbell: scored 24 points with 14 rebounds against Kailua.
Jessica Dusich, Kaiser: scored 25 points against Waipahu.
Kara Hanato-Smith, Konawaena: scored 30 points against Ka'u.
Capri Holiona, Aiea: had 29 points and 12 boards against Leilehua.
Megan Kamehiro, Kalani: scored 23 points against Kahuku.
Chelsie Sato, McKinley: scored 23 points against Kaiser.
Brittaney Stafford, Leilehua: scored 24 points against Aiea.
Milika Taufa, Lahainaluna: scored 23 points against King Kekaulike.
T.J. Kua, Kamehameha:
shot a 71 to lead the ILH boys at Waikele Golf Course.
Andrew Lam, Punahou: led the ILH boys field at Pearl Country Club with a 69.
Katie Sisler, Punahou: carded a 71 to lead the ILH girls at Waikele Golf Course.
TRACK AND FIELD
Agnes Faaleagoga-Maloata, Kailua:
won the discus throw (105 feet, 5 inches) and shot put (30-6) at the Sakamoto Invitational.
Christine Iha, Kalani: won the 100 hurdles (17.0) and 300 hurdles (51.8) at the Sakamoto Invitational.
Michelle Ip, Kaiser: won the high jump (4-8) and pole vault (7-6) at the Sakamoto Invitational.
Marisa Schoen, Punahou: won the 400 (1 minute, 2.31 seconds) and 800 (2:29.29) in the ILH meet at Iolani.
Yasmina Taketa, Kalani: won the 200 (26.2) and long jump (16-6 1/2) at the Sakamoto Invitational.
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