McLachlin heads defensive team
When the Star-Bulletin boys basketball Fab 15 All-State selections were released on Sunday, the views and opinions of coaches and media were reflected clearly.
The same panel also participated in the All-Defensive team picks, and Punahou center Spencer McLachlin was a runaway winner as the top defender. The 6-foot-7 senior was joined by Tyler Caswell of Kalaheo, who garnered the second-highest point total.
Also on the team are Brandon Madamba, Beau Albrechtson and Keone Reyes of Kaimuki. Moanalua guard Stevie Austin was also voted to the top five, finishing in a tie with Reyes.
St. Francis girls to sign letters
Four St. Francis athletes will sign college letters of intent tomorrow at the school's campus.
Troubadours volleyball player Kylie Harrington will sign to play for Nevada
Two softball players -- Sasha Koki and Jandee Taira -- will sign to play for Western Oregon, while teammate Shannon Lum will sign to play for Southern Utah.
Kuehu twins help in other ways
Punahou twins Shawna-Lei Kuehu
and Shaena-Lyn Kuehu
are sidelined with knee injuries, but that doesn't mean they're not effective in other ways for the two-time defending state girls basketball champion.
Shawna-Lei, the two-time state player of the year, isn't shy about offering her insights to teammates.
"Yep, the girls really look up to Shawna," coach Mike Taylor said. "She was giving great feedback to them that night and against Maryknoll. She saw some great things that she was relaying to the kids and me."
Shaena-Lyn, an All-State guard and standout defensive player, injured her knee earlier than her sister.
"Ideally, she'd love to return for this season, but we need to grab a hold of the big picture, which is being ready for next season and for her college career. If she can return for the summer tournaments and is 100 percent healthy, not only physically, but emotionally as well, that would be her goal," the coach said.
High school report
Athlete Of The Week
Christian Academy basketball
The 5-foot-11 senior averaged 29.6 points, 18.6 rebounds and six blocks in three games, including a 36-point, 20-board effort against Kamehameha II
Joey Aquino, Mililani:
went 3-for-3 with a triple and a double against Waialua.
Cameron Howser, Campbell: went 3-for-3 with two doubles, four RBIs and two runs scored against Radford.
Alika Kaanapu, Kalaheo: went 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs against Roosevelt.
Michael Kahalehoe, Kapolei: went 4-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs against Waipahu.
Aina Kalaola-Myer, Waianae: went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs against Nanakuli.
Kia Kapana, Campbell: went 3-for-3, scored three times and drove in three runs against Radford.
Reece Kiriu, Punahou: threw a two-hitter and went 2-for-2 with a triple, double and four RBIs against Kamehameha.
Roger Kramer, McKinley: went 3-for-3 with three RBIs against Kaimuki.
Pulama Silva, Castle: fired a one-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks against Kahuku.
Nick Wong, Roosevelt: swatted two homers and drove in five runs against Kalaheo.
Jazzmin Awa-Williams, Konawaena:
scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds in a key win over Honokaa. She also scored 19 points against Keaau.
Bryanna Batts, St. Francis: scored 23 points against St. Andrew's Priory.
Ta Nitra Byrd, Radford: scored 12 points and added 19 boards against Aiea.
Ashlee Dela Cruz, Kapolei: scored 21 points against Mililani.
Nicole Fu, Maryknoll: scored 20 points against Punahou.
Poe Gantt, Kapaa: scored 25 points and grabbed eight boards against Kauai.
Kirsty Imai, Waiakea: scored 21 points against St. Joseph.
Megan Kamehiro, Kalani: scored 20 points against Kalaheo.
Danielle Lovell, Waianae: scored 23 points against Kaiser.
Janelle Nomura, Punahou: scored 25 points against Kamehameha.
Olivia Phommachanh, Kaimuki: scored 26 points against Kahuku and 20 points against Kalaheo.
Jamie Smith, Iolani: scored 15 points and added 17 rebounds in a win over Punahou.
Cheyna Tagura, Campbell: scored 21 points against Anuenue.
Milika Taufa, Lahainaluna: scored 24 points against Kamehameha-Maui.
Gina Ahue, Kahuku:
scored six goals against Roosevelt.
Kaila Garcia, Kalani: scored five goals against McKinley.
Karie Nickle, Kamehameha: scored five goals against Pac-Five.
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To nominate ...
To nominate an athlete of the week, contact the Star-Bulletin Sports Department by 11 p.m. Sunday: