HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS
Hall of Honor picks 12
Two Punahou teammates and a trio of big-time Big Islanders are among the Class of 2007 announced yesterday by the Hawaii High School Hall of Honor.
Hawaii High School Hall of Honor
» Reece Alnas, Kamehameha-Hawaii (football, basketball, baseball and track and field)
» Jazzmin Awa-Williams, Konawaena (softball and basketball)
» Brandon Hardin, Kamehameha (football and track and field)
» Keisha Kanekoa, Honokaa (cross country, softball and basketball)
» June Ann Lusk, Baldwin (cross country, softball and track and field)
» Spencer McLachlin, Punahou (volleyball and basketball)
» Ashley Medcalf, Christian Academy (volleyball, soccer and basketball)
» Randolyn "Hoku" Nohara, Kamehameha (softball, wrestling and judo)
» Jeremiah "Miah" Ostrowski, Punahou (football and basketball)
» Keone Reyes, Kaimuki (football and basketball)
» Scott Smith, Saint Louis (football and basketball)
» Richard Torres, Kahuku (football, wrestling and judo)
Miah Ostrowski, the Star-Bulletin's football offensive player of the year and three-time All-State basketball selection, was one of three unanimous selections. His Buffanblu teammate in basketball, Spencer McLachlin, and Kamehameha's Randolyn "Hoku" Nohara were the other two to garner votes from all of the panelists.
Ostrowski, who has a football scholarship to play at the University of Hawaii, caught 81 passes for 1,317 yards and nine touchdowns last season. The 5-foot-9 guard is also a four-time All-State basketball selection after leading Punahou to the Interscholastic League of Honolulu title.
"It feels good now to think about it, to be one of only 12," he said. "Football wasn't my main sport. I never thought I'd go in that direction, ever."
McLachlin was a three-time Star-Bulletin boys volleyball player of the year. With the 6-foot-7 outside hitter swinging away, the Buffanblu won the past three state championships.
The Big Island's trio is its largest group in recent history. Jazzmin Awa-Williams, who led Konawaena to its second state girls basketball crown in four years, was joined by fellow Big Islanders Keisha Kanekoa of Honokaa and Reece Alnas of Kamehameha-Hawaii.
Awa-Williams will likely "four-peat" as an All-State pick after leading the Wildcats to the state championship on Friday.
Kanekoa capped a remarkable career with a superlative performance at the state tourney last week. The 5-6 court wizard averaged more than 24 points per game as the Dragons came within one win of reaching the championship game.
"Since the summer after her freshman year, she's spent hours and hours in the gym just shooting and doing drills," Honokaa coach Shawna Lau Kong said. "She's always been our boys team manager, so she gets to practice with them and get better."
Alnas won two gold medals in Saturday's Island Movers State Track and Field Championships to add more hardware to his storied career. The 5-10 senior was an All-BIIF performer in football, basketball and baseball, as well.
Others voted to the Hall of Honor are: Brandon Hardin, Kamehameha football and track; June-Ann Lusk, Baldwin softball and track; Ashley Medcalf, Christian Academy volleyball, soccer and basketball; Nohara, Kamehameha softball, wrestling and judo; Keone Reyes, Kaimuki football and basketball; Scott Smith, Saint Louis football and basketball; and Richard Torres, Kahuku football, wrestling and judo.
Hardin, a Star-Bulletin All-State cornerback, won five medals in Saturday's track and field championships, including a gold in the 100-meter dash. He will play football at Oregon State this fall.
Lusk, a multiple-event track champion, set the 100-meter dash record as a sophomore. She is also an All-State selection in softball as an outfielder for the state champion Bears.
Medcalf, a 5-10 senior, was an All-State pick in her three sports. She will play soccer for nationally ranked Rutgers next season.
Nohara was a prolific, dominating force in wrestling as a four-time state champion. She also won the state gold in judo over the weekend, and was an All-State pick in softball. She'll play softball at UH-Hilo next season.
Reyes, a 6-1, 250-pound senior, sparked underdog Kaimuki to the boys basketball state crown and was named player of the year. He was also an All-State selection as a defensive end in football.
Smith was also a tremendous football and basketball player, named All-State in both. The 6-7 senior will play football at Cal this fall.
Torres, who won gold in wrestling and judo this year, quarterbacked Kahuku's football squad to a state title. His move from defensive back, where he was an All-State candidate, to offense was a big reason for Kahuku's success.