Punahou receiver Steinhoff recovering after operation to remove his spleen
The mood at Punahou is lighter in more ways than one.
Kameron Steinhoff, injured during Friday's game against Saint Louis, is recovering since having his spleen removed that night. The 6-foot-4, 188-pound wide receiver suffered the injury after taking a hit on a pass play.
When he left the game, Steinhoff was sore, but the severity of the injury was undetected at first.
"We didn't know what it was. It didn't look like that hard of a hit, but any time you're exposed, you're vulnerable," Punahou coach Kale Ane said.
Though the two-sport standout seemed to have the wind knocked out of him, trainers weren't so sure.
"He just said it was sore and that was it," Ane said.
Before the game was over, trainers had him taken to the hospital, where the spleen damage and internal bleeding were discovered.
"Anytime in high school, you don't know how they're gonna respond. We were fortunate that the doctors analyzed it real quick," said Ane. "We had some kidney (injuries), torn ACLs and those type of injuries, but nothing like this."
Steinhoff is recuperating in the hospital without a timetable for a return home and to school.
"He needs to be stable and take it easy," Ane added. "I know the family's grateful for all the kind thoughts and concerns."
No SSC for state hoops?
When the Hawaii High School Athletic Association executive board meets again in about a month, executive director Keith Amemiya
will give an update about the status of a facility for the girls basketball state championships. The girls normally have access to the Stan Sheriff Center, but since the shift from the spring to winter season, things have changed. Amemiya would like to have the SSC, but with men's and women's basketball in season at UH, the alternatives are more likely.
"I don't want to hit the panic button yet," Amemiya said.
Transfer rule on table
A transfer rule proposal that was approved by athletic directors at the HIADA conference is still on the HHSAA table.
The attempt to coordinate a statewide transfer rule is well-meaning, but needs a lot of tightening, Amemiya said.
"There are a lot of different scenarios that could happen," Amemiya said. "So it needs to be worked on."
Baseball tiebreaker discussed
At the last HHSAA board meeting, the league executive directors and school principals addressed the baseball tiebreaker method for the state tournament's consolation games.
Last season, a game ended in a tie due to a 2-hour time limit. Hilo advanced to the next round of consolation play and St. Anthony was ousted because it accumulated fewer hits.
Some concern has been raised about whether the tiebreaker is fair.
Big Island Interscholastic Federation executive director Ken Yamase said he originated that method because teams in the past relied only on a coin flip.
"My teams lost three times because of that," the former Waiakea AD and coach said.
Work at Roosevelt field to start
The renovation project at Roosevelt's field is set to begin next month, as scheduled. The new track and field, complete with rubberized track and FieldTurf, is scheduled to be completed in May, well in advance of the 2008 football season.
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Athletes of the week
Saint Louis football
The senior quarterback threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 30 yards and one more score against Punahou.
Leinani Keanini, Iolani volleyball
The senior outside hitter pounded 13 kills as the Raiders upset previously unbeaten Kamehameha.
» Joshua Endo
, Waianae: 234 against Radford
» Aaron Halemano, Kalani: 246 against Kalaheo
» Chelsie Hata, Moanalua: 231 against Roosevelt
» Mason Laikupu, Roosevelt: 255 against Moanalua
» Kayle McNulty, Campbell: 236 against Waianae and 242 against Waipahu
» Emi Nakayama, Kalani: 261 against Kalaheo
» Jessie Navarrete, Kapolei: 243 against Campbell
» Cheyenne Ritt, Campbell: 240 against Waianae and 227 against Waipahu
» Sean Arakaki
, Hawaii Baptist: 245 against Maryknoll
» Grant Aurio, Farrington: 246 against Kaiser
» Dominic Caggiano, Radford: high game of 245 against Kapolei
» Justin Kanda, Roosevelt: 248 against Kalani
» Ethan Kawada, Hawaii Baptist: high series of 619 against AOP
» Sebastian Locquiao, Campbell: 257 against Waipahu
» Suzana Signaigo, St. Andrew's Priory: 236 against Mid-Pacific
» Scott Sunada, Kapolei: 242 against Radford
» Ray Takara, Kalani: 248 against Roosevelt
» Jesse Thoemmes, Kamehameha: high game of 247 against MPI
» Christopher Waiamau, Punahou: 246 and high series of 635 against AOP
» Haley Abing
, Maryknoll: paced ILH girls in 19 minutes, 51 seconds at the Patsy Mink CORP course; also led ILH girls in 19:46 at the Iolani Invitational at Ford Island
» Chris Burniske, Punahou: led ILH boys in 17:20 at the Patsy Mink CORP course
» Bryce Jenkins, Leilehua: led OIA harriers in 16:20 at the Iolani Invitational, placing third overall
» Kristin Ali Keith, Mililani: led all OIA girls in 19:45 at the Iolani Invitational, placing fourth overall
» Matthew Nakamoto, Hawaii Baptist: led ILH runners at the Iolani Invitational in 16 minutes, 51 seconds, finishing fifth overall
» James Buchanan
, Aiea: caught four passes for 119 yards, including a touchdown, against Mililani
» Antoin DeWalt, Pearl City: ran for 120 yards and a touchdown against Waipahu
» Alefesio Iu, Farrington: passed for 204 yards and three touchdowns against Kalaheo; completed 10 of 11 passes
» Guy Kaapuni, Pearl City: caught three passes for 103 yards, including one touchdown, against Waipahu
» Junior Mataafa, Kahuku: ran for 167 yards and caught a touchdown pass against McKinley
» Keenan Naeole, Aiea: passed for 280 yards and a score against Mililani
» Keo Palimoo, Waipahu: ran for 191 yards and two touchdowns against Pearl City
» Kalei Stevens, Farrington: two interceptions against Kalaheo
» Matt Stowers, Farrington: caught three passes for 119 yards against Kalaheo
» Lowen Tynanes-Perez, Kailua: rushed for 168 yards and a touchdown against Castle
» Era Iafeta
, McKinley: 10 kills against Farrington
» Jenna Kawamura, Hawaii Baptist: 17 digs against Word of Life
» Leinani Keanini, Iolani: 13 kills against Kamehameha
» Lauren Minkel, Iolani: 10 kills and three blocks against Kamehameha
» Keisha Miura, Hawaii Baptist: 30 assists and four digs against Word of Life
» Pearly Togiai, McKinley: 11 kills against Farrington
» Mali'e Yoon, Iolani: 30 assists against Kamehameha
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