St. Joseph’s Division I volleyball pipeline produces another recruit in Hanohano
A tiny school on the Big Island continues to be one of the more successful local feeders to college volleyball programs.
St. Joseph, which sent three players to the college ranks in recent years, has another dynamo in Chelbie Hanohano.
The versatile senior is averaging nearly a double-double in kills and digs for the Cardinals. In a recent match against Keaau, the four-year starter had 25 kills, 19 digs, six service aces and three blocks.
Though the Cardinals are 2-5 in Big Island Interscholastic Federation play, Hanohano has drawn plenty of attention, thanks to her play in varsity and club action.
The attention -- letters from Georgia Tech, Texas, Penn State, UCLA, Syracuse, Buffalo, Santa Clara and Portland -- have not materialized in the form of an offer yet. But Hanohano is just one of dozens of local girls who are getting scouted by universities all over the nation.
"She has definitely taught me something as a coach," her mother, Rachelle Hanohano said. "She has worked really hard on her emotions and I totally respect her intensity and competitive spirit. She is a wonderful leader who never lets others affect her ability to execute a play and leads by example."
The younger Hanohano may walk in the footsteps of her mother some day. Chelbie helps out with the Cardinals' junior varsity team. "She is a true role model to the other players. Her dad and I are really proud to see how far she has come as an athlete," the coach said.
Other St. Joseph players at the D-I level include Jazmin Pa'akaula and Ashley Hanohano at Fairfield University.
Tengan speaks out
Farrington coach Randall Okimoto
expressed his sentiment. Now Delbert Tengan
of Saint Louis is also putting his support behind Reggie Torres
, Kahuku's second-year coach.
Torres, who guided Kahuku to the Division I state football championship last year, is facing critics who claim that his focus on humility and obedience are too much. Among the criticisms are his dislike for big emotional outbursts by his team, or even his junior varsity squad, when the game is a blowout.
Another issue, supposedly, involved a player who asked for playing time during a game and was reprimanded by one of the assistant coaches.
Tengan, who knows about success and the scrutiny it brings, empathized with Torres.
"You just gotta do your job, and that's what Reggie does. He's just trying to be the best football coach he can be. He's going to prepare his team every week. As a coach, all you can ask is for your administration to back you," Tengan said.
"Wherever you go, there's gonna be disgruntled parents or alumni. Joe Paterno, he had that, as great as he is and what he's done for Penn State. Bobby Bowden (of Florida State), the same thing is going on right now," said Tengan, whose team lost to Kahuku in last year's title game.
"In this day and age of the Internet and blogs, that just magnifies the whole situation, where people want to throw the opinions out there, and it just snowballs, especially on the high school level. We're not getting paid like Coach (Nick) Saban at Alabama. We're doing it for the kids and the love of the sport and program.
"For people to question that dedication is really uncalled for unless somebody is doing something that is totally abusive or putting the kids at risk."
One of Torres' recent compromises allowed the players to perform a pregame haka on Friday before their final home game against Farrington.
Kahuku is 4-0 in league play.
Raiders rise, Warriors stay put
Iolani moved up a notch to No. 34 in the latest PrepVolleyball.com national rankings. Kamehameha remained at No. 10.
Iolani is currently No. 1 in the Star-Bulletin Girls Volleyball Top 10.
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Athlete of the week
, Kaimuki football
The junior running back rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns on 23 attempts in the Bulldogs' victory at Roosevelt last weekend
» Jasmine Abila
, Kahuku: 247 against Farrington
» Bryson Aiu, Kamehameha: 237 against Mid-Pacific
» Kerstyn Aiu, Kaimuki: 236 against Castle
» Michael Blickos, Roosevelt: 243 against Kailua
» Gabrielle Decosta, Kahuku: 233 against Farrington
» Joshua Endo, Waianae: 243 against Waialua
» Chelsie Hata, Moanalua: 238 against Kalani
» Brittany Kinoshita, Kapolei: 235 against Leilehua
» Davin Lee, Punahou: 267 against Academy of the Pacific
» Katie Moloney, Kamehameha: 246 against Mid-Pacific
» Jordan Muratsuchi, Mid-Pacific: 260 against Kamehameha
» Emi Nakayama, Kalani: 260 against Moanalua
» Christopher Okamura, Kalani: 244 against Moanalua
» Lauren Riford, Punahou: 261 against Academy of the Pacific
» Chris Sciotto, Academy of the Pacific: 250 against Punahou
» Tracie Takaki, Pearl City: 241 against Waianae
» Alix Tsuruda, Mid-Pacific: 245 against Kamehameha
» Kalei Vierra, Kahuku: 243 against Farrington
» Daniel Akana
, Kamehameha: 229 against Saint Louis
» Jurry Batangan, Damien: 235 against Academy of the Pacific
» Ethan Kawada, Hawaii Baptist: 231 against Iolani
» Cameron Lee, Iolani: 230 against Maryknoll
» Joel Nakamura, Saint Louis: 250 against Kamehameha
» Healani Olpendo, Waialua: 235 high game and 624 high series against Aiea
» Charles Palmer, Radford: 233 against Pearl City
» James Pirtle, Pearl City: 275 high game and 671 high series against Radford
» Kimie Roller, Kapolei: 227 against Waianae
» Holly Somera, Aiea: 245 high game and 657 high series against Waialua
» Sky Uyehara, Hawaii Baptist: 232 high game and 644 high series against St. Andrew's Priory
» Matthew Nakamoto
, Hawaii Baptist: was the top ILH boys runner and third overall at the Kaiser Invitational with a time of 16:45
» Kristin Ali Keith, Mililani: led all Hawaii entrants and placed third overall at the Kaiser Invitational in 19 minutes, 51 seconds
» Brandon Adviento
, Kailua: rushed for 109 yards and one touchdown against Kalaheo
» Aldodius Colquitt, Aiea: caught eight passes for 107 yards, including two touchdowns, against Waianae
» Jray Galeai, Kahuku: threw three TD passes against Farrington
» Alefesio Iu, Farrington: passed for 202 yards and a touchdown against Kahuku
» Mason Koa, Kapolei: caught four passes for 74 yards and ran for a touchdown against Leilehua
» Ben McQuown, Waianae: ran for 159 yards, including two 80-yard touchdown runs, against Aiea
» Jordan Monico, Moanalua: passed for 134 yards and ran for 97 against McKinley
» Keenan Naeole, Aiea: passed for 245 yards (22-for-30) and three touchdowns against Waianae
» Ka'ehukai Nauka, Anuenue: rushed for 96 yards and passed for 18 against Nanakuli
» Eric Quinn, Moanalua: rushed for 78 yards and caught a pass for 32 yards against McKinley
» Will Starks, McKinley: rushed for 60 yards and caught six passes for 55 yards against Moanalua
» Jackie Uemoto, Kailua: caught two passes for 105 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown, against Kalaheo
» Kelly Chang
, Hawaii Baptist: 20 digs against University.
» Sarah Palmer, Hawaii Baptist: combined for 21 kills and 13 digs against University and Mid-Pacific
» Chanteal Satele, Word of Life: eight kills against Punahou
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