State football championship games delayed for a day on OC-16 TV
The finals of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships will not air live on TV, HHSAA executive director Keith Amemiya said.
Though games in the quarterfinals and semifinals have been broadcast live, the finals will air on a one-day delay on OC-16.
Because the state football tournament is the biggest revenue source for schools across the state, delaying the broadcast will boost attendance.
Attendance for the Division I semifinals on Saturday was a shade below 8,000.
Tickets for the Division I (Saint Louis vs. Leilehua) and Division II (Lahainaluna vs. Iolani) finals are available at Aloha Stadium and First Hawaiian Bank. Tickets are $12, but discounted to $9 at First Hawaiian Bank's Oahu locations. Tickets are also available at FHB in Lahaina.
Tickets for students (K-12) and seniors 62 and over remain at $5.
The finals will air live on radio via KUMU 1500-AM and on the internet at www.digitalsports.com.
was probably the busiest athlete in the islands during the week of the volleyball and cross country state championships. The 6-foot student-athlete from Molokai helped her volleyball team defeat Farrington in the quarterfinals of the Division II state tourney, and in her "down time," ran in the cross-country state meet 12 hours later. She then returned to her volleyball team shortly after the meet to play eventual champion Hawaii Baptist in the semifinals.
Farmers volleyball coach Matt Helm was more than impressed with his multi-skilled player.
"She has great ability and a great attitude," Helm said of the freshman.
Adolpho has been invited to play with 'Imi'ike volleyball club of Oahu in the offseason.
Helm is also enthusiastic about his top senior, Kelsy Takashima, who helped lead Molokai to an upset win at Kamehameha-Maui on the road.
Takashima originally had no plans to play volleyball in college, but that changed in the past year.
"I always knew she could. She's really looking into the physical therapy field, so that's kind of her focus," Helm said of Takashima, who carries a 4.12 grade-point average.
Changing of the guard
Honokaa's proud tradition in sports includes basketball, which is why the retirements of boys coach Cheyenne Meyer
and girls coach Shawna Lau Kong
Former player Eddie Rodrigues is the new boys coach.
Lane Guzman, a former assistant, is the new girls coach.
"It's coming full circle," Lau Kong said. "When I was (playing) in high school, Eddie was in seventh or eighth grade. He was our manager for girls basketball."
Since then, Rodrigues played, then coached under Meyer for several years.
Guzman coached under Meyer and Lau Kong.
"He's always been a student of the game, like (Nets coach) Lawrence Frank," she said. "He's the mellowest person ever. That was good for me when I was coaching because I was very animated."
Meyer stepped down to give more time to his young family. Lau Kong is not teaching full-time anymore, but occasionally substitutes at Honokaa.
"I've been coaching since I came back (from college). I didn't want to burn out," said Lau Kong, who guided Honokaa to the semifinals of the Division I state tourney last season. "I want to experience other things, maybe see what coaching would be like on Oahu."
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Athlete of the week
, Saint Louis football
He went 14-for-20 for 248 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in a state semifinal win over Waianae and improved to 22-0 as the Crusaders' starting quarterback.
» Marcus Breakfield
, Leilehua: led the Mules with 7 1/2 tackles and one pass deflection against Baldwin
» Jarom Baldomer, Iolani: led the Raiders with eight tackles against Kauai
» Lake Casco, Lahainaluna: rushed for 27 yards and a touchdown, caught three passes for 45 yards and a score, and anchored the Lunas' secondary against Kaimuki
» Edieson Dumlao, Leilehua: caught eight passes for 123 yards against Baldwin
» Ryan Eastman, Saint Louis: had 2 1/2 sacks, three quarterback hurries and two assisted tackles against Waianae
» Lionel Fujioka, Iolani: caught five passes for 139 yards and a touchdown against Kauai.
» Marcus Gonzalez, Saint Louis: recovered two fumbles and added a sack against Waianae
» Jordan Helle, Baldwin: threw for 303 yards and four touchdowns against Leilehua
» Josh Iriarte, Waianae: led the Seariders with seven tackles against Saint Louis
» Kalei Kamahele, Baldwin: caught 11 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown against Leilehua
» Allan Macam, Leilehua: caught two passes for 49 yards and a touchdown and intercepted a pass with 13 seconds left to seal the Mules' win over Baldwin
» Zaire Macapagal, Leilehua: rushed for 71 yards and caught four passes for 22 yards against Baldwin
» Andrew Manley, Leilehua: threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns against Baldwin
» Kela Marciel, Iolani: went 14-for-21 for 253 yards, three touchdowns and just one interception against Kauai; also ran for 20 yards
» Chase Nakamura, Baldwin: caught six passes for 105 yards and a touchdown against Leilehua
» Matt Parr, Kauai: made 8 1/2 tackles against Iolani
» Mana Rosa, Baldwin: had two sacks against Leilehua
» Blaise Smith, Lahainaluna: rushed for 93 yards and three touchdowns, and also led the Lunas defense at his linebacker position against Kaimuki
» Billy Stutzmann, Saint Louis: caught touchdown passes of 47 and 15 yards against Waianae
» Keisan Tamura, Baldwin: led the Bears with 5 1/2 tackles, including a sack, against Leilehua
» Kapa'ihi Umebayashi, Saint Louis: led the Crusaders defense with seven tackles against Waianae
» Justin Yamamoto, Iolani: ran for 138 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries against Kauai
» Mason Puckett
, Aiea: two goals against Leilehua
» Chelsie Swann, Kapolei: two goals against Waianae
» Jacquie Watkins, Aiea: two goals against Leilehua
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Saint Louis' Austin Wakinekona picked up some yardage in the open field in a state Division I semifinal victory over Waianae last Saturday.
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Iolani's Sean Nada, right, broke up a pass in the end zone intended for Kauai's Andrew Renaud in the Raiders' state Division II semifinal win last Saturday.
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