HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS
Top football teams won’t budge
Punahou retained its hold on the No. 1 spot with 22 first-place votes in the Star-Bulletin High School Football poll.
Four schools appear in both the Star-Bulletin's high school football and volleyball polls:
Leilehua (nine first-place votes), Saint Louis (one), Kamehameha and Farrington remained locked into the top five positions, but Kahuku rose three spots to No. 6 after a decisive win at Kealakehe.
Waianae returned to the Top 10 after a resounding home win over Kapolei, which dropped out of the rankings while hoping the MRI linebacker Chad Lopati will have on his knee this week brings good news.
Castle dropped to No. 10 with its 41-14 loss to No. 1 Punahou over the weekend, but there's plenty of upside for the Knights. Farrington, another Oahu Interscholastic Association title contender, is up next.
No change in volleyball poll
The prep volleyball poll was not nearly as fluid, with all 10 teams repeating this week.
Last week's first-place ballots were divided between No. 1 Kamehameha, No. 2 Iolani and No. 3 Punahou. This time, Kamehameha collected eight top votes and Iolani claimed the other four.
Sixth-ranked Moanalua lost to Kahuku, but voters gave Na Menehune a break since the Lady Raiders are fourth in the poll.
Nineteen teams outside of the Top 10 received votes last week. This week, that number was trimmed to 10. McKinley, Radford, Waimea and Maryknoll are hovering on the cusp.
Iolani won't have it easy this weekend when seventh-ranked Word of Life arrives. Kahuku has a rough path, too, with three matches this week.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Manti Te'o Punahou football
The senior linebacker had 10 tackles and a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown in a win at Castle.
Nile Te'o Kahuku volleyball
The senior outside hitter pounded 12 kills and had three digs against Moanalua.
» LeLan Aranaydo, Pearl City: scored 270 against Campbell
» Chelsie Hata, Moanalua: scored 262 against McKinley
» Peter Mathre, Kalani: scored 250 against Kahuku
» Jennifer Nose, Kalani: scored 256 against Kahuku
» Tevita Aholelei, Kaimuki: rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown against Iolani
» Kevin Aipia Jr., Castle: had 11 tackles, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and blocked a PAT kick against Punahou
» Arthur Aiwohi, Campbell: had seven receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown against Aiea
» Ryan Alvarado, Word of Life: ran for 63 yards and two touchdowns against Kamehameha-Maui
» Keliikoa Aki, Anuenue: rushed for 95 yards against Waialua
» Bryson Bangloy, Keaau: intercepted two passes against Lahainaluna
» Keith Brewer, Waiakea: passed for 329 yards and three touchdowns against Konawaena
» Doug Brown, Radford: threw for 240 yards and the winning touchdown against Moanalua
» Alex Fowler, Roosevelt: rushed for 121 yards and returned a kick 80 yards for a touchdown against Pac-Five
» Brenan Furtado, Damien: ran for 89 yards, including the winning touchdown, against Kailua
» Thysyn Garcia, Kohala: rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown, and also tossed a two-point conversion pass against St. Anthony
» Dalton Hilliard, Punahou: rushed for 94 yards and three touchdowns against Castle
» James Jones-Kamaunu, Kailua: rushed for 106 yards on 13 carries against Damien
» Skye Kaapunui, Pearl City: caught eight passes for 157 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown, against Waipahu
» Nalu Kae'o, Konawaena: ran for 98 yards and a touchdown against Waiakea
» Shaydon Kehano, Castle: scored touchdowns on a 66-yard punt return and a 34-yard pass; also totaled eight tackles as a defensive back against Punahou
» Corey Lau, Kailua: caught three passes for 104 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown, against Damien
» St. John Lessary III, Kahuku: ran for 86 yards and a touchdown, and added a 32-yard field goal at Kealakehe
» Kela Marciel, Iolani: caught four passes for 145 yards, including a miraculous 77-yard reception-and-run play with 16 seconds left to beat Kaimuki
» Daniel Masifilo, Campbell: caught six passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns against Aiea
» Troy Matautia, Waipahu: rushed for 179 yards and scored on a 35-yard run and a 54-yard punt return against Pearl City
» Drake Miller, Farrington: caught 11 passes for 110 yards against Saint Louis
» Rico Newman, Leilehua: ran for 161 yards, including a 93-yard touchdown, against Mililani
» Shawn Putman-Curry, Radford: caught six passes for 82 yards, including a game-winning 25-yard touchdown against Moanalua
» Lalo Respicio, Campbell: passed for 238 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for one more TD against Aiea
» Kawehi Sablan, Castle: had eight tackles, including three for loss, against Punahou
» Aronne Santos, King Kekaulike: threw a touchdown pass and returned an interception 56 yards to help Na Alii win at Bay (Fla.)
» Robby Toma, Punahou: caught seven passes for 103 yards and a touchdown against Castle
» Buta Wilhelm-Ioane, Baldwin: threw for 249 yards and three touchdowns against Mission Viejo (Calif.)
» Eleu Wilson, Waianae: the 290-pound junior ran for four touchdowns against Kapolei
» Taylor Akana, Kamehameha: had six kills to lead Kamehameha over Sacred Hearts
» Elizabeth Blake, Kahuku: had 31 assists against Moanalua
» Michelle Hardy, Moanalua: had 18 assists and three digs against Kahuku
» Kylee Maneja, Sacred Hearts: had eight kills and three blocks against Kamehameha
» Carsen Mata, Moanalua: had 10 kills and 17 assists against Kahuku
» Kayleen Ponce, Moanalua: had 11 kills against Kahuku
» Mali'e Yoon, Iolani: had 22 assists against La Pietra
PHOTOS BY MIKE BURLEY / MBURLEY@STARBULLETIN.COM
Kaimuki defenders, above, made a safety signal to the referees after tackling Iolani's Kellen Imada in the end zone during last Saturday's game. Iolani won 11-8. In another game last Saturday, Castle's Mitchell Lum (40, below) took down Punahou's Stabren Caires during the Buffanblu's 41-14 victory.