Iolani's Erin Stovall is a top talent
in basketball and track.

Photo by Ken Sakamoto, Star-Bulletin



Iolani's Stovall a
nationally touted talent

By Pat Bigold
Star-Bulletin



There's still a lot of head shaking on the West Coast and in Hawaii over the transfer of blue-chip prep basketball and track athlete Erin Stovall to Iolani School.

But it's probably nothing like the head shaking that'll be going on when the 5-foot-7 senior from Woodbridge High School begins both sports here next spring.

"She's definitely one of the elite players in the country," said USA Today's Dave Krider, who ranked Woodbridge No. 6 nationally last season.

Krider said Stovall would have been a serious candidate for All-American if she'd stayed at Woodbridge and played the same winter schedule as most of the nation. But he said Hawaii's spring season presents a dilemma for him about what to do with one of America's premier prep players.

Woodbridge was 32-2. Stovall was injured and did not play in the team's losses.

The Los Angeles Times reported last weekend that Stovall was leaving California. But the paper's report that she would not play basketball here turned out to be incorrect.

"The idea was for her to concentrate entirely on academics here but it's her choice whether or not she plays," said Stovall's father, William.

Stovall told the Star-Bulletin she will play both sports. The seasons run concurrently.

"She's incredible," said Corona Del Mar coach Garth Flint, who coached against Stovall. "We'd just look to make a pass and it was stolen."

Joining Stovall on Iolani's two-time defending state championship team next season will be 6-foot junior Heather Racine, who was a second-stringer last season for Corona Del Mar. Stovall, who has been here only a week, is living with Racine, whose father owns several media outlets in Hawaii.

Stovall, a three-year starter and honor roll student at Woodbridge, reportedly got most of her points off the press. She had 122 steals last season in the 24 games she played. She played about two quarters in most and averaged 22 points.

Stovall said yesterday she has narrowed her scholarship offers to five schools: Stanford, Virginia, Texas Tech, Purdue and North Carolina State.

She has also been offered track scholarships by Brown and USC.

Stovall, who was injured in her junior track season, had electronically timed marks as a sophomore close to or better than Hawaii state records. She clocked 12.03 seconds in the 100-meter dash. The Hawaii hand-timed record is 12.1.

She cleared the 100-meter high hurdles in 14.75 seconds. The Hawaii hand-timed record is 14.8.



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