Blaine Gier will take the reins of the Maryknoll boys basketball program next season as head coach of the varsity Division-I team and program coordinator.
Maryknoll names Gier
By Jason Kaneshiro
Gier has headed the school's physical education department since 1995 and coached the Spartans' Division II varsity team since 1999. He is also the coordinator for Maryknoll's boys volleyball program.
"I look forward to teaching basketball and taking on the challenge of coaching the varsity boys team as they compete against the best teams in the state," Gier said. "I also look forward to developing relationships with those who support the basketball program, including parents, players and coaches."
Gier, who graduated from Maryknoll in 1988, replaces Garrett Gabriel as the leader of the school's boys basketball program.
ILH reigns againThe Interscholastic League of Honolulu again scored the most state championships of the state's five leagues, but the Oahu Interscholastic Association made strides in sports that have traditionally been the property of the private schools.
ILH teams captured 11 state titles during the 2000-01 school year, and won four of the eight tournaments completed this month. The OIA finished with eight championships. The Maui Interscholastic League captured three titles, all going to Baldwin, while the Big Island Interscholastic Federation and the Kauai Interscholastic Federation won one each.
The OIA's titles in football (Kahuku) and girls basketball (Aiea) gave the league championships in sports dominated by the ILH since the early 1980s. Oahu public schools also scored rare victories in boys soccer (Mililani) and baseball (Kailua).
And even with Kalaheo's loss in the state girls basketball championship game Monday night, the year was still a particularly good one for Windward Oahu.
It started last fall with Kahuku's stunning win over St. Louis for the football title, continued with Kalaheo taking the boys basketball championship in February and finished with Kailua winning the baseball title Saturday.
Donations helped in state tournamentsIn addition to its corporate sponsors, the Hawaii High School Athletic Association state tournaments received assistance from various companies during the recently completed state tournaments.
Carlsmith Ball, Hawaii's oldest law firm, covered the travel costs of neighbor island participants in Monday's state tennis finals, while Papa John's provided pizzas for teams playing at Hans L'Orange Park in the first round of the state baseball tournament Friday.
ENOA Tours provided free shuttle service between Hans L'Orange and the Waikele Premium Outlets, which donated free use of its employee parking lot for fans attending the doubleheader.
Track notesDon Takaki, president of Island Movers, committed to at least one more year of sponsorship of the state track and field meet. ... If Kamehameha's new facility is completed in time, next year's meet will be held on the Warriors' campus. ... The name of Jordan Akamu, the winning discus thrower from Iolani, was misspelled in Sunday's Star-Bulletin. ... The Hawaii Youth National track and field meet is scheduled for July 7-8 on Maui. Contact Rudy Huber at 872-9799 for information.
Star-Bulletin writer Dave Reardon contributed to this report.
HHSAA state champions
Air rifleryBoys: St. Louis
Individual: Ryan Tanoue, St. Louis
Girls: Sacred Hearts
Individual: Telianne Ho, Sacred Hearts
Individual: Everett Tom, Konawaena
Girls: Pearl City
Individual: Leanne Okamoto, Pahoa
Cross countryBoys: Kamehameha
Individual: Justin Peterson, Kamehameha
Individual: Annie Kawasaki, St. Francis
WrestlingBoys: St. Louis
Individual: Jarett Hamamoto, Waiakea
Individual: Rachel Kyono, Kauai
Track and FieldBoys: Punahou
Individual: Ikaika Jobe, Punahou
Individual: Tracie Ann Chong, Iolani
Girls basketball champions
Athletes of the Week
Boys>> Todd Iacovelli, Punahou track and field: Captured the state titles in the 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs at Saturday's Island Movers Hawaii High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships on Maui.
Girls>> Kylee Nakamura, Aiea girls basketball: Scored 16 points in Monday's state championship game to lead Na Alii past Kalaheo's Mustangs. She hit nine 3-point shots in Aiea's three state tournament wins.
BASEBALL>> Kamaile Santos, Kailua: Picked up a complete-game win against Kauai in the semifinals of the state baseball tournament, then pitched 423 innings of relief the following night to earn the win against Mid-Pacific in the championship game.
>> Jarid Kawamoto, Kailua: Stroked a single to center field to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh of the state championship game.
>> James Onaga, St. Joseph's: Struck out 12 Baldwin batters in the Cardinals' quarterfinal win.
>> Ryan Basco, Mid-Pacific: Pitched a complete-game four-hitter in a semifinal victory over Moanalua.
>> Clint Copulos, Mid-Pacific: Batted .700 in the state tournament and drove in five runs for the Owls.
GIRLS BASKETBALL>> Aritta Lane, Aiea: Scored 35 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in a state semifinal win over Punahou. She added 14 points and 11 rebounds in the title game against Kalaheo.
>> Keesha Aldridge, Aiea: Scored 14 points and snared 11 rebounds in the state final.
>> Brandy Richardson, Kalaheo: Averaged 20.7 points in the Lady Mustangs' three state tournament games.
JUDO>> Anna Tong, Kaiser: Won her third consecutive Oahu Interscholastic Association championship in the girls 136-pound weight class Saturday.
TENNIS>> Ikaika Jobe, Punahou: Defeated Kamehameha's Tyler Black on Monday for his second boys singles state championship and helped lead the Buffanblu to the team title.
>> Tracie Ann Chong, Iolani: Helped the Raiders win their fourth consecutive team championship by beating Hawaii Prep's Michelle Pautler for the first individual tennis title in school history.
>> Bucky Jencks, Punahou: Teamed with Chris Iwamura to win his third boys doubles title.
>> Janalle and Kim Kaloi, Kamehameha: Fought off a challenge from Iolani's Noelle Lee and Miclynn Crail to win their second consecutive girls doubles crown.
TRACK AND FIELD>> Kelly Figueira, Sacred Hearts: Won three titles at Saturday's state meet on Maui. She won the 100-meter dash and long jump and anchored the Lancers' 4x100 relay team.
>> Lauran Dignam, Iolani: Successfully defended her state titles in the girls 200- and 400-meter races.
>> Natasha Kai, Kahuku: Won state titles in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles.
>> Daniel Inferrera, St. Louis: Sprinted to wins in the 100- and 200-meter races.
>> Kauai's girls golf championship this month was the seventh state team title in school history.
Now You Know
The Red Raiders' previous championships came in 1958 (girls tennis), 1978, 1981 and 1995 (boys bowling) and 1979 and 1989 (boys golf).
May 23, 1999
Back in the Day
>> Kealani Kimball scores 10 points and grabs nine rebounds to lead Kamehameha past Punahou in the girls basketball state championship game.
She finishes with 31 points and 21 rebounds in three state tournament games. Kimball would help the Warriors successfully defend their state title the following year.
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