High School Beat

DeCosta among
several signees

Damien running back Ranson DeCosta signed a letter of intent to play football for Kansas Wesleyan University this week.

DeCosta was a Star-Bulletin all-state first-team choice last fall, and he was also a Star-Bulletin all-state basketball third-team selection after leading the Interscholastic League of Honolulu in scoring for a third straight year.

He was one of many Hawaii high school athletes to sign letters of intent to various colleges Wednesday -- Kapolei swimmer Ed Afualo signed to Brigham Young, Moanalua golfer Ryan Perez to Hawaii, Iolani softball player Blair Agena to St. Mary's (Calif.), Mid-Pacific soccer player Chris Domingo to Whitworth College (Wash.) and St. Joseph volleyball player Ashley Hanohano to Fairfield State (Conn.).

Afualo is a four-time state champion in the 100 breaststroke, an event he went undefeated in throughout his career with the Hurricanes. He is also a two-time All-American.

"He's probably the most talented kid (in swimming) in Hawaii," Kapolei coach Dexter Lee said. "BYU is getting a package. Not only is he a great swimmer, he's also the student-body president and he carries a 3.8 grade-point average. He's been a captain for four years and is an excellent leader. He's also Kapolei's first state champion in any sport."

Three Hawaii football players committed to play at California junior colleges -- Pac-Five wide receiver Travis Tyler and McKinley running back Quinton Sayers to Golden West Junior College and Farrington running back Matt Bell to Pasadena City College.

Saint Louis baseball player Pono Moises, a catcher, is expected to sign in the next few days to play for Chicago State.

In other recruiting news, Kamehameha football lineman Elwen Freitas is taking an official visit to Valparaiso. He originally signed to attend St. Mary's, but that school has since dropped its football program.

Cougars seek softball coach: Kaiser is taking applications for head softball coach. Applicants can send a resume to Kaiser High School athletic director Ricky Shimokawa, 511 Lunalilo Home Road, Honolulu, HI, 96825, or by fax to 394-1247.


Kamehameha comes from
behind to keep pace in ILH

The top four teams in the league win

Kamehameha scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to thwart Pac-Five's upset bid and win 5-4 in an Interscholastic League of Honolulu baseball game yesterday at Ala Wai field.

The Warriors rallied from a 4-2 deficit to improve to 7-4 and remain alone in fourth place in the ILH, keeping pace with first-place Mid-Pacific.

The Wolfpack scored four runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 4-2 lead, but a costly error in the sixth opened the door for the Warriors' comeback.

At Ala Wai field
Pac-Five (1-8-1) 000 040 0 -- 4 7 1
Kamehameha (7-4) 000 203 x -- 5 8 1

Paul Nishimura, Samson Aina (6) and Aaron Chicote. David Parrow, Jacob Cockett (7) and Stuart Kam. W--Parrow. L--Nishimura. Sv--Cockett.
Leading hitters--Pac: Ronel Trias 2-3. Kam: Spenser McCready 2-3; A.J. Satele 2-3, 3b; Travis Young 2b.

Saint Louis 7, Iolani 1: Marc Nobriga pitched a three-hitter, striking out 10, to lead the Crusaders past the Raiders.

Johnny Gentry was a perfect 4-for-4 and Danny Lee added a two-run triple for the Crusaders. Kelly Teramoto had two of Iolani's three hits.

At Ala Wai field
Iolani (5-6) 000 000 1 -- 1 3 1
Saint Louis (8-3) 300 202 x -- 7 11 0

BJ Takushi, Sean Freas (4), Trent Muraoka (6) and Bert Mitsunaga. Marc Nobriga and Jowen Murray-Thornton. W--Nobriga. L--Takushi.
Leading hitters--Iol: Kelly Teramoto 2-3. StL: Johnny Gentry 4-4; Kaulana Kauleinamoku 2-3, 2b; Danny Lee 3b, 2 RBIs.

Mid-Pacific 7, Damien 2: Catcher Kip Masuda belted a three-run homer and pitcher Harry Kuroda struck out 10 in six innings as the Owls defeated the Monarchs in a game shortened to six innings due to rain.

Kuroda's only mistake came in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving up a two-run single to Damien's Ranson DeCosta.

At Joey DeSa field
Mid-Pacific (9-1)
101 041 -- 7 9 1
Damien (2-8)
000 020 -- 2 5 2

Harry Kuroda and Kip Masuda. Duncan Ebert and Nick Zieser. W--Kuroda. L--Ebert.
Leading hitters--MPI: Chris Goya 1-1, 2b, 2 runs; Kuroda 2-3, 2b, 3 RBIs; Masuda 1-2, 3-run HR; Ivan Kabei 2-3. Dam: Ranson DeCosta 2-3, 2 RBIs; Zieser 1-3, 2b, run.

Punahou 12, Maryknoll 2: Kasey Ko threw four shutout innings and Kaohi Downing went 3-for-4 with three RBIs as the Buffanblu rolled over the Spartans.

Shaun Kiriu added a pair of doubles and Noah Phillips two RBIs as the Buffanblu exploded for eight runs in the first two innings and cruised to victory.

At Moiliili field
Punahou (8-3)
260 013 -- 12 8 1
Maryknoll (1-8-1)
000 011 -- 2 4 2

Kasey Ko, Kurt Komatsubara (5), Landon Nakata (6) and Robert Kurisu. Chris Lum, Nick Holmberg (2) and Brian Tabata. W--Ko. L--Lum.
Leading hitters--Pun: Mark Veneri 2-3, 2b, 3b; Shaun Kiriu 2-3, 2 2bs; Noah Phillips 2-3, 2 RBIs; Kaohi Downing 3-4, 2b, 3 RBIs; Nakata 3b; Ko 2b. Mryk: David McCoy 2-3, 2b; Reid Nakamura solo HR; Brennan Young 2b.

ILH Basketball

Division II varsity girls
Word of Life 33, La Pietra 30
St. Andrew's 60, University 40
High scorers--WOL: Careena Onosai 16, Shayna Onosai 10. StA: Holly Saito 21, Cassi Nakasone 14, Kim Tom 10. UHS: Mandy Yoshizu 19.

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