High School Beat

Kauai’s Tavana
may opt to play volleyball
instead of basketball

Va'afuti Tavana is mulling over offers to play volleyball at BYU and Hawaii.

The 6-foot-8, 250-pound senior is a volleyball and basketball standout at Kauai, but volleyball appears to be in his future. Tavana is in Provo on an official visit to the BYU campus this week. The Cougars may have the inside track because Tavana's father graduated from the school.

After he returns, Tavana will head to Japan for a volleyball tournament.

Combine needs help: The annual football combine held at Saint Louis and hosted by Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance and the Leo Goeas Foundation will be held in May.

PIAA director Doris Sullivan is seeking assistance for the combine in the form of sponsors.

The combine is invitation only, featuring the state's top returning seniors. Players who are interested in participating can contact their coaches.

Gaining interest from sponsors is vital.

"Without some assistance, there's no way we can put this on," Sullivan said.

Twenty-two Division I coaches have committed to attend the event. Interested sponsors can call Sullivan at 261-5000.

Spartans need softball coach: Maryknoll is seeking applicants for its varsity softball head coach position.

E-mail resumes to athletics@maryknollschool.org or fax to 952-7371. Deadline is April 1.

Treading through numbers: Low turnouts have been an issue for at least three spring sports programs.

At Saint Joseph, the girls basketball team disbanded after coach Harry Scanlan-Leite's roster was down to just six players.

The team closed shop last week, just before its preseason tournament was to tip off.

At Waialua and Nanakuli, low numbers have followed their respective baseball programs. Longtime coach Herbert Onizuka's Bulldogs have just 12 players.

At Nanakuli, first-year coach Joshua DeFreitas has 11 after losing three players to academic probation.

"I had a bigger team when I was coaching basketball," said DeFreitas, who has coached boys and girls basketball at Nanakuli.


Athletes of the week


Jared Pate,
Punahou baseball: Fired a no-hitter against then-No.4 Kamehameha.


Taylor Smith,
Kalaheo basketball: Scored 19 points against Moanalua, and had 12 points, including the game-winning shot with 20 seconds left, against Farrington.

Honor roll


Bucky Aona, Punahou: Went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Steven Dannaway, Punahou: Went 3-for-3 with two triples, a home run and two RBIs against Damien.
Chris Johnson, Iolani: Went 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs against Saint Louis.
Kasey Ko, Punahou: Went 3-for-4 with two RBIs against Kamehameha.
Jayson Kramer, Mid-Pacific: Went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs against Pac-Five.
Kip Matsuda, Mid-Pacific: Went 2-for-4 with a homer, double and three RBIs against Pac-Five.
Case Miyahara, Iolani: Went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs.
Paul Snieder, Punahou: Went 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs.
Christian Stevenson, Damien: Went 3-for-4.
Brennan Young, Maryknoll: Had three RBIs against Damien.
Kelii Zablan, Saint Louis: Went 3-for-4 with two doubles against Maryknoll.


Camilla Ah-Hoy, Kahuku: Scored 21 points against Kaiser.
Kilioe Aliifua, Kaiser: Scored 19 points against Kahuku.
Ronni Keli'iho'omalu, Moanalua: Scored 18 points against Kalaheo.
Shannon Miyashiro, Roosevelt: Scored 16 points against McKinley.
Tereva Moore, Radford: Scored 13 points with 10 rebounds and four steals at Leilehua.
Caasi Nakasone, St. Andrew's Priory: Scored 16 points against Mid-Pacific.
Jazmin Pahukoa-Malia, Pearl City: Scored 22 points, including four treys, at Campbell.
Sharde Pratt, Kaiser: Scored 17 points against Kahuku.
Becka Simanu, Kapolei: Scored 13 points with 12 rebounds against Pearl City.
Jerrell Taituave, Kapolei: Scored 15 points at Mililani.
Artevia Wily, Kahuku: Scored 17 points at Kaiser.


Alvin Okada, Waianae: Shot a 68 to lead the boys field in OIA West competition at the Barbers Point Course.
Britney Choy, Leilehua: Shot a 72 to win the girls competition at the OIA West meet.


Jayleen Hadley, Kaimuki: Scored four goals against Mililani and six goals against McKinley.
Nicole Hagi, Kapolei: Scored four goals against Kalani.
Taressa Ishimi, Kaimuki: Scored four goals against McKinley.

To nominate ...

To nominate an athlete of the week, contact the Star-Bulletin Sports Department by 11 p.m. Sunday:
Phone: 529-4782
Fax: 529-4787
E-mail: sports@starbulletin.com

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