Honokaa High established itself as the team to beat in Big Island prep basketball this season after scoring two decisive wins while defending league champion Hilo was upset by Kealakehe.
Honokaa, the Big Island Interscholastic Federations second-place team last season, toppled Kohala, 56-48, and Waiakea, 72-53. Eddie Aldrige and Kaneala Aiona each scored 13 points against Kohala, and Austin Souza scored 10 against Waiakea.
The Waveriders of Kealakehe, with their first senior class, rallied in the second half to sink Hilo, 60-50. Ashley Labowski scored 23 for Kealakehe. Preston Jarneski led Hilo with 15 points.
In other games, St. Joseph downed Hawaii Preparatory Academy, 51-35, with a strong second half; Konawaena crushed Laupahoehoe, 80-36; Pahoa outlasted Kohala, 63-60, to go to 2-0; and Kau defeated Keaau, 52-46.
Alumni tournament: The inaugural St. Louis Alumni Tournament will be Jan. 20 at Camp Smith. Entry deadline is Friday; cost is $25 per player.
The tournament will help support the schools tennis program. Check-in begins at 7 a.m., with a serving contest at noon, followed by lunch and awards. Call 261-5582 or e-mail CrusaderTennis@yahoo.com
Volunteers needed: Volunteers are being sought for the LPGAs Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open in February at Kapolei Golf Club. Call the tournament office at 671-5050, or the volunteer representative at 455-8373.
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