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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, May 30, 2010

2009-'10: Winter Champions

Advertiser Staff

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Kainoa Chu led 'Iolani to the boys basketball Division I title.

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STATE TEAM TITLES

Punahou (17): Boys air riflery, girls cross country, girls soccer (DI), boys soccer (DI), boys swimming & diving, boys wrestling, girls wrestling, boys golf, girls golf, girls water polo, boys tennis, girls tennis, baseball (DI), girls judo, boys volleyball (DI), boys track & field, girls track & field

Kamehameha (5): Boys cross country, girls volleyball (DI), football (DI), cheerleading (large division), boys paddling

Pac-Five (3): Girls paddling, girls soccer (DII), softball (DII)

Hawai'i Baptist (2): Boys bowling, girls volleyball (DII)

'Iolani (2): Football (DII), boys basketball (DI)

Campbell (1): Softball (DI)

Kaimukī (1): Girls basketball (DII)

Kalāheo (1): Mixed paddling

Kapolei (1): Girls bowling

Kealakehe (1): Girls swimming & diving

Lahainaluna (1): Girls basketball (DI)

Mid-Pacific (1): Boys soccer (DII)

Moanalua (1): Boys judo

Pāhoa (1): Boys basketball (DII)

Radford (1): Cheerleading (medium division)

Sacred Hearts (1): Girls air riflery

Seabury Hall (1): Boys volleyball (DII)

Waimea (1): Baseball (DII)

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Pahoa won the boys Division II crown.

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Kaimuki captured the girls Division II title.

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Lahainaluna won the girls Division I championship.

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Mid-Pacific players celebrate winning the state Division II soccer title. The Owls also won the overall ILH championship.

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BASKETBALL

Boys, Division I

March 6, 2010, Stan Sheriff Center

Team: 'Iolani

Recap: Senior Kainoa Chu sank a 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds remaining to lift 'Iolani to a 46-43 victory over Kamehameha, handing the Raiders their first state title since 2006, after a record five straight crowns from 2002 through '06.

"My dad (Ed) used to take me to 'Iolani games since I was in elementary school, and it was always my dream to win a state championship with 'Iolani," said Chu, who finished with a game-high 27 points. "Tonight I had my dream come true."

Kamehameha led 12-2 after the first quarter but 'Iolani closed to 19-15 by halftime. The Raiders built a 38-32 lead after Chu's free throw with two minutes left. Kamehameha's Micah Christenson, who finished with 23 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, scored four straight baskets to tie the score at 43.

It allowed 'Iolani (15-2) to work for the final shot. The Raiders called timeout with 18 seconds left. After their first option Trevyn Tulonghari flashing backdoor was denied, Chu came up from the baseline to just left of the top of the key and drained the game-winning 3.

"Trevyn was covered on the backdoor, so I came up through the middle and Andrew Skalman, best point guard in the state, got me the ball," Chu said. "I just let it go, unconscious."

Boys, Division II

March 6, 2010, Stan Sheriff Center

Team: Pāhoa

Recap: Pāhoa almost didn't clinch a state berth, then almost didn't have enough money to pay for the state trip.

Pāhoa (9-9) was never fazed. When a seven-point fourth-quarter lead disappeared against Kailua, it remained grounded.

"It's all part of staying focused on the goal the team set forth and they set high goals of winning this Division II championship early on in the season," said first-year Pāhoa coach Eric Yoshimura, whose team beat defending champion Kailua, 41-38. "The community stepping up and (us) staying focused and committed."

It is the first state title for Pāhoa. Isaiah Ekau had 12 points and 13 rebounds in the win.

"It's good for our team because our school doesn't really win a lot of stuff. This puts Pāhoa on the map," said freshman Nick Fisher, who scored 17 points and hit two crucial free throws with 2.7 seconds left.

The Daggers, the Big Island Interscholastic Federation runner-up, needed a buzzer-beating shot to clinch a state berth in the BIIF semifinals. Pāhoa then sold chili, held car washes and asked the community for donations to help the team reach the state tournament.

Girls, Division I

Feb. 19, 2010, Neal Blaisdell Arena

Team: Lahainaluna

Recap: Lahainaluna became the first Maui Interscholastic League team to win a girls state basketball Division I title, rallying past and then holding off defending champ Konawaena, 47-45.

"This is big for the program, big for the school, big for the community, big for our island," Lunas coach Todd Rickard said.

Konawaena led by 37-26 with a minute remaining in the third period. Lahainaluna's Milika Taufa answered with a layup and then scored seven straight points early in the fourth quarter to help them tie it at 37-37 with 5:38 left in the game. Taufa, who finished with a game-high 26 points, later scored six straight to put the Lunas ahead, 46-39, with 1:51 remaining.

Konawaena post Anuhea Wall closed it to 46-45 with 1:10 left. Maiki Viela sank one of two free throws for the Lunas (17-0) with eight seconds left to make it 47-45, and Konawaena guard Lia Galdeira was fouled on the dribble near her own baseline with two ticks left. It was only the Lunas' third team foul so the Wildcats had to take the ball out of bounds, and an entry pass was fumbled and lost under the basket as time expired.

Girls, Division II

Feb. 19, 2010, Neal Blaisdell Arena

Team: Kaimukī

Recap: It was a family affair for Kaimukī (16-2), which was led by Dejah Fa'asoa, who scored 20 points, and older sister Letishah Fa'asoa, who added 11 points, as the Bulldogs captured the title with a 41-32 win over defending champion and No. 1 seed Moloka'i.

"The whole team is family, we base our whole team on if one falls, we all fall, if one rises, we all rise, if we win the champs, we're all champs," said coach Mona Fa'asoa, mother of Dejah and Letishah.

Puna Kawamae's basket put the Farmers up 28-27 to start the fourth quarter, but Dejah Fa'asoa and Pua Akaka hit 3-pointers to give Kaimukī a 33-28 lead with 6:28 left.

PADDLING

Boys

Feb. 5, 2010, Keehi Lagoon

Team: Kamehameha

Recap: Kamehameha won its third boys crown in the past six years.

Seabury Hall led after the turn and looked like an upset possibility, but Kamehameha overtook the Spartans with about 250 yards to the finish line and held off a late charge by Mid-Pacific. The Warriors won in 3:39.69, about half a boat-length ahead of the Owls (3:42.39).

"We knew Mid-Pac was going to challenge us, because they've challenged us all year," said Kamehameha senior stroker Lohiao Paoa. "We had to keep it up (down the stretch) and push even more."

Warriors coach Kalama Heine said the ILH rivalry with MPI was good preparation for the state meet.

"It was great battling with Mid-Pac we were first or second all year," Heine said. "It made us better. We have five seniors and one junior, and they really wanted this. They did it with hard work and determination."

Besides Paoa, members of the winning crew were Parker Smith, Kalai Stern, Raven Pokini, Nainoa Kau and Kaumaka Fu.

Girls

Feb. 5, 2010, Ke'ehi Lagoon

Team: Pac-Five

Recap: Pac-Five made its debut a truly memorable one, winning the title by 1 1/2 boat lengths.

"We were so happy just to be here ... to win it all is unbelievable," said Pac-Five's Nicole Faildo, a senior who attends Hawai'i Baptist. "I still can't believe it."

The winning time was 4 minutes, 15.54 seconds. Besides Faildo and Takara Sights, winning crew members were Haeli Barrett-Moore (University High), Claire Gordon (UHS), Maryna Feldberg (La Pietra), Raven Howser (La Pietra), Kahala Schneider (La Pietra) and Alyssa Rodehever-Nojima (Hawai'i Baptist).

Mixed

Feb. 5, 2010, Ke'ehi Lagoon

Team: Kalāheo

Recap: Kalāheo captured its first mixed crew championship.

Kalāheo senior Torin Luis said they used eight different stroke versions in the final race, winning in 3:47.31.

"We were a little nervous, but once we got out there, we felt right at home," Luis said.

Besides Luis, members of the winning crew were Kaoru Lovett, Barak Argov, Michael Borges, Nick Herrera, Courtney Wemple, Ameet Argov, Jenna Cates, Summer Zuidema and Taylor Soldat.

SOCCER

Boys, Division I

Feb. 13, 2010, Waipi'o Peninsula Soccer Park

Team: Punahou

Recap: Punahou senior Sean Hungerford scored on a header off a throw-in from the left side by junior midfielder Scott Granger with two minutes left in the first half.

Punahou (11-1-3) won its first title since 2007 and 17th overall, beating 'Iolani, 1-0.

"I was just floating in the back corner and I saw the ball pop up so I decided to crash our box because that was what our game plan was, to get as many people in the box as possible and cause confusion," Hungerford said. "As the ball came to the back, it was coming in slow motion. I had to put it in, at least get a body on it."

Boys, Division II

Feb. 13, 2010, Waipi'o Peninsula Soccer Park

Team: Mid-Pacific

Recap: Mid-Pacific (12-2-1), which won the overall Interscholastic League of Honolulu title for the first time, reclaimed the state championship it won in the inaugural 2008 tournament, with a 4-0 win over Honoka'a.

"It's wonderful; it's awesome," Mid-Pacific coach Jayson Abe said. "Those were our goals going into the season, and it's just awesome to think we set these two goals: to win the ILH and to win the state championship. To put it in words is one thing but to accomplish them is a whole other thing. I'm so proud of them. They did a great job."

Owls senior midfielder Keegan Choy (34th and 39th minutes), senior midfielder Brendan Wesley-Smith (41st minute) and senior midfielder Taylor Chong scored goals.

Girls, Division I

Feb. 6, 2010, Waipi'o Peninsula Soccer Park

Team: Punahou

Recap: Punahou freshman goalkeeper Anuhea Kahele-Manners made two saves in penalty kicks as the Buffanblu captured their second straight title with a 2-1 win over Mililani, including a 4-3 advantage in penalty kicks.

"You just hope you keep your composure, and (goalkeeper) Anu (Kahele-Manners) came up great with those saves," Martinson said. "Both of those shots were going in."

The score was 1-1 after 80 minutes of regulation. The Buffanblu (13-1-1) struck first in regulation on a deflection off a defender on a corner kick by senior midfielder Karli Look three minutes into the second half. Mililani senior defender Chelsea Miyake tied it in the 62nd minute on the last of three consecutive shots inside the 18-yard box.

Girls, Division II

Feb. 6, 2010, Waipi'o Peninsula Soccer Park

Team: Pac-Five

Recap: Pac-Five outshot Kailua, 3-1, in penalty kicks to capture its second straight title.

Ashley Haruki, Brooke Loveless and goalkeeper Geena Fong made their kicks for Pac-Five (7-6-2).

"It's exciting," said Fong, who was the goalkeeper for last year's championship team. "It still didn't feel the same. It's always a new thing, so you're not sure if you have it or not, but we had it."

Junior midfielder Cheyenne Kadooka was the only Surfrider to make her kick.

Boys

Feb. 13, 2010, Kamehameha Schools-Hawai'i

Team: Punahou

Recap: Punahou won its third team title in four years, winning with 63 points to 'Iolani's 42. Hawai'i Preparatory Academy was third with 41.

Punahou boys who won individual events were sophomore Spencer Madanay (1-meter diving) and senior Marc Okimura (100 breaststroke). The Buffanblu boys also won the 200 freestyle relay with the team of Jason Frifeldt, Griffin Bolan, Robert Kiessling and Thomas Fee.

Other winners were 'Iolani sophomore Kacy Johnson (200 IM and 100 free), 'Iolani senior Kevin Jones (200 free and 500 free). Johnson and Jones, along with Evan Hamamoto and David Lim, were members of the winning 400 freestyle relay team. Hawai'i Prep's winning 200 medley relay team was made up of Kaikea Nakachi, Kyle Katase, Logan Borowski and Ryan Ross. Borowski won the 50 free, Seabury Hall freshman Renny Richmond won the 100 butterfly and Pearl City sophomore Daren Choi won the 100 backstroke.

Girls

Feb. 13, 2010, Kamehameha Schools-Hawai'i

Team: Kealakehe

Recap: Kealakehe became the second Neighbor Island team in history to win a team title, with 48 points. The only other Neighbor Island school to win a championship was Waiākea in 2002 and 2003.

Kealakehe girls who won individual events were freshman Madison-Gail Hauanio (200 IM) and senior Alyssa Foo (100 backstroke). The Waveriders also won the 200 medley relay with the team of Foo, Jade Morton, Kelly Jernigan and Hauanio.

Other winners were La Pietra senior Sammy Moody (200 free and 100 butterfly), Kapolei junior Madeline Jamora (50 free), Punahou senior Rachel Fujita (100 free), Waiākea sophomore Rachel Shimizu (500 free) and Waiākea freshman Madisyn Uekawa (100 breaststroke). The 'Iolani girls team of Caitlyn Whang, Jodie Yamashiroya, Kelcie Kimura and Asia Ayabe won the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

WRESTLING

Boys

Feb. 28, 2010, Neal Blaisdell Arena

Team: Punahou

Recap: Punahou won its fourth straight championship after an up-and-down season.

"This year's team, we never gave up," said Punahou's Jordan Ng, the 114-pound champion. "We had some dual meet problems, we lost a few, but in the end, these past two weeks, everyone has been giving it their best, leaving everything on the mat. I'm so proud of these guys."

Punahou's Galen McCleary (140) and Todd Murakawa (125) also won individual titles.

Jacob Luning-Hoshino of Kamehameha repeated at 135 pounds and teammate Shayden Terukina won at 130 after winning at 112 in 2008. Pearl City's Raynald Cooper, who won at 152 last year, won at 160, and 'Iolani's Ian Akamine, last year's 140-pound champion, won at 145. Campbell's Tyson Tynanes-Perez repeated at 189 pounds, and Lahainaluna's Holden Mowat won at 152.

Two wrestlers also won their school's first titles with Maryknoll's Cassidy Oshiro winning at 108 and Damien's Marcus Finau winning at 215.

Girls

Feb. 28, 2010, Neal Blaisdell Arena

Team: Punahou

Recap: Punahou finished with 146.5 points to edge Kahuku (144) and win its second straight girls team title.

The Buffanblu trailed the Red Raiders in the team standings going into a competition that was pushed back a day due to a statewide tsunami warning.

Sisters Chrissy and Mindy Chow won their championship matches at 125 and 130 pounds, respectively, and Kaimana Lundquist won at 155.

"It's really exciting. We took it last year and we thought that last year was our only chance because that was when we had a really full lineup and we lost seniors and we lost weight classes this year," said Chrissy Chow, who won a state title in 2008 at 114. "We didn't know if we could do it, but we did."

'Aiea's Joy Yamashita repeated at 120 pounds, and Kamehameha's Macy Yonamine, last year's 108-pound champion, won at 103 pounds. Other winners include Kamehameha-Hawai'i's Megan Aina (98), Kamehameha's Bree Rapoza (108), Kalani's Megan Yamaguchi (114), Kahuku's Anela Santiago (140), and Pearl City's Mei Ling Keiki (175) and Sanoe Spencer (220).