Open Mic - Michael Lasquero



Monday, June 1, 2020

WatchList 2020-21: Mich's list

SL staffer Michael Lasquero highlights a few players from a number of different sports to watch for next year.


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Through the lens: Michael Lasquero

SL photographer Michael Lasquero shares a collection of his favorite images of the 2019-20 season.


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Mich's magical HS sports moments of the decade, part 2

SL reporter Michael Lasquero takes a look back at some of the most memorable games he's witnessed over the years.


Monday, April 13, 2020

Mich's magical HS sports moments of the decade, part 1

SL reporter Michael Lasquero takes a look back at some of the most memorable games he's witnessed over the years.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Defense the unsung hero in Menes' title win

Moanalua's 2OT championship victory would not have been possible without the defense.


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Atwood, Hanohano-Baptista step up for the Mules

The two defensive linemen combined for five tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries.


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Young Bulldogs are the first to clinch D1 berth

Youth at the pins have not deterred Le Jardin in its move up from Division II.


Sunday, September 8, 2019

Govs go retro on offense to snap losing streak

Farrington went back to a run-heavy offense to get its first win of the year last Friday.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Sa-Chisolm, Casco gave Lunas edge over Warriors

The pair of MIL all-stars did not play in Lahainaluna's season-opening loss to Damien.


Monday, August 12, 2019

Miller's emergence sparks Na Alii comeback

The junior RB was the first Aiea player to rush for over 100 yards since Aug. 14, 2015.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Waimea offense taking flight in 2019

After years of running the Wing-T, the Menehunes are moving to a spread offense.


Thursday, August 1, 2019

Red Raiders seek progress in Apilado's 2nd year

The former Pop Warner coach led Kauai to five straight wins to begin the 2018 season.


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Teacher vs. Student in Division I final

Mililani's Mark Hirayama was a hitting coach at Punahou when coach Keenan Sue was playing.


Friday, April 12, 2019

Freshman Hirahara's emergence key for Warriors

Laiakea Hirahara came into his own in the final two sets against Punahou Wednesday night.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Mililani's Guillermo gets Chance on the outside

The 6-foot senior played MB as a freshman and was the starting setter the past two years.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Gusman, Buffanblu emptied the tank in D1 final

Tourney's Most Outstanding Player played through a MCL sprain Saturday night.


Monday, February 4, 2019

Previewing the D2 girls bball state tourney

The 12-team tournament begins on Wednesday with first round games at Damien and Kalani.


Friday, January 4, 2019

Williams sparked Surfriders in OIA opener

Senior guard tallied 11 points and six steals off the bench to help Kailua beat Kahuku.


Monday, November 12, 2018

Vikings' red zone defense key in semifinal win

Two early stops in the first half was the difference maker in back-and-forth affair.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Sergent helped Trojans turn back Red Raiders

The Mililani senior did not start, but was the difference maker for the winning team.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Expect a chess match in the OIA D1 championship

Both the Red Raiders and the Trojans switched up their offense in their semifinal wins.


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Saints remain undefeated, but far from perfect

Saint Francis held Pearl City to 138 yards in last week's win, but had 161 penalty yards.


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Inexperienced Cougars show potential in opener

Given where the Kaiser football team was a year ago, Friday's showing was a success.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Johnson's return stabilizes Trojans' rotation

The senior outside hitter had 11 kills to give the Trojans a boost against the Seariders.


Monday, February 5, 2018

Energy, Wheeler's return keeps Iolani alive

Raiders will now host Moanalua in the first round of the D1 tourney Monday.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Starting backcourt helps Saint Francis stay in stride

Kaimi Kalei, Nani Santos and Kealani Neves gives the Saints a steady group of ball handlers.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Defense, energy spark Maryknoll win

After the Maryknoll Spartans’ 68-34 win over Mid-Pacific Monday night at Mills Gymnasium there’s no denying who’s the odds-on-favorite to win the Division I state title this season.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Signing day a family affair for Punahou's Hilliard

Paige Hilliard was among 40 other Hawaii high school seniors that put ink to paper at the annual early NLI signing day ceremony held at the Waikiki Elks Lodge.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Yamashita's perseverance powers Waipahu to OIA title

Waipahu receiver Isaac Yamashita has missed most of the season with a shoulder injury, but came up big in the league title game against Pearl City.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Special teams lifts Pearl City over Kaimuki, again

The third phase of the game was the difference in the Chargers' two wins over the Bulldogs in 2017.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Trojans' Santiago hits the century mark in Saturday win

The senior kicker made five PATs and three field goals in Mililani's win over the visiting Golden Hawks.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Division II Football midseason awards

Both QB Marcus Faufata-Pedrina and Zion Tupuola-Fetui have led their respective teams to 5-1 starts, which include an undefeated streak in league play.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Raiders show versatility in first round finale

The defending state champions utilized a 6-2 offense to down the Buffanblu Tuesday night to improve to 4-2 at the midseason point of the ILH D1 season.


Friday, August 25, 2017

No. 6 Jersey embodies the Viking spirit

The No. 6 Jersey for the Hilo football team does not represent an individual player, but all past, present and future Vikings.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Red Raiders opening up the offense

Kahuku is making an effort to develop a passing game in the early stages of the 2017 season.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Competitive spirit drives Konawaena's Ewing

The two-time All-Hawaii Division II First Team quarterback has passed for 5,022 yards and 33 touchdowns heading into his senior year.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Extra points: Waipahu at Nanakuli

Some notes and observations that didn’t make it into Friday night’s game recap.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Observations from Kahuku-Mililani 7-on-7

Tuesday night's 7-on-7 scrimmage at John Kauinana Stadium featured two non-senior quarterbacks that already hold FBS college offers.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Football players test abilities at annual combine

About 300 student-athletes participated in the Hawaii Football Combine at Saint Louis' field last Saturday.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

New-look Trojans will finish as West's top team

The Mililani boys volleyball team have been plugging away despite having new faces at key positions, including head coach.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Young Saints clinch ILH D2 regular season

Saint Francis starts four sophomores and two freshmen in their lineup and had a nine-game winning streak to start league play.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

New year, new offense for Buffanblu

Pin attackers Ryan Wilcox, Ethan Siegfried and Kanai Akana give Punahou the personnel to run a 5-1 offense.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Heart, not height, the key for Eagles

Eight-time defending Division II champion Hawaii Baptist has a handful of reserves from a season ago stepping into new positions.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Owls' run to the title was an all-out sprint

All the running that the Mid-Pacific girls basketball team did in practice culminated into the school's first-ever state title.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Eagles get defensive in homecoming win

A strong effort on the defensive end jumpstarted Hawaii Baptist's big win over the Jr. Bows Friday night.


Monday, January 9, 2017

Spartans rise to the challenge

Maryknoll overcame a strong shooting spree by Kamehameha to come out victorious Friday night.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Red Raiders put on a defensive clinic against Kailua

Defense set the tone in Kahuku's 53-37 win over Kailua Wednesday night.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sabers have the pieces to make some noise in the OIA

The Campbell girls basketball team returns a solid core that is looking to improve on last season's 6-4 regular season mark.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Trojans do their job on successful road trip

The Mililani Trojans made sure their trip to Maui was all business.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Raiders rearranged the pieces to rise to the top

Iolani reshuffled the positions of several players from a year ago to great success as the Raiders brought home their first Girls Volleyball state title in 15 years last Saturday.


Friday, October 21, 2016

Red Raiders expanding the playbook

Kahuku utilized a two back, pro-style offense to great success in its 63-0 playoff win over visiting Leilehua last Friday.


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Marauders' defense put to the test against Falcons

Kalani dual-threat QB Seth Tina-Soberano gave Wapahu's defense gave all it can handle before the Marauders came up with a stop to preserve the victory.


Monday, October 3, 2016

Special teams jumpstarted Trojans' win over Leilehua

Andrew Valladares made a handful of plays on special teams and kicker Damien Santiago kicked a field goal and was a perfect 7 for 7 on PATs to help Mililani get by the Mules.


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Ewing, Mailei earn midseason D2 honors

The junior Konawaena quarterback and junior Saint Francis safety has been instrumental to their respective team's success.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

OIA D2 playoff race heats up

Five teams in the OIA Division II are still in contention for the playoffs, but only four will get in.


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