Waimea opens state basketball bid tonight

The KIF champion Waimea High School Menehune (7-1) will make their bid for the 2006 Hawaiian Airlines / HH-SAA 50th annual Boys Basketball State Championships starting tonight at 8 p.m. when they take on the Kalaheo Mustangs at Radford High School.

Of note in this encounter is the appearance of Kalaheo senior Kahua Hollinger who Kaua’i fans got to know from his ball-handling abilities during the community basketball games before he left to attend Kalaheo High School.

Four-time defending state champion Iolani (11-2) received the top seed in the tournament followed by OIA champion Kaimuki Bulldogs (9-2). Kamehameha-Hawai’i, the BIIF champions who went 15-0, and the MIL champion Baldwin Bears (11-1) round out the top four seeds.

Should the Menehune be successful against Kalaheo, they will advance to face the top seeded Iolani squad on Wednesday’s quarterfinals starting at 8 p.m. at Radford.

Anahola Joel Pahukula will be broadcasting the Menehune games on KQNG Am570 live, and Oceanic Channel 16 (OC16) will be televising the quarterfinal games from McKinley, semifinal, third place, and championship games from the Stan Sheriff Center at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Russell Shimooka will call the play-by-play, and Dave Vinton will provide the color commentary.

Other games on tap for the opening day include Kahuku and Honoka’a tipping off at 6 p.m. at Radford High School.

At McKinley High School, Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama tips off against Lahainaluna at 6 p.m. followed by Saint Louis gong up against Campbell at 8 p.m.

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