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Cover 2 Power Poll, my ballots, my two cents
October 1, 2013 - Robert Collias
I was invited by KHON2 sports director Rob DeMello to join their voting panel for the Cover 2 Power Poll last week and I jumped in full force this week.
Not surprisingly, Lahainaluna tops the Division II list, although it appears there are still some folks out there who don't know about or believe what is going on in West Maui. The Lunas drew 13 first-place nods, while Kaiser got 12.
If I am the swing vote for Lahainaluna — my ballot is below — there is something a little wrong here. I'm absolutely positive Kaiser is not quite in the Lunas' stratosphere and I believe the state tournament will prove that.
Here is this week's results:
1. Punahou (25) 6-0
2. Mililani 6-1
3. Kamehameha 6-1
4. Saint Louis 5-1
5. Kahuku 5-2
6. Campbell 5-2
7. Waianae 6-2
8. Farrington 5-2
9. Hilo 6-1
10. Kapolei 5-2
1. Lahainaluna (13) 6-0
2. Kaiser (12) 6-1
3. Kaua’I 5-0
4. Konawaena 6-1
5. ‘Iolani 4-4
Here is how I voted: Division I—1. Punahou, 2. Kamahemeha-Kapalama, 3. Mililani, 4. Saint Louis, 5. Kahuku, 6. Waianae, 7. Campbell, 8. Farrington, 9. Baldwin, 10. Kapolei.
D-II—1. Lunas, 2. Kauai (one of three overall unbeatens in state), 3. Iolani, 4. Kaiser, 5. Konawaena.
In Division I, it is ridiculous, IMHO, to see Hilo in there for anyone who knows history. The Big Island is 0-14 all-time in D-I state tournament games, while Baldwin has been to six state semifinals. The Bears are not quite what they have been in the past, but are getting better and finding ways to win, like their 7-0 victory over Maui High on Saturday night.
Until Hilo proves differently — and who knows, it could happen — the Vikings (and any other BIIF team) don't belong in anyone's top 10, especially if it is in front of a team like Baldwin. Hilo's loss is 38-24 to Konawaena back in August and the Vikings are coming off a 6-3 win over 2-4 Kealakehe. Top 10? Please.
BTW, the BIIF is 2-10 in the D-II state tournament. That's 2-24 all-time for the Big Island in the history of state football tournaments for anyone who's counting (and, yes, I guess I am).
The MIL, of course, owns the 2006 D-II state crown from King Kekaulike, while Lahainaluna has been to the D-II state final in 2007 and 2012, and semifinals in 2003, 2008, 2010, and 2011. The Lunas also made the D-I state semifinals in 2004.
Kamehameha Maui made the D-II state semifinals in 2005 after a tough win over Kauai at Hanapepe Ballpark.
And remember, the MIL was unbeaten in the 11-year history of the old Neighbor Island Football Championships before the state tournament began. Click on that link, it's a blast from the past.
My pure top 10, regardless of division, for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin went like this this week: 1. Punahou, 2. Kam-Oahu, 3. Mililani, 4. Saint Louis, 5. Kahuku, 6. Waianae, 7. Lunas, 8. Campbell, 9. Kapolei, 10. Kauai.
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