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Wow, what a day in the MIL
February 15, 2014 - Robert Collias
Let me say it again, wow.
In what has to be considered one of the biggest days in MIL sports history, the Lahainaluna girls basketball team reached the state final, the Baldwin and Kamehameha Maui boys soccer teams both bowed out of state title contention in the final four, the all-time winningest MIL athlete in history — Seabury Hall's Dakota Grossman — chose her school (Utah), the Baldwin boys won the MIL Division I basketball title, and Seabury Hall did likewise in D-II.
And we somehow kept up with it all.
It's an honor to work with the folks that I do and I may not say this enough, but there is no better newspaper sports editor anywhere than Brad Sherman, who somehow laid out a four-page sports section, wrote the Lunas' girls basketball story and the state soccer story. All in a day's work for Sherman. Dude is amazing.
Let's link it all up here.
— Gotta start with the top-ranked, top-seeded Lunas girls basketball team that is now one win short of 30 and only Punahou stands in the way of just the second D-I state hoops title in MIL history. The Lunas won the first, in 2010.
— Here is my look inside the box score of the Lunas' state run so far.
— The MIL has never had two teams in the boys soccer final four in the same season, although the Bears and Warriors will play for third place today after both suffered their first losses of the season Friday. They tied each other twice in MIL play.
— Baldwin's Phillip Thomas was never more on fire than he was on Friday night in leading the Bears to the MIL D-I boys basketball crown.
— Seabury Hall's Cameron King was pretty hot himself as he led the Spartans to the MIL D-II boys hoops crown.
— It is unfathomable to think that an eight-time state champion would be relegated to Page B2 when she announced her college destination, but we had no choice today for Seabury Hall's Grossman, who will officially sign a full-ride scholarship agreement with the Utes today, her 18th birthday.
— And I would be remiss if I didn't mention Chris Sugidono, who filled the paper with cool boys basketball photos after writing a gripping piece on the search efforts for a missing Maui woman who is five months pregnant. Sugidono will be on Oahu tonight to chronicle the Lunas' state basketball final against Punahou.
— And special thanks to Glen Pascual for his photos from the Lunas' state semifinal win over Hilo. A lawyer by trade, this guy could be a sports photographer if he wanted to be.
— Oh yeah, Baldwin's Jonah Hu is the top qualifier in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke — his qualifying time of 56.03 is just 0.12 seconds off the state record — and part of the Bears' top-ranked 200 free relay at state swimming on the Big Island. Maui Prep's Sky Hirsch is No. 1 going into the 50 freestyle final. The meet wraps up with finals today and we will talk to all the MIL players for Sunday's paper.
If you didn't pick up today's paper yet, the sports section alone is worth the price for any MIL fan.
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