Fall 2008 - Department | Slice of Sports
Slice of Sports
A Shoe In! Silver Anniversary for 2008 ‘Iolani Prep Classic
Glenn Young ’59, tournament founder and organizer, holds the Nike Classic shoe that will be released in December.
The Classic has drawn national attention as high school teams from across the nation (and China) have competed against teams from Hawaii.
Last year, a girls tournament was added for the first time. This year, the girls play from December 11 to 13.
The boys competition runs from December 17 to 22 with ESPN televising the final rounds. The addition of Whitey Young High School from Chicago and Tsinghua High School from Beijing, China make this year’s tournament especially interesting. Whitey Young’s roster includes Marcus Jordan, son of retired NBA star Michael Jordan. The Tsinghua team is ranked number one in China.
The show features the ‘Iolani Classic logo and Nike swoosh
Nike, the tournament’s major sponsor, will release a shoe to celebrate the tournament’s silver anniversary. Retailing at $85, the shoe will be available at the Classic.
For more information, check www.iolaniclassic.org.
2008 teams include:Girls Tournament
- Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep (San Francisco, CA) (33-0)
No1. in USA Today Super 25, No. 2 ESPN
- Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, CA) (31-2)
No. 3 in USA Today Super 25, No. 3 in ESPN
- Oregon City (Oregon City, OR) (22-4)
- Westlake (Atlanta, GA) (23-5)
- Oakhill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA) (34-4)
No. 8 USA Today, No. 3 ESPN
Of note: Keith Gallon (6 ‘8’ center - No. 5 ranked senior center)
- LeFlore (Mobile, AL) (30-3)
No. 12 USA Today, No. 8 ESPN
Of note: Demarcus Cousins (6’11” forward - No. 1 ranked senior forward)
- Montrose Christian (Rockville, MD) (24-4)
No. 74 Rivals.com
Of note: Mouphtaou Yarou (6'9" forward - No. 5 ranked senior forward
- Fairfax (Los Angeles, CA) (27-6)
No. 19 ESPN
Of note: Renardo Sidney (6’10’ forward - No. 3 ranked senior forward)
- Putnam City (Oklahoma City, OK) (25-2)
No. 52 Rivals.com
Of note: Xavier Henry (6’6” guard - No. 1 ranked senior shooting guard)
- Whitney Young (Chicago, IL) (18-3)
Of note: Marcus Jordan (6’3” senior guard - younger son of Michael Jordan)
- DeMatha (Hyattsville, MD) (21-10)
- Tsinghua High School (Bejing, China)
- Mid-Pacific Institute
Ann Kang Tournament showcases girls volleyball, pays tribute to late coach
Jana Tokuhama ’09 volleys the ball during a game in the Ann Kang Invitational Volleyball Tournament. (Photo Al Linsky)
Mira Costa High School of California won the gold bracket in a close match against Wilson High School of Long Beach, California, 26-24, 25-27, 15-11. ‘Iolani tied for seventh place in the championship bracket, the only Hawaii school to qualify for the championship round. Hawaii Baptist Academy won the silver division. Radford won the bronze and Kahuku took the flight division championship.
The tournament was founded by longtime ‘Iolani teacher and coach Ann Kang. It was renamed in her honor after her death in 2003.
Other teams participating in the tournament included Newport Harbor, Corona Del Mar, Los Alamitos, Redondo, Harvard Westlake, Punahou, Sacred Hearts, San Marcos, Word of Life, Moanalua, Pearl City, Mililani, Molokai and ‘Iolani B.
Mahalo goes to the dozens of volunteers and supporters who make this tournament possible each fall.
Comments from Readers
How do I get a pair of those shoes?