Punahou Wins 6th Title; MICDS Returns to MO Title Match; IL Sectional Titles Today; Parkrose Under Threat

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  • An early 3-2 lead for Kahuku evaporated as Punahou methodically outscored the North Shore school to win the HHSAA (HI) girls’ high school state title in Honolulu on Friday. The Red Raiders were stifled after the first quarter, adding only one more score to end the match at an 8-4 deficit. With the win Punahou extends its Aloha State title streak to six. Iolani won the title in 2007, the last team other than Punahou to do so.
  • Favorites St. Louis University High won convincingly on Friday, 17-8, against fifth-seeded DeSmet to gain a place in Saturday’s Missouri high school championship match. Their opponents will be MICDS, who surprised the number two seed and defending state champs Parkway West, 10-9, to move on to the title game. The two squads last met in the finals in 2007, when SLUH brought home its 12th crown. The championship match will be audio streamed live at Prepcasts.com, and shown locally on Charter Cable.
  • State championship berths are on the line Saturday in Illinois where eight boys’ and girls’ sectional titles are on the schedule. News of Matt Farmer’s return to Fenwick has the state buzzing about today’s rematch between the Friars and defending state champs Lyons Township. On the girls’ side, every sectional final features top two seeds. Sectional winners earn automatic berths in the state championship tournament, which will begin on May 16.
  • Not for the first time a high school program is under threat. Oregon’s Parkrose High, girls’ state champions in 2009, lost their district funding on Wednesday when the Parkrose School District Board voted to cut $27,000 from the athletics general fund. The team will now operate as a club and must raise $15,000 to operate this coming fall. The Broncos are not alone: rivals Sandy, Gresham, Reynolds and Barlow have all had their programs cut, according to Parkrose supporter Diane Pow. Advocates for the team have already collected the written support of USA Water Polo CEO Chris Ramsey and superstar Tony Azevedo on their Facebook page, and are touting their cause via Twitter as well. No word yet on specific fundraising efforts.