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Buffanblu Sweep Weekend State Tournaments

Eric Kadooka Eric Kadooka
Rusty Komori Rusty Komori
Ashley Ohira Ashley Ohira

By Stephen Florino

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- When it comes to academics, Punahou School is known as one of best around. But they're also one of the best when it comes to athletics.

It was a big weekend for the Buffanblu, capturing state titles in five different sports. A couple of them, continuing a tradition of dominance.

The final out for Punahou, in a 4-0 win in the state title game over Saint Louis.

"It's still unbelievable," said head baseball coach Eric Kadooka. "It's a dream for these kids."

But almost expected. The win gives the Buffanblu its 5th consecutive title -- 11th overall, the most by any school in the state.

"We have good kids, good coaches, and a great support system," said Kadooka. "Athletic director Tom Holden, Dr. Scott. We just go out here and play hard."

Punahou's tennis team is even more dominating. The boys team comes home from the Big Island with their 18-straight team title, 40th overall in the tournament's 50-year history.

"All my previous great teams that I've had in the past, all the alumni, the parents and supporters all share in this historical moment," said tennis head coach Rusty Komori.

The girls team won its 6th straight title, 34th overall, as well as a singles championship for the 17th time, and doubles championship for the 9th.

"This year was a little different because I play with different partners every year," said doubles champ Ashley Ohira. "Every year has been a new adventure, and this one is just another icing on the cake."

"In order for us to get to this point, in order for us to stay where we are, it has to deal with the constant striving for excellence," said Komori.

And these student athletes seem to be dealing with it just fine.

The other state titles Punahou won this weekend.

-- Girls water polo team capped off a 11-0 season, and won its 3rd championship in 5 years.

-- Boys judo team won a share of the title, for its second in 6 years.

-- Girls golf team won back to back championships.

State tournaments for boys golf and volleyball are this weekend. The golfers are going for their 6th straight title.

And the volleyball team is the 3-time defending champ, and overall, they've won the title 28 times in 39-years.

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