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HBA Students Claim Four State Titles
Ryan Su

HBA had a most impressive showing in the recently completed spring sports season.  Four Eagles reached the pinnacles of their respective sports by winning individual Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) state championships!

 

Josh Hayashida - HHSAA Golf State Champion

Joshua Hayashida '22 capped off one the best prep golf careers in Hawaii  history by winning the HHSAA David S. Ishii Foundation Boys Golf State Championship May 10 at the Kaanapali Royal Golf Course on Maui. 

Hayashida finished with a two-day total of 141 to finish as the lone golfer under par (-1) en route to a four shot victory over the runner-up.  He was the ILH individual champion in 2021 and 2022.  He had the lowest ILH average all four years of his high school career (2019-2022).  In 2019, he was a freshman on HBA's first-ever boys state champion golf team and led HBA to a third place state finish this year (there were no spring state championships held in 2020 and 2021).  He also led HBA to three consecutive ILH championships (2019, 2021, 2022 - no league title awarded in 2020 due to COVID-19).

Congratulations, Joshua!

 

Josiah Lum - HHSAA Judo State Champion

Josiah Lum '22 defeated all opponents en route to the 2022 ILH and State Championships.  Competing in the 145-pound weight class, he defeated his opponent from Iolani in the finals of the ILH tourney to claim the league title.  

Then, at the HHSAA Atlas Insurance Judo State Championships, he defeated his opponents from Pearl City HS, Waiakea HS and Kapolei HS to set up a rematch of the ILH championship final.  After trailing early in the match, Lum came back to win by ippon at the 4:00 mark over Brayden Morioka of Iolani School.

Congratulations, Josiah!

 

Jordy Davenport - HHSAA Track & Field State Champion

Jordy Davenport '23 finished her junior season in style.  Entering the HHSAA Island Movers Track & Field State Championships, she was one of only two girls in the entire state to post a sub-60 second time in the 400m dash.  In the state trials on May 13 at Kamehameha-Kapalama's Kunuiakea Stadium, she posted as personal record time of 59.88.

She followed that with an eye-popping time of 58.45 the next day in the finals to claim the 400m state championship!  Finishing in second, third and fourth places were girls from Radford HS, Baldwin HS, and Iolani School, respectively.  Only three girls ran sub-60 seconds.

Congratulations, Jordy!

 

Connor Malinger - HHSAA Track & Field State Champion

Connor Malinger '22, like Hayashida in golf, has had a very impressive prep career.  He was the 2021 ILH Champion for boys cross country and the 7th place medalist at the HHSAA Honolulu Marathon Cross Country State Championships.  He also led HBA to Division 2 Boys Cross Country State Championships in 2018 and 2021.

On May 14 he captured his elusive individual state title by winning the 3000m run at the HHSAA Island Movers Track & Field State Championships.  After finishing as runner-up earlier in the evening in the 1500m run, Malinger came back with the 3K run of his life, pulling away from friendly rival Parker Wagnild of Mid-Pacific over the final 800m to win going away with a time of 9:06.  

Malinger had not won a single full-field 3K race all ILH season, nor the better part of two years.  However, he ran his best race in his final race and was able to finish his career as an individual state champion.

Congratulations, Connor!