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Boys Varsity Basketball Team Clinches First Boys Back-to-Back State Titles in School History

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Spartan shoutout to our Boys Varsity Basketball Team, the 2020 Snapple HHSAA Division I Boys Varsity Basketball State Champions! Our Spartans battled their way through the state tournament, defeating Kalaheo, Kamehameha-Hawaii, and Damien along the way to their 46-33 victory over Kamehameha-Kapālama in the state championship game! Our defending state champs clinched back-to-back state titles, the first Boys Varsity Division I Basketball Team to do so in Maryknoll School history!
Sophomore Sage Tolentino ‘22 was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2020 Snapple HHSAA Boys Basketball Division I Championship Tournament! In addition to being named tournament MVP, he was also named the Spectrum OC16 Impact Player for the state title game!

Shoutout to seniors Niko Robben ‘20 and Liko Soares ‘20, who were also named to the HHSAA Division I All-Tournament team! Awesome job representing your teammates with excellent athleticism, character and respect, both on and off the court!

Congrats on your epic, well-deserved victory Bold, Brave, Spartans and mahalo to all of our team’s amazing supporters throughout the season! Way to go, Spartans!!
 
Message From Ben Valle '84, Maryknoll Director of Athletics
 
Dear Maryknoll Spartan Community,
 
What an amazing season this has been for our scholar-athletes! On behalf of all of us at Maryknoll School and most especially head coach Kelly Grant '84 and our entire Athletic Department - scholar-athletes, coaches, training and administrative staff - I'd like to personally thank you for the tremendous support you have shown our department and our school. Without your unwavering support, our boys could not have accomplished what they did this weekend, clinching back-to-back boys state titles for the first time in school history.
 
Our championship win not just a victory for our team, but a win for our entire school. When our scholar-athletes succeed, our entire school succeeds. Our younger students look up to our varsity scholar-athletes for inspiration and they serve as role-models that help them to aspire to be in their shoes one day. No matter how you're connected to our community - parents, alumni, students, faculty, staff, administrators, board members, parents of alumni or just huge fans of our program - I am extremely grateful for what you do for our school. 
 
Maryknoll was founded on the principles of Noblesse Oblige and the ideal that, as long as we are united as a community, the possibilities of what our students can achieve are endless. The Maryknoll Sisters faced tremendous adversity and challenges during our school's early days nearly a century ago. I draw parallels with the sisters' challenges to our present-day grit and tenacity of our scholar-athletes, with our boys varsity basketball team serving as just one example of this commitment and dedication to a common passion. 
 
Clinching back-to-back Division I state titles in any sport, especially basketball, is no easy feat. I'm immensely proud of what our players and our coaches achieved this year and last, and I look forward to witnessing what they, and all of our Maryknoll scholar-athletes, will continue to accomplish for years to come. Please join me in congratulating these young men on this amazing accomplishment. 
 
Again, thank you for your continued dedication, love, and support of Maryknoll School Athletics. 
 
Mahalo and Noblesse Oblige, 
 
Ben Valle '84
Director of Athletics
 
 Our program's success would not be possible without those that support and stand behind it. Our team expressed their appreciation to their fans and supporters after their championship win. 
 
HHSAA State Tournament Championship Recap
 
Our Boys Varsity Basketball team clinched the 2020 HHSAA State Basketball Tournament Division I Championship title with 46-33 victory over 2020 ILH champion Kamehameha-Kapalama in front of a nearly 3,000 person crowd at the University of Hawaii's Stan Sheriff Center on Friday, February 21st! 
 
Hawaii Prep World 
 
 
 
ScoringLive 
 
 
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