The local sports transactions wire has been somewhat active recently.
>> Scott Gonsalves is the interim athletic director at Saint Louis School with Ulima Afoa’s departure. He’s a graduate of Saint Louis and a teacher there. He was also previously an assistant AD and a Crusaders wrestling coach.
I’ve known him for a long time; he’s a solid, level-headed leader and should be considered a strong contender for the permanent post.
All Saint Louis coaches have been asked to resign and reapply, we’ve been told. The most focus will be on football, where John Hao has been on the hot seat since the end of last season. But when all is said and done there could be plenty of coaching changes in various Crusdaders sports.
>> Kalaheo basketball coach Chico Furtado doesn’t do many things quietly (and that’s one of the things I like about him), but his recent retirement from the prep ranks slipped by relatively unnoticed.
I hope he remains active in some capacity; the high school sports scene needs smart people willing to think independently and speak their minds, like Chico always did.
>> A new sports radio station is on the horizon in Honolulu. FOX sports radio is gearing up to give ESPN 1420 (KKEA) a run for its advertising money. No word yet on how much local vs. national programming.
>> Former University of Hawaii golfer Ryan Perez just turned pro, and is headed off to play on the eGolf Tour, where he’ll join Tadd Fujikawa.
–By Dave Reardon