This past weekend marked as the end of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association State Championship schedule for the 2018-19 season while also signifying as the end of an era for Saint Francis as the school announced its impending closure earlier this year.
Remarkably, the double-blue in Manoa ended their athletic run in story book fashion where over the last two weeks, three state titles were captured by the Saints as boys volleyball, softball, and baseball all etched their names into athletic immortality.
A statement made by athletes, coaches, and supporters that despite the doors being closed, the Saints will march on, forever.
“What we would say is history can never be erased, so a lot of our boys that was one of the biggest motivations was that this is our last year and we need to do it and we need to get there. Our biggest goal was taking it home,” Saints volleyball head coach Dandi Holder told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello.
“Definitely resilient. No matter what circumstances come, our kids, our staff, we always overcome adversity no matter what it is and being able to do that especially towards the end and bringing a closure really means a lot to us,” added Holder.
When asked what kind of emotions would strike up in the future when looking as the Saints place in Hawaii prep sports history, Athletics Director Chad Konishi explained that it will most certainly provide many smiles.
“It will come with a heavy heart for sure. We can stand proud of what we accomplished and in a short time-frame. Especially with having (only) boys maybe eight or nine years ago and how fast and how far we’ve come so quickly,” said Konishi. “It’s exciting yet sad as we come to an end here but I think down the road we will look back at what we accomplished, how we did it and it will be rewarding.”
In its history, the Saints have captured 12 state team titles and a half-dozen individual koa trophies.
All would be returning athletes from Saint Francis are eligible to transfer to new programs and play immediately next season.