The Black and Gold 1976Lack of Experience Hinders Swimming Team for Year of Rebuilding
The year 1976 was one of rebuilding for McKinley’s swimming team. Hurt by the loss of last year’s seniors with graduation, the team was supported by four returnees, of which only one was a senior.
Joined by new assistant coach Larry Oshiro, from the Honolulu Police Department, the team had daily practices in McKinley’s aging pool after school from 2:15 to 3:45. Practices began in September and continued through March in hope of placing in the OIA swimming meets.
Yet, hard practice and dedication of team members were not enough to give the Mick swimmers a high place in the rankings.
Among the meets were the OIA Relays, the OIA West Championships, the OIA Championships, and the HHSAA State Championship.
Females Concentrate on Cage Skills
Entering their third year of competition and still unsanctioned by the OIA, McKinleys’ Girls’ Basketball Team was comprised of most of the year’s returnees.
New Head Coach Jake Hoopai and Assistant Coaches Joe Tom and Gladys Pakele drilled the girls in various defensive skills and offense techniques, in attempt to overcome a deficit of height.
The season opened with a loss to Kalakaua by 10 points, but the girl cagers came back to take the rematch. From there the team faced tough competition, against defending ILH champion, Maryknoll, Kamehameha and 1975 UH Tournament winner Punahou.
Competitions included the UH Tournament on March 19 t 20 and the Farrington Tournament on April 1 to 3.
McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017