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If there were still any doubters left, Micah Christenson answered them in full this weekend.

The two-sport standout anchored Kamehameha to the boys volleyball state championship on Saturday as the Warriors surprised top-seeded Punahou in a sweep. Christenson also led Kamehameha’s title run in basketball, and he is among the 12 inductees to the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Hall of Honor, who were announced this morning.

In basketball, Christenson, nearly 6-foot-6, is a three-time all-state player and two-time Gatorade player of the year. He’s a two-time all-state volleyball player, and a possible volleyball player of the year this spring. He will be a setter at USC next season.

The selections were pared from a long list of nominees by the Hall of Honor committee. All nominees are required to be seniors. The list, in alphabetical order, follows.

» Kalei Adolpho, Molokai: She was a multiple all-state selection in basketball and volleyball, leading Molokai to a state title in hoops, and also won the state high jump championship this spring.

» Chrissy Chow, Punahou: A four-time state champion in wrestling and three-time state champ in judo, she was also a national title contender.

» Caprice Dydasco, Kamehameha: The three-time all-state soccer pick was also a national team member for four years.

» Koa Ka‘ai, Kamehameha: One of the most highly recruited players in the state, Ka‘ai is an all-state football player who was also a two-time ILH shot put champion.

» Leisha Liilii, Castle: The left-hander had a prolific career as a power hitter, but also filled in this year as a productive pitcher.

» Marcus Mariota, Saint Louis: The strong-armed quarterback bided his time before getting his opportunity, then led the Saints to a state football championship.

» Pierce Murphy, Island: He put the tiny (200 students) school on the athletic map by shattering state-meet records in the 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs last week.

» Zhane Santiago, Kahuku: In three years of track and field, she won gold medals seven times, along with a number of second- and third-place performances.

» Shea Shimabukuro, Kauai: He was key at quarterback and place-kicker, and then won two games as a pitcher during the three-day Division II state baseball tournament as Kauai won the title.

» Kailea Tracy-Visintainer, Seabury Hall: The three-sport star was at her best on the track, winning five gold medals in her career, including the 200, 400 and 4×400 at last week’s state championships.

» Maiki Viela, Lahainaluna: The two-time Gatorade girls basketball player of the year helped the Lady Lunas win their first state championship a year ago.

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