By Fred Guzman
You could see in coming in the face of the schoolâ€™s declining enrollment.Â Finally, and sadly, it did come to pass.
After several years of battling â€“ and barely surviving â€“ the numbers game, St. Anthony has officially announced that it would not be fielding a varsity football team for the coming season.
It will mark the first time the Trojans will not compete on the gridiron since 1943.
The Trojans, however, are planning to create a club team to play 8-man football in hopes of encouraging other small schools — both in the MIL and around the state — to do the same.
But thatâ€™s going to take time and money, of which there seems to be little of in the current economic climate.
With St. Anthony out of the picture, the MIL will play a double round-robin schedule for the coming season, with Baldwin, King Kekaulike and Maui High competing in Division-I and Lahainaluna and Kamehameha-Maui playing in D-II.
FORFEIT:Â Kealakehe was stripped of its Big Island D-I football title after the Kona-based school self-reported using an ineligible player last season.Â A Mainland transfer who also had been home-schooled participated as a fifth-year high school student.Â As a result, Kealakeheâ€™s record went from 9-3 to 0-12 and deprived the Warriors of a league title.Â Kealakehe lost to Farrington in the first round of the state D-I tournament.