HILO, Hawaii -- A Big Island high school basketball player
has been dismissed from his team after attacking a referee during a
game between Konawaena and Waiakea.
Home video of last Wednesday's game, broadcast Monday by
Honolulu television station KITV, showed Kainoa Abril of Konawaena
High School slamming headfirst into referee Mason Souza. At the
time, Souza was talking with Konawaena head coach Donny Awa.
Earlier in the game, Abril and a Waiakea player were ejected
from the contest.
Konawaena has dismissed Abril from the team.
Keith Morioka, executive secretary of the Big Island
Interscholastic Federation, said Monday that there was no precedent
for any further action on the part of the league.