Lahainaluna High School honors the year’s top athletes
LAHAINA – It was another banner year for Lahainaluna High School athletics, as the Red Tide of the West Side rolled on to reach high water marks once again in the Maui Interscholastic League and beyond at the state level.
There are five bars highlighting the “L” beaming down from the face of Pu’u Pa’u Pa’u (Mount Ball) above the historic campus that signify the MIL championships won by Lahainaluna teams during the 2015-16 school year.
The Lunas achieved titles in football, girls and boys basketball, girls wrestling, and water polo, as well as silver medals for runner-up finishes in softball, boys wrestling, girls golf, boys and girls tennis, and boys and girls volleyball.
Also, the Lunas’ track and field season was highlighted by sterling individual efforts by Kamal Goluabe in the hurdles and Anis Bel in the pole vault.
In addition, Lalelei Mata’afa won her fourth consecutive state wrestling championship. She went undefeated throughout her high school career and pinned all of her opponents.
According to Lahainaluna Athletic Director Scott Soldwisch, the successful year was culminated at the school’s annual awards banquet on May 19 in the spacious campus cafeteria.
All of the teams were honored for their successful seasons, along with recognition to the coaches, managers, school staff, and to Assistant Athletic Director and Trainer Jon Conrad and Assistant Trainer Helen Hetzel.
The Most Valuable Player awards for the respective programs went to the following student athletes: baseball, Roen Ginoza; boys basketball, Kalalani Ka’aikala Cabon; girls basketball, Keleah Aiko Koloi; cheerleading, Taylor Becker; boys cross country, Dean Omura; girls cross country, Karrina Arroyo Haro; football (offense), Dylan Delatori; football (defense), Ivan Upfold Pante; girls golf, Caylyn Villatora; boys golf, Kaimi Kanaha; boys paddling, Shawn Rabino; girls paddling, Kamauliola Medeiros; boys soccer, Marcos Lopez; softball, Mele Pasikala; boys surfing, Cyan Clark; girls surfing, Angelei Anna Shulman; girls swimming, Sydney Wagner; boys swimming, Jared Gaastra; boys tennis, Shane Ramos; girls tennis, Gaila Galano; boys track and field, Kamal Craig Golaube; girls wrestling, Iverly Navarro; and boys wrestling, Justin Inovejas.
In the feature awards for the evening, the Most Distinguished Senior Athlete and Outstanding Athlete of the Year awards went to Lalelei Mata’afa and Kamal Craig Golaube.
Scholar Athlete of the Year honors went to Kaylee Harmon and Anis Bel.
Congratulations to Coach Scott and the entire Athletic Department in carrying forward the torch of sportsmanship and dignity embodied in Lahainaluna sports. Imua, Lunas!