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A win-win for Whitworth and Waianae

A win-win for Whitworth and Waianae

Not a single one of many 18 Whitworth (Wash.) soccer gamers from Hawaii graduated from Kamehameha.

That shouldn’t maintain Pirates coach Rod Sandberg from sending a thank-you notice to the varsity that has nonetheless managed to play an enormous position in Whitworth’s first Northwest Conference championship in soccer this season.

Last yr, Kamehameha partnered with Whitworth University and the Hawaii State Department of Education to create a Waianae-to-Whitworth pipeline that absolutely funds eight educational scholarships for Native Hawaiian college students from Waianae and Nanakuli to attend the college in Spokane, Wash.

On Monday, sophomore Jaylen Gonzales was named to the All-NWC first workforce and made it fairly clear how essential this scholarship is.

“If it wasn’t for the scholarship, I don’t assume I’d be capable of afford school,” Gonzales stated. “I’d in all probability go straight to wanting for work and discovering one thing to do.”

Instead, the 5-foot-10 linebacker, a 2017 Waianae graduate, is flourishing after lacking almost all of his senior season in highschool with a shoulder damage.

Gonzales is second on the staff with 57 tackles and eight tackles for loss, two interceptions and a fumble restoration.

The Whitworth protection is loaded with gamers from Hawaii. Gonzales, Shai Pulawa (Leilehua), who earned honorable point out all-conference honors, and Braiden Ayala (Waianae) have mixed for six of the Pirates’ 14 interceptions. Senior defensive deal with P-Jay Solomon (Pearl City), who was named to the All-NWC second group on Monday, is second on the staff with 41⁄2 sacks and defensive linemen Dayne Evangelista (Waianae) and Rudy Keopuhiwa (Waianae) have additionally recorded sacks.

“It’s superior as a result of it provides you that really feel of what it’s like enjoying soccer in Hawaii in school,” Gonzales stated. “There’s one thing totally different about enjoying up right here from enjoying again residence, however with all of these guys on the workforce, all of us enjoying collectively, it provides us a way or a sense like we’re enjoying again at residence.”

Whitworth will host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday within the first spherical of the 32-team NCAA Division III event.

The Pirates will play a postseason recreation at house for the primary time since 2006 after ending an undefeated common season for the fifth time in class historical past at 9-Zero.

Whitworth broke an 11-year dropping streak towards reigning convention champion Linfield (Ore.) with a 19-14 win in late September. Gonzales led the best way with a team-high seven tackles.

“Everyone was fairly hyped,” Gonzales stated. “We have been very excited and I feel at that time, we realized we had a chance to go actually far this season.”

The on-field accomplishments are necessary to Gonzales, however his time without work the sector has been simply as enjoyable.

As quickly because the season is over, Gonzales is wanting ahead to a different sport that takes up a whole lot of his free time.

“Those days the place all the buddies get collectively and end homework and then go play basketball on the fitness center are the most effective occasions,” Gonzales stated. “We can’t do it throughout season, clearly, however we’ll be on the (University Recreation Center) all spring enjoying ball.

“The quantity of free time we have now with our buddies doing one thing collectively is already nice. Everything (about school) has been such a enjoyable expertise.”

It’s an expertise that wouldn’t have been potential with out the partnership between Kamehameha and Whitworth.

In addition to funding scholarships ­— that are value about $60,000 apiece, in accordance with the varsity’s web site — the partnership additionally covers prices for housing, meals, books, miscellaneous charges and two journeys house yearly.

Individualized schooling plans are created for every scholar that think about each educational and private wants, together with ohana obligations in Hawaii.

“The flights again residence, to books, to even having some extra cash, all of it’s vital,” Gonzales stated. “I’m not right here with out that.”


Jaylen Gonzales

>> School: Whitworth (Wash.)

>> Position: Linebacker

>> Class: Sophomore

>> Height: 5 ft 10

>> Weight: 213 kilos

>> High faculty: Waianae (2017)



2017 6 Three 6 9.Zero 1.5 — 1-2 — —

2018 9 29 28 57.Zero 6.Three Zero.5-1 Eight-25 1-9 2-34

TOT. 15 32 34 66.Zero Four.Four Zero.5-1 9-27 1-9 2-34


Player (High School) Ht. Wt. Cl. Pos.

Isain Wong-Lonzanida (Nanakuli ‘16) 5-7 167 Jr. WR

Noah Alejado (Saint Louis ‘17) 5-9 193 So. WR

Jaylen Gonzales (Waianae ‘17) 5-10 213 So. LB

Jarin Manuel (Damien ‘16) 5-10 175 Jr. DB

Braiden Ayala (Waianae ‘18) 5-5 161 Fr. DB

Jerusalem To’oto’o (Waianae ‘17) 6-Zero 166 So. WR

Austinn Nagao (Leilehua ‘16) 5-9 174 So. RB

Rip Pahukoa (Seabury Hall ‘15) 5-10 236 Jr. LB

Randy Hatori (Kealakehe ‘17) 5-9 193 So. LB

Shai Pulawa (Leilehua ‘14) 5-11 193 Sr. DB

Solo Grey (Waianae ‘17) 5-9 212 So. DL

Rudy Keopuhiwa (Waianae ‘17) 5-Eight 246 So. DL

Seth Fukushima (Hilo ‘16) 5-10 250 Jr. OL/FB

Kekoa Kapahu (Hilo ‘18) 6-Zero 245 Fr. OL

Icher Pule-Annes (KS-Hawaii ‘16) 6-Three 262 Jr. OL

Lynold Tuiloma (Nanakuli ‘18) 6-Zero 323 Fr. DT

Dayne Evangelista (Waianae ‘18) 5-11 340 Fr. DT

P-Jay Solomon (Pearl City ‘15) 6-Zero 264 Sr. DT



>> Tua Tagovailoa, Saint Louis ’17: The Alabama sophomore quarterback completed 14-for-21 for 164 yards and a landing and threw his second interception of the season in a 24-Zero win over Mississippi State on Saturday. Tagovailoa was sacked 4 occasions.

>> McKenzie Milton, Mililani ’16: The Central Florida junior quarterback was an environment friendly 17-for-21 passing for 200 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 62 yards and a rating in a 35-24 win over Navy on Saturday. ESPN’s College GameDay shall be in Orlando on Saturday for the Knights’ recreation towards Cincinnati.

>> Jordan Ta’amu, Pearl City ’15: The Ole Miss senior quarterback accomplished 22 of 35 passes for 373 yards and a landing and additionally scored on a 1-yard run in a 38-24 loss to Texas A&M on Saturday.

>> Salanoa-Alo Wily, Kahuku ’15: The UNLV senior defensive lineman made two tackles and was in on a sack in a 27-24 win over San Diego State on Saturday. The Rebels face Hawaii on Saturday at Aloha Stadium.

>> Ronley Lakalaka, Punahou ’15: The San Diego State senior linebacker made eight tackles with one deal with for loss towards the Rebels.

>> Vavae Malepeai, Mililani ’16: The Southern California operating again had 13 carries for 47 yards and caught a cross in a 15-14 loss to California on Saturday.

>> Jordan Iosefa, Saint Louis ’16: The USC junior linebacker assisted on three tackles with one for a loss, had two move breakups and recovered a fumble within the loss to the Bears.

>> Makana LaBoy, ‘Iolani ‘17: The Lewis & Clark sophomore defensive again was named to the All-Northwest Conference second workforce on Monday. LaBoy had a career-high 31 tackles, 9 move breakups and an interception this season.

>> Maka Ah Loo, Kapaa ‘15: The Lewis & Clark senior offensive lineman earned honorable point out all-conference honors on Monday after beginning six of 9 video games earlier than struggling a season-ending damage on Oct. 27. He helped the Pioneers to their greatest dashing efficiency in a season since 2011.

>> Cameron Chang, ‘Iolani ‘17: The Lewis & Clark sophomore defensive lineman earned honorable point out all-conference honors on Monday a yr after profitable the freshman of the yr award. Chang had 15 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and a pressured fumble this season.

>> Cade Brittain, Punahou ’15: The Lake Forest senior defensive again was named to the All-Midwest Conference South Division first group on Tuesday. Brittain made 36 tackles this season, with two tackles for loss and two interceptions.

>> Ethan Takeyama, Punahou ’16: The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps junior receiver caught 5 passes for 70 yards in a 24-19 loss to Pomona-Pitzer to finish the common season on Saturday. Takeyama leads the Stags in receiving with 321 yards on 27 receptions and two touchdowns getting into Saturday’s NCAA Division III playoff recreation at Whitworth (Wash.).

>> Nick Kapule, Punahou ’17: The Pomona-Pitzer sophomore quarterback-turned-receiver caught an Eight-yard landing move and had three receptions for 19 yards within the win over the Stags. Kapule caught 28 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns in 9 video games this season.


>> Kyle Suppa, Punahou ’16: The Southern California junior jumped seven spots on the ultimate day of the Saint Mary’s Invitational on Nov. 7 with a Four-under 67 and completed in a tie for fourth place at 5 beneath.

>> Shawn Lu, Moanalua ’16: The Oregon State junior closed with a 1-under 70 to complete in a tie for 24th place at 2 over on the Saint Mary’s Invitational.


>> Mariel Galdiano, Punahou ’16: The UCLA junior closed with a second consecutive 1-under 72 to complete at even par in a tie for 12th place on the Nanea Pac-12 Preview on Nov. 7 in Kailua-Kona.

>> Malia Nam, Kaiser ’18: The Southern California freshman closed with a 1-over 74 and completed in a tie for 12th place at even par on the Nanea Pac-12 Preview.

>> Mari Nishiura, Mililani ’16: The Oregon State junior completed the Nanea Pac-12 Preview in a tie for 47th place at 12 over after closing together with her greatest spherical, a 1-over 74.


>> Kaile Halvorsen, Kaiser ’18: The Santa Clara freshman ahead scored her second aim of the season within the 69th minute of a Four-1 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee within the first spherical of the NCAA event on Saturday. The Broncos will play N.C. State within the second spherical on Friday in Los Angeles.


>> Kamalani Akeo, Kamehameha ’15: The Pittsburgh senior setter had a match-high 18 assists and three digs in a sweep of Duke on Sunday. Akeo, who has Three,827 profession assists and 855 digs, will play her remaining residence match for the 10th-ranked Panthers on Nov. 21 towards Georgia Tech.

>> Taylor Takeda, Kamehameha ’14: The Butler senior libero had 5 digs, two assists and an ace in her last residence match, a sweep of DePaul on Sunday. Takeda has recorded 1,098 digs and 231 assists in her three-year profession with the Bulldogs.

>> Anna Uhr, ‘Iolani ’15: The Harvard senior completed with a team-high 22 digs in her last match, a four-set victory over Penn on Saturday. Harvard completed the season 11-12 general and 6-Eight within the Ivy League. Uhr led the workforce in digs with 355, averaging Three.94 per set.

>> Mia Heirakuji, Kamehameha ’15: The Temple senior libero completed with a match-high 18 digs, 5 assists and an ace in a sweep of Memphis on Sunday. Heirakuji wants one dig to succeed in 1,000 for her profession.

>> Averi Salvador, Punahou ’17: The Temple sophomore had 15 digs towards Memphis.

>> Silerolia Gaogao, Moanalua ’15: The Montana senior defensive specialist had a match-high 12 digs and two aces in a sweep of Eastern Washington on Friday. Gaogao, who has 516 digs, 269 kills, 58 blocks and 39 aces in her four-year profession, will play her remaining house match on Thursday towards Weber State.

>> Gabi Lau, University ’16: The Western New Mexico junior libero earned honorable point out honors within the Lone Star Conference after averaging Four.80 digs per set in her first season with the Mustangs. One of two gamers on the staff to play all 102 units, Lau additionally was third on the workforce with 13 aces.

>> Kaylen Higa, Punahou ’15: The Azusa Pacific senior setter closed the common season with 15 assists, three digs, an ace and a kill in a sweep of Notre Dame de Namur on Saturday. The Cougars are 24-6 general and gained their first PacWest championship with a 20-2 report in league play. They will open the NCAA Division II volleyball event on Thursday towards Cal Poly Pomona within the West Regional hosted by Western Washington.

Stats compiled by Billy Hull, Star-Advertiser. To submit an athlete for publication, e mail [email protected]