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Winter & Spring Sports Wrap Up

The 2008-09 Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) sports year was thrilling and rewarding. ‘Iolani brought home a total of five ILH championships and four state championships this past year. The following results are for the winter and spring varsity sports.  (Fall sports wrap up was published in the winter 2009 ‘Iolani School Bulletin.) Congratulations to all teams, their families, and sports fans.

Boys Basketball Divison I
      2nd in ILH, 3rd in state

Boys Basketball Division II
      3rd in ILH

Girls Basketball
      2nd in ILH, 6th in state

      3rd in ILH

Boys Paddling
      5th in ILH

Girls Paddling
      4th in ILH, 9th in state

Boys Soccer,
      ILH Champions, State Champions

Girls Soccer
      3rd in ILH

Boys Swimming
      2nd in ILH, State Champions

Girls Swimming
      2nd in ILH, 2nd in state

Boys Wrestling
      3rd in ILH, 6th in state

Girls Wrestling
      2nd in ILH, 6th in state
      ILH Champions, 5th in state
Boys Golf
      3rd in ILH, State Champions

Boys Judo
      4th in ILH, 6th in state

Girls Judo
      4th in ILH, 17th in state

      ILH Champions, 3rd in state

Boys Tennis
      2nd in ILH, 2nd in state

Girls Tennis
      2nd in ILH, 3rd in state

Boys Track
      4th in ILH, 9th in state

Girls Track
      3rd in ILH, 8th in state

Boys Volleyball
      3rd in ILH, 5th in state

Girls Water Polo
      3rd in ILH

Welcoming New Head Coaches

There will be a few new faces in varsity head coaching positions this coming school year, including:

Dean Shimamoto ’94 is the new varsity boys basketball head coach.

Dean Shimamoto ’94 has been promoted to head coach of ‘Iolani School’s boys varsity basketball program. He has coached basketball at ‘Iolani since 1995 and was an assistant coach for eight seasons under former head coach Dr. Mark “Doc” Mugiishi '77, who recently retired after 20 years to focus on his medical career. An ‘Iolani graduate, Shimamoto was a senior on the 1994 ILH and state championship basketball team which won the first titles for then coach Mugiishi. Shimamoto returned to be an assistant intermediate level basketball coach for six years before moving to the varsity level. He helped coach ‘Iolani’s varsity boys to six ILH and five state titles.

Kristin Masunaga ’99 is the new varsity girls soccer head coach.
Kristin Masunaga ’99 has been named the ‘Iolani School girls soccer head coach. She replaces Chris Nied '79. Masunaga was an assistant coach for ‘Iolani’s varsity girls team for the past six seasons and was also the head coach of the girls junior varsity team in 2005 and 2006. In 2008, she was an assistant coach for the Hawaii Pacific University Women’s Soccer team. Masunaga played on the 1999 state championship team and was named the 1999 ILH and State Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Her ‘Iolani teammates  Jodie Tanga '99 and Jamie Shoma '00 will be her assistant coaches. Masunaga also played soccer for Colorado College from 1999 to 2002.

Jason Arakaki ’87 is the new varsity baseball head coach.
Jason Arakaki ’87 has been named as ‘Iolani School’s varsity baseball coach for the 2010 season. He will replace Dean Yonamine who earlier announced his retirement following the current season. Arakaki has been the head coach for the school’s junior varsity baseball team since 2001. Arakaki was a pitcher on the school’s 1986 state championship and 1987 ILH championship teams. Since 1990, he has coached baseball at ‘Iolani at the intermediate, junior varsity and varsity levels. He was the pitching coach for the ‘Iolani state championship varsity teams in 1997 and 1998.

Coaches Offer Reports

Boys Bowling

The boys junior varsity bowling team placed third in the ILH, appearing to be competitive factors in next season’s varsity squad.  They displayed immense support for each other.  The varsity team was enhanced by the senior leadership of the Class of 2009: Kelly Sakuda, Craig Yugawa, Matthew Murayama, Jeffrey Kwock, and Todd Tashima.  

- Coach Jason S. Egdamin


‘Iolani sailing experienced another solid year, producing individual winners and good results overall against a very talented ILH field. Varsity Division I and Division II each battled to third place overall, while the junior varsity team held off several contenders to capture second place.

- Coach Peter Webb

Girls Paddling

The Varsity I paddlers had another successful season, qualifying for the state tournament. The Varsity II girls were impressive in their determination, and achieved many personal goals during the season. The junior varsity girls made a good showing, and should improve enough to be varsity contenders next year. The Varsity I state tournament crew included Hannah Smith ’09, Hedee Kim ’09, Hanna Pang ’09, Erika Kim ’09, Tarah Sullivan ’09, Chelsea Hardin ’09, Asha Allen ’09 and Pheobe Jordan ’10.

- Coach Catherine Fuller ’84


The 2009 Iolani Golf season was highlighted by impressive individual performances culminating in the 2009 HHSAA State Boys Golf Championship. Some highlights included: 

Marisa Chow ’12 was named ILH Girls Golf Player of the Year.

Marissa Chow ’12 being named  ILH Girls Player of the Year, ILH Individual Champion, first in the ILH season stroke average (72.2), fifth in the HHSAA Girls Championship.

David Fink ’09 being named first team ILH All-Star, second in  ILH stroke average (68.6), second in  ILH Individual Championship, second in  2009 HHSAA Boys Championship.

Lorens Chan ’12  being named first team ILH All-Star,  fourth ILH stroke average (70.2), third ILH Individual Championships, first  place HHSAA Boys Championship.

The state championship boys golf team included, left to right, Elliot Le ’11, Reo Saito ’11, David Fink ’09, Kelly Masuda ’09, Lorens Chan ’12, and Corey Kozuma ’10.
Led by first and second place performances by Chan and Fink respectively, the boys team captured the 2009 HHSAA Boys Golf Championships at Kaanapali Golf Resort, Maui in impressive fashion, 18 strokes ahead of its nearest competitors. It was a One Team effort. The last time Iolani captured the team state title back in 1991, many of the players weren’t even born. Other members on the Varsity Boys team were: Kelly Masuda ’09, Corey Kozuma ’10. Ross Horiuchi ’10, Daniel Tamaru ’11,  Reo Saito ’11, Elliot Le ’11, and Sam Elliot ’11. Also on the varsity girls team were Mari Galiher ’10, and Alexis Chang ’11.

- Coaches Glenn Inouye ’69, Bo Hunter, Beau Yokomoto, Matt Ma ’02

Awards & Accolades

Wendell Look ’78, right, is greeted by his mentor and former coach Eddie Hamada ’46.
Varsity football head coach Wendell Look ’78 and Kellen Imada ’09 were honored at the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame-Hawaii Chapter Banquet at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on May 3. Look was one of two coaches to receive the Hawaii Coaches Award for contributions to high school football.

Eddie Hamada ’46 congratulates Kellen Imada ’09, right.
Imada ’09 was one of 12 seniors to receive a $1,000 scholarship based on success on the football field, maintaining at least a 3.0 grade point average and performing community service.

Nick Goo ’10 was named the Gatorade Hawaii Boys Soccer Player of the Year, distinguished as the best high school boys soccer player. He qualified to be a finalist for the Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year Award. He recorded nine goals and nine assists this past season, leading the Raiders to the Division I state championship.

Breland Almadova ’09 and Kela Marciel ’09 were named to the 2009 Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association Foundation Hall of Honor at the  awards dinner on June 7 at the Sheraton Waikiki. Almadova was an Advertiser Division II All-State defensive back in football and led the Raiders to their first Interscholastic League of Honolulu baseball title since 1997. Marciel was one of Hawai‘i’s premier three-sport athletes for the past three years, helping the Raiders win two straight Division II state championships in football, a Division I boys basketball state title in 2006 and the ILH baseball title this past season.

In April, two seniors accepted athletic scholarships. I’ishah Keli‘ikoa ’09, seated and third from the right, signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for Towson University in Maryland this fall, while James Robert (J.R.) Bunda '09, seated and fourth from right, signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the University of Portland. They were accompanied by their families and close friends in the Headmaster’s Office.

‘Iolani’s Annual Athletic Awards Presentation

The ‘Iolani School end-of-the-year Athletic Awards Assembly was held on May 28 in the lower gymnasium. All-star Athletes and Eddie Hamada Awardees were recognized and major athletic awards were presented. A special tribute was made to longtime Coach Glenn Young ’59.

Recipients of the major athletic awards gathered following the assembly: back row, left to right: Jarrett Arakawa ’10, Chelsea Hardin ’09, Giulia Anderson ’09, Grant Iwamoto ’09, David Fink ’09, Stephanie Dote ’09, Reyn Nagamine ’09; bottom row, left to right: Mahina Haina ’10, Hannah Smith ’09, Olivia Fatongia ’09, Keiko Akamine ’09, Kela Marciel ’09, Keenan Ho‘ohuli ’09.

Father Bray Award

… to the senior athletes that best exemplify the Iolani spirit.
Kela Marciel ’09
Olivia Fatongia ’09

“I” Club award

… to the senior athletes of superior athletic ability who unselfishly and sincerely helped to promote good sportsmanship and fair play.
Kela Marciel ’09
Keiko Akamine ’09

Walter Goo Trophy

… to those members of the graduating class who combine the qualities of outstanding athletic ability and fine academic records.
Grant Iwamoto ’09
Hannah Smith ’09
Guilia Anderson ’09

Tim Scott Award

… to the seniors, who through exemplary personal effort within their personal God-given abilities, have achieved distinction in both athletics and academics, thereby perpetuating the memory of Tim Scott, for whom this award is named.
David Fink ’09
Hedee Kim ’09

James H. Pott Award

… to the senior student athletes who best exemplify the highest standards of personal excellence and sportsmanship for teammates and school. 
Keenan Ho‘ohuli ’09
Chelsea Hardin ’09

Tokuo Kaneshige Award

…  to the seniors that best exemplify the combined qualities of leadership, scholarship and athletic ability as determined by the Headmaster.
Reyn Nagamine ’09
Stephanie Dote ’09

Raider Award

… to the underclass persons who in the past year most unselfishly and sincerely helped to promote good sportsmanship and fair play, who are most inspirational and best exemplify determination, courage and desire.
Jarrett Arakawa ’10
Mahina Haina ’10

Hamada Award Recipients

The Edward K. Hamada Award is presented to the member of a varsity team who, regardless of individual ability, most inspired team achievement through selfless thoughts and deeds, thereby embodying the spirit of ‘Iolani “One-Team”.

The following individuals are the recipients of the Edward K Hamada award for 2008-09.  Many are outstanding athletes and many are role players.  But all share a commitment to their teammates.

For Baseball, Tyler Yamamoto
For Basketball, Pablo Warner, Elysse Tom, and Chase Hu
For Bowling, Kelly Sakuda and Stephanie Dote
For Cheerleading, Melissa Lee
For Cross-Country, Jenna Wong
For Football, Joey Durso
For Judo, Garrett Chan and Ann Truong
For Kayaking, Webster Ross
For Paddling, Ho Joon Cha and Andie Enomoto
For Sailing, Yasmin Kheradpey
For Soccer, Reid Sakamoto and Jennifer Kiyotoki
For Softball, Keli Umeda
For Swimming, Geramiah Simoes and Kira Sasaki
For Tennis, Nikki Castel
For Track, Jonathan Wong and Emily Shiraki
For Volleyball, Kelly Pang
For Water Polo, Chase Weber
For Wrestling, Maxx Toyama and Ashley Furuta

Double winners:

For Golf and Volleyball, David Fink
For Cross Country and Tennis, Robert Tamai
For Kayaking and Water Polo, Hannah Smith

‘Iolani All Stars

Champions and Players of the Year 2008-09

      Shantel Asada ’09
      Melissa Lee ’09
      Jessica Sagisi ’11
      Careese Higaki ’12

Cross Country
      Tyler Mulloy ’09
      Justin Higa ’11
      Troy Esaki ’12
      Jenna Wong ’10

      Wyllie Marciel ’09
      Sealii Epenesa ’10

      David Fink ’09
      Marissa Chow ’12
      Lorens Chan ’12

      Evan Masutani ’10

      Asha Allen ’09
      Giulia Anderson ’09
      Matthew Brady ’09
      Tarah Sullivan ’09
      Hannah Smith ’09

      Erin Nakashima ’09
      Hanna Pang ’09

      Keith Lum ’09
      Paul Nakamoto ’09
      Christopher Otani ’09
      Jershon Baldomero ’10
      Nicholas Goo ’10
      Krystal Pascua ’11
      Reid Sakamoto ’09
      Brock Granger ‘09

      Shanna Tashiro ’09
      Jana Tokuhama ’09
      Kimberlee Souza ’11
      Brittney Guro ’09

      Chase Weber ’09
      Geramiah Simoes ’09
      Kevin Jones ’10
      Kacy Johnson ’12
      Ian White ’12   

      Nikki Castel ’09
      Kyle Shiroma ’09
      Brent Hashiba ’10
      Bobbi Oshiro ’12

      Chelsea Hardin ’09
      I’ishah-Moahnea Keliikoa ’09
      Anissa Haina ’10

Water Polo
      Vincent Lim ’09
      Drew Limm ’09
      Rayfe Gasper-Asaoka ’09

      Keiko Akamine ’09
      Andrew Chung ’09
      Olivia Fatongia ’09
      Thanh Truong Vu ’09
      Ian Akamine ’11

Player of the Year Honors

       Breland Almadova ’09

       Brittney Guro ’09

        Geramiah Simoes ’09

These students were recognized at the athletic awards
assembly on May 28.

Comments from Readers

  1. 66d344cc3dec7ea37b02740937a8871c
    James Little on 9/11/2009 at 4:58pm

    "Slice of Sports
    Winter & Spring Sports Wrap Up"

    The "Wrap-Up" is an impressive presentation of your scholar/athletes and their supporting cast.
    This made a positive impression regarding Iolani High School.