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National Letter of Intent Signing Day

The lights were brightly lit in the gym on February 3, but they were outshined by the smiles worn by friends and family members on national letter of intent signing day for football and soccer, as three ‘Iolani seniors signed letters to play collegiate sports.

The ‘Iolani lower gymnasium was the site of a triple letter signing. Pictured, left to right and seated, are Lisa Goo, Nicholas Goo '10, Sealii Epenesa, Jr., Sealii Epenesa ’10, Donna Epenesa, Jershon Baldomero ’10, Woletta Baldomero; standing, Athletic Co-director Eddie Maruyama, Anthony Goo, Director of College Counseling Todd Fleming, Headmaster Dr. Val Iwashita ’67, football coach Wendell Look ’78, boys soccer coach Chris Lee ’88, Anthony Baldomero.
Defensive tackle Sealii Epenesa ’10 signed a national letter of intent to play football for the UCLA Bruins. At 6'2" and 310-pounds, Epenesa was a member of the three-time ‘Iolani state championship football team. He is also the ILH Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time member of the state defensive all star team. Epenesa also received offers to play football from Oregon State University, Baylor University, Texas Tech, University of Washington, University of Colorado, and the University of Hawai‘i.

Nicholas Goo ’10 signed a Letter of Assurance to play soccer at the United States Air Force Academy.

Pictured are Dr. Val Iwashita ’67, Eddie Maruyama, Carl Schroers, Isabel Navaro, John Navaro, Kaena Moose ’10, Wendell Look ’78, Todd Fleming.
Jershon Baldomero ’10 signed a Letter of Assurance to also play soccer at the United States Air Force Academy.

Goo and Baldomero were members of the ‘Iolani state championship soccer team last year, and the team placed second in the state in the 2010 season.

On Feburary 16, Kaena Moose ’10 signed to play football for St. Francis University in Pennsylvania.

Sports Notes post-‘Iolani

Sophomore forward Taylor Mounts ’08, playing basketball for Willamette in Oregon, had 17 points in a 96-90 loss to Pacific Lutheran on January 22. He also had 11 points and five rebounds in a January 23 80-72 win over Pacific. (Honolulu Advertiser January 27)

Sophomore forward Jamie Smith ’08, playing basketball for UNLV, had team-highs of 17 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks on January 20 in a 66-65 overtime loss to Colorado State. Smith had 15 points and 13 rebounds in Saturday’s 81-61 loss to TCU. (Honolulu Advertiser January 27)

Junior forward Keilyn Fujioka ’06, playing basketball for Willamette, had 11 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and two steals in a 64-49 win over Pacific Lutheran on January 22. (Honolulu Advertiser January 27)

In swimming, Redlands senior Melanie Loo ’06 won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:14.19 in a dual meet against Cal Lutheran on January 23. (Honolulu Advertiser January 27).

Senior guard Alana Wall ’06 started for 19 of Middlebury’s 21 games this past season, while averaging 5.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. She is also among the team leaders in steals (26) and free-throw percentage (.750). (Honolulu Advertiser February 10)

Stanford senior and volleyball setter Kawika Shoji ’06 had 47 assists, seven kills, six digs, two aces and two blocks in a four-set win over Pacific University on February 3. (Honolulu Advertiser February 10).

Stanford sophomore and volleyball outside hitter Brad Lawson ’08 had 17 kills with six digs and two aces against Pacific on February 3. (Honolulu Advertiser February 10).

Clem Hew Memorial Baseball Tournament

The family of Coach Hew gathered with ‘Iolani’s baseball coaches, team and alumni players. (Photo by Gail and Fred Goto)

Clem Hew, Jr. ’75 offers ‘Iolani baseball coach Jason Arakaki ’87 his thanks.
The first annual Clem Hew Memorial Baseball Tournament was held from February 11 to 15 on ‘Iolani’s baseball field. Twelve teams from public and private schools across the state participated in the inaugural event.

A highlight of the inaugural tournament took place before the alumni game on February 13.

A plaque honoring Clem Hew was placed in a baseball dugout.
A ceremony was held on the field to honor long time Coach Clem Hew Sr. who passed away at age 77 in May 2008. Former varsity head coach Dean Yonamine ’83 spoke of the dedication and discipline that coach Hew instilled in his players, and the Reverend Diane Martinson-Koyama delivered the blessing. The family of Coach Hew attended the dedication ceremony, and a plaque memorializing Coach Hew was mounted on a wall in the home team’s dugout.