Campbell plays its spring football game this Friday
“I wasn’t expecting that,” he said.
Meanwhile, the post-season awards continue to roll in for the outgoing coach and his players, as the OIA announced Nakamoto had been selected by his peers as the 2010 Red West’s Coach of the Year for 2010. Senior Kahana Neal also was named the league’s Co-Player of the Year, along with Campbell’s Charles Kaalakahi.
“I was very pleased with him,” the coach said of Neal. “He had a great season allaround. In addition to pitching well, his bat came around and he had only one error in 18 games. ”
Neal was one of six Chargers to be selected to the First Team, joining Reid Ramos (second base), Chace Numata (shortstop), Jordan Oshiro (outfield), Austin Bali (outfield) and Royce Murai (utility).
Ramos and Bali are both newcomers to the list, having not been in the lineup as juniors.
“Reid improved the most and I’m happy for him,” Nakamoto said. “Austin had a tremendous season and was (named) Offensive Player of the Year by us.”
The Chargers also placed Numata (as a pitcher), Edwin Izumigawa (pitcher) and Chevas Numata (third base) on the Second Team, while Isaac Shim, Kawika Pruett, Tyler Tokunaga and Jonathan Kealoha earned Honorable Mention.
Numata, Oshiro and Murai all followed up fine junior seasons with repeat performanc- es this spring.
For Campbell High’s part, Charles Kaalakahi was among the most impressive pitchers in the state and got the attention of Nakamoto and other Red West coaches.
“He’s a real good kid — very positive and a gamer,” Nakamoto said of Kaalakahi, who led the Sabers and coach Rory Pico to an 11-7 season and a runner-up finish in the OIA playoffs.
Chadwick Kaalekahi, younger brother of Charles, also made the First Team from Campbell, while catcher Michael Memea (outfielder) was a Second Team selection for the Sabers. Charles Kaalekahi also made the Second Team as a shortstop. Robert Kahana, Donato Gallano, Cole Nagamine, Avery Marquez and Kaeo Kapana received Honorable Mention for Campbell.
Elsewhere in the West, Michael Filio made the First Team from Kapolei as an outfielder, while Brock Asher (outfielder) and Kainoa Ah Sing-Kaahanui (first base) were selected to the Second Team from Aiea. Na Ali’i also had seven players — Chase Iwata, Travis Uyeda, Chase Aquino, Owen Fuellas, Bryson Gabriel, Keanu Arke, Kevin Shibata — chosen for the Honorable Mention team. Receiving Honorable Mention from Kapolei were Cody Kamei, Brandon Damas, Trent Hiramoto, Christian Estabillo, Boom Ledward, Matt Moses, Logan Snell, Mycah Kincaid, Trey Kamachi, Luke Kim and Josh Simmons.