Mus­tang Boys Claim Five All-Star Spots In OIA East VB

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Windward Oahu Sports - By JACK DANILEWICZ

The af­ter­glow from the Kala­heo boys vol­ley­ball sea­son con­tin­ued late last week with the un­veil­ing of the OIA East All-Star teams.

The Mus­tangs placed five play­ers on ei­ther the First or Sec­ond Teams. Only OIA Red cham­pion Moanalua had more with seven.

Kala­heo fin­ished the sea­son at 13-4 over­all, win­ning its first nine matches, and 11 of its first 12. They went on to take third in the OIA Red post-sea­son tour­na­ment to earn a berth at the DI state cham­pi­onships. A loss to Wa­iakea in the first round ended its bid for a state ti­tle.

With three un­der­class­men among its five All- Star picks, Kala­heo should rank among the fa­vorites in the OIA next sea­son.

Re­ceiv­ing First Team ac­co­lades were se­nior Luke Owens and ju­nior Nai‘a Sin­gle­hurst. Se­nior Shel­don Dolan, ju­nior Ku­paa Har­ri­son and sopho­more Kainoa Peter­son were Sec­ond Team se­lec­tions for the Mus­tangs. Har­ri­son also was an All­Con­fer­ence pick in bas­ket­ball, earn­ing a spot on the East’s First Team. Team­mate Daniel Beaton made Hon­or­able Men­tion.

• Micha Tanu­vasaMa­iava was named to the First Team from Kahuku, which fin­ished 8-8 over­all this spring. The Red Raiders came on strong in April, putting to­gether a five-game win streak at one point to gain some mo­men­tum head­ing into the post-sea­son. They even­tu­ally took fourth at the OIA Red tour­na­ment to a berth at the DI state tour­na­ment. A first-round loss to Kame­hameha-Ka­palama ended their sea­son May 2. Earn­ing Hon­or­able Men­tion were Noel Thorp, Jurell Kai and Cameron Re­naud.

• Sopho­more Jack Andrade was named to the Sec­ond Team from Cas­tle, which fin­ished at 4-7. The Knights also saw Sin­Jin Cor­nette, Dakota Gra­ham, Aaron Pil­iRu­mu­sod, Kolby Mat­sushima and Jus­tice Kaawa earn East Hon­or­able Men­tions.

• With the East’s DI and DII teams grouped to­gether for the reg­u­lar sea­son, post-sea­son hon­ors are harder to come by for DII teams, as play­ers from DI teams Kala­heo and Moanalua drew most of the votes.

With that in mind, Kailua had no First or Sec­ond Team picks de­spite win­ning the White ti­tle. Still, the young Surfrider team and head coach Cheriesse Shiroma man­aged to go 10-8 over­all, earn­ing a berth in the DII state tour- na­ment in the process.

“They have a tall team, and since they’re young, they’re go­ing to be good for at least a few more years,” said long­time Aiea head coach Erin Okamo­toCoker, whose team fin­ished as OIA DII run­ner-up to Kailua.

“They have many mul­ti­sport play­ers, and they’re all ath­letes.”

Losses to Hawaii Bap­tist Academy and Ka­paa ended Kailua’s bid for a DII state ti­tle.

The Surfrid­ers saw both Caleb Valero and Seth Thomas earn Hon­or­able Men­tions.

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