Kailua’s Gra­ham Is East Co-Player Of Year For OIA Soc­cer

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

Af­ter a stel­lar ju­nior year, much was ex­pected of Naia Gra­ham as he and the Surfrid­ers en­tered the 201415 prep soc­cer sea­son.

De­spite miss­ing the first four games, Gra­ham de­liv­ered big once again for Kailua, scor­ing a state­lead­ing 28 goals in 11 ap­pear­ances. He scored in all 11 games he played, while tal­ly­ing five goals each on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions (ver­sus McKin­ley, Far­ring­ton and Kaimuki).

Gra­ham was re­cently named an OIA East First Team All-Star. (All-stars are cho­sen in a vote of league coaches at sea­son’s end.) He also was East’s Co- Player of the Year (shared with Kaiser High’s Chris­tian Long­necker) in 2013-14 af­ter scor­ing 13 goals.

Kailua fin­ished 9-6 over­all last year and cap­tured the OIA White ti­tle, shut­ting out Wa­ialua ( 1- 0) and Waipahu (6-0), re­spec­tively. A pair of heart­break­ing losses on penalty kicks to both Honokaa and Se­abury Hall ended Kailua’s bid for a state ti­tle at the Di­vi­sion II soc­cer cham­pi­onships.

Kailua team­mate Dustin Imanaka also was named to the First Team as a de­fender. Colin Kub­ota, Trevor Tam and Ri­p­ley Que­bral earned Hon­or­able Men­tions.

In Di­vi­sion I, Kahuku had a pair of First Team All- Stars in Gabriel Pin­heirol-Alves and Peter Hy­att. Se­nior at­tacker Pin­heirol-Alves scored a team-high 14 goals for Kahuku. Hy­att is a se­nior mid­fielder.

Kahuku fin­ished 11-5 over­all and took fifth in the OIA Red post-sea­son tour­na­ment. The team went on to the DI soc­cer cham­pi­onships and reached the quar­ter­fi­nals with a firstround win over Baldwin be­fore los­ing to even­tual state champ Mililani.

The Red Raiders also placed mid­fielder Mikel So­dini and de­fender Stokes Ni­hipali-Botelho on the East’s Sec­ond Team, while Jurell Kai and Brax­ton Medeiros re­ceived Hon­or­able Men­tions.

Jhonah Felipe was named to the First Team from Kala­heo. A se­nior at­tacker, he scored 16 goals for the Mus­tangs, who fin­ished 85-2 over­all.

The Mus­tangs went 71-2 in the sea­son to earn the East’s No. 2 seed for the OIA Red post­sea­son tour­na­ment. A win over Cas­tle lifted Kala­heo into the semi­fi­nals, where it dropped a heart­breaker to even­tual OIA and state champ Mililani, in the sec­ond over­time. Kala­heo fin­ished fourth in the OIA af­ter a loss to Kapolei. The Mus­tangs moved on to the DI state cham­pi­onships the fol­low­ing week, but losses to Pu­na­hou and Moanalua ended their sea- son.

Mus­tang goalie Jack Bell was picked for the Sec­ond Team, while team­mates Tommy Capllonch, Thomas Focht, Jaimes Geren, Jonathan LeVine, Kai Mor­gan and Tris­ton Thulin re­ceived Hon­or­able Men­tions.

DJ Chi­nen made

the Sec­ond Team from Cas­tle. A se­nior at­tacker, he scored 11 goals for the Knights, who fin­ished 5-8 over­all. Earn­ing Hon­or­able Men­tion were Devin Gas­par, JP Lin­hares, Micah Moon, Alex To­var and Kai Zim­mer­man.

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