November 21, 2007
Girls’ kayaking wins third ILH champs By Kelia Cowan
The girls’ kayaking team has taken the ILH Championship again. This time, they brought the three-peat home, winning for the third straight time. “I feel proud to be on the team,” Senior Hansine “Hannah” Heggeness said. She should be. Girls’ kayaking became the only team which has reached three straight ILH championships in a row this year after the Nov. 10 meet. Senior Marisa Why said, “Everybody had an equal contribution. Nobody was just along for the ride.” Junior Hannah Smith said, “Our whole
team works really well together. I was really excited after the race because I could see that everyone else was coming in. I knew that we must’ve won.” “We were dedicated to kayaking, practiced a lot, and had fun. Good team members and kayaking in general, just being on the water (is fun),” Tarah Sullivan (’09). The girls’ kayaking team was mostly comprised of juniors and seniors, though younger members of the team had big contributions; freshman Kimberlee Souza took second in the B heat of the championship race. Planning on kayaking next year? Marisa Why suggests, “Don’t be afraid of the Ala Wai. It will be your best friend.”
Photo Courtesy of Christine Why
The team poses for a picture after the three-peat win.
Boys’ soccer: Ready to bring home gold By Nick Moriwaki Like other winter sports, varsity soccer is now in full swing. Despite the departure of a plethora of seniors from last year’s varsity team, there were very limited slots available again this year due to a handful of seniors opting to stay out of Nomads, a mainland tournament that causes players to become ineligible for their ILH season. Three senior members who are returning this year to join a roster filled with mainly seniors. However, even though the roster is set, not everyone has come out to practice yet. A few players are still playing football and will not be able to join the team until after they have completed their season. Tryouts began on Saturday, Oct. 27, and the final cuts were made on Wednesday, Nov. 7, as players were gradually cut. The newest additions to the team are senior Aaron Suzuka, juniors Keith Lum, Marcus Joy, Samuel Wechsler, and freshman Patrick Shimoko and Matthew Horner. Like every soccer season, there are high hopes that this will be the year that ‘Iolani
finally breaks through. While Iolani varsity any indication, the soccer team is in for a soccer has been a perennial power in the successful season. In their two scrimmages ILH, the team has encountered more than so far, they have posted impressive wins, its share of heartbreak. In three of the past beating last year’s runner up, Kalani, 4-0 as four years ‘Iolani has been on the verge of a well as last year’s third place team, Roosstate title, losing in the state championship evelt, 4-1. game. Coming off last year’s disappointing 7-5 season, the anticipation is greater than ever and there is no doubt that a state championship is in the minds of everyone on the team. “It’s all or nothing now,” said senior captain Zach Lee, a four-year varsity Photo by Kelia Cowan | Imua ‘Iolani team member. “There is no next Patrick Shimoko keeps the ball away from Nick Goo during year.” practice. If preseason is
New coach: Mrs. Stewart-Ito By Tyler Cundiff
Mrs. Stewart-Ito says that the element she likes most about Mrs. Alison Stewart-Ito is not ‘Iolani is the students; they are just a smart teacher: She is also an such an “entertaining bunch of young minds and athletic one. bodies!” The new She taught for member of the one year at HaEnglish faculty waii Preparatory coaches the juAcademy on the nior varsity girls’ Big Island and for soccer team here three years at Düsat ‘Iolani. She seldorf, where she also played protaught English, art, fessional soccer and social studies. in Holland and Mrs. StewGermany for five art-Ito earned her years. In Düsselmasters degree dorf, Germany, in teaching from she coached evthe University of erything from Washington. soccer to track to Ms. Stewartbasketball. Ito brings a love Here at ‘Iolani, of education and we have hundreds coaching to ‘Ioof student-athlani that will sureletes, so another ly make her a valteacher-athlete in Nash Witten | Imua ‘Iolani ued member of the the ‘Iolani facul‘Iolani ohana. ty should fit right Mrs. Stewart-Ito stretches in. before coaching practice.
Stanford signs Brad Lawson By Keyana Stevens Brad Lawson has been playing volleyball since he was 11, but his friends jokingly insist it’s been much longer than that. “He must have come out of the womb playing!” says Taylor Kam ‘08. Whatever the case, it seems as if Lawson will have many more opportunities to play in the future. The All-State outside hitter, who has been on ‘Iolani’s varsity team for four years, signed a letter of intent on November 14, 2007 to play for Stanford next fall. Many other colleges asked Brad to play for them (including UCLA, Pepperdine, and USC), but in the end he picked Stanford “because of academics, and because there are guys from Hawaii there.” The Stanford Cardinals team will include a total of six players from Hawaii next year, among them another ‘Iolani grad Kawika Shoji ‘06.
Aim high, fail annually By Freddie Wheeler W h y does ‘Iolani have to play the top Div. 1 teams for the Homecoming football game every year? I know we have a solid team this year, but why can’t we just play Div. 2 teams like Pac 5 or Damien so we have a better chance of winning? With plenty of other teams out there, wouldn’t it make more sense to get a weaker team for your Homecoming? Well, as it turns out, ‘Iolani does not have a say in what team we will play for Homecoming. Coach Wendell Look ‘78, who coaches the varsity football team, said, “It’s really not up to us; the league sets up the games, and we play whoever falls into that slot.” Okay, so we don’t have a say in
which school we play for Homecoming, but is that the end of it? Why can’t we just schedule our Homecoming sometime earlier or later in the season so we can play a weaker team? As it turns out, it’s all about the things going on besides Homecoming that influence that decision. “We try to do it the first week of second quarter,” Mr. Kirk Uejio, the student activities director, said. We also could not hold Homecoming at a later time because the Punahou game was the last one for the Raiders’ season, except the state championships, in which we are never guaranteed a place. They also had to work around other agendas and events, like the senior trip to Molokai and the testing that goes on during the last week of the first quarter. This year, the week of the Punahou game was the only logical time to hold our Homecoming game, but wouldn’t the football team like to
play someone other than Kamehameha or Punahou? “It doesn’t really matter, we just play hard against anyone we play,” Joridan Sele ‘09 said in an interview. Coach Look seems to agree with Joridan’s standpoint on this issue: “Whether we play teams like Punahou and Kamehameha, or we play teams like Pac 5 or Damien, we just prepare the same way for every team.” But what about intimidation? Wouldn’t you get intimidated if you had to play one of the top Div. 1 football teams on the island? Coach Look said, “The focus is not about the opponents. Homecoming is a time for ‘Iolani students and alumni to gather around and share that Homecoming spirit.” We’ll have a good team and have as good a chance as any to win the Homecoming football game next year.
Published on Nov 21, 2007