Kalani Takase | ScoringLive
September 17, 2019, 10:17pm
Male Athlete of the Week: Shayden Molina, Iolani football
Shayden Molina was quite the busy body Friday night.
The Iolani defensive lineman posted 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops and five for losses with one sack and a fumble recovery to help the Raiders to a 48-14 win over Waipahu in a Division I football game at Aloha Stadium.
Molina, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound junior even blocked a punt that led to one of four first-quarter touchdowns for the Raiders, who extended their winning streak to four games and pulled even with Damien in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu standings.
"He had tackles for losses so a lot of times he'll get in the backfield, but he's very disciplined enough to play his responsibility first, so he doesn't just be so aggressive that he takes himself out of plays," Iolani coach Wendell Look said of Molina. "He's learned to take his gap, shoot his gap, play his area and then play from there, find the ball from there. He plays relentless, but he plays under control."
Molina is the team's heaviest player — one of just four listed on the roster at 200-or-more pounds — but also one of the most athletic, according to Look.
"I think that combination in the scheme that (defensive coordinator Delbert Tengan) runs, he can really excel because of the movement and we're not asking him to play nose and hold the opponent and be a two-gap guy," Look explained. "We're using his athleticism and we're lucky that he does have some size that he can hold his own in the trenches."
Look said that Molina typically lines up in the 3 technique — that is, on the outside shoulder of the offensive guard, in the B gap — but is versatile enough to play nose guard or either defensive end position in the Raiders' 3-man line.
"We try to move him around as much as we can," Look said. "We move guys all over the place. They might line up a certain way, but they will end up in a different place."
Molina's blocked punt — which gave Iolani's offense possession at the Waipahu 10-yard line — was his second on the season.
"That's the kind of player he is, he's an opportunist," Look said. "We don't really have a block on, but when they see it and they feel it — then again, like I said, he's so athletic that he's able to do those kinds of things. He's just very opportunistic to take advantage of those situations there."
Near the end of the first half, Molina made two key stops on consecutive plays to halt a 10-play Waipahu drive. He teamed with defensive back Jedidiah Wataru to stop Marauders' star running back Alfred Failauga for no gain on 2nd-and-26. On the very next play, Molina made a tackle 20 yards downfield after a pass completion, however, the gain was wiped away due to an ineligible-receiver-downfield penalty against Waipahu to make it third-and-31 at the Iolani 41-yard line. Molina sacked quarterback Cody Marques for a 14-yard loss and Waipahu came away empty-handed after the second-quarter clock ran out.
"I think the whole emphasis last week was we gotta get 11 bodies around the ball and I'm sure Alfred is used to having the target on his back, but whenever he touched the ball our guys did a great job of rallying to the ball and that's a credit to (Tengan) and the defensive coaches and these kids for executing the plan," Look said.
Look also touted Molina's ability to quickly process information on the gridiron.
"He's able to analyze what he's doing and what the other team is doing very quickly and that was one of the things that (Tengan) mentioned to me about (Molina) is how high his football IQ is," Look said. "He fits into our mold. I mean, we try to play smart and it's fortunate that he's 6-2, 245 and that's gonna take him a long way, (but) how he mentally plays the game also."
Molina missed much of the summer workouts while traveling for camps and consequently came back to the team "a little bit out of shape and a little heavier than he should be.
"So we challenged him to work hard and earn his place on the starting group and to his credit, we had that one talk with him and he went to work," Look said. "It wasn't easy for him to get back into shape, but the results of his hard work is what you saw on Friday night."
Iolani vaulted two spots in this week's ScoringLive/Hawaiian Electric Power Rankings to No. 10. Molina and the Raiders (5-1 overall, 3-1 league) will return to the Aloha Stadium turf when they take on the 12th-ranked Monarchs (5-1, 3-1) in the first game of an ILH doubleheader Friday night.
"It's one week at a time, one game at a time. Last week is done, this week is this week and so for our guys it's time to review, evaluate, improve and then move on to Damien this week, so we'll see how focused and mature they are," Look said.
Kickoff is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. and will be followed by an Open Division game between No. 3 Punahou (6-0, 4-0) and top-ranked Saint Louis (5-0, 4-0).
Female Athlete of the Week: Madison Garcia, Pearl City volleyball
When Dayne Teves got the job as Pearl City girls volleyball coach in the offseason, he knew right away that Madison Garcia was going to be someone he needed to rely on … again.
Garcia, a senior setter/opposite and third-year starter for the Chargers, previously played for Teves with the Maunalani Volleyball Club prior to high school. Her mother, Aurea, also played a pivotal role for Teves in those days.
"She was our team mom," said Teves, a 1990 graduate of Pearl City.
Make that two people he would need to rely on.
The younger Garcia has proven her importance to the Chargers through the first half of the Oahu Interscholastic Association regular season. The 5-foot-6 Garcia put together another solid pair of matches against then-No. 10 Waianae and Radford.
Garcia registered a season-high 38 assists, as well as one service ace and a block assist, against the Division-I Seariders. She followed that up two nights later with 27 assists and one kill in a sweep of the Rams.
"They were both totally different matches," Teves said. "With Waianae they're a big stronger team and even though they were a stronger team, she played at a high level and we lost in four, but it was a really good game and I cannot ask for more from my team but to come back the very next game that we played Radford and she just continued playing how she played against Waianae. We swept Radford and we played at the same type of level and she was the leader of that."
Although the Chargers lost in four sets to Waianae, Teves said Garcia's effort was superb nonetheless.
"If told my girls that if we can just compete and battle — win or lose, that doesn't matter to us — because right now we just need to gain respect and if we can just hang with them then we're winning already, so that's the biggest thing I want them to gain. Everybody wants to win, but coming to compete with a team like that, I can live with that," Teves said.
Pearl City ran a 6-2 offense under its previous coach, but has adjusted to a 5-1 attack, with Garcia serving as the team's primary setter.
"It's a different role versus what she's been playing before — she was hitting and setting — so she adapted to that real quick," Teves said. "To me, her setting has been her bread and butter versus her hitting, so I see her moving on to the next level as a setter versus a hitter and that's the role that she took when I first came on to Pearl City. I told her that this what I want you to do and she was all for it."
Teves added that it wasn't just with her on-the-court abilities that Garcia aided in the transition.
"She really helped me a lot because coming in as a first-year coach I didn't know all of the girls except for her and it can be hard for them jumping into a new system, so she's been my leader for the rest of the leaders and it's actually been a really smooth transition and it was because of Madison," Teves said. "Everything that I've asked of her, she's done and with nothing but positivity and hard work and what I want to do, she's all for it, so I think that's her best quality, she's very coachable."
Garcia is one of two third-year varsity players on the squad — along with senior middle blocker Jaynah Martin — and is highly respected by her teammates, which was evident to Teves when he asked the players to vote for two captains.
"Everyone had to choose two people and everybody had her as their number one choice, so they all knew she was gonna be leading this team," Teves said.
Teves put his team through the wringer with a rigorous preseason schedule that included the prestigious Ann Kang Invitational and Hawaii Volleyball Invitational, hosted by Kamehameha.
"I set it up where we played all D1 teams and our first game we played against Iolani and against (reigning All-Hawaii Player of the Year) Elena Oglivie, but that's what I want," Teves said. "We may not win, but we want to play the best and once we play them, we won't see them ever again because we're D2 and so I think the preseason tournaments were a wake-up call and hopefully it sets them up where they saw what good volleyball is, now let's work hard to get there. If they can do it, we can do it. We just gotta work a little harder."
Pearl City sits in second place in the Oahu Interscholastic Association Division II West standings. Garcia and the Chargers (2-3) will return to the court Wednesday, when they visit Waipahu (0-5). First serve is scheduled for approximately 7 p.m.
Jonan Aina-Chaves, Campbell — Rushed 23 times for 154 yards in a win over Kapolei
Kalei Akagi, Leilehua — Caught seven passes for 105 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 82 yards and another score in a win over Damien
Kaeo Akana, Roosevelt — Had 5 1/2 tackles, including four for losses and three sacks in a win over PAC-5
Jasiah Alcover, Mililani — Rushed 19 times for 117 yards in a win over Kamehameha
Apu Alfiche, Kamehameha-Hawaii — Rushed 17 times for 144 yards in a win over Hawaii Prep
Elijah Apao, Hilo — Scored on a 37-yard fumble return in a win over Honokaa
Naomas Asuega-Fualaau, Kaimuki — Caught three passes for 111 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Kaiser
Nathaniel Balangitao, Kalani — Rushed 22 times for 105 yards and a touchdown in a win over McKinley
Jordan Botelho, Saint Louis — Had 5 1/2 tackles, including three for losses and 1 1/2 sacks in a win over Kahuku
Micah Camat, Iolani — Had eight tackles, including one for loss and forced a fumble in a win over Waipahu
Makana Canyon, Pearl City — Threw for 371 yards and four touchdowns on 24-of-39 passing with two interceptions in a loss to Nanakuli
Jonah Chong, Iolani — Threw for 192 yards and four touchdowns on 5-of-12 passing without an interception in a win over Waipahu
Sedric Crawford, Nanakuli — Rushed 24 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns and threw a TD pass in a win over Pearl City
Isaiah Cruz-Ameperosa, Pearl City — Caught six passes for 204 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Nanakuli
Chase Daack, Radford — Scored on a 95-yard interception return in a loss to Castle
Jayden de Laura, Saint Louis — Threw for 150 yards and two touchdowns on 14-of-19 passing without an interception and rushed six times for 46 yards in a win over Kahuku
Seth Ebesugawa, Mililani — Had three tackles, including two sacks, in a win over Kamehameha
Ezra Evaimalo, Kamehameha — Had six tackles, including two sacks, in a loss to Mililani
Alfred Failauga, Waipahu — Rushed 42 times for 281 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Iolani
Dre Falls, Kaiser — Caught four passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Kaimuki
Adam Ferguson, Kalaheo — Kicked field goals of 26, 36 and 31 yards in a loss to Waialua
Cameron Friel, Kailua — Threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns on 9-of-16 passing without an interception and rushed for another score in a win over Buckeye Union
Joshua Galiza, Kauai — Had nine tackles, including one for loss, and forced a fumble in a loss to Waimea
Kanoa Gibson, Mililani — Caught five passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Kamehameha
Blaine Hipa, Campbell — Threw for 206 yards and five touchdowns on 18-of-23 passing without an interception and rushed for 79 yards and another score in a win over Kapolei
Kai Hoekstra, Waialua — Caught four passes for 104 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Kalaheo
Jake Holtz, Damien — Threw for 172 yards and two touchdowns on 24-of-46 passing without an interception in a loss to Leilehua
Kawelo Huddy, Waimea — Rushed nine times for 110 yards and kicked a 37-yard field goal in a win over Kauai
Trey Hunter, Kekaulike — Caught four passes for 119 yards and three touchdowns in a loss to Kamehameha-Maui
RJ Javar, Moanalua — Threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns on 17-of-23 passing with one interception and ran in two other scores in a win over Aiea
Trevor Kanoa-Tilton, Castle — Had 3 1/2 sacks in a win over Radford
Jansen York, Moanalua — Caught five passes for 137 yards and a touchdown in a win over Aiea
Koalii Kohatsu, Kailua — Caught four passes for 102 yards and a touchdown in a win over Buckeye Union
Puatasi Komiti, Kaimuki — Had two sacks in a loss to Kaiser
Myka Kukahiwa, Roosevelt — Rushed for three touchdowns in a win over PAC-5
Lexsien Kunukau, Nanakuli — Had 5 1/2 tackles, including four for losses and two sacks in a win over Pearl City
Bryson Kupahu, Waimea — Scored on a 61-yard interception return and broke up two other passes in a win over Kauai
Alex Linmark, McKinley — Scored on a 43-yard fumble return in a loss to Kalani
Jesus Lopez Jr., Moanalua — Scored on a 20-yard interception return in a win over Aiea
Kamakana Mahiko, Kaiser — Caught five passes for 124 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Kaimuki
Jayden Maiava, Kaimuki — Threw for 418 yards and four touchdowns on 15-of-41 passing with one interception in a loss to Kaiser
Ricky Mamone, Hilo — Scored on a 77-yard interception return and rushed for another score in a win over Honokaa
Wailoa Manuel, Iolani — Caught touchdown passes of 65 and 56 yards in a win over Waipahu
Rayce Manriki, Kalani — Scored on a 65-yard interception return in a win over McKinley
Sonny Masaniai, Saint Louis — Had one sack, forced a fumble and blocked a punt in a win over Kahuku
Makanalea Meyer, Damien — Had two sacks in a loss to Leilehua
Duke Minihan, Kaiser — Had 3 1/2 tackles for loss, including two sacks, and recovered a fumble in a win over Kaimuki
Kyan Miyasato, Hilo — Threw for 205 yards and three touchdowns on 10-of-13 passing without an interception in a win over Honokaa
Koby Moananu, Kaimuki — Caught eight passes for 156 yards and a touchdown and intercepted a pass in a loss to Kaiser
Titus Mokiao-Atimalala, Campbell — Caught six passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns and intercepted a pass in a win over Kapolei
Jordan Neufeldt, Kalaheo — Rushed 24 times for 85 yards and four touchdowns in a loss to Waialua
Sky Ogata, Roosevelt — Threw for 237 yards on 17-of-20 passing with one interception in a win over PAC-5
Christopher Paige, Punahou — Caught four passes for 116 yards and a touchdown in a win over Waianae
Teva Pimental, Kamehameha-Maui — Rushed 21 times for 130 yards in a win over Kekaulike
Kiaka Pio, Leilehua — Had 2 1/2 tackles for losses, including 1 1/2 sacks, in a win over Damien
Storm Quilinderino, Waialua — Rushed 13 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Kalaheo
Malu Ralston, Kauai — Caught a touchdown pass, made five tackles on defense, forced a fumble, intercepted two passes and broke up another in a loss to Waimea
Jayzon Ramos, Leilehua — Caught six passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Damien
Makani Smith-Kemfort, Kamehameha-Maui — Caught four passes for 112 yards and a touchdown in a win over Kekaulike
Isaiah Souza, Baldwin — Rushed 21 times for 214 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Maui
Apearamo Sulu, Damien — Rushed 14 times for 118 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Leilehua
De'Zhaun Stribling, Kapolei — Caught seven passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Campbell
Koby Tabuyo-Kahele, Kamehameha-Hawaii — Threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns on 16-of-22 passing with one interception and rushed for another score in a win over Hawaii Prep
Tevarua Tafiti, Punahou — Had six tackles, including three for losses, two sacks and forced a fumble in a win over Waianae
Vincent Terrell, Punahou — Rushed 12 times for 182 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Waianae
Kekoa Turangan, Leilehua — Threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns on 20-of-25 passing with one interception and rushed for another score in a win over Damien
Vaisen Viloria, Mililani — Intercepted a pass and scored on a 99-yard fumble return in a win over Kamehameha
Kalen White, Hilo — Scored on a 33-yard blocked punt return in a win over Honokaa
Matthew Williams, Kaimuki — Caught a 92-yard touchdown pass and intercepted a pass in a loss to Kaiser
Dylan Yadao, Waialua — Had five tackles, intercepted two passes and returned one for a 62-yard touchdown in a win over Kalaheo
Easton Yoshino, Kaiser — Threw for 280 yards and six touchdowns on 11-of-19 passing with two interceptions in a win over Kaimuki
Madisyn Beirne, Punahou — Had 12 kills and a block assist in a two-set win over Iolani
Gabby Canionero, Waianae — Had 42 assists, two digs, one kill and an ace in a four-set win over Pearl City
Falanika Danielson, Mililani — Had 15 kills, six digs and three block assists in a three-set win over Nanakuli
Alexis Tradie Debina-Bautista, Moanalua — Had 12 kills, nine digs, four aces, three block assists and an assist in a five-set win over Kahuku
Makayla Fonoimoana-Vaomu, Kahuku — Had 10 digs, seven kills and four aces in a three-set win over Farrington and had 12 kills and 10 digs in a five-set loss to Moanalua
Emma Harada-Suaava, Pearl City — Had 13 kills, four block assists and two solo blocks in a four-set loss to Waianae and had 14 kills and two solo blocks in a three-set win over Radford
Tayli Ikenaga, Moanalua — Had 28 kills, seven digs and a solo block in a five-set win over Kahuku
Chloe Kaahanui, Punahou — Had 21 assists, one kill and a block assist in a two-set win over Iolani
Makayla Kahakai-Niihau, Pearl City — Had 24 digs and an ace in a four-set loss to Waianae
Keau Kamakeeaina, Kahuku — Had 21 assists, three digs, two block assists, one kill and an ace in a three-set win over Farrington and had 62 assists, 10 digs, four kills and a block assist in a five-set loss to Moanalua
Alexis Kepa, Kapolei — Had 34 assists, six digs, three kills, three aces and a solo block in a three-set win over Radford
Shania Kepoo-Caspino, Waianae — Had 19 kills and 11 digs in a four-set win over Pearl City
Kassia Lee, Aiea — Had 16 digs, four assists and two aces in a five-set win over Campbell and had 17 digs, two assists and an ace in a three-set win over Waialua
Kalamela Liua, Kahuku — Had 22 kills, five digs, two block assists and an ace in a five-set loss to Moanalua
Serenity Mamizuka, Kahuku — Had 21 assists, three digs, two block assists, one kill and an ace in a three-set win over Farrington and had 14 digs, three assists, one kill and an ace in a five-set loss to Moanalua
Kawehi Marinas, Kapolei — Had 12 kills, seven digs and an ace in a three-set win over Radford
Jaynah Martin, Pearl City — Had 12 kills, two solo blocks, one dig and a block assist in a four-set loss to Waianae
Aysia Miller, Mililani — Had 33 assists, two kills, two digs and two block assists in a three-set win over Nanakuli
Alyssa Muraoka, Mid-Pacific — Had 10 kills, 15 digs and an ace in a two-set win over Hawaii Baptist
Kelsie Nakashima, Aiea — Had 39 assists, 20 digs, three kills, one ace and a block assist in a five-set win over Campbell and had 27 assists, 11 digs, three aces and two kills in a three-set win over Waialua
Sonny Rodrigues, Moanalua — Had 15 digs, four assists and three aces in a five-set win over Kahuku
Izabel Rosario, Mid-Pacific — Had 10 digs and an assist in a two-set win over Hawaii Baptist
Rebecca Sakoda, Iolani — Had 11 kills, 11 digs, three aces, one solo block and a block assist in a three-set win over Le Jardin
Manu Seei, Radford — Had 14 assists and three kills in a three-set loss to Pearl City
Bryanne Soares, Kamehameha — Had 24 assists, 13 digs, two kills and two aces in a two-set win over Iolani
Alizaysha Sopi, Kapolei — Had 12 kills, seven digs and a solo block in a three-set win over Radford
Jaelyn Tang, Mililani — Had 11 digs, eight kills and an assist in a three-set win over Nanakuli
Savannah Taosoga, Kahuku — Had 14 kills, 10 digs, one ace and a solo block in a five-set loss to Moanalua
Precious Tauanuu, Aiea — Had 25 kills, 19 digs, three block assist and two aces in a five-set win over Campbell and had 16 kills, four digs and two aces in a three-set win over Waialua
Mokihana Tufono, Iolani — Had 25 assists, 10 digs, two block assists, one kill and a solo block in a three-set win over Le Jardin and had 17 assists and two block assists in a two-set loss to Punahou
Chevy Wagner, Waianae — Had 19 digs, four assists, two aces and a kill in a four-set win over Pearl City
Autumn Williams, Aiea — Had 12 kills, 11 digs, one solo block and a block assist in a five-set win over Campbell