|Coach Watson addresses the team for the last time this 2011 season.|
High school sports is sports in its purest form. Players play for the fun of the game, for their hometown community and for their family. For the majority, this will be the highest level of athletic competition that they will play. The sport has not yet been corrupted by money, greed and ego. The coaches are not making millions of dollars. There are no agents, no endorsement deals, no worrying about being traded or becoming a free agent. There are no names on the back of the jerseys - only your school's name on the front. When you strip it down, high school sports really boils down to two things: the players and their families.
|Rex Ibanez, Jake Ryan and Jake's mom|
|Jonah Reyes and family|
Mahalo to the players, who made the commitment to play football for Lahainaluna and to sacrifice their ego for the good of the team. Mahalo to the parents, for all their love, support and encouragement throughout the year. Mahalo to the coaches, for teaching lessons in life that will serve these young men well as they enter adulthood and the real world. Personally, a big mahalo to the players, families, coaches and the administration for allowing me to capture the moments and the action on my camera. Looking forward to an even more successful year next year!
Finally, it was great seeing Lahainaluna alum now living on Oahu coming to the game to support their alma mater. It was great seeing you all there!
|Keone Kaina and friends hamming it up for the camera|
|Ruby Balagso, Celerino Delos Reyes, Jesse Cabajar, Mario Siatris, and Rex Ibanez|
|Center: Jon Asuncion|
|Kaena Felicilda's cheering section|
|Our awesome varsity cheerleaders|
|Colin Hayashida (c/o 89) with his uncle, Coach Arakawa|
|L to R: Ronald Serna (c/o 86), Colin Hayashida (c/o 89) and James Francisco (c/o 86), reliving their wrestling glory days|
|Lahainaluna classes of 1986 and 1987 well represented|
|Yours Truly with Ruby Balagso (c/o 90) and Jocelyn Mamuad (c/o 86)|