Male Athlete of the Week: Ryan Chang, Mililani footbal
Ryan Chang made his presence felt early and often Friday night.
The wide receiver caught eight passes for 163 yards, including three touchdowns, to help Mililani remain undefeated with its resounding 42-6 road win over Farrington.
The victory — which kept the third-ranked Trojans (5-0 overall) in sole possession of first place in the Oahu Interscholastic Association Division I Red Conference standings at 4-0 — served as a breakout game for Chang, who had just six catches for 116 yards and one TD entering the weekend.
"Ryan played awesome, obviously," Mililani coach Rod York said. "He's exceptional because of the speed that he has. I'm not sure what his 40 time is, but he's probably the fastest guy on our team."
Chang, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound junior, was on the receiving end of TD passes of 21 and 15 yards from quarterback Dillon Gabriel to help the Trojans jump out to a quick 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
"He works hard on his route-running and he's blessed with speed, and then you put his work ethic on top of the talent that he has and that's why he's doing so well," York said.
When Farrington scored on a long pass play to cut the Mililani lead to 14-6 with about four minutes left in the opening quarter, Chang answered by hauling in a 57-yard TD pass from Gabriel just 41 seconds later.
"Farrington was gaining momentum because they had just scored, so we threw a screen play and then we hit Ryan on the streak," York said. "Definitely, it was a momentum-changer because the momentum had just changed over and then when he scored the touchdown it kind of took the wind out of the sails for Farrington."
York said Farrington's man-to-man coverage and focus on stopping the run opened up opportunities for Chang outside.
"They didn't give him over-the-top help and he was able to get free three times. A lot of that is the fact that he's one of the hardest workers on the team," York said. "He's always working on his craft and a lot of that hard work in the offseason has paid off and he definitely came up big for us Friday night."
As a sophomore last season, Chang posted 31 receptions for 472 yards and six TDs.
"Ryan has the talent, obviously, but with one year under his belt on the varsity he's matured more," York said. "He runs the best routes and he can cut on a dime. The thing that separates him is he creates separation with his cutting ability, but he can also get behind you with his speed."
York noted that the offense further benefits from the fact that Chang and Gabriel have been teammates for several years now.
"They played together seventh grade, eighth grade, ninth grade and they were both on the varsity as sophomores, so they have a pretty tight connection. They're always working after practice on timing," York said.
Chang and the Trojans return to the gridiron Friday when they will visit No. 10 Kapolei.
Female Athlete of the Week: Violet Williams, Farrington volleyball
Over several seasons of club volleyball, Kelly Ong had always admired the type of player that she saw in Violet Williams from afar.
That's why the first-year Farrington girls volleyball coach was so thrilled to have Williams on her team for the high school season.
Williams certainly proved her worth last Tuesday. The senior outside hitter put down a match-high 10 kills to help the Governors post an upset over defending league champion Kahuku in three sets. The scores were 16-25, 25-19 and 15-9.
"I thought she did a fantastic job leading the team, not only vocally, but by example," Ong said. "She did a really great job keeping her teammates calm, positive and focused, whether we were up or down, whether we won a big point or lost a big point."
Williams had an all-around solid match, finishing with six digs and two block assists. She also recorded two of her team's five service aces and had one assist.
"She was able to not only set the block well, taking away certain areas of the court, or certain hitter's strengths so we can slow the ball down and transition it and she also did a good job of hitting; not only going up and getting her kills like she always does, but changing it up and mixing in some roll shots to keep the defense honest and she hit the open shots," Ong said.
The come-from-behind win Tuesday served as Kahuku's first loss of the season.
"Violet is our heart and soul and it definitely shows that she wants it this year and that type of attitude and effort is helping the rest of the team realize that if we stick together as a team, then good things against a good team like Kahuku can happen," Ong said.
Ong said she was impressed with Williams' ability from an early age.
"I've seen her play setter, outside, opposite — she's played every position in not only her age group, but also the age group above her and I've always known that she's a great all-around player and I'm very honored and blessed to have her because she makes my job a lot easier," Ong said.
Since taking over the program, Ong said she has greatly relied on Williams to provide much-needed senior leadership.
"She's always that fire, that spark and I was just hoping that she would continue that when I came in and being that it's her senior year, she's taken that very seriously and it's the greatest thing to have a senior just step up and put it all on her shoulders," Ong said. "She not only pushes all her teammates, but also is the hardest worker, so it's a great tool to have. She's been one-in-a-million for me. I've coached a lot and she's probably one of the best leaders I've been able to coach in a long time."
Ong said the versatility of Williams — one of two six-rotation players for the Govs — allows her to be flexible with the rest of the lineup.
"We were having her play opposite in the first set and because she's so versatile, we also have her set if we're passing well, but if we're not passing well then we don't ask her to set because it would be asking her to do too much and running around the floor would be too difficult," Ong said.
Since dropping its season opener to Kalani in straight sets, Farrington (4-1) has reeled off four consecutive wins to pull into a tie for second in the Oahu Interscholastic Association Eastern Division.
"I think they were playing nervous and were scared to make a mistake, but give credit to Kalani because they dug everything," Ong said. "Since that game we've taken that as a stepping stone and learned from it. I think things are coming together and they've played a lot better since then."
Williams and the Govs return to the court next Tuesday, when they host Castle.
Cade Aihara, Pearl City — Shot a high score of 528.12 in a win over Leilehua
Yejean Chung, Moanalua — Shot a high score of 529.2 in a win over Roosevelt
Cole Fukumitsu, Moanalua — Shot a high score of 549.23 in a win over Roosevelt
Kayla Ingebrethsen, Pearl City — Shot a high score of 519.12 in a win over Leilehua
Justin Pascua, Kalaheo — Shot a high score of 545.12 in a win over Kaiser
Caroline Pickart, Kalaheo — Shot a high score of 534.11 in a win over Kaiser
Richard Armstrong, Radford — Rolled a high single-game score of 204 and a three-game score of 540 in an OIA West boys meet
Zaria Dudley, Leilehua — Rolled a high single-game score of 219 in an OIA West girls meet
Chase Fernandez, Leilehua — Rolled a high single-game score of 222 and a three-game score of 630 in an OIA West boys meet
Jaysten Jones, Kapolei — Rolled a high single-game score of 204 and a three-game series of 542 in an OIA West boys meet
Jed Lutes, Kalaheo — Rolled a high single-game score of 217 and a three-game series of 554 in an OIA East boys meet
Gwen Maeha, Leilehua — Rolled a three-game series of 514 in an OIA West girls meet
Koby Omizu, Kailua — Rolled a high single-game score of 198 and three-game series of 572 in an OIA East boys meet
Cailee Sasano, Moanalua — Rolled a high single-game score of 204 and a three-game series of 500 in an OIA East girls meet
Teana Adams-Kaonohi, Punahou — Had 18 assists, three digs, two kills and a block assist in a two-set loss to Kamehameha
Lindsey Adolpho, Castle — Had 12 assists, six aces, five digs, three kills and a block assist in a two-set win over Kalani
Lexis Akeo, Kamehameha — Had 29 assists, six digs, three kills and two block assists in a two-set win over Punahou
Trinity Atuatasi, Aiea — Had 20 digs and two assists in a three-set win over Radford
Misty Becker, Christian Liberty — Had 12 digs and seven aces in a four-set win over Makua Lani
Tina Betham, Aiea — Had 17 kills, nine digs, two aces and a block assist in a three-set win over Radford
Cherish Borge, Waianae — Had 12 digs, five kills, four aces, one solo block and a block assist in a two-set win over Radford
Hoku Cachola, Aiea — Had 40 assists, three digs, two aces and a kill in a three-set win over Radford
Rhylee Corpuz, Christian Liberty — Had 22 assists and 12 digs in a four-set win over Makua Lani
Naya Dong, Iolani — Had 14 digs and an assist in a three-set loss to Kamehameha
Tihani Ehia, Castle — Had 12 kills, five digs, one ace and a block assist in a two-set win over Kalani
Tiari Hookano, Castle — Had 15 digs, seven kills and an ace in a two-set win over Kalani
Nanna Inouye, King Kekaulike — Had 22 digs and an ace in a four-set win over Maui and had 18 digs and two aces in a three-set win over Baldwin
Saige Kaahaaina-Torres, Iolani — Had 22 kills, eight digs, one block assist and an ace in a three-set win over Maryknoll and had 16 kills, six digs and a block assist in a three-set loss to Kamehameha
Saryiah Kahakai, Farrington — Had 12 digs, six kills, one ace and an assist in a three-set win over Kahuku
Nina Macphetridge, King Kekaulike — Had 18 kills, 14 digs and two solo blocks in a four-set win over Maui and had 15 kills, three digs and three solo blocks in a three-set win over Baldwin
Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina, Aiea — Had 18 kills and 12 digs in a three-set win over Radford
Kristen McDaniel, Iolani — Had 42 assists, eight digs, two kills, one ace and a block assist in a three-set win over Maryknoll
Janae Odom, Nanakuli — Had 14 kills, one ace and a block assist in a three-set loss to Leilehua
Elena Oglivie, Iolani — Had 18 kills, 11 digs, one block assist and an assist in a three-set win over Maryknoll and had 16 digs with nine kills in a three-set loss to Kamehameha
Brooke Perreira, Christian Liberty — Had 13 kills in a four-set win over Makua Lani
Shaina Rapanot-Uyechi, King Kekaulike — Had 30 assists, 11 digs and four kills in a four-set win over Maui and had 13 assists, seven digs, four kills and four aces in a three-set win over Baldwin
Kili Robins, Kamehameha — Had 13 kills and nine digs in a two-set win over Punahou
Sierra Sagucio, Roosevelt — Had 13 kills, seven digs, one ace and a block assist in a two-set win over Kailua
Chevelle Wagner-Chun, Waianae — Had 15 digs, three aces and an assist in a two-set win over Radford
Pokii Adkins-Kupukaa, Campbell — Caught six passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Moanalua
Alika Ahsing, Waipahu — Caught two touchdown passes in a win over Waialua
Jonan Aina-Chaves, Saint Francis — Rushed for 215 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries in a win over Iolani
Chayce Akaka, Baldwin — Threw five touchdown passes and ran in another score in a win over Kamehameha-Maui
Kaimanuwai Akana, Saint Francis — Threw for 172 yards with two touchdowns on 19-of-25 passing and rushed for another score in a win over Iolani
Braden Amorozo, Waipahu — Threw for 357 yards and five touchdowns on 23-of-33 passing in a win over Waialua
Akila Arecchi, Damien — Intercepted two passes, including a 48-yard pick-6, and caught another touchdown pass in a win over PAC-5
Fatu Atuaia, Kahuku — Had two sacks in a loss to Bingham
Kevin Burkel, Kapolei — Intercepted a pass and recovered three fumbles in a win over Kailua
Mitchell Camacho, Roosevelt — Rushed for 196 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in a win over Kalaheo
Dustin Cho, Konawaena — Had six tackles, including one sack, and forced a fumble in a win over Honokaa
Gabriel Colon-Valentin, Campbell — Caught two touchdown passes in a win over Moanalua
Cameron Dang, PAC-5 — Had three tackles, intercepted a pass, broke up another and recovered a fumble in a loss to Damien
Isaiah Estorpe, Kealakehe — Rushed for two touchdowns and threw to other scoring passes in a win over Keaau
Ezra Evailmalo, Kamehameha — Had two sacks in a loss to Punahou
Jeremy Evans, Leilehua — Caught seven passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Castle
Austin Ewing, Konawaena — Threw for 136 yards and three touchdowns on 15-of-25 passing and rushed for another score in a win over Honokaa
Alfred Failauga, Waipahu — Rushed 13 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Waialua
Lonenoa Faoa, Kapolei — Passed for 247 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Kailua
Marcus Faufata-Pedrina, Damien — Passed for 179 yards and four touchdowns in a win over PAC-5
Matthew Faufata-Pedrina, Damien — Made seven tackles, including three for losses in a win over PAC-5
Lancen Fung, Roosevelt — Scored on a 97-yard interception return in a win over Kalaheo
Dillon Gabriel, Mililani — Threw for 275 yards with three touchdowns on 18-of-24 passing and ran in another score in a win over Farrington
Justin Genovia, Iolani — Caught 13 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Saint Francis
Braden Halili, Damien — Had three tackles, 1 1/2 for losses, including a sack and forced two fumbles in a win over PAC-5
Kahale Huddleston, Hilo — Rushed for two touchdowns and caught two scoring passes in a win over Waiakea
Krenston Kaipo, Campbell — Threw for 356 yards and five touchdowns without an interception on 24-of-41 passing in a win over Moanalua
Ezekiel-Kai Kapanui-Reyes, Waipahu — Caught 10 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown in a win over Waialua
Deacon Kapea, Waipahu — Ran for a touchdown and intercepted a pass in a win over Waialua
Keoua Kauhi, Damien — Rushed 15 times for 104 yards in a win over PAC-5
Shastyn Kekahuna, Roosevelt — Threw a touchdown pass and rushed for two other scores in a win over Kalaheo
Francis Kilione, Waianae — Scored on an 11-yard fumble return in a win over Radford
Kalamaku Kuewa, Kamehameha — Intercepted two passes in a loss to Punahou
Elijah Lemalu, Kaimuki — Caught five passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns in a win over McKinley
Bryton Lewi, Kealakehe — Scored on a 75-yard interception return in a win over Keaau
Chauncey Mariani-Louis, Konawaena — Caught two touchdown passes and rushed for another score in a win over Honokaa
Kanai Mauga, Waianae — Scored on a 71-yard interception return in a win over Radford
James McGary, Leilehua — Rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries in a win over Castle
Scott McLeod, Saint Francis — Caught five passes for 61 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Iolani
Alek Miyasato, Saint Francis — Intercepted two passes in a win over Iolani
Kyan Miyasato, Hilo — Threw five touchdown passes in a win over Waiakea
Peni Naulu, Kapolei — Scored on a 97-yard interception return in a win over Kailua
Kaleoaloha Neves, Saint Francis — Had one half-sack and forced and recovered a fumble in a win over Iolani
Rylee Oneill, Waipahu — Had one tackle for loss, recovered a fumble and scored on a 35-yard interception return in a win over Waialua
Tanner Ono, Punahou — Intercepted two passes, including a 31-yard pick-6, in a win over Kamehameha
Malu Plunkett, Baldwin — Caught three touchdown passes in a win over Kamehameha-Maui
Kellen Robins-Beers, Damien — Scored on a 68-yard fumble return in a win over PAC-5
Ieke Seei-Cleveland, Kaimuki — Rushed for 118 yards with two touchdowns on 20 carries and caught another score in a win over McKinley
Kanoa Shannon, Kamehameha — Rushed 26 times for 125 yards in a loss to Punahou
Kalaika Sinclair, Leilehua — Scored on a 12-yard fumble return in a win over Castle
Jordan Solomon, Kaimuki — Threw for 150 yards and four touchdowns on 11-of-19 passing in a win over McKinley
Kyle Sudog, Radford — Had 9 1/2 tackles in a loss to Waianae
Kainalu Tancayo, Maui — Rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another score in a win over King Kekaulike
Alika Teramoto, Kailua — Had six tackles, including two sacks, and broke up a pass in a loss to Kailua
Mykah Tuiolemotu, Mililani — Had five tackles, three for losses, and one sack in a win over Farrington
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