Male Athlete of the Week: Enoch Nawahine, Kahuku football
Enoch Nawahine did a lot with a little Friday night.
Despite just 12 touches in Kahuku's 42-7 win over Campbell in the semifinals of the Oahu Interscholastic Association Division I tournament, the senior running back accounted for 138 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns.
Nawahine, who stands 6-feet and weighs 185 pounds, rushed for 121 yards on 10 carries and caught two passes for 17 yards. He found the end zone — once in each half — on a pair of 44-yard runs.
"I like how he finished his runs. He exploded through the line of scrimmage, like he normally does, and his yards after contact were high," Kahuku coach Makoa Freitas said. "He ran the ball well and it wasn't just Friday night, it's been all season, but Friday night you could tell he really wanted that win."
Nawahine averaged 12.1 yards per carry and helped the Red Raiders pound out 255 rushing yards as a team.
"I really can't say enough about him," Freitas said. "His work ethic and his attitude has been tremendous. Friday night we gave him a rest in the fourth quarter so he had limited touches, but when he does get it, he's explosive. He's always competing against the defense (in practice) and he sets a good example for our whole offense."
Nawahine has made a seamless transition to Kahuku after transferring from Punahou in the offseason.
"For me, watching it from the outside, he came ready to work from day one," Freitas said. "From day one he came and he worked hard. He's rather new to the team, so he wasn't really vocal, but he led by example and I respect that. I'm just thankful and happy that he's here."
It didn't take Nawahine long to prove his worth. In the season opener against Leilehua, he logged a season-high 31 carries for 166 yards and a touchdown.
While his workload has dropped off since, his versatility has allowed the Red Raiders to use Nawahine in their evolving passing game as a receiver.
"That first game three of his fellow running backs were out with injuries so he kind of had to carry the load, and then as we got more guys back we kind of had him share the load, and now we can use him as a slot and as the multi-dimensional threat that he really is," Freitas said.
Nawahine has recorded six receptions for 115 yards — an average of 19.2 yards per catch — with one touchdown.
"Whether he's coming out of the backfield or whether we put him at slot, I think he's a game changer. Even when we have him at receiver, he still brings the same aggressive style to his running and there's not a lot of people that can cover him," Freitas said.
Not to be overlooked, Nawahine's ability to pass block has also made him indispensable a Kahuku offense averaging 34 points and 317 yards per game.
"I think that's where he brought a lot from his Punahou background," Freitas said. "Punahou is a good passing offense and I think that's where he's used to picking up the blitzes, and for me, I think that's a plus that he brought with him from Punahou."
Nawahine has rushed for 839 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season. He is averaging a healthy 7.6 yards per attempt and nearly 105 yards per game.
Freitas said several colleges have shown interest in Nawahine, including Army and Navy, as well as the University of Hawaii.
"His position coach (Nate Ilaoa) is a UH alum, and actually we have a lot of UH alums on our coaching staff, so I've talked to them about him and I really hope they'll give him a shot," Freitas said.
The Red Raiders (9-1), No. 2 in the ScoringLive/Hawaiian Electric D1 Power Rankings, are idle this week. They will try for their third consecutive OIA title — and league-leading 26th overall — when they face third-ranked Mililani at Aloha Stadium on Nov. 4.
Female Athlete of the Week: Emily Dulaney, Moanalua volleyball
Emily Dulaney is the Swiss army knife in Moanalua coach Alan Cabanting's pocket.
The 5-foot-10 senior proved her versatility last week in a pair of postseason wins en route to the program's third league title in four seasons.
Dulaney, who is listed as an outside hitter on the roster, turned in a couple of all-around efforts to help Na Menehune to sweeps over Mililani and Kapolei in a three-night span.
Against the Trojans in last Monday's semifinal round of the Oahu Interscholastic Association Division I tournament, Dulaney posted a match-high 11 kills, along with 10 assists, nine digs and two service aces. In the championship match Wednesday, she went for nine kills, 13 digs, 13 assists, two block assists and one ace against previously-unbeaten Kapolei.
"She did great. She stuck to the game plan for the entire match and was able to distribute sets where we needed," Cabanting said. "Even when Kapolei was able to make adjustments here and there, she was able to execute again and again. Both serving and hitting, she really impacted us especially at the end there when we needed her to get some kills she was able to place it in the right spots and get points for us."
Dulaney, who was selected by the ScoringLive staff to the First Team All-OIA East last week, is one of two four-year varsity players for Cabanting (libero Hula Crisostomo being the other).
Dulaney saw limited playing time as a freshman, but got into the rotation as a sophomore before moving into the starting lineup last season.
"I think the most improvement in her game from that time has been her strength," Cabanting said. "As she's gotten older, she's gotten stronger and her serves have become tougher."
Moanalua captured back-to-back OIA crowns in Dulaney's freshman and sophomore seasons, but lost in the semifinals last season en route to a fourth-place finish.
Cabanting said that fueled both Dulaney and Crisostomo this season.
"Absolutely, yes. They really, really wanted it back this year and so together as team leaders and captains of the team — and as part of the group that won it two years ago and lost it as juniors — that really impacted them and they really, really wanted to win it this year," Cabanting said.
While Dulaney may not put down many thunderous kills, it's her court vision and volleyball smarts that make her an effective player, Cabanting said.
"She's crafty and it's uncanny the way she hits," Cabanting said. "You just don't know where she's hitting when she goes up and attacks the ball, so it's difficult for blockers to pinpoint how to block her. When they go angle, she goes line and when they go line, she goes angle, so she's very good in being able to disguise where she's hitting and then, of course, there's the standing, full-swing hit type of an attack that she can do where they don't expect that she's going to put that much power on a down ball and get the angle that she gets."
Dulaney's even-keel persona has also been a crucial part of the success for Moanalua this season.
"She does a really good job in that her face doesn't show frustration, which really helps the other girls because in pressure situations, rather than getting frustrated, they're able to look to her and see that there's no frustration from her and they go with that," Cabanting said.
Dulaney and Na Menehune (14-0), who moved up four spots to No. 4 in this week's ScoringLive/Hawaiian Electric Power Rankings, will host Kahuku at 7 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals of the New City Nissan/HHSAA D1 State Tournament.
Tyler Kim-Arellano, Kapolei — Won the OIA boys individual championship with a pin average of 208.67 and helped the Hurricanes claim the team title
Gwen Maeha, Leilehua — Won the OIA girls individual championship with a pin average of 178.17
Brooklyn Allen, Moanalua — Won the OIA girls individual championship in a time of 20 minutes and 42 seconds
Colby Otero, Kalaheo — Won the OIA boys individual championship in a time of 16 minutes and 40 seconds
Miki Ah You, Kahuku — Had two sacks in a win over Campbell
Jonan Aina-Chaves, Saint Francis — Rushed 21 times for 103 yards in a win over Damien
Kaleo Apao, Hilo — Rushed for two touchdowns in a win over Kealakehe
Fatu Atuaia, Kahuku — Had two sacks, intercepted a pass and broke up another in a win over Campbell
Chevan Cordeiro, Saint Louis — Threw for 266 yards with four touchdowns and one interception on 18-of-25 passing and rushed seven times for 30 yards in a win over Kamehameha
Jamie Elisara Fisher, Maui — Recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in a win over Baldwin
Austin Ewing, Konawaena — Threw for 176 yards with a touchdown, caught a TD pass and blocked a PAT in a win over Kamehameha-Hawaii
Alex Fonoimoana-Vaomu, Kahuku — Had two interceptions in a win over Campbell
Dillon Gabriel, Mililani — Threw for 186 yards with two touchdowns and one interception on 15-of-24 passing and rushed six times for 41 yards and another score in a win over Waianae
Kahale Huddleston, Hilo — Rushed for 194 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Kealakehe
Jonah Kahahawai-Welch, Kamehameha — Had two sacks in a loss to Saint Louis
Samson Kapule-Siilata, Kahuku — Had one sack and scored on a 33-yard interception return in a win over Campbell
Mystic Kauhaahaa, Lahainaluna — Scored on a 60-yard punt return in a win over Kamehameha-Maui
Darius Muasau, Mililani — Had seven tackles, including one for loss, in a win over Waianae
Naia Nakamoto, Maui — Rushed 29 times for 187 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Baldwin
Mitchell Quinn, Saint Louis — Caught two touchdown passes in a win over Kamehameha
Samson Reed, Kahuku — Had two sacks in a win over Campbell
Spencer Santos, Mililani — Had six tackles and intercepted a pass in a win over Waianae
Shawn Silva, Baldwin — Caught two passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Maui
Jeremiah Tauai, Campbell — Had eight tackles, intercepted a pass, forced a fumble and two pass break-ups in a loss to Kahuku
Solomone Tongi, Maui — Rushed 22 times for 146 yards and a touchdown in a win over Baldwin
Tapena Tuitupou, Saint Francis — Had seven tackles in a win over Damien
Jalen Tuivaiave-Olomua, Mililani — Rushed seven times for 67 yards with three touchdowns and had four tackles in a win over Waianae
Kahiau Walker, Hilo — Scored on a 72-yard interception return in a win over Kealakehe
JT White, Damien — Had 12 1/2 tackles and an interception in a loss to Saint Francis
Roman Wilson, Saint Louis — Caught two touchdown passes in a win over Kamehameha
Chandler Cowell, King Kekaulike — Had 14 kills, 12 digs and two aces in a three-set win over Baldwin, had 18 kills and 18 digs in a four-set win over Kamehameha-Maui and had 16 kills, 14 digs and two blocks in a five-set loss to Kamehameha-Maui
Hula Crisostomo, Moanalua — Had 32 digs, five assists and an ace in a three-set win over Mililani and had 30 digs and an assist in a three-set win over Kapolei
Naya Dong, Iolani — Had 23 digs, two assists and an ace in a four-set win over Punahou
Sara Ehnstrom, Moanalua — Had 18 assists, 13 digs, five kills and an ace in a three-set win over Mililani and had 18 assists, 10 digs and four kills in a three-set win over Kapolei
Tayli Ikenaga, Moanalua — Had 11 kills and 14 digs in a three-set win over Kapolei
Nanna Inouye, King Kekaulike — Had 20 digs and four aces in a three-set win over Baldwin, had 26 digs, two aces and one assist in a four-set win over Kamehameha-Maui and had 25 digs and one ace in a five-set loss to Kamehameha-Maui
Saige Kaahaaina-Torres, Iolani — Had 23 kills, 10 digs, four block assists, four aces and two assists in a four-set win over Punahou
Kayla Kahauolopua, Waiakea — Had 34 kills, eight digs, three block assists, two assists and one ace in a five-set win over Hilo
Madi Lee, Hawaii Prep — Had 22 kills, seven digs, two solo blocks and two block assists in a five-set loss to Konawaena
Nina Macphetridge, King Kekaulike — Had 14 kills, 12 digs, two aces and a solo block in a four-set win over Kamehameha-Maui
Cheylah-Marie Marfil, Nanakuli — Had 31 assists and three digs in a three-set win over Pearl City
Kristen McDaniel, Iolani — Had 46 assists, five digs, two kills and a block assist in a four-set win over Punahou
Cherilyn Molina, Konawaena — Had 25 kills, four assists and two aces in a five-set win over Hawaii Prep
Tiffany Mook, Kapolei — Had 23 digs and three assists in a three-set loss to Moanalua
Angel Navor, Waiakea — Had 47 assists, 14 digs, two kills, two block assists and one ace in a five-set win over Hilo
Janae Odom, Nanakuli — Had 16 kills, 18 digs, four aces and a block assist in a three-set win over Pearl City
Elena Oglivie, Iolani — Had 24 kills, 25 digs, two block assists, one ace and an assist in a four-set win over Punahou
Kaanela Pae, Nanakuli — Had 26 digs, one ace and an assist in a three-set win over Pearl City
Alexus Paglinawan, Hilo — Had 10 kills, 14 digs and two assists in a five-set loss to Waiakea
Anela Pakaki-Pias, Kapolei — Had 11 kills and 13 digs in a three-set loss to Moanalua
Jeanie Palsis, Nanakuli — Had 21 digs, five aces, one kill and an assist in a three-set win over Pearl City
Anaselita Taetuna, Konawaena — Had 16 kills, three aces and three assists in a five-set win over Hawaii Prep
Kahealani Tomas, Pearl City — Had 23 digs and an ace in a three-set loss to Nanakuli
Olivia Transfiguracion, Kapolei — Had 28 assists, five digs, two aces and a solo block in a three-set win over Waianae and had 32 assists, 21 digs, one kill and a block assist in a three-set loss to Moanalua
Kawai Ua, Hilo — Had 12 kills, 17 digs and one assist in a five-set loss to Waiakea
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