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Gleason's big night charged Pearl City; Fonoimoana anchored Kahuku's title run

Joshua Gleason

Pearl City football  •   #17    

Joshua Gleason put his talent on display for the Pearl City football team Friday night. 

The senior wide receiver caught eight passes for 239 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Chargers to a lopsided 52-14 win over Pearl City Bino Neves Stadium. 

"I think he did a fabulous job against McKinley," Pearl City coach Robin Kami said of the 6-foot-1, 160-pound Gleason. "There were times when they were double-teaming him and he just kept on doing his routes."

Gleason opened the scoring with his 60-yard touchdown reception, the first of five scoring strikes he would haul in from quarterback and fellow-senior Sefo Feesago, who threw for a season-high 241 yards on 13-of-19 passing with one interception. 

Feesago also ran for a team-high 74 yards on just five carries. 

The pair also hooked up for a 18-yard TD pass that was part of a 24-point first quarter for the Chargers. 

"Any time you get an a good jump start it helps the momentum carry throughout the game and instead of coming from behind, we're in the early lead," Kami said. 

Gleason pulled down a pair of 11-yard TD passes from Feesago in the second quarter to give Pearl City a commanding 38-7 lead by halftime. 

"I think Sefo did a great job of reading the defense and executing the plays to help Josh, because when they were double-teaming Josh, Sefo would run, or go somewhere else with the ball and then when they would go man-to-man (coverage), he would go back to Josh and the offensive line did a great job of blocking for Selo that night. They gave Sefo the time to go back to Josh on the second reads," Kami explained. 

He was proud of the effort he saw from his players, especially after being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention a week prior. 

"Our kids could have gave up because they found out we're not in the playoffs anymore, but they wanted to play," he said. 

Gleason, clearly, was among those of that sentiment. 

His 80-yard pass from backup quarterback Ryan Littlejohn closed out the scoring for Pearl City. Gleason's explosiveness is one of Kami's favorite things about him. 

"After he catches the ball he tries to get more yards and is always looking for a touchdown, no matter if it's a five-yard hitch and a shake and bake and break the tackle — it's the yards after catch," Kami described.

The eighth-year Chargers coach said Gleason knew early on in the game that he was poised for a prolific performance. 

"He wanted it that night. After the first touchdown, he said, ‘Tonight's my night. I want it,' so we knew ‘he's feeling it tonight,' " Kami recalled. 

It's about the most talking that Gleason will typically do. 

"He don't talk much, but on game day — I don't know what it is but he's just a different person — on game day he wants it; He wants the ball in his hands. He wants to do whatever he can for his team and he's always positive with his teammates," Kami said. 

He went on, "Even though he don't get the ball sometimes, he just goes back into the huddle and he don't say much, but he's a big impact on our offense because he's a senior and we brought him up as a sophomore to the varsity, so pretty much this is his third year playing varsity and everybody looks up to him because he leads by example."

Kami noted that Gleason — who has also seen time at free safety and corner in addition to his punting duties — is one to work on his craft. 

"Josh is a great kid. He brings great work habits at practice. He works hard, he runs good routes, he's got good technique and he good hands, good hand-eye coordination and he's a very coachable person; He's very good at listening and not thinking he knows it all," Kami said. "He's always trying to get better."

Gleason's work ethic has had a contagious effect amongst his teammates. 

"The team voted for him to be a captain and he responded well as far as being to practice on time, always trying to be first in all the conditioning drills we do, always trying to be positive to help the team out — if he's gotta clean the locker room, he'll do that," Kami explained. "He will do whatever it takes to be a family-related team."

As a team captain, Gleason let's his work do more of the talking than his mouth. 

"He's not really a vocal guy, he won't be yelling at you. He'll tell you something but not in a loud voice. He's just a real quiet guy," Kami described. 

But when Gleason takes one to the house — as he has done 11 times this season — it often makes for a rousing celebration from his teammates. 

"Every time, if we can score and he scores the team gets pumped up, the defense gets pumped up and whenever he can score a touchdown early in the game, it builds up and gives us confidence throughout the game," Kami detailed. 

Despite his continued work, Gleason has yet to receive a scholarship offer. While he is hopeful that will happen, he is preparing for plan B: military service. 

But in order to do, Gleason must pass a physical exam that looms in the near future. 

"I tell him to keep on working hard and somebody is gonna see your video, or hear about you, but right now he's doing both. He's getting ready for his military test coming up," Kami said. 

The test, which is later this month, Kami explained, includes push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, a basketball throw and a timed one-mile run. 

"He's not only academically sound, but he's trying to get physically in shape for that test so right now his time management is focusing on football and military," Kami said. 

Gleason's 11 receiving TDs leads all of D2. He ranks second in both receptions (39) and receiving yards (772) and is averaging 19.8 yards per catch. Friday marked Gleason's third consecutive game in which he caught a touchdown and recorded at least 100 receiving yards. 

Pearl City (5-3 overall, 5-2 league) has won three straight and is tied with Kalani for third place in the OIA D2 standings. Only the top two teams, however (7-0 Kaiser and 6-1 Radford) will play in the title game next week. 

Still, Kami's squad has much to play for in its season finale — against Kalani —Friday night. 

"We're hoping to win our last four games and send the seniors out the right way and hopefully we can ride the momentum out for the next year," Kami said. 

Gleason and the Chargers will face-off against the Falcons at 7:30 p.m. at Neves Stadium. 

Makayla Fonoimoana

Kahuku volleyball  •   #2  OH  Senior

There isn't a whole lot of time for Makayla Fonoimoana to get much rest. 

Not while she's in the gym, anyway. 

That's because the senior outside hitter pretty much never leaves the court for the fourth-ranked Kahuku girls volleyball team. 

"Right now she is our only six-rotation player," Red Raiders coach Michelle Tevaga said. 

Fonoimoana consequently was a big part of Kahuku's run to the Oahu Interscholastic Association Division I championship last week, its 14th league title in program history. 

In a five-set quarterfinal win over Waianae Monday, Fonoimoana had a modest seven kills, but she turned it up a notch in each of her team's next two matches. In Tuesday's four-set victory over previously-undefeated Kapolei, Fonoimoana posted 15 kills, 14 digs and an ace. 

"I feel like she definitely picked up her game from the Waianae match to the Kapolei match, which set-up a good flow when we got to the final game against Moanalua," Tevaga said. 

Na Menehune brought an unblemished 12-0 record into Thursday's OIA championship match, but it was the Red Raiders who came out victorious — despite having to play at Moanalua's home gym. Fonoimoana recorded a double-double for the second straight match with 12 kills and 13 digs to go along with two aces, a solo block and a block assist in Kahuku's four-set win. 

"I'm just glad that the girls are able to reap from the hard work that they've put in all year long," said Tevaga, who led her alma mater to its first league crown since 2016 — the year before she took over as coach. 

"Sometimes they don't understand as coaches why we do the drills that we do, or those motivational monologues that we give, but we hope that they see why we do these things and having them see that their hard work has paid off is really rewarding," said the fourth-year coach of the Red Raiders. 

Tevaga's team reached the OIA final in 2018 — when Fonoimoana was a freshman on the team — but lost to Mililani. The next year it was bounced in the tournament semifinals, again by the Trojans. 

But Kahuku would not be denied this time around and handed Moanalua its first loss of the season — despite the fact that it had to come from behind after dropping the opening set to the Menes. 

"It didn't faze them because they still came back and rallied to win," said Tevaga, whose squad dropped set 2 against Kapolei in the semifinals, but came back to take the next two sets to close it out. 

"The same thing happened with Kapolei and so I think especially for us coaches to see that continued mental strength — dropping a set, or a serve and still being able to rally back and win — I mean, we're asking for toughness, but they know what the goal is and we're just trying to help them get there," she added. 

The win was the 12th in a row for the Red Raiders since a four-set loss to Moanalua to open the season back on Oct. 12. With the victory, Fonoimoana and Tevaga laid claim to their first OIA title in their three years together as player and coach. 

"It was so nice for her to come and me go to her and be like, ‘we finally did it!,' because we've been in that whole journey together," Tevaga said. "It's really nice to see her since she was a freshman grow into the player that she is today. After all of those years of falling short and in her senior year, to be part of that victory and part of an OIA championship was even sweeter, so hats off to her for that."

Tevaga has watched first-hand the maturation of Fonoimoana — a starter since her freshman season — over the years. 

"She's grown to be a great, great player and a great asset to our squad since she was a freshman," said Tevaga, who went on to dissect Fonoimoana's growth since then. 

"If we're getting tedious, I think the part of her game she's improved the most is her passing. She is our only six-rotation player at this point and being that well rounded of a player, you need to hit the ball and you also need to make sure that the ball gets to the setter. I think a huge part of it for her has been not only continuing to maintain, but improve those kills to be a six-rotation player," Tevaga explained. 

Even on the occasional "off" night for Fonoimoana, she's still proves her worth as an all-around talent — and team player. 

"What's been great about her is although she's struggling in one area, she's able to still contribute in another area instead of shutting down altogether — she's very level-headed — so we can keep her in the game because in another way she can contribute and that's always a great thing for a coach is that trust that she'll bring herself back," Tevaga said. "Despite being down in one skill or contributing in one set, she's still able to find ways to contribute positively. And she smiles through it all, too."

All of it makes for a pretty well-rounded volleyball player in the 5-foot-6 Fonoimoana. 

"I think she's showcasing everything she's got. I mean, she's hitting — she secretly wishes that she can be a setter — but we've seen her serve well, we've seen her pass well, block and so I think she's a really well-balanced player," Tevaga said. 

Fonoimoana was designated as a team captain in the latter parts of the season, as her coach described. 

"She's fit into that role perfectly and has continued to be that leader. Even though at the beginning of the season she wasn't designated as a team captain — even though its not an official title — she was one of our leaders on the team and looked up to by the rest of the girls to be a leader," Tevaga said.

As far as the type of leader that Fonoimoana is? 

"She'll cheer with the team and she'll get on her teammates, but for the most part, she definitely does lead by example, by doing," Tevaga said. 

Fonoimoana, along with fellow senior Emmalei Mapu — who totaled a team-high 30 kills in the semifinal and championship matches last week — are the only two Red Raiders who were on the 2018 team that came within a win of an OIA title. 

"It seems like we've been in this journey together and now they get to end that senior year with the OIA championship and state championship in sight, so it's been a fun journey and I'm just grateful to be a part of it," Tevaga reflected. 

Fonoimoana and the Red Raiders (12-1) are seeded second in this week's New City Nissan/HHSAA Division I State Championships. They will open the tournament against Hilo — which rallied to beat Waianae in five sets in Monday's first round — Thursday evening at McKinley's Student Council Gymnasium. 

First serve is scheduled for 5 p.m. 


Mikey Agasiva, Mililani — Had 3 1/2 tackles, including two for losses, one sack and forced a fumble in a win over Campbell

Leonard Ah You, Kahuku — Had three sacks and a pass break-up in a win over Waianae

Keahi Ah Sui, Nanakuli — Threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns on 15-of-21 passing without an interception in a win over Waialua

Kaeo Akana, Roosevelt — Had 11 1/2 total tackles, including 10 solo stops, eight tackles for loss and five sacks in a win over Waipahu

Christian Asinsin, Nanakuli — Ran for 149 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries in a win over Waialua

Jheremie Cacpal, Aiea — Caught five passes for 114 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Kailua

Kainoa Carpenter, Kamehameha-Maui — Caught a touchdown pass and recovered a fumble in the end zone for another score in a win over Kekaulike

Kainoa Carvalho, Kahuku — Caught eight passes for 171 yards and a touchdown in a win over Waianae

Sefo Feesago, Pearl City — Threw for 241 yards and five touchdowns on 13-of-19 passing with one interception and ran for 74 yards on five carries in a win over McKinley

Brock Fonoimoana, Kahuku — Scored on a 75-yard kickoff return, caught a 43-yard touchdown pass and recorded an interception in a win over Waianae

Noa Gordon, Lahainaluna — Threw for 112 yards on 4-of-9 passing without an interception and ran for 77 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Baldwin

Isaac Kaalakea, Lahainaluna  — Scored on a 35-yard blocked field goal return for touchdown in a loss to Lahainaluna

Makana Kamaka-Brayce, Kamehameha-Maui — Threw for 180 yards and three touchdowns on 11-of-20 passing without an interception in a win over Kekaulike

Pomaikai Konohia, Kailua — Scored on a 75-yard blocked field goal return for touchdown in a win over Aiea

Logan Lim, Kalani — Threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 12-of-14 passing without an interception in a win over Kalaheo

Kamakana Mahiko, Kaiser — Caught four passes for 138 yards and a touchdown in a win over Kaimuki 

Jordan Mariteragi, Kahuku — Threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns on 17-of-21 passing with two interceptions in a win over Waianae

George Matsunaga, Roosevelt — Caught nine passes for 149 yards and a touchdown in a win over Waipahu

Dean Mizukami, Roosevelt — Scored on an 86-yard blocked field goal return for a touchdown in a win over Waipahu

Ezekiel Olie, Aiea — Threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns on 19-of-38 passing without an interception in a win over Kailua

Kai Strawn, Kaiser — Ran for 122 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries in a win over Kaimuki

Blare Sylva-Viela, Lahainaluna — Ran 14 times for 124 yards in a win over Baldwin

Avin Tanioka, Kaimuki — Ran for 101 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in a loss to Kaiser

Emana Tarape, Mililani — Threw for 135 yards and four touchdowns on 6-of-8 passing with one interception in a win over Campbell

Nehemiah Timoteo, Mililani — Ran for 79 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and also caught a 39-yard TD pass in a win over Campbell

Noah Uchida, Kalani — Caught five passes for 117 yards and a touchdown in a win over Kalaheo

Trez Uemoto, Konawaena — Made 5 1/2 tackles, including three for losses, and recovered a fumble in a win over Hilo

Liatama Umiliata, Waipahu — Threw for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 17-of-36 passing without an interception and ran for 112 yards on 22 carries in a loss to Roosevelt

Kuola Watson, Lahainaluna  — Scored on a 72-yard kickoff return in a win over Baldwin

Laikukalani Wong, Kamehameha-Maui — Scored on a 10-yard interception return in a win over Kekaulike

Easton Yoshino, Kaiser — Threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns on 11-of-16 passing without an interception in a win over Kaimuki


Kailana Andrade, Kapolei — Had 20 kills, seven digs, three block assists and two aces in a five-set win over Kalani

Anae Asuncion, Mililani — Had 51 assists, four digs, two aces, one kill and a solo block in a five-set loss to Moanalua

Kamaluhia Garcia, Moanalua — Had 25 kills, eight digs and one ace in a five-set win over Mililani and had 26 kills, six digs and one ace in a four-set loss to Kahuku

Kelia Giusta, Moanalua — Had 22 kills, three digs and three block assists in a five-set win over Mililani and had 15 kills and seven digs in a four-set loss to Kahuku

Marley Hartley, Kapolei — Had 10 kills, 11 digs and one block assist in a five-set win over Kalani

Alexis Iramina, Moanalua — Had 26 assists, 12 digs and two kills in a four-set loss to Kahuku

Leleapaoo Krug, Waianae — Had 14 kills, one ace and an assist in a five-set loss to Kahuku

Raymie Lum, Kalani — Had 14 kills and nine digs in a five-set loss to Kapolei

Haylee Lyons, Kalani — Had 12 kills, six digs and five aces in a five-set loss to Kapolei

Emmalei Mapu, Kahuku — Had 16 kills and two block assists in a four-set win over Kapolei

Aria Miller, Mililani — Had 14 kills, 10 digs and one assist in a five-set loss to Moanalua

Jamie Nena, Leilehua — Had 14 kills, 11 digs and one ace in a four-set win over Kalaheo

Hehea Pulotu, Kahuku — Had 24 digs and two assists in a four-set win over Moanalua

Alexis Rodriguez, Mililani — Had 17 kills, three digs and one block assist in a five-set loss to Moanalua

Alizaysha Sopi, Kapolei — Had 10 kills, 10 digs and three block assists in a four-set loss to Kahuku

Jaelyn Tang, Mililani — Had 18 kills and 12 digs in a five-set loss to Moanalua 

Trinity Tatupu, Leilehua — Had 16 kills, 10 digs, four aces, two block assists and one assist in a three-set win over Kalaheo

Zoe Slaughter, Moanalua — Had 22 digs and one assist in a five-set win over Mililani and had 17 digs, six assists and two aces in a four-set loss to Kahuku

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