Sam Thomas seems again to 2017 when he thinks about this season’s Kamehameha boys volleyball crew, which shares the identical kind of athleticism.
“This crew was probably the most athletic for the reason that twins’ (Addison and Avery Enriques) final yr after they completed second to Punahou at states,” Thomas mentioned. “We might have had a fantastic likelihood on the state stage. We had plenty of returnees, plenty of top, plenty of membership expertise. The youngsters actually favored one another. I actually would have favored to have seen us compete.”
Sadly, the coronavirus pandemic canceled the Warriors shot at a BIIF Division I title repeat and a state run.
Nonetheless, we will dream, can’t we?
Final season on the HHSAA championships, Kamehameha fell to eventual state champion Punahou within the quarterfinals.
Typically, being the BIIF champion and the No. three seed isn’t so nice. That draw is often towards the ILH runner-up, which occurred to be the Buffanblu.
It was no strolling down simple road for BIIF runner-up Hilo. The unseeded Vikings beat Leilehua within the first spherical and have been swept by ILH champion and No. 1 seed Iolani within the quarterfinals.
That sweep is barely supposed to offer the Warriors additional motivation. If it helps, the Buffanblu graduated their high participant, 6-foot-7 Jack Deuchar, who signed with USC.
The Kamehameha senior management begins with Kamau Makaike, who would have stuffed in at exterior hitter and center blocker.
The 2019 All-BIIF first crew choose will play faculty ball at Baldwin Wallace College in Ohio. The Division III Yellow Jackets are of their inaugural season.
The ball-handling would have been in good fingers with senior setter Davin Masanda.
Chase Bridges-Hunter and Chyston Loa would have supplied the peak and Blane Baclig further hitting firepower.
Thomas was additionally inspired with the progress of Keaau switch Types Primacio.
“He was trying good,” Thomas mentioned. “He’s 6 toes 2 and will play center or exterior and be our backup setter. He was actually trying ahead to this yr.”
One of the best match of the season, Kamehameha at Hilo on March 21, didn’t happen.
Hilo senior Kaala Deitch, final season’s BIIF participant of the yr, was left questioning what if?
Sadly, the pandemic additionally worn out all of the spring sports activities All-BIIF groups. So these choices are gone to the wind.
“The entire huge 4 groups (Kamehameha, Hilo, Waiakea, and Kealakehe) would have had a shot on the title this yr,” Deitch mentioned. “At first it was fairly tough to have the season canceled. I bear in mind envisioning myself on senior evening once I was a freshman, so for all of that to be canceled was fairly laborious.”
Deitch will play Division I ball at New Jersey Institute of Expertise and main in chemical engineering.
On the Division II stage, Makua Lani was the story of 2019 successful its first BIIF championship.
The Lions fell to Seabury Corridor in 4 units within the quarterfinals at states and beat Hawaii Prep for fifth place.
There was unfinished enterprise for coach Ryenn Sotelo’s squad.
“I undoubtedly suppose we’d have received BIIF and make a run for states for certain,” he mentioned. “We performed in a preseason tourney, beat HPA and misplaced to Kamehameha however would have improved over time.
“We have been simply coming collectively on the Ka’u recreation when all the pieces was canceled. We have been beginning to discover our groove. We have been trying ahead to how we’d do at states. It’s a bummer that received’t occur.”
The Lions had two gamers, Elliot Veisauyadra and TJ Heath, switch to Kealakehe.
However Kai Van Bergen, a soccer participant, stuffed in Veisauyadra’s position, and Kaipono Benson, final season’s BIIF participant of the yr, began to take swings at hitter along with his setting duties.
Kahoku Benson will take his hitting abilities to Division I Grand Canyon. Laukoa Fruean shall be one other huge loss.
Makua Lani will probably be a BIIF title contender once more in 2021, if there’s a season.
However Sotelo can’t assist cease fascinated by what if eventualities.
“The largest factor is we’d have been higher at states with our core returnees again,” he mentioned. “We needed to show ourselves. Final yr was eye-opening. We might have been extra ready to play over there.
“We might have had a combating likelihood. Saint Francis is now not round. King Kekaulike is rebuilding.”
Saint Francis, the two-time defending state champion, closed operations on account of monetary woes.
The Lions with a watch towards 2021 are simply ready to indicate everyone how good they’re.
“We’re headed in the fitting path and in an excellent place,” Sotelo mentioned.