Kahuku's Villa, Kaimuki's Kintz lead top performers
The Red Raiders' senior point guard and Bulldogs' senior utility led their respective teams to victory last week. ScoringLive photo illustration
Male Athlete of the Week: Jessiya Villa, Kahuku basketball It hasn't taken very long at all for Jessiya Villa's impact to be felt on the Kahuku boys basketball team.
The 6-foot senior point guard, who has deep roots in Hawaii, is making a seamless transition back to the 50th state after a earning all-state honors at Martinsburg High School in West Virginia last year.
Villa helped the Red Raiders (8-2) to a trio of wins in the past week and is coming off perhaps best performances of the season in monumental back-to-back wins over mainland powers Mount Vernon (New York) and De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) in the Iolani Classic.
In last Monday's 62-57 win over Kamehameha, Villa recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists to go along with six rebounds. Five days later, Villa poured in a season-high 27 points with six assists, three rebounds and two steals in a 60-54 win over Mount Vernon, and he followed that up Monday night with a 26-point performance in Kahuku's 56-51 win over De La Salle.
"Saturday he stepped on the floor and his game just elevated and I think when you play good teams like that — like a Mount Vernon, like a De La Salle — those guys are structured, they're disciplined and for him to compete and have the kind of games he had and to get other people involved tells you what kind of player he is," Kahuku coach Brandyn Akana said.
Villa shot 8 of 18 from the field and 8 of 13 from the free-throw line in Monday's win. He also had six rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Akana said Villa's value to the Red Raiders is immeasurable.
"I think he's a great team player and point guards make it happen," Akana said. "I've coached a lot of good point guards in the past and if you've got a good point guard, everybody is in good hands and I think everybody on the team knows it and they kind of look forward to it, so that's what he brings to the table and that's why point guards get wins and he's been doing that for us."
Villa passed the credit for his early success to his teammates.
"I see my role just to be a leader and to push my teammates, distribute the ball, be a facilitator, step up when I need to, score the ball when I need to, play tough defense, but props to these guys — Kesi Ah-Hoy, Codie Sauvao, Samuta, Daniel (Fotu), Tai (Wright), the names go on and on — but props to them for welcoming me and allowing me to do what I do best, so I'm thankful for that."
Villa was born in Laie and raised in Nanakuli before his family moved to West Virginia eight years ago. His father, Kahi, was a member of the state championship-winning Kamehameha boys' team in 1992. Jessiya's grandfather, Bill, is a former Kamehameha coach who spent 15 years as athletic director at ASSETS and Mid-Pacific before taking the same position at Chaminade University.
Jessiya's family played a big part in his decision to return home.
"I just wanted to give the community that I partially grew up in something to conquer, something to hold," Villa, one of three transfers along with Avea (Bingham, Utah) and Fotu (New Zealand). "Those two are amazing basketball players. We just wanted to give to this community and give back to the community that we partially grew up in. I have tons of family here in Laie and Hauula, so I just wanted to give back to them and represent Kahuku basketball."
Villa's re-introduction to the program came in an almost serendipitous manner when his Martinsburg team participated in last year's Iolani Classic.
"I was just reflecting on how I came here last year and we played (Kahuku) in the first round and just their presence and their chemistry as a team really stood out to me," Villa said. "For the ability to be here with the club and this amazing coaching staff, wonderful players. It's developed great and I'm extremely glad to be part of this club."
Akana said Villa's excellence extends far beyond the court.
"He's the coach on the floor and an extension with the guys of our coaching staff, so that's a blessing to have somebody like that on the team," Akana said. "He's a great example on and off the court. I mean, he's a 4.0 student. Everybody looks up to him."
Kahuku became the first team from Hawaii to reach the semifinal round of the prestigious Iolani Classic since 2006.
Female Athlete of the Week: Victoria Kintz, Kaimuki basketball The Kaimuki girls basketball team's transition to Division I has been seamless with Victoria Kintz leading the way.
Kintz, a 5-foot-5 senior that can play any position for the Bulldogs, had a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead Kaimuki in a 50-35 win over then seventh-ranked Farrington last Thursday.
The Bulldogs, winners of the past two Oahu Interscholastic Association Division II titles, improved to 3-0 in league play with the win to move into first place in the OIA Division I East standings.
Kaimuki coach Mona Faasoa spoke about Kintz's versatility after the game.
"She's my best all-around player. I depend on her in the post. When we have a mismatch I depend on her to shoot 3s. I depend on her to handle the ball. She's my go-to kid."
While Kintz's statistics were pivotal in Kaimuki's win over the Governors, her leadership off and on the floor proved to be invaluable to her team's success against a larger Farrington team.
"She's just a solid returnee," Faasoa said on Kintz. "She's been such a great team member and a good role model for these younger girls to look up to."
Kintz added that she challenged her fellow teammates to rise to the occasion before the game even started.
"I told them in the beginning of the game, just come in hungry, don't fear anybody," said Kintz. "We're the underdogs this year. Just play hard and give it all you got."
If there was one player that took Kintz's pregame speech to heart, it was Kaimuki reserve center Mele Loo-Godinet. The 5-foot-10 junior had the assignment of defending Farrington post Molimau Heimuli, the team's leading scorer, and center Naomi Pelter. Loo-Godinet did well in her role as the Heimuli and Pelter had just 10 combined points.
"I had a little prep talk before the game with her and I said ‘if you want to play, you got to play. Just give it all you got,'" Kintz said on Loo-Godinet.
Aside from her motivational speeches and statistics, there are great plays that Kintz made that don't show up on the box score. The 5-foot-5 senior had strong drives to the basket to draw double teams, constantly tracked down loose balls to prevent turnovers and helped milk time of the clock in the fourth quarter with her team leading by double digits.
"She just plays basketball, the kid just likes to play," said Faasoa.
The play that stood out the most was when Kintz got back on defense after a Kaimuki turnover and drew a charge on Heimuli, her second foul of the game, midway through the second quarter.
Heimuli later picked up her third foul before the end of the first half and had to sit to start the third quarter with Kaimuki leading 25-16. When Heimuli did enter the game in the second half, the Bulldogs had already grown their lead to 37-22.
"That (charge) was big because that took her out of the game and that's when we tried to stretch our lead," said Faasoa.
Kaimuki never looked back in the second half and held on to give the Governors their first loss in league play.
With the way her team has been playing lately, Kintz believes that her team can go far this season.
"As long as we play together and we stay together, we'll be good. We're really growing with each other so I'm really proud of everyone."
After a Tuesday night win over Kailua, 46-32, the Bulldogs now sit at 4-0 atop the OIA Division I East standings.
BOYS BASKETBALL Matthew Amitoso, Mililani — Scored 21 points, including four 3-pointers, in a win over Moanalua
Jake Arakawa, Island Pacific — Scored 19 points in a win over Damien II
Samuta Avea, Kahuku — Scored 19 points with eight rebounds and two blocks in a win over Kamehameha
Caleb Casinas, Moanalua — Scored 19 points, including four 3-pointers, in a loss to Mililani
RJ Dominguez, Moanalua — Scored 22 points in a loss to Mililani
Solomon Escalante, Kamehameha-Hawaii — Scored 18 points with 14 rebounds and an assist in a win over Honokaa
Dakota Fisher, Christian Academy — Scored 25 points, including four 3-pointers, in a win over Island Pacific
Frederick Harris, Christian Academy — Scored 21 points in a win over Island Pacific
Hugh Hogland, Iolani — Scored 19 points with 12 rebounds, eight blocks and an assist in a win over Kaiser
Radyn Kaleikini, University Lab — Scored 30 points, including seven 3-pointers, in a win over Radford
Noah Kurosawa, Saint Francis — Scored 17 points, including five 3-pointers, in a loss to Kamehameha
Bryton Lewi, Kealakehe — Scored 21 points in a win over Kohala
Carver Locke, Lahainaluna — Scored 17 points in a win over Kaimuki
Christian Mejia, Kailua — Scored 16 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and a block in a win over Corona Del Sol
Douglas Mitchell, Waianae — Scored 17 points with eight rebounds, four blocks, one assist and a steal in a loss to De La Salle
Kameron Ng, Saint Francis — Scored 20 points, including four 3-pointers, in a win over Saint Louis
Jaymason Nunuha, Saint Louis — Scored 19 points with one rebound, one assist, one block and a steal in a win over Kalaheo
Jordan Pender, Radford — Scored 19 points in a win over Farrington
Zion Shepherd, Mid-Pacific — Scored 10 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and a block in a loss to Findlay Prep
Everett Torres-Kahapea, Kailua — Scored 19 points, including five 3-pointers, in a win over Nanakuli
Kamren Victorino-Kato, Kamehameha — Scored 22 points with seven rebounds, three steals and an assist in a loss to Kahuku
GIRLS BASKETBALL Antoinette Agmata, Baldwin — Scored 17 points in a win over Maui
Camy Aguinaldo, Iolani — Scored 20 points in a win over Kamehameha and scored 18 points in a win over Punahou
Gieani Balino, Campbell — Scored 15 points in a loss to Radford
Savanna Christensen, Kahuku — Scored 19 points in a win over Moanalua
Braeanna Estabillo, Lahainaluna — Scored 19 points in a win over Kamehameha-Maui
Trinidee Kahunahana, Kaiser — Scored 15 points in a win over Castle
Caiyle Kaupu, Konawaena — Scored 15 points in a win over Kamehameha-Hawaii
Brillie Kovaloff, Mid-Pacific — Scored 16 points in a win over Damien
Kelcie Leong, Moanalua — Scored 18 points, including three 3-pointers, in a loss to Kahuku
Alizelia Love, Waianae — Scored 18 points in a loss to Mililani
Logan Luke, Kalani — Scored 18 points in a win over Kailua
Kloe Lum, McKinley — Scored 17 points, including three 3-pointers, with three rebounds and a steal in a win over Castle
Mikiala Maio, Kamehameha — Scored 18 points in a loss to Maryknoll
Selene Mizusawa, Iolani II — Scored 19 points, including four 3-pointers, in a win over Punahou II
Alana Nuuanu, Nanakuli — Scored 21 points in a win over Campbell
Kalina Obrey, Kamehameha — Scored 19 points in a loss to Iolani
Rhianne Omori, Maryknoll — Scored 16 points, including four 3-pointers, in a win over Kamehameha
Jewel Paaluhi-Caulk, Kamehameha — Scored 19 points, including five 3-pointers, in a loss to Iolani
Dannica Roberts, Hawaiian Mission — Scored 17 points in a loss to Hawaii Baptist
Reilani Roller, Castle — Scored 18 points on six 3-pointers with three rebounds in a loss to McKinley
Tia Thompson, La Pietra — Scored 22 points in a win over Christian Academy
Olivia Vaeatangitau, Saint Francis — Scored 19 points in a win over La Pietra
Sunshine Vicente, Roosevelt — Scored 18 points in a win over Kalaheo
BOYS SOCCER Noah Aghdasi, Roosevelt — Scored two goals in a tie against Kalani
DJ Aquino, Kailua — Scored two goals in a win over McKinley
Roberto Cardenas, Lahainaluna — Scored the lone goal in a win over Kamehameha-Maui
Aikala Chappell, Kamehameha-Maui — Scored three goals in a win over St. Anthony
Angelo Deloso-Flocco, Baldwin — Scored three goals in a win over St. Anthony
Skyler Goo, Saint Louis — Scored three goals in a win over Damien
Connor Hunt, Island School — Scored two goals in a win over Kauai
Payad Jadsopha, McKinley — Scored two goals in a loss to Roosevelt
Triston Kapahua, Waianae — Scored two goals in a win over Radford
Bryson Kim, Kalani — Scored two goals in a win over Kalani
Amadou Kone, Radford — Scored three goals in a win over Nanakuli
Nick LaManna, Saint Louis — Scored three goals in a win over Damien
Duncan McKenna, Punahou — Scored three goals in a win over Damien
Stokes Nihipali-Botelho, Kahuku — Scored two goals in a win over Farrington
Rylan Respicio, Kamehameha-Hawaii — Scored two goals in a win over Honokaa
Michael Scott, Waiakea — Scored two goals in a win over Kamehameha-Hawaii
Tanner Shimomoto, Iolani — Scored two goals in a win over Mid-Pacific
Makana Srivongsana, Kaiser — Scored two goals in a win over Castle
Ripley Quebral, Kailua — Scored three goals in a win over Farrington
Daniel Woo, Pearl City — Scored four goals in a win over Nanakuli
Luke Wyman, Pearl City — Scored four goals in a win over Nanakuli
Rylen Yadao, Kauai — Scored two goals in a tie against Kapaa
GIRLS SOCCER Sarah Ashford, Kalaheo — Scored the lone goal in a win over Kalani
Zoe Asue, King Kekaulike — Scored the lone goal in a win over Maui
Chelsie Deponte, PAC-5 — Scored the lone goal in a win over Sacred Hearts
Angel Ferge, Baldwin — Scored three goals in a win over St. Anthony
Ashelen Grasso, Maui — Scored three goals in a win over Lahainaluna
Hannah Heffelfinger, Radford — Scored three goals in a win over Nanakuli
Emi Higgins, Hawaii Prep — Scored two goals in a tie against Konawaena
Hokulei Ishikawa, Campbell — Scored the lone goal in a win over Pearl City
Kylee Kim-Bustillos, Iolani — Scored four goals in a win over Mid-Pacific
Randi Macadangdang, Mililani — Scored two goals in a win over Kapolei and scored the lone goal in a win over Waipahu
Leialoha Medeiros, Kamehameha-Maui — Scored four goals in a win over Lahainaluna
Chaylyn Navares, Mililani — Scored two goals in a win over Kapolei
Kamalei Roback, Kamehameha-Maui — Scored three goals in a win over St. Anthony
Kelci Sumida, Moanalua — Scored two goals in a win over Kaiser
Ali Temme, Island School — Scored the lone goal in a win over Waimea
Kayla Tuitele, Kamehameha-Maui — Scored three goals in a win over St. Anthony
Kahela Ventura, Kauai — Scored four goals in a win over Kapaa
WRESTLING Teniya Alo, Kahuku — Won the girls' 127-pound weight class at the HWOA Scholarship Tournament with four pins and a tournament-best 32 points for her team
Jayden Ferreira, Baldwin — Won the boys' 195-pound weight class at the HWOA Scholarship Tournament and earned 30 points for his team
KJ Pascua, Iolani — Won the boys' 170-pound weight class at the HWOA Scholarship Tournament and earned 30 points for his team
Micah Tynanes-Perez, Campbell — Won the boys' 220-pound weight class at the HWOA Scholarship Tournament and earned 30 points for his team