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All-Star Football Team
Then sports editor Wayne Tanaka had a 30-man panel to select the 1969 all-star team.
Baldwin's Joe Balangitao Jr., the former head coach and current MIL Executive Secretary, was a unanimous choice for "Most Outstanding Back." He quarterbacked the Bears to the team title.
Defensively, Baldwin linebacker Richie Nakashima edged out teammate James Mitchell for "Most Outstanding Lineman."
Lahainaluna's Amadeo Verzon was the lone holdover from the 1968 team.
Tanka wrote: Henry Fernandez of Baldwin, as a two-way player, won the fourth backfield berth over teammates Walter Watanabe and Mitchell Hazama, both used only on offense, and other strong all-around stars like Randy Casco of Lahainaluna, Gordon Felicilda of Maui High and Patrick Ah Sau of St. Anthony.
In all, Baldwin and St. Anthony landed five all-stars each, Lahainaluna two and Maui High one.
Leroy Souza, St. Anthony's versatile punter-tackle-end, and Merrill Hokoana, league-leading pass catcher and defensive mainstay for the Sabers were the top vote-getters at end.
St. Anthony, led by the Akina brothers — Tom and Tim — was the MIL's top offensive team, averaging 267 yards per game. Meanwhile, Baldwin's stellar defense gave up an average of 108 yards per game.