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Eight Bears among Top 20 at MFC
By RODNEY S. YAP / HIsportsfolio.com
This year's combine testing received an assist from SportTesting.com, a Toronto-based company that specializes in performance testing — particularly ice hockey and lacrosse. Their laser timing and computerized system leaves no room for human error and authenticates all the times above what is acceptable by prep combine standards. SportTesting.com also worked the Hawaii PIAA Combine on Oahu and the Big Island.
The conditions at Lahainaluna Stadium on Friday, June 15, were perfect for testing. Overcast skies kept the temperature at a comfortable 77.0 degrees with winds between 10 to 15 mph blowing east.
Keelan Ewaliko of Baldwin broke two MFC records, setting new marks in the Pro Agility Shuttle at 4.17 seconds and the 40-yard dash in 4.47. The previous best pro shuttle was 4.28 (h) by BJ Wilhelm-Ioane and Kaiana Carnvel of Baldwin last year. Also in 2011, Vetekina Malafu of Baldwin had the previous best 40 at 4.47 (h). Lahainaluna's Tytus Lucas lowered the best mark in the 3-Cone Drill with a 6.79 and Lunas' Kiko Fonohema shattered the vertical jump record of 34.5 inches with a leap of 36.5 inches. Kekaulike's Kepa Luat-Hueu set the 3-Cone record of 7.00 (h) in 2011 and Lahainaluna's Loupua Hafoka set the vertical jump record in 2010.
Ewaliko received the highest overall rating by SportTesting.com. Teammate Abraham Reinhardt was No. 2 overall, while record-breakers Fonohema and Lucas were among the top 10 performers.
The MFC saved our MIL players and parents collectively an estimated $50,000 to $65,000, the cost of travel for two to Oahu and a minimum two-night stay and rent-a-car ($700-750 per player and one parent). Ideally, Maui needs to have a joint two-day, half-pack camp with the support of college coaches on the Saturday and Sunday following the Friday Night Combine. GamePlan Academy from Education-1st.org is interested in piggy-backing their camp with the MFC next year.
Maui has not hosted a camp since Just Win Inc. was held at Kekaulike three years ago. Na Alii lineman Elvis Matagi received a scholarship offer from Utah State at that camp from Kauhaahaa, who coached defensive ends with the Aggies at the time.
Baldwin's Jordan Hoiem attended the MFC but did not test. The junior-to-be and MIL's top college football prospect was nursing a tender hamstring. Hoiem chose to skip the drills and rest for the All Poly Hawaii Camp this week. Also noticeably missing were Baldwin's Miki Fangatua and Lahainaluna's Hercules Mataafa. The two were in Utah, attending the All Poly Utah Camp.
It's nice to see more and more players spreading their wings beyond the Valley Isle and reaping the rewards of their hard work. At the very least, our players are gaining the much-needed experience and training, camps, combines, clinics and skills competitions have to offer.
2012 MIL FOOTBALL WATCH LIST
SR. Keelan Ewaliko, Baldwin, QB, offer Hawaii
SR. Miki Fangatua, Baldwin, DL, offer Weber State
JR. Jordan Hoiem, Baldwin, LB, offer Hawaii, offer Utah, offer Utah State
SR. Abraham Reinhardt, Baldwin, DB, UNLV interested
JR. Hercules Mataafa, Lahainaluna, DL, Utah interested
JR. Kiko Fonohema, Lahainaluna, S/DB
SR. Tytus Lucas, Lahainaluna, DB/U
2012 Graduates to Play College Football in Fall
Kepa Luat-Hueu, King Kekaulike, Santa Rosa Junior College
Micah Arcangel, Lahainaluna (2011), Santa Rosa Junior College (redshirt 2011)
Emelio Maave, King Kekaulike, Santa Rosa Junior College
Jordan Nauka, Kamehameha Maui, LaVerne University
Feleti Taufa, Lahainaluna, University of Hawaii (walk-on invitation)
Jameson Kahalekai-Bermoy, Baldwin High, Feather River Junior College
Daylan Machado, Kamehameha Maui, Chapman University