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Kauai’s Manera, Tangalin given POY honors

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island file

    Kauai’s Christian Manera eludes the defense of Kapaa’s Kesomi Fonua as Alii Brown and Levi Cummings come in on the play during a KIF football game at Vidinha Stadium, in this Sept. 8 photo.

  • Nick Celario / The Garden Island

    Christian Manera, left, and Noah Tangalin stop for photos Tuesday in Lihue. Manera was named KIF Football Offensive Player of the Year, and Tangalin was named KIF Football Defensive Player of the Year.

LIHUE — As voted for by the coaches, this year’s Kauai Interscholastic Federation Football All-Stars have been announced.

The list of standouts were released by the league Monday.

Kauai High School, this year’s KIF champion, makes up a majority of the list.

“The first thing that comes to mind is that they’re being rewarded for their dedication and all the time they invested into the program,” said Kauai head coach Derek Borrero on Tuesday. “Very deserving. Just feel proud that the other coaches from Kapaa and Waimea felt that our guys were worthy of those awards, because we all vote.”

Also, both the Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year come from Kauai (5-4, 4-2 KIF).

Red Raiders senior quarterback Christian Manera won the offensive award.

“It’s an honor,” Manera said. “Just going day in and day out, practicing on the field with all my boys. Being able to get such a big award, it really means a lot.”

He added about being voted by the other coaches: “It’s pretty special knowing we fight against those teams every week, every other week. So knowing I got their vote, it really means a lot.”

Kauai senior linebacker Noah Tangalin won Defensive POY honors.

“It’s honestly such a special feeling to me right now,” Tangalin said. “I know there’s a lot of good people from Kauai that have been named Defensive Player of the Year. It’s just an honor. … I honestly was not expecting it at all. I’m just so grateful for it.”

Borrero said of his two Players of the Year: “First of all, Noah Tangalin, he was exactly that in Pop Warner when we coached him. He took a real serious approach to this season’s offseason program. He was here every single day when we had these weight room doors open. Every workout opportunity we provided, he was there. Not only working out, but he was a great verbal leader and led by example.”

“Christian Manera, he’s one of those guys that leads through example. The rest of the guys follow him because he walks the talk. He was a big key to our offense. Without him, I don’t think we get this far. Not to take anything away from the rest of the guys. But Christian, the playmaker he is, he made it happen for us on the field.”

A couple of Red Raiders were recognized both offensively and defensively — seniors Jaykob Nakaahiki-Young and Noah Hoopii.

In addition, Kauai junior Hoku Parbo was named twice on this list of defensive standouts as a linebacker and as a punter.

Borrero was named Coach of the Year.

Waimea (4-3, 3-3 KIF) has five all-stars this year, one of whom was also acknowledged for his play on both sides.

Menehune senior Avery Miguel was named an all-star as both a running back on offense and as a utility player on defense.

“Avery’s an outstanding student. He’s a hard worker, and he’s very self-motivating,” said Waimea head coach Jason Caldeira. “He’s very determined. He’s a good leader. All those accolades he received, he deserves it all.”

Caldeira added of all his all-stars: “Those are all hard workers. They earned all of those spots all on their own.”

Kapaa (4-4, 2-4 KIF) has four all-stars this year.

“They’re all good kids. That’s for sure,” said Kapaa head coach Philip Rapozo. “Kalena Harder, great leader and works hard. Awesome athlete. Chyson, it speaks for itself, his leg. He had a great year as a kicker, I think. … They’re all good kids. They all deserve it.”

Kauai Interscholastic Federation Football All-Stars

Offense

Lineman: Elijah Unutoa, Kapaa, junior

Lineman: Cody Artaho, Waimea, senior

Lineman: Damon Ferreira-Kashima, Kauai, sophomore

Lineman: Quinn Hoover, Kauai, junior

Lineman: Micah Cardinez, Kauai, senior

Receiver: Noah Ruiz, Kauai, senior

Receiver: Kalena Harder, Kapaa, senior

Receiver: Jaykob Nakaahiki-Young, Kauai, senior

Receiver: William Kamaka-Riley, Waimea, senior

Running back: Avery Miguel, Waimea, senior

Quarterback: Christian Manera: Kauai, senior

Kicker: Chysen Lagunes-Rapozo, Kapaa, junior

Special team: Adonis Llego-Pelletier, Kauai, senior

Utility: Noah Hoopii, Kauai, senior

Player of the Year: Christian Manera, Kauai, senior

Defense

Lineman: Matthew Passi, Kauai, junior

Lineman: Zachary Hee, Kauai, senior

Lineman: Noah Simao-Raposas, Waimea, senior

Lineman: Patrick Peters, Kapaa, junior

Linebacker: Noah Tangalin, Kauai, senior

Linebacker: Hoku Parbo, Kauai, senior

Linebacker: Skyler Sadora, Kauai, senior

Defensive back: Alika Huddy, Waimea, senior

Defensive back: Kyle Bisarra, Kauai, junior

Defensive back: Noah Hoopii, Kauai, senior

Defensive back: Jaykob Nakaahiki-Young, Kauai, senior

Punter: Hoku Parbo, Kauai, junior

Utility: Avery Miguel, Waimea, senior

Player of the Year: Noah Tangalin, Kauai, senior

Coach

Coach of the Year: Derek Borrero, Kauai

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