The buzz around the island is about the distinct possibility of Waimea recapturing its magic of last season’s spectacular state soccer run, which made itself a force to be reckoned with at the state level.
However, the Menehune, who didn’t receive a seed once again, are facing the same route as the previous year, with former four-time defending state champion Mililani waiting in the wings to avenge last year’s upset to the KIF powerhouse.
But before that ever happening, Waimea will have to take care of business at 3 p.m. today, against the OIA’s Kaiser at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park and Stadium.
The Menehune are a senior-rich squad with 13 seniors on the roster, which include Nathan Martin, Scott Martin, Sheldon Taniguchi, Chad Thompson, Froilan Tyler, Tyren Sakuda, Gregg Fujimoto, Kenny Estes, Ansen Acain, Ryan Kunselman, Nash Danley, Kollin Morikawa, and Andrew Pearson.
The 33rd Annual Hawai’i High School Meadow Gold Dairies Boys State Soccer Championships feature top-seeded Mililani, Punahou (#2), Kamehameha-Maui (#3), and Waiakea (#4).
Last year’s champion was Kamehameha, who defeated Waimea in the semifinals.
The KIF has never won a boys state soccer championship.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or firstname.lastname@example.org