Life Champion Senior Bowl set for Dec. 10 at Vidinha

LIHUE — Some of the best high school football seniors in the state will be coming to Kauai to showcase their talents on the gridiron.

The Life Champion Senior Bowl will take place Dec. 10 at Vidinha Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.

“The initial focus, as far as the senior bowl, is to help our kids at least have that one opportunity to earn a scholarship,” said Robert “Keala” Pule Sr., Hawaii Football Club executive director. “For us, it was, ‘If we can help one kid, that would be great.’ But if we can set up a standard and have all these kids strive for it, then they can all be beneficiaries of that as well.”

Pule said the goal of Hawaii Football Club, which is based in Hilo, hosting the bowl game is help Hawaii’s student-athletes advance to the next stage after high school.

“Hawaii Football Club started as a youth football club,” he said. “The idea was to focus our efforts on addressing the needs of our kids, and setting academic and behavioral standards for them. That way, they can have the proper foundation as they enter high school.

“After that, we decided in 2014, that we wanted to put on a senior bowl. We made a proposal to the Big Island. They didn’t want to do a senior bowl, so we decided we would offer one anyways,” he continued. “From that, circumstance has allowed us to offer the opportunity to Kauai, Maui, Molokai and Lanai. That same year as we’re getting ready, the HUB Bowl (Hawaii Union Builders Goodwill Senior Bowl) dropped. So, Oahu didn’t have anything. We felt we could help them and give them an opportunity.”

132 high school seniors — including 18 players from Kapaa, Kauai and Waimea high schools — will take part in the game.

In an email sent by Pule, players qualified and were invited to play in the bowl game by meeting a list of criteria:

– minimum 2.5 cumulative grade-point average

– must have taken or is scheduled to take the SAT or ACT

– head coach’s referral

w administrator referral (principal, vice principal, athletic director and/or counselor)

– must perform a minimum of eight hours of community service

– character and work ethic

– athletic ability

Pule said 18 schools from Division II, Division III, NAIA and JUCO are confirmed to attend the bowl game, but didn’t disclose which schools. He said that information will be released by HFC sometime in the next week or so.

“The NCAA does not allow Division I (schools) to attend these type of events. So, that’s why we stream it through ScoringLive,” Pule said. “The schools that don’t have the budget or the Division I schools that cannot attend, they can still have a chance of getting all that material.”

Tickets will be available at the gate at Vidinha Stadium. Cost is $10 for adults (13 years old and older) and $5 for seniors and children 12 years old and under.

“From my perspective, they’re going to see a bowl game where we have 130-plus kids who are competing to be recognized,” Pule said. “They’ve already done the work in the classroom. We’ve documented their community service. We put together a pretty darn good profile for all these kids. At this point, when they get to the game, they’re just battling for that spot — that offer, that opportunity to continue into school.”

2016 Life Champion Senior Bowl roster

Ah Mook Sang, Christopher – Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama

Ailua, Feletoa – Waianae

Alejado, Noah – Saint Louis

Alualu, Freedom – Farrington

Andaya, Ikaika – Kalani

Apiki, Shaun – Damien Memorial

Asing, Gage – Aiea

Asing, Kalai – Aiea

Asing, Rush William – Damien Memorial

Asotasi, Daniel – Kapaa

Atuatasi, Micah – Waianae

Baldomero, Helam – Iolani

Banks, Nainoa – Nanakuli

Berg, Adam – Kapolei

Borges, Shawn – Damien Memorial

Cabunoc, Jaykob – Kamehameha Schools-Kaplama

Chang, Cameron – Iolani

Ching, Reyson “Kamakana” – Konawaena

Corr, Waika – Waimea

Dacalio, Wayne – Kamehameha Schools-Hawaii

Davis, Kainoa – Maui

Defang, Donavon – Lahainaluna

Duarte, Kupono – Kamehameha Schools-Maui

Ephan, Caleb – Waimea

Faamatau, Challen – Farrington

Fakava, Matangi – Maui

Fatafehi-Segovia, Mario “Pono” – Kapolei

Felemi, Mosese – Lahainaluna

Fernandez, Ikona – Kapaa

Fisiiahi, Vili – Kahuku

Fune, Justin – Waimea

Gaulua,Tainano – Farrington

Gomez, Nolan – McKinley

Hatori, Randy – Kealakehe

Haywood, Josiah – Kapolei

Hoopai, Chyson – Nanakuli

Hooper, Joseph – Kamehameha Schools-Hawaii

Ignatowski, Jaylen – James Campbell

Johnson, Ryan – Mid-Pacific/Pac-5

Kaea, Viliami – Konawaena

Kalei, Micah – Saint Francis

Kaloa, Travis – University Laboratory

Kam, Hunter – Iolani

Kamai, Kapono – Waialua

Kamaka, Kamaehu – Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama

Kaneshiro, Ryan – Hanalani/Pac-5

Kaopuiki, Kekoa – Kapolei

Kapihe Jr., Akoni – Kapolei

Kauaula, Lino – Anuenue School

Kaufusi, Andrew – Henry J. Kaiser

Kaufusi, Keoni – James Campbell

Keener, Gabe – Kapaa

Kelii, Chandler – Hilo

Keliiholokai, Donte – Kapolei

Keopuhiwa, Rudyjay – Waianae

Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo, Kame – Aiea

Kuipers, Lukas – Hilo

Kupihea, Henry “Mana” – Kapaa

Lewis, Kaainaolu – Hilo

Lindsey, Tema – Kahuku

Lombard, Steven – Kahuku

Lowe, Noah – McKinley

Luis-Mateo Jonah – Saint Francis

Maga, Jonah – Waianae

Mao, Adan – Leone High (Samoa)

Mailei, Fangaima – James Campbell

Mailei, Supilani – Saint Francis

Malafu, Alani – Maui

Mamea, Faafetai – Kauai

Mamone Jr., Sergio “Wela” – Connections PCS (Hilo)

Manoa, Makana – Kamehameha-Hawaii

Mareko, Omar – Kapolei

Mata, Dalton – Baldwin

Matagi, Logan – Kahuku

Matayoshi, Mikela – Kapaa

McFall, John – Waianae

McGoldrick, Jeremy – Castle

Meatoga, Kaleomana – Kauai

Moniz, Leighton – Kapaa

Morgan, Chyson – Nanakuli

Moses-Sanchez, Kingston – Farrington

Muagututia, Ethan – James Campbell

Napoleon, Kurt – Kapaa

Nguyen, Daniel – Kaimuki

Nihipali-Botelho, Stokes – Kahuku

Oasay, Leelan – St. Louis

Oliver, Clifton – Kapaa

Otineru, Misi – Leone High (Samoa)

Otuvaka, Tevita – Saint Francis

Padilla, Brody – Pearl City

Pahulu, Unaloto – Lahainaluna

Pakele, Destin – St. Francis

Pascua, Isaac – Nanakuli

Pascua, Nawailohi – Pearl City

Passi, Franklin – Kauai

Pearson, Vegas – Leone High (Samoa)

Peko, Donald – Leone High (Samoa)

Perez, Wyatt – Kapolei

Pong, Jasen – Pearl City

Pule-Elkington, Ra – Kahuku

Quinabo-Reis, Gage – Kalani

Raboy-McGowan, Dorian – Kamehameha Schools-Maui

Ramones, Ryan – Moanalua

Rosehill, Nainoa – Kamehameha Schools-Hawaii

Russell, Jacob – Saint Louis

Saole, Jalen – Saint Louis

Sarono, Jaymin – Kapolei

Segundo, Kyle “Kai” – Kamehameha Schools-Maui

Seumanutafa-Noa, Kristopher – Nanakuli

Shimizu, Leon – Father Duenas Memorial (Guam)

Shirota, Josh – Maui

Simon Kekainalu – Pearl City

Soakai, Jonah – Radford

Taniguchi, Cody – Waimea

Tanuvasa, Michael – Saint Louis

Taumua, Isaiah – Farrington

Tautolo, Tanu “TJ” – Farrington

Texeira Kapena – Kapaa

Thulin-Marsh Triston – Kalaheo

Tuihalafatai, Soane – Damien Memorial

Uahinui,Justin – Farrington

Ulu, Jaren – Waianae

Valeria, Izaya – Kapaa

Valladares, Andrew – Mililani

Vasega, Tyler – Kapolei

Wa’a , Jericho – Nanakuli

Washington-Villanueva, Chandler – Saint Louis

Wengler, Noah – Kamehameha Schools-Hawaii

White, Solomon – Guam HS

Yadao-Purisima, Rhylen – Kauai

Young, Ronson – Saint Louis


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