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MIL FB All-Stars: Ewaliko, Tasini named POYs
December 15, 2011 - Robert Collias
Here is the start of my MIL football All-Star story from today's paper:
By any definition, the Baldwin High School football team dominated the Maui Interscholastic League in 2011.
The Bears ran their league winning streak to 16, their record against Maui opponents to 58-2-1 dating to the 2004 season, recorded four shutouts in eight MIL games, allowed more than one score by a league opponent only once, outscored their foes 298-41 and basically doubled all of them in total offensive yardage.
The last defining moment of dominance for the 2011 Bears is the MIL All-Star team - 10 of 24 first-team slots are from Baldwin as well as Players of the Year Keelan Ewaliko and Pasoni Tasini.
Ewaliko, a junior quarterback, won the passing title by 20 yards and the rushing title by 10 yards after both second-place finishers missed at least two games with injuries. He is believed to be the first player to win both crowns in the same season and is the unanimous choice of the league's five head coaches to repeat as MIL Offensive Player of the Year.
"It doesn't really hit me that hard," Ewaliko said. "I was striving to do it again. I just work hard and when you work hard great things come to you."
According to my buddy and MIL historian, Rodney Yap, Ewaliko is the second player in the 88-year history of the MIL to lead the league in passing, rushing and scoring — matching the feat of Baldwin's Hinano Kaumeheiwa in 1960. Here is a cool link to Yap's story, comparing Ewaliko, Kaumeheiwa and former Maui High star Alika Fuentes.
Ewaliko, BTW, can become the first three-time Player of the Year in MIL history next season.
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