The Maui News 2017-18 MIL Boys Soccer All-Stars
Going out on top: Deloso-Flocco capped stellar prep career by leading Bears to unprecedented state title
It was a couple of phone calls on the morning of the boys state soccer championship match that sums up the remarkable Baldwin High School career of Angelo Deloso-Flocco.
Deloso-Flocco recently wrapped up one of the most impressive boys soccer careers in Maui Interscholastic League history, leading the Bears to a co-state title after lightning forced the stoppage of the championship match against Hawaii Prep 4 1/2 minutes into overtime.
He is the overwhelming choice of the league’s coaches as The Maui News MIL Player of the Year, an award he shared with teammate Dante Perez-Martin last year.
“All in all, it went amazingly, it went perfectly,” Deloso-Flocco said of his senior year. “In the beginning, things went a little hectic, things were a little hard, I had some little hiccups, bumps in the road, but in the end it ended up being exactly how I could have pictured it and how I could have dreamed of. It was a great senior year.”
After guiding the Bears to the first state soccer title ever for an MIL boys team, Deloso-Flocco recently gave his verbal commitment to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas to continue his career.
“A perfect way to end up my high school season and my high school career and life in Hawaii,” he said.
Deloso-Flocco, a senior forward who scored 16 goals this season and 57 in his three-year Baldwin career, is joined on the MIL first team by teammates Daniel Souza (midfielder), Chris Barry (midfielder), Hayden Hawes (defender) and Elliot Tom (utility); King Kekaulike’s Cade Taniguchi (forward), Zakariya Woolley (defender) and Dylan Gomes (defender); Kamehameha Maui’s Teva Pimentel (midfielder), Dylan Nakagawa (midfielder) and Kanoa Hokoana (defender); and Lahainaluna’s Pablo Rico (goalkeeper).
Blake Nunes, the Baldwin school record-holder for goals in a season with 26 before playing collegiately at Sacramento State, coached Deloso-Flocco during Deloso-Flocco’s three-year career at the L.A. Galaxy Academy that ended after his freshman year in high school.
“He’s like my big brother because when I was back with the Galaxy, he took care of me,” Deloso-Flocco said of Nunes. “He called me and told me just, like, congratulations and everything. He always told me to beat his records and I told him that’s cool and all, I would always try to beat his records because of that older-brother thing, but this was my last game and I wanted to put it all in for the boys.
“I wasn’t going to be selfish and just try to score goals. I was going to try to do it for my team.”
Nunes called Palazzotto, his former coach with the Bears, soon after he got off the phone with Deloso-Flocco.
“When coach Kane heard that, he came up to me and he was crying,” Deloso-Flocco said. “He told me that he was really proud of me and was happy that he got me to that point in life. He said that once he heard that he knew that I had grown and he did what he was supposed to do as a soccer coach. It was really cool.”
Palazzotto got the nod from his peers as MIL Coach of the Year.
“(Nunes) told me how far Angelo has come as a player and he told Angelo, ‘I know you didn’t break my record, but you’ve gone farther than me, farther than I have,’ “ Palazzotto said.
“Angelo basically told him: ‘Well, tonight coach it’s not about me, it’s about the team.’ That’s a pretty awesome comment. That was one of the things that we were really trying to make him understand … coming from a dog-eat-dog world in L.A., we really wanted to make him part of our family.”
Deloso-Flocco said of his 11 senior classmates on the team, seven of whom were starters: “They are my brothers.”
The Bears’ program grew with Deloso-Flocco, from a 1-2 showing at state his sophomore year after a runner-up MIL finish; to a league championship and semifinal appearance at state as a junior; to the breakthrough championship run that included a convincing 3-1 win over two-time defending champion Punahou in the semifinals.
“I can see the growth for me and then I can see the team growth for all the years,” Deloso-Flocco said. “Every year, I can see each player prospering and everybody getting better, getting a little stronger, more confident. So, this year was the year we knew we could do something special and we did it. We’re happy about that.”
* Robert Collias is at email@example.com.
Cy Ornellas, Kamehameha Maui, Forward, Junior
Jericho Lara, King Kekaulike, Forward, Junior
Jhoel Sarraude, King Kekaulike, Midfielder, Junior
Jacob Hogin, Baldwin, Midfielder, Senior
Jon Saito, Baldwin, Midfielder, Senior
Jacob Gonzales, Lahainaluna, Midfielder, Senior
Kai Sears, Baldwin, Defender, Senior
Ikua Kamaka, Kamehameha Maui, Defender, Freshman
Dayne Kubo, Kamehameha Maui, Defender, Junior
Spencer Takitaki, Maui High, Defender, Sophomore
Cody McDonald, King Kekaulike, Goalkeeper, Junior
Nick Stevenson, King Kekaulike, Utility, Senior
Baldwin–Kupono Coyle; Kamehameha Maui–Parker Awai, Samuel Ostermiller, Gideon Aiwohi; King Kekaulike–Connor Prados, Ty Miller, Jerycho Medeiros; Lahainaluna–Elias Gonzales; Maui High–Jake Madriaga, Ryan Danovich, Cade Mattos, Cole Mattos, Tevita Takitaki; Seabury Hall–Timothy Grupenhoff, Evan Houle, Nathan Chin.