One word sums up Island Pacific Academy’s athletics program this year: AWESOME! Every season – fall, winter, and spring – had its share of triumphs and stand-out Navigator student-athletes.
IPA Navigators started the fall season strong in all five sports in which we fielded competitors: volleyball, cross country, bowling, sporter air riflery, and football.
On the court for the Navigators Jaycinth “JC” Hitzeman (‘16) took ILH MVP, Shaina Duran (‘17) made the ILH All-Star First Team, and Katie Gordon (‘17) got ILH All-Star
Honorable Mention. Head Coach Stan Vincent brought in the ILH DIII Coach of the Year award.
Cross Country rocked with Tullie St. John (‘15) heading to the HHSAA State Championship and earning a spot on the ILH All-Star First Team. On the JV team Frank Condello III (‘18) took third place at the ILH Championships.
Bowling saw action this fall with Brandi Chun (‘18) competing in the HHSAA State Championships.
The IPA sporter air riflery team sent two shooters to the HHSAA State Championships: Ella Axelrod (‘15) qualified and Jessica Sato (‘16) was first alternate.
Rounding up fall sports, PAC-5 football named John Black (‘15) to the ILH All-Star Second Team and Aaryn Villamor (‘16) got an Honorable Mention.As the winter season began Navigator boys and girls basketball kicked into high gear.
The boys’ teams took the DIII title in varsity and intermediate. The varsity boys’ team was led by captain John Black (‘15) who won ILH MVP; included Kaipo Orosco (‘16) named to the ILH All-Star First Team; and Roy “Mana” Kaululaau (‘16) who received an Honorable Mention. Tai Ando coached the varsity team and garnered IPA’s second ILH Coach of the Year award.
The girls’ basketball teams followed suit by also taking the DIII title in varsity and intermediate. Led by Tia Odoardi (‘15) MVP; Erica Brenner (‘16) and Kira Hunkele (‘18) made ILH All-Star First Team; and Elizabeth Lyons-Best (‘18) and Peyton Pedrozo (‘18) received Honorable Mentions. Girls’ coach Reggie Griffin was a slam dunk for IPA’s third ILH Coach of the Year award.
The precision air riflery team finished their varsity season in fifth place and JV took third in the ILH. Mike Axelrod earned IPA’s fourth ILH Coach of the Year award. Finishing up the season, the varsity team continued on to the annual Aloha Invitational Match and took first place in their category.
This spring followed in lock step behind fall and winter. Navigator boys’ varsity DIII volleyball produced the ILH MVP in Giovanni de Lugo (‘16).
In tennis IPA varsity girls’ Jade Min (‘17), who was named to the ILH All-Star Second Team, and Meghan Rodick (‘17) both qualified for the HHSAA Championships for the second year in a row.
On the golf course varsity girls’ golfer Alanis Sakuma (‘17) finished in fourth place in the ILH and made the ILH DI All-Star First Team. Sakuma went on to qualify for the HHSAA Championships for her second year in a row and finished ninth in the state.
Congratulations to all of our 2014-2015 Navigator student-athletes and coaches for an awesome year. And mahalo to all in our community who support our teams through volunteering, chaperoning, and attending the many athletics events throughout the year.