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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Alualu, Rego head ILH All-Star Team

 •  League all-stars
 •  Punahou's Lau earns honor

By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer

One guy was the stopper and the other couldn't be stopped.

Kamehameha's Jayson Rego led the ILH in rushing and touchdowns.

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They were Saint Louis defensive tackle Tyson Alualu and Kamehameha running back Jayson Rego, the Interscholastic League of Honolulu's Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year, as picked by the league's coaches.

Iolani's Wendell Look was selected the Coach of the Year. He guided the Raiders to the ILH Division II championship and their first state tournament appearance. He completed his 14th season as coach of the Raiders, making him the dean of ILH coaches.

Alualu, a 6-foot, 275-pound senior, anchored the Crusaders' defensive line at tackle and stopped whatever came his way, whether it be a ball carrier or a double-team block. In the mode of traditional Saint Louis tackles, he pressured quarterbacks and occupied offensive linemen to free the linebackers behind him. He was basically a no-nonsense player, making plays with little fanfare.

"He's a hard worker," Saint Louis coach Delbert Tengan said. "He's not a rah-rah guy. He does all his talking on the field."

Alualu is one of the state's more highly recruited players. He already has visited the University of California.

Rego, a 5-8, 160-pound senior, took advantage of blocks from one of the state's best offensive lines. He would drag a scrum of tacklers with him or find an opening and turn up the speed to break long runs. He led the ILH in rushing with 937 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns in the seven league games.

"He had the discipline in running the zone plays," Kamehameha coach Kanani Souza said. "He always stayed where he had to stay. He had to believe that the system would work because a lot of things took shape for him late (in the play). He had a special knack for running our zone plays."

Rego is among 11 Warriors named to the ILH first team. Among them were two of his offensive linemen, Kepa Gaison and Kahawai Soon. Gaison also was named as first-team punter. Receiver Waika Spencer also was named on the first-team offense. All four are seniors.

Warriors on the first-team defense are senior linemen Mika Kane and Chaz Barit, junior linebacker Mana Lolotai and senior defensive backs Michael Holt and Travis Uale.

Kamehameha also had two specialists on the first team in utility Kamuela Kapanui and kick/punt returner Ikaika Hardie. Both are seniors.

Saint Louis had six first-team picks. Offensive lineman Bronson Abrigo, receiver Shaun Kauleinamoku and running back Kevin Sullivan were named on offense, while Alualu, linebacker Jared Silva and defensive back Zachary Santos were named on defense. Silva is a junior, the others are seniors.

Division II champion Iolani also had six first-team picks. Twins Micah and Milo Kalama made it as receiver and kicker, respectively. Both are seniors. The other four picks were juniors: Offensive lineman Robbie Lopes, quarterback Kiran Kepo'o, linebacker Jon Takamura and defensive back Landon Patoc.

Punahou had two first-team selections. One was senior offensive lineman Trask Iosefa and the other was receiver Miah Ostrowski, the only sophomore named to the first team.

Pac-Five senior linebacker Brashton Satele was his team's lone first-team selection. He has already given the University of Hawai'i a verbal commitment. Damien junior defensive lineman Michael Sipili was his team's only first-team pick.

Reach Stacy Kaneshiro at skaneshiro@honoluluadvertiser.com or 525-8042.

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