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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, March 12, 2010

Thoemmes ruled the post

Advertiser Staff

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Roosevelt's Mikela Thoemmes could not be denied from close range.


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Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser
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Mikela Thoemmes of Roosevelt had her way inside.

A 5-foot-9 senior, Thoemmes dominated the post with her size and athleticism that posed match-up problems for opponents. She was named O'ahu Interscholastic Association Red East Player of the Year by league coaches.

Double-digit scoring was customary for Thoemmes, but her game extended beyond the area under the basket. She could also hit mid-range jumpers and even connected from 3-point range. She also provided the defensive presence inside for Roosevelt, a team that emphasized defense. The Rough Riders finished second in the OIA and sixth in the state tournament.

Also named to the first team were Farrington's Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo and Kirsten Liana, Castle's Leisha Li'ili'i and McKinley's Kylie Sato.

Tatupu-Leopoldo, a junior, was the Governors' offensive threat and had 19 points in a 48-45 win over Roosevelt for their second straight OIA title. Liana, a senior, provided the post presence for the Govs, who finished fifth in the state tournament.

Li'ili'i, a junior post player, helped turn the Knights into a formidable opponent and to a surprising 6-8 season in league play.

Sato, a senior guard, was McKinley's consistent presence on offense. She also played soccer during the winter season and was the team's leading goal scorer. During one week in January, Sato scored 18 points in a loss to Moanalua and scored three goals in a win over Farrington.

Roosevelt's Hinano Higa and Castle's Jeff McKeown were voted Co-Coaches of the Year by their peers.

Named to the second team were Moanalua's Jasmine Funtanilla and Joanna Nicolas, Kalani's Corie Kuia, Roosevelt's Nicole Ramirez and Castle's Cailee Awa.

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