Seniors Welcome Freshman And Build Relationships

Being a freshman can be kind of scary, but here at Saint Francis School we have a way to make the transition from middle school to high school a little easier.

One of the many traditions we have is our Big Sibling/Little Sibling event. This event consists of a senior (big sibling) being paired up with either one or two freshmen (little sibling/s). Over the span of two cycles, big siblings and little siblings exchange letters and gifts, such as candy, gift cards, food, and stuffed animals.

The fun part of this tradition is that this gives freshmen a chance to try and guess who their older sibling is.  Freshman Isaiah San Diego says, “I look forward to meeting my big sibling.  I kind of have an idea of who they are, and I’m really excited to see if I’m right or not.”

Many teachers believe that this is a great way to get freshmen more comfortable with being high schoolers.  Senior Homeroom Teacher Señora Rivas Roblin says, “It is a tradition that is fun to watch as the seniors welcome the freshmen to high school.  It helps to bond the divisions that are three years apart.”

Freshmen see this event as something fun and exciting.  They can’t wait to meet their big sibling.  Seniors anxiously look forward to the event as well. Senior Class President Tiare Guerrero says, “I expect to take away a relationship between my little sibling and I, as well as the bond between the senior and freshmen class.”

On August 31, 2016, Freshmen will have a chance to meet their sibling.  It will also be the first and last time that they are permitted to step foot in the senior courtyard until they are seniors. This bond and relationship will be an unforgettable experiences for both classes.

A Black Tie Affair: A Time to Let School Go for One Night

A student should at least experience going to prom once or twice in their life. Prom can be a struggle for many trying to create the perfect image of what they wish to look like.  Students invest a lot of time putting together the right outfit for prom.  Other students embrace the task of making their prom the best yet.

Kylie Tyau, a senior on the prom committee, said “We worked really hard on prom.”  The prom committee put their best effort into planning and decorating and it looked beautiful.

Shelly Gary, another senior on the prom committee, commented on her prom experience, saying, “I enjoyed seeing everyone dressed up and slick-looking. I also enjoyed the food and seeing everyone dancing and having fun.”

Teachers even had a good time.  Mr.Lombard and his wife graced the dance floor when “Uptown Funk” played.

This year’s king and queen of prom were Erica Santiago and Kyle Savellano.  Everyone cheered and was excited to see one of the favorite couples win.

“A Black Tie Affair” was a success in many ways.  The true value may not have been tied to one specific memory, but to the people who shared the experience.

Senior Kylie Tyau said, “I was really excited to get together with all my friends for just one night and have a good time.”  Senior Shelly Gary added, “It was nice to not worry about school work and just let that go for one night.”

Under the Hood: Let’s Dance!

It’s that time of the year again–time to dance.  March Madness is even more special this year as the Rainbow Warriors and Rainbow Wahine qualified to play against the best basketball teams in the country. In a span of about 72 hours, the Rainbow Wahine scored redemption in a 78-59 plastering of UC Davis and the Rainbow Warriors scored a massive measure of revenge in a 64-60 thriller on ESPN 2 versus arch rival Long Beach State.

Since their loss to UC Irvine–who was taken out by The Beach in the semifinals–in last year’s Big West tournament championship, the men’s program has faced adversity, such as NCAA sanctions and the departure of Isaac Fleming.  The Rainbow Warriors hard fought win over Long Beach State is one that everyone will be remembering forever.  It was their first win in three meetings over The Beach this year and the first over the 49ers in the state of California overall since 2007.

Eran Ganot, the Rainbow Warriors coach said, “What a day for the state and the athletic program.”  Rainbow Wahine coach Laura Beeman added, “Hawaii, this one’s for you guys.”

The end of the men’s game triggered a wild celebration of Hawaii fans and the students that traveled with them–a change from the Irvine students that stormed the floor a year ago. Long Beach State students, with a large number expecting a celebration, left the arena quite quickly in stunned silence.  In reference to challenges the team faced, guard/forward Aaron Valdes said, “We could have quit on each other, we could have [gone our separate ways,] but we…decided to stick it out.”

The women’s game, while not as close, was just as emotional.  “I love every moment of it,” said Hawaii point guard Destiny King. “The loss from last year picked us up, made us mature.”

“There were really some key moments with this group that brought us together,” Coach Beeman said. “We had some pretty hefty team meetings; it really starts off with your seniors.” It was a change from the tearful press conference last year following a 67-60 loss to CSUN in the women’s final.

Hopefully, there will be no tears and plenty cause for celebration for both our men’s and women’s teams representing Hawaii this March. Let the madness begin!

First and Second Rounds – Friday and Saturday
The Rainbow Warriors were selected into the South Regional in the Spokane sub-pod as the 13-seed. They will face fourth-seed California on Friday at 8:00am.

The Rainbow Wahine were selected into the Bridgeport (Conn.) Regional in the Los Angeles sub-pod as the 14-seed. They will face third-seed and sub-pod host UCLA on Saturday at 12:30pm.

Twice as nice: Saints sweep Homecoming for third straight year

MANOA, Saint Francis Gymnasium

Give Saint Francis a chance, they’ll take it. Put them in front of a student section–now known by their PA announcer as the Thunder Brigade–and they’ll give it their all. Twice, in this case.

Lady Saints 52, Damien 41 
Kaimi Kalei scored 16 points and Olivia Vaeatangitau added 17 off the bench as the Saints held off a late Monarch surge, 52-41 in front of a loud crowd of around 835–including nearly 250 students–at Saint Francis Gym, otherwise known as Thunder Junction, Saturday afternoon. Melina Souza added 18 for Damien in the loss. The Lady Saints improved to 5-9 (5-3 ILH).

“[Olivia] really gave us a lift, and I think that was the difference,” said Saints coach Chris Hoe. “If it wasn’t for her, we probably wouldn’t have won by this margin.”

Senior captain, Kelli Okubo, however, begged to differ.

“I thought [the students] were the difference. They were amazing.” It seemed that way from the outset, but Damien got off to a hot start. Souza hit two of her first three shots and the Monarchs forced four early turnovers to the tune of a 12-8 first quarter. The Saints, led by Vaeatangitau and Kalei, stormed back, taking a 19-17 lead that they would not relinquish.

The lead ballooned to 36-27 after three, but Souza hit two triples as part of an 8-0 Monarch run to shave the lead to 40-34. But it was Kalei and Vaeatangitau that made clutch shot after clutch shot that led Saint Francis to victory.

“Big win, big win,” said Kalei, “I think that sixth man really helped.” Not to mention Okubo gave a fist bump to the announcer after–he was part of it too.

Saint Francis 66, Le Jardin 47 
In a game billed as the division leaders in an instant classic, the Saints dropped 10 three-pointers–four from Bryce Nishida, and three from point guard Kameron Ng and three from 2-guard Noah Kurosawa–en route to a 66-47 rout of the Bulldogs. The Saints did it out and in, with Supi Mailei pulling down 10 rebounds while Isaac Crichton added eight and Boris Vukovic pulled down seven.

It was all done in front of a raucous crowd of around 1,011–including 300 students.

With the win, the Saints moved into sole possession of first place at the halfway of the league season with a perfect 5-0 record. Mitchell Hashimoto led all scorers with 17 as the Bulldogs suffered their first ILH loss.

“We didn’t expect to [shoot this good],” Ng said. “[Coach Ron] told us though, we can’t throw these up at will.”

“Supi [was] a beast inside,” coach Ron Durant said. “Sometimes, he has to take over.” And it was that again. The Saints led by 20 on two separate occasions, only to have the Bulldogs trim it to inside 15 twice. Same went on Thursday—the Saints led by 20 against Damien and nearly blew it.

Not this time. “Coming out strong in that third quarter was huge for us; we challenged our players to come out and take better shots.”

ScoringLive’s Stacy Kaneshiro, who was present at the boys’ game, contributed to this report.

Under the Hood: Canada Comes Home

A short while back in March, I decided to bring my podcast out of retirement, with a new format:

  • Once a month
  • Audio
  • Anything goes

It was to be called: Tumalip, The Podcast. Anything went those first episodes, from the NHL and NBA drafts to Donald Trump’s outlandish and wacky comments. But during the brainstorm, I found one name that I wanted to get on but never could on old podcast: Jay Onrait. Yes, that same guy that was on FOX Sports Live that I had a huge fandom for. That same Canadian that brought his irreverent style of broadcasting from TSN with that old man named Dan O’Toole (not actually an old man, it’s a running joke). In May I decided to email him and ask him about the pod. Of course, his wife was eight months pregnant with their now eight-month old daughter, Isabel; he said to get back in October and to work something out. I was super excited, it couldn’t come fast enough.

My first exposure to this dynamic duo was in 2007, when they were featured on the American SportsCenter, and then saw them in action in 2012 when I was on my first sojourn in Whistler. I immediately was captivated by it, and I couldn’t believe their producers allowed them to do it. When I heard they were leaving and coming to United States in 2013 for the launch of FOX Sports 1, I was excited, yet disappointed. No more waiting to go to Canada, but when I went next time, I wouldn’t see them anymore. I last saw them on TSN on April 5, 2013, and then the next night on August 17, the launch night, I immediately flipped over. Charissa Thompson, Seattle native, greeted me, and then after a minute of intros, the camera came to the desk and showed them, in their Canadian glory in front of me.

The show has gained a cult following, and has averaged about 9.8 million viewers a month, compared to ESPN’s 8.3 million viewers. In fact, it’s gotten so bad, ESPN is actually promoting more and more frequently just for viewers. ESPN has also continually lost its grip on major events–the U.S. Open, BIG EAST basketball, NASCAR events, and more, just to name a few.

Fast forward two years later, they are still the same people. Same irreverent broadcasting style, same old Jay and Dan. Finally, I got the courage to email him while we were driving past the Rocky Mountains back from Banff to Calgary. It was a back and forth affair between those days, and it was perfect–his new memoir, Number Two would be out October 27th. Finally, we settled on a date of November 15th. During the period from there, I came up with questions, wondering if he would take me seriously. I was worried, though: Would he answer my questions? Would he laugh me off and then take away my creditability? However, I had no time for pretense. It was time.

I called him on time, and he got back. It didn’t seem like him at first, but I knew from his personality, it definitely was. The interview lasted about 15 minutes, and it was spectacular. Comedy, career tips, and back-and-forth conversation. It seemed like we were old friends listening to us. Not bad for a kid that was watching NFL RedZone–and missing church. I knew he had an interview later on CTV Edmonton and I didn’t want him to be late, so I segued into the exeunt. After a few more laughs, I walked out and ate my lunch. I couldn’t wait to put the pod together. After some scrapping and audio matching, I finished and was able to publish it on Tuesday. The views have since reached 15, and I’m hoping for more. That day, for sure, I knew once I hung up, I scored two things: a great podcast–and a signed copy of Number Two.

Subscribe on YouTube–Alexander Tumalip.


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