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Loud and Proud: A Cheerleader’s Point of View

Watching the football game in the stands or stadium has its differences compared to watching it from a cheerleader’s perspective. The cheerleading team at Saint Francis practices twice a week for about two hours and attends games usually on a Friday or Saturday. During our practices were do several different things to get us prepared for the football games and we work hard.

Every practice we warm up with three laps around the parking lot, stretches, kicks, and jumps. We stretch our legs and arms and work on our jumps. There are about five to six different jumps we do. After warming up, we work on our cheers for defense, offense, and spirit. After about a month of practicing, we were able to get most of our cheers down with the motions and slowly started to clean them up and make them tight. Uniforms came in which meant the time was coming up to cheer at the on season football games. We got our pom poms and began to work on our cheers even more. If we did not do our cheers right, our punishment was to run.

When we arrive at the games, varsity or intermediate, we stretch, kick, and jump before the game starts. Our job is to support the team and school in a positive way and be loud and proud with our different cheers. Being a cheerleader, we have to pay attention to the game and focus on whether our side is on defense or offense and call a cheer for the certain play. There are multiple cheers therefore, we are not repeating ourselves too much. It is very hot and sunny during some of the games, but we try our best to push through the sweat and heat.  However, after the game, and Saint Francis takes the win, all our cheerleading and supporting feels worth it.


A Good Rivalry

Rivalry is “the competition or superiority in the same field.”  Everywhere we go, for the rest of our lives we will be faced with competition. In the past if I had to say we had a rival playing volleyball, I’d say HBA. They are a skilled volleyball team and always a challenge. For the past two seasons that I’ve been playing JV, our games with them were always close. They’ve beat us in the past, but we’ve also comeback and beat them as well. This past game that we’ve had with them this season, it was especially close. They had just beat us in the first set and we took the second. So we were forced to play for the third to decide the winner of the game. I especially remember this game because we were up and up with them for literally the entire game–they would get a point and then we would get a point. It was the most stressful game of my life there was so much pressure. We ended up going to 26-24 and we took the game. I was so happy that it was all over and that we took the win. We play them again two weeks from now and I know they’ll be dying to beat us. It’s happened before. I remember freshman year that we had a super close game and beat them on their home court and then they ended up beating us the second time around on our home court. I think we’ll be okay though because we won that game with two of our setters sit out because they were injured and we had Shandy, who is a freshman, set for the entire game by herself. I’d say we won that game because we kept the energy up and set our mind to the goal that we really wanted to win. I believe that if you want something bad enough and you work for it how badly you want it, you can achieve it.

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.