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The Honolulu Quarterback Club recognizes these Prep Athletes for their outstanding atheletic acheivements..

2009 Prep Athlete-of-the-Year

Sarah Palmer

Female - Sarah Palmer - Hawai’i Baptist Academy - volleyball - was selected Gatorade Hawai'i High School Player of the Year – and the Star-Bulletin All-State volleyball 2000-2009 player of the year for the second straight year. Sarah helped capture the 3rd consecutive Division II state title for Hawai'i Baptist – named state tournament MVP for the third straight year. She was the November female sports-person-of-the-month. Sarah earned a 3.48 grade point average.




Male - Jarrett Arakawa - Iolani - football, basketball, and baseball - was a starter on the basketball team, and is an ace pitcher and hitter on their baseball team - all while maintaining recognition on the Iolani Headmaster's List for academic achievement.  As the "Raiders' starting quarterback, Jarrett completed 24 passes for nearly 3,000 yards and 33 touchdowns and led the team to their 3rd straight State Division II Championship.  He was elected a team captain, and was recognized both on and off the field as the team's leader, earning all conference and all-state honors in the process.  He was named captain of the basketball team, and helped lead the "Raiders to the state title.  But perhaps his favorite sport is baseball - he currently is batting over .55 while playing first base and pitching.  He plans to accept a baseball scholarship to the University of Hawaii in the fall.  While not playing sports, Jarrett maintains a high honor-roll GPA.  UH has recognized his academic achievement by awarding Jarrett with a Centennial Scholarship.

2009 Jarrett Arakawa, Iolani football, basketball & baseball Sarah Palmer, Hawaii Baptist Academy volleyball
2008 Manti Te'o, Punahou school football Sarah Palmer, Hawaii Baptist Academy volleyball
2007 Andrew Manley, Leilehua High school, football Leinani Keanini, 'Iolani volleyball

2008 Prep Athlete-of-the-Year

Sarah Palmer

Female - Sarah Palmer HBA Volleyball - the 5-11 junior outside hitter led the HBA Eagles to their second consecutive state Division II volleyball title. For the season, she recorded 217 kills and 119 digs, including 34 kills and 17 digs in the title clinching match with Word of Life Academy. She was named tournament MVP, and also earned all-conference and all-State honors, including recognition as the state Player-of-the-Year by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. She also was named Gatorade girls volleyball state Player-of-the-Year, and was selected to the 15 National all-Tournament Team at the 2008 USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championships.



Male - Manti Te'o - Punahou Football - unanimous state defensive player-of-the-year, inaugural winner of the Dick Butkus award for outstanding high school linebacker in the nation; led Punahou to state football championship; also helped Punahou to ILH and state basketball titles. His on-field and off-field exploits made him one of the most recruited prep athletes in Hawaii history, landing on a number of Top 10 recruiting lists before the start of the 2008 season. Because of his outstanding demeanor and honor-roll academic status, he received numerous offers from top-level college football programs. During the season, he amassed 129 tackles, including 11 sacs and 19 quarterback hurries, which also earned him repeat honors as the state Gatorade Player-of-the-Year.


2007 Prep Athlete-of-the-Year


Female - Leinani Keanini - Iolani Volleyballoutside hitter, co-captain - led Raiders to second-place finish in state Division I championships; started year with a commitment to lead the team to a memorable year, and was primary reason team was undefeated in regular season play with a 16-0 record. Led the team in kills, and was among the top 2 or 3 in other categories. Described by one commentator as “Lightning in a Bottle.” After upsetting Kamehameha (ranked third nationally at the time), Keanini was recognized as the KHON athlete of the week. She also was named first team all-state and all-conference (ILH), and was runner-up as ILH player-of-the-year. Named to the state HHSAA all-tournament team, nominee for national all-American Gatorade Player-of-the-Year (2nd finisher).



Male - Andrew Manley - Leilehua Football quarterback - the 15-year-old sophomore quarterback, called up from the Junior Varsity during the OIA playoffs after injuries sidelines two varsity quarterbacks, guided the Mules to their first Division I state championship. Passed for 181 yards and two touchdowns as Leilehua came from behind to stun undefeated St. Louis, 20-16.




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