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2015 SPORTS PERSONS OF THE MONTH

The Honolulu Quarterback Club recognizes these Athletes for their outstanding athletic acheivements. Each month the board will vote for the preceding month's female and male athletes.


2015 Male Female
December Dave Shoji (Volleyball Coach) Carissa Moore (Surfing)
November Kesi Ah-Hoy (Football) Baily Choi (Volleyball)
October Taulia Tagovailoa (Football) Eimi Koga (Golf)
September Al Minn (Swimming Coach) Jordan Jones (Cross Country)
August Tyler Ota (Golf) Molina sisters (Volleyball/Basketball)
July Cliff Shin (Senior Games Basketball) Joan Davis (Sr Games Track & Field)
June Kamuela Bordon (Multi-Sport) Alex Porlier Langlois (Track & Field)
May Victor Wales (Swimming Coach) Maureen Cole (Water Polo Coach)
April Tyler Brashears (Baseball) Kaiser High Girls Track & Field Team
March ʻAukai Lileikis (Swimming) Lahainaluna Girls Wrestling
February Kaleb Gilmore (Basketball) Maia Amano (Gymnastics)
January Casey Nakama (Golf) Millburn Ho (Golf)

DECEMBER

DECEMBER 2015

Dave Shoji

MALE

Male − Dave Shoji − University of Hawaiʻi Coach − Wahine Volleyball − was named Coach of the Year in the Big West for the fifth time − it's his 13th honor in 41 seasons at Manoa with seven coming during Western Athletic Conference competition and one in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference; the PCAA was renamed the Big West in 1988.

DECEMBER 2015

Carissa Moore

FEMALE

Female − Carissa Moore − Professional Surfer − rides to her Third Surfing World title − closed the Final with a perfect 10-point ride for a total of 19.50 points at the Target Maui Pro and won the 2015 WSL World Title.

NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 2015

Kesi Ah-Hoy

MALE

Male − Kesi Ah-Hoy − Kahuku High, Junior − Football, Quarterback − Kahuku defeats Saint Louis 39-14 to capture the D-1 State football championship – Kesi rushed for 103 yards on 30 carries and scored four Touchdowns − Kahuku completed a 13-0 season, winning its eighth State championship since the first Tournament was held in 1999.

NOVEMBER 2015

Bailey Choy

FEMALE

Female − Bailey Choy − ʻIolani, Senior − Volleyball, Setter − she is the Girls All-State Volleyball Player of the Year − Iolani volleyball experiences a revival, winning the ILH for the first time since 2007 and finishing Second in the State.

OCTOBER

OCTOBER 2015

Taulia Tagovailoa

MALE

Male − Taulia Tagovailoa − Kapolei High, Senior − Football, Quarterback − passed for a school-record 534 Yards with six touchdowns in three Quarters as No. 7 Kapolei pulled away for a 41-0 win over Castle.

OCTOBER 2015

Eimi Koga

FEMALE

Female − Eimi Koga − University of Hawaiʻi − Golf − named the Big West Conference Women's Golfer of the Month (September) after taking medalist honors and leading the University of Hawaiʻi to the Team title at the Hobble Creek Fall Classic − was UH's top scorer for the second time this season and the Wahine placed 13th in the Team standings.

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 2015

Al Minn

MALE

Male − Al Minn − Swimming Coach − before the start of the 44th Al Minn Invitational swim meet, the Kailua District Park was renamed in honor of Aulea Swim Club founder Albert Minn.

SEPTEMBER 2015

Jordan Jones

FEMALE

Female − Jordan Jones − St. Andrews Priory, Sophomore − Cross Country − won the Girls 3‑mile race in 18:22.50, moved into the lead a mile into the race and kept the lead between herself and Mililani runners (Lauren Gibbs & Vanessa Roybal). When a friend asked her to organize this year's Children and Youth Day Fun Run, she eagerly agreed and it allowed her to apply her passion for running to a Community Service project for the School.

AUGUST

AUGUST 2015

Tyler Ota

MALE

Male − Tyler Ota − Golf − Oahu Country Club Invitational Winner − wins 4-way Playoff to capture Oahu Country Club Men's Invitational − entered the Final round in 12th place and eight shots out of the lead − vaulted to the top of the leaderboard with a bogey-free 6-under-par and was joined by three others at 2-under for the Tournament − drained 15-foot birdie putts on the second and third playoff holes to win at OCC for the second time this summer.

AUGUST 2015

Molina sisters

FEMALE


Female − "C." Molina (sisters) − Konawaena High Sophomore, Junior & Senior − Volleyball & Basketball −
sisters Celina, Cherilyn & Chanelle were part of Konawaena's rise to the Division I State title last year and were at the Ann Kang Invitational and won two straight D-II State crowns.

JULY

JULY 2015

Cliff Shin

MALE

Male − Cliff Shin − 2015 National Senior Games/Basketball − the last time Cliff participated in the Senior Games was in 2009. That year, his Basketball team ended with 0 Wins against 6 Losses. This year (2015), his Team ended in 3rd Place, quite an accomplishment, and brought a Bronze medal back home to Hawaiʻi.

JULY 2015

Joan Davis

FEMALE

Female − Joan Davis − Track & Field − Secretary - Honolulu Quarterback Club − 2015 National Senior Games/Women's Track & Field in 2001, Joan qualified for her first National Senior Games and since has qualified for 7 additional Games. She has placed 3 times high enough in the Standings to be awarded Ribbons in the "Hammer Throws." This year (2015), Joan entered the Games with only the intent to have fun but she ended up in 8th Place in the Hammer throw, 14th Place in the Javelin, 16th Place in the Discus throw and 17th Place in the Shot Put. All decisive victories in her appearance at the Senior Games in Minneapolis, since she competed against 25 other women in the 75-79 age division who came to the Games from all over the world, and this is quite accomplishment for this young lady.

JUNE

JUNE 2015

Kamuela Borden

MALE

Male − Kamuela Borden − Iolani School/Senior, Football/Basketball/Track & Field − a three year cornerstone on the Iolani offensive line, he helped clear the way for the Raiders to three ILH Division II Football championships and two State titles − provided a rugged post presence for the Basketball team in two runs to the Division I State final and capturing that title in his Junior year − swept the Throws with decisive victories in his final appearance at the Island Movers/HHSAA Track & Field event on Maui − won his second Shot put Gold with a throw of 57' 3¼" and his throw in the Discus of 160' 9" was more than 7 feet clear of his closest competitor and the farthest in the State Meet since 2009.

JUNE 2015

Alex Porlier Langlois

FEMALE

Female − Alex Porlier Langlois − University of Hawaiʻi Women's Track & Field − qualified for the National championship, the Big West Shot put champion and Runner-up in Discus, after placing Ninth at the NCAA West preliminary meeting in June at Texas − is Hawaii's Big West Scholar Athlete of the Year − is the first Rainbow Wahine to make the National meeting since Triple Jumper Amanda Alvarez − set the Indoor school record in the Shot put of 16.03 Meters (52' 7¾") at the MPSF Championships.

MAY

MAY 2015

Victor Wales

MALE

Male − Victor Wales − UH Swimming & Diving, Head Coach − voted Women's Swimming Coach of the Year at the MPSF Swimming & Diving Championships. Coach Wales coached the Wahine to a successful 2014-15 season. Hawaiʻi women accumulated a four-day total of 747 points, comfortably ahead of second-place UC Davis' 632, at the 2015 MPSF Championship Meet at East LA College. It is the first-ever MPSF Women's Swim & Dive title for UH. The Hawaii Women swept the MPSF Championship Meet Awards, including Swimmer of the Meet, Jasmine Alkhaldi, and Freshmen of the Meet, Kira Webster. This is Wales' second MPSF Coaching award, also earning coach of the year honors on the Men's side last year and in the WAC after his first season in 2006.

MAY 2015

Maureen Cole

FEMALE

Female − Maureen "Mo" Cole − Coach, University of Hawaiʻi Women's Water Polo − named Big West Conference Coach of the Year honors after leading the Rainbow Wahine to the Conference championship.

APRIL

APRIL 2015

Tyler Brashears

MALE

Male − Tyler Brashears − University of Hawaiʻi Junior − Baseball − named Big West Pitcher of the Week − for two consecutive weeks. Shut down the top hitting team in the Conference, working 7 2/3 innings, while surrendering just three hits and one walk, in Hawaiʻi's 1-0 win over No. 9 UC Santa Barbara. He garnered his second consecutive Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week award after shutting down the Long Beach State offense in a 1-0 victory.

APRIL 2015

Kaiser High Girls Track & Field

FEMALE

Female − Kaiser High School Girl's Track & Field Team − grabs 4 wins and sets new records - broke the 4 × 400 relay record at the Punahou Relays and improving their time from the Honolulu Marathon Invitational - enjoyed two other wins at the ILH meet with Celine Lum winning Pole Vault and Teuila Gardner taking the High Jump.

MARCH

MARCH 2015

ʻAukai Leilikis

MALE

Male − ʻAukai Lileikis − Punahou/Junior, Swimming − at the Hawaiian Swimming Age Group Championships in December 2014, ʻAukai broke the Hawaiian Open records in the 200 Individual Medley as well as the 100 and 200 Yard Freestyle (interestingly, held for 29 Years by his uncle Joe Lileikis) on his way to winning a total of six events and the high point award - at the ILH Swimming Championships in February 2015, he broke the ILH record in the 200 Individual Medley - in March 2015 at the High School Swimming Championships, he won the 200 and 500 Freestyles setting the Hawaiian Open and High School records as a Junior. He also helped the Punahou Boys win the 200 Freestyle Relay en route to winning the Boys overall State Championships. At the end National Short Course season, according to CollegeSwimming.com, ʻAukai is the Fourth top recruit in the Nation for the Class of 2016.

MARCH

Lahainaluna Girls Wrestling

FEMALE

Female − Lahainaluna Girls Wrestling team − the State Champion Girls team was tied for first with Kamehameha and the Lunas had never won a Wrestling State team title - Carly Jaramillo (145) and Laleilei Mataafa (225) succeeded in their bids for a third individual State title.

FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY 2015

Kaleb Gilmore

MALE
Photo credit: Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star'Bulletin

Male − Kaleb Gilmore − Kalaheo/Senior, Basketball, Guard − was productive and clutch as the Mustangs won four games in four nights to win the Division I State Championship - had 22 points, five Assists and six steals against Maui; 25 points, four Boards against top-seeded Punahou; four points, eight Assists, four steals against Kahuku; 30 points against 'Iolani in the Final - his free-throw shooting was especially crucial, shot 91% from the Foul line (40-for-44) including 16-for-17 against Punahou and 18-for-20 against 'Iolani.

FEBRUARY

Maia Amano

FEMALE

Female − Maia Amano − St. Andrew's Priory gymnastics − 11 years old − won the level 10 gymnastics championships at the Houston National Invitational in the 10-12 age group − won 1st place in the double-mini trampoline.

JANUARY 2015

JANUARY

Casey Nakama

MALE

Male − Casey Nakama − Golf − Casey Nakama Golf Development Center − will be inducted into the Hawaiʻi Golf Hall of Fame - has won a dozen Hawaii golf championships and taught countless others - will be the 70th member of Hawaiʻi Golf Hall of Fame - it took 40 Years to be honored since he was a High School athlete who wasn't interested in Golf, he was a Basketball player and a State Long Jump champion - is known as Michelle Wie's first Golf instructor when Michelle was 10 Years old.

JANUARY

Millburn Ho

FEMALE

Female − Millburn Ho − Golf (13 Years old) − will be honored as a Hawaiʻi State Junior Golf Association Player of the Year for the 6th time - Casey Nakama who will be inducted into the Hawaiʻi Golf Hall of Fame was her Instructor.

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