Ho’okele Staff | Jul 17, 2015
Story and photo by Randy Dela Cruz
Sports Editor, Ho‘okele
In a game that had all of the makings of an Army versus Navy clash, the Honolulu Volcanoes topped off a miraculous season by beating the Pearl City Paniolos, 19-8, to capture the 2015 Hawaii Gridiron League tackle football championship on July 12 at St. Louis High School in Honolulu.
Both teams are stocked with numerous active-duty military members with many of the players on the Paniolos, such as Ensign Nick Morahan, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Isaac Atkins, Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Jarae Thurmond and Chief Master-at-Arms James Jones, serving commands at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Meanwhile, the Volcanoes have a lineup that is stocked full of active-duty Army personnel with players such as Spc. Kirk Balter and Spc. Chris Mc-Cutchin playing big roles for the squad.
After a very disappointing loss to the Honolulu Volcanoes in the Playoffs two weeks ago, The Waikiki Stingrays bounced back on Sunday with a decisive 22-8 Victory over the Kailua Storm to claim the HGL 3rd Place Championship. Most of the Stingrays scoring came via the league’s most explosive passing attack lead by Kainoa Silva, Willie Folks and Scott Carr. Folks scored two huge TD’s including the game’s first to give the Stingrays a 6-0 lead. Rylee Urasaki put the storm on the board with a 6 yard run and Reggie Bathea added a catch for the two point conversion to give the Storm a 8-6 lead. The Stingrays turned it up after that and never looked back after Carr caught a shorter pass and out ran the Storm secondary for a 85 yard score of his own. The lone rushing TD came via an exciting 55 yard run by Leo Maiava as he shedded a tackler and out raced the Storm defenders to the endzone. Defensively Waikiki was lead by Kris Jaime who snagged two interceptions that stopped two potential Storm drives to help seal the victory. The Stingrays end their 2015 season with their best record in franchise history (5-1).
Big weekend for the Hawaii Gridiron League as we prepare for Championship Weekend kicking off Sunday July 12th at Saint Louis Schools. Game #1 is our 3rd Place Championship as the Regular Season Champions Waikiki Stingrays take on the Kailua Storm. At 5:00pm it’s the HGL Championship Game as the favorite Pearl City Paniolos look to defeat the Honolului Volcanoes. All this broadcasted LIVE on NBC Sports Radio! Join our Official MC Lil Guy Yoshimura as he gives away cools prizes and entertains the crowd. Come out and enjoy Football in the summer with the HGL!
Where ever you are in the world you can tune in to the LIVE Boadcast of the Hawaii Gridiron League Championships tomorrow Sunday July 12th 2015 9:00EST online at www.nbcsportsradiohawaii.com or listen via your phone on Audio Now bu dialing 832-999-1122. Game #1 kicksoff at 3:00pm HST as the Waikiki Stingrays take on the Kailua Storm for the 3rd Place Trophy. At 5:00pm HST its the Honolulu Volcanoes looking to claim their 2nd HGL title as they take on the Pearl City Paniolos. Come out and enjoy the amazing action and the antics of our MC Lil Guy Yoshimura. Join us as we make history for the HGL and all the under appreciated footballl leagues around the globe. Hawaii Gridiron League For The Love Of The Game!
It’s the final weekend of the Hawaii Gridiron League so come out and get your fix of football at our 2015 Championship Weekend. It’s not only the climax of our season but we’re also taking it up a notch by being honored with the opportunity to have both games this weekend broadcasted live on ESPN and NBC Sports Radio. So come out and watch the great action with our Consolation Game starting at 3:00pm and the HGL Championship Game kicking off at 5:00pm. See You There!
It’s that time of the Hawaii Gridiron League season where players raise their level of play to their highest in hopes of brining home the coveted HGL Championship Trophy to their community but first they have to survive the first round. It’s also that time where local football fans know they can find hard hitting action in a great environment as we go all out to entertain and reward our fans for supporting us throughout the season. It’s the HGL 2015 Playoffs Sunday June 28th at Saint Louis Schools with Game #1 kicking off at 3:00pm with the #2 Pearl City Paniolos taking on #3 Kailua Storm. In Game #2 at 5:00pm it’s the #1 Waikiki Stingrays looking to stay undefeated against the #4 seed Honolulu Volcanoes. Come check out the HGL Dance Team, win cool prizes and the funny anecdotes of the Official HGL MC Lil Guy Yoshimura.