Trinity Athletics 2017-18
Varsity Boys and Girls Volleyball
"I love losing to Trinity,” are the words that the Ko‘olau Baptist coach said to me after the Trinity girls beat the ladies of KBA in two straight sets Saturday evening. This was a very kind and strong compliment she was paying to the character of the TCS girls' volleyball team. Although the TCS girls are a stronger team, they won with humility and managed to give love and encouragement towards the other team. As a coach, I love hearing this kind of feedback because this is the kind of athlete we are working so hard to develop. If you can learn to work extremely hard together for months and glorify God by playing your best in a game and still show love towards God, your teammates, and opponents in the heat of competition and in victory or defeat, then we as coaches have done our job. Great job ladies! You are bringing light to the world through sports, I applaud you for being a positive role model for young women. The girls remain seeded number 2 behind their longtime rivals, Calvary as we head towards the semifinals of the championship tournament on Saturday, October 21.
The undefeated boys team, seeded number 1, are a spectacular sight to see. If you enjoy the thrill of pounding spikes, bullet serves, crushing blocks and even an occasional dance, then you need to come cheer these boys on. Don’t get me wrong, they too are fine examples of young, male, Christian athletes, but they are just so fun to watch. Just ask some of their favorite fans, Dr. Halcomb and Mr. Brians. So inspired, these two colleagues couldn’t help but yell supportive battle cries in Latin to cheer on our courageous and skilled young men. You never know what you may see or hear at a classical Christian school athletic event!
Please join us October 21st and 28th for the volleyball tournament of champions at the Calvary Chapel gym in Aiea. Times are TBA. Go Lions!
Written by Coach Kathy Katoa, photos by Lisa Lim
TCS 4-6 Lions Basketball Team
Learning anything new is always a journey and if it’s a game, it’s through both wins and losses. Our game with Waolani Judd, last Friday, was another learning experience in how to travel, focus, deal with a skilled big-man in the middle, and trust your teammates. It took us a few quarters to realize we could play our game and succeed but once we did, we were able to quickly narrow the gap. Unfortunately, we ran out of time and lost by about ten points. If you only judge the quality of a game by wins or losses, you miss out on seeing the huge steps each Lion player is making as an individual and as a teammate. These Lions are a joy to coach and watch them develop their game.
Written by Coach Rich Whipple, photo by Jamie Sagami
Mighty Lions 4-6 Boys Basketball Team
Another busy week of basketball. Our two games at St. Anthony and Hawaii Baptist Academy (HBA) were at both ends of the spectrum but each was a fantastic game for different reasons.
Going into the St. Anthony game, we were coursing along and feeling pretty confident. St. Anthony is a good team but so are the Lions and instead of playing our game we played tentatively and the score showed it. We lost. However, it was a great game to learn from and help teach that it takes teamwork and focus to be successful.
As the HBA game arrived the Lions came out ready to play with the intensity we’ve come to expect and HBA answered back with just as much fire. We lead most of the way until the final minute, but the little Lions didn’t panic. With the game tied and less than a minute to play we stole the ball and went ahead on a driving layup. Tough defense was played by all and we walked away with a 32-30 victory. And what a fun game it was.
Our schedule is down to two road games; Waolani Judd Nazarene at Kalakaua District Park on 9/26 (3:45) and Le Jardin Academy on Oct.3rd (4:00). Watching our TCS basketball team grow and come together is truly a joy to behold. If you can work it into your schedules come on out! Our last game against LJA has even more excitement because it’s the “Pride of the Windward Side” game with a perpetual trophy at stake. Come help fill their gym with our overwhelming Lions spirit and wear your Trinity blue to show the little Lions your support.
Written by Coach Rich Whipple
Lions Boys and Girls HS Volleyball
Winner, winner, chicken katsu dinner! Well sports fans, it was another sweep for TCS Lions volleyball. This weekend the Lions played Friendship Academy and Kaimuki Christian, Friday and Saturday night respectively at the Calvary Chapel gym. The Lion fans, dedicated as always, wearing their Trinity blue and full of enthusiasm cheered their teams on as both Lions teams swept the competition in two straight sets on both nights. If you haven’t come to a game yet, you are missing out. The talent is deep on both teams. Both the boys and the girls are bumping, setting and spiking their way to the Championships! Come join us for the last regular season games this Friday and Saturday. Friday night will be a special treat as the girls take on their 4 year in a row rivals, the Calvary Chapel Pueo. The game begins at 6pm with the boys to follow. Saturday, the action continues at Kaneohe District Park, as the girls play at 5:30 and boys at 6:30 versus Ko’olau Baptist. GO LIONS!
Written by Coach Kathy Katoa
The Cross Country team ran at the Iolani Invitational at Kualoa Ranch on Saturday, September 9. It was a beautiful day, though quite warm, to be running between the mountains and the ocean. 23 runners competed in either a 2-mile or 3-mile race. Brandon Pluas (12:12, 13th place) and Noah Anderson (12:56) led the intermediate boys to a 12th place team finish. Mikah Hoyman is our only intermediate girl runner. She represented Trinity well by staying strong up the hill and passing many runners in the second half of the race. The high school boys ran very well and stayed together in packs. Not only is that a help to each other, but Greg Tiburcio also encouraged another runner to stick with him for as long as he could. It’s great to see our young runners showing kindness and already grasping what the running culture is all about. Our high school girls team is 10 strong and they all ran hard. For seven out of the ten, it was their first 3-mile race! It is exciting as a coach to see all the runners increasing their endurance!