Trinity Athletics 2017-18
In Retrospect: The 2018 Basketball Season
Written by Coach Rich
The 2018 basketball season at Trinity Christian School was the best in the school’s history. Our ladies finished second and the men finished in third. As their coach I can’t put into words how happy I am for each of them. Last season’s girls struggled to win a game but this year their hard work paid off and they found themselves ready to compete with Calvary for the championship. The men, having finished third last year, had their sights set higher this season and were in the position to also get to the championship game but the semifinals against Friendship, a team we’d beaten twice already in the season, didn’t work out like we hoped and we lost a close battle. So we played in the consolation game against Ko’olau Baptist for third. At times there can be a real let-down after a loss like we’d just experienced but the Lions brought their new aggressive trademark style to the game and won going away. Both teams played excellent team basketball and will bring those talents and focus back to 2019.
Although you strive to win the championships in sports, our real objective is to glorify God and represent him through our actions. I sincerely believe the Trinity Lions did a fantastic job of that this season, as they always do. We all grew through this wonderful journey and look forward to next year.
Written by Coach Rich
When our Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball teams started their season workouts back in November we discussed the journey and the hard work required to achieve their goals. One of our goals along that journey was coming together as a team and playing as a unit. As we head into the last game of the season (Calvary @ 7:30 pm at Calvary) before playoffs, it’s obvious their hard work is paying off. Each team is currently sitting in 2nd place, with first place on the line for the Boys. Sports are played to glorify God and have fun and if our games against Kaimuki were any indication, the Lions had a great time last Saturday. The Ladies were coming off an overnight team bonding event (I’m sure all they talked about was basketball!) and played with such intensity and focus it was obvious their common goal and joy was evident. The men were playing their second game of the weekend so I was uncertain what to expect, tired legs, lack of focus. Needless to say I was nervous. Well it was none of those. They played with such drive and desire that all TCS Lions would be proud. If at all possible come join us at Calvary this Friday (2/16) and cheer for your Lions. Ladies start about 7:30 pm with the men to follow. And stay tuned for the upcoming two game playoff schedule, it comes out next week. Go Lions!
Secondary School Basketball Update
Written by Coach Rich
Since the TCS 2016-2017 basketball season ended, several Lions have been working hard to improve their skills and prepare for the 2017-2018 season. Joyously, on Jan. 5th & 6th our season began with games against Friendship Academy and Ko’olau Baptist. It’s exciting to share that after hard fought battles both the Boys team and Girls won their games. Frequently, success is based on wins and losses but in reality there are many more aspects to it than just the final score. As the Coach, that’s watched them work very hard to get here, I was very pleased to see the way they competed both individually and as a team. In a regular season of just 10 (Girls) and 12 (Boys) games, each game is important but some seem to carry a bit more emotion than others and our games this weekend against Calvary Christian (CCCS) and Kaimuki Christian (KCS) were just that type. Two games will be played at Calvary Christian School in Aiea this weekend vs Calvary Christian School on Friday at 7:30 PM (Girls first, Boys to follow) and on Saturday morning at 11:00 AM against Kaimuki Christian School. It’s always nice to have supporters in the stands so if your schedule allows and you want to see some exciting basketball, come join us at Calvary this weekend. All future games are shown in the TCS calendar so you can plan accordingly. GO LIONS!
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