1956 prep football all-star teams

Ticky Vasconcellos and Roosevelt ruled the ILH in the late 1950s.

As the 2017 Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s football All-State team release draws near, periodically we are going to ask a spreadsheet to generate a random number between 1947 and 2016.

Whichever year pops up, we will post that season’s all-star pages here.

This time we turn our attention to 1956, when Roosevelt ruled the ILH for the second straight season behind coach Edmund “Ticky” Vasconcellos and was rewarded with five players on the Honolulu Advertiser’s first team after an undefeated campaign.

Quarterback Mark Holbrook was joined in the backfield by halfbacks Mike Kelly and Milton Kam to befuddle opposing defenses. All three of them were named first-team ILH by both newspapers.

Kahuku won the ROIA with monsters like Robert Auelua, Wayne Hubble, Faliva Fely and Gerald Welch in the trenches, allowing quarterback Ronald Akiyama and running back James Tollefson to run free.

Tollefson and Waipahu’s Jerry Yokono were the only players to be unanimous selections by the Star-Bulletin.

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  1. Red Raider Alumni December 13, 2017 2:00 pm

    Great to see some of the RED Raider OG’s from back in the day..Unke Bebe ” Robert Auelua”. was one of the great players who helped build the Kahuku football program…Many players would acknowledge what a Big impact he had on the kids in the community…We Thank You…Go Hard or Go Home….Go Big Red….

  2. Mahatma Gandhi December 13, 2017 4:28 pm

    yes, Roosevelt did rule the ILH in the late 1970s. Nowadays, they nothing because all the ILH schools are recruiting their best athletes.

  3. abe villanueva December 13, 2017 9:31 pm

    the above article mention that roosevelt won back to back OIA titles? or, is it suppose to be ILH titles?

  4. Billy Hull December 13, 2017 9:33 pm

    You are correct, sir. Thanks for the heads up.

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