As a Christmas Eve present to our readers, here is a look at the high school greats in 1984.
Leilehua was the big winner of the prep football all-star teams with receiver Phillip Ke-a and defensive tackle Junior Tyrell sweeping the top awards from both newspapers.
The difference was in coach of the year voting with the Advertiser selecting future University of Hawaii athletics director Hugh Yoshida while the Star-Bulletin went with Cal Lee after Lee’s Saints repeated as Prep Bowl champs.
In games against Waianae, Kahuku and Saint Louis toward the end of the year, Tyrell combined for 25 tackles and three sacks as an interior defensive lineman after switching positions from linebacker at the beginning of the season.
Lee told the Star-Bulletin that the defensive linemen to make the first team — Tyrell, Eric Morgado (Saint Louis), Nick Maafala (McKinley) and Chad Kurashige (Damien) — were probably good enough to go up against the University of Hawaii right then and there.
Saint Louis linebacker Dan Kinilau and defensive back Steve Segi were also unanimous choices.
Punahou’s Shawn Akina was named quarterback on the first team by the Star-Bulletin and Albert Hoapili of Castle was the Advertiser’s QB choice.
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