SPRING-ing into football season: Castle Knights

Jeremy McGoldrick returns this fall as a two-way starter for Castle. Cindy Ellen Russell / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Jeremy McGoldrick returns this fall as a two-way starter for Castle. Cindy Ellen Russell / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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>> 2015 record and finish: 3-6 (3-4 OIA Red); lost 41-0 to Kapolei in first round of OIA D-I playoffs
>> Number of returning starters: 8 (3 offense; 5 defense)
>> Number of returning seniors: 17
>> Number of starters lost to graduation: 6
>> Number of seniors lost to graduation: 15
>> Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selections lost to graduation: None
>> Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selections returning: Jeremy McGoldrick (second-team REC)
>> OIA Red All-Stars lost to graduation: Willie Ewaliko (first-team QB), Kainalu Moya (second-team WR), Rylan Tangonan (second-team DL),
>> OIA Red All-Stars returning: Jeremy McGoldrick (first-team REC, second-team DB), Maui Gaison (second-team LB), Paki Tyqguiengco (second-team DB)
>> Among 2016 key offensive returnees: Jeremy McGoldrick (WR, Sr.), Chaz McCabe (OL, Sr.), Bronson Barba (OL, Sr.)
>> Among 2016 key defensive returnees: Jeremy McGoldrick (FS, Sr.), Paki Tyquiengco (SS, Sr.), Maui Gaison (LB, Sr.), Isley Busch-Matuu (DL, Sr.), Ezekiel Rombawa (LB, Jr.)
>> Knights with Division I FBS college offers: None
>> All-time state championships: None
>> All-time Prep Bowl (1973-1998) championships: None
>> All-time OIA championships: 1 (2002, D-I)
>> 2016 conference: OIA Red (D-I)

Head coach NELSON MAEDA on the Knights’ outlook for 2016:

“We’ve been for the past several seasons a D-II ability level team trying to compete at the D-I level. Though we have at this point of our training more numbers (players) then the 29 that made up the varsity team from last season, we are very inexperienced in many positions. How well and how fast they acclimate themselves as the season progresses is crucial to our success. A major priority is to fill last season’s all-conference selection Willie Ewaliko’s QB position. In our efforts to move in a different direction with our personnel, we have many holes to fill to be competitive. A major plus is All-State second-team wide receiver Jeremy McGoldrick returns to expand our offensive capabilities and also on defense as a defensive back, where he was an all-conference selection as well. We again looks to be having players play both ways on offense and defense. The keys to be competitive remain the same: discipline, conditioning, mental toughness and team building.

“Four returning seniors on defense will play a pivotal role in how successful we are on that side of the ball. They bring D-I experience, game savvy, and leadership and make up the core and heart of our D.

“Though we have some size in the trenches this season, overall we are again small in size compared to our D-I counterparts. Discipline, execution and bringing along the QB as the season progresses is vital to our success. Some two-way performers will again play a key role.”

2016 Castle football schedule
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>> July 29: Waipahu (scrimmage only)
>> Aug. 5: Kalaheo
>> Aug. 12: Radford
>> Aug. 20: at Mililani
>> Aug. 26: Kapolei
>> Sept. 2: Bye
>> Sept. 10: Farrington
>> Sept. 16: at Leilehua
>> Sept. 23: Nanakuli
>> Oct. 1: at Kailua

2016 Castle varsity football staff
>> Head coach: Nelson Maeda (20th season, 87-98)
>> Offensive coordinator: Palani Nunes
>> Receivers: Howard Peralta
>> Running backs: Len Segovia
>> Offensive line: Keith Ah Yuen
>> Defensive coordinator: Palaina Hana
>> Defensive coordinator: Sean Heely
>> Linebackers: Scott Voeller
>> Defensive line: Rockne Manupau
>> Defensive line: Francis Gora


  1. Mahatma Gandhi June 4, 2016 2:04 am

    Scott Voeller – fireman. former Damien and UH football player.
    Keith Ah Yuen, former Kamehameha great in their decade of dominance in the 1970s and UH football player.
    Why does Castle get such a low tournout? They have one of the largest enrollments in the state.

  2. bumbuchas June 5, 2016 12:55 am


  3. bumbuchas June 5, 2016 1:14 am

    Correction Ghandi, Scott Voeller NOT a fireman, though I am not at liberty to say what he does as thats his prerogative to make that public. yes, All Star LB at Damien and standout at UH, selected to play in the Hula Bowl which was a big deal back then. Keith Ah Yuen’ All WAC in early 80’s at UH, standout OG. hahaha, I bet Castle wish they had one of the biggest enrollments, they only like 1100 students. know a little bit of inside knowledge of their FB program. They are all about; Commitment, Mental Toughness, Team. If one has that youth league mentality and just try show up the 1st day of practice and expect to make the team, ahhh, I no think so! Their off-season program is very structured and organized compared to some of the other programs. I know, as I visit different schools watch some practices. To give you an example on how Castle see themselves, their war cry last season was: “the 300” based on the movie of the same name. They see themselves as training year round to be the best they can be. Many of the prospective Wanna Be’s who sit on the fence trying to decide to commit or not, cannot handle Castle’s training or worse yet; they Scared of the D1 competition, “Panties”.

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