Vartic and Nichols now with Saint Louis

As is the case in recent years, large numbers of football players have transferred from one Hawaii high school to another this summer, and we are just scratching the surface of finding out who is where now.

Hawaii Prep World learned within the last week that two top players from the Neighbor Islands — Luca Vartic and Tristan Nichols — are now playing for Saint Louis.

Vartic, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound defensive back, played for Konawaena last season and he has FBS Division I scholarship offers from Hawaii, UNLV and Washington State.

Nichols is a 6-5, 245-pound tight end and defensive end who played for Maui a year ago.

The Crusaders scrimmage against Kapolei at 5:30 Thursday and follow up with a scrimmage against Kailua at 10 a.m. on the Saint Louis campus on Saturday.


  1. st. anthony trojan July 30, 2015 1:45 pm

    As a graduate from a catholic high school…it is heart warming to see these 2 going to St. Louis..

    Just wonder how this will all play out in a few more years…as the high profile schools…on oahu..start to get more n more athletes from neighbor islands…???

  2. CriticalReader July 30, 2015 2:27 pm

    Also from Oahu DOE schools. Now the kids have to sit out a year no matter if they transfer to a public or private school. If they blossom, or come out from under the radar their Freshman years in a DOE School, might as well just go to a private school if there’s a scholie available.

    DOE kinda shot themselves in the foot on that one.

  3. st. anthony trojan July 30, 2015 3:25 pm

    Yea it kinda screws a legitimate family move. or transfer same company… because if the boy/girl is into sports they will suffer…seems unfair to punish the student cuz parents move…not seem right…

  4. Hilorain July 30, 2015 7:35 pm

    Nice to see recruiting starting at younger ages. Or the neighbor islands are serving as JV programs for ILH & OIA.

  5. kapoleistorm July 30, 2015 10:35 pm

    Too much recruiting by St. Louis and other Head Coaches that only think about winning. DOE does not help themselves by creating terrible academic and athletic environments for the public schools. Public school parents want to send their kids to private schools, its been happening for years and as far as football is concerned Cal Lee and St. Louis are the poster child for recruiting the best talent.

  6. Ldub Twenty July 31, 2015 1:18 am

    This is getting out of hand. Are there Iolani grads on this St. Louis staff? That can only explain their recruiting!

  7. Ldub Twenty July 31, 2015 1:22 am

    Somebody should place a limit on the # of kids that can transfer to certain schools, mainly STL!

  8. 88 July 31, 2015 4:30 pm

    While your at it let’s also place limits on what classes they take and how much they can learn in one day. Let’s also tell them what to wear and eat and make the important choices for them. Let’s control everything they do and steer them towards a career that we see fit rather than a career of their choice.

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