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Kahuku players, families react to court ruling

Evan Moe Evan Moe
Reggie Torres Reggie Torres
Tevita Tonga Tevita Tonga
Joe Napeahi Joe Napeahi
Halona Wily Halona Wily

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Despite the decision not going their way, there were no huge outbursts from any of the players or parents.

But just a few minutes later, the emotions came pouring out. Shocked and stunned, Kahuku players and their parents keep their composure in the courtroom. But it's a much different story outside.

"We did our part and we fought until the end, we didn't give up and just proud of our whole community and football team, we stuck together, just disappointed, but it is what it is," Kahuku quarterback Evan Moe said.

Head coach Reggie Torres, their leader on the field, took the lead again at court.

"To this point you guys been strong, classy, prideful, the toughest thing is to stay that way, we want to stay that way, you guys didn't come this far not to," Torres said to his team.

Just like at football games, the Red Raider head man also led the team in a prayer, as they huddled in the hallway.

"It's a lesson learned, we're going to move forward, we're going to go back to make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else, my heart goes out to these boys, they've done nothing wrong, they've done everything asked of them," Torres said.

For some seniors, it's an opportunity lost. No more games to showcase their talents to scouts for possible college scholarship offers.

"Life is hard, if you go down, pick yourself up," Kahuku senior Tevita Tonga said.

Undefeated on the field, Kahuku suffered its first loss of the season in court, a big blow felt throughout Oahu's North Shore.

"When this kind of outcome happens and doesn't go our way and when there's no faults of our youths, our student athletes, where we go from here, I'm not sure," Kahuku parent Joe Napeahi said.

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