HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - By Jenessa Gladstone
Throughout the past three years, the Hilo Vikings have experienced both the joy of victory and the sting of defeat.
In 2011, the team did not win a single game all season.
However, under Head Coach Dave Baldwin, the boys of the Big Island have been able to put together two consecutive winning campaigns.
Most recently, the Vikings wrapped the 2013 season with an undefeated run in league play.
Despite the new found success, Baldwin's continuous goal is to keep his players from becoming complacent. Not only does he want the team to repeat their conference championship, but the head coach also wants to focus on advancing in the state tournament.
"You know I try to tell them, I want to see that effort of needing to improve and increase," Baldwin said. "I tell them 'Hey guys, this is that slippery slope that teams slide back down into that 0-11.' It is much more difficult to maintain a championship program than it is to build one."
Even with a young roster, he believes Hilo has the necessary tools to keep up its winning ways.
Coming off a season with the top scoring offense and leading rush defense, Baldwin knows this year's squad is able to go the distance again.
"We like our offense to be a fast-break offense," Baldwin added. "We like to keep going, we like to keep running. We're a little bit of a June Jones mentality this year. Defensively, we're really going to get after it this year and be a lot more aggressive than we were in year's past."
The Vikings kick off the season August 16th at Waiakea.