City Council Honors Mililani Sports Stars
The Honolulu City Council has recognized a former Mililani High School athlete and a Mililani-based girls AYSO team for outstanding achievement.
Dayton Furuta and Lanakila Soccer Team accepted honorary certificates Aug. 13 from City Councilman Ron Menor and Council Chairman Ernie Martin.
Furuta participated in football, wrestling and judo with the Trojans, and as an All-State linebacker for Mililani, he helped lead his team to the 2013 OIA Red Division championship.
Furuta also was a two-time OIA wrestling champion and a runner-up in the 2013 and 2014 Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) wrestling championships. In judo, he won the 2014 HHSAA judo title for the 220-pound weight division.
Furuta graduated in May with a 3.2 GPA and was inducted into the 2014 HHSAA Hall of Honor.
He accepted a “grayshirt” offer from UH, which means he will delay his enrollment until January 2015.
“I checked the roster and found that Dayton is the only ex-Mililani Trojan on the list,” said Menor. “But I know that he will represent his school and the community well.”
Lanakila Soccer Team was recognized by the council for taking first place in the 16-and-under division at the AYSO National Games, held June 29-July 7 in Irvine, Calif.
Lanakila played two games a day for four straight days, winning all eight of its games with a combined 27-0 score.
Team members include Breanne-Leigh Bactista, Jasmine Davis, Jenna Ducosin, Kaci-Ann Endo, Tiare Kahalewai, Tarah Kuhn, Kylie Louis, Kyllie Murray, Brooke Nakamura, Shelynne Rapoza, Kaitlyn Strobel, Marisa Tanaka, Jena Uyeda and Kathryn Yuu.
They were led by head coach Rose Agas-Yuu and assistant coaches Dunstan Canne and Alan Nakamura.
Parent volunteers were Wes Yuu, Cathy Tanaka, Val Endo and Sherry Rapoza.
“It was a privilege to meet these talented athletes, as well as their family and friends who were there to congratulate them,” said Menor.
“We applaud Dayton and the Lanakila AYSO team for their relentless drive, mental toughness and dedication to athletic excellence, and wish them continued success in all of their personal endeavors.”