Surfriders’ Sweeper Trevor Tam Stands Out

Although just a junior, Kailua High School sweeper Trevor Tam already is a seasoned veteran for the Surfriders boys soccer team. Indeed, Tam has been in the starting lineup every game (when healthy).

“Most of the defense is from my HISA team (Warriors), so we already know how each other plays,” said Tam, who was a Second Team Oahu Interscholastic Association All-Conference selection last season.

With 16 returnees, Kailua figures to field one of the most experienced units in the OIA in 2013-14.

“We’re looking for big things from Trevor,” Kailua head coach Steve Dignam said.

Kailua was to open the season against Pac-Five Tuesday before turning its attention to a home date Saturday with Punahou.

Tam took some time away from the practice field to visit with MidWeek‘s Windward Oahu Islander.

What is your earliest soccer-related memory?

I began playing AYSO in Waimanalo when I was 6 years old. I liked it right away, considering everyone in my family was a soccer player.

Who’s had the biggest impact on you in your life?

Probably my dad (Ranson). He’s always pushed me my whole life, in soccer and in school. School was always a priority.

What did you focus on during the off-season?

I focused mainly on my foot skills and my communication. My coaches have told me that I’ve progressed.

Who among your team-mates is ready to have a “breakout” year?

I’d say Chance Kealoha. He’s a sophomore who is going to have a good year.

Who is Kailua’s best “practice player,” the player who puts out the best effort on a daily basis?

(Sophomore defender) Ripley Quebral.

What Internet site do you frequent the most?

Google. I use it a lot. I use it for everything.

What is your least

favorite household chore?

Cleaning the yard. I have to rake all the leaves.

What movie could you watch over and over?

Beverly Hills Cop.

Who are three of your favorite musical artists?

Sam Hunt, Keith Urban and AC/DC.

When you have free time, how do you like to spend it?

I usually go to the beach, or I’m playing soccer.

You’re stuck on the island of Kahoolawe. You cam have an endless supply of one food. What would it be?


What celebrity would you most like to meet?

(Professional soccer player Lionel Andrés “Leo”) Messi (Cuccittini).