HMA Lady Knights Bring It Home

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Sports have been challenging in Hawaii since the onset of COVID. Hawaiian Mission Academy Athletic Director Kyle Bullington worked hard to find a way to provide a shortened and abbreviated season last school year, and he was determined to provide sports seasons this new school year. Unfortunately, due to the rise of the Delta variant over the summer, plans for this new season became tenuous.

However, this didn’t weaken the motivation of the Intermediate Lady Knights volleyball team. Different from an ordinary middle school team, the Intermediate Lady Knights are made up of seventh- and eighth-graders from the Ka Lama Iki and Windward campuses, as well as freshman from the main Hawaiian Mission Academy campus.

Starting practices in July, the Lady Knights were determined to make a name for themselves. Led by Head Coach Nenny Safotu, the Intermediate Lady Knights came into the season as one of the teams to beat. After finishing the regular season undefeated, they entered the playoffs as the #1 seed.

Receiving a first-round bye, the Intermediate Lady Knights faced off against Assets school, defeating them to make it to the Interscholastic League of Honolulu Championship against Christian Academy. “For many of the ladies, this was a new experience, but they showed great composure and resilience,” said Assistant Varsity Head Coach Jared Nakamura.

However, one element missing from the Championship game was the crowd. Due to current regulations in Hawaii, no spectators were allowed for the championship match. To help with this, Superintendent Miki Akeo-Nelson, along with Visual Arts director Matt Webster, brainstormed an idea to create a virtual crowd at the game. “It would be great to show the girls that their families are there, like the NBA did last year,” said Nelson. A projector and screen were set up at the game, and parents logged in to a virtual fan room where they could cheer along with fellow parents while watching the game on YouTube.

Students could see their families cheering for them on the screen during the match.
The Intermediate Lady Knight went on to win the ILH Championship and complete their undefeated season. When speaking of the many obstacles facing them, one word always popped up: resilience. And with that characteristic, the Intermediate Lady Knights were able to bring home a championship and undefeated record that showed how resilient they were.
By Matt Webster

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