JFK senior Kyle Calairo was the difference in Saturday morning’s muddy victory versus Southern High at their home field.
Calairo was on the receiving end of a Ricky Brown 40-yard touchdown pass for the only score of the game as the Islanders remain in third place in the IIAAG Football League at 4-2.
A key read by head coach Mike Pangelinan caused Brown to audible on the line and take advantage of a gap on the defense leaving the score at 7-0 in the 3rd quarter.
Defense was the name of the game at the muddy Dolphins field. Inclimate weather played a big part causing both offenses to struggle with possession of the ball.
Mud would not permit a solid grip on the ball which caused both teams to fumble multiple times. Southern’s defense, as expected, applied the needed pressure against a young line in JFK. Linebacker Dominick Flores and Cameron Calloway came up big for Southern combining for four fumble recoveries, giving them the edge over JFK.
Offensively for JFK, Marcus Manglona and Sage Garcia put in the ground work down low, and up top quarterbacks Nolan Chamberlain and Ricky Brown found targets Tyler Pangelinan, Stephen Guererro and Kyle Calairo. Defensively, it was Garcia leading the attack recording 12 tackles along with senior defensive tackle Antwon Palacios causing havoc in the Dolphins back field.
For the south side, the QB duo of Napu Topasna and Dylan Parke kept the offense alive behind a heavy offensive line. The Southern “Swarm” defense stepped up in the 4th quarter capitalizing on JFK’s bad field position inside their 10. A sack by Southern’s Eyan Dimla put JFK at the 1-yard-line and their lead at jeopardy. After a punt and a short offensive series by Southern, JFK’s lonely safety Cris Naputi secured the win for JFK off an interception.
It is believed that once you put your mind to something, your possibilities in life are endless.
What if you have a disability, could that stop you from achieving your goals and dreams? No.
We have heard about and seen people all over the world on television and social media who compete and pursue their passions with prosthetics, mental illness, blindness, cerebral palsy, and many other disabilities. German composer Ludwig van Beethoven composed some of his greatest work when he was completely deaf.
Seventeen-year-old JFK Islanders defensive end Jared Deleon Guerrero is no exception. Although Jared is deaf, he has not let that stop him from playing football, rugby and even excelling in ballroom dancing.
Contracting meningitis at the young age of two months old, Deleon Guerrero completely lost his hearing.
“At first, I was in denial and afraid that he would struggle a lot growing up, having a communication barrier with others,” stated his mother Rosalind who is a kindergarten teacher at Finegayan Elementary. “I always support Jared in all his endeavors, never doubting him or having any fears. Never limit your children because of what they can’t do. Instead, encourage them to make the best in life with the things that they can do.”
Described by his mother as “very funny who loves to joke around with his friends and family” and a “go-getter”, Jared does not hold back, nor does he put himself down because of his disability.
Not only does he play football and rugby, but he is also into carpentry and did ballroom dancing for two years at JFK. And to top things off, he was named the Islanders Homecoming King for 2014.
“He’s very graceful. You would never know he was deaf. His dance partners were awesome, helping him by tapping on his shoulders when to start,” said Rosalind.
During the summers he is busy with sports, church, community events as well as working; however, during the first quarter at JFK it is all football.
Coming from a football family, Jared has four brothers, two of which played for JFK from 2006-2011, one who played in youth football and one who currently plays at Okkodo, all who have inspired him to play as well.
“I look up to my brothers and learn from them to be strong and never quit.” While on the field, Jared relies on his sight much more than the average person. “I use visuals to help me on and off the field. Sometimes my teammates and coaches help me to go where I need to…my coaches tell my teammates where to put me on the line. Everyone at JFK and around me have treated me good and help me when I need help.”
In the two years that defensive coordinator Mike Mendiola has coached Jared, he has been nothing short of amazing.
“Not only did we have to get creative in getting the plays to him between downs but making sure he understood and was on the same page. He possesses a natural talent combined with a lot of heart, which in turn makes it easier for us to coach him. We often forget that he has a disability.”
To make life easier on the field, Jared has an interpreter, Jeannie Hollis, who comes to most of his games to sign for him. “It’s good when I have an interpreter because I understand more what my job is. I want to say thank you very much Jeannie for being there for me. You make it easier for me to focus on the game and do my best!”
For Rosalind, she can attest that she has not faced any challenges with having a deaf son. “Quite the contrary, he is a blessing, a joy, and an inspiration to all he comes in contact with. He refuses to let his disability keep him from success.”
Jared is truly something special and the world could use a lot more people like him. He has proven that a disability is hindering only if you let it be and the sky really is the limit for anyone who dares enough to dream.
“It feels amazing!,” said track sensation Regine Tugade after breaking the Guam National Record in the women’s 200m event TWICE today at the Oceania Track Championships in the Cook Islands.
“I didn’t expect to PR or even make the finals for the 200m because I came straight from competing in the triple jump.”
Tugade, who won the All-Island events in the triple jump, long jump and 200m, broke the record in the semifinal heat with a time of 25.74 seconds to advance the finals.
There, she smoked the turn and headed down the stretch for yet another Guam National record at 25.52 seconds, good enough for the bronze medal in a talent-loaded heat with the top runners from the Oceania region.
“Honestly, I feel like I could’ve done a lot better overall,” Tugade said after her record-breaking performance.”I wasn’t too happy with my performance in the long and triple jump, but I feel like I made it up in the 100m and 200m. I’m extremely happy and proud of my performance in the 200m, and it makes me feel great knowing I was able to break the 200m national record twice.”
She ran a 12.70 in 100m and jumped 4.24m for the long jump “which wasn’t that great” according to her, and jumped 10.52m in the triple jump which was near her personal best.
After all that, she still breaks the 200m record twice. Could it have been the high level of competition that she used as motivation?
“Knowing I was going to compete against the best in the Oceania region motivated me to work twice as hard as I usually do in practice.”
Tugade has been in training mode for quite some time since preparing for the high school season. She says it’s time to take a break for a few months from the track and play other sports like volleyball and basketball.
No Micronesian Games for the Track Team
The Oceania Championships will be the Guam track team’s final big competition for a while since the Guam National Olympic Committee has banned them from competing in next month’s 8th Micronesian Games in Pohnpei.
In fact, the GNOC sports federations list does not have the Guam Track & Field Association’s information on it anymore.
When asked to comment on the track’s absence for the upcoming Pohnpei Games, GNOC President Rick Blas responded, “To be part of the games structure a (National Federation) must be in good standing with GNOC, It is not appropriate to provide any response about non-members other than wishing them good will.”
No official announcement was made for the banning, however, the common understanding in the community was that the GTFA used an athlete at a previous international track meet that did not meet the GNOC standards, therefore, breaching the GNOC agreement.
“I’m really upset and disappointed that Guam would not be competing in the Micro Games because that would’ve been a really great opportunity for not only me, but for the other aspiring track athletes back on Guam,” Tugade commented. “I’ve never experienced the Micro Games but I would’ve loved to have had the opportunity.”
Slow starts seem to be the theme for high school football in the seasons’ early goings and the FD Friars and JFK Islanders appeared to still be working out the kinks both on offense and defense. However, the Friars managed to pull together a game-winning drive behind quarterback Tyler Okiyama and running back Albert Johnston to defeat the much-improved Islanders 7-0 Saturday night at the GW field.
Okiyama had trouble connecting with his receivers early in the game going just 4 for 10 before connecting on a 36-yard bomb to receiver Nicolas Aglubat that brought the Friars to the JFK 25-yard line late in the fourth quarter.
Okiyama then ran two fake hand-off plays for ten yards that had the Islander defense focusing on stopping the quarterback option. The third play looked much like the fake handoffs but Okiyama stuck the ball in the chest of Johnston in the split-back formation and the defense collapsed on Okiyama allowing Johnston to sprint to the left side of the field for the 15-yard score.
“We went into the huddle and made sure that everyone does what they’re supposed to do. I have to give credit to my line. The way I saw my tackle take off, he went to the right and I just went left and exploited the opening and made everyone shift to my side and we scored the touchdown,” stated Johnston. “I have to give props to my offensive line and fullback because I wouldn’t score without them.”
A converted PAT pushed the Friar lead to 7-0.
The Islanders and quarterback Quintin Iriarte were quick to respond late in the quarter as Iriarte completed two big passes to Jarred Hernden and Alan Pinkine to get them past midfield. The Friar defense then came up with a huge play on third down as Tristin Hocog and Christopher Mallada dragged down Iriarte in the backfield for a 20-yard loss.
The Friars were tagged with an un-sportsman like conduct penalty for excessive celebration after the sack that granted the Islanders with a new set of downs.
Iriarte then completed a 12-yard first down conversion to Henry Selerino that brought the Islanders in the red zone which got the Friar crowd nervous. The chants of ‘defense’ seemed to pay off for the Friars as the Islander ground game came to a halt while the secondary disrupted all of Iriarte’s throws forcing a turnover on downs.
With just seconds left on the clock, Okiyama took a knee to officially end the game with the Friars getting their season’s first win.
Okiyama went 5 for 12 for 90 yards while Iriarte went 10 for 18 for 97 yards and one interception. Johnston had five carries for 34 yards while Pinkine finished with 32 yards on nine carries. Bryton Cepeda caught three passes for 50 yards for the Friars.
The Friar defense was led by Robbie Silan with six tackles while Jereme Gogue had five tackles for the Islanders. Mallada had the highest sack total for the game at 1.5.
The beginning of the season always brings their fair share of issues, but Johnston feels like the Friars have a lot more to work on.
“We need to work on everything. Less mistakes, make sure everyone’s doing what they have to do. We just need to fix our mistakes.”
The Friars had six penalties for the game that totaled 50 yards, including one that called back a touchdown pass from Okiyama to Cepeda, who snagged the ball out of the air with one hand, late in the second quarter.
The Friars improve to 1-0 while the Islanders drop to 1-1.
The JFK Islanders knocked off the Okkodo Bulldogs 25-15, 25-21 in the IIAAG Girls’ Volleyball League Saturday night at the JFK gym. The Islanders’ record now stands at an unblemished 2-0, while the Bulldogs dropped to 1-1.
Islanders’ team captain Kristin Sapp attributed the victory to communication and sharp passing. “I’m really glad and proud of everyone on our team,” Sapp said. “I think it’s going to be a good season. It’s competitive and I like it.”
The Islanders bursted out to a quick 3-0 lead after Marissa Aguon threw down a kill and Savannah Mafnas delivered two consecutive aces. The Bulldogs, however, countered and managed to tie the set at 4-apeice off of an ace from Lori Okada. The visiting team kept their momentum going off of some precise serving by Okada and built a three point lead.
The home team kept their composure and chipped away at the lead until Kaitlin Blaz’s ace tied the set at 7. Alison Bowman knocked the ball past the Bulldogs’ defense and put the Islanders on top again. From there the home team appeared to be in a groove as the Islanders’ superb passing paved the way for several kills.
Sapp hammered down a thunderous kill to make the score 15-8 and the Bulldogs had no answer for the Islanders’ offense. Another kill from the team captain put the Islanders up 23-14 and a Bulldogs’ error ended the set.
The Bulldogs opened the second set like a team on a mission and displayed their grit by building a 4-2 lead over the Islanders thanks to some dynamite serving from Tara Montgomery. Just as they did in the first set the Islanders, however, did not fold and responded with some stout offense from Sapp. Sapp’s ace made the score 11-5 and it looked as if the Islanders were cruising again.
The visiting team did not give in and fought back to keep the set close. An error by the Islanders tied the set at 19 but few plays later Sapp fired off two more aces to make the score 23-19. A Bulldogs’ error put the game at match point and Sapp delivered the final blow to seal the win.
St. Paul def. Harvest 25-7, 25-19
Sanchez def. St. John’s 30-28, 25-21
GW def. Guam High 25-20, 25-22: The Geckos were lead by Maricia Mariano with 2 kills, 3 aces, and 17 digs. Helping the Geckos were Jasmine Algmoguera with 2 kills, 2 aces, and 3 blocks and Colleen Quinata with 3 aces, 3 blocks, and one kill. The Panther’s Haani Limtiaco had 8 kills and Tiffani Unsiog with 21 digs. GW also won the JV game 25-11, 25-15.