Collumn: Dramatic weekend at youth soccer championships

RYAN KREPS/Courtesy photo Kona Crush U14 Boys Premier team won the BIHYSA championships in the U14 Boys division in Hilo on Sunday. Top row (left to right): Head Coach Fabian Rummel, Bodie Buczyna, TJ Detwiler, Carson Wilt, Cole Polhemus, Kauanoe Park-Vares, and Remi Heimgartner. Bottom row (left to right) Koa Kreps, Hawea “Buffalo” Alapai, Makena Young, Makana Shimabukuro, Leimana David-Champman, Wade Ritchie, and ‘A’ali’i Wengler-Ioane.

Heavy rain and a flash flood advisory didn’t stop the 2024 Big Island Hawaii Youth Soccer Association (HYSA) Championships from happening, as youth club teams from across the isle — ranging from U8 to U19 — gathered for the playoff and championship games at Hilo’s Bayfront soccer fields.