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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Four BIIF standouts expected to sign today

Four Big Island football players will begin life at the next level on Wednesday.

Hawaii Prep's Mika Nickel and Elliot Kastner and Hilo's Semisi Tokolahi and Jordan Loeffler will sign National Letters of Intent on National Signing Day -- the first day high school seniors can sign with Division I teams.

Kastner will sign with Ivy League school Dartmouth College, and Nickel will attend Utah State on a full scholarship. They will sign their letters of intent at 7 a.m. with a group of other Hawaii high school players at a signing day party hosted by Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann at the Neal Blaisdell Arena. The linemen played on the offensive and defensive lines for a Hawaii Prep team that went 7-2. Offensively, the Ka Makani averaged 4.8 yards per carry.

Kastner, a 6-foot-2, 250-pound lineman, was a first-team All-Big Island Interscholastic Federation selection on both sides of the ball. Of his 48 total tackles, 131/2 were for losses. He also had 31/2 sacks and one forced fumble.

The 6-2, 245-pound Nickel, who earned honorable mention All-BIIF honors on both sides of the ball, had 28 tackles and one sack.

Tokolahi, the BIIF Division I Defensive Player of the Year honors, will play for the University of Washington. The 6-3, 285-pounder registered 11 sacks for Hilo last season.

He was the most recruited BIIF player with scholarship offers from Washington, Washington State, Oregon State and Colorado.

Loeffler (6-5, 260) will sign with the University of Hawaii where he is projected as an offensive lineman.

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