Toni Pole, right, celebrated his signing
with his mom, left, and dad.
T.J. Matsumoto/Courier Photo
By T.J. Matsumoto, Courier Sports Editor
Kalafitoni (Toni) Pole signed his letter of intent to play football for the Washington State Cougars last week . He is one of seven bay area recruits heading to Pullman, site of the Washington State campus, this summer. Many family members and friends were on hand to speak on his behalf and nothing but good things were said about him, although we did hear some embarrassing stories about when he was younger.
The ceremony started off with Pole, a member of the James Logan choral program, singing the national anthem, which he sang beautifully. Then there were a few words spoken by his coaches and many words spoken by his friends and family. Everyone that spoke about him described how he has grown and how much a role model he is for young Polynesian kids. They spoke of how he is a great singer, and a student athlete. His mother was so proud that she had to hold back the tears. His grandpa told the most enjoyable stories about little Toni that made everybody laugh.