Whether it be in the pool, on the pitch, track or tennis courts, local sports enthusiasts are bound to have witnessed Carpinteria High School twin brothers Luke and Solomon Nahooikaika-Anderson competing for the Warriors. “Luke and Solomon are two of the most phenomenal Warrior student-athletes in recent history,” said Carpinteria Athletic Director Pat Cooney. “Carpinteria High School would have been lucky to have just one of them. Obviously, having two Nahooikaika-Andersons has been remarkable, and their impact on their teams and classes has been incredible,” said Cooney. The dynamic duo has amassed 24 varsity letters in water polo, soccer, track and field, and tennis between them.
Growing up locally, sons of a mother who played soccer and a father who surfed, the brothers first got involved in sports when they played indoor soccer at the Boys and Girls Club around the age of nine. “She (the boys’ mother, Stephanie Anderson) gave them a wonderful foundation, their work ethic, athleticism and their joy,” said their grandmother Susan Anderson who also helped raise them. By the end of eighth grade, they had taken to the water, playing water polo for a local club team, the Carpinteria Tritons. The two went go on to play varsity water polo for four years at CHS. For Luke, one of his favorite memories in the pool was the first-round victory over San Luis Obispo in last year’s CIF playoffs. “We played them (SLO) earlier last summer in a tournament, and we lost to them. So, in the CIF we beat them, it was super cool,” said Luke, noting that their opponent also had a set of twins on the team that day.
Carrying solid GPAs of 3.8 in the classroom, the pair also played in the school band up until this year, which indirectly led them to the tennis team. “Seniors in our band encouraged us to play tennis, because we were originally going to do volleyball. It was our junior year, we were going to do volleyball as well as tennis, but that didn’t work out because of the (practice) times,” explained Solomon. Playing doubles with primarily different partners, the two helped lead the Warriors to one of their finest seasons, as they went all the way to the quarterfinals before being edged by second-ranked Mater Dei, 10-8. “They could have done any sport and would have been the best at that sport,” said Carpinteria tennis coach Charles Bryant.
They also played a big role in the 2017-18 soccer team’s run to the CIF championship and state sectional title. Although Solomon was hesitant to single out a favorite moment of his sports career, he admitted the road to the dual crowns a couple of seasons ago was among his best memories. “Both Luke and Solomon are great athletes conquering multiple sports throughout their respective high school careers,” said Warriors soccer coach Leo Quintero. “My highlight coaching them would have to be our CIF final last season where Solomon had the winning throw-in ‘golden goal,’” said Quintero of Solomon’s score in overtime that clinched the initial championship.
During his junior year, Solomon decided to try out for track. “Solomon is a tremendous athlete, I am amazed that he became a CIF medalist in the 400 meters by swinging a racket,” said Head Coach Van Latham of the track and field team. “He did very little training with us … Charles Bryant must be an excellent sprint coach,” he added. This season Luke decided to run alongside his brother, and they were part of a four x 400 relay team that qualified for the CIF Division IV Finals, finishing eighth in yet another impressive accomplishment for the Nahooikaika-Anderson twins, Luke and Solomon.