Ironwood Ridge standout Soma Ikaika Helu commits to College of Redwoods

Soma Ikaika Helu (28) (Andy Morales/

Ironwood Ridge standout Soma Ikaika Helu committed to the College of Redwoods on Monday. Ikaika Helu rushed for 904 yards in only eight games of action this year.

I had Division II offers and JUCO options in Arizona but I wanted to go away from home and learn more independent life skills,” Ikaika Helu said. “I will also be closer to family in the Eureka, California area.”


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