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Lewis & Clark's Sifa Tonga celebrates his long journey to senior day

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At 24, Lewis and Clark’s Sifa Tonga’s journey to senior day was a long time coming through faith, family, and football.

The linebacker and part time punter from San Mateo first enrolled at Lewis and Clark in 2009.

His older brothers were a big deal, one playing at BYU and the other at Houston.

Winning only three games during his career at Lewis and Clark, it’s the losses in Sifa’s life has made him a better man.

"It's almost a sense of accomplishment, like I stuck with it. We had a rough four seasons," said Tonga.

After a year at Lewis and Clark, Sifa left on a two-year mission trip along the Arizona/Mexico border.

"I encountered a lot of strange experiences, some spiritual, some not spiritual. I was in a lot of weird situations, it was the first time I have ever lived in a trailer park," said Sifa.

This was not the first time Sifa experienced ‘real life’.

He lost his grandmother who he lived with, along with four other families during his senior year of high school. Later that same year, his uncle was killed by a drunk driver.

Then this past summer, Sifa unexpectedly lost his mother.

Mrs. Tonga was not physically at the Lewis and Clark game on Saturday for senior day, but Sifa believes she was definitely there in spirit. His father was able to make the trip out from Texas though.

Sifa will graduate in May and is working towards a future in criminal justice, and wants to focus on developmental psychology with juveniles.

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