Big bowl coming for KIF boys, girls

LIHUE — Waimea High School bowler Deiton Pablo-Otoman rolled a high game 233 to lead the Waimea boys to a big win Thursday during the Kauai Interscholastic Federation bowling league.

The Menehune boys took the first game on an 827 pinfall and the third match on an 813 pinfall toward an overall 2,418 pinfall and the first place over Kapaa (2,349), and Kauai (2,312).

The win pushes the importance of the Oct. 18 games, the final one scheduled for the league.

According to Todd Ozaki, one of the Waimea coaches, the boys KIF title is still up for grabs between Kauai, Kapaa, and Waimea high school teams. The Menehune continues to hold on by winning last week’s match, and if the Waimea boys can pick up a win Thursday will force a three-team tiebreaker following the last roll of the match.

Kauai, or Kapaa boys can take the title with a win on Oct. 18.

On the girls’ lanes, the KIF title is up for grabs between Kauai and Kapaa high schools following a tie for the top spot during the last Thursday games when Taylor Kusaka rolled a high game 172 to lead the Red Raider ladies to a 2,114 pinfall following its top Game 2 where the Kauai girls finished with a 765 pinfall.

Dana Murata rolled a high game 187 to lead the Kapaa girls to wins in the first game (722) and the third game (700) for a total 2,082.

According to Ozaki, if the Kapaa girls win the final games Oct. 18 they will force a tie-breaker against Kauai High School girls. If Kauai wins the final games, the girls clinch the KIF title.

Waimea and the Kauai Christian Academy are out of contention for the KIF girls title. During the Oct. 4 games, Crystal Kamakea led the Menehune wahine with a high game 184 towards the team’s 1,919. Jana Sheatz rolled a high game 142 to lead the KCA girls to a 1,518 total.

Currently, Pablo-Otoman leads the boys with a 199 average, just three pins ahead of Kapaa’s Callum Meredith who rolled a high game 253 on Oct. 4 to lead the Warrior men to take Game 2 (852) and finish second with a 2,349 pinfall.

Shayden Peralta, rolling a high game 206 for Kauai in its 2,312 finish on Oct. 4, sits in the third spot for individual averages with a 195 average, just a pin back of Meredith. Fellow Raider Alvin Reis is in fourth at 193, and Kalani Young has the fifth spot with a 190 average.

Murata tops the girls individual average standings with a 195 average followed by Kusaka at 162, Kauai’s Krysten Padasdao at 160, Kapaa’s Jennilyne Medina at 158, and Kauai’s Sommer Luis in the fifth spot with a 152 average.

Due to the Department of Education’s fall break, the final KIF bowling matches will take place Oct. 18 starting at 5:30 p.m. at Kauai Bowl.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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