Puhi Wildcats KYBA 14U hoop champions

LIHU`E—The Puhi Wildcats were all over the basketball courts at Kaua`i High

School on Saturday when they were involved in the championships for the Kaua`i

Youth Basketball Association’s (KYBA) 14-Under Girls’ and Boys’ championship

matches on Saturday afternoon.

Additionally, the 17-Under Puhi Wildcat

ladies took to the hardwoods for a 56-4 win over the Kilauea Hui in their

second contest in less than 24 hours having dropped a Friday night encounter

with the Run ‘N Gun at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center on Friday


Holly Iloreta and Faren Higley, both active member of the 14-under

Wildcat team, topped the victory with contributions of 15 and 7 points


Dellun Gandia and Randi Fu each fired a pair for the Kilauea


The Wildcat women handled the (Pua Loke) Lihu`e team 36-19 behind an

11-point showing from Starlene Kelekoma and Holly Iloreta’s 7 points, earning

high point accolades for the second time in the same day after being

frustrated on Friday night by the quick, heavy defensive pressure exerted by

Run ‘N Gun’s Napua Naumu.

Mariko Strickland had 8 points to lead (Pua Loke)

Lihu`e with Nadia Badua adding 4 points in the outing.

The Wildcat men had

almost a repeat performance against the Lihu`e 5-Os, 35-29 to claim the title

of the 14-Under Boys behind the heavy hand of Aren Racca and Keala Watson who

fired 15 and 14 points each.

Kevin Cadiente had 6 points with Ikaika

Valmoja, Jonathan Smith, and J Paul Hornstine each tucking in 5 points paced

the Lihu`e 5-Os scoring.

Consolation contests had Tiana Samio firing 11

points to pace the Kaumakani Supersonics to a 31-5 win over the Hanapepe RefuGs

with Ashley Meir adding 8 points.

Chasen Sherman and Brandee Abuan, both

upgraded from the Hanapepe program’s 12-Under team, led the RefuGs with a pair

each with Tehane Andaya adding a digit.

Keala Watson had 19 points with

Aren Racca adding 15 points to lead the Wildcat men to a 51-26 showing over the

Westside Hornets in the first of two playoff games leading to the


Jordan Shea led the Hornets with 10 points followed by John Palacio

and Luke Tsuchiya each adding 4 points. The loss resulted in the Westside

Hornets finishing the season in fourth place.

Jordon Dizon and Lance Kauwe

each fired up 11 points with Jeremy Manuel adding 9 points, but that fell short

as the Kaumakani Supersonics dropped a 45-49 contest against the Lihu`e 5-Os

resulting in a third place berth.

The Supersonics came out strong,

outgunning Lihu`e 10-7 and 14-12 in the first and second frames, but fell short

in the second half as Lihu`e mounted a comeback effort 14-10 and 16-11 to notch

the win.

J Paul Hornstine had 16 points with Houston Aki coming up with a

dozen markers in the win that resulted in the championship meeting against the

Puhi Wildcats.

17-Under Girls

Puhi Wildcats 56, Kilauea Hui


Puhi Wildcats scoring: Faren Higley 7, Ashley Asaoka 4, Janee Correia 6,

Camy Mizukami 4, Kellie Masuda 2, Lindsay Sugihara 2, Kelly Dennis 4, Sharee

Alpeche 4, Krystalyn Kashiwabara 6, Kelsie Morita 2, Holly Iloreta


Kilauea Hui scoring: Dellun Gandia 2, Randi Fu 2.



Kaumakani Supersonics 31, Hanapepe RefuGs 5

Kaumakani Supersonics

scoring: Tiana Samio 11, Ashley Shimono 4, Jessica Jacinto 2, Ashley Mier 8,

Sharon Viquelia 4, Aprilyn Buyat 2.

Hanapepe RefuGs scoring: Chasen Sherman

2, Tehane Andaya 1, Brandee Abuan 2.

Puhi Wildcats 36, (Pua Loke)

Lihu`e 19

Score by quarters

Puhi Wildcats 8 10 6 12 36


Loke) Lihu`e 4 3 3 9 19

Puhi Wildcats scoring: Valerie Aficial

4, Janee Correia 1, Alannah Fagarang 3, Starlene Kelekoma 11, Anna Quibilan 2,

Stephanie Kashiwabara 2, Kelcie Morita 6, Holly Iloreta 7.

(Pua Loke)

Lihu`e scoring: Ashley Belisario 1, Maile Deguchi 2, Amber Thronas 2, Mariko

Strickland 8, Tori Shimabukuro 2, Nadia Badua 4.



Puhi Wildcats 51, Westside Hornets 26

Puhi Wildcats scoring: Lance

Okasaki 8, Aren Racca 15, Matthew Palaroan 7, Kaupili Akau 2, Keala Watson


Westside Hornets scoring: David Shea 3, John Palacio 4, Akeem Allen 3,

Jordan Shea 10, Luke Tsuchiya 4, Kevin Downing 2.

Lihue 5-Os 49,

Kaumakani Supersonics 45

Lihu`e 5-Os scoring: Kevin Cadiente 9, Ikaika

Valmoja 5, Sam Chung 3, Houston Aki 12, Philipp Acob 2, J Paul Hornstine 16,

Kaulana Lemke 2.

Kaumakani Supersonics scoring: Jeremy Manuel 9, Jordon

Dizon 11, Joshua Cabral 8, Walea Arquette 6, Lance Kauwe 11.


Wildcats 35, Lihu`e 5-Os 29

Score by quarters

Puhi Wildcats 13

10 6 6 35

Lihu`e 5-Os 7 4 12 6 29


Wildcats scoring: Lance Okasaki 0, Aren Racca 16, Matthew Palaroan 3, Kaupili

Akau 2, Keala Watson 14.

Lihu`e 5-Os scoring: Jon-Peter Sit 2, Kevin

Cadiente 6, Ikaika Valmoja 5, Jonathan Smith 5, Sam Chung 2, Addison Bulosan 0,

Houston Aki 0, Philipp Acob 4, J Paul Hornstine 5, Kaulana Lemke 0.


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