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WAIMEA – The west side high school hosted the 14th-annual Waimea

Invitational Friday and Saturday in its gymnasium.

The tournament included

five off-island teams, as well as Kaua’i and Kapa’a along with two Waimea

groups. Visitors to Kaua’i were Honoka’a, Wai’akea and Kohala from the Big

Island, and Lutheran and Castle from Honolulu.

Action picked up Friday

morning at 11 a.m. for round-robin play. Each team played the eight others to

determine seeding for Saturday’s double-elimination tournament.

Friday

morning, Kaua’i upended Kapa’a in consecutive games, 11-5, 11-7, to win the

match.

“Right now we’re just getting a look at the kids and getting them on

the floor in competitive situations,” Red Raiders coach Shawn Doo said. “I

thought we played pretty well, though.”

After facing themselves, and going

without organized competition for awhile, Warriors coach Manny Henriques said

he was proud of his team’s effort, despite the loss.

“It doesn’t mean a

whole lot at this point,” the coach said. “It’s good to have a tournament like

this to begin working out some of the kinks with different faces on the other

side of the net.”

Games won’t count until Sept. 20, the official beginning

of the KIF season, when Waimea visits Kapa’a.

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