Pearl City girls bowl for HHSAA 3-peat

LIHUE – The Pearl City girls bowling team is well on their way to clinching its third straight title at the HHSAA State Bowling championships, taking the lead Thursday with a total pinfall of 5,257 after six games at the Lihue Lanes Bowling Center on Kaua’i.

Pearl City, 2001 State Bowling champions, leads Hawaii Baptist, which knocked over 4,917 pins after six. Kapolei is in third with 4,753, Kealakehe is in fourth with 4,717, and Kaua’i High is currently in fifth with a total pinfall of 4,644.

Kalani (4,639), Sacred Heart Acadamy (4,617), Waiakea (4,557), Baldwin (4,439), Hilo (4,374) and Moanalua (4,243) follow.

Hilo’s Starr Hamamoto leads the girl’s individual championships after six games, recording games of 208 and 202 to cap a pinfall of 1,125. Pearl City’s Jodi-Ann Gum bowled games of 213, 212 and 202 to move into second place after six. Her total pinfall is 1,118.

Kapolei’s Cherish Saunders is currently third with a piinfall of 1,113. Maui’s Terryn Howard, who notched a 223 in her sixth game, is fourth with 1,110, and HBA’s Mika Shimabukuro and Kapolei’s Samantha Masuda are tied for fifth with 1,100.

BOYS: The Kailua Surfriders knocked down a total of 5,889 pins Thursday to lead the HHSAA State Bowling championships at Lihue Lanes on Kaua’i.

Kailua currently leads Pearl City, which finished Thursday’s games with a total pinfall of 5,743. HBA is in fourth with 5,602, Moanalua finds itself in fifth with 5,561 and Mililani is in sixth with 5,537.

Waiakea (5,453), Punahou (5,412), Hilo (5,362), Baldwin (5,119) and Kaua’i High (4,876) follow.

Pearl City’s Jesse Cummings is scorching the competition, bowling games of 258, 248 and 246 to cap a 1,373 pinfall after six games. Cummings is in first place and leads Kailua’s Bronson Teramoto, who landed 1,351 pins with high games of 248, 242 and 236.

Kapolei’s Kalani Villa had games of 254 and 236 to round out a pinfall of 1,308, which puts him in third place after six games.

Mililani’s Kellen Inafuku is in fourth with a pinfall of 1,277, HBA’s Ryan Ohisa is in fifth with 1,247, and Kailua’s Justin Yamada is in sixth with 1,243.

The final three games will take place today at the Lihue Lanes Bowling Center. Action picks up at 11 a.m. and will run through 2 p.m. An award ceremony will follow the completion of the final games.

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