Waimea fourth seed at states

When the 2003 Chevron State Softball Championship Tournament opens on Wednesday, February 12, the Waimea High School Menehune won’t be playing.

The Menehune, under the coaching of Pat Baniaga, was assigned the fourth seed in the tournament to earn the opening day bye.

Waimea will take to the diamond at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 13 when they meet the winner of the Punahou/Castle matchup scheduled for Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.

The state championship tournament features five teams from the OIA, two teams each from the ILH, the MIL, and the BIIF, with Waimea being the sole representative from the KIF.

Teams involved in the tournament include top seeded Kailua (13-0 OIA champion), Kamehameha (15-2 ILH champion), Baldwin (14-3 MIL champion), and Waimea (10-2 KIF champion).

Other teams include Mililani (12-1), Leilehua (9-5), Castle (9-3), Kapolei (11-3), Punahou (14-3), Lahainaluna (14-4_, Hilo (10-1), and Waiakea (9-2).

The championship game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 15.

Pairings and results will be posted on the Hawai’i High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) web site at www.sportsHigh.com.

Albert Soto was the coach for the Menehune when they captured the state title in 1990.

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