Shooting the lights out

NBA sharp shooters like Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Ray Allen, and Steve Kerr, all started out practicing and entering hot shot contests, just like the one held here on the island on Nov. 4 at the Raiderdome.

The County of Kaua‘i, OCA-Recreation Agency sponsored the 2005 Youth Basketball Shootout final, which featured top finishers like Ariel Lahip, Tasha Clemente, Manas Kshirsagar, and Jayme Jacinto.

Trials were held in October throughout the island’s private and public schools and those who attained qualifying scores, received an invitation to participate in the finals.

“The excited participants and proud parents enjoyed the fun-filled sporting event,” County Recreation Supervisor Aaron Uyeda said.

In the 10-11 boys division, Ele‘ele School’s Ariel Lahip found the hoop for the top score. He was followed by Ele‘ele’s Bryson Collado, Kapa‘a Middle School’s Patrick Jarquio, Kilauea School’s Kawika Wellington, King Kaumuali‘i School’s Chavis Banasihan, and Kalaheo School’s Dominic Armstrong.

King Kaumuali‘i’s Tasha Clemente burned the lights with the 10-11 girls division title. Kilauea School’s Courtney Higa, Waimea Canyon School’s Bristy-Ann Agu, Kalaheo’s Alyssa Vegas, Kalaheo’s Jessie Chang, and Ele‘ele’s Alissa Rapacon, rounded out the top shooters.

In the 12-13 boys contest, Island School’s Manas Kshirsagar found the bottom of the net more than anyone else in his division on his way to the first-place trophy. Kapa‘a’s Bradley Heiser, Kapa‘a’s Trevor Locquiao, Kapa‘a’s Stephen Greenleaf, St. Catherine School’s Dane Bautista, and St. Catherine School’s Canaan Higa filled up the top six spots.

Waimea Canyon School dominated in the 12-13 girls competition, as Jayme Jacinto won it all, followed by Brandi Briones and Brandee Victorino.

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