Tie breakers Tuesday in Hanapepe

HANAPEPE — The 8-0 win by the Kaua’i High School varsity girls soccer team sets the stage for a soccer playoff that will take place Tuesday evening at Hanapepe Stadium.

But, the start time for that tie breaker is still being worked on.

The victory brings the Red Raiders to an 18-18 tie in point standings with the Kapa’a High School Warrior wahine. That deadlock will be decided at the Tuesday playoff, the winner going home with the KIF championship as well as the right to represent Kaua’i at the upcoming Hawai’i High School Athletic Association’s state championships.

Kamehameha Schools on Maui will be the site for those games that are scheduled for Feb. 8-11.

Waimea’s 2-1 win over Kaua’i on Saturday decided the KIF championship for the boys division as the Menehune, who finished in third place at the state championships last year, prepare for their trip to the state games scheduled for Feb. 15-18 at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park & Stadium on O’ahu.

Diane Nitta, the Kaua’i Interscholastic Federation (KIF) secretary, was on hand at the Burns Supper in Waimea, and through conversations with Waimea High School principal Bill Arakaki was kept apprised of the developing scenario at Hanapepe Stadium.

Nitta said that pending conversations with Greg Gonsalves, athletic director at Kapa’a High School, she would like to see the playoff contest start at 5 p.m. in consideration for the officials.

Tuesday night is also a KIF boys basketball game when Kaua’i hosts Waimea with the JV game tipping off at 5:30 p.m.

However, Arakaki noted that according to the KIF charter, playoff games start at 6:30 p.m.

Following the outcome of the Wednesday night games, there was a possibility that two playoff games would have to be played, but a Waimea win in the boys division eliminated one playoff game from the schedule.

Playoff games will also be at Hanapepe Stadium due to the installation of the rubberized track at Vidinha Stadium.

Fans should stay tuned to the media for confirmation of the actual start time for the Tuesday girls soccer playoff game.


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