Inspired by teammate William “Ama” Valente-Gonsalves, the Warrior canoe paddling squad rose to the top in the girls and mixed races and earned two of the three KIF paddling titles, yesterday at Wailua River.
The Warrior girls came from behind to win the championship with an important win in the KIF championship meet. Kapa’a stood four points behind the Red Raiders, but yesterday’s first-place finish gave them enough points to take the top spot.
Meanwhile, the mixed Warrior team ran away from Kula after being tied with the private school going into the KIF championships.
But in the boys race, Kula got revenge on the Warriors, taking the title despite Kapa’a getting the top time in the yesterday’s contest. Kula took second place, which gave them enough points to outdistance the eastsiders.
In the JV standings, Kaua’i came out on top in the girls and boys races, and the Menehune grabbed the mixed title.
In the KIF championship races, Kapa’a took both the girls and mixed contests and Kula won the boys competition. Kaua’i won both the girls and boys races in the JV ranks, with Waimea taking the mixed first-place medal.
The HHSAA State Canoe Paddling Championships are set for March 3 at Ke’ehi Lagoon on O’ahu.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or firstname.lastname@example.org.