Kaua‘i, Waimea to make Saturday appearance

Due to the Good Friday Holiday, KIF sports such as track and field and girls basketball were moved to different days.

The 59th Annual Rotary Club of West Kaua‘i Track Meet was switched from Friday to yesterday.

In the meantime, KIF girls hoops makes a unique Saturday stop at the Raider-dome.

The Menehune, who are coming off a tough loss to Kapa‘a last Friday, travel to Lihu‘e to battle the Red Raiders.

Game time is still set for 5:30 p.m., with varsity action beginning around 20 minutes after the end of the JV contest.

Kaua‘i is still looking to get its first win of the 2006 season. The two-time defending champions have been in this situation before.

Last season, coach Dennis Aquino said his squad needed some time to adapt to “his” system and they did, running off impressive wins in the second round en route to the KIF title.

Senior guard and reigning KIF player of the year, Rachel Taira has yet to have a breakout game and is due to explode any minute.

The sharpshooter also needs some help from the younger players on the team if the Red Raiders are to come back in the second round.

Meanwhile, Waimea (1-2) has shown flashes of brilliance throughout the first round, with Moani Durant and Natalie Mata leading the way.

The youthful squad has enough talent to win it all, but youth might also be their Achilles Heel.

Idle Kapa‘a finished up an impressive first round at 4-0 to win the first round title. The Warriors’ balanced attack is paced by Brittney Carvalho, Kennilyn Nakamura, Poe Gantt, and Mailika Napoleon.


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