• Barrett, Tom open up at No. 1
• Ginez sweeps the competition
• Itokazu irons out the competition
Barrett, Tom open up at No. 1
Kapa’a freshman Lyndsey Tom and Kula senior Kyle Barrett are the top seeded players heading into this morning’s (8 a.m.) KIF state tennis qualifying matches at the Kiahuna Tennis Courts.
Tom will battle Island’s Lena McRoberts in the first round and Barrett will take on Kapa’a’s Derek Saiki.
Other seeded players are Kaua’i’s Cassady Sirois (No. 2), Kula’s Ariel Carlson (No. 3), and Waimea’s Sonya Tacub (No. 4).
Island’s Justin Vea is the boys number two seed, followed by Waimea’s Kollin Morikawa at No. 3, and Waimea’s Jake Anderson at No. 4.
Meanwhile, Kula’s Alex and Dylan Latif earned the No. 1 seed in boys doubles and Kaua’i’s Lezlie Tao and Megan Vento grabbed the girls’ top seed.
Waimea’s Tiffany Lum and Jenny Rumbaoa are seeded at No. 2, followed by Kapa’a’s Kelli Okamoto/Mailika Napoleon at No. 3, and Kaua’i’s Jacey Ageno/Katie Anderson at No. 4.
Kapa’a’s Chris Ramelb and Danny Rodrick hold down the No. 2 seed for boys doubles, followed by Waimea’s Darrel Nonaka/Froilan Tyler at No. 3, and Kaua’i’s Reyn Balocan/Sterling Inouye at No. 4.
Last year’s winners include Kaua’i’s Alex Sirois (girls singles), Kaua’i’s Jordan Kukino (boys singles), Waimea’s Ciera Sherman/Reiko Ayabe (girls doubles), and Kula’s Alex Latif/Kyle Barrett (boys doubles).
Tennis qualifying continues tomorrow at 8 a.m. for the final contests.
This year’s state tennis tournament will be held at the Kiahuna Tennis Courts on May 10-13.
Ginez sweeps the competition
The bad weather kept the Garden Isle R/C Racers off the track, but on Sunday, Dennis Ginez and the crew opened up another session in Lihu’e.
Ginez took the top spot in the 4wd nitro sedan A contest, over Reggie Aribon, Seth Morales, Bongie Gorospe (TQ), and Wendell Esposo.
Roland Ruiz ran away with the 4wd nitro sedan B competition, with Noel Udaundo, Aaron Arizo, Randy Alcantara, and Dimi Rivera rounding out the top five.
Ian Ruiz scraped the 4wd nitro sedan C title from Earl Balai, Bengy Antonio, and Boni.
The next race is on May 7 at the off road track in Wailua, next to the motocross track, weather permitting.
The race begins at 10 a.m. and the public is invited to watch the races (free admission). For more information, contact Arnold at 639-9314.
Itokazu irons out the competition
Gary Itokazu won the top prize at the Kaua’i Public Links Fundraiser on April 15-16 at the Wailua Golf Course.
Itokazu shot a net score of 60 and took home a $250 gift certificate from the tournament’s sponsor, Big Save.
Smash Tatom took second ($100 G.C.) with a 65, followed by Dennis Hiranaka ($100 G.C.) with a 67, Eric Shibuya ($50 G.C.) with a 68, Mark Nakama ($50 G.C.) with a 70, and Calvin Fujita ($50 G.C.) with a 70.
Ties were broken by matching cards. Nakama and Fujita birdied the first hole.
Winners are encouraged to pick up their gift certificates at the Wailua Golf Course registration office.
The March tournament was postponed due to the heavy rains and rescheduled for June 25-26.