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KIF athletes jump for HHSAA crowns

The Kapa‘a High School girls basketball team and the Waimea baseball team make their bids for Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association crowns starting today.

Kapa‘a will open their title bid in the HHSAA Division II of the Hawaiian Airlines Girls Basketball State Championships by tipping off against Word of Life starting at 6 p.m. today at McKinley High School.

A win at this game will pit the Warriors against the top-seeded Kalani Falcons on Wednesday starting at 8 p.m.

Kapa‘a coach Gary Kodani, chatting during his Friday lunch hour, said the girls played Kalani during the pre-season, and despite the Falcons’ speed and quickness, he felt the game was “do-able.”

Regina Carvalho, mother of Kapa‘a player Brittney Carvalho, chatting at the Hokuau fundraising Bowling Party Saturday night, noted that Brittney has been religiously studying film from a pre-season game in preparation for the state tournament.

Kamehameha, Hawai‘i, La Pietra, and Seabury Hall fill in the second through fourth seeds respectively.

Punahou was named the top seed in the Girls Basketball, Division I followed by Roosevelt, Honoka‘a, and Lahainaluna.

Waimea baseball will take the field Wednesday in the Iron Maehara Stadium on Maui.

The Menehune will make their bid for the Wally Yonamine Foundation Baseball State Championship by opening against the Kaiser Cougars starting at 2 p.m.

“Anahola” Joel Pahukula will be broadcasting that game as well as subsequent Waimea games live from Maui on KQNG Am570.

‘Aiea is the top seed for the state baseball championships followed by Kamehameha, Kapalama, Baldwin, and Kamehameha, Hawai‘i as announced by the HHSAA, Sunday.

A victory against the Cougars will pit the Menehune against the second-seeded Kamehameha, Kapalama, Thursday starting at 2 p.m.

The Kaua‘i High School boys golf team as well as three at-large golfers will open play today at the Turtle Bay Resort in the David S. Ishii Foundation 2006 HHSAA State Golf Championships.

Kaua‘i High School is the two-time defending state team champions, having won titles in 2004 and 2005 with Kellen Watabu earning top individualist honors in 2005.

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