Winter all-star athletes named

State tournament stars and state tournament hopefuls made the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation list of all-stars, announced yesterday.

There were no real surprises when it comes to these stars.

The teams that claimed the KIF titles in their respective sports, for the most part, had strong showings.

“It’s just how I thought it would be,” said Kaua‘i High softball coach Darrell Borrerro, who made KIF’s coach of the year. Borrero led the softball team to the Division II state softball championships, played at the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine Stadium.

Holding it down for Kaua‘i on shortstop was sophomore Jessica Iwata. At the championships, Iwata was the batter who drove in teammate Wailana Borrero, for their one and only run. Iwata was awarded KIF’s softball player of the year. She was also named to the Division II State All-Tournament team as the designated player.

“It’s very exciting,” she said. “I’m very happy we got to go as far as we did.”

Waimea’s cheerleaders dominated, taking all of the KIF honors spots. There were no cheerleaders or coaches of the year named.

For girls soccer, Kapa‘a’s team nabbed eight of the 12 spots handed out. Senior co-captain Ka‘ala Leong was awarded the player of the year.

“I was not expecting it at all because there are so many good girls on our team,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting it to be me at all.”

She did, however, expect coach of the year to go to Kapa‘a girls coach Crissi Mart.

“She’s a really good coach,” she said. “She’s not one of those coaches who just tells us what to do, she does it with us.”

Kapa‘a finished fifth in this season’s state tournament.

On the boys side, junior Chance Bukoski was named player of the year. Kevin Cram was named coach of the year. The boys are currently on O‘ahu for the Meadow Gold Hawai‘i State Soccer Tournament.

For basketball, KIF champions Kaua‘i claimed Tyrus Ceria-Lux and coach Ipo Yoshokia the top honors. The team moves on to the state tournament next week.

For the swimmers, the top swimmers for each race or relay were recognized. There were no swimmers of the year or coach of the year announced.

There is one more canoe regatta tomorrow. The all-stars for that will be announced at a later date.

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