Waimea boys volleyball open state bid Wednesday

The Waimea High School boys volleyball team opens its bid for the Division II state title when it takes the floor Wednesday against Nanakuli.

Under the direction of head coach Tony Magaoay, the Menehune earned the right to the Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association state championships by beating out the Kaua‘i High School Red Raiders for the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation last week in a four-game playoff.

Hawai‘i Baptist picked up the top seed for the Division II championships followed by Seabury Hall named to the No. 2 slot. No. 3 Hilo gets a chance at the Menehune if the team gets past Nanakuli Wednesday night starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Farrington High School gym. A win over Nanakuli will pit Waimea against Hilo, Thursday starting at 6 p.m. at Farrington.

The Campbell Sabers round out the leaders as the No. 4 seed.

A Division II champion will be crowned following the title match Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Radford High School.

Punahou gets the nod for the No. 1 seed in Division I of the New City Nissan Volleyball state championships followed by Kamehameha-Big Island as the No. 2 seed. Waianae and Kamehameha-Maui round out the division leaders at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

Division I championship games will be played at King Kekaulike starting at 7 p.m., Saturday night.

The top-seeded Kaua‘i High School softball team gets an opening day bye and will play Thursday against the winner of the Pahoa/Waialua matchup which starts at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Central O‘ahu Regional Park.

Kapa‘a High School, runner-up in the KIF, will have a play-in game this afternoon starting at 3 p.m. against Moloka‘i.

Should the Warriors succeed in that match, coach Shelly Samio will have the girls in action Wednesday against Nanakuli starting at 5 p.m. at the CORP.

Second seed in the DataHouse Softball State Championships is the Farrington Governors which will play Thursday against the winner of Wednesday’s match between the Nanakuli match.

Kohala picks up the No. 3 seed followed by Lanai getting the No. 4 seed in the tournament.

The Mililani Trojans get the nod for the top seed in Division I of the softball championships followed by No. 2 Kamehameha-Kapalama. Baldwin and Waiakea with the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds, respectively.

Also taking place next week is the 2008 Island Movers Track and Field Championships at Mililani High School.

Preliminaries for this event will be on Friday with the championships taking place Saturday.

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