Malu marks the way for Raider riflery

Brianne Hornos, shooting for the first year, had the best standing score of all the girls shooting last Thursday.

Malu, as she is known by her teammates, finished last week’s Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation air riflery competition with an overall 244, but led all the girl shooters with a 74 in the standing position.

Her 244 overall was also the highest score posted by all the girls in the four schools that competed, and her dad, Keith, was ecstatic.

“She never shot before,” Keith said. “Her mother doesn’t like guns, so she used to play with her cousins’ AirSoft guns.”

Keith was one of the spectators who came out to watch the competition last Thursday, and one of the comments he made was how hard it was to have the shooters out in the hot sun.

But rather than just talk, Keith did something about that, and yesterday, the Kaua‘i High School air riflery team got to shoot under a tent system Keith and team captain Kalen Adachi put together over the weekend.

“It was just some stuff I had lying around, and I got some from Bev’al and Layton Tani, my brother-in-law,” Keith said of the 50-foot by 20-foot tent that stood firm in the brisk trades blowing over the Kaua‘i High School range.

The current structure covers most of the 21 bays allocated for shooting, although five are designated as practice lanes. The first five lanes are the only ones currently not covered.

Melissa Nobriga, the Kaua‘i High School coach, said the Labor Day practice was the first time the shooters got to be able to shoot under the cover.

“This should help them because they’ll be out of the sun,” Nobriga said. “Unfortunately, we can’t do anything about the wind, but this definitely helps them.”

The new covering should be in place through the season, Nobriga said.

With just one week under its belt, the covering comes on the eve of a crucial matchup Thursday when Waimea, a winner over Kapa‘a last week, comes to Kaua‘i, victorious over Island School last week.

“This should be very interesting,” Nobriga said. “They’ll all be trying to shoot from under the cover, although Kelan said shooting under the sun builds character.”

First shots should go off starting at 3 p.m.

Last year, Kapa‘a High School, in cooperation with several community businesses, erected a covered shooting stage at its range on campus.

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