Kapa‘a girls, Voyagers boys post top scores
by Dennis Fujimoto – The Garden Island
Kapa‘a High School girls had the best score, but the Kaua‘i boys and the Waimea girls took the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation air riflery titles, Thursday.
“I told Major Victor (Aguilar) that we should have had these scores last week, and we would have beat them,” said Kapa‘a coach Jerald Knudsen, while discussing his teams’ performance against Island School.
Kapa‘a finished splitting its series against Island School, taking the girls competition, 1147-1000 while Island School captured the boys competition, 1128-1007.
At the Kaua‘i High School range, Waimea High School girls finished with a seven-point edge over Kaua‘i to remain undefeated and take the KIF title, 1127-1120.
Kaua‘i High School boys finished by edging out the Waimea challenge by finishing with a 24-point edge to also remain undefeated and take the KIF title, 1125-1101.
Clearly, Kapa‘a girls soared in the competition with a total of 1147 led by Britney Inanod stepping up for a 242 (86-79-77) with Alma Iglesia (90-69-81-240) and Heather Walker (82-83-74-239) taking the lead for the five scorers who all tallied 200-plus totals. Darlene Jarquio (83-7061-214) and Kamala Rojas (86-68-58-212) rounded out the scoring Warrior girls.
Alexandra Mink-Flaco (79-81-76-236) and Lindsey Duarte (85-62-69-216) paced the Island School girls followed by Stephanie Steuri (76-80-32-188), Pii Lani Kali (67-58-57-182) and Sofia Fernandez (72-46-60-178).
Island School, in its boys’ win, also finished with top scores between the four high school teams as six of its eight shooters netted 200-plus scores.
J Riley Louis (88-81-67-236) and Logan Domingo (88-78-64-230) paced the Island School group.
Marvin Woods had the highest total for Kapa‘a with 222 (81-75-66) followed by Taylor Schwarze (79-63-61-203). Rusty Klutke (79-63-57-199), Phillip Abernathy (68-77-48-193) and Justin Uegawa (77-65-48-190) rounded out the Kapa‘a boys’ scoring.
For the champion Waimea girls, seven of the eight shooters posted 200-plus scores. The exception was first-time shooter Leann Lazaro who finished with a 199 (75-76-48). Brandi Briones took the lead for the Menehune with a 230 (87-72-71) followed by Rachel Wright (84-79-64) and Chaelyn Briones (87-83-57) each posting 227 scores. Breeann Abuan, consistently in the 1-2 slot, finished fourth (92-76-56-224), but not before posting the highest prone position score of all the girl shooters. Joanna Andres (81-71-67), working the second relay, rounded out the Menehune scorers on a 219 note.
Aguilar said one of his 200-plus shooters decided she did not want to participate this week, preferring to help with the scoring. That brought Leann Lazaro to the line for the first time where she finished with a 199.
Valerie Ganiban, returning from her recent injury, posted the highest girl score on the Kaua‘i range at 239 (85-80-74).
“I like shooting in the rain,” Ganiban said following the deluge that soaked part of the second relay competition. “It’s like going back to nature. It’s more fun than practice.”
Rachel Hamamura finished with a 231 (81-77-73) followed by Brianne “Malu” Hornos at 80-79-63-222. Delissa Nobriga (80-81-55-216) and Meghan Fujimoto (77-77-58-212) rounded out the Raiders’ scoring.
Tyler Navaro stepped up to lead the Raider boys on a 237 (93-76-68) note followed by Shaun Koide netting a 230 (80-89-61) and Kelan Adachi dropping to a No. 3 position with 226 (88-72-66). Kent Rapozo (86-80-54-220) and Sheldon Chu (90-79-43-212) rounded out the Kaua‘i boys’ title run.
Benigno Baclig (83-80-67-230) and Ty Shitanaka (83-84-62-229) paced the Menehune men. Peter Joyce (81-79-65-225), Bryle Rivera (85-75-63-223) and John Medeiros (75-72-47-194) rounded out the Waimea performance.
Thursday is the final match of the regular season as Kapa‘a travels to Kaua‘i while Waimea visits the Island School range.
Both sites have matches starting at 3 p.m.
The Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association state championships will be hosted by Waianae High School at the Blaisdell Center on Oct. 28 on O‘ahu.