Kapa‘a strong, Island School splits in KIF air rifle finale

Britney Inanod tried to keep a straight face as she made her weapon safe, Thursday.

But that effort could not contain the smile that bloomed across her face following the kneeling position at the final Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation air riflery match at the Kaua‘i High School range.

The smile was justified as Inanod boasted the highest girls’ score in the prone position at 89, just a point better than teammate Heather Walker who posted an 88 in that position.

But those efforts fell short as the Kapa‘a girls came up just 11 points short of Kaua‘i, 1118-1129.

Similarly on the boys’ side, Kapa‘a’s Rusty Klutke posted the highest score of the day, a 242 (91-71-80), including a 91 in the prone position, but the effort fell short as Kaua‘i had five shooters posting 200-plus scores in its 1138-981 edge over the Warriors.

Kelan Adachi topped the Raiders at 240 (93-68-79) followed by Kent Rapozo finished eight points back at 232 (92-59-81). The leaders were followed by Sheldon Chu (84-59-84-227), Shaun Koide (81-69-71-221) and Tyler Navarro (87-54-77-218).

Following Klutke, Kapa‘a’s Justin Uegawa made the 200-score shooting in the second relay.

“I don’t like shooting first,” Uegawa said while watching the first relay shooters. “Even in golf, I don’t want to be first.”

Uegawa posted a 200 (78-52-70) followed by first-year shooter Marvin Woods (78-54-62-194).

“He’ll be back next year, and he’s got good habits so watch out for him,” said Bill Barchers, one of the Kapa‘a coaches.

Phil Abernathy (73-51-58-182) and Jared Lehmann (67-45-51-163) rounded out the Kapa‘a scoring five.

“Look at No. 7,” said Kaua‘i parent Stephen Perreira who had just finished scanning Inanod’s target in the kneeling position. “She’s got a good target, too.”

Inanod and Walker finished within a point of each other in the kneeling position, and Walker posted the highest girls’ score on the Kaua‘i range at 251 (84-79-88), her standing position 79 being the highest girls’ score in that position.

Kaua‘i’s Brianne Hornos and Rachel Hamamura are battling for the single individual slot available for the state competition, but will have to go up against the Kapa‘a leaders who, for the second straight week, posted respectable scores in efforts that came up short.

Hornos posted the best girls’ prone position score at 92 en route to leading the Raiders to its 11-point edge. She finished at 243 (92-72-79).

Hamamura posted a 238 (88-73-77) followed by Valerie Ganiban (81-67-70) and Delissa Nobriga (86-56-76) tying at 218. Meghan Fujimoto rounded out Kaua‘i’s scoring five at 212 (88-55-69).

With Walker and Inanod in the one-two slots for Kapa‘a, Jessica Lactaotao (80-66-77-223), Alma Iglesia (82-65-65-212) and Darlene Jarquio (78-59-64-201) round out the Warriors’ scoring five.

Over at the Island School range, Waimea, which earlier won the KIF girls’ title, completed its season by splitting with Island School, dropping 1122-1101 in the boys match and winning 1113-939 in the girls.

Dyan Tabalan (85-85-67-237), returning to the range after a week’s rest, and Rachel Wright (86-84-66-236) paced the Menehune girls followed by Dominique Pascua (78-83-58-219), Chaelyn Briones (77-73-62-212) and Joanna Andres (81-76-52-209).

Lindsey Duarte (83-68-72-223), Alexandra Mink-Flacco (81-71-57-209), Stephanie Steuri (87-66-47-200), Pii Lani Kali (64-62-44-170) and Sofia Fernandez (81-71-57-209) scored for Island School.

Peter Joyce (89-80-63) paced the Menehune boys with a 232 followed by Ty Shitanaka (88-75-65-228), Charles Agmata (84-68-65-217), Benigno Baclig (83-66-66-215) and John Medeiros (81-73-55-209).

Kenji Rutter posted the day’s second highest boys’ score of all four schools at 241 (93-85-63) to pace the Island School boys’ win, finishing just a point back of Kapa‘a’s Klutke.

With the completion of the KIF air riflery season, Kaua‘i will be sending four boys and Waimea will be sending four girls to the Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association’s state air riflery championships on O‘ahu.

In addition to the team shooters, Shimabukuro said there will be two individual slots for the boys and one individual slot for the girls in addition to the alternates for the teams.

Kaua‘i coach Melissa Nobriga said the averages of the shooters for the season will be compared to arrive at the individuals representing the KIF.

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