Kapa‘a HS honors year’s top athletes

Jessilyn Aki and Chas Okamoto were named the top female and male athletes of the year for the Kapa‘a High School athletics department during the year-end awards banquet, Tuesday night at the Bernice Hundley Gym.

Joining the list, Justin Uegawa was named the top male scholar-athlete and Shannon Paleka was announced the top female scholar-athlete.

During the awards ceremony, Most Valuable Players were named for the different Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation sporting events.

Brentten Rapozo and Kalani Kahaunaele were named to MVP spots in varsity and junior varsity football, respectively.

Tylenn Morita, a hard-hitting outside hitter, and Sara Agoot got MVP nods in girls varsity and junior varsity Volleyball, Joanna Chang was named MVP for girls bowling and Uegawa topped the boys bowling.

Takara Kunioka was named MVP for girls cross country and Hunter Hudson was named the boys cross country MVP.

Kaylyn Armstrong-Shira and Uegawa were MVP for air riflery in girls and boys divisions, respectively.

Pepe Kuhaulua was named MVP for coed cheerleading, and Aki, KIF Player of the Year, was named MVP for girls basketball, varsity division. Kekai Gonsalves, freshman and a strong performer during the KIF track season, picked up MVP honors for girls basketball, junior varsity.

Willis Batol got the MVP nod for boys basketball, varsity with Lance Pepper-Miyashiro named for the junior varsity.

Sierra Mayer was named MVP for girls varsity soccer, with Kanoa Nartatez getting the nod for boys varsity soccer. JV soccer honors went to Chloe Fredericksen for the girls and Dylan Devin for the boys.

Kuhaulua added to her accolades by being named MVP for girls paddling, Mark Hatchell getting the nod for the boys. JV paddling honors went to Kahea Ta‘a for JV girls and Tyler Bunao for JV boys.

Kaitlynn Jarry got the nod for girls MVP in swimming with Don Maddock named for the boys.

Shortstop Bronson Aiwohi was named MVP for baseball with Priscilla Lutz getting the nod for softball.

Matt Domingcil was named MVP for boys varsity volleyball, with Jonathan Paleka getting the nod for JV.

Jazzerrie Taeza was the MVP for girls tennis with state champion Okamoto getting the nod for the boys tennis.

Rachael Hinkel was awarded the girls MVP in track and field with Zachary Rodrigues getting the nod for the boys.

Kenji Miyata was named MVP for the boys in golf with Mele Moala getting the nod for the girls.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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