Waimea beats rain at Kapa‘a range

KAPA‘A — The Waimea High School air riflery teams swept its matches against Kapa‘a and rains forced the cancellation of another match Wednesday.

The Menehune girls set the bar for the day, marking 1162 points to Kapa‘a’s 1095 team points, all 10 scoring girls from both teams pegging over-200 marks on the Kapa‘a range.

Kapa‘a’s boys grew by two over last week’s showing at Island School, but despite the four boys’ effort, could not get past Waimea. The Menehune collected 1139 points to Kapa‘a’s 684 showing.

Rain, threatening the Menehune and Warriors, forced the cancellation of the Island School and Kaua‘i High School matches in Puhi.

“It was really raining hard when we passed through that area,” said Victor Aguilar, the Waimea coach. “I just hope it stays on that side until we complete our matches.”

Sean Magoun, the Island School coach, said the cancelled matches won’t be made up unless it has a bearing on the season. If the matches become necessary, the rained out matches will be shot at the end of the season.

John Medeiros and Austin Kunishige set the bar for the boys, piling up totals of 239 (93-82-64) and 238 (90-74-74) points, respectively, Medeiros marking the day’s best scores in the prone position at 93.

Kristopher Toma, finishing third for Waimea with 235 (92-82-61)points, marked the second-best prone position at 92, just a point behind team mate Medeiros.

Rylan Torres (81-75-59-215) and Jaron Parongao (77-82-53-212) rounded out the Menehune boys’ scorers.

Kalani Murakami topped the Kapa‘a quartet with a 210 (68-82-60) including an 82 in the kneeling position, that score being the best of the day and tied four ways.

Justin Apiladol (69-71-55-195), Justin Pasadava (65-69-52-186) and Emmanuel Tangonan (41-30-22-93) made up the Kapa‘a scores.

Rachel Umetsu topped the Waimea girls with a 251 (95-80-76), including posting the day’s best score in the prone and standing positions at 95 and 76, respectively.

She was followed by Kimberly Aguilar (83-84-66-233) who captured the day’s best in the kneeling position at 84. Nikki Acoba, coming on in the second relay, added 232 (95-80-57), tying Umetsu in the prone position with a strong 95 points. Jackie Taylor, coming off a morning stint at the General Atomics Science Conference and Exposition as a volunteer, finished with 227 (89-73-65) with Robyn Ijima (83-84-66-233) rounding out the scorers.

Coach Aguilar said Lia Shigematsu, serving as a hostess with the Waimea High School ROV Club at the General Atomics event, finished the day with a 206 (81-72-53) in her first match of the season.

“She was really excited about hitting 200 in practice and wanted to shoot,” Aguilar said. “This was her first match and she did pretty good.”

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

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