Kauai sweeps KIF air rifle opener

PUHI — Brooke Hornos led the Kauai High School girls and a balanced attack by Ryker Amimoto and Colby Ihara-Takase led the Red Raider boys to a sweep of the Island School Voyagers in the season-opening match of Kauai Interscholastic Federation air riflery at the Voyagers’ range Wednesday.

Hornos, a returning Red Raider of the defending KIF girls championship team, finished with a 252 (87-64-53) to lead the girls to a 1159-849 win over Island School.

“We lost three seniors to graduation last season,” said Marcela Hornos, who along with husband Keith has been coaching the Kauai teams for five years. “The boys and girls have been really good since we just started practice before Iselle hit.”

Kauai’s team scoring shooters included Kaori Kaya (78-79-56-213), Emma Leary (80-76-73-229), Jamie Mcdermott (88-88-62-238) and Joelle Patricio (88064-75-227).

Other girls on the range included Kailee Arakaki (87-64-53-204) and Krystle Pascua (80-63-70-213).

“I’ve been watching these kids since they started practice,” said Mike Kano, a spectator. “There’s a lot of pressure on them because they cut down the time in the different phases.”

Ashley Silvestre led the Voyager women with a 198 (69-64-65), six points ahead of Deanna Sloger who finished with a 192 (64-64-64). Other Voyager team scorers included Amanda Ngyuen (77-54-18-149), Abby Johnson (57-49-47-153) and Emma Schneck (54-57-46-157).

Three other Voyager women included Pualei Pratt (60-57-25-142), Hannah Whelan (68-28-26-122) and Aliana Ho (73-42-25-140).

On the boys’ side, Kauai got a 258 (94-82-82) from Amimoto, just ahead of Ihara-Takase who finished with a 257 (91-85-81) to lead the defending KIF boys champions to a 1240-956 win over Island School.

The pair was joined in the team scoring by Darian Gerardo (92-84-63-239), Alec Greer (96-83-58-237), and Hikari Oberman (88-84-77-249).

Other Red Raider boys on the line included Bryson Carbonel (81-61-38-180) and Ryan Valhuerdi (95-78-58-231).

Tanner Tavares led the Voyager men with a 223 (84-64-75).

He was joined in the team scoring by David Caminos (71-70-55-196), Micah Kimi (86-63-43-192), Michael Chung (66-71-47-184), Judah Brand (77-49-35-161), Stephen Foster (73-44-41-158), Reece Valencia (68-40-32-140), and Eosin Chelius (75-30-17-122).

No scores were available from the Waimea and Kapaa matches at the Warrior range in Kapaa.

Kauai next hosts Kapaa at its range while Island School travels to the Hanapepe Armory to face Waimea on Wednesday. Both matches start at 3 p.m.

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