LIHUE — Led by Brooke Hornos and Colby Ihara-Takase, the Kauai High School air rifle teams secured their second straight win by sweeping Kapaa Wednesday at the Red Raider range.
Hornos posted the girls’ high score of 234 (91 prone, 60 standing, 83 kneeling) to lead the Red Raider girls to an 1149-1025 edge over the Kapaa girls.
On the boys’ range, Ihara-Takase posted the boys’ high score of 255 (86-79-90) to lead Kauai to an 1176-969 win over the Warrior men.
The victory sets the stage for the showdown against Waimea on Wednesday at the Kaumakani Neighborhood Center starting at 3 p.m. after Waimea, victorious over Kapaa during the opening week, appeared to be in control over Island School last week.
Kelli Jim, a first-year shooter for Kapaa, topped the Warrior wahine scoring with a 221 (76-70-75), getting an edge over Hornos in the standing phase, considered one of the hardest phases of the match.
“Kelli is one of our new shooters who is already firing in the 230s,” said Ian Versammy, Kapaa air rifle coach. “We had a late surge and now we’ve got 33 members in the program. This posed a slight problem because we didn’t have enough weapons for everyone, but that was just a short setback. We’re fully equipped now, and after last week’s match where we had a lot of white paper, the kids have been putting in some work.”
Joining Jim on the Warrior scoring line, Alexis Ochoa plinked a 210 (79-58-73) followed by Beannah Kaleiohi (88-52-65-205), Janice Manique (69-54-72-195), and Karyn Koko (70-61-63-194). Other Warrior ladies on the firing line included Sage Watanabe (70-34-51-155), Selena Rivera (70-55-62-187) and Deidre Andaya (78-45-56-179).
Kauai’s scoring five following Hornos included Jamie MdDermott (86-76-71-233), Joelle Patricio (90-76-66-232), Emma Leary (78-71-80-229) and Angel Domingo (82-66-73-221). Other Red Raider ladies on the line include Kailee Arakaki (82-52-69-203), Kaori Kaya (81-55-65-201) and Krystle Pascua (75-53-74-202).
Joven Gouveia did the high-point honors for the Kapaa boys, finishing the day with a strong 233 (87-64-82) followed by Mason Tabura (72-54-75-201), Kyler Tom (71-55-57-183), Kalai Cacal (64-61-51-176) and Zyron Albite-Ruiz (68-52-56-176). Other Warriors on the line include Ian Kimura (72-41-62-175), Laakea Aki (75-16-41-132) and Imani Tokuda (75-29-42-146).
Following Ihara-Takase, Kauai boys got strong support from Alec Greer (85-65-87-237), Ryan Valhuerdi (89-67-79-235) and Ryker Amimoto (95-65-74-234) with Hikari Oberman (82-64-69-215) rounding out the scoring leaders. Other Raider men on the line included Bryson Carbonel (73-47-61-181), Darian Gerardo (90-53-67-210) and Micah Chun (84-45-72-201).
Kapaa next travels to the Island School range on Wednesday while Kauai makes the trek to the Kaumakani Neighborhood Center to face Waimea. Both matches starting at 3 p.m.