Kapaa sweeps Island School in air riflery match

LIHUE — Both the boys and girls riflery teams of Kapaa High School came out on top on the road Wednesday and defeated Island School.

The Warrior boys won 1,027-876 and the girls won 1,016-823. Both Kapaa teams improved to 1-2 in the Kauai Interscholastic Federation season.

“They’re a pretty brand new team. Over three-fourths of the team are first-time shooters,” said Kapaa coach Ian Verasammy. “They’re progressing well. They’re on track. They’re constantly improving.”

Senior La’akea Aki lead the Kapaa boys with a total score of 217 (68 prone, 82 kneeling, 68 standing). 

Aki said he was surprised he was the boys’ leading shooter.

“I honestly thought I shot off. It’s weird,” he said.

Junior Breannah Kaleiohi lead the Warrior girls with a 218 total score (72-76-70).

“I honestly thought I did bad because I got a lot of whites,” she said, meaning she missed the target completely. “But when I looked at it, it was good.

“It’s good. Hopefully we can do it again the next match,” she added about both Kapaa teams winning.

Both Island School teams fall to 0-3 in the KIF season. Though they’ve yet to get in the win column, Voyager coach Thom Sloger said it’s not about winning so much as learning.

“Overall, I’m not looking for scores as I am team building,” Sloger said. “I enjoy giving instruction to kids. I enjoy seeing them learn skills they wouldn’t get otherwise. Skills is confidence in themselves, poise, patience and teamwork. Not just riflery.”

Junior Ashley Silvestre led the Island School girls with a 193 total score (83-61-49).

“It was pretty OK. It was hot, but it was good,” Silvestre said. “I felt like I shot better than the last match. Everyone did pretty good.”

Senior Micah Kimi led the Voyager boys and was the best shooter overall with a 224 total score (85-81-58).

Kapaa will next match up against Waimea at the Kaumakani Neighborhood Center and Island School will travel to Kauai High School. Both matches are scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Kapaa boys

Zyron Albite-Ruiz: 172 (55-58-59). Ian Kimura: 208 (85-75-48). Mason Tabura: 195 (68-57-70). La’akea Aki: 217 (68-81-68). Mavric Yadao: 147 (51-51-45). Joemar Agno: 205 (84-79-42). Joven Gouvia: 202 (70-75-57). Levi Eualio: 193 (71-76-46).

Kapaa girls

Karyn Koko: 211 (74-72-65). Alexis Ochoa: 203 (83-68-52). Genivelle Mabiog: 174 (68-45-61). Deidre Andya: 179 (77-52-50). Breannah Kaleiohi: 218 (72-76-70). Janice Manique: 210 (71-72-67). Shania Zablan: 174 (83-62-29). Selena Rivera: 169 (73-62-34).

Island School boys

David Caminos: 188 (75-64-49). Micah Kimi: 224 (85-81-58). Stephen Foster: 145 (57-54-34). Jonas Coleman: 140 (65-48-27). Makoa Pratt: 125 (50-28-47). Tanner Tavares: 147 (63-50-34). Eosin Chelius: 169 (70-52- 47). Judah Brand: 150 (83-38-29). 

Island School girls

Amanda Nguyen: 183 (78-66-39). Deanna Sloger: 128 (58-29-41). Alex Obert: 171 (74-56-41). Ashley Silvestre: 193 (83-61-49). Pualei Pratt: 136 (69-44-23). Abby Johnson: 141 (75-32-34). Hannah Whelan: 96 (53-34-9). Lauren Olke: 135 (79-27-29).

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