Correction shines on Menehune

PUHI — A corrected mathematical error gave the Kauai Interscholastic Federation girls air rifle title to the Waimea girls Wednesday at the Wilcox Gym at Island School.

“This is the closest I have ever experienced,” said Sean Magoun of Island School, who led the scoring team. “I don’t think we’ve ever had a match come this close.”

Following the completion of three phases of shooting by the eight girls from Kauai and Waimea high schools, the scoresheets reflected a tie at 1190 points.

Magoun, along with the teams’ coaches and Dino Pabre, Kauai High School athletic director, poured through the rules seeking out the tie breaker.

“According to the rules, it goes to the team who scored the highest in the final phase shot,” Magoun said. “In this case, it was the kneeling phase.”

But before the tie-breaker could be invoked, both teams audited the scoresheets. During this process, a Waimea shooter discovered a mathematical error. When it was corrected, it resulted in Waimea’s revised scoring at 1191 points, a point better than Kauai at 1190 points.

“The win goes to Waimea without us having to invoke the tie-breaking procedure,” Magoun said.

Quianna Duarte topped the Menehune performance, carding a total 244 points (88 prone, 81 kneeling, 75 standing) followed by Chelsea Samatra (87-80-74-241), Janine Prado (85-86-69-240), and Tiffany Minia (81-85-61-227).

Other Menehune on the firing line included Robyn Acob (74-62-64-200), Khryshia Pascual (84-77-64-225), and Kayla Ishida (84-68-54-206).

“This is amazing,” said Major Victor Aguilar, coach for the Waimea girls. “Our best shooter must have put too much stress on herself, finishing out of the money. But this was an amazing match. Do you realize that of the top 10 individual girl shooters, five come from Kauai, and five come from our team?”

Brooke Hornos led the effort for the Kauai girls, finishing with the day’s high score of 254 (95-81-78) followed by Emma Leary (91-83-70-244), Jamie McDermott (82-87-67-236), Krystal Pascua (87-79-65-231), and Angel Domingo (92-83-50-225).

Other Red Raiders on the line included Kailee Arakaki (82-78-65-225), Kaori Kaya (79-81-49-209) and Joelle Patricio (85-76-57-218).

“We can’t do any more at this point,” said Keith Hornos, the Kauai coach while the girls were shooting. “It is what it is. The girls will do what they can.”

With the win, Waimea girls will join the Kauai boys who earned the KIF title during the match last week in representing the KIF at the Civilian Marksmanship Program Hawaii High School Athletic Association Air Riflery Championships at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall on Oahu.

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