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LIHUE — Kauai High School athletic director Kelii Morgado was pleased to learn that Trevor Passmore, a junior at Kauai High School, posted the tournament’s high game at 278 Friday at Kauai Bowl during the Billy Tees Hawaii High School Athletic Association state bowling championships.
But that moment of joy was short-lived as Passmore was recorded as rolling eight games to the tournament’s nine-game format, pushing him out of the medals circle. Passmore’s 278 counted toward his tournament total 1,456, good enough for 14th place before being declared ineligible.
“Maybe we’ll get a special buckle for him,” said Wendy Tannery, Kauai assistant athletic director.
Kristopher Yadao of Pearl City came up with the tournament series high at 731 toward his 2001 tournament total to earn top individualist honor for the boys. Yadao finished the tournament with a 222.33 average over Chay Kuamoo-Malama of Waipahu High School who finished with an 1,829 pinfall on a 203.22 average.
That performance fueled Pearl City to the top of the team standings with a 3,010 total over Hawaii Baptist Academy boys who finished with 2,696. The host Kauai High School boys team, fueled by Passmore, the leading bowler in the Kauai Interscholastic Federation, finished seventh with a 2,661 team pinfall.
Among the audience which overflowed Kauai Bowl in the Rice Shopping Center, Gwen Batara, manager of Times Supermarket at Kukui Grove, said she used her time off to come watch her niece, Gwen Maeha of Leilehua.
Maeha, a sophomore, rolled 12 pins better than Shelby Suzuki, a senior at Hawaii Baptist Academy to claim top individualist for the girls in the tournament which wrapped up Friday afternoon. Maeha tallied 1,672 pinfall over Suzuki’s 1,660.
“And her name is ‘Gwen,’” Batara said. “How’s that? She’s named after me. Last year, Leilehua took just three girls to the state tournament. This year, they are up to five girls.”
Like the boys, Maeha’s performance helped the Mules to a fifth place showing at 2,225 pinfall. Suzuki’s performance led the Hawaii Baptist Academy girls to a second place finish with 2,458 pinfall, seven pins short of Pearl City who repeated as state champions with a 2,565 pinfall.
Host Kauai High School girls finished No. 6 with a 2,364 pinfall.
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