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Kua, Nichols lead KIF golf all stars

The top six boys and girls golfers during the Kauai Interscholastic Federation season were named league all stars.

They qualified by having the best average scores in the league and must have competed in at least six of the eight matches during the KIF season — six regular season matches and two state qualifying matches.

Kauai High School makes up the majority of the all star roster with eight of the 12 standouts — four boys and four girls. Kapaa has two, and Island School and Waimea each have one.

“The golfers have been very consistent at Kauai High School, even before I was coach. We’ve always had some outstanding individuals,” Kauai High boys golf coach Alton Amimoto said Tuesday. “It’s a tribute to the assistant coaches, in terms of keeping the players motivated and active in wanting to be better in their sport. On the other hand, we got to thank the school for keeping the academics on par, so to speak.”

Kauai High senior Trevor Kua led the boys with an average of 74.3. Fellow Red Raiders senior Keith Jose followed with an average of 79.3.

Kua couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.

Rounding out the boys’ roster is Kauai senior Jacob Viquelia (79.7), Kapaa senior Kainalu Gandia (80.7), Island School sophomore Reece Valencia (80.0) and Kauai freshman Kamden Nii (81.5).

Waimea senior Samantha Nichols led the girls all stars with an average of 86.3.

“That was huge for me, to have my hard work pay off — for me to be able to say I worked for this and I earned it,” Nichols said. “It felt really good to end my senior season (like this).”

Second on the girls roster is Kauai freshman Taryn Taguma with 87.8. Kauai juniors Dillyn Sakai (90.8) and Kiri Oshiro (95.7), Kapaa sophomore Samantha Coloma (95.8) and Kauai freshman Tyra Oshiro (97.8) complete the girls all star roster.

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