KALAHEO — Waimea High School and Kauai High School air rifle teams took their respective matches on Thursday at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center and at the Island School range in Puhi.
Brandon Marcos posted a 254 (86 prone, 87 kneeling, 81 standing) to lead the Kauai High School boys to a 1,192-960 showing over the Island School boys who scored 225 (88-90-47) from Bryant Wu.
Kaori Kaya set the standard for Kauai High School girls with a 269 (97-90-82) who finished with a team total 1,191 points to the collective shooting by two Island School girls, Catlin Quinn (66-69-47-182) and Aliana Ho (76-68-48-192).
Kaya’s score in the prone position came in just three points shy of a perfect score as the Red Raider sharp shooter posted the best girls’ score of the day.
Waimea’s Khryshia Pascual, posting the girls’ high-pointer during last week’s match, finished with a 259 (96-73-90) to set the pace for Waimea’s girls who finished with a 1,217-1,211 over Kapaa’s wahine at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.
“That is close,” said Ian Versammy, the Kapaa coach. “Last week, we were close against Kauai. We have a lot of new shooters, but we start lessons early. We’ve definitely come a long way from where we were.”
Waimea’s victory on the girls’ range was a mere five points.
Kapaa’s lead shooter on the girls’ range belonged to Janice Manique who carded a 254 (93-82-79), just two points better than Haley Gokan (91-80-81-252).
The close competition was also tight on the boys’ range where Waimea boys finished with a 1,141-1,132 edge over Kapaa, led by Braden Kobayashi repeating as Waimea’s high-pointer at 251 (92-80-79).
Kapaa’s Maverick Yadao set the boys’ pace with a 256 (91-76-89), nailing the best score of the day over the four teams.
“It must be when he got his own rifle,” said his mother, who watched at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center. “Before then, he was using this rifle, and that rifle. When he got his own weapon, his scores became good.”
The results set up a showdown between Kauai and Waimea on Wednesday when the Menehune traveled to the Kauai High School range. Kapaa will host Island School at the Kapaa High School range with both matches starting at 3 p.m.
Kapaa Boys: Maverick Yadao (91-76-89-256), Michael Anderson (90-72-84-246), Michael Tsai (62-56-64-182), Ian Kimura (89-67-77-233), Mark Corpuz (82-47-86-215). Braden Tabura (71-23-42-136).
Waimea Boys: Braden Kobayashi (92-80-79-251), Dennison Mopas (88-77-82-247), Tevin Shigematsu (72-45-68-185), Bryan Ingeniero (87-70-79-236), Keane Caberto (83-68-71-222). Dawson Franco (70-34-43-147), Joshua Subiate (70-31-42-143), Elton Jamorabon (65-43-62-170).
Kapaa Girls: Janice Manique (93-82-79-254), Brianna Wright (84-75-69-228), Karyn Koko (84-71-81-236), Alicia Hayakawa (94-67-80-241), Haley Gokan (91-80-81-252). Analani Bacon (81-52-85-218), Daileen Barton (50-54-63-167), Chaye Gacusan (79-60-59-198), Anna Santos (70-59-71-200), Larissa Tsai (84-58-69-211).
Waimea Girls: Khryshia Pascual (96-73-90-259), Janine Prado (80-75-73-228), Ashley Pascual (90-72-85-247), Erika Esposo (86-59-80-227), Robyn Acob (95-81-80-256). Tatiana Acain (76-61-68-205), Kristine Ruiz (74-62-72-208), Venice Subia (83-67-68-218).
Island School Boys: Bryant We (88-90-47-225), Tanner Tavares (83-73-51-207), Reece Valencia (82-65-53-200), Ranger Robinson (67-53-57-177), Conor Hunt (66-44-40-151). Henry Scherer (65-39-31-135), Preston Patterson (54-34-30-118), Ka‘ohu Ranis (62-15-20-97).
Kauai Boys: Brandon Marcos (86-87-81-254), Kaimana Texeira (86-86-61-233), Kaimi Texeira (94-86-72-252), Grant Calipjo (89-75-67-231), Kendrick Cadiz (90-82-50-222). Keenan Iwai (64-47-33-144).
Island School Girls: Quinn Catlin (66-69-47-182), Aliana Ho (76-68-48-192).
Kauai Girls: Kaori Kaya (97-90-82-269), Kailee Arakaki (86-86-69-241), Xandra Masumoto (73-81-72-226), Kelli Okayama (90-71-63-224), Emily Melchor (78-86-67-231). Kimberly Matutina (84-55-58-197), Lilinoe Wilson (78-73-64-215), Kaeley Yamamotoya (79-72-70-221).