LIHUE — Waimea High School girls are still clinging to hope following Thursday’s Kauai Interscholastic Federation bowling matches at the Kauai Bowl.
Kauai High School boys clinched the KIF title for that division last week, but continued to stay in the leader’s spot, piling up a 2,630 (824-954-852) pinfall, including a big game of 954 in the set game, over Kapaa’s 2,235 (677-770-788) pinfall and Waimea boys’ 2,199 (691-712-796) total.
“It feels really good to make it this far,” said Christian Iloreta, the Kauai boys co-captain. “I’m a senior this year and we’ve been KIF champions all four years I’ve bowled for Kauai High School. But it was the team — they pushed through all year. I’m blessed to have them as teammates. I wouldn’t trade any of them for anything.”
In addition to Iloreta, Kauai boys team members include Allan Bueno, Trevor Passmore, Braden Passmore, Andrew Cezar, Rendle Mones, Deven Kimoto and Alvin Reis.
“The girls know what they need to do,” said Todd Ozaki, Waimea’s bowling coach. “They need to win all the remaining matches to force a one-game playoff against the Kauai High School girls who currently lead the standings. They’re just trying to be loose.”
Waimea’s girls came through, rolling a 2,201 (704-810-687) pinfall to capture the Thursday match over Kauai’s 2,043 (668-744-631) pinfall and Kapaa’s 1,644 (513-550-581) pins.
“The Menehune girls are still alive after sweeping all three games,” Ozaki said. “They had their highest score of the season at 810 coming in the second game. They need to win the final match on Oct. 20 to force a one-game playoff against the Red Raider girls. If Kauai girls win, they’ll take the KIF title.”
Ozaki said the boys and girls individualist titles are still up in the air and will be determined after the final match Thursday.
The individualist standings will determine the open positions that will join the teams at the Billy Tees Hawaii High School Athletic Association bowling championships which will roll on Nov. 3 and 4 at the Leeward Bowl on Oahu.
The next KIF bowling match starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kauai Bowl.