Waimea, Makua Lani match scrapped

The Hawaii High School Athletic Association canceled the consolation matches of The Queen’s Medical Center Boys Soccer Championships state tournaments.

Matches were canceled because of weather and unplayable field conditions.

“I have not seen the field, but early this morning we did have HHSAA officials assess the situation, and all the outside fields are underwater,” said HHSAA spokesperson Natalie Iwamoto in a phone interview Saturday. “(The consolation matches) are canceled and will not be rescheduled.”

Waimea High School’s varsity boys soccer team was scheduled to play Makua Lani of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation in the Division II fifth place match Saturday afternoon at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex on Oahu.

“They made the decision. I’ve heard the Waipio fields don’t drain very well — probably have too much pooling on the fields,” Waimea varsity boys soccer head coach Kapono Chong-Hanssen said Saturday on the phone.

“We didn’t take a look. I figured I wouldn’t torture myself,” he added. “We’re all pretty frustrated when we heard. I want to say, I think, some of the players are tired and sore enough and they’re like, ‘Uhh.’ Just bummed for our supporters, too, that came over, and they wanted to see another game. Nothing we can do about it.”

The D2 fifth place match and the third place match between Kailua of the Oahu Interscholastic Association and Kamehameha Schools- Hawaii of the BIIF were canceled.

The Division I consolation matches — the third place match between Kapolei of the OIA and Baldwin of the Maui Interscholastic League, and the fifth place match between BIIF’s Kealakehe and OIA’s Mililani — were canceled as well.

Prior to Saturday’s canceled match, Waimea was 1-1 at the tournament. The Menehune lost in the opening round Thursday to KS-Hawaii in overtime, 2-1, and won the consolation semifinal against Farrington of the OIA, 3-nil, on Friday.

Waimea ends its season with a 9-2-3 overall record, going 8-1-3 in the regular season to en route to winning back-to-back Kauai Interscholastic Federation championships.

“It’s ending with not ending with a bang. It just fizzled, kind of,” Chong- Hanssen said. “We’re happy we got everyone in the game yesterday, and at least we got a win for our last game.”

The Division I championship match between Punahou of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu and Kaiser of the OIA and the Division II title match between Hawaii Prep of the BIIF and Saint Louis of the ILH are tentatively rescheduled for Monday. Match times are to be determined.

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