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Red Raiders take team, medalist titles

WAILUA — Kauai High filled the two medalist spots following the two-day Kauai Interscholastic Federation Championships and state qualifying tournament that wrapped Saturday at the Wailua Golf Course.

Battling through brisk winds punctuated with bouts of rain, Kauai’s Kanoa Nii was all business when he rebounded from his opening round 82 (42-40) to end with a second-day, two-over par 74 (38-36), to finish at 156 to claim the boys medalist honor.

Kanoa, battling his twin brother Kamden through the season, blossomed late in the season to fire the first under-par score during last week’s final round. During the qualifying tournament, Kanoa rebounded against teammate AJ Apalla, who held the lead with an 81 (41-40) following the first 18 holes Friday. Apalla finished the second round with a consistent 80 (42-38) en route to a second-place 161.

Kamden Nii filled in the third spot, a stroke back at 162 (83-79).

For the girls, Kauai’s Kiri Oshiro finished at 172 (85-87) to claim the girls medalist honor, eight strokes ahead of teammate Taryn Taguma, who finished at 180 (94-86).

The Red Raider girls filled in the top four spots in medalist play, with Dillyn Sakai (92-93-185) getting the third spot during the qualifying tournament.

Earlier in the season, the Kauai High School boys and girls wrapped up team championships following undefeated seasons.

Sam Pratt, KIF golf director, said the qualifying tournament set the field for KIF representation at the David S. Ishii Foundation Hawaii High School Athletic Association state golf championships, to be held on Maui. The girls will tee off May 1 and 2 at the Kaanapali Resort Royal Course, and the boys will tee off May 4 and 5.

Kanoa Nii, KIF medalist, will be joined by team members Apalla, Christian Ganir, Deven Kimoto and Kamden Nii on the boys team.

Individualists for the KIF boys include Reece Valencia of Island School, Kekoa Eisenhour of Kapaa High, and Nick Esposo of Waimea High. Riley Gokan of Kauai High School is the alternate for the field, which includes representation from nearly all of the KIF member schools.

Oshiro, KIF Medalist, will be joined by Red Raider lady team members Tyra Oshiro, Sakai and Taguma.

Individualists for the KIF girls include Sam Coloma of Kapaa High and Salisa Pegeder of Island School, with Bailee Taeza of Waimea High being the alternate.

Results

Boys: Kanoa Nii (Kau) 82-74-156, AJ Apalla (Kau) 81-80-161, Kamden Nii (Kau) 83-79-162, Deven Kimoto (Kau) 82-82-164, Christian Ganir (Kau) 83-82-165, Reece Valencia (IS) 87-80-167, Kekoa Eisenhour (Kap) 89-81-170, Nick Esposo (Wai) 91-85-176, Riley Gokan (Kau) 93-88-181, Jai Alapai (Kap) 94-89-183, Jaydon Kyono (Kau) 92-91-183, Jussten Solatre (Kau) 97-94-191, James Caudill (Wai) 96-95-191, Mosiah Bautista (Kau) 95-96-191, Justice Chatfield (Kap) 95-99-194, Kaison Carvalho (Kap) 107-88-195, Braeden Yokoyama (Kau) 89-110-199, Chris Ishikawa (Wai) 102-100-202, Ryan Martin (Wai) 99-104-203, Braden Kobayashi (Wai) 108-106-214, Henry Scherer (IS) 119-117-236.

Girls: Kiri Oshiro (Kau) 85-87-172, Taryn Taguma (Kau) 94-86-180, Dillyn Sakai (Kau) 92-93-185, Tyra Oshiro (Kau) 86-100-186, Sam Coloma (Kap) 97-95-192, Salisa Pegeder (IS) 94-102, Bailee Taeza (Wai) 100-99-199, Rachel Pleas (Kap) 106-105-211, Kelsey Tomimoto (Wai) 111-110-221, Daneica Muraoka (Wai) 113-111-224, Alicia Hayakawa (Kap) 120-112-232, Keegan Kessler (Kap) WD.

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