Red Raiders sweep to start air riflery season

KALAHEO — Waimea’s Kristine Ruiz fired off a day’s high 243 points, but the Menehune came up short by five points on the girls air riflery range Wednesday afternoon at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

Kauai High School girls picked up the win, 1,129 points to Waimea’s 1,124 points, to lead the Red Raiders to sweep the opening round of Kauai Interscholastic Federation air riflery as the Kauai High School boys posted a 1,233-1,168 win over the Menehune men.

Okayama outshot Ruiz in two of the three positions — 96-88 prone, 83-81 kneeling — but faltered in the standing position, falling to Ruiz 63-74, to lead the Red Raider ladies in the opening round. She finished a point off Ruiz at 242 and got support from Jenna Takata who finished the day three points off the pace at 240 (94-74-72).

Kierstyn Bukoski (86-59-83-228), Kaeley Yamamotoya (77-69-78-224) and Noelle Oyama (66-72-57-195) filled in the team scoring for Kauai.

Ivory Asuncion (46-23-35-104), Payton Baltz (59-26-23-108) and Joenicia Camelo (77-69-78-147) were other Raiders who qualified for the firing line during the opening round.

Following Ruiz’s lead, Waimea got 226 (84-75-67) from Dawn Serapio and Norie Mae Ramirez finishing at 223 (85-65-73). Tatiana Acain (90-50-78-218) and Leslie Uri (85-55-74-214) rounded out the Menehune wahine team scoring.

Larissa Kobayashi (78-58-77-213) and Kaela Tsuchiya (82-54-62-198) were the two Menehune individualists on the girls range.

Waimea’s Braden Kobayashi led the boys’ scoring on a day’s high 263 (91-83-89), but the Menehune came up short against Kauai as Jacob Alvarez fired a 260 (91-83-86) and Brandon Marcos added 259 (94-86-79) to lead the Red Raider boys’ victory.

William Andres finished at 251 (94-76-81), Jaeden Victor-Basuel added 235 (85-76-74), and Kaisen Duclayan’s 228 (92-57-79) rounded out the Kauai boys’ team scoring.

Other Raiders on the line included Bryce Fernandez (65-45-66-176) and Michael Patricio (71-54-47-172).

Following Braden’s lead, Bryan Ingeniero added 249 (87-73-89) and Elon Jamorabon finished at 246 (92-76-78). Dennison Mopas ended the day at 207 (84-46-77) and Dawson Franco added 203 (80-56-67) to round out the Waimea team scoring.

Other Menehune men on the firing line included Kallen Wachi (50-47-49-146) Bergen Cebullos (76-52-57-185), and Jhay Bryan Quiocho (33-44-57-134).

Kauai next hosts Island School Wednesday at the Kauai High School range starting at 3 p.m. while Waimea travels to Kapaa High School to meet the Warriors at the Kapaa High School range.

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