KALAHEO — Waimea High School’s Braden Kobayashi marked the best score for the boys in the four participating schools in the Kauai Interscholastic Federation air riflery competition Wednesday at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.
But despite the high score, Kobayashi, marking 93 points in the prone position, 84 points in the standing position and 91 points in the kneeling position for a total 268 points, the Menehune’s next best shooter was absent and the Kapaa boys went on to take the meet 1,277 points to Waimea’s 1,234 points.
Kapaa got its lead from Michael Rosa posting his second straight week of high scores for the Warriors at 265 (88-80-97) points, just three points off the Braden Kobayashi pace. Rosa was followed by Maverick Yadao posting 262 (94-80-88) points for the win.
“This win clinches the KIF boys title for Kapaa,” said Ian Versammy, the Kapaa air riflery coach. “The boys finish at 5-0 with one more match to go. We want to finish perfect, and as I said before the season, we want all the spots. The Kapaa girls are also 5-0 with their 1,265-1,197 win over Waimea, but they need to win the next match to get the title.”
Heading into the Wednesday match, the Kapaa girls had managed to elude the 1,300-point mark by just four points following last week’s match. Led by Janice Manique firing 255 (91-78-86) points, the 1,300-point goal gap widened as Kapaa finished the day’s outing with 1,265 points.
Waimea got its lead from Kristine Ruiz who finished at 251 (91-72-88) points, but could not close the gap after Kapaa’s Loren Weiner and Haley Gokan posted 254-point marks while Waimea looked at Larissa Kobayashi finishing at 243 points.
“We need to finish against the Kauai girls,next week,” Versammy said. “And, there is that 1,300-point mark we need to reach. The good thing is we’re at our home range, and we’re used to the heat.”
Kauai High School girls picked up their win against Island School, 1,190 points to the Voyagers’ 1,046 points led by Kierstyn Bukoski repeating as high-pointer with 256 (91-83-82) points — just a point better than Manique’s score — at the Island School range.
Island School women got its lead from Hannah Whelan firing a 214 (85-67-62).
The Red Raiders completed its winning ways when the boys, getting a strong showing from Jacob Alvarez (95-74-90-259), out-pointed the Island School boys, 1,230 to 1,107 points.
Reece Valencia topped the Voyager men at 230 (85-63-82) points.
The KIF concludes its air rifle season Wednesday when Kauai travels to the Kapaa range, and the Voyagers visit Waimea at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center. Both matches are scheduled to start at 3 p.m. A shoot-off is scheduled for Thursday if necessary.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program Hawaii High School Athletic Association championships will take place on Oct. 24 at the Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall on Oahu.
Kapaa boys: Michael Rosa (88-80-97-265), Michael Anderson (94-74-84-252), Maverick Yadao (94-80-88-262), Ian Kimura (86-75-90-251), Mark Corpuz (90-80-77-247), Levi – (92-65-77-234), Jonathan Workman (87-71-79-237), Kainalu Gorospe (61-19-36-116).
Waimea boys: Braden Kobayashi (93-84-91-268), Dennison Mopas (88-70-88-246), Keinan Kamakele (92-69-73-234), Bryan Ingeniero (85-72-84-241), Bergen Ceballos (85-76-84-245), Dawson Franco (86-43-84-213), Kaya Labanon (80-52-68-200).
Kapaa girls: Janice Manique (91-78-86-255), Alicia Hayakawa (92-76-84-252), Loren Weiner (95-79-80-254), Kiara Dolino (86-79-85-250), Haley Gokan (94-71-89-254), Analani Bacon (85-71-81-237), Larissa Tsai (80-65-66-211).
Waimea girls: Kristine Ruiz (91-72-88-251), D’Annalyn Helgen (96-69-86-251), Tatiana Acain (88-54-78-220), Larissa Kobayashi (86-76-81-243), Norie Mae Ramirez (86-75-71-232), Dawn Serapio (77-64-77-218), Leslie Uri (89-43-74-206), Kaela Tsuchiya (66-54-85-205), Monique Lorenzo (62-59-58-179).
Kauai boys: Jacob Alvarez (95-74-90-259), Brandon Marcos (88-82-87-257), William Andres (92-73-81-246), Jaeden Victor-Basuel (91-77-73-241), Kalen Konishi (85-71-71-227), Keenan Iwai (85-41-64-190), Michael Patricio (77-62-76-215), Bryce Fernandez (66-55-58-179).
Island School boys: Reece Valencia (85-63-82-230), Bryce Yoshida (90-55-79-224), Bryant Wu (90-56-72-218), Ka‘ohu Ranis (85-61-71-217), Keola Takayama (87-57-74-218), Kaikea Kaui (89-41-79-209), Ezra Washburn (85-48-77-210), Max Rovinsky (76-50-77-203).
Kauai girls: Kierstyn Bukoski (91-83-82-256), Kimberly Matutina (87-64-83-234), Kelli Okayama (89-50-86-225), Kylee Viernes-Toyama (91-57-80-228), Jenna Takata (92-70-85-247), Joenicia Camelo (19-44-50-113), Noelle Oyama (67-68-71-206), Kealey Albarado-Planas (92-38-78-208).
Island School girls: Hannah Whelan (85-67-62-214), Quinn Catlin (84-56-72-212), Bonnie Lee (89-63-60-212), Janey Valente (78-63-65-206), Anuhea Schweitzer (76-58-68-202).