KOLOA — Gabrien Hartman worked hard for his Hardest Worker Award Thursday when the Alaka‘i O Kaua‘i Public Charter School wrapped up its basketball season with a championship game at the Kahili Mountain Park campus.
Hartman found the hoop for 10 of the Nuggets’ 16 points in the championship game, where the Nuggets edged past the Warriors, 16-12, to end the basketball term that started back on Feb. 5 at the school’s gymnasium.
“It is great to be back in the gym again with these emerging basketball stars,” Alaka‘i Director and coach David “DJ” Adams said on the season’s opening day. “We have a long path ahead with our basketball program, as many of the participants are new to the sport.”
The Alaka‘i program toiled through the weeks leading to the championship game, and celebrated the season with accomplishments that included Noah Di Silvestri getting the nod for Most Improved Passer.
Hendrix Brown, recently featured on the Po‘ipu Bay Golf Course, ended the season as the Most Improved Shooter, with Chase Batalucco scoring the go-ahead goal in the final 47 seconds of the Celtics’ 16-14 win over the Lakers in February and getting the Most Outstanding Player award last week.
The Best Screener nod went to Suishou Handa-Rubin.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.