2016 Bodysurfing — High School Age Boys & Girls excel in Oceanside

August 22, 2016

The 40th Annual World Bodysurfing Championships were a success, much as the previous 39 editions, with ages 12 thru 65+ competing in various age groups, both men & women.

Preliminaries were held Saturday the 20th of August with the Semi-Finals and Finals on Sunday the 21st. This short blog focuses on the Men’s Age 15-17 competitors, i.e. Boys High School Age, an important input to the KAI~Sports Bodysurfing All-America list.

The 30 young men in the Prelims were whittled down to the top 12 for the Semis, featured earlier heat winners Jack McCloskey, Dylan Delaney and Jonathan Foster, along with last year’s finalists Wyatt Bates and Dylan Biggerstaff; rounding out the field was Graydon Church, Jake Keville, Sean Cunningham, Timothy McCauley, Tyler Sande, Nathan Swank and Augie Cunningham. (b~note: last year finalists Paul Grieumard and Jack Hayward failed to advance.)

The top three in each Semi, scoring tightly between 48 and 54 points, were McCloskey, Biggerstaff, Bates, Delaney, Sande, and (Augie) Cunningham — the tight scores of which would mean a promising Final!

In the first five minutes of the Final, the boys fought their way out through the surf, scoring small waves, but trying to get into position for the bigger and higher scoring wave chances.


Spectators on the Pier shout ‘outside’ as the bigger lines start to form…

Then, the middle five minutes provided the best waves of the heat.

Augie Cunningham was in perfect position in the first outside wave. “I felt good throughout the heat. I had made finals at the US Open Huntington Beach Bodysurfing  competition, so knew with a few good waves, would have a better chance of scoring high enough.” (b~note: although 6th in Huntington in the regular Bodysurfing, Augie won the prestigious Paipo Handboard event!)


Augie Cunningham grabs the first larger ‘outside’ wave.

According to Dylan Biggerstaff, “Augie was a little inside of me. I knew he would get that wave. I was out about 20 yards further, just aligned with Ruby’s Restaurant on the Pier. The outside waves were stacking up. I may have gotten the biggest wave of the day, so when I took off, I went for it. I caught a nice ‘chandelier section,’ let it cascade over me, then punched through it to continue inside as well, so I tried to make it the longest ride of the day as well.”


Dylan Biggerstaff slides into the ‘chandelier section’ of a wave.

Overall, great waves, great day! Congratulations to the heats of  Semi-Finals and Finals!


Bodysurfers Augie Cunningham and Dylan Biggerstaff.

For the complete results of the Worlds, click on this link:


Also, for complete listings of Bodysurfing All-Americans, click on:


(b~note: next seasons’ plan is to focus on Girls High School Age in a future blog.)



2016 USLA National Championships

August 15, 2016

Preparing for the start of the Rescue Paddle Event

The four-day United States Lifesaving Assocation (USLA) conducted their 29th annual individual and team championships from August 10-13 in Hermosa Beach, California. It was the first time since 2013 that the contests were held in Southern California, the last one being in Manhattan Beach.


Rescue Paddle finish


Solberg, Kemp

In the final individual scoring event, the Paddle Board Rescue, Jenna Solberg and Coral Kemp, shown above and left images, took runner-up finish to Kelsey O’Donnell and Diane Graner-Gallas in the “A Final.” The multiple event points amassed by Solberg, including 1st in the Open IronWoman, 2nd in both the Board and Surf races, and 3rd in the Rescue Swim race, vaulted her to the top as the US Women’s Open Lifeguard All-Around Champion over rookie Kelsey Cummings. (B~note: Cummings was in this Rescue Paddle event “B Final” with Tiana Pugliese, both of who’ll surely be looked to in the future for high-points.)



Graner-Gallas, Kemp, O’Donnell, Solberg

Recent past individual US Open Lifeguarding All-Around Champions include O’Donnell (2014), Kemp (2013), and Graner-Gallas (multiple previous years).

On the team side, the Los Angeles County Surf Lifesaving Association (LACO SLSA) is back on top of the national scene recapturing the USLA National Team Championship as well. Hats off to the Men & Women of LACO and runners-up California State Parks!

Girls HS Water Polo All-America Teams posted on KAI~Sports website!

June 27, 2016

After a little under two months of deliberation by the Sports Coordinators, 2015-2016 is now “on the web” for Girls High School Water Polo — highlighting players, high schools and cities in California and Hawai’i.

As some data (class years, name spelling, for instance) is incorrect, please email kaipolo@gmail.com to ensure accuracy. Also, CIF-SS Divisions are notorious for leaving out “Goalkeeper” annotations, so please let us know those corrections as well.

kai LogoThis year was truly a blessing for me to be able to attend more Sections and Divisions than ever before covering Fall, Winter, Spring seasons — so I had a great cross-sectional view of many players. That said, I strongly feel that the Top Ten, 160 players, and Honorable Mention, 240+ players, is one of our best classes of elite representation in California and Hawai’i — which especially solidifies and confirms this 10th Year of compiling the Kai~Sports Cal-HI girls high school water polo rankings.

New High Schools (those never represented with a player or more) were evident 2015-2016 as with the past few school years. For the record, 16 new to the rankings, with the following first-ever Athletes from their school to be named KAI~Cal HI All-American:

  • American HS (CIF-NCS), Fremont CA, Senior Goalkeeper Lydia Dadd
  • American Canyon HS (CIF-SJS), Napa CA, Allison Dugdole
  • Bear Creek HS (SJS), Stockton CA, Jr Jenna Collins, League MVP
  • Concord HS (NCS), Concord CA, Junior Karlee Kronquist
  • Cupertino HS (CIF-CCS), Cupertino CA, Junior Anna Rajaratnam
  • Enochs HS (SJS), Modesto CA, Averi Peterson, League MVP
  • Florin HS (SJS), Sacramento CA, Amaya Palmer, League MVP
  • Fremont HS (CCS), Oakland CA, Senior Carmen Steinmeier
  • Golden Valley HS (SJS), Merced CA, Sr Marissa Wynn, League MVP
  • Liberty HS (NCS), Brentwood CA, Senior Lindsey Heaney (there is also a Liberty HS in Bakersfield CA)
  • Rancho Cucamonga HS (CIF-SS), Rancho Cucamonga, Senior Denise Mammolito
  • Schurr HS (SS), Montebello CA, Senior April Alvarez and Junior Jassmine Kezman
  • Sonora HS (SJS, City of Sonora, not to be confused with the SS school from La Habra SS), Juniors Josie Personius and Samantha Slater
  • South Pasadena HS (SS), Pasadena CA, Freshman Sydney Shettleroe
  • Westridge HS (SS), Pasadena CA, Juniors Georgia Bogle, Kira O’Donnell and Ava Whist
  • Woodside HS (CCS), Woodside CA, Freshman Goalkeeper Maya Srinivasan

All of the above are from California, but that doesn’t mean that Hawai’i is not growing. My recent trip to Hawai’i showed me that there are more players than ever playing polo in the Islands. And, on those years I get to Hawai’i for the two championship weeks, I usually finish these lists a few weeks early…unfortunately, not this year, since my wife, Shelley, and I went to the remote coast of Oregon for two weeks, losing valuable internet connectivity.

But what we did gain in working with our friend, Laura Robinson, (see “Soles 4 Hope” blogsite), were many of God’s blessings in the small 1/24th portion that we could join her on her border-to-border mission. (Be sure to check her blog about her Canada-to-Mexico trip down US 101.) We sincerely hope that you all are blessed this year as much as we were and still are.


Kelly Kemp, Kai~Sports, at Umpqua River Lighthouse, Oregon, June 2016

2016 HHSAA Championships, 4

May 11, 2016

4-7 May 2016 — the extended weekend concludes the Girls High School Water Polo in the state of Hawai’i with the annual state tournament, the Stanford-Carr Development/ Hawai’i High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) State Championships. First off, let me give recognition to great tournament organization, starting with the host schools, who contributed many folks, and key personnel: Mark Brilhante, Kaleheo Athletic Director, Fred Lee, Kaimuki Athletic Director, Wendell Look,’Iolani Athletic Director, and Daniel Arakaki, University of Hawai’i; secondly, the officials desk staff: Head Timer Chelsey Kekahuna-Kalaukoa, Scorekeepers Corey Fellezs, Kandelle Khimi and Nathan Higa; thirdly the Referees: Keahou Chang, Grace Chen, Mike Klaus, Sydney Lyons, Jimmy Martindale, Danny Pollard, Brendan Shum, Gregg Wong and Michelle Wong. These thanks are echoed from all, but specifically documented from your two announcers, Kelly Kemp and Lee Young-Kingsbury.

Below is the reverse chronological order summary of games for Day 4:

Saturday, State Finals

The final game was opened with much fanfare. Kamehameha Senior Co-Captain Courtney Quiamzon led all attendees with an outstanding rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, then followed that up singing the State song, Hawai’i Pono ‘I.


Courtney Quiamzon sings prior to the Championhip Finals.

Game 18, Championship Game, #1 Punahou 9-1 over KS-Kapalama

The two tournament undefeated teams lined up for introductions.


Punahou, dark caps, faces Kamehameha-Kapalama, white caps, in Gold Medal game.

Kam School-Kapalama put up a great defense in the first half, led by steals from Payton Bosque, Keylee Leong and La’akea Dedrick, along with field blocks by Leong and Kaylen Nitahara, only to fall behind Punahou 4-0 at the half. And, despite the 11 saves and 2 steals in stellar goalkeeping from Jordan Ehara, Punahou outscored Kam 5-1 in the second half behind Marissa Anne Miller and Natassia Dunn, 3 each, Saki Migliorato, 2, and Micaela Kauhane. Goalkeeper Emalia Eichelberger was again phenomenal — only one sneaking in — with 6 blocks, 1 assist to counterattacking Miller.


Punahou’s Micaela Kauhane rears to shoot.

Interviewing the ‘three amigos’ Seniors — Dunn, Eichelberger, Migliorato — they exclaimed (at post-game party) that “were glad it’s over (successfully with 4 state titles/undefeated at state tournament in 4 years)!” and “we’re really looking forward to college! (UCLA, Stanford, Georgetown Universities, respectively)!” Congratulations, ladies, and best wishes for college! (b~note: my daughter, UCLA alum/club polo player Chelsea, and I were fortunate to attend not only the games, but the celebration dinner afterwards…)

  • Punahou         2-2-4-1 = 9
  • KS-Kapalama 0-0-1-0 = 1

Nine-consecutive State Championship winning Coach Ken Smith addresses Punahou players.

Game 17, 3rd Place Game, #2 Kahuku 8-5 against Roosevelt


Ava Countryman scores on backhand,  one of her 4 goals.

For the second time in two weeks, Kahuku outlasted arch-rival Roosevelt to best their annual series, 2 out of 3. (b~note: Roosevelt won the regular season game and championship earlier, but Kahuku won the OIA Championship finals tournament game.)

Kahuku took the early lead with steals from Delilah Tea and Sophia Wilson leading to counterattack goals by Ava Countryman and Tea, respectively. In the second quarter, Roosevelt tied the game twice, first at 2-2, as Rayna Miranda was assisted by Sarah Yasuda followed by Laura Young being assisted by Taylor Brooks; Tea had another steal with an assist to Wilson for a short-lived lead, then April Gomes tied up the game with an outside shot, again short-lived, as Kahuku Captain India Pyzel found Keana Kunz with a picture perfect pass for Kunz’ only goal on a beautifully executed lob goal.

In the second half, Kahuku blew the game open with three successive counterattacks, led by Pyzel, 4 total assists, Countryman and Isabella Walker, before Countryman finished the scoring with a crisp backhand shot.

  • Kahuku     2-2-3-1 = 8
  • Roosevelt 0-3-0-2 = 5

Goalkeeper Noa Cravens had 7 saves and 2 steals in a Hawaii State Bronze Medal triumph for the Kahuku Red Raiders.

Game 16, 5th Place Game, KS-Hawaii 11-10 versus Lahainaluna (Overtime)

Kam School-Hawaii fell behind early  to the Lunas, but bounced back in the second quarter to tie 4-4 at half and 10-10 at regulation. High scorer for Kam (and game MVP) was Katelynn Kubo,  5 goals 4 steals 2 draws 1 field block, with Alyssa Pelanca, 4 goals, Lahela Rosario, Trinity Alameda, 1 goal each.

Just one goal behind was Lahainaluna, with goals from Julia Bianco and Lalelei Mataafa, 3 each, and Nikki Zamani and Alicia Wintermeyer, 2 each.

  • KS-Hawaii   0-4-4-2-1 = 11
  • Lahainaluna 3-1-4-2-0 = 10

Kamehameha’s Alyssa Pelanca shoots the game-winning penalty in OT.

Game 15, Consolation Championship, Hawaii Prep defeated Kalani, 5-3


HPA takes a time out.

In a tightly contested match at the start of Finals Day, the Hawaii Preparatory Academy hung on to upset favored Kalani High School in this low-scoring game.

For the winners, Goalie Ala Taylor had 6 saves and Taylor Doherty had 3 steals and a field block, Erin Evans, 3 steals, Kira Parker, 2 steals, Co-Capt Louisa Duggan, 2 steals, and Co-Capt Elizabeth Jim, 1 steal on defense — but their real story was extra-player advantages. Doherty, Evans, Duggan and Janelle Laros drew critical ejections — and the result was 3 goals and 2 assists for Laros, 1 goal and 2 assists for Duggan, and 1 goal for Doherty to go with her winning all four sprints!

On the losing side, Co-Captain Seniors Erika Kim, 2 goals 1 field block, and Lisa Namatame, 1 goal 1 assist 1 steal, had fine games on offense, but it just wasn’t enough firepower. As for Kalani defense, Junior Goalkeeper Mika O’Shea had a phenomenal game, 16 saves, 2 steals and 1 assist.

  • HPA    1-2-0-2 = 5
  • Kalani 1-1-0-1 = 3

Kalani’s Mika O’Shea makes a spectacular save. Photos by Chelsea Kemp

2016 HHSAA Championships, 3

May 11, 2016

Below is the reverse chronological order summary of games for Day 3:

Friday, Semi-Finals

Game 14 Semi-2, KS-Kapalama 5-2 versus #2 Kahuku

This defensive struggle was definitely a highlight of the tournament, with both teams playing their hearts out in an attempt to secure a berth in the State Finals. In the first half, the teams were each trying to get the upper hand, with neither giving more than an inch or two — with opportunities few and far between — but those small inches seemed to be going Kamehameha’s way as each of Kahuku’s finishing touches missed their marks. Midway through the third quarter, in fact, it was a meager 1-point lead.

Enter Junior 2-Meter Player #17 Kaylen Nitahara, who, late in the third quarter, had a breakout moment. First, her assist to La’akea Dedrick  inspired the crowd… Next, after a quick turnover, it was followed by the player-advantage-goal that she rifled into the net for an almost insurmountable 4-1 lead.

According to Nitahara, “We’re a second half team. By then we have adjusted to the refs and the other team. We reminded ourselves of that. If they get a score, we know we’ll get it right back. And then our defense will take over.”

And it did. Senior Jordan Ehara, Goalkeeper, had eleven saves, five on Kahuku extra-player advantages, two on off-speed lobs, and one on a stellar 1-v-1 block against star Red Raider India Pyzel.

“I get fired up. No way I’m gonna let my Team down. I know they all count on me. So I don’t let down,” commented Ehara, post-game.  Excellent Team defense indeed.

  • KS-Kap 1-1-2-1 = 5
  • Kahuku 1-0-0-1 = 2

University of Hawai’i’s Duke Kahanamoku Pool

Game 13, Semi-1, #1 Punahou 17-2 over Roosevelt

Punahou’s starting seven,  Marissa Dunn, Micaela Kauhane, Marissa Anne Miller, Saki Migliorato, Malia Gacutan and Danielle Kauahi and GK Emalia Eichelberger (GK), dominated their second opponent in as many days. Although Eichelberger was only threatened three times, she still came away with three clean saves. On the scoring half of the ledger, all starters scored, leading with Miller, 5, Dunn and Migliorato, 3 each,  Gacutan, Kauhane, and finishing off with spares Robbie Bickerton and Danielle Kaya, 1 each. Scoring was set up with steals by Dunn and Eichelberger, 2 each, Bickerton, Lee and Migliorato, 1 each, as well as quicktime assists from Dunn, 3, Eichelberger, Kauahi and Miller, 1 each. (b~note: Eichelberger had 4-5 ‘on-the-money’ passes to teammates on lead break, one of which, to Migliorato, ended in a score, with 2 others leading to assists.)

“We practice fundamentals. Our game plan is to stick with those fundamentals.  We’re coached to keep balanced no matter who’s in. For this game, after the first quarter, we kept with two starters along with rotating in everyone for the next three quarters in order to stay/keep consistent,” #8 Marissa Anne Miller, Junior Attacker, who started with an assist to #3 Senior Dunn to open the scoring. After that, total balance. Total domination.

  • Punahou   6-3-4-4 = 17
  • Roosevelt 0-0-1-1 =   2

Game 12, #4 Lahainaluna 10-7 against Kaiser

Even though Kaiser’s Senior Co-Capt Ana Alumbaugh finished with 4 goals and 3 steals, it still wasn’t enough to overcome the ‘Lunas’ Senior Co-Capt Lalelei Mataafa’s 7 goals and a steal along with the great game of the other Senior Co-Capt Haleigh Berko, 4 steals, Junior Julia Bianco, 7 steals 3 assists 2 field blocks, and Junior Alicia Wintermeyer, 3 goals 1 assist 1 steal.

  • Kaiser          2-3-2-0 =  7
  • Lahainaluna 4-2-4-0 = 10

Game 11, #3 KS-Hawaii defeated Baldwin, 10-8

Kam Senior Katelynn Kubo led all scorers with 5 goals 2 assists 3 steals, when coupled with Senior Alyssa Pelanca, 2 goals 1 assist, came back from a 3-6 halftime deficit to outscore Baldwin 7-2 in the second half, despite the Baldwin efforts from Senior Kendra Bean, 4 goals 2 assists, and Sophomore Rebecca Buenrostro Gallimore, 3 goals 4 sprints won.

  • KS-Hawaii 1-2-3-3 = 10
  • Baldwin     3-3-0-2 =   8

Game 10, Consolation, Kalani 10-3 over Kapolei

Even though Kapolei could muster up a stong showing from Juniors Annika Slattery, 2 goals, and Mailani Wendt, 6 steals 1 assist, Kalani was stronger with Senior Tri-Captains Lisa Namatame, 6 goals, Erika Kim, 2 goals 2 assists, Allisa Takahashi, 2 draws 1 assist, and Junior Charity Lopes, 1 goal 2 assists. Kalani Goalkeeper Mika O’Shea was the ‘hottest of the day’ up to that point with 12 saves 2 steals.

  • Kapolei 0-1-2-0 =   3
  • Kalani   2-2-2-4 = 10

2016 HHSAA Championships, 2

May 11, 2016

Below is the reverse chronological order summary of games for Day 2:

Thursday, Second Round

Game 9, #1 Punahou 18-4 over Kaiser

Punahou’s starting seven of Emalia Eichelberger (GK), Robbie Bickerton, Micaela Kauhane, Marissa Anne Miller, Saki Migliorato, Malia Gacutan and Danielle Kauahi pounded out a early 8-0 lead then cruised to the win over Kaiser in the final game of the evening. There were no game MVPs, just all-around outstanding Team play!  Migliorato had 5 goals for the ‘BuffanBlu,’ with Bickerton, Kauhane and Miller all scoring before reserves Natassia Dunn, Kaya Lee, Madison Meister and Daralyn Wen came in off the bench to score. Kaiser’s ‘starters’ didn’t start until the second half to rest up, but surprised Punahou with Seniors Lara Yasume winning two sprints and two steals and Ana Alumbaugh scoring 2 goals to go along with an assist and a steal to make a dent in Punahou’s armor.

  • Punahou 8-0-4-6 = 18
  • Kaiser     0-0-3-1 =  4

Game 8, KS-Kapalama 14-6 over #3 seed KS-Hawai’i

Although the Big Island top-seeded squad held tough the first half, they were overshadowed by tougher Team play in the second, as Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama, Oahu, handled the course of the game well, putting them in to the second Semi, and positioning them for a run to the final. Payton Bosque and Kaylen Nitahara led the Oahu group with 3 each, with 2 goals contributed by Kayla Aloiau-Hose, Monet Bisch, and Keylee Leong. Co-Captains Katelynn Kubo 3, and Alyssa Pelanca 2, contributed for the Hawaii contingent.

  • KS-Hawaii       2-2-0-2 =  6
  • KS-Kapalama 4-2-3-5 = 14

Game 7, #2 Kahuku 9-5 over Baldwin

Kahuku used a strong game from Senior Team Captain Indie Pyzel, 4 goals, 2 draws, 2 steals and an assist, coupled with overall Team play from Ava Countryman 2 assists and 1 goal, Sophia Wilson 2 steals and 1 goal, and Isabella Walker 4 assists 2 goals and 1 steal, to name a few, to overcome Baldwin of Maui and advance to Semi-2. Kendra Bean, 2 goals 1 assist, and Rebecca Buenrostro Gallimore, 2 goals, 2 steals, 4 sprints won, led the Baldwin effort. Note here that, although Baldwin goalie Kiara Espeleta only had five saves in ~three quarters, near the end of the third, she cleanly blocked Attacker Izzy Walker’s 1-v-1 counter. Kahuku Goalkeeper Noa Cravens also had a stellar game with 5 clean saves, 1 steal, and 1 long-ball-assist to Wilson’s counterattack goal.And one more note, the two referees for this game, Sydney Lyons and Greg Wong, went above and beyond in calling a great game under intense pressure.

  • Kahuku  2-1-2-4 = 9
  • Baldwin 2-0-2-1 = 5

Game 6, Roosevelt 10-9 (3OT) over #4 Lahainaluna

Highly agree with Honolulu Star-Advertiser writer Brian McInnis that the matchup between Maui’s top team and the OIA runner-up is the “game of the tournament” so far. Both teams handled adverse situations well, and referees Keahou Chang and Grace Chen maintained discipline in the pool by calling an outstanding game.

In the first half, the Riders took it to the Lunas, with assists and goals by Taylor Brooks, April Gomes, Rayna Miranda, Sarah Yasuda, and Laura Young… then they went flat losing Brooks to three major fouls, and Luna Co-Capt Lalelei Mataafa started her scoring spree with the first five of her goals. Regulation time found a 6-6 tie. In OT1, Julia Bianco and Nikki Zamani scored, both assisted by Mataafa, but the Rough Riders answered with a Gomes’ field block followed by her assist to Miranda. In OT2, a Yasuda to Young pass for a drive-in goal tied the score, only to have Mataafa rifle in a skim shot from long range. At critical time of the last possession, Yasuda drew an ejection, got the ball to Young and back for a goal. At the end of two overtime periods, scores were a level 9-9. Enter golden goal/aka sudden victory. On the first Roosevelt possession, again late in the possession, Yasuda drew another kickout, creating a new shot clock and new hope. This time, she picked up the ball herself and found teammate Miranda who fired in the game winner!

Interviewing Yasuda and Young post-game, yours truly inquired about several things, the first being game strategy. They both chirped in, “Watch #4 (Mataafa). Stay on her tight.” Secondly what did your coach, Sue Nishioka say at the end of regulation? Again, both simultaneously, “You have to really want it!” Third thing, any change in strategy? “No, but a reminder to ‘just keep moving’ (to draw an advantage).” Indeed they did, advancing to the final four!

  • Lahainaluna  1-1-1-3-2-1-0 =  9
  • Roosevelt     2-3-1-0-1-2-1 = 10

Lahainaluna’s Alicia Wintermeier wins the sprint against Roosevelt’s Taylor Brooks.

On the loosing side, Juniors Sydney Wagner had a great game with 8 blocks, as did Julia Bianco with 8 steals and an overtime goal; to repeat, Mataafa had 6 goals, her final tally in OT2 put her team up 9-8, setting the stage for Roosevelt’s heroics.

Game 5, Consolation, Hawaii Prep 7-2 over Waialua

Hawaii Preparatory Academy from the Big Island jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter and a 7-0 lead before Waialua avoided the shutout behind goals from Senior Co-Capt Gabriella Delgado and Junior Megan McHale. Leading scorers from Hawaii Prep were Senior Co-Capt Elizabeth Jim, Junior Janelle Laros and Sophomore Kira Parker with 2 goals each. Jordyn Bjur had a big game in goal for the Bulldogs with 9 blocks.

  • HPA       3-2-1-1 = 7
  • Waialua 0-0-0-2 = 2

2016 HHSAA Championships, 1

May 11, 2016

Below is the reverse chronological summary of games for Day 1:

Wednesday, First Round

Game 4, Kamehameha Kapalama 11, Kalani 2

Most of the afternoon was rain showers, but it did not muffle the crowd cheers of surprise and awe as Kalani (OIA public school) jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter against the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) private school.  Then tough became tougher as the Warriors starters wore down the Falcons in the second quarter, then  played everyone in the win. Leading scorers: Kam-Kap: Payton Bosque 4, Kaylen Nitahara 4; Kalani: Charity Lopes, Lisa Namatame.

  • Kam-Kap 3-6-1-1 = 11
  • Kalani      2-0-0-0 =   2

Game 3, Kaiser 9, Hawaii Preparatory Academy 8

Hawaii Prep (Big Island Interscholastic Federation) attempted to crawl stroke its way back into an apparently lopsided contest against Kaiser (of the OIA), only to fall short at the final buzzer. Leading scorers, Kaiser: Ana Alumbaugh 5; HPA: Erin Evans 2, Janelle Laros 2.

  • HPA    1-3-3-1 = 8
  • Kaiser 6-0-1-2 = 9

Game 2, Baldwin 15, Kapolei 7

Baldwin (Maui Interscholastic League) started out testing the waters, then blew by Kapolei (OIA) in the second quarter with consistent defensive pressure leading to countless counterattacks. Leading scorers, Baldwin: Kendra Bean 4, Rebecca Buenrostro Gallimore 3, Dyllan Cabiles 2; Kapolei: Annika Slattery 3, Jasmine Palumbo 2, Mailani Wendt 2.

  • Baldwin 2-9-2-2 = 15
  • Kapolei  2-0-2-3 =   7

Game 1, Roosevelt 14, Waialua 4

Roosevelt dominated the all-OIA clash by jumping out to a large lead, then continuing their scoring output versus Waialua. Leading scorers, Roosevelt: Taylor Brooks 7, Laura Young 4; Waialua: Gabriella Delgado 2.

  • Roosevelt 5-3-2-4 = 14
  • Waialua    1-0-1-2 =   4

(b~note, i.e., blogger~note: as always, first cuts are abbreviated to get info online rapidly, so please stay tuned as additional details & comments are added, including images, for clarity & completeness… my current style is to use reverse chronological order to better document these events in a way that many have told me is more meaningful and reflective… thanks for your patience in reading & reviewing, sincerely, your blogger & editor)