Kaimuki Football Highlights East Oahu Prep Sports Year
third quarter. DB and WR Kuali‘i-Moe finished with four receptions for 64 yards and a 36-yard TD catch that made it 28-6 before the half.
They were 10-1 at that point, but weren’t finished yet, posting wins over Kamehameha-Hawaii (14-9) and Lahainaluna (28-27) in the state championship. Although Iolani beat them 49-14 in the DII title game Nov. 26, any talk of the top five East Oahu prep sports stories invariably begins with Kaimuki’s football season. A summary of other local prep stories follows:
Kalani girls soccer team has breakthrough season. Sonya Aguirre’s goal in the 60th minute provided the margin of victory as Kalani edged Kapolei 1-0 to win a riveting OIA playoff semifinal Jan. 29, thus lifting the Falcons to their first title game appearance since 2006. A four-year standout for the Falcons, Aguirre started the game at forward but was moved to right halfback in the second half to provide a stronger midfield. Her gamewinner came after Kalani had exerted a flurry of defensive pressure. Senior forward Randee Yamada broke free to the right side of the 18-yard box and, with Kapolei’s goal- lie coming out to challenge a shot attempt, the ball went free to Aguirre, who blasted it over the head of a defender and into an open net. Kalani coach Michelle RichardsonDe Almeida saw the team improve to 12-1-1 with the win. Although it lost the OIA title game the next day 3-1 to Mililani, it followed up with an impressive showing at the state Division I state soccer championships where it shut out Castle (3-0) and Hilo (30) before losing to eventual state champ Punahou (5-0). Kalani capped off its amazing season Feb. 6 with a 2-1 win over Baldwin for third place.
Eastsidaz s c ore b ig at national basketball tourney in Las Vegas. The Eastsidaz club represented Hawaii in fine fashion in July, entering four teams in different age groups at the “Jam On It” Grand Finale national basketball tournament. Coached by current Kaiser head girls coach Simon Bitanga, Eastsidaz entered teams in the 10-andunder, 12-and-under, 13and-under divisions, as well as JV and high school. All five teams advanced to their cham- pionship game with only the 12-and-under team finishing as runner-up. Eastsidaz won a 2008 national title in the 13and-under division and hoped for another memorable run. So when Bitanga and his girls returned home, he printed T-shirts with a new slogan: “We Came Up For More and We Brought Back Four.”
Kaiser makes spirited run in state volleyball tournament. Having secured an OIA berth for the Division I state volleyball tournament, the Kaiser girls definitely faced the long, hard route on Maui. Unseeded, they remained undaunted, posting upset wins over Moanalua in the first round and fourth-seeded Kamehameha-Hawaii in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals versus eventual tournament r unner-up Punahou. Although t he Cougars lost to the Buffanblu on day three, they regrouped to win the third-place game over Waiakea Oct. 30. Kaiser finished its season 14-7.
Kalani’s bowlers stand tall at individual OIA finals.
Kalani senior Brianne Yamada won the OIA girls individual title with 1,180 pins, topping Kapolei’s Christalynn Bonafacio’s 1,174 Oct. 13 at Schofield Bowling Center. It was quite a follow-up season for Yamada, who hadn’t even placed in 2009.
In the boys division, Aaron Yamamoto also had a solid showing, finishing second with a pin count of 1,251. (Kailua’s Austin Patacsil had rolled 1,266 to win the boys crown.)
Both bowlers went on to compete at the state bowling championships Oct. 29. Yamamoto finished second at the event, while Yamada finished 10th in the girls division.