Kaimuki Foot­ball High­lights East Oahu Prep Sports Year

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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.

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