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Prep Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Friday, January 26, 2001


Warriors work for
tie with first-place
Buffanblu


By Jason Genegabus
Special to the Star-Bulletin

TWO of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu's top girls' soccer teams showed yesterday why the final week of the season will be exciting to watch.

Kamehameha, the league's third-place team, fought back to tie first-place Punahou, 1-1, yesterday at Kapiolani Park.

Both teams remained undefeated, and Kamehameha managed to keep its chances of winning the ILH alive.

Megan Abbott scored the lone goal for the Buffanblu 17 minutes into the first half. The junior forward took a drop pass from midfielder Charlene Lui just outside the penalty box and "just put it up and hoped it would go in," Abbott said.

"We practice a lot of different shots, but that was one of our main ones," she said.

The shot was directed straight at the goal, but its trajectory put it just over the reach of Kamehameha's goalkeeper.

Punahou coach Jorge Barbosa thought the girls executed perfectly.

"It worked," he said. "It was a nice goal."

Punahou dominated much of the first half, shutting down the Warrior offense. Punahou had a simple defense: let senior sweeper Kristin Hamada handle it.

"She plays so well that after a while we expect her to do that all the time," said Barbosa. "Sometimes we don't give her the credit she deserves because she plays like that on a day-to-day basis."

Kamehameha coach Michele Nagamine knows Hamada's style of play. She coached Hamada during the off-season.

"She's very underrated," said Nagamine. "She has such a good attitude and is such a hard worker."

However, Hamada couldn't help Punahou goalkeeper Tacy Taylor after a Kamehameha player was fouled in the penalty box 29 minutes into the second half.

Warrior halfback Krystal Ontai, the third leading scorer in the ILH, powered a penalty kick to the lower right corner of Punahou's net to tie the game.

Ontai had but a single thought as she prepared for the kick.

"Score. That was the idea," she said.

Nagamine was happy with her team's effort.

"I think they showed a lot of character, a lot of courage," she said. "It was very tough coming back from a 1-0 deficit against a team like Punahou. I was proud of my team today."

Kamehameha (6-0-4) still has a chance to win the ILH and move on to the state tournament, but its chances are slim. Punahou (8-0-2) needs one win in its final two games to eliminate the Warriors from the ILH chase. Second-place Iolani still could force a playoff if it wins its final two games, including a game against Punahou.

"I think that (the one state championship berth) is really sad for the girls," said Nagamine. "Our league is so competitive, and it's unfortunate that only one team gets to go. But that's the reality."

Kamehameha faces Iolani at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Mid-Pacific. Punahou hosts St. Francis at 3:30 p.m.


Basketball

Chad Bailey scored 13 of his 19 points in the first half as host Campbell (3-4) beat Nanakuli, 72-64, yesterday in an Oahu Interscholastic Association game.

Anthony Sandobal poured in 32 points for the Golden Hawks (0-5).

Leilehua 79, Waipahu 51:

The Mules used a balanced scoring attack -- with four players in double figures and 12 players scoring -- to rout the Marauders (1-5) and improve to 6-0.

Radford 53, Waianae 40:

Jeffery O'Garro scored a season-high 18 points as the Rams (6-2) rebounded from a first-half deficit to beat the host Seariders (2-5).

Aiea 54, Waialua 43:

Chris Antonio scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half to help Na Alii (6-3) top the host Bulldogs (0-6).



ILH

Iolani 86, Damien 62:

Derrick Low -- the league's leading scorer -- tallied 20 points, including two treys, to lead the host Raiders (8-0) over the Monarchs (1-7).

St. Louis 53, Maryknoll 45:

Frank Rivers and Justin Harris combined for all of the Crusaders' first-quarter points -- each scoring seven -- in a home win over the Spartans (1-7).

Harris finished with a game-high 17 points for St. Louis (5-2).

Punahou 62, Mid-Pacific 50:

Lucas Love and Dane Uperesa teamed up for 21 points as the Buffanblu (5-2) won for the fifth time in the past six games, and dropped the Owls to 2-6.



PREP BASKETBALL

OIA West

Yesterday's results

At Campbell

Nanakuli 12 17 16 19 -- 64
Campbell 17 23 13 19 -- 72
NANAKULI: Everson Kaaihue 5, Everett Romena 3, Barry Medeiros 6, John Chandler 0, Anthony Sandobal 32, Rolando Clef 2, Alex Armstead 0, Jacob Kaawa 0, Albert Napoleon 3, Kaleo Enos 11, Henry McShane 2, Brian Meade 0.

CAMPBELL: Antone Pacheco 14, Gentel Morris 13, Mark Villanueva 3, Mark Boucher 1, Wallace Simanu 4, Dominique Carter 6, Matthew Ramos 0 Fred Donald 4, Chad Bailey 19, Preston Varley 0, Richard Frost 0, Randy Saramosing 4, John Gonzales 0, Frankie Tano 0, Chad Kelley 4.

3-point goals--Nanakuli 5 (Sanbobal 4, Romena), Campbell 4 (Morris 2, Saramosing, Pacheco)

Junior varsity: Campbell 62, Nanakuli 56

At Leilehua

Waipahu 8 13 13 17 -- 51
Leilehua 18 23 19 19 -- 79

WAIPAHU: Rumel Megia 9, Thomas Mason 9, Jacob Aga 0, Shane Kaleiwahea 2, Kenneth Cheers 8, Paulo Aga 6, Maurice Daniels 6, Chris Coloma 4, Elliott Moananu-Willis 2, Brian Acidera 3, Werner Kamaunu 2.

LEILEHUA: Garland Gantt 10, Lance Tuggle 2, Ricardo Bachelor 4, Joshua Jumawan 11, Clifton Feliciano 12, Shaun Spencer 5, Demitrius Washington 6, Mike Hilgerson 6, John Dolac 6, Eric Marshall 11, Duon Adams 2, Reuben Dicks 4.

3-point goals--Waipahu 1 (Cheers), Leilehua 3 (Jumawan 3)

Junior varsity: Leilehua 52, Waipahu 28

At Waianae

Radford 6 12 18 17 -- 53
Waianae 8 7 9 16 -- 40

RADFORD: Justin Rellin 5, Charles Senior 10, Jeffery O'Garro 18, Joshua Redding 2, Dwight Edwards 0, Kula Tanuvasa 2, Jonathan Atimua 0, Justin Puluti 2, Kevin Calloway 12.

WAIANAE: Loui Autida 0, Jacob Milare 7, Jonah Nunuha 0, Calvin Brown 5, Kawena Rosario 1, Emry Souza 0, Preson Popa 10, Teacel Hines 6, Jason Tau 0, Erick Edwards 7, Terri Alafoe 0, Ollie Dunlap 4.

3-point goals--Radford 4 (Senior 2, O'Garro 2), Waianae 1 (Milare)

Junior varsity: Radford 61, Waianae 28

At Waialau

Aiea 13 8 20 13 -- 54
Waialua 8 9 14 12 -- 43

AIEA: Jerome Duldulao 2, Chris Antonio 16, Daniel Min 4, Wes Williams 10, Aaron Powell 8, Anthony Johnson 8, Arthur Phanphengdy 4, Nathan Olaivar 2.

WAIALUA: Emmanuel Dagupion 2, To'okela Gasper 3, Ikaika Soares 5, Randall Isomura 15, Jonathan Aceret 12, Gregory Sistoso 6.

3-point goals--none

Junior varsity: Waialua 54, Aiea 51



ILH

Yesterday's results

At Iolani

Damien 7 16 15 24 -- 62
Iolani 19 15 26 26 -- 86

DAMIEN: Brandon Ahakuelo 16, Peter Campos 0, Aaron Jarmillo 4, Mark Arquero 10, Stein Abe 0, Ashton Saifoloi 13, Dustin Sonico 11, Jarin Garma 8.

IOLANI: Derrick Low 20, Travis McGaughy 7, Bobby Webster 11, Robert Mageo 5, Bronson Melemai 2, Bobby Nash 10, Matt Choy 4, Tyler McCready 8, Joe Udell 6, Jon Grobe 4, Ryan Hannemann 5, Donny Mateaki 4.

3-point goals--Damien 6 (Arquero 2, Garma 2, Ahakuelo, Sonico), Iolani 4 (Low 2, Webster 2).

At St. Louis

Maryknoll 7 8 12 18 -- 45
St. Louis 14 14 8 17 -- 53

MARYKNOLL: Ryan Hirata 14, Nate Cowen 0, Kawika Calizar 0, Sean Ortiz 5, Russell Sypowicz 9, Kevin Lee 0, Waikoloa Noa 11, Jason Lum 2, McShane Dator 4, Jacob Noh 0.

ST. LOUIS: Bobby Tappy 8, Justin Harris 17, Jonah Nakatani 1, T.J. Moe 0, Jason Rivers 7, J.P. Kanoa 6, Brendan Clement 1, Tolifili Liufau 0, Frank Rivers 13, Enoch McKeague 0.

3-point goals--Maryknoll 6 (Noa 3, Hirata 2, Ortiz), St. Louis 3 (Tappy 2, F. Rivers).

At Punahou

Mid-Pacific 14 13 4 19 -- 50
Punahou 17 19 13 13 -- 62

MID-PACIFIC: Clint Copulos 13, Ryan Leong 2, Brian Terayama 3, James Ogiwara 6, Ricky Bauer 11, Kyle Yanabu 5, Tyler Young 0, Chris Hoe 3, Matt Friedman 7, Brandyn McCall 0.

PUNAHOU: Kynan Pang 5, Richard Kim 12, Daniel Lam 0, Andrew Amigleo 6, Todd LaFountaine 0, Jason Ching 2, John Freese 8, David Dowsett 1, David Kowen 5, Lucas Love 11, Dane Uperesa 10, Ryan Zabriske 2.

3-point goals--Mid-Pacific 3 (Copulos, Yanabu, Hoe), Punahou 5 (Kim 2, Amigleo 2, Love)

Division II varsity boys

St. Louis 87, Redemption 52

Iolani 40, Maryknoll 28

Lanakila Baptist 46, Assets 40

Kamehameha 55, University 46

Punahou 87, Hanalani 58

Leading scorers--StL: Adam Dreher 11. Red: John Mark Mageo 14. Iol: Leroy Nicolas, Parker Wittbrodt 10. LB: Alika Durington 26. Assets: Blane Kelai 15. Kam: Alika Kuraoka, Willie Greenwell 12. UHS: Tristan Child 14. Pun: Michael Robinson 12. Han: Brian Cadacio 18.



OIA soccer

With its star scorer out of the game, the Kahuku girls' soccer team turned to an unsung hero -- goalkeeper Nichele Benuska.

Benuska made several key saves as Kahuku edged Kalaheo in penalty kicks, 2-0, yesterday in the quarterfinals of the Oahu Interscholastic Association Tournament.

The Red Raiders (10-0-0) and Mustangs (4-4-3) played 100 scoreless minutes, including two overtimes, before Kahuku won on penalty kicks by Krisha Kai and Makamae Rezantes.

"(Benuska) is the real story of the game," Kahuku coach Randy Myers said. "She made some great saves and ended up being the hero."

Red Raiders star Natasha Kai had a goal disallowed in the first half and was ejected in the second after receiving her second yellow card. She'll also miss the next game -- the semifinal against Pearl City next Tuesday.

"We've always had great defense, which has been overshadowed by (Kai)," Myers said.

Pearl City slipped past Kailua, 2-1, when Carmen Calpo scored in the 60th minute on an assist from Chante Figueroa.

Lynette Sialana opened the scoring for Pearl City at the 10-minute mark. The Surfriders (7-2-2) tied the game in the first half on a goal by Pilialoha Afong.

Jennifer Iha booted in a goal at 45:30 to lift Mililani to a 1-0 win over Kalani (5-4-2). Kaiser (6-2-2) fell to Aiea, 2-0.

The Trojans (9-0-1) face Na Alii (9-1-1) on Tuesday in a rematch of a regular season game on Jan. 12 that was scoreless.



PREP SOCCER

OIA Tournament

Varsity girls

Quarterfinals

At Mililani

Aiea 2, Kaiser 0

Mililani 1, Kalani 0

At Kahuku

Pearl City 2, Kailua 1

Kahuku 0, Kalaheo 0 (Kahuku 2-0, PK)

Goal scorers--Aiea: Nadine Manangan, Lynnsey Ho. Mil: Jennifer Iha. PC: Lynette Sialana, Carmen Calpo. Kail: Pilialoha Afong.

Junior varsity girls

Championship

Mililani 1, Pearl City 0

Goal scorer--Mil: Veronica Deguzman (14:00).



ILH

Varsity girls

Kamehameha 1, Punahou 1

Pac-Five 1, St. Francis 0

Maryknoll 5, Mid-Pacific 0

Goal scorers--Kam: Krystalynn Ontai. Pun: Megan Abbott. Pac: Kristen Chung. Mryl: Erin Ota 2, Lindsey Mizota, Kerianne Pascua, Monica Yempuku.



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