WAILUA, Kauai -- Hawaii Baptist Academy's Norman Asao shot a first-round 69 on a damp day to take a three-stroke lead over the field at the David Ishii/Hawaii High School Athletic Association Golf Tournament yesterday at the Wailua Golf Course.
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Meanwhile, Punahou led the 16-team field with a score of 304.
Defending state individual champion Parker McLachlin of Punahou was tied with Mark Langley of St. Louis for second place at 72.
"We started off when it was raining hard and they had to suspend play for 15 or 20 minutes," said Asao, a 5-foot-3 junior who finished fourth in the Interscholastic league of Honolulu championships.
"We all got cold during the delay and I had a hard time getting back into my groove," he said.
"But with the wet conditions and soft grass, I could get aggressive attacking greens and pins. I was mainly hitting a lot of wedges, so I had an advantage in that. Others were using 7-irons and 5-irons."
Asao trailed McLachlin and Langley by two strokes after the first nine. They shot 35s to his 37.
But Asao fired a strong 32 on the back nine by birdieing two par 5s, two par 4s and a par 3.
Jason Shimabukuro of Maui was a stroke behind McLachlin and Langley at 73.
There were four tied for fifth at 75: Kauai's Jamie Matsumura, Baldwin's Garrett Okamura and Punahou's Jim Seki and Anna Umemura.
Waiakea was second in the team competition yesterday at 313, then came Maui (315), host Kauai (317), and Baldwin and Hilo were tied for fifth (320).
A single by Kalani's Collin Funamura in the fifth inning turned into a round-trip ticket as the Falcons upset Aiea, 1-0, in the opening round of the Oahu Interscholastic Association baseball playoffs yesterday at the Aiea Recreation Center field.
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After reaching safely, Funamura attempted to steal second, triggering two Aiea errors, and he came around to score.
The Kalani (6-4) win knocked Na Alii (8-3), last year's league playoff runner-up, out of contention for a state tournament berth.
Kimo Hashiba and Shane Komine combined to toss a three-hit shutout for the Falcons. Komine struck out eight in the three innings he pitched, including the side in the sixth inning.
Kalani 000 010 0--1 6 3 Aiea 000 000 0--0 3 4Kimo Hashiba, Shane Komine (5) and Collin Funamura. Kyle Ishimitsu and Ryan Okano.
Roosevelt 7, Moanalua 3: At Stevenson Intermediate, Loren Cruzada had a solo home run in the fourth inning and drove in two runs with two hits as the Rough Riders (7-4) beat the Menehunes (4-7).
Kris Maeda also drove in two runs for Moanalua with an RBI double in the second inning and an RBI single in the fifth.
Moanalua 200 010 0--3 5 3 Roosevelt 021 112 x--7 11 4Blayne Iwata, Blane Muraoka (4) and Ted Tokunaga; Kurt Murata and Roland Saito. W--Murata. L--Iwata.
Leading hitters--Moan: Arend Johnson, 2-4. Roos: Sean Yokotake, 2b; Murata, 2b; Kenrick Shintaku, 2-3; Hunter Haliniak, 2-4; Kris Maeda, 2-3, 2b, 2 RBIs; Loren Cruzada, 2-3, HR, 2 RBIs.
Waianae 9, Kailua 4: At Waianae, right-handed junior Phillip Sarono pitched and slugged the Seariders (7-4) into a Saturday quarterfinal game (1 p.m.) at the home field of defending league champion Castle.
Sarono went five innings, yielding four hits, four walks, and striking out four. He got relief help in the sixth and seventh from Kaulana Kuhaulua.
In the second inning, Sarono broke the game open with a grand slam to give Waianae an 8-0 lead.
Kailua 001 120 0--4 7 4 Waianae 350 100 x--9 8 3Ty Okabayashi, D. Tatsuno (6) and Kui Fox; Phillip Sarono, Kaulana Kuhaulua (6) and Bobby Lee Tavares. WP--Sarono
Leading hitters--Kail: Kaina Ellis 3-4, 2b; Fox 2-4, 2b. Wain: Tavares 2-4, 2b; Shannon Napoleon 2b, 2 RBIs; Kuhaulua 2b; Sarono 2-4, grand slam HR, 5 RBIs.
Nanakuli (6-4) at Kalaheo (5-4): The game was rained out and rescheduled for 4 p.m. today.