Seven schools have won a girls' softball title in the past 22 years of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Tournament.
Buffs, Raiders meet
for softball title
Tomorrow, there will be an eighth. And, for the eighth time, the winner will come from the Interscholastic League of Honolulu.
Yesterday, Punahou upset previously unbeaten top seed Mililani, 3-1, while Iolani blanked perennial power Kailua, 6-0, in the semifinals at Roosevelt High Stadium.
The Raiders (16-2) and Buffanblu (16-3), who finished 1-2 in the ILH, will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Today's 6 p.m. third-place game at Roosevelt will be a rematch of the OIA title game with Mililani (14-1) taking on Kailua (13-3).
Today's play began with the 3 p.m. consolation title game between Lahainaluna (13-3) and Konawaena (8-3), and the fifth-place game between Castle (12-3) and Leilehua (10-5) at 4:30 p.m.
Punahou 3, Mililani 1: Estee Okumura drove in a run and scored one in the third inning to help the Buffanblu upset the Trojans.
Cheryl Cambra tossed a five-hit complete game to pick up the win. Okumura put Punahou on the scoreboard in the top of the third with an RBI double and then scored on Erika Miyahira's single.
Punahou 002 000 1--3 7 0 Mililani 000 000 1--1 5 3Cheryl Cambra and Natalie Fujimoto; Leinani Hashida, Chenelle Chikazawa (3) and Nancy Vega. W--Cambra.
Leading hitters--Pun: Estee Okumura 2-4, 2b, 3b, RBI; Erika Miyahara 2-3, RBI; Kealuhi Reppun 2-3. Mil: Anuhea Diamond 3b; Chenelle Chikazawa 3b.
Iolani 6, Kailua 0: With Kacy Nekoba on second, Mitzy Ing lined a single off Surfrider pitcher Hauoli Kaaihue-Hughes in the top of the first and both Raiders scored when Kaaihue-Hughes' throw to first sailed into right field.
Ing then held Kailua to four hits, striking out four and not allowing a runner past second base.
Iolani 200 130 0--6 8 1 Kailua 000 000 0--0 4 4Mitzy Ing and Aurea Castro; Hauoli Kaaihue-Hughes and Shannon Celoza. W--Ing.
Leading hitters--Iol: Kacy Nekoba 2-4; Mitzy Ing 2-4. Kai: Kanani Piimauna 2-4.
Castle 6, Baldwin 5: Kealoha Yamaguchi smashed a three-run triple into the right-field corner to cap a sixth-run fourth inning as the Knights rallied past the Bears (13-3) in a game called in the middle of the sixth due to the time limit.
Baldwin 004 001--5 7 2 Castle 000 60x--6 6 3Shannon Tabion and Jessie Moniz; Natascha Berinobis and Kealoha Yamaguchi.
Leading hitters--Bal: Megan Vertido 2-3, 3b, RBI; Denise DeMello 2-3, 2b, RBI. Cas: Andria Pakele 2-2; Kealoha Yamaguchi 3b, 3 RBI.
Leilehua 6, Waiakea 2: Annie Ancheta cleared the bases with a 3-run double to break a 1-1 tie in the third inning and the Mules eliminated the Warriors (8-3).
Larena Clifton came on in relief of Kehau Kahana in the fourth to get the win. Waiakea outhit Leilehua 10-5 but was hampered by six errors.
Leilehua 104 000 1--6 5 1 Waiakea 100 010 0--2 10 6Kehau Kahana, Larena Clifton (4) and Kayla Kahuli; Myra Amisone, Chevis Campbell (4) and Shauna Perry, Kuulei Dow (4). W--Clifton.
Leading hitters--Lei: Heidi Garcia 2-4; Annie Ancheta 4 RBI. Wai: Shauna Perry 2-3, 2b, RBI; Dawn Shiroma 2-2, 3b; Myra Amisone 2-2, 2b.
Konawaena 2, Roosevelt 1: Nikki Kane scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth on a Rough Rider throwing error. Mi-Ae Lee came in in relief of Kristi Casil in the sixth to earn the win over Roosevelt (9-5).
Roosevelt 000 100 0--1 4 2 Konawaena 100 001 x--2 4 1Kristin Fujii and Trisha Kaduoka; Kristi Casil, Mi-Ae Lee (6) and Joleene Canda Alvarez. W--Lee.
Leading hitter--Kon: Mi-Ae Lee 2b.
WAILUKU, Maui -- The stingy Kamehameha defense was up to its miserly best yesterday as the Warriors shut down Mililani's high-scoring offense for a 1-0 victory to reach today's title game of the 18th Hawaii High School Athletic Association state girls' soccer tournament.
decide girls' soccer title
In an all-ILH final, Kamehameha (13-2-1) will face top-seeded Iolani (12-0-2) at 7:30 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium.
Yesterday, the Raiders defeated Pearl City, 4-1, in the other semifinal.
Kamehameha 1, Mililani 0: Raine Arndt scored the lone goal of the game in the 28th minute to give the Warriors a chance for their fourth state title, first since 1996. The Trojans (14-2) had averaged over six goals during the regular season.
Kamehameha 1 0--1 Mililani 0 0--0Goal scorer--Kam: Raine Arndt (27:50).
Iolani 4, Pearl City 1: Tiffany Todo and Alisa Sato scored first-half goals within eight minutes of each other as the Raiders stormed back after spotting the Chargers (13-3) an early 1-0 lead.
Pearl City 1 0--1 Iolani 2 2--4Goal scorers--PC: Tricia Ejima (16:05). Iol: Tiffany Todo (20:35), Alisa Sato (28:00), Joni Kaitoku (53:00), Kara Ishikawa (73:00).
In consolation games yesterday:
Kalaheo 2, Waiakea 1: Season Emmsley scored both goals for the Mustangs (8-6). Joely Gutierrez scored for the Warriors (10-5).
Hawaii Prep 1, Kailua 0: Cobey Ackerman scored the game's lone goal to lift Na Kamakani (14-1) over the Surfriders (8-5-1).
Kapaa 3, Baldwin 1: The Warriors (7-1) topped the Bears (12-2) in a battle of neighbor island league champions. Goal scorers were not available.
St. Louis won a last-minute duel of 3-pointers and a berth in the state basketball tournament when Timmy Chang drained a trey at the buzzer to beat Kamehameha, 44-43, last night at Punahou.
St. Louis hoopsters
The Crusaders claimed the Interscholastic League of Honolulu's third spot in the state field, joining Punahou and Iolani.
Junior Wong hit a 3-pointer with 30 seconds to play, giving St. Louis a 41-40 lead. But 10 seconds later Isaiah Alameda responded for the Warriors with his third trey of the game.
The Crusaders then worked the ball to Chang, the star quarterback on their championship football team. He shot from the left wing and found the bottom of the net as the clock ran out.
St. Louis 13 8 10 13--44 Kamehameha 7 9 17 10--43St. Louis: Ka'ui Ho 0, Anthony Arcenaux 5, Timmy Chang 8, Joey Borja 0, Junior Wong 5, Matt Vivas 23, Sione Thompson 0, Joe Siofele 3.
Kamehameha: Jordan Vannatta 9, Dennen Kanoa 0, Kanoa Alapai 9, Isaiah Alameda 12, Haku Milles 7, Kolo Kapanui 6.