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(Thu) October 20, 2011

HBA Boys and Girls Win ILH Bowling Titles

The HBA boys and girls varsity bowling teams are once again ILH champions.

HBA boys varsity, junior varsity gold and junior varsity black bowling teams pose for a program picture. The boys varsity team won their 14th consecutive ILH title.
Photo courtesy of Kamei Lac
The HBA boys and girls varsity bowling teams are once again ILH champions.  Both teams emerged from tightly contested races to clinch their respective ILH championships this week.

The boys team entered their season finale October 17 with a 29-1 record, while Maryknoll entered 28-2.  After splitting the first two games, HBA came through with a season-high game score of 1031 to finish the season 31-2 and avoid a tie-breaking match with Maryknoll (29-4).

Leading the way for the Eagles in the final game was senior Cailean Ching.  Despite a season average of 183, Ching rolled a 245 high game to close the regular season.  The top averages for the boys this season have been Andrew Yamamoto (195) and Joel Matsuzaki (191).

Other members of the team are Kyle Yoneshige, Justin Joo, Tyler Kim, and Matt Leong.  Collin Young was called up from the junior varsity prior to fall break to help fill-in for players missing matches due to trips and he has responded with a 183 average.

Not to be outdone, the HBA girls entered their final day of the season on October 18 with a 30-6 record and in an even more crowded group atop the standings.  Just one game separated first place from fourth place as Sacred Hearts was 29.5-6.5, Maryknoll was 29-7, and Punahou was 29-7.

HBA girls varsity bowling team won their first ILH title in three years.
Photo courtesy of Kamei Lac
Following the boys’ lead, though, the girls responded well by sweeping Punahou to finish with a 33-6 mark.  Maryknoll finished 32-7, Sacred Hearts 31.5-7.5, and Punahou 29-10.  Averaging 828 for the season, HBA rolled games of 994, 862 and 887 against the Buffanblu to clinch the championship.

Sophomore Amanda Lac leads the girls with a 182 average.  Other members of the team are Macy Tokuda, Karlene Pang, Zoe Wang, Tiffany Moritsugu, Jazmine Saito, and Lauren Stein.

HBA’s teams are classified as division 2 but bowling plays a completely integrated schedule and there is only one HHSAA state championship tournament (as opposed to separate division 1 and 2 tourneys).  The HBA boys and girls not only won their respective division 2 titles, but also their unofficial overall ILH titles as well.  Boys division 1 champion Iolani finished third overall, while girls division 1 champion Maryknoll finished second overall.

HBA’s girls junior varsity team also claimed their ILH championship.
Photo courtesy of Kamei Lac
Also winning their division 2 and overall ILH title was the girls junior varsity bowling team.  Their members are Kelsie Ching, Kimberly Matsui, Joslyn Hamada, Kelsey Nakanishi, Lauren Sumida, Kristyn Iwane, Alissa Higashi, and Lexi-Anne Yamamoto.

The boys junior varsity gold team finished third overall, while the black team finished eighth overall.

The HBA bowling staff is led by HBA P.E. teacher Greg Hayashi.  Other coaches are HBA learning center assistant Lynne Hayashi, former individual state bowling champion Rich Kodama, former HBA parent Rodney Shimabukuro, and Cody Gibo.  Kodama and Gibo are also HBA alumni.

Congratulations to our keglers!

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