Pearl City girls, 'Aiea boys win OIA bowling
By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer
Sky Hieda rolled a 224 in a second and deciding game after posting a 194 with teammate Jodi-Ann Gum in the first to lead Pearl City over Kalani, 2-0, to capture the O'ahu Interscholastic Association girls' team bowling championship yesterday at Leeward Bowl.
Grayson Kealalio rolled high games of 216 and 258 to lead 'Aiea over Pearl City, 2-0, to win the boys' title for the fourth consecutive year and 10th overall.
"It feels good, but we're not celebrating just yet because we still have states," said Hieda, a senior and fourth-year bowler.
The Chargers beat the Falcons, 885-770 and 983-771, while Na 'Alii's boys stopped Pearl City's boys, 878-829 and 1,059-981.
The Pearl City girls advanced by beating Roosevelt, 2-0, in the semifinals earlier in the day. Gum had a game-high 279 in the semifinals, not quite a career high. She bowled a 289 last year in junior bowling.
Other members of the Chargers' team are seniors Tara Miyamoto and Cori Shinkawa and junior Mandi Ishihara, as well freshmen Jennifer Iha, Stacie Yoza and Carah Nakayama. It was Pearl City's first title since 1997 and sixth overall.
Kalani made it to the title match by ousting 'Aiea, 2-0, in the other semifinal.
In boys' semifinals, 'Aiea beat Kalani, 2-0, and Pearl City edged Kailua, 2-1.
Joining Kealalio on 'Aiea's team are Toby Sambueno, Jason Kotani, Darin Villegas, Blaine Morton, Lance Dedebar, Jarrett Sambueno, Sheldon Lo and Tyler Ito.
Ka'aihue to Nebraska: Two-time all-state selection Kila Ka'aihue of Iolani School said yesterday he has verbally committed to play baseball at Nebraska.
Ka'aihue, considered one of the top five high school prospects in the state by Prospects Plus scouting service, is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound right-handed throwing, left-handed hitting first baseman.
"I just wanted to get away," Ka'aihue said of his decision. "The second reason is the tradition and history (at Nebraska)."
He said Hawai'i, Brigham Young and Stanford also were recruiting him.
Ka'aihue said former Kalani High all-state and all-America pitcher Shane Komine, who will be a Nebraska senior, was his host during the recruiting visit.
As one of the top prospects in the state, Ka'aihue might also get picked in the 2002 first-year player draft.
Punahou can wrap up ILH: Punahou will try for its 26th Interscholastic League of Honolulu championship in the past 29 years at 6:30 tonight when it plays host Iolani in the title game of the ILH postseason tournament.
Punahou advanced by defeating Pac-Five 17-4 on Wednesday. Iolani, led by Ian Kusao's three goals and goalie James Street's 11 blocks, defeated Kamehameha 8-4 in the other semifinal.
Punahou won the regular season championship, so even if Iolani wins tonight, the teams will play again for the overall title.
Iolani advances: Iolani defeated Punahou 15-13, 15-13, 15-5 in boys volleyball to earn the Interscholastic League of Honolulu's second berth in the state tournament.
Kamehameha, the league champion, got the first berth.