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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Wednesday, October 30, 2002

OIA boys, girls volleyball semifinals tonight

Advertiser Staff

The best in the West also will yield the best in O'ahu Interscholastic Association boys' volleyball.

Tonight's semifinals at McKinley High's gym will feature four Western Division teams.

West co-champion Pearl City (10-1) will take on West third seed Campbell (10-2) at 6 and West runner-up Mililani (10-1) will meet West fourth seed Leilehua (9-3) at 7:30. Pearl City is defending OIA champion.

In the girls' semifinals tonight at Radford High, it's almost the opposite. Three of the four semifinalists are from the Eastern Division. The sole West representative is undefeated Pearl City.

The West champion Chargers (11-0) will play East co-champion Moanalua (10-1) at 6 and the other East co-champion Kalani (10-1) will face East third seed Kahuku (10-2) at 7:30.

The winners of the boys and girls semifinals advance to the championship Nov. 7 at the Stan Sheriff Center. The losers play for third place on that day and site. All have already secured state tournament berths.

Meanwhile, the Interscholastic League of Honolulu continues their second round season this week.

• Bowling: Pearl City's Jodi Ann Gum and Kailua's Bronson Teramoto are back to defend their OIA individual titles tomorrow at Schofield Bowl. It starts at 10 a.m.

Gum posted the highest regular season average in the OIA West at 199, while Kalani's Stacie Nakakuni paced the East at 171. Also in the hunt is Kapolei's Shaina Carnate, who averaged 178 during the regular season. She is the defending individual state champion.

Teramoto averaged 189, which was one pin behind Kalani's Robert Fuke, in the East. Pearl City's Jesse Cummings and Mililani's Kellen Inafuku tied for the West lead with 203 averages.

• Air riflery: Hawai'i high school air riflery participants will finally get to compete in their sport the way it's supposed to be.

The state championships set for Nov. 4 have been moved from Pearl City's new outdoor range to the air-conditioned confines of the Dole Cannery Ballrooms, the Hawai'i High School Athletic Association announced.

Castle & Cooke has allowed the HHSAA to use the Iwilei Ballrooms rent-free as a way of giving back to the community, St. Louis coach Zig Look said.

All of Hawai'i's schools that take part in air riflery use outdoor ranges. Look said that on the Mainland and in international competition, air riflery is an indoor sport.

"This will be a treat," Look said. "We're one of the few states that shoot outdoors. On the Mainland, because of adverse climate, air guns are shot indoors."

Look said the competition becomes a "true test of skill."

"When you're outside, the relay you draw can have an effect on you. It may rain, or have wind or nothing. There's an impact from the environment."