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Posted on: Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Sacred Hearts, Waiakea prevail

 •  Volleyball; Kamehameha, Punahou advance
 •  Water Polo: Punahou boys rally past Pac-Five, 5-4

By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer

It took the third tiebreaker to beat Deana Sin, yet her Sacred Hearts Academy team easily repeated as champions at the Civilian Marksmanship Program Air Riflery championships yesterday at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.

Punahou junior Heather Horn captured the girls' individual title after she and Sin finished tied with 535 scores. Each had the same score in the second round of kneeling and prone positions, but Horn edged Sin in the standing position to break the tie.

"I was a lot more confident this year," said Horn, who placed fifth last year. "Last year, I was just hoping to get top 10 and didn't think I would finish that high."

Meanwhile, Waiakea snapped Saint Louis' five-year domination to win the boys' team title. Senior Steven Nozaki led the Warriors with a 538, which also gave him the individual crown.

"It feels good to win the individual, but it feels better to win the team championship," Nozaki said.

Although only the top four scores count for the team, five of Waiakea's entrants were awarded medals for placing in the top 15.

Regan Ancheta (2nd, 529), Matthew Haraguchi (3rd, 525) and Reyn Takahashi (5th, 520), along with Nozaki's 538, gave the Warriors a 2,112 score to beat runner-up Saint Louis' 2,037. Waiakea's fifth entrant was Brian Tada, who shot a 503 for 13th place.

Sin said although she lost the chance to become the first to repeat as individual champion of either gender, she was pleased her team was able to defend its title. The Lancers have won four of the six championships.

"Honestly, the team was the most important thing," she said. "It feels good to uphold the tradition."

Like Waiakea, the Lancers had quality scores from their individuals in the team scoring. Carolyn Horiye (3rd, 531), Sophie Luc (5th, 522) and Yoo Song Kang (7th, 520), along with Sin's 535, gave them 2,108 points, way ahead of runner-up Punahou's 1,989. The Lancers were three points shy of the record they set at last year's tournament.

Nozaki and Ancheta shot in Junior Olympics over the summer. Nozaki said shooting in the offseason helps.

"You have all the higher-caliber shooters, like the Saint Louis guys, the Punahou guys from O'ahu," he said. "Shooting around the really good guys helps us bring up our scores."

See team and individual scores in For the Record.

Reach Stacy Kaneshiro at skaneshiro@honoluluadvertiser.com or 525-8042.