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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, October 30, 2007

ILH bowling Signaigo doubles fun, titles

By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer

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Ethan Kawada

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Suzana Signaigo

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Quinn Takeda

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Sean Arakaki

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Jaron Goto

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There were several firsts at the Interscholastic League of Honolulu individual and doubles bowling championships at the Fort Shafter Bowling Center.

Yesterday wrapped up three days of individual and doubles competition.

St. Andrew's Priory senior Suzana Signaigo rolled a 680 series to capture the girls' individual championship. It was the first time in the ILH that the girls' champion posted a higher score than the boys' champion, Hawai'i Baptist senior Ethan Kawada, who rolled a 662.

Also for the first time, the doubles champions combined for more than 1,400. Senior Sean Arakaki and sophomore Jaron Goto rolled a 725 and 710 for a 1,435 to win the boys' doubles title.

"I just wanted to do it," Arakaki said of his quest for a 700 series. "I wanted to do good."

League coordinator Jared Kaufmann said it was the first time each doubles partner scored 700.

Life was twice as nice for Signaigo because she teamed with sophomore Quinn Takeda to score 1,200 to win the doubles title.

"Everything just fell in line today," Signaigo said of her of three 200-plus games, including a 268.

To win the individual title, Signaigo rolled a 211, 214 and 255 for her 680. Runner-up Elisabeth Seamon of HBA tallied 605.

Kawada won his title with a 224, 246 and 192 for a 662. His closest competition came from teammates Arakaki (603) and Goto (592),who placed second and third, respectively.

"It was mostly remembering fundamentals and staying focused," Kawada said of his success.

During the regular season, HBA swept the boys and girls team championships. The boys finished 30-0 with a five-player average of 943 or just under 189 per bowler.

The HBA girls, who were 29-4, averaged 810.

Both HBA teams qualified for this week's state tournament in Hilo. Also qualifying were runners-up Punahou (boys) and Mid-Pacific Institute (girls).

Also qualifying for team competition for boys were Saint Louis and Kamehameha. Each had at least five boys with individual qualifying scores to also earn team status.

Kawada, who finished 12th last year, was a member of last year's HBA state championship team along with Cody Gibo.

"There's going to be a lot of stiff competition," he said of this year's tournament, which runs Thursday and Friday.

Signaigo placed third in the states last year, making for an interesting tournament this year. Dara Ajimine of Kalani and Pearl City's Seiko Santos were first and second, respectively, last year and both also return.

Ajimine, a junior, is trying to become the third girl to win two titles. Kapolei's Shaina Carnate was the last to do it, but accomplished that in alternate years (2001 and 2003).

Hawai'i Baptist's boys are trying to be the first team to repeat since 'Aiea won from 1998 to 2000.

'Aiea's girls won last year. Public schools have won the last 14 team championships. Only four ILH teams have won girls' team titles: Kamehameha in 1977, 1979 and 1992 and HBA in 1974, the inaugural state tournament.

The state tournament will be at Hilo Lanes. It is a nine-game series format. There will be 100 boys and 100 girls competing. Two series are played on Thursday with the third on Friday. Bowlers start rolling at 8 a.m. Thursday and at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Reach Stacy Kaneshiro at skaneshiro@honoluluadvertiser.com.