Nine from Hawaii get judo gold
Hawai'i judoka captured nine gold medals and helped the United States to a dominant performance at the Junior U.S. Open last weekend at Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The U.S. accumulated 123 points with Mexico placing a distant-second with eight points.
Division champions from Hawai'i were: Kaylin Castro, from Honolulu, (Girls' Intermediate 1 38kg); Teshya Alo, 'Ewa Beach (Girls' Intermediate 2 34kg); Cassidy Chandler, Honolulu (Girls' Intermediate 2 48kg); Bishop Rapoza, Honolulu (Boys' Intermediate 1 34kg); Cole Chandler, Honolulu (Boys' Intermediate 2 34kg); Melinda Chow, Honolulu (Female Juvenile A 53kg); Anthony Kwon, Kane'ohe (Male Juvenile B 60kg); Chaeden Grace-Reyes, Pearl City (Male Juvenile A 53kg); and Dane Pestano, Waimanalo (Male Juvenile A 73-plus kg).
Chow also shared third in the Female IJF Junior 52-kilogram division. Teniya Alo ('Ewa Beach), Bryson Castro (Honolulu), Chrissy Chow (Honolulu), Bree Rapoza (Honolulu) and Nicole Taniguchi (Honolulu) took second in their divisions and Chad Taniguchi (Honolulu) took fifth.
KIM, JANG ADVANCE
Former Big Island resident Kimberly Kim shot 1-over 72 yesterday to earn a berth in match play at the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship in West Hartford, Conn.
Kim had a two-round total of 144.
Anna Jang of 'Aiea shot 74—151 and also advanced after winning a spot in a playoff. Alina Ching of Honolulu (76—153) and Cyd Okino of Honolulu (76—159) failed to qualify.
Maui's Justin Keiley was even-par through six holes and tied for 12th when bad weather suspended play yesterday at the U.S. Boys' Junior Amateur in Shoal Creek, Ala. Honolulu's Brett Komoto was 7-over through eight holes and tied for 64th.
Hawai'i's Lorens Chan shot a 1-under-par 71 to share fourth and David Fink shot 73 to tie for 14th yesterday after the first round of the the Old Second Bank Junior Championship, at Aurora, Ill.