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Ajimine wins third consecutive title

By Lanaly Cabalo - The Garden Island

Published: Saturday, November 1, 2008 12:16 AM HST

 

Kalani High School girls bowling team won the 2008 Billy Tee/HHSAA State Bowling Championships yesterday at the   Lihu‘e Bowling Center. Dara Ajimine (far right) was the individual girl’s champion. Photos by Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

 

The Pearl City High School boys team earned the top spot by just 37 pins over Waiakea High School at the HHSAA         Billy Tees Boys & Girls State Bowling Championships yesterday.

 

 

Kalani High School’s Dara Ajimine made history yesterday when she won her third consecutive individual girls state championship and led the Lady Falcons to their first team title since 1994, at

the Lihu‘e Bowling Center. She was the first bowler — male or female — to win three in a row.

T. Grabe out of Kamehameha Schools won two in a row from 1980 to 1981.

Baldwin High School’s Corey Gushikuma produced another champion for Maui yesterday, winning

the individual boys. The Neighbor Island last produced an individual in 2005. The Pearl City

Chargers took the team competition.

Ajimine, who held a 64-pin lead after the first day of competition, went on to win with a score of

1,752 — 83 ahead of second-place finisher Venny Jean Turner of Sacred Hearts Academy.

But Ajimine said it wasn’t an easy win.

“It was frustrating,” she said. “I just couldn’t figure out the lane conditions.”

Ajimine said she just had to play off the lanes for each approach. Ajimine finished with four games

at 200 or over (211 in the third, 230 in the fourth, 201 in the sixth and 100 in the ninth).

Hosts from the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation sneaked in a top 15 finish for a medal, just making the cut. Waimea High School’s Tiffany Lum, who started the day off in 22nd place, worked her way

up the leaderboard to finish at 1,469 and in 15th place.

“When they called my name it was so surreal,” Lum said.

Lum said that heading into the tournament she didn’t think she had a real chance of medaling, but after the first day and seeing how close she was, she was surprisingly optimistic.

“After the first set, I though maybe I had a chance,” she said. “I pretty much got the mindset that

I had to at least bowl my average.”

Lum’s average is 170.

“(During the ceremony,) I was pretty much crossing my fingers the whole time. And then they called my name,” she said. “Since Kaua‘i High School was the host, they were all up there and it felt good because they were all saying that I should’ve medaled. That I deserved it.”

This was Lum’s first state medal in any sport.

“To celebrate, I’m going to have a good dinner. My celebration is to stay at home and be with my medal,” she said.

Kapolei’s Kimie Roller took third with 1,583, McKinley’s Winter Drew-Kaohu finished 1,560 and Kapolei’s Chrystalynn Bonifacio rounded out the top five at 1,548.

For the girls team competition, Kalani finished atop with a grand total of 7,482. Kapolei had a combined total of 7,333 and Hilo finished with 7,090. KIF champions finished in seventh with 6,723.

First-place boys finisher Gushikuma, who like Ajimine was the leader after the first day, finished

ahead by 28 with a score of 1,788. Kalani’s Jonathan Nakagawa finished at 1,760. Kealakehe’s

Bryson Apolo posted 1,755, ‘Iolani School’s Kelly Sakuda finished 1,713, Hawai‘i Baptist Academy Jaron Goto and Waiakea’s Jonathan Shimasaki both finished at 1,712.

Pearl City’s boys won their first championship since 1997. The Chargers finished with a final pin fall

of 8,004 over second-place finishers from Waiakea (7,967). HBA finished third with 7,740.

Hosts Kaua‘i finished with 7,011.

Team — Girls                   

Kalani    190    195    211    230    150    201    189    186     200

2        135    175    149    155    144    216    122    193 167

3        137    134    182    171    138    155    212    138 155

4        165    156    137    181    159    153    169    157     149

5        170    152    130    134    158    157    144    179     202

        797    812    809    871    749    882    836    853 873                                        — 7482

Kapolei    190    190    167    197    134    147    122    156     178

2        159    157    170    152    157    168    182    169     149

3        114    153    148    162    191    136    160    169     172

4        190    193    175    176    181    151    182    193 172

5        191    126    211    125    137    141    167    136     137

        844    819    871    812    800    743    813    823 808                                        — 7333

Hilo    143    150    133    142    181    175    127    152     154

2        143    156    122    146    177    206    143    157 158

3        112    154    146    126    182    153    167    160 186

4        172    136    167    123    167    177    149    174 210

5        124    182    165    159    184    145    189    140     176

        694    778    733    696    891    856    775    783    884                                    — 7090 

 

Team  — Boys

Pearl City    200    247    197    147    203    135    157    167 199   

2            197    241    185    146    192    146    189    178 168   

3            161    202    244    158    185    176    192    156 134   

4            191    195    177    146    154    160    118    149 179   

5            164    213    193    218    153    197    151    198 146   

            913    1098 996    815    887    814    807 848 826                                             — 8004

Waiakea    166    221    161    143    136    170    227    203 176   

2            225    170    217    165    155    171    133    176 141     

3            231    186    229    161    148    116    165    132 172   

4            160    200    205    188    124    214    121    190 157   

5            168    190    268    157    205    180    186    180 178   

            950    967    1080    814    768    851    832    881 824                                        — 7967

 

 



HBA        166    164    173    177    158    170    136    182 191   

2            156    226    206    180    183    209    193    187 172   

3            159    157    161    145    143    125    192    159 138   

4            223    146    222    210    192    184    222    131 174   

5            147    152    179    182    191    155    152    136 134   

            851    845    941    894    867    843    895    795 809                                          — 7740

 



HSSAA Girls Individual



Oct. 30, 31, Lihu‘e Bowling Center

Kalani Dara Ajimine                         190-195-211-    230-150-201-189-186-200 — 1752

Sacred Hearts V. Jean Turner    204    -204-172-169-193-171-173-183-200 — 1669

Kapolei Kimie Roller                        191-126-211-176-181-151-182-193-172 — 1583

McKinley Winter Drew-Kaohu    160-182-154-193-201-176-176-161-157—1560

Kapolei Chrystalynn Bonifacio    190-193-175-162-191-136-160-169-172—1548

Pearl City Ashley Shoemaker        201-232-148-151-162-180-154-166-151—1545

Mililani Stacey Shigekane                164-188-148-153-164-170-171-173-213 — 1544

Moanalua Shari Usui                        137-170-220-165-174-144-171-181-159 -—1521

St. Francis Chelsea Seki                218-169-179-180-164-171-176-137-120 —1514

Moanalua Alyssa Aguilar                190-127-173-126-211-189-158-168-170 —1512

HBA Elisabeth Seamon                    177-169-206-131-137-174-165-191-148 —1498

Kapolei Raelena Mattos                    190-190-167-197-134-147-122-1560178 —1481

Hilo Kacie Wakida                                172-136-167-123-167-177-149-174-210 —1475

Mililani Tamara Stephens                137-188-186-167-174-148-145-142-188 —1475

Waimea Tiffany Lum                        165-185-162-157-157-150-131-167-195 —1469

Hilo Makalani Pina                            124-182-165-159-184-145-189-140-176 —1464

Kapolei Valerie-Chanel Ibarra        159-157-170-152-157-168-182-169-149 —1463

Maryknoll Melissa Worsham        170-143-146-149--175-168-183-170-158—1462

Island Pacific Jaymie-Rae Martin    163-147-158-170-147-139-176-185-176—1461

Waialua Nohelani Olpendo            157-213-163-138-193-149-182-150-115—1460

Campbell Kristyn Nakano     176-159-152-154-167-144-137-191-177—1457

University Lab Shannon Lee   175-182-184-170-157-137-164-157-131—1457

Kalani Brandi Kawamoto         135-175-149-155-144-216-122-193-167—1456

Kalaheo Tammi Sakaguchi     156-187-126-170-166-180-143-134-192—1454

 



        HSSAA Boys Individual                Oct. 30, 31, Lihu‘e Bowling Center 

      

Baldwin Corey Gushikuma     202-159-167-246-215-203-180-213-203 —1788

Kalani Jonathan Nakagawa     192-163-168-191-199-178-220-241-208—1760

Kealakehe Bryson Apolo         217-180-139-209-174-187-193-200-256—1755

Iolani Kelly Sakuda         189-192-138-188-165-251-231-182-177-1713

HBA Jaron Goto        156-226-206-180-183-209-193-187-172—1712

Waiakea Jonathan Shimasaki    168-190-268-157-205-180-186-180-178—1712

Roosevelt Justin Kanda        155-161-231-192-172-174-216-194-211—1706

HBA Brock Wong        223-146-222-210-192-184-222-131-174—1704

Leilehua Scott Becera        255-177-182-158-166-200-171-203-192—1704

Mililani Raymond Allen Jr.        207-134-191-164-183-170-228-234-193—1704

Kam-HI William Salavea        176-173-225-181-194-181-164-204-191—1689

Pearl City Jonathan Carino        197-241-185-146-185-189-189-178-168—1678

Castle Brian Kukahiko        170-215-179-206-135-189-180-190-198—1662

Pearl City Micah Lee        200-247-197-147-203-135-157-167-199—1652

Mid-Pac Christopher Chong        175-200-145-200-183-178-207-183-171—1642

Kalani David Goo        205-248-194-173-152-199-181-147-141—1640

Pearl City Jordon Ono        164-213-193-218-153-197-151-198-146—1633

Kona Alika Monroe        142-119-221-219-187-146-145-214-229—1622

Punahou Nolan Murakami        175-232-170-188-182-157-146-201-170—1621

Kona Len Nakamoto        211-162-179-125-201-135-210-214-183­—1620

Castle   Bryson Lee        156-201-213-182-172-145-220-157-171—1617

Pearl City   Derek Suefuji        161-202-244-158-185-176-192-156-134—1608

Maryknoll   Matthew Ho        150-188-139-139-199-181-189-211-209­—1605

Waiakea   Curtis Tokihiro Jr.    166-221-161-143-136-170-227-203-176—1603

 



• Lanaly Cabalo, sports editor, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or lcabalo@kauaipubco.com

 
 
 
       Venny Jean Turner known as VJ came in second place.
 

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