Kohala Volleyball, Softball, and Tennis Headed for State Championships


The spring sports season at Kohala high school has been a huge success. Kohala will be represented this weekend on Oahu in three different sports as they take part in the HHSAA State Championships. The Cowgirls softball team kicks off play on Wednesday while the boys volleyball team and tennis player Andrew Trump start their tournaments on Thursday.

The softball team has had one of it’s best seasons in the past few years. The Cowgirls finishedwith a 9-3 record and qualified for state in a hard fought game at home versus Konawaena. The Cowgirls surrendered two runs in the top half of the first inning but never lost focus. They were able to draw walks  and manufacture runs with sacrifice bunts and timely hitting. Junior Sheana Cazimero highlighted the scoring with a two-run home run that gave the Cowgirls a 5-2 lead that they held onto foe goos. Senior ace Chyler Imai pitched a complete game keeping hitters off balance with a combination of fastballs and change ups. The cowgirls lost in the BIIF Championship game to Kamehameha 5-1.

The Cowgirls travel to Oahu on Tuesday and will open up play Wednesday night at 5:00 pm against Waipahu. Senior outfielder Delani McAulay said, “After losing to Kamehameha we really want to push and do well in state.” The tournament will be at Central Oahu Regional Park the first two nights, before moving to Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium for the Semifinals and Finals on Friday and Saturday.

After an undefeated season and a Division II BIIF Championship, the Cowboys Volleyball team received a tough schedule for the 2012 season. They were slated against perennial Division I powerhouses Waiakea and Kamehameha along with the a group of strong teams. However they still finished the season with a strong 10-4 record. The boys qualified for the state championships with a straight set win over Ka’u in the BIIF tournament semi-finals.

In the BIIF Division II Championship game the Cowboys lost to HPA in 4 sets. Kohala lost starting setter Kulia Aviero-Kalaniopio during the first set after he severely sprained his ankle. The Cowboys had beaten HPA in both of their regular season meetings, but were unable to defend their championship. Senior DJ Wong stated, “Sometimes you got to take a step back, before you can take a leap forward. We had two good practices leading up to state and we were ready to compete with the best.” The whole team still feels they are legitimate contenders for the state championship. The Cowboys finished 3rd in last year’s tournament after falling to Hawaii Baptist in a thrilling semi-final match.  They begin their quest against Seabury Hall on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

Senior tennis player Andrew Trump finished his season with a 7-2 record after missing his first two matches due to basketball. He was the #8 seed in the BIIF Boys Singles Tournament and was able to grind out two wins to qualify for the State Championships. He played Keaau’s Davin Alviento in the Round of 16 and beat him 6-4, 6-3 to earn the berth. Trump then lost to eventual BIIF Champion and #1 seed Spencer Travelino from Kealakehe.

Trump will travel up to Oahu on Wednesday with Coach Hermann Fernandez before beginning play on Thursday morning. Trump has been nursing an ankle injury he sustained at BIIF’s but he’s hoping it won’t slow him down. He said, “I think I’ll be ready to play. Once the adrenaline kicks in you don’t really feel the pain.” The State Tennis Championships also take place at Central Oahu Regional Park and Trump plays there against Leilehua’s Brandon Bersola at 9:30 a.m.

The Kohala teams will try to attend eachother’s games for support. Softball player Casey Utemei said, “We’re all really excited we’re going up to state at the same time. It will be fun to cheer eachother on.”

You can follow all the state tournaments at sportshigh.com.