Cowboys and Cowgirls Finish Seasons at State Tournament


Andrew Trump

Kohala volleyball, softball, and tennis may have not finished their seasons on high notes, but it was still a great accomplishment just to make it to the state tournament.

The Cowboys volleyball team lost a heartbreaking 5 set match to Seabury Hall in the first round of their tournament. The Cowboys showed great resiliance after going down 2 sets to 0, they were fight back and force a fifth set. The Cowboys even fended off 4 match points in a thrilling 3rd set which they eventually won. However a slow start in the 5th set cost them greatly as they fell to the tall Seabury team. The Cowboys rallied the following night as they beat Pahoa in 5 sets. This was the third time the Cowboys beat the fellow Big Island team this season. In their final game the Cowboys lost to Waimea when the game ended after a time limit. This game was held at Neil Blaisdell Center which many of the players really enjoyed. The volleyball team loses 6 seniors that are all starters. They are DJ Wong, Christopher Roxburgh, Jory Ayoso-Fernandez, Elias Hood, Kekoa Werner, Kulia Aviero-Kalaniopio. Wong and Roxburgh have scholarship offers from Graceland University in Iowa. They have not committed to the college yet, but are leaning towards accepting the offer and continuing their volleyball careers.

The girls softball team had a rude awakening in the first round against a much bigger Waipahu team. Waipahu jumped out to an early lead and never surrendered any runs in route to an 11-0 victory. The Cowgirls came back the next day with a fire in their bellies when they faced a familiar Honoka’a team. The Cowgirls strung together some big hits to win 6-2. Chyler Imai earned the win in the circle pitching a complete game. The following night Kohala lost to St. Francis 9-3 to finish their season. The Cowgirls lose seniors Casey Utemei, Chyler Imai, Delani McAulay, Jordelle Antonio, and Jovi Antonio. None of them plan to continue their softball careers in college, but Imai was offered a scholarship to Western New Mexico University to play volleyball. She committed about a month ago along with a couple other Big Island girls from other schools.

Tennis player Andrew Trump got knocked out in the first round 6-1, 6-1 to Leilehua’s Brandon Bersola. Trump never developed a rhythm in the match and found himself scrambling to chase down balls. This style of tennis rarely translates into wins and this match followed suit. The tournament format was single elimination so he didn’t play any consolation matches. Trump is continuing his education at Wheaton College and plans on trying out for their tennis team.