Cross Country and Volleyball Teams Gear-Up for BIIF’s

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Andrew Trump, Assistant Editor

The Kohala High cross country and girls volleyball teams are getting ready to conclude their seasons in hopes of making the HHSAA tournaments on neighbor islands. The volleyball team opens up the first round of the BIIF Division II playoffs Wednesday when they host the St. Joseph Cardinals at 6 P.M.  The cross country team travels to Kamehameha Saturday where they are hoping to qualify a few runners for the state tournament in Maui the following weekend.

The volleyball team is riding a four game winning streak and they hope to continue there hot play through this week. They Cowgirls lost to St. Joseph during the preseason, but rallied during the regular season to beat them twice. Senior setter Chyler Imai said “We are keying on a couple of their players and I think we can win as long as we stop them.” Kohala will also be celebrating Senior Night on Wednesday because it will be their final home game.

If the Cowgirls do prevail they will travel to Kealakehe Friday to play HPA for a berth at states. The winner of that game goes onto the Division II championship and the loser plays for third place and the final spot at states.  Coach Braddah Keyes is making the Cowgirls run to get their conditioning up. There is a good chance they will have to play three games in only four days.

The cross country team has also stepped up the intensity of their practices the past month. However about half the team will not be able to run because of disciplinary reasons, not having raced enough meets to qualify for BIIF’s, or injury. Freshmen Josiah Adams and Senior Domenic Defiesta have performed well throughout the year and have a shot at qualifying for states.  The Kamehemeha course is known for its hot and humid climate, but the runners appear up to the challenge. Josiah said, “I am pretty excited. Domenic and I are going to stick together for most of the race and see if we can make it in the top 30.” The top 38 boys and 37 girls will qualify for states.

Coach Mr. Kometani stated, “We had the guys go out hard the first mile last week and it worked out pretty well. That’s the plan again for this week. Hopefully with all the training we’ve done this year, we can get good results for BIIF’s.”