Hawaii Baptist girls take rolloff

by Jerry Campany on October 25, 2013

HBA bowlers celebrated their victory on Thursday. (Dennis Oda / Star-Advertiser)

HBA bowlers celebrated their victory on Thursday. (Dennis Oda / Star-Advertiser)

Candace Minami rolled a 571 series with a high game of 214 and the Hawaii Baptist girls bowling team wrapped up the ILH title in a 2-1 playoff win over Sacred Hearts at the Hickam Bowling Center on Thursday.

The Lancers won the first game of the three-game series 886-807 but the Eagles came back to win the next two 944-818 and 874-845 to capture the crown. Kasandra Kitagawa led Sacred Hearts with a 574 series and 212 game.

Both Hawaii Baptist and Sacred Hearts will be the ILH’s team representatives in the state tournament next Friday at the Hickam Bowling Center. Hawaii Baptist and Damien will be the boys’ representatives.

Despite the runner-up finish, the Lancers had more than enough to celebrate. Caitlin Cunningham and Hailey Ganiron combined to knock over 1,137 pins to win the doubles title earlier in the week by 112 pins over Mid-Pacific’s Britnee Yee and Sheri Tochiki. Amanda Lac and Zoe Wang of Hawaii Baptist were third.

Cunningham won the league’s singles title with a 703 series, rolling games of 247, 265 and 191 to obliterate the rest of the field. Rasela Vili of St. Francis was second with a 578 series and Tochiki of Mid-Pacific was third with a 549. Cunningham’s top two scores were the best performances of the tournament, with no other bowler getting higher than a 223.

Hawaii Baptist’s Owen Saito, who came in with a 191.12 average, shook off a disappointing 171 in his first game of the league’s singles tournament to roll scores of 247 and 236 to take medalist honors there with his 657 series. Teammate Bailey Lee also finished strong with a 181-205-222 line but finished second to Saito by 49 pins. Wilvin Suniga of Damien was third with a 604 series.

Bryson Inafuku and Jordan Lee of Mid-Pacific took the individual doubles medal with a 1,243 score to beat Suniga and Alika Vendiola of Damien by 31 pins. Inafuku went over 200 pins in all three of his games, with a high of 223, the only bowler to do so.

Results for the entire season can be found at http://www.ipahawaii.org/ilhbowling

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