Hawaii Baptist’s Owen Saito saved his best game for last, putting up a 277 game and 663 series in the final ILH event of the year.
Saito also had a 663 series to clinch another state berth for the Eagles. Hawaii Baptist beat Saint Louis 3-0 to clinch the title despite a valiant effort from second-place Damien. The Monarchs could have forced a tie with a sweep of Maryknoll and a sweep by Saint Louis but got neither.
Bailey Lee put up a 265 in the clincher for Hawaii Baptist while Joshua Kinoshita had a 198, Nicholas Siu-Li had a 191 and Lane Hosaka had a 164. Saint Louis only had four bowlers.
Maryknoll would have won the league’s Division I championship by four wins over Kamehameha, but will not be rewarded for it because it finished behind a division II team. Had a division I team beaten HBA, they would have been named the D-I champion and the Eagles would have been named D-II. Keoni Inaba led the way with a 244 for the Spartans, who didn’t have anyone else break 200. ‘Iolani finished third in the top division with a 20-16 record.
Hawaii Baptist and Damien are the league’s team representatives in the state championships beginning Oct. 31 because standings are based on overall wins and losses rather than being broken down by divisions.
Damien junior Alika Vendiola goes into the league’s tune-up tournament with the individual scoring title, averaging a 199.48 over 31 games. Lee is second by the narrowest of margins with a 199.46 average but participated in only 28 games.
The Golden Eagles have five of the top seven bowlers in the league with Logan Takeda third at 196.24, Saito fourth at 191.12, Hosaka fifth at 185.24 and Kinoshita seventh at 177.80. Damien’s Wilvin Suniga is sixth at 178.03.
The ILH girls will wrap up their season on Friday with Hawaii Baptist and Sacred Hearts facing off after dominating the standings all season. The Golden Eagle girls are 29-1 this year while the Lancers are 28-2. Third-place Maryknoll is 20-10.
Amanda Lac holds the scoring title over Caitlin Cunningham of Sacred Hearts 175.83-175.60.
The Jared Kauffmann Memorial Tournament is next week at Hickam, where the top 10 singles and doubles teams will medal.