Bow: Hawaii Baptist boys in charge

Defending champion Robert Nakanishi of Pearl City trails the leader by 99 pins going into the final day. Photo by Craig Kojima.
Defending champion Robert Nakanishi of Pearl City trails the leader by 99 pins going into the final day. Photo by Craig Kojima.


Hawaii Baptist’s boys team leads the state bowling championship with a pinfall of 5,139. Mililani is in the runner-up spot, 121 pins behind.

Individually, Hawaii Baptist’s Jason Goto leads with 1,159 pins followed by Maryknoll’s Keenan Kurihara (1136), Baldwin’s Corey Gushikuma (1,124), Mililani’s Wayne Miyashiro (1,120) and Austin Patacsil (1,112) of Kailua.

Kapolei’s Raelena Mattos and Christalynn Bonifacio emerged as the top two girls individual bowlers which enabled the Hurricanes to secure first place in the team competition.

Mattos amassed a pin total of 1,083 over six games to lead the 10-team field at the two-day event and Bonifacio knocked down 1,072 pins. Among the girls leaders are Kalaheo’s Tammi Sakaguchi (1,039), Kalani’s Brandi Kawamoto (1,032) and Taylor Sumi (1,023) of Mid-Pacific.

In the sport of bowling it is commonly known that no lead is safe. But no matter how the second day plays out there will be a new girls individual champion crowned today.

The ruler of girls bowling for the last three seasons, Dana Ajimine, has graduated. The Kalani alumnus capped her win streak by knocking over 1,752 pins in last year’s tourney.

Mattos said she will go all-out today to claim the title of girls champion bowler.

“Playing at states is fun,” Mattos said. “I didn’t bowl that great in the first round, but I stayed positive. When I come back (today) I know I will have to focus a lot more on the fundamentals of bowling so that I will have a chance of winning.”

The senior added, “This is my last opportunity to win it all. Two years ago I finished fourth, (but) I will be bowling foremost to win the team title.”

Playing against a teammate is a negative says Bonifacio.

“I want both of us to do well,” Bonifacio said. “I really don’t like competing against my own teammate. (Today) I’ll just bowl as best as I can and we will see what happens.”


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