‘Iolani leads a tight race for the girls team title after bowling deep into the night at the Billy Tee’s/HHSAA State Bowling Championships at Hickam Bowling Center on Thursday.
The Raiders knocked down 4,504 pins over six games to lead Campbell by 42 pins and Hawaii Baptist by 198. The Raiders have never won a state championship in bowling after missing out by 37 pins and finishing third last year.
Mililani’s Jana Fukushima is in line for a gender sweep of the individual titles, leading Campbell’s Anuhea Morales-Snelson by 10 pins and Pearl City’s Christine Madrona by 25. Mililani has never had a girl with the individual crown and a school has not swept the individual crowns since Pearl City’s Nicholas Azumi and Chelsi Morishige in 2013.
The Raiders are led by Ashlyn Okazaki in fourth place, followed by Seobeen Chang (11th), Asia Amii (14th), Logan Akau (21st), Rachael Iha (52nd) and Carianne Takeuchi (55th).
The Mililani boys team is on pace to defend its state title with an insurmountable 5,138-4,882 lead over ‘Iolani heading into the final three games.
The boys individual title might be a Mililani affair as well, with Akira Sanco leading Jarin Kurashige by 11 pins. Mid-Pacific’s Kai Yamada appears to be the ILH’s best hope, sitting 38 pins off the pace. Sanco or Kurashige would be the second individual champion from Mililani, joining Ronson Dagdag in 2012.
Sanco and Kurashige are joined by Casey Nakagawa in 12th place, Michael Weyl (19th) and Keanu Ishihara (65th).