Kamehameha is all about team glory as it chases its first state water polo title since 2006, but there is some individual greatness on the line as well.
Senior attacker Payton Bosque climbed onto the list of the tournament’s all-time goal scorers (Winner’s bracket games only) with four scores in a 12-4 win over Kapolei in Monday’s opening round.
She passed Punahou’s Saki Migiliorato and Serina Shibata with her 20th goal on Monday and is looking at Aisha Price of Punahou and Brooke Roy of Kahuku with her next goal.
It would take a heroic effort to put her name on the top of the career list where Kamehameha legend Nanea Fujiyama resides. Fujiyama scored 36 goals in 11 games in her career before it wrapped up in 2009 and she went on to play at Occidental (Calif.).
Fujiyama was a freshman on Kamehameha’s only state title team, in 2006.
Bosque would have to channel her inner Moses Malone and go Fo-Fo-Fo in her three remaining matches to tie Fujiyama. With four goals in each of her next three matches, assuming Kamehameha wins out, Bosque would match Fujiyama’s record of 16 goals in a tournament.
That is a pretty tall order. Bosque has accomplished one thing Fujiyama never did, though, with five consecutive hat tricks in state play. Bosque shares that record with Punahou’s Shayna Price and can surpass it with three or more goals Thursday against Baldwin. Bosque has never scored more than four goals in a state match, but that is more a product of the Warriors spreading it around in blowouts than her ability.
Kamehameha has never faced Baldwin in the state tournament, but is 3-0 against MIL foes including 17-4 wins over Lahainaluna in 2015 and 2011.
36 Nanea Fujiyama Kamehameha
32 Brailey Hirose-Hulbert Punahou
25 Gina Ahue Kahuku
25 Shayna Price Punahou
23 Brittney Garrigan Kamehameha
22 Kehau Ai Kamehameha
21 Brooke Roy Kahuku
21 Aisha Price Punahou
20 Payton Bosque Kamehameha
19 Saki Migliorato Punahou
19 Serina Shibata Punahou
11–Nanea Fujiyama, Kamehameha; and Brailey Hirose-Hulbert, Punahou
Goals in a tournament
16: Nanea Fujiyama, Kamehameha, 2008 (4 matches)
14: Nanea Fujiyama, Kamehameha, 2009 (4 matches)
14: Aisha Price, Punahou, 2008 (3 matches)
13: Brittney Garrigan, 2011 (4 matches)
13: Kehau Ai, 2011
13: Shayna Prince, Punahou, 2010
Goals in a match
11: Rachel Kamai, 2011 Roosevelt
8: Moana Tuipolotu, 2008 Lahainaluna
7: Lauren Garrigan, 2004 Kamehameha
7: Ashley Nickle, 2007 Iolani
7: Nanea Fujiyama, 2008 Kamehameha
7: Brooke Roy, 2011 Kahuku
7: Taylor Brooks, 2016 Roosevelt
6: Jennifer Saltzman, 2005 HIlo
6: Aja Kusao, 2007 Iolani
6: Chanel Long, 2014 Mililani
6: Laleilei Mataafa, 2016 Lahainaluna