HHSAA Bowling Championships
(Thu) November 5, 2009
Edward Jackson (OIA Contributing Writer)
Winner and new champions of girls bowling is Kapolei. The Hurricanes won state titles in both the individual and team categories last week, energized by exceptional bowling on the part of Raelena Mattos.
Kapolei kept pace with its competition on day two, managing to hold off all challenges at Schofield Bowling Center and beat the 10-team field of girls bowlers with a pinfall total of 7427. Kalani came in second tallying 7163 pinfalls.
“The competition out here is great…When (myself) and my teammates walked in here this morning we were prepared to win,” Mattos emphasized, who captured the individual title with a pinfall of 1620. “In the past I came close to winning, but never quite manage to win. I’m sure this tournament win will always remain a fond memory for me in the future,” Mattos said with a smile.
Teammates Christalynn Bonifacio (1580) placed third and Valerie Ibarra (1521) finished tied for sixth.
Kapolei struggled in its first game of day two and had to sweat it out to the end. A final game total of 921 pins carried them into victory.
“I just told my team to concentrate on picking up our spares,” Kapolei coach Angel Legaspi said. “We’re usually are the underdog in these types of tournaments, but today we are champions.”
Playing at states is fun,” Mattos said. “I didn’t bowl that great in the first round, but I stayed positive.”