Owens settles for second in tennis
By Fred Guzman
Jackie Owens of Lahainaluna gave three-time defending singles champion Kristin Lim her toughest challenge of the prep season, actually becoming the only opponent to take a set from the Punahou standout.
But it wasnâ€™t nearly enough as Owens capped her outstanding high school career by having to settle for a second straight runnerup finish in the state girlsâ€™ tennis championships on Oahu.Â The final scores:Â 6-1, 6-7, 6-1.
Owens is a four-time MIL singles champion.Â Kim won three straight state singles titles in addition to capturing a gold in doubles as a freshman.
Punahou easily repeated as champion in both the boyâ€™s and girlsâ€™ divisions.
It was two games and out for the two MIL teams â€“ Kamehameha and Maui High — in the state Division-I baseball tournament, but the leagueâ€™s two entries in D-II ended up meeting each other for third place, with Molokai defeating St. Anthony 6-2 on Saturday.Â Scottie Rapanot led the Farmers with three hits and three RBI.
Punahou captured its sixth straight D-I baseball crown be defeating Kailua 3-2 in the title game, while Maryknoll took top honors in D-II with a 3-2 win over top-seeded and defending champion Kauai High.
In water polo, third-seeded Lahainaluna defeated Hilo 8-1 for fifth place while Kamehameha-Maui lost 5-3 to Mililani in the consolation final.
The top finish by an MIL athlete in judo was turned in by Baldwinâ€™s Lori Takafuji.Â She was fourth in the girlsâ€™ 220-pound division.
Next on the state prep championship docket are softball, boyâ€™s volleyball and boyâ€™s golf.
SOFTBALL:Â After completing an unbeaten run through the MIL, Baldwin was seeded third in the state Division-I girlsâ€™ tourney that opens tomorrow at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium on the University of Hawaii campus.
MIL runnerup Kamehameha-Maui opens its bid against Kapolei at 3 p.m. tomorrow, with the winner facing top-seeded Iolani at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.Â Baldwin draws an opening-round bye before facing the winner of Hilo vs. Mid-Pac at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
In D-II, Molokai was seeded fourth and will play the winner of Kaiser-Konawaena at in a 7 p.m. quarterfinal game at Central Oahu Regional Park on Wednesday.Â Before then, Hana will meet Aiea tomorrow at 7 oâ€™clock.
VOLLEYBALL:Â Kamehameha-Maui was seeded fourth in D-I and Seabury Hall third in D-II.
Baldwin faces a huge challenge in its first state appearance in more than a decade versus Kamehmeha-Kapalama in a 5 oâ€™clock match on Wednesday at Radford High.Â Kamehameha-Maui meets the winner of Mililani vs. Kamehameha-Hawaii on Thursday.
Seabury will tangle with the Waipahu-Le Jardin winner at 5 p.m. Thursday at Kalani High.
GOLF:Â The state boyâ€™s tourney opens a two-day run tomorrow at the Royal Lahaina, with 20 MIL athletes in the 120-player field.