Softball, Water Polo Honors
Kapolei pitcher Winona Pauline was named OIA Red West Player of the Year in a vote of league coaches at season’s end.
A senior, Paulina was a catalyst for a team that went 15-4 en route to another Division I state tournament appearance. After beginning its season with losses to Mililani and Aiea, Kapolei won 12 straight games until dropping the OIA tournament finale to Campbell.
All told, Pauline went 8-2 for the season with nine complete games to her credit. She finished with an earned-run-average of 0.51 and had 124 strikeouts against just 24 walks. And offensively, she was a huge contributor. Her three-run homer pushed the team over the hump in its first-round state tournament win over Kailua. She hit .515 for the year.
Teammate Aimee Aipa also made the First Team as a catcher, while Kelina Nakai (a catcher) and StaciaAl Mahoe (outfielder) were chosen for the Second Team. Kanai Smith, Elizabeth Tuaaon, Ashalyn Umiamaka, Mikela Manewa, Kacee Navarro, Rachel McKean and Lauren Asato received Honorable Mention.
Campbell went 13-6 overall, including a seven-game win streak that stretched from its last regular game to the state title game, where it was defeated by Mid-Pacific Institute. The Sabers have gone 45-11 over the past three years under head coach David Perriera. Included in that span was a state title in 2010, a third-place finish at the 2011 state tournament and this year’s runner-up finish.
Senior second baseman Sharae Esprecion and sophomore third baseman Kawehi Kahana were both on the West’s First Team. Outfielder Jessica Arata and junior utility player Summer Palipti were named to the Second Team.
Receiving Honorable Mention from Campbell were Kiana Ulufale, Taylor Hoohuli, Tiara Rosario, Daylene Antonio and Kacey Konohia.
Aiea had six players – Raisa Strom-Okimoto, Carly Fujinaka, Brooke Taiese, Macy Baron, Gabby Ferhahin and Chelsea Ornellas – make the Honorable Mention in softball.
Pearl City’s Taylor Kawakami and Robi Kami received Honorable Mention.
Lee named coach of the year in water polo
Kapolei’s Dexter Lee was named OIA Coach of the Year in a vote of league water polo coaches, after leading the Hurricanes to a 15-4 mark. The team also landed both Doran Bosque and Summer Reyes on the OIA First Team, while Ashley Fuerst earned Honorable Mention.
Kylie Hong was a Second Team pick for Pearl City, which also saw Devynn Kaneshiro and Jackie Kim make Honorable Mention.
Jaime Hearn and Rachel Miyoga each earned Honorable Mention from Aiea in water polo.
Receiving Honorable Mention from Campbell were Kealohilani Akiyama, Marissa Brooks, Krystal Fernandez-Kong, Antonette Labausa, Tiani Naholowaa and Nicole Nartates.