Grove Farm Team of the Week April 23, 2019

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Photo and article by Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

It was a very hard choice this week ending Saturday, April 20. There was the Island School boys golf team who took its first win of the season by shooting a team 357 — 11 strokes ahead of the Kauai High School boys who finished with a 368 spread out over its re-shuffled lineup, Saturday at the Wailua Golf Course. The Voyagers were led by James Pratt who finished the final round of the Kauai Interscholastic Federation season second overall with an 82 — two strokes back of Kapaa’s individualist Kekoa Eisenhour who topped the field with an 80. This was Kauai High School boys’ first loss of the six-round season.

Then, there were the Kauai High School track and field teams who claimed the KIF Championships that wrapped up, Friday night. The Red Raider athletes were solid despite the Island School athletes breaking three KIF records — Joshua Graves setting a new record in the 800 meter dash, and Jaden DeSousa setting new marks in the 400- and 800 meter dash events, but falling short in team points to claim the title.

Or, the Waimea High School softball team that forced a playoff for the title (that takes place, Tuesday night at the Waimea Canyon Park starting at 6 p.m.) after defeating Kapaa High School, Saturday at its Senior festivities.

But the Grove Farm Team of the Week honors for this week go to the Kapaa High School boys volleyball team who clinched the KIF title, Tuesday night before a nearly full Bernice Hundley Gym (the food booth sold out, early!) at its Senior Night. Led by its core of senior players, including Kiran Costa, Rusdan-Rocket Ahuna, Robert “Ali’i” Brown, and Pomai Rabago-Kaiwi, the Warriors claimed the title with an intense, challenging three-set win over Kauai High School — 25-23, 25-20, and 27-25.

Earlier in the season, the Warriors laid claim to the KIF first round following another strong Red Raider showing in five sets. Kapaa next represents the KIF at the New City Nissan/Hawaii High School Athletic Association, Division II boys volleyball state tournament that will contest, May 2 through 4 on Oahu.