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Busy day starts in Twilight Zone, ends with money team being money
April 24, 2011 - Robert Collias
I got to the Kihei Aquatic Center just as the first quarter — and as it turned out, the game — was ending in the MIL girls water polo tournament championship contest between Baldwin and Lahainaluna. Believe me, it was a weird scene.
MIL Executive Director Joe Balangitao said he can't recall any championship contest in the league ever end in a forfeit situation, Seabury Hall AD Steve Colflesh can't recall any championship-level event in his 30 years pf prep athletics being forfeited, and Luna coach Will Hutchison said he has never seen a water polo match end that way in 21 years with the sport.
The MIL tennis finals down the road at Wailea was next and if there has been a better boys player in this league since Lahainaluna's Malino Oda won state titles in 1997 and 1998, than St. Anthony's Kento Tanaka-Tamaki, I haven't seen him. The story for Lahainaluna's Kaila Nip was also touching.
My day ended with Baldwin baseball winning a second straight MIL pennant for the first time since the Bears' string of six in a row ended in 2007. Coach Jon Viela has the Bears, who hold the record for most baseball state-tournament appearances but missed it in 2009, back where they belong — state title contenders. His program only keeps getting better.
I wasn't the only one busy Saturday — here is Matt Carroll's report on the final round of MIL individual golf. New MIL champion Aaron Kunitomo tells Carroll that he will attend UCLA. Cool.
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