Maui High ends Baldwin’s MIL golf winning streak

The Maui High School girls golf team ended Baldwin’s Maui Interscholastic League winning streak at 52 matches on Thursday with a 117-124 victory at Kahili Golf Course in Wailuku.

The Sabers’ Taylor Akamine had the low score of the match, a 37.

“Taylor, today she played really well,” said Maui High coach Brenda Rego.

“She played steady golf, she hit the ball quite well, putted pretty well.”

Anna Apana and reigning MIL champion Kristeena Locke each carded 40s for Maui High (1-1), and Jasmine Cabajar shot a 42.

Rego said Locke underwent knee surgery late last year, and didn’t resume full practice until the Sabers’ preseason practice began.

The Bears (1-1) got a 39 from Kimberlie Miyamoto. Kirsten Ishikawa carded a 40, Erin Kobayashi a 45 and Lexi Nagamine a 50.

Baldwin’s winning streak, which began in 2008, is tied for the third-longest in any sport in MIL history. The Lahainaluna water polo team won 52 straight games from 2005 to 2012.

The Kamehameha Maui girls volleyball team won 54 consecutive league matches from 2007 to 2011, and the Lahainaluna girls basketball team holds the record, with an active MIL winning streak of 92 games that began in 2007.

“The girls are sad, but we told them, ‘Listen, you’ve got to pick your head back up and go back out there, and they will,’ ” said Bears coach Kenny Houpo.

Baldwin had defeated Maui High at Waiehu Municipal Golf Course in both teams’ league opener Tuesday. The teams are to meet twice more this season, in March.