Lunas top team standings for second straight week
Lahainaluna High School earned its seccond straight boys and girls team titles in the Maui Interscholastic League’s second surf contest Saturday at D.T. Fleming Beach Park in Kapalua.
It was another win for the Lunas in their home waters. Last week, they had seven finalists at Lahaina Harbor. They did one better at Fleming with eight.
Lahainaluna’s Sierra Lerback recorded another win in girls shortboard, and Ginger Prados of King Kekaulike also repeated, defeating her twin sister, Amber, for the bodyboard title.
Ridge Lenny of Seabury Hall won the boys shortboard. In boys bodyboard, Per Gutierrez of Baldwin defeated last week’s winner, Nainoa Steward of Lahainaluna.
Despite a second straight long bus ride for the Hana team, Klyde Neer returned to the boys shortboard final while Joseph Pu lost in the semifinals after finishing second last week in bodyboard.
Dragons coach Keli Everett makes the three-hour drive to West Maui immediately after the school’s last class on Friday.
“We made it to the harbor and Fleming just before dark,” Everett said. “We were able to still get in a practice.”
Hana finished fifth in the boys team standings – Lahainaluna won with 4,651 points, and Baldwin (4,348) was second. The Lunas scored 4,176 points in the girls competition, 891 better than Na Alii.
“We practice four days a week, taking off Wednesdays,” Everett said. “It’s a little more work than I thought getting all the paperwork, per-mission from parents, grade checks, physicals.
“The first two weeks we barely surfed, doing water safety. Now after stretching, we talk on the beach and go out in the water and work on what we talked about. At the end of practice we run some heats to get them comfortable with the time limit. It’s been rewarding coaching these kids.”
The championship for surfing’s inaugural MIL season is scheduled for April 19 at Hookipa Beach Park.