Baldwin solidifies top spot

Buenrostro-Gallimore, Donohue help Bears topple Lunas 12-3

Baldwin’s Kristi Kimura takes a first-quarter shot as Lahainaluna’s Kyra Franz defends Tuesday at Sakamoto Pool. • The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

WAILUKU — The Baldwin High School girls water polo team has big things in mind.

The Bears showed perhaps their closest competitor in the Maui Interscholastic League that they mean businesss, defeating Lahainaluna 12-3 on Tuesday at Sakamoto Pool.

Rebecca Buenrostro-Gallimore scored five goals, including three in the first quarter when Baldwin (4-0) took a 7-1 lead.

“We were ready to just go in and play our best game and a team game, which is really important,” said Buenrostro-Gallimore, the reigning MIL Player of the Year. “Always starting off strong is what sets the tone for the rest of the game. We don’t ever expect to just completely take control like that, but we always want to.”

The Bears beat Oahu powers Kahuku and Roosevelt in a 9-2 preseason — the only losses were to 10-time defending state champion Punahou and Kamehameha Kapalama, which has finished as state runner-up the last three seasons.

Baldwin High's Rebecca Buenrostro-Gallimore takes aim on a long scoring shot Tuesday at Sakamoto Pool. • The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Tuesday was the first matchup between the perennial MIL powers. Lahainaluna (3-1) scored the final two goals of the match, by Nikki Zamani and Hailey Bogar. Dakota Delos-Reyes scored their first goal.

“We had a game plan — we wanted to come out hard and fast, good defense, counter attack, Baldwin water polo,” Bears coach Shawn Donohue said.

The Bears sat their starters in the second and fourth quarters. The second quarter was scoreless.

Baldwin went 2-1 at the state tournament last year on the way to a fifth-place finish.

“I think we look pretty strong, we’re trying to secure the MIL and get the highest seed possible over at the state championship — we’re really kind of looking forward to that,” Donohue said.

Baldwin High's Kristi Kimura takes a first-quarter shot as Lahainaluna's Kyra Franz defends Tuesday at Sakamoto Pool. • The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

When asked if this can be one of the best teams ever from the MIL, Donohue smiled. His daughter, Jacsen Donohue, scored four goals. Kristi Kimura, Hailey Knowles and Audrey Reiss all scored once.

“I really think it can,” Donohue said. “I think after showing what we could do at Iolani (tournament), beating Kahuku and Roosevelt, I really think that we can get ourselves into a top-three position by the end of the year at the state championship.”

The Bears lost 10-6 to Punahou and 5-1 to Kamehameha Kapalama.

Baldwin goalkeeper Kiara Espeleta made three saves on Tuesday.

“We’re really pressing towards bigger and better things, we’re trying to,” Donohue said. “I think the girls are beginning to see how good they really are, especially against a team like this. This is normally a battle to the last second and we were able to take control early and we really felt like we stayed in control through the game.”

The Lunas will go back to the drawing board, said coach Bradley Mason. Goalkeeper Brooke Whitehead made four saves through three quarters.

“We’re a little bit inexperienced this year,” Mason said. “They beat us at our game, which is great defense and counter attacking. We have to limit our mistakes in terms of passes and turnovers because a good team like that will take advantage of those mistakes.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com

Lahainaluna ..1 … 0 … 0 … 2-3

Baldwin ……..7 … 0 … 5 … 0-12

Goal scorers-Lahainaluna: Dakota Delos-Reyes 1, Nikki Zamani 1, Hailey Bogar 1; Baldwin: Rebecca Buenrostro-Gallimore 5, Jacsen Donohue 4, Kristi Kimura 1, Audrey Reiss 1, Hailey Knowles 1.

*****

Seabury Hall 10, Maui High 5

Seabury Hall 2 4 2 2–10

Maui High 0 1 0 4– 5

Goal scorers–Seabury Hall: Skylar Lickle 5, Paige Nagahama 2, Aryana Johnson, Sydney Walker, Abbey Drood. Maui High: Makena Roof 3, Kylie Robinson, Caroline Short

*****

MIL STANDINGS

…………….W L Pct. GB

Baldwin 4 0 1.000 —

Lahainaluna 3 1 .750 1

King Kekaulike 2 1 .667 1-1⁄2

Seabury Hall 2 2 .500 2

KS Maui 0 3 .000 3-1⁄2

Maui High 0 4 .000 4

Tuesday’s Results

Baldwin 12, Lahainaluna 3

Seabury Hall 10, Maui High 5

Thursday’s Games

Baldwin at Kamehameha Maui, 4 p.m.

Seabury Hall vs. King Kekaulike at Kamehameha Maui, 5:15 p.m.

Saturday’s Games

Lahainaluna vs. King Kekaulike at Lahaina Aquatic Center, 2 p.m.

Kamehameha Maui vs. Maui High at Lahaina Aquatic Center, 3:15 p.m.