Bears clinch second straight title
With win, Baldwin nabs half of MIL’s spots for state championship
SPRECKELSVILLE — The Baldwin High School girls golf team has claimed 10 of the last 12 Maui Interscholastic League team titles, but few have been more important than the crown they sewed up on Tuesday at the Maui Country Club.
The Bears (5-0) beat Seabury Hall 122-138 to clinch their second straight title and grab four of the eight individual spots that the MIL receives to the David S. Ishii Foundation State Championship at Turtle Bay on Oahu, May 8-9.
The final four state slots will go to the top four players in the MIL individual tournament who are not on the Bears’ team roster — last year, the MIL got 10 state spots overall.
“It is huge for us and I’m really happy that we were able to do that this year,” Baldwin senior Jaelin Ishikawa said after firing a 38. “It takes off a little bit of pressure because you don’t have to think about, ‘Oh, I have to be in the top four to make it to states.’ I’m happy that we were able to do that because I get to do that with three other girls.”
The rest of the Bears’ lineup included a 37 from standout freshman Lana Calibuso-Kwee, a 47 from Katherine Swor and a dropped score of 49 from Alexa Jackson.
“Very huge, very huge — I mean we have taken half the MIL (spots) already,” Baldwin coach Shane Yamasaki said. “Those last four spots are going to be one battle.”
Swor, who was battling an illness Tuesday, finished 14th at state last year. Ishikawa was eighth.
Adding Calibuso-Kwee to the mix has made the Bears possible state team title contenders. She and Ishikawa navigated 25 mph winds on Tuesday to an impressive combined total of 3-over par.
“For them, they’re really used to playing these winds — they really played well today,” Yamasaki said. “I think we are deep enough to make a run (at state). Katherine is in a slump right now, but she’ll be back. I think we can make a run. Lana is the final piece we needed.”
The Spartans’ threesome now must fight for state spots in the four-round, three-week MIL individual championships, which start March 31 at Waiehu Municipal Golf Course. Joy Callinan shot 39, Kelsie Sparks had a 47 and Sofia Garcia-Arashiro fired a 52 Tuesday.
“Baldwin is very good, I’m very impressed,” Seabury Hall coach Jake Grodzinsky said. “Two really good scores — those are the two best scores I’ve seen from girls (at MCC) so far this year. Tough winds and very tough pins, too.
“At this point, it’s going to be a fight for those last (four) spots. I’m hoping we can get as many as we can.”
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W L T Pct.
x-Baldwin 5 0 0 1.000
Maui High 3 2 0 .600
Seabury Hall 1 3 1 .300
Lahainaluna 0 4 1 .100
x-clinched team championship
Baldwin 122, Seabury Hall 138
Maui High 142, Lahainaluna 159
Lahainaluna vs. Maui High at Waiehu Municipal Golf Course, 2:30 p.m.
Seabury Hall vs. Baldwin at Kahili Golf Course, 3:30 p.m.
End of team season