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Bailey leads Kamehameha girls to MIL air riflery title; Garcia, Bears take boys crown

Bailey

KAHULUI — With fans in the stands and posters hung inside the Izumi “Shine” Matsui Athletic Center, Kamehameha Schools Maui senior Kuumana Bailey finished with the highest score of the day to win the Maui Interscholastic League air riflery championship.

Sporting events have been played with few fans for the majority of the MIL season due COVID-19 protocols, so having family and friends watch her shoot a meet-best 521 left Bailey feeling “really good.”

“I think without spectators it would have been kind of awkward and wouldn’t make this moment feel as special,” she said on Saturday while wearing layers of congratulatory lei and holding a bouquet of roses. “It actually feels really good. I’m happy to finish on top, though it really wasn’t my goal, but I’m happy.”

Bailey is the younger sister of Kuualoha Bailey, a former top MIL air riflery contender for Kamehameha, so naturally there is some “family competition.”

“So I think that’s what motivates me to do good is just to beat not only myself, but also her,” Kuumana Bailey said with a laugh.

Garcia

Bailey’s winning score included a 182 in prone, 168 standing and 171 kneeling, with a total of 10 bulls-eyes, as she led the Warrior girls to the top team score overall. King Kekaulike’s Alia-Marie Hufana finished closely in second place with a 516, tying Bailey’s prone score and shooting the best kneeling score of the day (179), but shot a 155 standing.

Baldwin’s Kirsten Schmitt was third with a combined score of 508 (186 prone, 145 standing, 177 kneeling).

For Baldwin senior Daniel Garcia, who’s competed in air riflery since his freshman year, winning the MIL boys championship crown was not something he imagined achieving.

“It’s weird to say because I never knew I’d be here for my last year, but I did my best even though it could’ve been better, but all we can do is try the best we can do,” said Garcia, who shot 484 (182-136-166).

Still, lining up in front of a crowd with the other top contenders, like Bears teammate Jarin Tateishi who finished second with a 472, was clearly an exciting moment for him.

And just two points behind Tateishi came the Warriors’ Luc Sheehan with a score of 470.

“Obviously it’s good for the parents to be here and support their kids,” Garcia said. “As an individual, for all the other kids, it’s great to feel like we’re back here and everything is going along like how it used to be.”

After nearly seven hours of competition and then waiting with anticipation for the official results on Saturday afternoon, Bailey agreed that it was nice to hear the Kamehameha Maui girls’ team name finally be called.

The Warriors shot a combined score of 1,991 to claim their third straight MIL title, while Na Alii (1,968) finished in second place and the Bears (1,951) third.

In the boys competition, the Bears took home gold with a combined score of 1,881. Kamehameha Maui had 1,781 for second and Seabury 1,710 for third.

The top 12 shooters for boys and girls, with the top four spots held for the MIL team champions, qualify for the state championships at the Blaisdell Center on Dec. 7 on Oahu.

There, the MIL champions say they will just do their best, and no matter what happens at the competition.

“I’m actually really nervous because I know that the people that are at states, they can shoot really good, so it’s kind of intimidating, but also not at the same time because I know I can do that good,” Bailey said. “I’m just hoping I can do really good up there.”

* Dakota Grossman is at dgrossman@mauinews.com

MIL Championships

Saturday’s Results • At Maui High

(Note: Full results will be published later this week in The Maui News)

Girls

Team–1. Kamehameha Maui 738-618-646–1991; 2. King Kekaulike 733-581-674–1968; 3. Baldwin 710-582-669–1951; 4. Seabury Hall 687-548-652–1866; 5. Maui High 731-547-652–1864; 6. Molokai 675-440-575–1690; 7. Lahainaluna 363-268-394–1025; 8. Hana 142-106-124–372.

Top finishers–1. Kuumana Bailey, Kamehameha Maui, 182-168-171–521; 2. Alia-Marie Hufana, King Kekaulike, 182-155-179–516; 3. Kirsten Schmitt, Baldwin, 186-145-177–508; 4. Lexie Galam, Baldwin, 173-158-176–507; 5. Kali Spalding, King Kekaulike, 190-140-167–497; 6. Amoi Rutherford Storm, Kamehameha Maui, 186-153-157–496; 7. Teisha Nishimitsu, King Kekaulike, 183-139-172–494; 8. Dylan Arisumi, Maui High, 189-133-171–493; 9. Nanea Ah You, Kamehameha Maui, 188-145-159–492; 10. Audrey Ng, Seabury Hall, 174-151-165–490.

Boys

Team–1. Baldwin 713-529-645–1881; 2. Kamehameha Maui 681-512-614–1781; 3. Seabury Hall 671-466-604–1710; 4. Maui High 687-468-519–1674; 5. King Kekaulike 678-395-591–1664; 6. Lahainaluna 582-431-514–1498; 7. Hana 507-343-415–1265; 8. St. Anthony 517-301-413–1231; 9. Molokai 344-241-288–873.

Top finishers–1. Daniel Garcia, Baldwin, 182-136-166–484; 2. Jarin Tateishi, Baldwin, 170-135-167–472; 3. Luc Sheehan, Kamehameha Maui, 175-132-163–470; 4. Jonathan Lane, King Kekaulike, 189-118-162–469; 5. Nicolas Harvey, Baldwin, 185-133-149–467; 6. Kyden Sasada, Molokai, 180-124-159–463; 7. Shayne Enomoto, Baldwin, 176-125-157–458; 8. Brandon Sado, Kamehameha Maui, 173-136-147–456; 9. Jaden Pladera, Baldwin, 170-123-155–448; 10. Dutch Akana, Maui High, 170-125-152–447.

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