The Kaiser bowling team had skill to spare this season, sending 10 members of their team to OIAs.
The team this year got off to a slow start since many of the players were either first or second year bowlers. With half of the team completely new on the girls team and multiple new members on the boys team, there were many basic skills that needed to be learned.
During the season, the bowlers improved by solidifying a consistent score and scoring more points during matches more points during their matches. They eventually worked their way into third third place, overcoming Kalani, nearly qualifying as a team. However, the team fell into fourth place in their last match.
Regardless, their hard work as individuals paid off. Kaiser’s girls, seniors Kellen Chevalier, Sarah Taga, Aimee Schriber, Samantha Yonan and Sydney Siu, juniors Kaylen Kawakami, Marina Morishige, and Katelynn Nakanishi qualified for the girls, with junior Kayla Kanemori as the first alternate. On the boys team, senior Jay Takahashi qualified while junior Jaden Keith took the third alternate spot. “It was pretty difficult [to qualify]… they take the top 30 boys and 30 girls from [the east and west] division[s],” said Katelynn Nakanishi.
At OIA’s the players bowled for six games, with their final standings being based on the average of their scores. Bowlers from other schools proved to be tough, as averages were very close. Kaiser’s individual scores fell to an average of 113, With Kawakami taking the lead by having the highest game, scoring 146. Overall, the highest scoring girl, Gwen Maeha, came from Leilehua averaging 178.17.
Despite the challenging season, the players maintained their spirit and team morale remained high. ”We had our cliques, but everyone got along with each other fairly well,” said Nakanishi when asked about the team’s dynamic. “We made sure to do things for the benefit of the team.”
Regardless of what happened during the competition matches, Kaiser maintained their composure, not letting the pressure get to them. “We were definitely nervous but I think overall we all did the best we could. Even though we didn’t qualify for states, I think everyone had a fun experience and we made the most of the season. OIA really just tied it together,” said Nakanishi.