Boys riflery Warriors claim MIL team title, Cambra is champ

next stop: state meet


Photo by Brianne Reformina

Sophomore Kody Cambra, junior Jacob Julian, sophomore Joshua Grant, and senior Cole Tancayo are the first-place team in Maui Interscholastic League air riflery. Koday Cambra also place first in the individual standings at the league championships Saturday, Oct. 15 at Baldwin High School.

The boys air riflery Warriors shot for first place at the Maui Interscholastic League air riflery championship meet Oct. 15 at H.P. Baldwin Gymnasium, and they hit a bullseye — actually, lots of them.

The Kamehameha Schools Maui boys air riflery team placed first out of seven teams overall that competed on the island.

Four individual boys from the KSM air riflery team received medals, with sophomore Kody Cambra in first place for overall individual boys standings.

Captain of the KSM boys riflery team junior Jacob Julian finished in fourth place, sophomore Joshua Grant in eighth place and senior Cole Tancayo followed in eleventh place in the individual boys standings.

Their scores when totaled put them clearly in first place by 66 points.

Cambra shot an individual 522 with 10 bullseyes for his first-place win.

Julian, who was fourth in the state last year, shot an individual 496 with 4 bullseyes coming in seventh place overall for all individuals, but fourth in the individual boys standings.

“In the beginning, we didn’t know if our boys team were going to do good,” Julian said.

The Kamehameha Maui riflery boys were MIL champions in 2015 but returned a little shaky at the start of this season. They shot 355-238-292-866 in the first meet of the season, coming in fourth place for team standings that day.

“Throughout the season, I started taking it serious and concentrating harder to get higher in the ranks,” Cambra said.

Their first meet became a wake-up call. They practiced harder and Julian said the boys “all just clicked together and returnees knew their role and helped out.”

Many of the girls team members qualified to compete at the league championships, but the team did not place high enough in the standings to make a state appearance

However, junior Kela Kauha’aha’a’s ninth-place score (479) was was just enough to beat King Kekaulike’s Keauli’iokalani Nagata by five points and take her to the state championships in the ninth of nine spots for girls MIL shooters.

Along with the other top five MIL shooters, the KSM boys riflery team will go to the 2016 Civilian Marksmanship Program Air Riflery Championships at the Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall on Oʻahu, Oct. 25 to compete for top shooter in the state.