High school sports: Wildcats regroup for big win at Title IX tourney

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Needing their first rebound of the season, the Konawaena Wildcats came up in a big way at the Title IX Conference & Classic in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

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Needing their first rebound of the season, the Konawaena Wildcats came up in a big way at the Title IX Conference & Classic in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

A day after falling to Forestville Military Academy (Maryland) 60-54 for their first loss of the season, the Lady Wildcats regrouped to defeat Myers Park (North Carolina) 60-40.

Mikayla Tablit and Mercedes “Ihi” Victor both contributed 15 points for Konawaena (11-1), while Cherilyn and Chanelle Molina each hit double figures with 23 combined points. The Wildcats also got some solid minutes from Mahie Kaawa, and Celena Molina contributed nine points.

No game is a pushover at the prestigious tourney that features an international field of 48 teams playing in eight brackets. Konawaena’s first foe — Forestville — is the defending Maryland 1A state champion. Myers Park — led by Kentucky commit Chanin Scott — finished last year ranked first in North Carolina and sixth in Max Preps Xcellent 25 rankings.

The Wildcats currently hold the No. 7 spot in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national rankings. Konawaena will play in the Patsy T. Mink bracket consolation championship today.

Soccer

Emma Taylor scored four goals to lead Hawaii Prep to a 10-0 victory against Shadow Ridge at the Arizona Soccer Showcase in Phoenix.

The HPA boys also posted their second consecutive shutout, beating Fountain Hills 6-0 behind two goals from Ghar Pautz.

Each team plays Wednesday with a chance to reach the semifinals in the late afternoon.

Kaui Taylor scored twice for the HPA girls, who also got goals from Marlie Mandaguit, Sofia Aguilar, Zoe Ganley and Erin Evans. Taimane Kamaka and Sakura Remsen shared in the shutout.

Zen Simone, Austin Schneider, Toby Balaam and Jake Schneider tacked on goals for the HPA boys, and Trent Wise kept his sheet clean.

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On Tuesday during the first day of the tournament, Wise shut out Desert Mountain, and Mateo Batol, Justin Perry, Jake Schneider tallied goals in HPA’s 3-0 win.

The Lady Ka Makani opened with a 4-0 victory against Queen Creek. Emi Higgins and Mandaguit collected two goals apiece and Kamaka garnered the shutout.