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73 Student-Athletes Participate In Fall Sports

This fall, a total of 73 student-athletes represented La Pietra – Hawaii School for Girls on 14 La Pietra and Pac-5 teams.

Sixth graders had their first opportunity to participate in La Pietra athletics through the 6th Grade Swim Team. Led by Coach Maria Jarrell, ten students worked on perfecting their strokes and developed sportsmanship skills.

For the first time in La Pietra athletics, Cross Country was also offered to 6th grade student-athletes! After training for the event during physical education classes, three students, Infinity Reasoner, Veda Garg, and Helena Winchester laced up their running shoes and ran for the first time as Lady Panthers at the ʻIolani Intermediate Invitational at Kapiʻolani Park. All three students crossed the finish line giving it their best effort!

On the Pac-5 Intermediate and Varsity Cross Country teams, seven La Pietra students hit the pavement running. Discipline and determination were consistent themes throughout the ILH Cross Country season. Emma Oshiro '19 and Kaya Heimowitz '20 were rewarded for their hard work and qualified for the HHSAA State Championship Race for their second year in a row. The State Championship race was held on the island of Kauaʻi. Out of 200 runners, Oshiro placed 44 and Heimowitz placed 139.

Kaya Heimowitz and Emma Oshiro
Kaya Heimowitz and Emma Oshiro

Team captains, Jessica Akiona'18 and Sydnie Sambueno '19, led the 2017 Lady Panthers Varsity Volleyball team. With majority of the players (six sophomores and one freshman) stepping on to the court for the first time as varsity players, Head Coach Tyler Hodson successfully steered the young team to compete with maturity and toughness. The season boasted amazing spikes, digs, blocks, serves, and sweat on the court as well as camaraderie, laughter, friendship, and valuable life lessons. Akiona was recognized as an ILH First Team All-Star and Sambueno received ILH Honorable Mention. On November 8, Akiona signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at the University of West Alabama. She plans to study biology or kinesiology in pursuit of becoming a nurse practitioner, specializing in pediatrics.

Jessica Akiona signs letter of intent

La Pietra's two Intermediate Volleyball teams also showed tremendous growth on and off the court throughout the season. Both teams could be seen competing, clawing, and smiling during their competition matches.

The Lady Panthers Sporter Air Riflery teams were on the mark once again. Ten student-athletes competed on the Junior Varsity and Varsity teams under the guidance of Coach Noah Staggs. The varsity team members embodied the Kahiau spirit by mentoring and supporting the Junior Varsity team athletes, all of which were first time participants. The panther pride and character were evident all season long.

Four athletes took on the challenge of steadying their kayaks and gliding through the waters at the Ala Wai Canal during the ILH Kayaking season. Ten Kusaka '20 won the Junior Varsity 2000 meter ILH distance season series and championship race!

Ten Kusaka places 1st at the ILH Junior Varsity Kayaking Championships

Aris Miyazono '20, Cecily Nix '23, and Bella Zambuto '23 joined he Pac-5 Varsity and Intermediate Cheer teams. All three athletes were first time cheerleaders showing off their spirit and pride with cheers, stunts, round-offs, and jumps.

Six student-athletes picked up their rackets and served it up for the Maryknoll/La Pietra Junior Varsity Tennis team. Trinity Ung '19 led the team in the top singles position throughout the season.

Trinity Ung