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Kalani Takase | ScoringLiveJanuary 23, 2018, 10:55pm
Male Athlete of the Week: Jaymin Khansmith, Kaiser basketballIn some ways, the seasons for both the Kaiser boys basketball team and Jaymin Khansmith have mirrored one another.
Both the Cougars and their 6-foot-1 senior swingman have seemingly found a groove since the new year.
Since losing its first three games, Kaiser has won four of its last five to sit at 4-4 on the season, good for a tie for fourth place in the Division I East standings of the Oahu Interscholastic Association. During that stretch, Khansmith is averaging 21.8 points per game. That includes a 25-point effort against Kaimuki in which he hit a season-best five 3-pointers, followed by a season-high 29-point output against Farrington five nights later.
"He's done a good job as far as his offensive assertiveness, he's really improved in that aspect," Cougars coach Brandon Kawazoe said of Khansmith, who can play the shooting guard and power forward positions, but is predominantly as a small forward.
"He's taken the opportunities when it's there. He's doing a good job of not settling for only 3s, but he's getting to the rim and finishing, he's getting to the free-throw line and his overall offensive game is really developing and credit has to go to his teammates for finding him in good spots; They execute the sets well, so I really like how his game is improving," Kawazoe said."
Khansmith kept the ball rolling last week with a near double-double performance to lead Kaiser in a crucial 56-51 win over Kailua Thursday. He shot 7 of 13 from the field, including 6 of 7 from inside the arc, and was a near-perfect 7 of 8 from the free-throw line. In addition, Khansmith grabbed nine rebounds, dished out three assists, recorded two blocks and even logged a steal.
Saturday night, Khansmith poured in a game-high 18 points to go with six rebounds, one steal and a block, but it wasn't enough as Kaiser saw a four-game win streak snapped in a 48-42 loss to No. 7 Kahuku.
Khansmith has been on the team since his sophomore season — when he was promoted from the JV for the postseason — and has been a starter the past two years.
"He's been around our program since the eighth grade because he was our manager, so he knows what the expectations are and he's seen it through the good times and the bad," said Kawazoe.
Kaiser won its first OIA Division II championship in 2014 and claimed both the league state D2 crowns the following season.
"Jaymin's been with us the whole time we went through all of that, so as we were trying to piece together what our team was going to look like back following the 2016 season, when we lost 12 seniors, we knew he would be a big piece of what we wanted to do in the next few years," Kawazoe said.
Kawazoe said Khansmith's growth since then can be measured both on and off the court.
"He's always working hard, both in the offseason and in season, and there's still room for growth, but all the work he's put in throughout the years is coming to fruition now. Basketball is so much of a mindset and right now he's rolling with it. I think it's just about his confidence and his belief in his abilities and the belief that he's ready for this time," Kawazoe said. "We're going to continue to ride him and hopefully he takes us where we need to get."
With the 10-game regular season winding down this week, Kawazoe said his team is turning its sights on another postseason run.
"We're all here trying to get better on a daily basis and the recognition that Jaymin is receiving is solely the product of everybody's work as well," Kawazoe said. "Our mantra is ‘we're a family,' and we go through everything together, so hopefully we'll continue to grow and finish the regular season strong and hopefully we can get into playoffs and make a run at the OIA."
Khansmith and the Cougars host Kalaheo Thursday and visit McKinley Saturday.
Female Athlete of the Week: Kaycee Manding, Waipahu soccerKaycee Manding tends to find herself in the middle of the action.
The 5-foot-7 sophomore midfielder has been a key contributor to the success of the Waipahu girls soccer team this season. Manding is tied for the team lead with seven goals scored and her latest came in a pivotal match last week.
Manding scored early in the second half last Tuesday to lift the Marauders to a monumental 1-0 road win over Kapolei in both team's regular-season finale.
"I've been here for three years now and I don't think Waipahu has beaten Kapolei before," Marauders coach Brent Murakami said. "Two years ago they got us at the end of the game, then last year we tied them and this year we beat them and it ultimately ended up being a battle for fifth place in the West."
The win was the fourth straight for Waipahu and locked up the Western Division's fifth seed in this week's Oahu Interscholastic Association D1 tournament.
"Getting that fifth seed was huge for us just to put us in the best possible position for the playoffs," Murakami said. "It would have been a big difference between playing the third East seed and the fourth East seed in the (opening round), so it gave us a little better chance. We preached that it was really the start of our playoffs even though it was our last regular-season game. We told them that this was our first playoff game and that we needed a win."
Manding broke the scoreless tie on a combination play with junior midfielder Mya Tolentino.
"It was a give-and-go type of play," Murakami recalled. "Kaycee made a midfield run through the back line on a combination, slipped behind, took a few dribbles and had a good finish. That was huge; Running from the midfield is critical for us."
Murakami emphasized the importance of both Manding and Tolentino due to a season-ending knee injury to senior striker Alysha Somera.
"We've been adjusting to try and create some offense without her, so our midfielders have to do a lot of work and contribute offensively with whatever forward we do have," Murakami said.
Manding, one of the Marauders' center-mids, helped set up the lone goal in Waipahu's 1-0 win over Roosevelt in Monday's opening round of the OIA tournament.
"It was similar to the goal that she scored against Kapolei, but she assisted to Amber Williams this time," Murakami said. "Kaycee was able to make a run through, she took a couple of players on and crossed it over to Amber and Amber had a good finish."
Murakami said part of what makes Manding special is her ability to quickly, and accurately, assess a given situation.
"Probably one of her biggest assets is she can play a long ball if she needs to, she can go across the field or diagonally, but also another asset of hers is her ability to make runs and support her teammates in that respect," Murakami said.
Manding earned Honorable Mention All-OIA West distinction as a freshman last season, when she netted seven goals and helped the Marauders to a D2 league crown and a state tournament appearance.
"Kaycee's had a lot of growth from the winter of last year. I think she was kind of forced to step up, but I think she also grew a love to compete and I think that what's driving her is she wants to be a good soccer player," Murakami said. "From the start of last high school season to now there's been continuous growth. It wasn't just that she got really good and then plateaued and it's exciting because she's only a sophomore."
Murakami added that while Manding's soccer abilities are tremendous, her character makes her all the more special.
"I think what makes her a player that is enjoyable to coach and to cheer for is that she has a good personality. She's not one to act out or be like, ‘I'm the best,' she doesn't walk with a swag — she just plays and those are the kind of players that I want to be around. It's exciting and it's enjoyable when she's successful because you know it's genuine," Murakami said. "At the same time, she doesn't get the success either without her teammates and so I think she would say the same thing, that a lot of it has to do with her teammates and her support."
Waipahu saw its five-game winning streak snapped by Pearl City, 3-0, in a quarterfinal Tuesday night.
Manding and the Marauders (8-4) can clinch a D1 state tournament berth with a win over Castle in a fifth-place semifinal Wednesday.
BOYS BASKETBALLCharles Abe, Le Jardin — Scored 22 points in a loss to Damien
Kekaukahi Alameda, Hilo — Scored 19 points in a loss to Kealakehe
Kiai Apele, Waiakea — Scored 24 points in a win over Hilo
Naighel Calderon, Lanai — Scored 25 points in a win over St. Anthony and scored 25 points in a win over St. Anthony
Cannen Chiu, Kalaheo — Scored 22 points in a win over Kaimuki
Braden DeFries, Kamehameha — Scored 21 points in a win over Saint Louis
Kaimi Dunaway, Punahou II — Scored 23 points in a win over Iolani II and scored 21 points in a win over Kamehameha II
Cameron Henry, Mililani — Scored 19 points in a win over Waipahu
Isaiah Hopson, Kailua — Scored 25 points with 15 rebounds, five steals, two assists and a block in a loss to Kaiser
Hunter Hosoda, Punahou — Scored 18 points in a win over Iolani
Andrew Kearney, Kalaheo — Scored 23 points in a win over Kaimuki
Christian Manera, Kauai — Scored 20 points in a win over Waimea
Micah Mitchell, Hawaii Baptist — Scored 24 points in a win over Le Jardin and scored 30 points in a win over Hanalani
Zoar Nedd, Kapolei — Scored 19 points in a win over Nanakuli
Kameron Ng, Saint Francis — Scored 40 points in a win over Hanalani and scored 33 points in a win over University Lab
Adam O'Leary, Iolani II — Scored 20 points in a win over Saint Louis II
AJ Ulufale, Assets — Scored 23 points in a win over Lanakila Baptist
Tolu Smith, Kahuku — Scored 34 points in a win over Farrington and scored 15 points with 11 rebounds, one steal and an assist in a win over Kaiser
Emmanuel Stevenson, Damien — Scored 19 points in a win over Le Jardin
Fred Taulung, Kaimuki — Scored 22 points in a loss to Kalaheo
Micah Tong, Maryknoll II — Scored 20 points in a loss to Kamehameha II
Micah Visoria, Roosevelt — Scored 22 points in a win over Moanalua
Jayden Wyatt, Nanakuli — Scored 30 points in a loss to Kapolei
Ryan Yamamoto, Pearl City — Scored 21 points in a win over Radford
Kobe Young, Kamehameha — Scored 20 points in a loss to Maryknoll
GIRLS BASKETBALLSheri Alvarado, Castle — Scored 16 points in a win over Waipahu
Gieani Balino, Campbell — Scored 16 points in a win over McKinley
Hooiliesu Baptiste, Christian Academy — Scored 22 points in a win over St. Andrew's
Jaliyah Casem, Kapaa — Scored 27 points in a loss to Kauai
Caylie Kaupu, Konawaena — Scored 16 points in a win over Kamehameha-Hawaii
Bella Cravens, Maryknoll — Scored 21 points in a loss to Kahuku
Angelica Cudiamat, Kapaa — Scored 17 points in a loss to Waimea
Kaelyn Espinda, Kaimuki — Scored 26 points in a loss to Leilehua
Braeanna Estabillo, Lahainaluna — Scored 20 points in a win over Maui
Julia Fisher, Le Jardin — Scored 20 points in a win over Iolani II and scored 19 points in a win over La Pietra
Sage Hottendorf, St. Andrew's — Scored 20 points in a loss to Christian Academy
Kelsie Imai, Waiakea — Scored 21 points in a win over Hawaii Prep
Kaimi Kalei, Saint Francis — Scored 18 points in a win over Damien
Kamalu Kamakawiwoole, Maryknoll — Scored 11 points with 10 rebounds and a steal in a win over Sacred Hearts and scored 16 points in a win over Iolani
Kaylen Kamelamela, Leilehua — Scored 23 points in a win over Kaimuki
Kawena Kaohimaunu, Konwaena — Scored 27 points in a win over Kealakehe
Sisilia Kaufusi, Kahuku — Scored 22 points in a win over Campbell
Brillie Kovaloff, Mid-Pacific — Scored 19 points with eight rebounds, two steals and an assist in a loss to Sacred Hearts
Marissa Layosa, Kauai — Scored 26 points in a win over Kapaa
Tehani Malterre, Kamehameha II — Scored 19 points in a win over Punahou II
Dallas Martinez, Sacred Hearts — Scored 25 points with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in a win over Mid-Pacific
Kianie Medeiros Dancel, Kau — Scored 21 points in a loss to Hawaii Prep
Cherilyn Molina, Konawaena — Scored 19 points in a win over Kealakehe
Kyley Nakagawa, Hawaii Baptist — Scored 16 points in a loss to Saint Francis
Moe Notoa, Maryknoll — Scored 17 points with four rebounds, two steals, one block and an assist in a win over Sacred Hearts
Kalina Obrey, Kamehameha — Scored 19 points in a win over Punahou and scored 18 points in a win over Punahou
Alyssa Oshita, Pearl City — Scored 17 points in a win over Kalaheo
Rayanna Pauley, Lanakila Baptist — Scored 19 points in a loss to Hawaiian Mission
Dahlis Sablay, Mililani — Scored 16 points in a win over Kaiser
Nani Santos, Saint Francis — Scored 17 points in a win over Damien
Kaye Serapio, Waimea — Scored 17 points in a win over Kapaa
Coco Shafer, Hawaii Prep — Scored 24 points in a win over Kau
Mikayla Tablit, Konawaena — Scored 23 points in a win over Kealakehe
Pumehana Uslan, Le Pietra — Scored 17 points in a loss to Hanalani and scored 16 points in a loss to Le Jardin
Kiana Vierra, Kamehameha — Scored 18 points in a loss to Iolani
Ally Wada, Hawaii Baptist — Scored 16 points in a win over Le Jardin
Taylor Wu, Iolani — Scored 18 points in a win over Kamehameha
BOYS SOCCERRyan Bansihan, Kapaa — Scored the lone goal in a win over Island School
Jonathan DeMotta, Kamehameha-Hawaii — Scored three goals in a win over Keaau
Claudio Dortait, Campbell — Scored two goals in a win over Waialua
David Erksine, Kamehameha-Hawaii — Scored the lone goal in a win over Konawaena
Kody Gardner, Waimea — Scored two goals in a win over Kauai
Keoni Ichiyama, Kalani — Scored three goals in a win over Kaimuki
Ayden Lawes, Mililani — Scored two goals in a win over Radford
Kotaro Minawa, McKinley — Scored three goals in a win over Kaimuki
Jon Orrezoli, Radford — Scored three goals in a win over Aiea
Jake Schneider, Hawaii Prep — Scored two goals in a win over Kealakehe
Hikaru Seki, Roosevelt — Scored the lone goal in a win over Castle
Arsany Sokar, McKinley — Scored three goals in a tie against Farrington
Sean Yoshida, Kapolei — Scored three goals in a win over Nanakuli
GIRLS SOCCERCamille Aiu, Damien — Scored two goals in a win over Le Jardin
April Barnes, Kapaa — Scored two goals in a win over Kauai and scored three goals in a win over Island School
Chenoa Fredrick, Kamehameha-Hawaii — Scored two goals in a win over Konawaena
Hevanilea Haunga, Kamehameha-Hawaii — Scored two goals in a win over Keaau
Camille Kimoto, Baldwin — Scored two goals in a win over Lahainaluna
Shaley Mercado, Kaiser — Scored two goals in a win over Kalani
Ciana Rivera, Castle — Scored three goals in a win over Castle
Teah Van Bergen, Hawaii Prep — Scored three goals in a win over Kealakehe
Kehela Ventura, Kauai — Scored five goals in a win over Waimea
Hiilei Wong Yuen, Kamehameha-Hawaii — Scored two goals in a win over Keaau
Kekaimalie Woods, Sacred Hearts — Scored four goals in a win over Le Jardin
Trojans sweep the Red Raiders, 25-18, 25-17, 25-14 to win third league title.
The Cougars rallied after a tight loss in set one to win first OIA championship since '09.
Saturday afternoon's game at Vidinha Stadium will largely determine the KIF championship.
The championship games will be on Friday, Oct. 26 at Aloha Stadium.
Both the Red Raiders and the Trojans switched up their offense in their semifinal wins.
The two teams will face off again Thursday at Damien's gym for the league's overall title.