Parker Officially Wraps Up The Fall Sports Season
This year’s fall season was an exciting one for Parker Athletics. While there weren’t too many different teams competing, only four across two sports, all of them had exceptional seasons and did more than enough to keep up the excitement for the three months of the fall season. So before winter sports get started up, let’s take a look back at some of the accomplishments of the last couple months for the Bulls.
Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball
After getting off to an impressive start of the season, winning all of their first five sets and remaining undefeated until late in the season, the JV team cooled off a bit towards the end of their schedule with losses to Honoka’a and Konawaena down the stretch, but still managed to put together an incredible season marked by big wins against the likes of HPA, Ka’u, and Pahoa, as well as most of the rest of the BIIF competition. Looking forward to next season, they will be looking to replace much of their lineup. With many juniors who will have to move up to the varsity squad next year (one of them being their captain and setter Kennedi-Grace Magaoay), as well as any other players that get called up to fill varsity positions, it will have to be a new-look team next year, but best bet they’ll still be as dominant as ever.
Girls Varsity Volleyball
Coming off a 2022 season where they missed out on the playoffs, this year’s team quickly showed they had no intention of repeating that, getting off to a 2-0 start on the back of two sweeps away from home. Not losing too many players from their previous squad, and bringing in new talent, the Bulls bounced back from losses to Ka’u and HPA with a three-game winning streak that catapulted them into the playoffs and later clinched home-court advantage in the first round with a win against Honoka’a. Their first round playoff matchup (also against Honoka’a less than two weeks later) in front of home fans led to a raucous atmosphere as the crowd was treated to a 3-0 of the visiting Dragons, sending Parker to the BIIF quarterfinals. For that match they’d have to drive out to Konawaena and try to avenge a loss from just two weeks prior. With a fair bit of support on the road, the Bulls managed to keep it competitive but ended up losing out and ending their season. Despite the final loss, there was still plenty to celebrate from this season, including their 8-6 record, and to look forward to next season from returning players and new entries from the JV squad.
Boys Cross Country
After only fielding two runners last year, the boys cross country team took a massive step forward, with nine different runners competing over the course of the season. They made an early statement, coming in 2nd as a team overall at the first BIIF race of the season, with captain Takumi Wetherell capturing fourth individually. They maintained strong results throughout the course of the year, consistently finishing first among Division 2 schools, which eventually led to an overall team victory at their home race where they featured four of the top 15 finishers. At the BIIF championships, the Bulls failed to capture the island title, but still managed to claim two of the individual medals (from sophomores Takumi Wetherell and Toby Gordon), 2nd place in Division 2, 3rd place overall, and a team qualification for the state championship. Forced to go without one of their scoring runners for the state finals the team placed 18th overall, but saw sub-19 personal bests from their leading runners, both of whom finished within the top 75 individually out of the field of almost 200. Since they’ll be retaining all but one of their scoring athletes moving into 2024, next year promises to be an exciting one for Parker cross country.
Girls Cross Country
This year was defined by close calls and individual performances for the girls cross country team. Constantly coming so close to team placement early on in the season, luck never seemed to be on the Bulls side as they always seemed to come one or two runners short due to injury or scheduling conflicts. During this time, sophomore Isabel Camp and senior Kaya Long were able to place consistently in the top 30, with occasional top 20 finishes from both of them. Then, late in the season, juniors Gibson McIntosh and Fiona Eddy joined the team and, though it did take some time, eventually notched a team score on the final regular season race at Kea’au. At the BIIF championships, they were able to put together a 9th place team finish as Isabel Camp was able to qualify individually for the state championship. At that race she would come in 187th as the final athlete from Parker to compete in the fall sports season. Despite losing their team captain and two other vital seniors, the girls team seems to be in good hands next year with new and returning runners looking to build the team up ahead of the next season.
Note: Some results not posted to any official BIIF website may be missing for JV volleyball.