Kaimuki’s girls basketball squad is now out of the league after three forfeitures in order to start the OIA regular-season.
According to the Dec. 30 revision, there are no Bulldogs remaining games. They had to forfeit games against Moanalua on Dec. 23, against Kalani on Dec. 28 and Kahuku on Dec.30.
In recent seasons, the program has been hindered by a lack of players. After one student-athlete chose to play soccer instead of basketball, the program was reduced to just four players this year.
Kaimuki isn’t the only girl basketball program that has struggled since last year’s cancellation of winter sports. Anuenue had to forfeit its opener against Kahuku on Dec. 23. Also on Dec 23 Castlehad to forfeit its game to Roosevelt and Waialua had to forfeit to Campbell.
There were four additional forfeitures on Tuesday. Kailua forfeited to McKinley, Waialua was forced to forfeit to Waipahu and Anuenue was forfeited to Farrington.
As positive COVID cases rise in the state it has had has a negative impact on all high school sport. The rise in positive cases has caused the cancellation of a number of boys basketball preseason games as well. Additional games will probably be cancelled as a precaution.
There is some good news: Anuenue, Kailua and Castle are still on the schedule.
Even before the pandemic girls basketball numbers had been declining, while softball, volleyball and soccer seem to be stable.
Spectators with proof of vaccination are still permitted into games. Spectators not vaccinated need to show proof of vaccination within 48 hours.