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Recent coaching changes look like power struggles

By Dave Reardon
We've seen this before, haven't we? A trend has developed of very successful Hawaii high school coaches being pushed out without a whole lot of logical explanation.

Kalaheo’s vague edict left Smith no choice but to quit

By Dave Reardon
In a letter dated June 3, 2015, Kalaheo High School principal Susan Hummel and athletic director Mark Brilhante basically put varsity boys basketball coach Alika Smith on notice.

Garcia's blast brings back others from the past

By Dave Reardon
The newspaper picture shows a former University of Hawaii baseball player congratulating another ex-Rainbow at home plate following a pinch-hit home run in a major league game. How cool is that?

Kruse's true spirit of aloha was felt by all he welcomed

By Dave Reardon
The telephone rang often at the Kailua home of Howard Kruse in recent weeks. Men and women representing decades of University of Hawaii basketball called to bid aloha to a man who had shown many of them the meaning of the word.

The Pete Rose Hall of Fame debate never grows old

By Dave Reardon
If I were more selfish, I’d want Pete Rose to never get into the Hall of Fame. Why? Because for those of us who share opinions about sports for a living, Rose not in the HOF is pure gold.

NBA legend Wilkins uses status to discuss diabetes

By Dave Reardon
To celebrate its 50th anniversary in 1996, the NBA came up with a list of what were supposedly its 50 greatest players of all time. There were several head-scratching omissions, but I'm focusing on the most blatant one today: Dominique Wilkins.

Solo should have been suspended a game or two

By Dave Reardon
If you’re open-minded, you might be conflicted on a lot of issues right now, sports and otherwise. Locally and nationally. GMO. TMT. Should LBJ have been MVP?

Daughter’s love for running, life live on in annual 5K run

By Dave Reardon
“Time is such a frustrating commodity. You can’t bargain with it. It just passes, snickering as it goes by, I suppose.” Patty Smith didn’t have much time left when she wrote those words, and she knew it. But she made the most of what she had.

Castle kicker made history then created a lasting gift

By Dave Reardon
Her older sister, Sarah, went to Punahou. When the family couldn't afford to send her there, Laura Tyler just shrugged and said, "I'm going to make Castle history." "In what, she had no idea," said Thomas, her father.

Arnold-UH spat is making both sides look like losers

By Dave Reardon
The only sure thing right now is that there will be no winners in the University of Hawaii basketball scandal. I don’t throw that word, scandal, around very often, I think it is over-used.

Ex-Warrior Galdeira shows some aloha for ‘Aloha’

By Dave Reardon
For fun, I put out an informal survey about athletes who became actors. Off the top of my head I could only think of a few: Jim Brown, The Rock, Ronda Rousey, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Chance meeting leaves legacy of friendship, sports 40 years later

By Dave Reardon
The serendipity of fulfilled destiny doesn’t occur as often as we’d like to believe, and what seems like it should be fate doesn’t always bring you full-circle.

Botelho's humble manner was hallmark of his career

By Dave Reardon
When Don Botelho's retirement was made known last week, it was no surprise. It will be one, however, if the erstwhile Interscholastic League of Honolulu executive director doesn't keep his hand in the game in one way or another.

Football camp showcases Hawaii's diverse talent

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 5, 2015
It wasn't long ago when, according to some, Hawaii's high school football talent was being over-recruited … like it wasn't worth the effort and expense because too many coaches were trying to pick from the same limited crop.

Not many people get a chance to be an inspiration twice

By Dave Reardon
In the summer of 1976, I had just completed my freshman year of high school. I was quickly realizing I wasn’t going to go very far as a baseball, football or basketball player. I’d run track that freshman year … very poorly, skipping many of the grueling workouts for baseball, which was much more fun.

A positive legacy to reflect on this Memorial Day

By Dave Reardon
It was just a recreational softball league. Our team, representing the company we worked for, HMSA, didn't approach it that way. We were expected to win the Financial League championship every year in the 1990s, and we often did.

Hawaii must balance golf tourism and development

By Dave Reardon
Part of me views golf as a great game and huge economic asset to Hawaii. But I also see where George Carlin was coming from when he called it, among other things, an inequitable use of land.

Winning culture giving rise to public school success

By Dave Reardon
Judging by state championships this school year, the gap between the haves and the have-nots is closing in Hawaii prep sports. Or, perhaps that's now an archaic way of describing the private schools and the public schools, at least when it comes to athletics.

Bows' loyal fan base deserving of a better product

By Dave Reardon
Diamond Head is behind right field. Cool tradewinds float through the facility as dusk approaches. There's affordable ballpark food and not a bad seat in the house. It's all very wonderful at Les Murakami Stadium.

UH’s self-imposed sanctions won’t be tough to overcome

By Dave Reardon
Well, at least this time there's no banner to take down, no national championship to pretend never happened. As part of the University of Hawaii spanking itself for the misdeeds of two of its former basketball coaches alleged by the NCAA, the school is proposing to vacate 36 victories.

Aliviado has always had the drive to get better

By Dave Reardon
One day you’re on top of the world of sports. Then, before you know it, you’re back home in seventh grade. Layson “Kaeo” Aliviado experienced it first-hand.

Coach says being tight-knit fuels No. 1 HPU men's tennis

By Dave Reardon
It won't be much of a surprise in Surprise, Ariz., this week if the Hawaii Pacific University men's tennis team emerges with a national championship. HPU is 21-0 and ranked No. 1 in the nation. Not bad for a school that doesn't even have its own tennis facility.

Overblown 'Deflategate' reveals warped priorities

By Dave Reardon
Let's get this out there right away. I don't like Tom Brady, and haven't for quite a while. Here's why: When he was asked by an NFL public relations guy to make himself available for a quick walk-and-talk interview after a Pro Bowl practice about 10 years ago, he dropped a long drawn out F-bomb.

Lanai physical fitness team resurrects its prominence

By Dave Reardon
It is the forgotten dynasty of Hawaii high school athletics. An 18-year run of state domination. Numerous national championships. And then, 11 years ago, the Lanai physical fitness teams disappeared, like the pineapple fields that were the island’s signature crop.

HTA should spread wealth to marathon, UH sports

By Dave Reardon
If there’s one thing apparent about the new governor, David Ige, it is that he is not into hyperbole.

A son's need, a daughter's grace, a family's hope

By Dave Reardon
If things had gone the way they appeared to be headed a couple of years ago, Jeremy Ioane would be at an NFL team's rookie camp and his sister Jasmine would be continuing on a blossoming career as a softball coach.

Season opener will be must-see TV if Mariota, Winston hold up their end

By Dave Reardon
The NFL schedule makers look like geniuses, don't they? Titans vs. Bucs, season opener, Sept. 13, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa. Be there. Aloha.

Volleyball, water polo teams provide much-needed boost

By Dave Reardon
The SandBows left Tuesday night, ranked No. 2 in the country with a 17-1 record and 13-match winning streak. But if it is to return with the title, Hall knows UH needs every little bit of magic it can get.

Understatement that Matlin must hit the ground running

By Dave Reardon
David Matlin's first day as University of Hawaii athletic director has finally arrived. The first bit of controversy beat him to his new office, however. It's one of those decisions to make that a large number of people will disagree either way.

Saturday spent as a UH fan all good for former AD Jay

By Dave Reardon
Ben Jay turned in his keys and was escorted from the premises Friday. Many University of Hawaii sports fans consider it good riddance. The new athletic director, David Matlin, officially starts work Monday.

Wade has a shot to earn a national championship

By Dave Reardon
On Sept. 1, 1995, a fiery young assistant helped the University of Hawaii women's volleyball team to a season-opening victory.

Contender Holloway wants UFC event at Stan Sheriff

By Dave Reardon
Max Holloway of Waianae thinks beyond himself, and that's part of what makes him a great fit as the new face of mixed martial artists from Hawaii. The bigger part, of course, is that after defeating Cub Swanson by submission on Saturday he has six consecutive wins and is now close to being considered a prime contender in the UFC featherweight division.

Kim's winner conjures memory of Aoki's shot heard around the world

By Dave Reardon
Sei Young Kim had never heard of Isao Aoki. Can't really blame her. Kim wasn't born until 10 years, almost to the day, after Aoki made international golf and Hawaii sports history with an incredible shot to win the 1983 Hawaiian Open.

Women’s Masters sounds like a winning proposition

By Dave Reardon
Remember when a 10-year-old Michelle Wie said she hoped to play in the Masters someday? Well, if Paula Creamer has her way, the best women golfers in the world will get to play a tournament on the most famous course in the world.

Everyone knows it's windy; I.K. captures the moment

By Dave Reardon
Who's going to win this? I.K. Kim is off to a good start, but the answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. Apologies to Bob Dylan. And Peter, Paul and Mary have got nothing on Michelle, Ai and Inbee.

Wie stokes competitive fire by dialing down the pressure

By Dave Reardon
Michelle Wie has all the comforts of being where she grew up, including the cooking of her mom, Bo, or at Uncle Bo's, her favorite local eatery. More important, who in the field of the Lotte Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club knows the wind and greens better than she?

Warriors' senior night was perfection, start to finish

By Dave Reardon
These senior nights keep getting better and better. Saturday's men's volleyball regular-season finale topped them all, with stirring emotion from beginning to end — even though the match itself didn't provide very much drama.

Ganot’s staff must earn, maintain players’ respect

By Dave Reardon
People, especially young folks, test authority. That in itself is not good or bad or right or wrong. It just is. It is reality. Questioning authority under the right circumstances is important and necessary.

UH starts with clean slate, and that’s the right move

By Dave Reardon
Unfortunately, a lot of fans don't get that the University of Hawaii does not exist solely for their sports entertainment. If they did, their pea-brains wouldn't be exploding over Benjy Taylor not being retained as UH's basketball coach.

There's more to UH hoops hire than winning games

By Dave Reardon
The University of Hawaii's new men's basketball coach in 2010 came from a program that had recent problems with the NCAA. That could happen this time, too.

Some consistency would be good for the Rainbows

By Dave Reardon
On the first day of the Major League Baseball season, the University of Hawaii team — more than midway through its schedule — lost 4-0 to UC Davis in what amounted to little more than a spring training game.

Elimimian, Samuseva hope to instill warrior mentality

By Dave Reardon
Much of the focus on University of Hawaii football this spring is about the turnover of the coaching staff, in particular the coordinators. All three are new: Don Bailey (offense), Tom Mason (defense) and Jake Cookus (special teams).

No. 1 'Bows on the road and focused, one game at a time

By Dave Reardon
Shots fired the day before a men's volleyball match between Hawaii and UCLA in the old days might have meant an incendiary quote provided by one of the rival combatants. You know, locker room bulletin board material.

UH’s transition to Matlin looks like it’ll be smooth

By Dave Reardon
Driving to his downtown office at 9:30 on a Saturday morning is nothing out of the ordinary for David Matlin. “It’s not abnormal,” Matlin said. “What’s different is that I started work today at 5 a.m. (at home).”

Wahine softball team has tools to impress in Big West

By Dave Reardon
Sure, it’s not as great a deal as it was five years ago when the Rainbow Wahine went all the way to the College World Series and hit as many home runs as the ’27 Yankees in 89 fewer games. But University of Hawaii softball is still worth way more than the price of admission.

Matlin has big decisions ahead; it’ll get interesting

By Dave Reardon
It's December all year now for David Matlin. On its surface that might seem great -- except we're not talking about a kid who gets vacation half the month and a whole bunch of presents.

Former Wildcat McCowan now Hawaii deep-sea fishing guru

By Dave Reardon
The man guarding him in the intense pickup basketball game got hurt and couldn't continue, so University of Hawaii intramurals director Steve "Doc" Martin looked around Klum Gym for a replacement.

Dual No. 1 rankings gives UH much-needed boost

By Dave Reardon
A couple of University of Hawaii athletic teams quietly made history last week. Maybe not unprecedented, but history nonetheless — and a much-needed morale boost for Manoa's lower campus.

New UH AD will take on the toughest job in local sports

By Dave Reardon
Working in sports and living in Hawaii … a dream come true, right? But a lot of these jobs come with tremendous amounts of pressure and are at times seemingly impossible to succeed at — sometimes, even when you win on the field.

With AD search down to 2, UH should hurry and decide

By Dave Reardon
The University of Hawaii tells us the chancellor can wait another two weeks before announcing his choice for a new athletic director. I guess we can be relieved that he's actually making a choice, and not letting one be rammed down his throat.

Rainbows could use more copies of Arakawa

By Dave Reardon
You hate to put an entire baseball team on one guy's shoulders — especially when the one supporting his throwing arm has been cut into twice. And it wouldn't be fair, anyway.

Wahine will play on; maybe the Rainbows should too

By Dave Reardon
Saturday started with so much promise but ended in dejection. The drought continues, as the University of Hawaii women haven’t been to The Dance since 1998 and the men since 2002.

BYUH hoops deserves as much applause as UH

By Dave Reardon
There's a college basketball team from Oahu that overcame tremendous off-court adversity not of its own making. And instead of wallowing in self-pity and falling apart it made the best of things and continues to build on a successful season.

Athletic director pendulum might swing the right way

By Dave Reardon
The pendulum effect has been in full force when it comes to hiring University of Hawaii athletic directors. Since the 1980s it has swung back-and-forth each time, between the islands and the continent.

Warriors poised for rock star status once again

By Dave Reardon
Overall it was a great weekend for the University of Hawaii's court sports. Men's volleyball wins Friday and Sunday sandwiching women's basketball's stirring senior night and men's hoops winning on the road on Saturday.

Wahine’s senior night was well worth the wait

By Dave Reardon
There was traffic at 4:30 p.m. Saturday heading up University Avenue toward Manoa. Most of it took a sharp right at Dole Street and slogged along through two ticket gates into the quarry.

On the court, Taylor’s made a good case for himself

By Dave Reardon
Benjy Taylor has presented most of his case — the part on the court, anyway. Right now, the University of Hawaii basketball team still has a chance at 20 wins as it prepares for the finale of the regular conference slate at Fullerton and then the Big West tournament.

Easy way out isn't looking too easy in Arnold situation

By Dave Reardon
If you have a lawyer/agent negotiating a $365,000-a-year contract for you, you're not exactly a member of the impoverished working class. Those Bruce Springsteen songs aren't about you.

Webster-Chan’s shooting jump-starts the offense

By Dave Reardon
Negus Webster-Chan is a very funny guy. But his coach, Benjy Taylor, was much more amused with the small forward’s 20 points as Hawaii beat Long Beach State 78-59 on Thursday night than he was by the sharpshooter’s latest gag at the shoot-around earlier in the day.

Elimimian appears to be perfect fit for Chow's staff

By Dave Reardon
Abraham Elimimian told me those words 10 years ago, nearly to the day. He had just completed his University of Hawaii football career and was preparing for the NFL scouting combine.

‘Quiet guy' Al Espinda knew how get his point across

By Dave Reardon
For Hawaii sports fans around my age, the name Al "Eki" Espinda is mostly associated with Farrington football. But with Espinda's death last week at age 78, his classmate Paul Wysgard reminds us that Espinda was also an outstanding all-around athlete.

Supersub Kuehu relishes doing what needs to be done

By Dave Reardon
On an evening where it needed every encouraging shriek from the season-high 1,989 sixth men and sixth little girls in the Stan Sheriff Center stands, the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine basketball team also got a huge lift from the most unlikely of benchies.

Faith, hope and love abide in face of adversity

By Dave Reardon
Jasmine was first. Jeremy came an hour later. Twins, born to Matt and Doris Ioane 23 years ago today at The Queen's Medical Center.

UH got Friday night's follies out of system impressively

By Dave Reardon
Judging a baseball team by one game never really makes sense.

Bobbitt steals the show, Henderson’s 42-year mark

By Dave Reardon
If you can break a record set by Tom Henderson you're doing pretty well. That's not just because Henderson is one of the best two or three players in University of Hawaii basketball history and went on to the U.S. Olympic team and the NBA.

AD candidates will be wise to ask lots of questions

By Dave Reardon
There are at least four strong local potential candidates for University of Hawaii athletic director: Keith Amemiya, Rick Blangiardi, Mufi Hannemann and John McNamara. June Jones said he wants to be football coach again, not AD.

Rainbow Wahine aren't about to sit back and enjoy the view

By Dave Reardon
Not a frolicking and relaxing day off — which would be well deserved after the Rainbow Wahine completed a sweep of their four-game homestand with Saturday's 79-64 victory over Cal Poly.

Baseball ’Bows got away clean; alumni, not so much

By Dave Reardon
The current University of Hawaii baseball team got out of Saturday's alumni game unscathed after what coach Mike Trapasso described as "a clean game" and a 10-0 win. That's good news, since UH wants everyone ready when the season opens Friday against Oregon.

You could be a UH booster without ever realizing it

By Dave Reardon
This might come as a surprise to you. It certainly did to me. According to the NCAA, I’m a University of Hawaii basketball booster. You might be a booster, too, without realizing it ... even if you never bought season tickets or never made a donation.

Maybe Reinebold would like another go-round at UH

By Dave Reardon
As the fax machine whirs into action on National Letter of Intent day, we're left to ponder if the University of Hawaii lost some recruiting battles because it competed the last few weeks short-handed.

UH's sins not of commission but intentional omission

By Dave Reardon
We got our first actual look at the Notice of Allegations from the NCAA on Saturday, the result of its lengthy probe of the University of Hawaii men's basketball program.

UH keeps public in the dark about NCAA allegations

By Dave Reardon
The NCAA doesn't possess unlimited enforcement resources, and if you pay attention to the news, you know in recent weeks and months it had some business to take care of with SMU and Penn State.

Wahine basketball greats linked by more than just talent

By Dave Reardon
Judy Mosley-McAfee and Lynette Liu barely knew each other. But they are forever linked. "That's true," said Liu, who will play in the University of Hawaii women's basketball alumnae game Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center, at 2 p.m., prior to UH's game against CSUN. "We have a lot in common."

Life and death of Tatupu a tragic cautionary tale

By Dave Reardon
Like many of us, Linnea Garcia-Tatupu is conflicted about football. The game allowed the men in her life to fulfill their dreams, to achieve at the highest level of a profession, starring in the NFL. Her husband, Mosi, made it to the Pro Bowl.

Whining about fouls likely to work against Rainbows

By Dave Reardon
Rarely is it true that whining works with basketball officials. It's OK to ask them in a respectful manner about what you did that got you tagged for a foul, so you can try not to commit the same offense again.

Spirit of Poly honorees on full display

By Dave Reardon
If we look at the composition of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame after the induction of its first two classes, maybe we can put a stereotype to rest. Yes, the Pacific Islands are known for producing linemen.

Rainbow Warriors just keep getting back up off the mat

By Dave Reardon
Forget about Pitt on Maui. Never mind Colorado in the Diamond Head Classic. Or any of the other 11 victories this season. That win Thursday against unheralded UC Davis was the biggest of 2014-15 for the University of Hawaii basketball team.

Mariota keeps buzz going for Polynesian Football Hall of Fame

By Dave Reardon
Any winning athlete or coach will tell you. Successfully defending a championship is a lot harder than winning the first one. It's the same with big new organizations and their big, annual events. There should, however, be no sophomore slump for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame this weekend.

Walker knows he needs another great score to win

By Dave Reardon
Jimmy Walker finds himself in the strange position of having an opportunity for redemption via successful defense of a championship.

Mission accomplished, now Suppa can let it rip

By Dave Reardon
The latest local golf prodigy doesn't possess the flair of Michelle Wie or Tadd Fujikawa when they played at the Sony Open as teenagers.

Even at 48, long John Daly is mighty entertaining

By Dave Reardon
There's a guy who changed the way people looked at pro golfers in the 1990s. Won some majors and broke the mold. No, we're not talking about Tiger, somebody else.

AD search committee missing some stakeholders

By Dave Reardon
The University of Hawaii Manoa has an interim chancellor, a lame-duck athletic director, a winning "acting" basketball coach and a football coach who most anywhere else would have been fired after his third consecutive losing season.

Gusman doesn't have to duck cherry officiating assignment

By Dave Reardon
This isn't the first time George Gusman of Waipio is officiating a national championship college football game. Nor is it the first time he's working a big Oregon-Ohio State game where he and the Ducks starting quarterback had gone to the same high school.

Valdes is proving he has the goods to be a star

By Dave Reardon
Even before his spectacular game Saturday night, people said they were surprised by how well sophomore Aaron Valdes has played for the University of Hawaii basketball team this season.

’Bows struggled without Nevels, their heart and soul

By Dave Reardon
Going into the Big West basketball opener Wednesday, it was noted here how Hawaii's depth and versatility was a team strength. That assertion needs a little tweaking now.

Versatile rotation makes 'Bows tough to figure out

By Dave Reardon
Benjy Taylor is not in denial about what awaits his University of Hawaii basketball team as Big West conference play gets underway. The Rainbow Warriors chalked up some impressive victories before the New Year, but now comes the grind.

SEC fans will have to get used to not being No. 1

By Dave Reardon
Some kind of misfortune had struck the Brigham Young basketball team a long time ago. The Cougars lost a game they shouldn't have, or one of their missionaries decided religion was more important than sports and didn't return to Provo, Utah. I don't remember exactly.

Despite Winston’s blather, Ducks’ superiority was real

By Dave Reardon
On the first day of 2015, Marcus Mariota was high, and seemingly, tight. The unflappable one adjusted his calibration quickly enough, and with a little help from his friends on both sides of the ball — the Heisman Trophy winner got better as the Rose Bowl went along.

Hawaii folks aren’t the only ones rooting for Mariota

By Dave Reardon
Let's face it. Those of us from Hawaii (and a lot of other folks) are biased. And there's nothing wrong with that, just understand that it might cloud reality a bit. And maybe cost you a couple of shekels if you like to wager.

Mariota more than ready to begin his next chapter

By Dave Reardon
There's no denying Marcus Mariota is a star in a bright galaxy, gleaming over Hawaii -- and beyond. With the Heisman Trophy in hand he has earned his place among the pillars of a golden era full of island sports stars that began early last decade and continues, with much of the fuel now coming from Mariota's exploits.

Even in college, high school allegiances remain strong

By Dave Reardon
As Punahou graduate Davis Miyashiro-Saipaia was being interviewed Monday at media day for the Rose Bowl by the hometown paper, Oregon teammate Bronson Yim kept repeating to him, "Shout out to Saint Louis! Shout out to Saint Louis!"

Buckner had to grow up fast

By Dave Reardon
DeForest Buckner was taken back Sunday to when he was a child and his life changed forever, when his father, George, was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. Through tears, he shared the story of being a young boy in Waianae and having to grow up fast.

The questions are silly, but then ... we’re at Disneyland

By Dave Reardon
Wait a second there, I thought Disneyland is where you go AFTER you win. And after you win it ALL. But tradition is tradition, especially when it comes to the Rose Bowl.

Good vs. evil?

By Dave Reardon
The easy thing to do is put the halo on Marcus Mariota and the horns on Jameis Winston, paint the Rose Bowl as a showdown between good and evil, and call it a day. Especially since Mariota is our latest and greatest hometown hero.

Rainbows showed their grit and made the right plays

By Dave Reardon
Sometimes you can learn a lot more about your team in a loser's bracket than a championship game this time of year -- like how good is it coming off the mat.

When my opportunity came, I dropped the ball

By Dave Reardon
There's more than one way to get onto the field of a college football game. I was curious about one of the entry level jobs of officiating, the equivalent of dishwasher at a restaurant. So I filed my formal application with the guy in charge, Matt Sumstine.

Little things did them in, but 'Bows show they can ball

By Dave Reardon
Sometimes the cost of doing business makes you look bad. When you play really hard for 40-plus minutes, you can be prone to mistakes in overtime that make it look like you're dogging it when really you're just dog-tired.

Apisa's Michigan State era was a very different time

By Dave Reardon
It's hard to believe, but there was a time when bowl games were so limited two of the teams that ended up sharing the college football national championship 48 years ago didn't play after the regular season.

No obstacle big enough for these marathoners

By Dave Reardon
One of the best things about running is limits do not exist. There are no outs, like in baseball. There might be a clock, but it doesn't go down to zero — it goes up. You can run as far as you want or can, for as long as you want or can.

At Saint Louis, Mariota is ‘the best role model the school could have’

By Dave Reardon
When Saint Louis dominated Hawaii high school football in the 1980s and '90s, it developed a reputation in some corners as a sports factory with misplaced priorities.

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