Cassy Isagawa insists it had nothing to do with her college of choosing. As it turned out, the neon yellow ball she used over her final two years of high school was quite the indicator of things to come.
Puget Sound senior Ashley Agcaoili was stuck in class when the NCAA Division III women's basketball tournament selection show was held on Monday. Fortunately, her professor was a basketball fan and was kind enough to let her follow along on her phone.
All Lincoln Liesemeyer wanted to do was hit people. Football gave him that opportunity in the fall, but once that was over, he felt a void in his sporting life. He tried to play baseball, but admitted he wasn't very good. • Notes • Around The Nation
Evan Johnson's career-threatening injury suffered in high school brought him closer to his younger brother, Kory. Four years later, he's happy to finally return the favor. The elder Johnson broke his ankle in the first round of the state tournament as a senior at Punahou.
Marcus Mariota, Saint Louis '11 The Oregon quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate broke the Pac-12 single-season record, accounting for four touchdowns to give him 42 total TDs for the year in a 44-10 win over Colorado on Saturday.
UNLV's follow-up season to its first bowl appearance in 13 years hasn't gone according to plan. A lot of the frustration that has built up over the year will go away if the Rebels (2-9, 1-5 Mountain West) can scratch out a win at Aloha Stadium on Saturday night against Hawaii (3-8, 2-4).
Three losses by a combined 11 points. That's how close the Pacific football team came to an undefeated season in 2013. The Boxers of Forest Grove, Ore., lost two nonconference games to start this year but are undefeated in the Northwest Conference heading into a season-ending showdown with Linfield (Ore.) on Saturday.
Sophie Curatilo started her senior year at Moanalua without any clue what to do for college. After a trip to visit his daughter, Na Menehune track and field coach Dexter Akamine brought back a T-shirt from Seattle University and gave it to Curatilo, one of his top runners at the time.
Shannan McCready's senior year has gone more like a football player's would. A defensive specialist on the Arizona State women's volleyball team, McCready has dealt with multiple injuries this season, starting with a dislocated shoulder and a torn labrum suffered in mid-July.
>> Hau'oli Kikaha, Kahuku '10: The Washington linebacker broke Daniel Te'o-Nesheim's career sack record against Arizona State on Saturday, finishing with two sacks, four tackles for loss, six total tackles and a pass breakup in a 24-10 loss.
First there was T.C. Campbell and P.J. Minaya. Now it's Warner Shaw. The latest Pacific (Ore.) quarterback to take over the Boxers offense threw the game-winning touchdown pass with 4:09 remaining on Saturday to give Pacific a 31-28 victory over Pacific Lutheran, which was ranked No. 18 in Division III.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was named the national offensive player of the week by the Senior Bowl on Monday. Mariota surpassed 10,000 career all-purpose yards in a 45-20 win over Washington on Saturday, completing 24 of 33 pass attempts for 336 yards and two touchdowns.
>> Kaimi Fairbairn, Punahou '12: The UCLA junior kicked the game-winning 26-yard field goal with 3:40 remaining in a 36-34 win over California on Saturday. Fairbairn was 3-for-3 on field goals with a long of 37.
>> Marcus Mariota, Saint Louis '11: The Oregon quarterback surpassed 100 career touchdowns in a 42-30 win over UCLA on Saturday, finishing 17-for-27 for 210 yards and two scores and rushing for 75 yards and two more touchdowns on seven carries.
Shaydon Kehano is a record-setting receiver, at any level of competition.
From his days scoring touchdowns in Pop Warner to recording more than 2,000 receiving yards in two seasons at Castle, Kehano has excelled as a wide receiver.
Carsen Mata is the latest in a long line of talented volleyball players from Hawaii to rewrite the record books at Fairfield (Conn.) University. Barring a last-minute commitment, she will be the last for at least a year.
>> Kawe Johnson, Kahuku '13: The New Mexico State defensive back posted double-digit tackles for the third time this season, totaling 12 with two forced fumbles and an interception in a 63-7 loss to LSU on Saturday. Johnson is tied for 15th among FBS players with 51 total tackles this season.
>> Hau'oli Kikaha, Kahuku '10: The Washington senior linebacker had six tackles, including four for loss, with three sacks and a fumble recovery in a 44-19 win over Illinois on Saturday. Kikaha is tied for third in the country among FBS players with five sacks this season.
Kaiwi Crabb is no stranger to going head-to-head against fellow football players from Hawaii. On a daily basis, the starting left guard at Colorado finds himself up against senior Juda Parker, a Saint Louis alumnus who recently moved inside to defensive tackle.
Bloomfield (N.J.) College's all-time hits leader rewrote the history book yet again last week. Senior Angie Yoshizu, a 2010 University High alumna, became the first Deacons softball player to earn the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference player of the year award, which was handed out last week.
>> Sheldon Lee, 'Iolani '10: The San Francisco junior left-hander tossed a four-hit shutout in a 7-0 win over Portland on Sunday with three walks and two strikeouts for the first complete game of his career.
Mililani alum Courtney Senas is second on Florida State's career home run list and in the top 10 all-time in hits, doubles, RBIs and stolen bases. She leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in triples and runs scored and is the starting center fielder on a team that is 44-6 and ranked sixth in the country.
Academics were Angie Yoshizu's primary concern when trying to find a college that best suited her needs. Softball was always something she loved, but her desire to study nursing and biology and the ability to be near her sister on the East Coast is what drove her to Bloomfield College in New Jersey.
Kalei Contrades, Saint Louis '11: The San Jose State junior hit an RBI double and earned his second save, allowing three hits in two shutout innings in a 2-1 victory over Nevada on Saturday in the opener of a three-game series.
Gonzaga junior Alice Kim, a 2011 graduate of University High, won her second straight golf tournament on Tuesday, claiming medalist honors at The Gold Rush Presented by Farmers Insurance in Yorba Linda, Calif.
It's a sport that gets little attention and requires a serious commitment. That suits UC Davis junior Tiana Montell just fine. Gymnastics started as a fun hobby for Montell when she was 5. Now, it helps pay her college tuition at UC Davis, which she will represent with her teammates at an NCAA regional on Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.
In the driveway of her family home in Hawaii Kai is a basketball rim that has sat idle in 2014. Before Kylie Maeda went to college at Brigham Young, the rim wouldn't go a week without a steady diet of shots put up on it by the 2012 Iolani alumna.
The Western Water Polo Association named UC San Diego goalkeeper Courtney Miller as its player of the week last Thursday. Miller, a 2012 Punahou alumna, led the Tritons to an upset of Hawaii at the UCI Invitational, finishing with 63 saves in four matches.
Kolten Yamaguchi, Konawaena '11: The Pepperdine catcher started both losses against Hawaii last week, going 2-for-7 at the plate. • Ivan Dilda, Mid-Pacific '12: The Pepperdine reliever struck out two in 11/3 shutout innings of a 6-1 loss to Hawaii on Friday.
>> Kalei Contrades, Saint Louis '11: The San Jose State junior inherited a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the fourth inning of the season opener against San Diego State on Friday and didn't allow a run in six shutout innings of two-hit ball in a 6-4 victory. He walked one and struck out six to get the win in the Spartans' only victory in the series.
Oregon State senior David Fink enjoyed a nice home-course advantage at the Amer Ari Invitational that ended Saturday at Waikoloa on the Big Island. The 2009 'Iolani alumnus earned his second top-five finish there in as many years, shooting a career-low 6-under 66 to finish in fourth place at the three-day, 54-hole tournament.
Penn State junior Randi Lau, a 2011 graduate of Thompson Academy, was named the Big Ten gymnast of the week Monday. Lau opened her 2014 season on Sunday, winning the vault with a score of 9.825 to help the Nittany Lions defeat Iowa State.
Coen and Taliulu both earned starting jobs this year but missed the final two games of the season after suffering injuries against Arizona State. ... Taliulu, a safety, finished fourth on the team with 54 tackles and also had a fumble recovery and forced fumble. ...
Unlike many other NCAA Division I volleyball teams, UC Santa Barbara was quite relaxed while watching the NCAA selection show Sunday. By virtue of winning the tiebreaker among the tri-champions in the Big West Conference, the Gauchos had already secured the league's automatic berth to the NCAA tournament that starts this week.
Andrew Skalman sat in a classroom, foot up resting on the chair in front.
Surrounded by his Washington (Mo.) teammates, his focus was steadfast on the screen at the front of the room as various Division III teams were read off.
Wave Ryder, Kamehameha ’10: The Navy safety had 12 tackles in a 42-28 win over Hawaii on Saturday. • Marcus Mariota, Saint Louis ’11: The Oregon quarterback was 20-for-34 for 250 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 26-20 loss to Stanford last Thursday and more
Growing up on the Big Island, David Kekuewa was known by two names. David, his English name, and Kelii, his more commonly used Hawaiian name, were the two ways to identify the Kamehameha-Hawaii alumnus.
Imagine growing up wanting to change your last name.
What has to happen to make someone so badly want to change the name that appeared on the back of his football jersey in a strong freshman season at the University of Washington?
Tani Costa has spent a few too many days in the doctor's office for her liking.
One of the few, maybe only, good things to come from her injury woes at Penn State is playing a fifth year for the Nittany Lions.
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