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In 2013, Northern Colorado's Jensen Park was the Great West Conference player of the year. He started 51 of 53 games and hit .397 with a .536 slugging percentage. He had 13 doubles, two triples, four homers and 34 RBIs with 44 runs scored.

Think you've got a busy weekend ahead? Ask Nicole Arata what she's up to. The Utah State senior won't be getting a lot of sleep over the next few days with college graduation scheduled for Saturday.

As Marcus Mariota, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, readies himself for the NFL Draft, another elite collegiate athlete from Hawaii readies himself for life at the professional level.

Tim Arakawa has been in Stillwater, Okla., for almost two years and has yet to meet another person from Hawaii. It made things tough for the Cowboys second baseman, but it's also the life the aspiring professional baseball player has chosen.

The latest in the line to fill the pipeline from ‘Iolani to Stanford in men's volleyball is beginning to shine. Sophomore Gabriel Vega has finally made his way into the Cardinal starting lineup and has no intention of giving up his spot.

Ka'ai Tom's success in two years at Kentucky reached new heights this month.

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.

There wasn't much to the recruiting process for Kayla Shimoda. Once the Punahou student found out Columbia University had a spot for her on its softball team, her mind was instantly made up.

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

Most visitors come to the islands hoping for blue skies and sunny weather. That's not the case for a certain UCLA golfer who landed on the Big Island on Tuesday.

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).

Occidental (Calif.) sophomore forward Julie Khil was named the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference player of the year in women's soccer last Wednesday.

Brandon Bautista, Kohala '10 The Oregon Tech senior guard finished with 10 points on 3-for-9 shooting with four rebounds, three assists and a steal in an 85-72 win over Simpson University on Saturday.

>> Marcus Mariota, Saint Louis '11: The Oregon quarterback was 17-for-29 for 239 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 114 yards and a score in a 51-27 win over Utah on Saturday.

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.

Lots of 808 in NCAA soccer tournament • Hoke, Kan garner academic honors

Boxers still undefeated in NWC • Dydasco ties UCLA assists record

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.

Caprice Dydasco was intrigued by the challenge. UCLA, the school with more NCAA Division I national championships than any other, had a soccer scholarship waiting if Dydasco wanted it.

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.

Kikaha leads country in sacks • Tobita advances to quarterfinals • Kitagiri honored by the UAA • Fujimoto does it again for Grinnell College

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.

>> DeForest Buckner, Punahou '12: The Oregon defensive end had a game-high 11 tackles and a sack in a 31-24 loss to Arizona last Thursday.

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.

Seattle University senior Sophie Curatilo bested a field of 50 runners by more than six seconds in winning the Viking Cross Country Classic hosted by Portland State at Blue Lark Park on Saturday.

>> 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.

Entering her third season with the Washington State golf team, Nani Yanagi had never finished better than 28th in a collegiate tournament.

>> 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.

>> DeForest Buckner, Punahou '12: The Oregon defensive end caught a 2-point conversion and made seven tackles, with one for a loss, in a 46-27 win over Michigan State on Saturday.

Mariota named Pac-12 player of the week • Katagiri earns conference honor

When Ally Holtz committed to Pepperdine, she was told she'd get to play soccer at least once in Hawaii. Four years later, she'd finally get her wish, but not without heartache.

He came out of high school as an All-State football player, the state's No. 1 recruit and a Hawaii Hall of Honor recipient who was headed to the University of Oregon.

Locked in a two-way battle for the starting job, Eastern Illinois quarterback Andrew Manley made the most of his first significant playing time with the Panthers.

Hau'oli Kikaha, Kahuku '10: The Washington outside linebacker had five tackles and a sack in a 17-16 win over Hawaii on Saturday.

Micah Hatchie was once too big to play football. Then he went to the University of Washington, where he was told he was too small to start on the offensive line.

Miller is sportsman of year at Cornell College in Iowa • Oshiro earns softball honors • Peters and Kiyabu pitch Kingsmen to championship

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.

Puget Sound senior Christina Chun was honored with the Highest GPA award as well as the Roberta Wilson Award for scholarship, skill and determination at the school's all-sports celebration 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.

Punahou teammates earn all-conference honors • Oshiro, Matsunaga earn top honors • Shigezawa repeats as SCIAC champ • Jenkins wins 3 times in title meet

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Struggling through his first year of college, Kamehameha alumnus Jaylen Reyes reached out to a lifetime friend.

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.

Hayashida caps freshman year as All-American • Crabb named national player of the week

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.

March Madness has taken over Lawrence, Kan., as it does every year with the Jayhawks basketball team. There's even a "Fab Four" on campus but it's not in the sport Kansas is most known for.

SEATTLE » In between exhibition games prior to the start of the 2012 season, Washington State women's basketball coach June Daugherty made a bold statement to a gathered group of reporters.

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.

Michael Palmer didn't achieve the No. 1 goal for his senior season at Cal Lutheran. He did, however, help lead the Lancers further into the postseason than he had ever been.

>> Kewby Meyer, Kamehameha ’11: The Nevada left fielder went 3-for-12 with a double, two walks, three runs and two RBIs in three losses to Fresno State over the weekend.

Freshman Nihipali dominates conference championship meet • Boxers and Lutes play a wild one • Sataraka named Pac-12 player of week • Wang is first team all-conference • Hayashida honored by the MPSF

>> 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.

One of tougher things for Kristi Belshe to get used to in Lubbock, Texas, is the weather. One day it can be 30 degrees and snowing, and the next it's 70 degrees and humid.

Yoshizu earns prestigious honor • Successful home swing for Sataraka • Shigezawa named to watch list

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.

Tracking Hawaii's athletes around the nation

Southern University's Devin Jenkins, a 2012 Kapolei High graduate, set the school's indoor record in the 60 meters, running 6.67 seconds in the final of the Jaguars' season-opening meet on Jan. 17.

It all started less than 24 hours before her high school graduation. While the rest of her classmates prepared to receive their diplomas, Kahuku's Joshlyn Noga was wrestling with a difficult choice.

>> Nick Demusis, Mililani ’09: The Whittier (Calif.) junior forward was 9-for-17 from the field and 3-for-6 from the 3-point line to finish with 23 points in an 82-79 win over La Verne on Saturday.

After a tryout with the Utah coaching staff, Alexandra Jamora only had one more obstacle to overcome in order to join her sister on the Utes' swim team.

Tracking Hawaii's athletes around the nation

By the time Lahainaluna's Milika Taufa settled on a college to attend, she had earned more than 20 Division I basketball offers.

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.

Players from local high schools played a big part in many of the 35 bowl games played over the past month. Here is a look at the top performers:

Most times, reality isn't the same as what is portrayed on television or in the media. Coaches weren't knocking down Nick Demusis' door when he was a Mililani senior in 2009.

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. ...

Kan is SEC’s top freshman • Hardin, Haina are All-Big West • Around the nation and more

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.

Tracking Hawaii's athletes around the nation

Mana Rosa was a high-profile recruit from Baldwin. Devon Kell was a baseball player from Hilo.

Jesse Correa, Saint Louis ’12: The Western Oregon sophomore was named the Red Lion Great Northwest Athletic Conference special teams player of the week on Monday.

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

Jordan Fukumoto was one of 40 receivers on the field that day. P.J. Minaya and T.C. Campbell took their first reps as part of a nine-way quarterback battle.

He didn’t have a golf club in his hand. He wasn’t looking for a lost golf ball. He had never even attempted a putt on one of the 18 greens.

Pepperdine's Chow named WCC's golfer of the month • Oregon's Isagawa ties for third in Pac-12 Preview • Around the Nation

Football • Women's Volleyball • Women's Golf

Kan honored for No. 7 Mizzou • Holtz gets consecutive game-winners • Stollar comes up big • Pa‘akaula has monster week • Unga’s big game leads Cougars by Broncos

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.

Marcus Mariota • DeForest Buckner • Cyrus Coen • Taylor Taliulu, and more.

Tyler Amina was given a chance to walk on to the Princeton water polo team, so he decided to become a Tiger.

Kan and Keala lead rising Missouri • Fong records consecutive shutouts • Miller and Fruean earn honors

Wade Keliikipi occasionally notices the constant media attention given to Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. He's got no problem being "the other Hawaii guy" for the Ducks.

Banti helps UCSB score historic win • Mataele's big play overruled bull; Boxers' historic season continues

Manhattan College freshman Allie Yamashiro earned her third Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference libero of the week award on Tuesday.

Attending college on the East Coast was no problem for Temple senior hitter Gabriella Matautia.

Haina joins elite group • ILH rivals team up in win • Around the Nation

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