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It is a test of mettle to play behind an ironman. Ruben Guzman is the substitute punter for a Hawaii football player with perfect attendance. Despite deep bruises and aches to several points of his body, Scott Harding has not missed a punting opportunity for the Warriors this season.

First, the University of Hawaii men's basketball team lost its head coach. Now the Rainbow Warriors will be without their best player for an indefinite amount of time.

When Donnie King Jr.'s opportunity arrived, he promptly produced. After seeing sporadic playing time in his previous four years, the former walk-on caught one pass in the Rainbow Warriors' season opener against Washington then went six games without touching the ball.

Hawaii coach Laura Beeman emphasized execution entering the Rainbow Wahine basketball team's lone exhibition game before its season opener. The Wahine delivered in racing past Hawaii Hilo 90-53 at the Stan Sheriff Center.

As a season of "bad juju" nears an end, the Hawaii soccer team has two more chances to break the spell. Rainbow Wahine coach Michele Nagamine can only shake her head at some of the occurrences over the course of a 6-10 season to date that concludes with a two-match Big West road trip starting Thursday at UC Irvine.

Donations boost program • Teams go island hopping • UH-CSU game on ESPNU

During a break in practice, Montana Martinez glances over at the soccer team and thinks that would hurt a lot less than her workout. Before delving further into thoughts of her former sport, it's time to line up with her cross country teammates for another speed workout.

Even before the dust settles from the stunning termination of head basketball coach Gib Arnold and assistant Brandyn Akana on Tuesday, the University of Hawaii is bracing for the next shoe to drop.

It was the smallest of details, a single number reportedly no bigger than a typewritten figure, that began the unraveling of Gib Arnold's four-year reign as the University of Hawaii men's basketball coach.

In the five years he lived in Logan, Utah, one of Kevin Clune's favorite memories involved a natural disaster. In May 2012, overnight rain and melted snow caused the Spring Creek to overflow, leading to flooding near Clune's back yard.

Quarterback Jeremy Higgins is in charge of signaling plays. But Higgins, a fifth-year senior, is not ready to signal the end of his playing career.

In the beginning, there was no place for Isabel Villanueva to practice. There were no targets and no range. Just the parking lot at St. Francis School. Coach Delwin Dang provided the screwdrivers and wood.

After months of discussion, the OIA has decided to institute a rule forcing many transfers to sit out from their sport for a year. League principals approved the rule, which kicks in for the 2015-16 academic year, by an 18-0 vote.

Following a day off Monday, the Rainbow Wahine were back in Gym 1 for a 6 a.m. practice, Monotonous in its repetitions perhaps, but necessary for continued improvement midway through the Big West season.

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.

The University of Hawaii has reportedly contacted the NCAA about proposed sanctions it may soon self-impose on its men's basketball program. An announcement of the penalties could come as soon as this week.

Utah State is listing two true freshman quarterbacks who have one game of experience — and no starts — between them atop its depth chart for Saturday's game with the University of Hawaii.

Two sets of brothers helped McKinley win Saturday's OIA cross country title. Senior Vincent Mitsui was seventh, sophomore twins Allan and Johnathan Epstein finished 10th and 12th, and junior Kyle Mitsui placed 18th.

The University of Hawaii men's volleyball team went coast to coast to build for the future. Patrick Gasman, a 6-foot-10 middle blocker/opposite from Clovis, Calif., and Brett Rosenmeier, a 6-5 left-side hitter from Virginia Beach, have pledged to join the Rainbow Warriors for the 2015 season.

There are many more miles that await Lisa Tashiro. More mileage for training and more races to discover who she really is as a runner. In her first year running cross country, the Kaiser junior discovered the mileage isn't as intimidating.

Seasiders drop to No. 5 in poll • Seasiders tie Fresno Pacific • HPU's Ellis, Boswell earn weekly honors • BYUH women fall to Sunbirds

That was one heck of a mulligan. Throw out Set 2 and it appears Hawaii simply dominated its Big West volleyball match with UC Santa Barbara Sunday evening at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Five big plays from Hawaii’s 26-18 loss to Nevada • 1. King For a play • 2. Turning point • 3. Sacked • 4. Scramble • 5. Lineman's dream, interrupted

University of Hawaii coach Norm Chow said he is focused on Saturday's game against Utah State and not on his job security. Chow is in the third year of a five-year contract that pays $550,000 annually.

The Rainbow Wahine basketball team introduced itself to the Stan Sheriff Center crowd with the intrasquad scrimmage and returns to the arena on Wednesday to take on Hawaii Hilo in its lone exhibition game prior to the regular season.

Nevada controlled the clock and then the Hawaii football team in a 26-18 victory at Aloha Stadium on Saturday night. An announced homecoming crowd of 23,249 saw the Wolf Pack score 20 second-half points.

Before his coaching journey took him to Nevada, Nick Rolovich contacted Ikaika Woolsey about playing in Hawaii. Woolsey was late in his senior year when Rolovich offered him a chance to play in Manoa.

Nevada drained the life out of Hawaii and the Aloha Stadium crowd with a nine-minute, 30-second drive spanning the third and fourth quarters, eventually resulting in a 20-yard field goal in the Wolf Pack's 26-18 win over the Rainbow Warriors on homecoming Saturday night.

Instead of waiting until the fourth quarter, Nevada got started a little early Saturday night. The Wolf Pack spotted Hawaii 10 quick points and trailed by four at the half before dominating the final 30 minutes to walk out of Aloha Stadium with a 26-18 win over Hawaii.

Jordan Taamu passed for five touchdowns as Pearl CIty rallied past Radford 35-20 on Saturday in the semifinals of the OIA Division II football playoffs at Bino Neves Field. "Radford's defense is real tough, but we still have to run the ball and keep them honest."

The birds on both sides couldn't fly this time, but the Golden Hawks got a little higher. In a complete reversal of style, Nanakuli outslugged Kalani 20-14 in the OIA Division II semifinals on Saturday night in Nanakuli Valley.

Afusia back in middle • Replays slow game • Feeling of rejection • King comes up big • Zuzo overcomes • OC offers package

University of Hawaii men's basketball coach Gib Arnold has reportedly retained a Kansas City attorney who has been described as a "go-to counsel for coaches involved in NCAA investigations" by the National Law Journal.

The only noise surrounding the Hawaii men's basketball team on Saturday was of the Rainbow Warriors' own making. Gib Arnold's team pressed on with an officiated intrasquad scrimmage in the echo chamber that is Klum Gym.

The Stan Sheriff Center crowds long have been witness to homegrown volleyball talent playing for the opposition, and often with great success. There is a lot of pride on the line and a desire to play well in front of family and friends.

As a six-time Triple Crown of Surfing winner and record-setting 22-time World Qualifying Series event victor, world champion Sunny Garcia is used to attracting the lion's share of attention in any surf lineup.

Makai Clemons won his race and still has more left in him. The Kalaheo senior is saving his energy for this week's state championships, and he got a preview of the state course at Saturday's OIA cross country championships.

‘Iolani's Amanda Beaman repeated as the ILH girls cross country champion at Mid-Pacific Institute on Saturday, beating freshman Jordan Jones of Pac-Five. Beaman covered the hilly course in 19 minutes, 25.55 seconds.

The Rainbow Warrior football team faces off against the Nevada Wolfpack. Here is how they match up.

Pushed deep into the fourth quarter for the first time this season, Punahou persevered to outlast Saint Louis 35-28 and capture its fourth consecutive ILH championship Friday night at Aloha Stadium.

There was no hurricane watch this time, but there was clearly a Storm brewing. 'Iolani running back Storm Lotomau rumbled for 110 yards and a touchdown as 'Iolani defeated Damien 27-14 on Friday night to capture the ILH Division II football championship.

It was a night to celebrate, from the 20th anniversary of the Stan Sheriff Center to the return to winning ways. Playing at home for the first time in 20 days, Hawaii snapped a two-match losing skid against a very young Cal Poly squad that started four freshmen and a sophomore Friday night.

For Saturday's homecoming football game against Nevada, the Rainbow Warriors are bringing back retro green uniforms and a ground-and-pound attack.

Punahou's Anastasia Saili and University's Nicholas Lacaden earned first-place medals Friday night at the ILH bowling championships at Hickam Bowling Center.

Down by 5 in the fifth and final set, Moanalua coach Alan Cabanting let his girls play instead of calling a timeout, sensing that their experience would help them overcome the deficit.

Kalaheo's strength behind the service line provided the finishing touch. The Mustangs served up 18 aces in a 26-24, 22-25, 25-20, 25-17 win over Kailua in Friday's OIA Division II championship match at McKinley.

Hawaii's Big West Conference tournament hopes were undone in about three seconds. That was the length of official game time that elapsed between penalty kicks awarded to UC Davis in the first half of UH's home finale on Friday night.

Kesi Ah-Hoy scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with 10 seconds remaining to survive a frantic Farrington rally as the Red Raiders pulled out a 21-14 heat-pumping victory on Thursday night at Aloha Stadium.

Three M's — McKenzie Milton, Vavae Malepeai and Rex Manu — went full throttle on Thursday night, and Mililani belted Campbell 47-15 in the OIA Division I semifinals at Aloha Stadium. The Trojans (10-0) advanced to play the winner of Thursday's Kahuku-Farrington game.

In the business that is Hawaii football, freshman Nick Nelson has the corner office. As a starting cornerback, Nelson often is isolated against a receiver. It is a freedom that comes with responsibility and much attention.

Three weeks out from the start of the 2014-15 season, Hawaii basketball coach Gib Arnold sought to quell worries about potential sanctions against his program. The NCAA has yet to release the findings of its months-long probe of Arnold's team.

The Rainbow Warriors were picked to finish fifth in the nine-team Big West Conference preseason media poll announced Thursday morning. Junior forward Isaac Fotu was tabbed to the league's six-member preseason all-conference team.

The first clue to where Megan Huff's comfort level is on the volleyball court? She prefers to wear the oxymoron of athletic wear in practice: long shorts. The attire favored by basketball players suits Huff since she has seen herself on that court since second grade.

The No. 1-ranked Warriors defeated host Punahou 25-22, 21-25, 27-25, 18-25, 15-12 in win the ILH Division I title on Thursday, but lost starting setter and leader Kamalani Akeo possibly for the season with a knee injury.

The Asia Pacific Junior Cup celebrates its eighth anniversary in two weeks at Waikoloa Kings' Course. It is a highly competitive junior version of the Ryder and Solheim Cups -- without the rancor.

A highly regarded high school setter will join the University of Hawaii men's volleyball team next year. Joe Worsley of Campolindo High in Moraga, Calif., said he will sign next month when national letters of intent may be submitted.

Hawaii's soccer seniors want to keep this ride going just a little bit longer. The Rainbow Wahine need a win over UC Davis on Friday's senior night to stay in the hunt for a Big West tournament berth.

The family legacy that connects Sarah Toeaina to the University of Hawaii ultimately played a secondary role in her decision to sign with the Rainbow Wahine basketball program.

Clare-Marie Anderson's path to volleyball wasn't accidental. Father, Jay, was an All-American for Pepperdine, winning the 1978 NCAA title and being named to the all-tournament team.

Radford advanced to the state Division II girls volleyball tournament with a 25-17, 26-24 win over McKinley on Wednesday night in the OIA D-II third-place game at the Mililani High gym.

Respect comes in many forms, and University of Hawaii football player Scott Harding was shown a unique way when he was presented a walk-off punt two weeks ago.

Ellis cruises to victory • Okumura a winner • Big Island Bites hosts fundraiser

The big shuffle and cut is happening in the OIA, whether it's this week's semifinals or next week's third-place game. But the end comes for one of two ILH powerhouses.

Wahine sixth at Leilehua • Wahine open at SDSU • UH heads to North Shore

Each day, Hawaii wide receiver Marcus Kemp takes a knee and gives thanks to the inspiration he remembers only through fading pictures. "My mom got me into (football) because that's what he did," said Kemp, referring to his father, Ronald Jermaine Kemp, who died at age 25 in 1999.

Punahou is back in the girls volleyball state tournament, but coach Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson is looking ahead already. "We can celebrate for an hour. Then it's on to our next task," she said after the second-ranked Buffanblu swept No. 5 'Iolani 25-21, 25-21, 25-21 on Tuesday night at the Raiders gym.

Back in the gym. Back to work. And, in some respects, back to the drawing board. Or, as in the case of the Hawaii volleyball team, back to the dry-erase board used to keep practice stats.

Moanalua briefly celebrated its semifinal victory in its postgame huddle. Then coach Alan Cabanting told his girls to prepare themselves for the championship match.

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.

Running back Steven Lakalaka is embracing the light. A week ago, Lakalaka was being held out of practices while awaiting medical clearance for concussion-like symptoms lingering from the Oct. 11 game against Wyoming.

There is a special term for a volleyball hit long and way out of bounds on the court at an Israeli kibbutz. It is called "Hawaii." As in, whoever chases down said volleyball has to go to the other side of the world to retrieve it.

>> 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.

Australia's Mick Fanning earned his third victory of the year by beating Jordy Smith of South Africa in the final of the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal on Monday. Fanning beat Smith 15.50-7.60 in clean 3- to 5-foot barrels.

Pearl City junior Chelsi Morishige — all 5 feet, 110 pounds of her — was happily flitting about, greeting many friends and teammates on Thursday. She had just won the individual OIA bowling championship at Schofield.

BYU-Hawaii stays at No. 4 in D-II poll • Vulcans in 11th place after Day 2 • Green earns weekly honor • Clinic slated for Thursday and Saturday

Concerned about No. 1 quarterback Ikaika Woolsey's health, coach Norm Chow said he was prepared to start a once fourth-string quarterback against San Diego State this past Saturday.

WR Quinton Pedroza recovers a fumble by PR Billy Vaughn and Hawaii gets the ball at the San Diego State 28. It is the ninth time in his career that a punt by Scott Harding results in Hawaii retaining the ball.

To exit Qualcomm Stadium, the University of Hawaii football team had to walk through a dim tunnel-like corridor to the parking lot. If there is a proverbial light at the end of this tunnel, it was not visible on Saturday night in a 20-10 loss to San Diego State.

In the week leading to Saturday's game against San Diego State, the University of Hawaii football team crafted a strategy based on patience. Three key players — quarterback Ikaika Woolsey, running back Steven Lakalaka and linebacker Tevita Lataimua — had medical issues.

Twice in a matter of seconds kick returner Keelan Ewaliko had his breath taken away Saturday night. The first time was after racing the length of the Qualcomm Stadium field with the second-half kickoff return for the University of Hawaii.

When the question "What do the Aztecs still have to work on?" was posed to him after SDSU's 20-10 win over Hawaii at Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday night, the coach reeled off a long list that included just about every aspect of play.

Isaac Fotu could have blamed a few factors on a slow start. He preferred to just keep playing. The Hawaii star put in solid work during his first extended fullcourt action of the preseason — 40 minutes worth of officiated intrasquad scrimmages on Saturday.

The Rainbow Warrior football team will face off with the SDSU Aztecs. Here is how they match up.

The Saint Louis Crusaders ran the ball so much in the early going, and they kept going and going. The change of strategy worked.

For a half, the Pac-Five Wolfpack kept it close, but they couldn't find a way to stop Samson Low in the second half. The 5-foot-9, 148-pound senior rushed for season bests of 177 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries as the Damien Monarchs rallied from a 14-point first-period deficit to a 42-28 victory at Aloha Stadium.

Kahuku's offense produced one big play Friday night. The Red Raiders defense made sure that would be enough to survive another week.

Yards were earned the hard way at rainy Hugh Yoshida Stadium on Friday night, and visiting Campbell prevailed in a defense-heavy OIA quarterfinal with a 20-14 victory over Leilehua.

One question mark for Mililani heading into its OIA playoff opener against Kaiser on Friday night was its tendency to start slowly in recent games. The second-ranked Trojans eased that doubt, racing to a 27-point first-quarter lead on their way to a 54-14 win in the OIA Division I quarterfinals.

The host 'Iolani Raiders withstood a spirited effort from the St. Francis Saints before pulling away in the second half for a 28-6 victory in an ILH Division II playoff game on Friday.

For 30 minutes, the 20 San Diego Mesa College football players waited on the concrete bleachers. It was a year ago that University of Hawaii defensive end Luke Shawley was one of them, a junior college player hungering to play at the next level.

One team, one dream ... one bus? When a bus failed to appear, the University of Hawaii football team and support staff crammed into a single vehicle for the 5.1-mile drive to San Diego Mesa College for Friday's practice.

Although weather conditions have forced the cancellation of Saturday's clinic and scrimmage planned by the Hawaii volleyball team, all involved are hoping that it comes with a silver lining.

Montana Liana threw two touchdown passes to help No. 5 Farrington beat Waianae 37-15 in an OIA Division I quarterfinal game at Roosevelt on Friday .

It appears running back Steven Lakalaka will be available to play in Hawaii's road game against San Diego State on Saturday. Lakalaka left last week's game against Wyoming with what was termed concussion-like symptoms.

There's isn't a coach in the ILH or OIA who likes to see a disruption in scheduling, whether it's for games (not so bad) or practice (not very good). In all, five playoff games on Oahu have been rescheduled from Saturday to Friday because of Tropical Storm Ana.

It was tantamount to disrespecting the game. That's what Hawaii coach Michele Nagamine extracted from her team's disheartening 2-0 home loss to Long Beach State in a crucial Big West Conference match on Thursday.

Shekinah Clarke never let those long days in rehab get her down. Even after suffering injuries to her left knee twice in the past year, the senior came through with her career best on Thursday.

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