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'Iolani sped out to an early lead then held off a Saint Louis rally and tightened the ILH Division I boys basketball race with a 49-43 win on Wednesday at McCabe Gym.

That critical first step. It has to be quick. It has to be decisive. Whether it's on a drive to the basket or signing that inaugural recruit, that first step establishes the base of what is to come.

Hawaii golf's Ho‘olaule‘a was created to honor the game's diverse faces, and bring them together. At the Feb. 7 Ho‘olaule‘a, Casey Nakama will become the 70th member of the Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame.

The sixth-ranked University of Hawaii volleyball team went off script, then off its game in Wednesday night's 25-16, 25-22, 25-21 road loss to No. 3 UC Irvine in the Bren Center.

Marcus Mariota's exceptional work on and off the football field have earned him a place on one of Hawaii's legendary golf courses.

'Iolani kept its seat at the head of the class in ILH Division I boys soccer on Wednesday with a 1-1 tie against host Punahou. As expected, the encounter between the two rivals was intense.

After staying afloat through what began as an up-and-down season, the Kamehameha girls' canoe paddling team made it a priority to end the regular season on a high note.

It might be a glorified high school gym. It's also one of three sites Hawaii has not won as a Big West men's basketball member. The oft-derided, 1,600-seat Matadome of Cal State Northridge has thus far been a tough place to play for the Rainbow Warriors.

After the Kamehameha boys canoe paddling team started the season with second- and fifth-place finishes, the championship picture appeared as murky for the Warriors as the nearby Ala Wai Canal waters in which ILH competitors race.

Maryknoll avenged a one-point loss to Punahou early in the ILH season by handing the second-ranked Buffanblu their first loss in league play with a 55-46 victory on Tuesday at Hemmeter Fieldhouse.

Needing to make a split-second decision, Haley Graham took a chance — and scored the winning goal. Graham took a pass from Hoku Afong and shot past an oncoming defender.

In the aftermath of Hawaii's 78-72 home loss to UC Irvine on Saturday, a morose Isaac Fleming entered the postgame media room and stared downward at the interview table.

How to scout Hawaii this basketball season? If it's based on tapes from the past two road games, the answer is more of a question: How? At UC Davis, the Rainbow Wahine scored from all parts of their game — 19 points off turnovers, 26 in the paint, 18 second-chance — in wearing down the Aggies 58-53.

Former University of Hawaii running back Joey Iosefa said he has accepted an invitation to participate in the National Football League's scouting combine in Indianapolis next month.

Ryan Brem can be a bit of a rebel sometimes. Because of it, he's now a record-setting diver for the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen. Brem, a 2011 Baldwin graduate, got into the sport for reasons involving both his mother and father.

Miguel Angel Jimenez didn’t travel halfway around the globe just to win his second Champions Tour golf tournament in three tries. Spending another week in the island chain, Jimenez and his wife plan to see the sites, including the Kilauea Volcano and the recent eruption that’s plaguing the island community of Pahoa.

To be impactful is a mind-set ingrained in Shandon Hopeau. It's one of his goals this season on the Kapolei boys soccer team, where Hopeau's immediate impact is felt on offense and resonates beyond the balls he's struck into the net.

A quick start helped Moanalua avoid an early finish to the season. Na Menehune forward Anessa Ridley scored the first of her two goals less than five minutes into Monday's first-round match in the OIA Division I girls soccer tournament and Moanalua advanced with a 3-0 win over Waianae at Pearl City.

University of Hawaii Athletic Director Ben Jay confirmed the school is looking into an allegation that marijuana smoke in Riverside, Calif., rooms assigned to the men's basketball team was the cause of $500 in cleaning fees billed to the athletic department.

The NFL on Monday quickly shot down multiple media reports that the Pro Bowl is guaranteed to Hawaii for the next three years. Fact is, an NFL spokesman told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, nothing has yet been decided beyond the 2016 game, which will be held at Aloha Stadium.

Two weeks ago, the University of Hawaii men's volleyball team learned that being good is not always good enough. UC Irvine swept the Warriors, who hit .354, including .440 in the opening set.

Only a week removed from his mother's funeral in Spain, Miguel Angel Jimenez felt her in his heart at the most crucial moments of Sunday's final round of the Mitsubishi Championship at Hualalai.

Jay Haas was so locked in to what his son was doing 2,700 miles away, he barely remembered anything about his Sunday round at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. Son Bill Haas hung on for his sixth PGA Tour victory at the Humana Challenge with a par at the last to win by one.

If such a degree program had been offered, Jeff Hall would have majored in volleyball at the University of the Pacific. Instead, he played collegiately for the Tigers, likely not realizing that he also was racking up credits for what would lead to an unofficial master's in coaching.

The University of Hawaii football team filled its need for speed with a junior college cornerback. Dejaun Butler of Santa Monica College told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser he will sign a letter of intent with the Warriors on Feb. 4, the first day recruits may put commitments in writing.

Maryknoll had already secured its place atop the ILH girls basketball standings before crossing Wilder Avenue for Saturday's regular-season finale at Punahou.

Every time UC Irvine needed a big basket, the Anteaters scrounged one up. Hawaii was turned away several times in the second half as Irvine, the defending Big West regular-season champion, held on for a 78-72 victory on Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Ohio State graduate John Cook is still riding the wave of emotion that came after the Buckeyes secured the national championship in football earlier this month.

With Rocco Mediate and Miguel Angel Jimenez in the last pairing of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, there will be some fast-talking, cigar-chomping, free-wheeling golf in Sunday's final round.

The last time the University of Hawaii hired an athletic director, the search advisory committee culled two finalists to present to then-Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple.

After decades of waiting, Kaiser finally earned its first outrigger canoe paddling title last year by racing to victory in the mixed-gender division.

Christopher Brubaker wasn't about to let opportunity pass him by. In a key, wind-blown late-season boys soccer match against rival Kamehameha on Saturday, the Punahou midfielder came through in the clutch by drilling home two goals within the final three minutes for a 2-0 victory.

Hawaii brought the I-405 carpool lane inside the Bren Events Center on Saturday afternoon, getting an HOV performance, with five players scoring in double figures.

If Tom Watson held any ill feelings about his experience as Ryder Cup captain last September, the Hall of Fame golfer is letting them go a day at a time.

Stylistically, neither Hawaii nor UC Irvine have much resembled their preseason selves. The Rainbow Warriors lost Isaac Fotu, their best big man, to the pros, and reinvented themselves under coach Benjy Taylor.

The final round of Sony Open in Hawaii drew the event's largest TV audience since 2006, NBC Universal said Friday.

When the wind stays low along the Kona coast of the Big Island, so do the scores at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. But when it blows as it did midway through Friday's opening round of the Champions Tour season, look out.

A fan arrest was made following Thursday's game between UH and Davis, athletic director Ben Jay said Friday.

Bernhard Langer walked off the 18th tee all smiles, despite the searing heat and thick, white vog that enveloped the Kona coast on this sultry Thursday afternoon.

Hawaii is back in the Big West fight. The Rainbow Warriors consumed another team with an insatiable appetite for turnovers in blowing past UC Davis 84-76 on Thursday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The University of Hawaii is touting a report on the economic impact generated by its athletic teams as a reason for financial assistance from the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the Legislature.

Maybe it was the extra adrenaline of Senior Night. The Roosevelt Rough Riders put all of it to good use on Thursday night, pulling away from a pesky Kaiser squad for a 61-43 win before a robust, near-capacity crowd at Roosevelt.

All road wins are big. Some, such as Thursday's basketball victory at UC Davis, was "humongous." It's how junior guard Destiny King described defeating UC Davis 58-53 at Hamilton Court at The Pavilion.

Most University of Hawaii athletic teams made gains in the NCAA's Academic Progress Ratings but men's basketball can ill afford any more defections, officials told the Board of Regents.

Kahuku coach Alan Akina wasn't quite ready to call the Red Raiders' 56-44 win over Moanalua on Wednesday a complete performance. But ... "You can see it's almost there," Akina said with a smile.

Two years ago, UC Davis guard Corey Hawkins achieved a rare feat at the Stan Sheriff Center. It wasn't just the 40 points he put up — although that was the second-most scored by anyone in the 20-year-old building.

Ray Nagel, who was the University of Hawaii athletic director during an era of great growth for the Rainbows and Wahine, died last Thursday in San Antonio of natural causes at age 87, according to close family friend Chris Dey of Honolulu.

The University of Hawaii football team is set to add a four-star receiver. DeSean Holmes of Bishop Alemany High (Mission Hills, Calif.) is projected to add oomph to the Warriors' renovated offense.

The University of Hawaii said it is in the "quiet phase" of its search for a new athletic director and mum will be the word. Two Board of Regents committees emerged from a 45-minute closed-door executive session Wednesday that set a salary range for the hiring of its next AD, but declined to say what that range is.

At 60, with his "window of opportunity" closing quickly on the Champions Tour, Jay Haas somehow discovered golf's fountain of youth in 2014. On a senior tour where 85 percent of the winners are from 50 to 55 years old, Haas went 5½ months without shooting over par.

Sony galleries gave Suppa joy, stress • Last aloha party for Publinx • Wie plays Wie on ‘Hawaii Five-O' • Women's Spring Fling coming up

One streak came to an end for the Kalani boys soccer team on Wednesday. The one that matters the most, however, is still going strong. The Falcons let up their first goal of the season with their starting goalkeeper in the game but remained without a loss after knocking off visiting Kaiser 2-1 in an OIA East match.

Forget opposing teams trying to scrape together a scouting report. It was tough enough for Hawaii coach Benjy Taylor. Calling either Stefan Jovanovic or Stefan Jankovic for attention on the court was an exercise in frustration.

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.

Robby Mann scored on a layup with one second to play as No. 5 'Iolani escaped with a 50-48 win over No. 10 Maryknoll on Tuesday night at Clarence T.C. Ching Gymnasium.

With time running out, Spencer Hokama saved a ball from rolling out, passed it back into the box. The ball landed in front of Kalahikiola Judd, who scored the game-winning goal in Mililani's 3-2 win over Pearl City in an OIA West boys soccer game on Tuesday.

Wallace, 73, suffered a stroke in his Las Vegas home on Monday night. He was taken to Summerlin Hospital with no movement in his right extremities and unable to communicate verbally.

The Rainbow Wahine face one of the top teams in UC Davis at the northernmost campus in the conference. On Saturday, it's their earliest tip-off at the southernmost campus against one of the bottom teams in the standings in UC Irvine.

The University of Hawaii is considering raising the salary scale for its next athletic director, a move that would open the way to pay well above the $300,000 mark.

Amid declining revenue in many other areas, the University of Hawaii athletic department said its Corporate Partner Program has topped a record $5 million. It is the 11th consecutive year the amount has reached a higher level.

A generation ago, a 6-foot-7 volleyball player might have been the tallest on the court. But on Tuesday, Averill was a towering figure, being named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II player of the week for men's volleyball.

From the moment he was presented with his first paddle by grandfather Dick Porter as a youngster, Talus Carpenter began navigating a course toward success on the water.

Patrick Reed and Jimmy Walker don't roll off the tongue as well as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, but these days, the former could take the latter to the cart barn and teach them the meaning of the word respect.

Fullerton College's Matt "Moose" Norman visited UH this past weekend, agreed to accept a football scholarship, and will join the Warriors on Tuesday afternoon. He will attend UH classes on Wednesday morning.

This month the University of Hawaii moves quietly into the second year of NCAA limbo regarding its men's basketball program, still unsure when a notice of allegations will arrive.

A Stan Sheriff Center crowd of 2,078 witnessed the Rainbow Warriors sweep the two-match series to improve to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

Jimmy Walker wasn't about to let anybody catch him. Not this time. Six days after being caught at the wire at Kapalua, Walker turned Waialae Country Club's back nine into a personal victory lap on Sunday in retaining the Sony Open in Hawaii title in record form.

Kenny Perry will shake hands with some of his oldest buddies on the Champions Tour this week at Hualalai on the Big Island and then take his turn with the youngsters of the PGA for most of the year.

Jerry Kelly was a bit distracted as he made his ascent up the Sony Open in Hawaii leaderboard on Sunday. The 48-year-old walked off the 18th green after a par putt saved a bogey-free round of 66 to give him his eighth top-10 finish at Waialae Country Club.

For the first time in 256 rounds of golf, Matt Kuchar failed to card at least one birdie. He had a chance on the last hole to roll in a 10-footer, but missed it. Had he sunk it, he would have finished in a tie for second. The missed putt cost him $201,600.

Barber rewarded for honesty • Piercy cashes big check • Inside the numbers

Moments after pouring in a birdie putt on Waialae Country Club's signature 16th green, Jimmy Walker had a quick moment alone on the next tee box to savor the seaside view.

Imitation can be more than the sincerest form of flattery. For Hawaii’s opponent Saturday night, it provided the key to ending a seven-year losing streak.

On a volleyball TeraFlex, Hawaii setter Jennings Franciskovic is not a teen idle. He sets, serves, blocks, digs and, on occasion, swings. “He got a lot better,” UH coach Charlie Wade said.

Attempting to reload its running game, the University of Hawaii football team received a commitment from a junior college running back. Mel Davis of Santa Monica College said he will sign a letter of intent with the Rainbow Warriors on Feb. 4, the opening day of the signing period.

Defensive coordinator Kevin Clune is leaving the University of Hawaii football team for a similar position at Utah State, according to people familiar with the situation. Clune leaving for Utah State

The game is called “Perfect Possession.” The goal for the defense is to go 30 seconds without making a mistake. The reward is to get the shot-clock down to zero without giving up a basket.

Johnson savoring second chance • Living on the cutline • Inside the numbers • Tee times and more

Johnny Miller has spent as much time in a television booth as he has on a green. For those who saw him play in the bygone era of the 1970s, Miller was a brash young golfer with a shock of blond hair who dared tee it up with the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Arnold Palmer with no fear of the outcome.

Kyle Suppa’s thrilling run at the Sony Open in Hawaii came to an end on the third day of competition. The amateur’s promising career, however, is only getting started.

Justin Thomas is one of eight golfers to make a PGA Tour cut at 16 years old or younger. He won six collegiate titles and a national championship at Alabama and finished in a tie for fourth at the Sanderson Farms Championship in November.

Christian Mejia scored 21 points and Nainoa Mercado added 14 as the Kailua boys basketball team beat visiting Castle 60-54 in overtime on Saturday.

J.B. Kam scored 17 points as No. 2 Punahou edged No. 5 'Iolani 55-47 on Saturday night at the Raiders' gym. Punahou improved to 4-0 in ILH play and 'Iolani slipped to 2-2.

Matt Kuchar and Webb Simpson set a brisk pace in the second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii only to be caught at the tape by a PGA Tour rookie.

In a volleyball upset that was four years in the making, ninth-ranked Hawaii outlasted No. 3 UC Santa Barbara in four sets on Friday night.

Just as there are comfort foods, there are comfort clothes. For Megan Huff, it's long shorts, the oxymoronic athletic wear favored by basketball players. It's what Huff wore for many a practice last fall with the Hawaii volleyball team.

Hawaii coach Benjy Taylor said the Rainbow Warriors will need "all hands on deck" for their first Big West Conference road game of the season at UC Riverside on Saturday.

Is this finally the year? That's the hope for PGA Tour veteran Matt Kuchar, who occupies his usual spot on the leaderboard heading into the weekend at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

There were no huge fist pumps, yells of exultation or other signs of showmanship. Kyle Suppa just stayed steady in what might have been his 500th lifetime round at Waialae Country Club.

Streb keeping his cool • Knox sticking around this time • Every disqualified for bent club • Inside the numbers and more

Mililani's girls soccer team remained undefeated in the OIA West Division after notching a 1-1 tie with host Aiea on Friday night. Kayla Braunthal scored for the Trojans, while Sara Olanda found the back of the net for Na Alii.

Alana Nuuanu knows, probably more than most, that it's how you finish that counts more than how you start. The reserve guard scored a team-high 14 points, including six crucial points in a row in the late going, to help Nanakuli edge Radford 38-36 on Friday night at James Alegre Gymnasium.

Paul Casey had gone a decade between appearances at Waialae Country Club, and his last wasn't terribly memorable. Webb Simpson has been a far more frequent visitor, but arrived this year working a major change into his game.

As long as Tim Clark is healthy, Waialae Country Club seems like his ideal place to play. The two-time runner-up at the Sony Open in Hawaii was one of the few golfers teeing off in the afternoon to find their way near the top of the leaderboard after Thursday's first round.

Kyle Suppa was right at home. The 16-year-old Punahou junior and only amateur in the 2015 Sony Open in Hawaii played with a veteran's poise in shooting a 1-under 69 in his opening round at intimately familiar Waialae Country Club on Thursday.

Daronte' Jones promised he would not become emotional, then admittedly became emotional. "It's definitely tough," said Jones, who is departing the University of Hawaii football team to become Wisconsin's defensive backs coach.

The University of Hawaii opened the football-recruiting drive on Thursday, securing a commitment from a junior-college defensive lineman. Kolotolu "Tolu" Fieeiki of Fullerton College said he will join the Warriors this summer.

Add one. Subtract two. It's no wonder that Hawaii ended up in the negative on its Big West basketball road trip last week. he Rainbow Wahine gained freshman center Megan Huff a month after her first collegiate volleyball season ended, but were never able to get two injured guards off the bench when losing at Cal Poly and CSUN.

The Greeks have a word for it: exypnos. It means "smart." It's how Siki Zarkovicdescribes the way he plays — has to play — the sport he loves.

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