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With his head down in concentration, Gabriel Medina walked down the beach from Off the Wall to Pipeline with a small contingent following him. That relatively cozy situation was about to change.

Hawaii made a triumphant return to its old stomping ground. The Rainbow Warriors lit up Chaminade for season-highs in points and margin of victory in a 94-63 decision at the Blaisdell Arena on Friday night.

The 2014-15 college football bowl season is upon us. Here is a look at the 19 bowl games involving players who graduated from local high schools:

Having finished off the fall semester with exams this week, the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine basketball team can devote its attention to a two-game road trip, starting with Saturday's meeting with Loyola Marymount at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles.

Punahou and Farrington traded lopsided wins in their first two preseason meetings. So, naturally, the third was a tight battle decided in overtime. For its second straight game in the Pete Smith Classic, Farrington forced overtime with a bucket in the final seconds of regulation.

The expectations are sky high and the Dragons of Bishop O'Dowd haven't played a great game — yet. They did enough to reach the final of the ‘Iolani Classic thanks to 6-foot-11 Ivan Rabb.

The history resonates on both sides. When Hawaii takes on Chaminade at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center on Friday night, it will be a throwback to old days in local hoops lore.

The vision and burst that helped Ranan Mamiya rack up jaw-dropping numbers as a Farrington running back came in handy for the Governors basketball team on Thursday.

Sophomore point guard Lindell Wigginton scored 12 points, 6-10 center Daniel Giddens had 10 and 6-8 forward Khadim Sy added nine as Oak Hill turned an eight-point halftime lead into an 82-39 runaway over 'Iolani.

Officially, Fresno State will be the "visitor" when it plays Rice University Dec. 24 in the Hawaii Bowl. But the Bulldogs know better. By now they figure to know, for example, the best plate lunch places to hit.

During the 2013 season, senior cornerback Tony Grimes was looking for direction. The University of Hawaii football coaches pointed toward the classrooms.

Young Mike Thomas had a choice. Tap dancing, or basketball. Years later as a freshman at Hawaii, Thomas had another decision to make. Pout about his role, or do something about it.

Soon after being named to the Football Writers Association of America's All-America second team as a punter, former University of Hawaii player Scott Harding asked: "What does it mean?"

Junior middle Olivia Magill became the 28th Hawaii volleyball player to earn an award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The transfer from Arizona was one of three Big West players named honorable mention.

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Rogers Printup scored all 10 of his points in the first half before taking a rest as Orange Lutheran (Calif.) cruised past Kaiser 71-34 on Wednesday in opening-round play of the 'Iolani Classic.

Passes don't get much nicer than this. And the goal it led to in the 75th minute was pretty good, too, allowing ‘Iolani to tie Kamehameha 1-1 in an ILH girls soccer match at Kozuki Stadium on Wednesday.

Two prominent surfing figures, Sunny Garcia and Randy Rarick, join Honolulu Marathon President Jim Barahal in the 2015 class of the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame.

In the end, the Eagles of Second Baptist made one splash too many for the Roosevelt Rough Riders. Ty Dalton poured in 23 points, hitting eight of nine at the free-throw line, to power Second Baptist (Houston) over Roosevelt 74-68 on Tuesday in the opening round of the ‘Iolani Classic.

McKinley guard Dan Villejo had a feeling it might be one of those nights. "I was mostly in a rhythm," Villejo said of his warmup prior to Tuesday's game against Campbell in the opening round of the Pete Smith Classic.

They're sisters and fantastic basketball players. Two of them love "Love and Basketball." The middle child, Celena Jane Molina, prefers "A Walk to Remember." Get them together and, naturally, the oldest leads the discussion, while the youngest says, "You're talking too much."

The Sammis Reyes saga in Hawaii came to an unceremonious conclusion on Monday. UH's missing-in-action 6-foot-6 freshman forward said he will depart Oahu this week and enroll at Palm Beach State, a junior college in Lake Worth, Fla., over the holiday semester break.

Brigham Young-Hawaii's Daniel Berger was named Pacific West Conference men's basketball co-player of the week and Hawaii Pacific's Jessi Reeves was voted the women's basketball freshman of the week on Monday.

They streamed into Kapiolani Park for hours, some limping, some straining, and many smiling. Many agreed Sunday's windy and rainy weather made the 42nd annual Honolulu Marathon more comfortable.

Coming off a rapid-fire stretch of 10 games to open the season, UH enjoyed a light week of practice while it prepared for final exams, and beyond that, Friday's matchup for Division II neighbor Chaminade at the Blaisdell Arena.

Weather delays made for a late arrival in Hawaii for Wilson Chebet. The Kenyan then weathered wind and rain in East Oahu on Sunday before making a late surge to win the 42nd Honolulu Marathon.

For the first 8 miles of Sunday's Honolulu Marathon, Joyce Chepkirui chased the race leader. But once Chepkirui took over and built her lead, the rest of the field couldn't chase her down. In fact, the rest of the field couldn't be seen.

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Dean Wilson birdied the North Course's last hole Sunday to win his third State Open, and second in three years at Mauna Lani. He can add the $10,000 first prize to the $9 million he won on the PGA Tour, and a few more million in Japan.

With unruly and heavy waves with up to 30-foot faces, the Billabong Pipe Masters made it all the way through the second round on Saturday, and 42-year-old Kelly Slater is still in the chase for his 12th world title.

At long last, Shawna-Lei Kuehu is a member of Hawaii's 1,000-point club. The sixth-year Rainbow Wahine senior reached the milestone while scoring 15 points in a 92-40 blowout of Brigham Young-Hawaii on Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

What a difference a week made for Punahou. The Buffanblu, who lost to Farrington last week at Radford, stormed to a 68-50 boys basketball victory over the Govs at Moanalua's gym on Saturday.

With several shots going awry in the first half, Punahou knew there'd be more chances in the second. Those came, and the Buffanblu converted them.

The Heisman Trophy is said to weigh 45 pounds but can be worth its weight in gold to its newest owner, Marcus Mariota, analysts say.

No challenge has ever been insurmountable, and no opportunity has ever been wasted by Diane Nukuri.

Waianae High alumnus Yancy Medeiros pulled off an impressive first-round submission victory over Joe Proctor at The Ultimate Fighter finale show on Friday at The Palms in Las Vegas.

John John Florence absolutely nailed it at the Pipe Masters on Friday and the ongoing process of his emergence as the undisputed best surfer in the world took one step forward.

The University of Hawaii found out otherwise early this week as the Rainbow Wahine basketball team began preparing for Saturday's game against Brigham Young-Hawaii.

For the second time in as many nights, the defending Big Island Interscholastic Federation girls champions upset a nationally ranked team. On Friday night, Konawaena shocked No. 1-ranked Riverdale Baptist (Md.) 49-41 in the semifinal round of the ‘Iolani Classic.

Cory Mitchell scored 15 points and Jaron Yamauchi added 10 as Kalani stifled Kamehameha 52-39 on Friday at the OIA-ILH Challenge at Moanalua High gym.

It took Nicholas Chelimo about 30 hours to complete the journey from Kenya to Honolulu and another 12 to fully recover from the trek.

A lot of the kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley of Eugene, Ore., aren't sure what the Heisman Trophy is all about, but they know it probably doesn't have anything to do with air hockey.

Jay's first extensive comments since the resignation came while he was attending the IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum in New York City with more than 100 fellow ADs and athletic administrators.

Jayden Zarriello scored 19 points, including a crucial layup off a steal with less than 30 seconds to play, as Kamehameha rallied past Leilehua 48-43 on Thursday night at the OIA-ILH Challenge at the Moanalua gym.

Konawaena, the smaller team, made use of bounce pass after bounce pass to thwart Miramonte's swarming pressure defense for a stunning 63-62 win on Thursday night in the opening round of the ‘Iolani Classic.

The University of Hawaii football team continues to fill its holiday wish list. A day after receiving a commitment from Sacramento City College linebacker Russell Williams Jr., the Warriors finalized an agreement with Sione Kauhi, a defensive end/tight end.

It's been 13 years since a woman has successfully defended her title at the Honolulu Marathon. Defending champion Ehitu Kiros believes she can win again.

This New Year's Eve will be quite the celebration for Scott Wong. Not only is it his birthday but it marks the departure from one dream job to another. Wong accepted the head women's volleyball coaching position at his alma mater, Pepperdine, on Tuesday, ending five seasons as Hawaii's associate head coach.

The University of Hawaii football team received a boost to its defense, securing an oral commitment from a junior college linebacker. Russell Williams Jr. of Sacramento City College said he will sign a letter of intent on Dec. 17, the first day mid-year transfers may put commitments in writing, and join the Warriors in January.

With roots reaching back some 90 years, the Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii State Open provides a vivid look at the history of Hawaii golf. It started as the Medal Championship of the Territory in 1928. Jimmy Ukauka won four times over a span of 17 years, all on different courses.

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When Ben Jay was hired as University of Hawaii athletic director in December 2012, he took over a department recovering from controversy and dealing with a mounting financial deficit.

The La Pietra junior is running the Honolulu Marathon as part of her yearlong independent study project. Her project will examine marathon training and her experience running the marathon, and incorporate her interests in health, fitness and medicine.

The trials went down on Tuesday in solid surf with a 32-man field battling to earn the final two spots into the Billabong Pipe Masters. The morning started out with classic Pipeline conditions, only to see it deteriorate throughout the day, with contest directors eventually calling off the final heat to wait for more ideal conditions.

The Oregon quarterback from Honolulu and Saint Louis School of Samoan ancestry is considered the favorite to win the Heisman when it is announced Saturday.

Norm Chow will remain as Rainbow Warriors football coach for the 2015 season. University of Hawaii-Manoa Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman and departing athletic director Ben Jay made the joint announcement during a news conference Tuesday at the Stan Sheriff Center.

In the first years of the 21st century, the position of University of Hawaii athletic director was considered one of relative stability. But as Ben Jay's resignation from the post underscored on Tuesday, the AD position in recent years has come under fire and has been a revolving door of administrators.

University of Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay will resign Tuesday, sources told the Hono­lulu Star-Advertiser. The resignation is expected to be made at a news conference on campus, along with the decision to retain football coach Norm Chow for a fourth season.

With some good news Monday and a long break ahead, Hawaii coach Benjy Taylor hopes his team is close to full strength by its next game. UH does not play again until facing Chaminade at the Blaisdell Arena on Dec. 19.

Two receivers — a member of a prominent football family and a player who was part of a state-championship team — have accepted scholarship offers from the University of Hawaii.

The sports apparel and footwear company is the new "official running partner" of the Honolulu Marathon and will produce the shirts awarded to those who complete the 26.2-mile course on Sunday, among other considerations in the deal.

In the middle of the packed and noisy Aiea High School gym Saturday, Waianae's Mike Gonsalves was doing what he was hired to do — coach. Preseason meets are already underway.

As a youngster at Saint Louis School, budding quarterback Marcus Mariota remembers watching intently the flickering film of former Crusaders quarterback Jason Gesser. But his ears perked up when somebody said Gesser.

Good but not good enough. Or consistent enough. Or great enough when needed. Saturday's season-ending loss to No. 3 Washington was a microcosm of No. 23 Hawaii's play over its 29 matches. There was brilliance and balance but also lapses and letdowns.

It was no surprise that the master of suspense — Scott Harding — was given the Alec Waterhouse Award as the University of Hawaii football team's most valuable player at the annual luau on Sunday.

Star power prevailed at Kualoa Ranch as Patrick Smyth defended his title and Kimber Mattox claimed her first crown at the Paul Mitchell Xterra Trail Running World Championship Sunday morning.

Washington's athletic slogan is "Who we are is why we win." The Huskies lived up to that Saturday night by being who they are and having who they have — eliminating Hawaii in the second round of the NCAA volleyball tournament.

Hawaii hung with BYU for three-quarters of Saturday's matchup, but a pregame injury to guard Negus Webster-Chan and big games by BYU's Tyler Haws and Kyle Collinsworth proved too much for the Rainbow Warriors.

Mililani High quarterback McKenzie Milton was born on a Thursday. "And he was at a football game on a Saturday," said his mother, Teresa, who has been a University of Hawaii season-ticket buyer for 26 years.

A little less than a year after watching Hawaii celebrate a comeback win, Pacific got a measure of payback Saturday night with a 69-61 victory over the Rainbow Wahine basketball team.

Taking it to the hole is what Farrington does best, and the Governors never stopped pounding the middle while holding on for a 61-53 victory over Punahou on Saturday in a James Alegre Invitational preseason boys basketball tournament game at Radford.

With Kalaheo down two starters, the opportunity was there for University High to make a statement. Instead, the Mustangs roared to a 19-3 lead without Kupaa Harrison and Kaleb Gilmore and cruised to a 53-29 win over the Junior Rainbows.

Kevin Marks scored six of his 12 points during a big third-quarter run as Saint Louis outlasted Kailua 59-42 on Saturday night to capture the championship of the Surfriders Holiday Classic.

Patrick Smyth of Salt Lake City, Utah, is favored to defend his Xterra Trail Run World Championship title in the half-marathon race and has quickly become one of the country's best trail runners.

As complicated as volleyball can become, it still comes down to the basics: serve and pass. Tough serving takes an opponent out of system, sharp passing keeps a team in system.

If experience is indeed the greatest teacher, two Hawaii freshmen went through advanced level courses last weekend.

With a massive and long barrel ride, Tahiti's Michel Bourez put the dagger into his competitors in the Vans World Cup of Surfing final Friday at Sunset Beach.

All Ginger Long wanted to do was fit in. The Hawaii volleyball team was off to a fast start in its first-round NCAA tournament match against Duke on Friday night when freshman outside hitter Kalei Greeley went down with an ankle injury.

The Crusaders (2-0) led from the start, withstanding a couple of Roosevelt rallies. It wasn't easy. Roosevelt was coming off a 62-52 win over a big Baldwin squad.

Brigham Young recently had a rough experience on a neutral court in the Aloha State. The Hawaii basketball team will try to avoid a similar fate against the Cougars in Salt Lake City on Saturday afternoon.

Tattoos are personal statements. Unlike bumper stickers that can be peeled off and replaced with the cause du jour, tattoos require commitment beyond the permanent ink. That is the case with Nikki Taylor.

There is a person behind the legend of Eddie Aikau, and the more time passes, the more his real story marches down the corridor of lore. It's a story destined to be passed down through the generations.

Either from the end of the bench or from behind a computer screen, Stefan Jankovic watches his Hawaii men's basketball teammates anxiously. His anxiety has only increased as his debut date with the Rainbow Warriors approaches.

Michael Merchant scored 17 points as Campbell outlasted Kalani 46-41 on Thursday at the Hawaii Self-Storage Black and Gold Classic held in McKinley Student Council Gymnasium. Lamart Dudley hustled for 12 points.

There's an elephant in the room. And it's wearing purple. Neither Hawaii nor Duke wants to talk about it ... yet.

One season removed from a stunning run to the state championship game, expectations at Farrington High School are bit tempered. One thing that hasn't changed is the result.

Maui's Dusty Payne had plenty in his way Wednesday. There were heavy rain squalls, Sunset Beach's 6- to 8-foot surf and the world's top-ranked surfer, Gabriel Medina.

The Hawaii men's basketball team has been in a zone. Defensively, that is — though the same could be said of the Rainbow Warriors' rhythm so far in the 2014-15 season.

Fifty years after Mauna Kea Golf Course was christened by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, it is still described with words like spectacular and visionary.

Ginger Long didn't fully grasp the significance of match point last Saturday until well after the last lei was draped onto her shoulders.

A bunch of "5s" left Hawaii's Britney Yada and Stephanie Kono far back after Wednesday's opening round of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament Final Stage in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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One of the Rainbow Wahine basketball team's leading rebounders, Destiny King bounced back nicely from a quiet scoring night last week.

Hawaii ran away with another early-season victory. The rested Rainbow Warriors pushed past Delaware State with numerous baskets in transition and prevailed 75-60 before a Tuesday night crowd of 2,997 at the Stan Sheriff Center.

As the University of Hawaii awaits a formal Notice of Allegations in the NCAA's investigation of its men's basketball program, one of its biggest concerns is having violations compounded by attempts at obfuscation.

After being named to the Mountain West Conference's first team as a punter on Tuesday, Scott Harding thanked a trifecta of supporters — his coaches, teammates and, of course, the medical staff.

Young surfers stole the show Tuesday during Day 2 of the Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach. Italy's Leonardo Fiovaranti, 16, had the top heat score, with Hawaii's Seth Moniz, 17, right behind.

The Rainbow Wahine (21-6) opened coach Dave Shoji's birthday week — he turns 68 Thursday — by moving up two spots to No. 23 in the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25. Hawaii also picked up Big West honors Monday.

Isaac Fleming was held out for all but a minute of the Rainbow Warriors' last two games because of an off-court outburst while UH competed in the Gulf Coast Showcase in Florida last week.

Radford's James Alegre Invitational begins Wednesday with Honokaa and Farrington at 3 p.m., followed by Punahou-Leilehua, Saint Louis II vs. Radford and Hayward (Calif.) vs. Mililani.

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