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Former University of Hawaii basketball coach Riley Wallace was admitted to Maui Memorial Medical Center after suffering a minor stroke, according to a family friend.

Mililani and Punahou rewarded the 19,254 who endured the traffic to Halawa on Friday with a state championship shootout that wasn't decided until Mililani quarterback McKenzie Milton ran out the final two seconds on a 53-45 victory over the Buffanblu at Aloha Stadium.

McKenzie Milton's record-breaking night gave Mililani its first state football title. The junior quarterback threw for 421 yards and seven touchdowns as Mililani beat Punahou 53-45 in Friday's First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Division I football championship game at Aloha Stadium.

'Iolani is known for its precision, and with surgical skill the Raiders took apart Lahainaluna 31-14 for the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Division II Football Championship on Friday night at Aloha Stadium.

An electric atmosphere was the conduit for a huge early-season upset for Hawaii. A near-sellout crowd of 1,203 put a charge into Maui's War Memorial Gym as the Rainbow Warriors surged to a shocking 74-70 victory over Pittsburgh of the Atlantic Coast Conference on Friday night.

As it enters the home stretch of the regular season, and with the NCAA tournament looming, the University of Hawaii volleyball team wants to be playing in peak form.

The open looks were there. So were the put-back chances. While Hawaii wasn't particularly successful at either on Friday night — shooting just 36 percent from the floor — what hurt the Rainbow Wahine the most were their lapses in scoring.

The University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors face off against the UNLV Rebels tonight. Here is how they match up.

UNLV football player Brandon Willis expects to have a good day — and not just because he is spending it in paradise. "Every day is a blessing," said Willis, a defensive tackle whose Rebels play Hawaii on Saturday at Aloha Stadium.

This time, the slow start lingered. This time, it cost the Brigham Young-Hawaii volleyball team. The ninth-ranked Seasiders couldn't overcome an 0-2 deficit Friday night, seeing their season end at the hands of PacWest rival Dixie State in the NCAA D-II West Regional volleyball tournament.

University of Hawaii nose tackle Calen Friel's past five years are three love stories. How much does Friel love football? Enough to qualify for a frequent-MRI program. He missed his senior season at Kailua High because of a torn ACL in his left knee.

He once saved two passengers in an overturned car trapped against the guardrail of an interstate highway, then carried about his business. Jamie Dixon just might be … the Most Interesting Coach in the World.

Hawaii's rapid increase of mixed martial arts fighters in the UFC now extends to the female divisions. Ewa Beach's Kailin Curran will become the first Hawaii-born female fighter to compete in the UFC on Saturday.

To build the foundation for his 2016 recruiting class, Hawaii baseball coach Mike Trapasso didn't have to travel very far. The Rainbow Warriors announced eight fall signings for the 2016 season, with five of the eight players from the islands.

It's no secret that the Brigham Young-Hawaii offense goes through Shih Ting "Stella" Chen. The secret is how to stop the senior All-America hitter. Few teams have been able to do so during the past four years. Central Washington couldn't Thursday night.

Jim On is a playmaker who has thrown for 1,659 yards and 15 touchdowns in 10 games. He has a cast of receivers he spreads the ball around to often. Makekau and Teruya both have 42 receptions to their credit, and Ohira also gets involved quite a bit.

The one offensive unit that may be even more potent than Punahou's was built in Mililani. The Trojans are adept at spreading every defense from sideline to sideline, then handing the football to Malepeai.

As part of his football training, University of Hawaii kicker Tyler Hadden will go to a park in search of a tall, straight tree. He then will secure the football with the "sticks" — an upside-down-L-shaped pipe — and aim for the tree trunk.

The change in men's basketball coaches at the University of Hawaii could end up costing the athletic department almost $135,000 in additional salaries this season.

What's the motivation this week? Hawaii needs to keep winning in order to keep its postseason playoff hopes alive while the Rainbow Wahine's opponents — out of the NCAA volleyball tournament picture — are playing for pride and to build on next season.

Junior point guard Roderick Bobbitt became just the second player in program history to go double-digits in three categories in a game as he recorded 12 points, 10 assists and 10 steals in an 89-71 romp over Hawaii Hilo on Wednesday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

University of Hawaii multipurpose standout Scott Harding and Oahu high school products Hau'oli Kikaha (Washington) and Marcus Mariota (Oregon) are among the five finalists for the inaugural Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award.

Golf hardly needed more evidence of its unpredictable nature, but recent Moanalua High graduate Brent Grant fanned the game's wacky flames last Wednesday while torching Honolulu Country Club.

Setting up for a quick video, Beau Yap offers to switch places with the interviewer to adjust to the angle of the morning sun. Once in place, he speaks comfortably about Hawaii's upcoming senior night game and his memories of playing in Aloha Stadium.

The immediate task is daunting enough to keep Laura Beeman's attention from wandering past the next game, let alone the next month. That said, the Rainbow Wahine basketball coach recognizes the potential down-the-line benefits in the challenges her team will face over the next two weeks at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Hawaii's lack of pitching depth last season kept a bat out of Heather Morales' hands early in her freshman year. If her fall performance is any indication, she'll be tough to keep out of the lineup in the spring.

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Setbacks threatened to define all hours of a long Tuesday for the Hawaii men's basketball team. First, the Rainbow Warriors dropped a 62-54 decision to High Point and forked over the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic title to the Panthers in the early hours of the morning.

Manoa, it seems, has become the land of aloha. This season, there are 19 transfers from four-year colleges on the University of Hawaii football team's 102-player roster.

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.

Former Marquette assistant coach Brad Autry rounds out Hawaii's reformed group, which came together in the wake of the firings of head coach Gib Arnold and assistant Brandyn Akana on Oct. 28.

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).

Last year's close loss gave the professional team a glimmer of hope in the Gov. John A. Burns Challenge Cup. That faded in this week's 42nd annual event, which ended Tuesday at Mid-Pacific Country Club.

The depth that Hawaii was forced to develop at outside hitter earlier this season may come into play — and get to play — during the final road trip of the regular season.

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

Good news came early for University of Hawaii football player Fuata‘i "TJ" Taimatuia. Through a call from his younger brother on Monday, Taimatuia learned he was named the Mountain West Conference's defensive player of the week.

Despite Japan's currency running at a seven-year low against the U. S. dollar, Honolulu Marathon officials said this year's race is attracting more Japanese entries than last year's.

It isn't exactly a soap opera, but there definitely was a shakeup when three Lahainaluna girls basketball players left the school recently to enroll at Konawaena. The seniors transferred to Konawaena before preseason began.

For some time now, he's been The Answer Man. Rex Manu gets to the classroom after school while other kids are gallivanting their way off campus to Jamba Juice or Burger King. He sits in Rod York's classroom, waiting.

Brigham Young-Hawaii heads to this week's West Regional with the same ranking as last week, No. 9 in the AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25. The fifth-seeded Seasiders (21-6) open postseason play Thursday in Nampa, Idaho

Identity crisis averted. When the Hawaii basketball team lost Isaac Fotu to the pros in the preseason, there was no immediate answer to the question, "What do they do now?" in regard to the product on the court.

QB Joe Gray's pass into the end zone is intercepted by S Daniel Lewis and returned to midfield. But an illegal block penalty on LB Lance Williams puts the ball at the Hawaii 10. Lewis, a freshman, started in place of injured senior Taz Stevenson.

The senior point guard scored UH's final 12 points and finished with a career-high 23 and the Rainbow Wahine basketball team capped its season-opening road trip with a 60-58 win over Denver on Sunday at Magness Arena.

The University of Hawaii experienced its first road victory in three years this past Saturday in San Jose. The Warriors then experienced unexpected extra time in San Jose, Calif.

Mona Ah-Hoy led Brigham Young-Hawaii to a second-place finish nationally in her first season as the Seasiders head volleyball coach. One year older, one year wiser? For sure. One year better? That remains to be seen.

As the final seconds ticked away on Hawaii's 13-0 victory over San Jose State, two Warriors stealthily approached head coach Norm Chow and then emptied a container of ice water onto his back.

No. 1 Punahou and No. 2 Mililani can stop dodging questions about a potential rematch of the 2013 state final won by the Buffanblu. The two powerhouses of their respective leagues will clash once again with the state championship on the line.

Defense gave Mililani another shot at a title as the Trojans survived a 17-14 duel with Farrington on Saturday at Aloha Stadium to return to Friday's Division I final of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA State Football Championships.

Hawaii's new point guard iced a 72-65 win over Cal State Bakersfield with nine free-throw makes in the final 4:15, allowing the Rainbow Warriors to separate from the Roadrunners and move to 2-0 under acting head coach Benjy Taylor.

The survival game has been on hold the past few days as Hawaii used a bye week to improve its skills, rest some weary arms and legs, and let some injuries heal as much as can happen this late in the volleyball season.

Whenever a football team wins by shutout the first thing that comes to mind is defense. But special teams had a huge hand — make that two, and a couple of feet — in Hawaii's 13-0 victory at San Jose State on Saturday.

Joey Iosefa's upper body and arms were peppered with scratches, some deep enough to draw blood. His smile was flawless. "Man, it's a relief," Iosefa said following the Warriors' 13-0 victory, their first on the road since Oct. 29, 2011.

The ending was poetic. San Jose State quarterback Joe Gray completed a pass over the middle to Andrew Vollert. The 6-foot-5, 226-pound tight end turned and made a desperate run for the end zone.

For Maui's Dusty Payne, things were looking grim after Australia's Julian Wilson scored two excellent waves in the Reef Hawaiian Pro final on Saturday. Payne was in a combination situation, needing two massive scores to come back.

Experience, precision and speed make the Lahainaluna Lunas masters of their universe. That was clearly the case on Saturday in a 52-7 romp over Kamehameha-Hawaii before more than 5,000 fans at War Memorial Stadium.

While Kapaa had its chances, the Warriors just couldn't topple battle-tested 'Iolani. The Raiders relied on gunslinger Austin Jim On, who found favorite target Keoni-Kordell Makekau on a wide-open crossing route.

The buzz on the mat was strong. It always is during the Zippy's Cheerleading State Championships. Afterward, there were hugs everywhere along with photos, smiles and congratulations. Especially congratulations.

The Hawaii men's basketball team underwent a forced transformation over the course of a turbulent preseason. Friday's halftime metamorphosis felt infinitely better.

One team is seemingly omnipotent, a Galactus that consumes opposing teams, a squad with massive numbers despite a light number of games played.

San Jose State coach Ron Caragher can feel the Hawaii football team's pain. Caragher noted the Rainbow Warriors are "going through some growing pains, and you get that when you get some turnover in your roster, and you get that when you get transitions in coaching staffs."

Australia's Mick Fanning took center stage at the Reef Hawaiian Pro on Friday, and he didn't win his heat. Fanning is one of three surfers on the planet who have a chance at the world title, so how he fared on the waves at Alii Beach Park in Haleiwa was watched closely by fans in attendance and those tuning in on TV.

For the second straight meeting, the Hawaii women's basketball team battled Colorado State into overtime. After falling to the Rams at home last year, the Rainbow Wahine returned the favor on Friday with a 63-58 season-opening road win in Fort Collins, Colo.

In all these years that Lahainaluna has produced tremendous football teams, the reality has been the Lunas have often been classic overachievers.

They're deep enough to challenge their OIA nemesis, but the Farrington Governors would really like to be at full strength. When the 4 p.m. semifinal between fifth-ranked Farrington (9-2) and No. 2 Mililani (11-0) kicks off on Saturday, the Govs may be without senior running back Ranan Mamiya

The 2011 season wasn't so long ago for the Kapaa Warriors. Current offensive line giant Maka Ah Loo was a freshman then. The Warriors won the KIF, then blanked Pearl City 7-0 in the first round of the Division II state tourney.

The University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors face off against the San Jose State Spartans tonight. Here is how they match up.

On an April evening this year, Jared Leaf woke up to a nightmare. Leaf, a San Jose State linebacker and former Hawaii football player, was roused from a nap when smoke seeped under his bedroom door.

Improbably, Hawaii's waking nightmare of a preseason — which included an NCAA investigation, the firing of the team's head coach and the departure of the program's best player — ended on a note of optimism.

John John Florence caused nearly as many waves as the swell hitting Alii Beach Park on Thursday. Florence withdrew from the Reef Hawaiian Pro, the first leg of the Vans Triple Crown, citing a hamstring injury.

In practices over the past two weeks, the Rainbow Warriors will sometimes break up by position. Guards and wings on one side of the Stan Sheriff Center, big men on the other halfcourt.

For Pereese Joas, happiness is makapiapia-eyed morning practices, a depth chart that isn't deep enough to include his name, and meetings and study sessions that last into the evening.

This was a day with thick and pumping 10- to 12-foot bombs with 15-foot sets — big and unruly enough for decorated Hawaii surf veteran Pancho Sullivan to concede he was nervous when the start of the Reef Hawaiian Pro contest was called on Wednesday morning.

It is not the most surprising streak in Hawaii golf, but the amateurs' run of seven straight victories in the Gov. John A. Burns Challenge Cup might be the most galling, at least if you work in the game for a living.

Freshman Montana Martinez leads a group of five runners representing UH at the NCAA West Regional on Friday at the Stanford Golf Course on the California university's campus.

Pono Tokioka closed the fall schedule on Sunday with the Rainbow Warrior golf team's first top-10 finish of the season.

Separated by a few miles during the school day, Pono Anderson, Nicole Lopez and McKenna Granato now share a common destination after graduation.

Shawna-Lei Kuehu has probably built an immunity to opening-night jitters by now. Kuehu has been around for five season openers in her Hawaii basketball career, so the Rainbow Wahine senior has a pretty good handle on how to deal with the nervous energy heading into her sixth.

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Now more than ever, Hawaii's wings must soar for success to be achieved. Depleted up front amid recent program unrest, the Rainbow Warriors will count on their shooting guards and small forwards to provide much of the heavy lifting in the upcoming 2014-15 season.

Even an inadvertent beard cannot mask Jordan Wynn's pain. "I haven't had time to shave," said Wynn, the University of Hawaii football team's 24-year-old quarterbacks coach and play-caller. "I go home, and I go to sleep. (The beard will) go eventually."

>> 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.

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It didn't take long for ex-Hawaii standout Isaac Fotu to find a new home. The All-Big West Conference forward has signed with CAI Zaragoza in the top tier of Spanish basketball, Liga ACB, multiple international basketball outlets reported Tuesday.

To evenly distribute its recruiting, the University of Hawaii men's volleyball team went to the middle of the mainland. Dalton Solbrig, a multi-purpose player from Lakes Community High in Illinois, said he will sign a letter of intent with the Warriors on Wednesday, the first day prep volleyball players may put their commitments in writing.

Hawaii women's volleyball's immediate future is looking very solid. However, it might take a while to make it official. While the Rainbow Wahine have three oral commitments for 2015, only one is expected to sign on Wednesday, the first day for National Letters of Intent.

A team's point guard is often referred to as an extension of the head coach on the court. Two weeks ago, Hawaii suddenly had a new head coach in Benjy Taylor. So by extension, there is a new extension cord.

The financially strapped athletics program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is expected to close out the year with a $3.5 million deficit as football ticket sales and fundraising totals come in below targets, athletic director Ben Jay said.

A five-set road loss carried more weight than two four-set road wins for Brigham Young-Hawaii, which fell five spots to No. 9 in Monday's AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 poll.

All any parent wants for his or her child is an opportunity. The lure of a better life — and happiness — is the driving force for all kinds of life-changing decisions. For many, it was the source of their family's migration from Asia, North America, Europe or the South Pacific.

Every winter, ASP surfers come to Hawaii seeking glory in the World Championship Tour finale at Pipeline and in the two preceding events that make up the Vans Triple Crown. But there is another sort of competition going on that is not quite as glorious.

Danny Fuller did not let this opportunity pass. The Kauai surfer outlasted the competition to win the HIC Pro at Sunset Beach on Saturday in 8- to 12-foot waves. Fuller qualified for the Vans Triple Crown that starts Wednesday.

Between returning to Honolulu on Sunday afternoon and departing this Thursday, the University of Hawaii football team will have roughly 96 hours to repack and regroup. Colorado State earned a decisive 49-22 victory this past Saturday.

On the second play from scrimmage RB Dee Hart goes through a hole on the right side and cuts back left for a 43-yard run. Colorado State established control of the line of scrimmage early and scored on its opening drive.

Colorado State concocted a cocktail of ways to overpower Hawaii for a 49-22 football victory before 25,236 at Hughes Stadium on Saturday night. UH defensive coordinator Kevin Clune groused: "There's no reason a team should put up 49 on us."

Quarterback Ikaika Woolsey carried two large bags as he emerged from the silence of the University of Hawaii locker room. He refused offers of help. Stowing his equipment in the moving van was his responsibility.

The record — including the scoreboard — indicates that Colorado State is likely the best team Hawaii has played this year. UH defensive coordinator Kevin Clune certainly won't disagree with that after the Rams rolled up 580 yards.

The nation's surprise sophomore receiving leader stood on the sidelines of Hughes Stadium, a mute answer to the week of "Will he or won't he play?" speculation. No matter. Colorado State's sore-shouldered Rashard Higgins didn't get the chance to cushion his already lofty numbers.

Hawaii's postseason hopes were on the line Saturday night with Cal State Northridge in the way of the Rainbow Wahine not just remaining in second place in the Big West but remaining in contention for a berth in the NCAA tournament.

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