Colorado junior receiver Nelson Spruce torched Hawaii on Saturday with 13 receptions for 172 yards in the Buffaloes' 21-12 victory. But if the Rainbow Warriors were looking for a silver lining afterward, Spruce tipped his helmet to Hawaii's defensive backs.
For a half, the Kalani Falcons were a team in search of an identity. Consider the Falcons searching no more. Ace Faumui rushed for 180 yards, including 162 in the second half, as Kalani rallied from a 13-point deficit to edge Kaimuki 21-20 on Saturday night at Kaiser Stadium.
Two friends for decades -- Hawaii head coach Norm Chow and Colorado defensive coordinator Ken Baer -- greeted each other outside the visitors' locker room following the Buffaloes' 21-12 victory at Folsom Field.
Behind aviator-style sunglasses, Hawaii quarterback Ikaika Woolsey could not mask his disappointment. For the second consecutive week -- this time in a 21-12 road loss to Colorado -- Woolsey was pulled. He had completed nine of 20 passes for 56 yards in the first half before yielding to Jeremy Higgins following the intermission.
Tyler Hadden had a personal best and approached University of Hawaii and Mountain West Conference records for his day Saturday. But, truth be told, the Rainbow Warriors' senior place-kicker would prefer a victory.
Battle-tested and experienced in shootouts, No. 8 Saint Louis has recovered from its early-season struggles. The Crusaders got their first statement win in Cal Lee's first year back as Saint Louis' head coach, knocking off No. 4 Kamehameha 46-38 in a dogfight on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.
Fred Funk paused between questions to watch Paul Goydos' birdie putt on the Sony widescreen in the corner of the Kapolei Golf Club media room. "That was pure," Funk said after Goydos rolled in the putt to match him atop the leaderboard.
On a night that saw Hawaii coach Dave Shoji play catch-up with Penn State's Russ Rose for all-time career wins, the Rainbow Wahine caught momentum early and rode it to a quick 25-18, 25-15, 25-18 sweep of previously undefeated Northern Arizona on Friday night.
A defensive duel turned into a scoring shootout, but in the end, No. 2 Mililani delivered the knockout punch. Down 28-22 in the third quarter, the Trojans roared to a 57-28 win over No. 6 Campbell on Friday night, spoiling the Sabers' homecoming.
Kalawai'a Judd gave his classmates a senior night they will never forget. The Kaiser quarterback scored on a 1-yard run with 16 seconds remaining to give the Cougars a shocking 20-19 victory over No. 3 Kahuku on Friday night at Kaiser Stadium.
Moanalua recovered from a sluggish start to earn its first win in more than a month. Kawika Keama-Jacobe threw for 335 yards and accounted for four touchdowns in Moanalua's 42-30 win over Aiea in an OIA Blue Division game on Friday.
The Hawaii soccer team paired its scoring production with improved defense and contributed to coach Michele Nagamine's birthday celebration with a 3-1 win over Eastern Washington on Friday in the opening match of the Montana Invitational in Missoula, Mont.
Standing over his 59th swing in the middle of the ninth fairway, Tom Pernice Jr. didn't know he had a shot at history. Somewhere on his back nine, the first-round leader of the $2.2 million Pacific Links Hawaii Championship lost count of all the birdies he'd bagged in perfect conditions at the Kapolei Golf Club.
John Barbieto scored the go-ahead touchdown and a vicious Waianae defense came to life in the second half to lead the Seariders to a 21-13 homecoming victory over Castle on Friday night at Raymond Torii Field.
It's about more than wearing a volleyball uniform for a few years. To be a Rainbow Wahine is to wear a proud tradition for life. Ali Longo is looking forward to her initiation into that circle Saturday.
The No. 6-ranked Campbell Sabers know about proficiency and production.
But even when the well seems dry, they've learned to be poised. With just over a minute left, the Sabers trailed Kapolei 13-7 last week. Back on their 25-yard line, things seemed bleak.
Year in and year out, 'Iolani has a huge hill to climb when it faces the iron of ILH volleyball, and Wednesday night was more of the same as Punahou downed the Raiders, 25-21, 25-17, at Hemmeter Fieldhouse.
Lee Janzen and Davis Love III greeted each other as the old friends they are Wednesday afternoon at the Kapolei Golf Club restaurant. They shook hands, laughed at the prospect of getting older and wondered out loud what to do next; much like a pair of 10-year-olds at the first day of summer camp.
There were times when University of Hawaii tight end Harold Moleni should have quit. He knocked on doors, worked through weather that ranged from muggy to snowy, and faced countless — although mostly polite — rejections.
We should not be surprised Davis Love III is making his Champions Tour debut this week at the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship, and scheduling his new golf life around his favorite parts of paradise.
On an AYSO kind of night where Hawaii played everyone except for sophomore hitter Nikki Taylor, the Rainbow Wahine had a chance to take chances with lineups and rotations against Toyota Auto Body of Japan.
The University of Hawaii football coaches envisioned wideout Marcus Kemp playing better in his sophomore season. Kemp shared the same vision, despite a stye infection that caused his right eye to swell at the start of the season.
When Jasmine Alkhaldi started swimming competitively she asked a coach about the highest point of this sport she'd taken up. "They said the Olympics and that's when I wanted to do it. I'm not even kidding," Alkhaldi said.
Hallmark does not make sympathy cards for college football teams with depth concerns at running back. "That's life in the big city," Hawaii running backs coach Wayne Moses said. "I don't see anybody with the violin for me."
>> 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.
Hawaii defensive tackle Kennedy Tulimasealii is tied for the Mountain West Conference lead -- and 11th nationally -- in tackles for loss. In three games, he has six -- five solos, two assisted -- for an average of 2.0 per game.
In the 27-24 victory over Northern Iowa last Saturday, Scott Harding had his most prolific performance as a punter. Seven of his 11 punts were placed inside the 20, including one that was downed at the 1.
On Monday, Hawaii did not appear in the AVCA Coaches Top 25, the first time since the final four weeks of the injury-plagued 1992 season. The Wahine went 15-12 and did not make the postseason tournament for the only time in program history.
What was supposed to be a $25,000 payday for the University of Hawaii men's basketball team has the appearance of becoming a $75,000 swing the other way while forcing the Rainbow Warriors to crisscross the country in the first three weeks of the season.
Jamie Sporcic and Jacob LaPorte scored goals to propel Hawaii Hilo to a 2-1 victory over Chaminade in a men's soccer match at Saint Louis field on Monday. Sporcic scored in the 21st minute and LaPorte nailed a 35-footer off a free kick seven minutes later for the Vulcans.
On Sunday evening, the Rainbow Wahine found a way to win, turning back San Francisco in the finale of the 20th Outrigger Resorts Challenge. A Stan Sheriff Center crowd of 3,886 watched for 2 hours and 4 minutes as Hawaii finished second in this 10th annual event for the fourth time.
Led by Amanda Ellsworth's hat trick, Idaho State twice overcame two-goal deficits to rally to a 5-4 win over the University of Hawaii soccer team on Sunday in Pocatello, Idaho. The Rainbow Wahine led 2-0 in the first half and 4-2 in the second, but the Bengals scored three goals in a 20-minute span.
While its ultimate goal is posting a strong finish at the Hawaiki Nui Va'a, a three-day ironman race encompassing four islands in Tahiti slated for November, the crew from Mellow Johnny's Va'a is already rounding into championship form.
University of Hawaii football coach Norm Chow said there is no "quarterback situation," reaffirming that Ikaika Woolsey remains No. 1. "Ikaika is the guy," Chow said. "I don't know what anybody (else) says, but there's no quarterback situation. Ikaika gives us the best chance to win."
Two single-digit losses to FBS teams were of no consolation to Northern Iowa coach Mark Farley. Rather, he didn't even want to hear about it. "FBS, FCS, it doesn't matter to me. It's irrelevant," Farley said after a narrow 27-24 loss to Hawaii on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium. "It's just a football team to me and we should be able to win these games."
A bunch of lads in gray uniforms, green-and-white numbers, purple tape and black helmets played a historic football game here Saturday morning. High school football is back on the island of about 3,100 residents for the first time in 61 years.
For the University of Hawaii football team, happiness was taking a knee -- in gratefulness and prayer -- as the Aloha Stadium clock ticked down to "0:00" in a 27-24 victory over Northern Iowa on Saturday night.
It was a night where longevity was feted both on and off the court. The 72nd meeting between No. 22 Hawaii and No. 25 UCLA included the 100th birthday celebration of longtime season-ticket holder Madeleine Lee and the Bruins redeeming themselves from a disappointing showing — being swept — in their last appearance at the Stan Sheriff Center.
During football season, there are no casual days. "We're not taking anyone lightly," Hawaii defensive coordinator Kevin Clune said following a recent practice ahead of today's game against Northern Iowa at Aloha Stadium.
The Warriors will have at least the next month without running back Joey Iosefa, who is recovering from a fractured right ankle. Iosefa's leadership, tough-yard running and wildcat-passing skills will be missed.
The University of Hawaii soccer team needed some extra time to finish off Friday's game against Weber State. But not much. UH sophomore T.J. Reyno's goal 30 seconds into overtime gave the Rainbow Wahine a 4-3 win over the host Wildcats in Ogden, Utah.
They did it with defense and they did it for Coach Dave, all right. Austin Faga, a second-string cornerback, came up with an interception in the end zone with eight seconds to go, sealing No. 6 Campbell's thrilling 14-13 win over Kapolei on Friday night.
Jensen McDaniel rushed for 88 yards and five touchdowns to help Kaiser beat McKinley 51-14 in an OIA Red Division game Friday at Roosevelt. When McDaniel wasn't carrying the ball, Kaiser quarterback Kalawaia Judd threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns.
Given the green light to open up the offense, Farrington quarterback Montana Liana didn't let the opportunity pass. Liana completed 16 of 23 attempts for 216 yards and two touchdowns to lead the fifth-ranked Governors to a 38-7 OIA Blue victory over Kailua on Friday at Alex Kane Stadium.
No. 22 Hawaii continued to ride the arm of junior transfer Olivia Magill and got another solid performance from junior hitter Tai Manu-Olevao to turn back Utah State 25-16, 25-20, 25-22 in Thursday's second match.
On the positive side, No. 3 Kamehameha remained undefeated. Other than that, the Warriors have a lot of work to do in preparation for next Saturday's Interscholastic League of Honolulu showdown against eighth-ranked Saint Louis.
Hawaii defensive coordinator Kevin Clune lives in a Kapahulu house that certainly is not made entirely of glass. "He who is without sin can cast the first stone," said Clune, who is a fierce supporter of cornerback Dee Maggitt.
Safety Daniel Lewis made the cut. In June, in his first week in Hawaii, Lewis cut his long hair to meet one of the Rainbow Warriors' rules. "I had to do it," Lewis said, "but I was OK with that." Lewis has remained loyal to the Warriors even when several schools made late recruiting pushes.
The University of Hawaii football team is elevating its aerial game. Two 6-foot-4 wide receivers from Utah -- Marcus Kemp and Ammon Barker -- are expected to be in the opening lineup when the Rainbow Warriors play Northern Iowa Saturday at Aloha Stadium.
Davis Love III will make his senior debut at next week's Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship, the state's second Champions Tour event of the year. The $2.2 million tournament starts next Friday at Kapolei Golf Club, with Mark Wiebe defending his title.
There's a saying: sorrow shared is half the sorrow. The Kapolei Hurricanes are learning this. So are the Campbell Sabers. Campbell's football players were shocked when they arrived at school on Monday to learn that linebackers coach Dave Wojcik had died.
Fifty years after her great-uncle Jacob Alapaki "Jake" Highland was selected to the first U.S. men's Olympic volleyball team, Kalei Greeley is continuing on the 'ohana's path in the sport as a freshman outside hitter for the Rainbow Wahine.
In one sense, Lance Williams has become the face of the Hawaii football program. Cameras routinely gravitate to the Rainbow Warriors' pregame haka and tend to focus on Williams at the forefront of the chant.
The Hawaii soccer team departed on its longest road trip of head coach Michele Nagamine's tenure on Wednesday, a four-game trek with stops in three states and plenty of study time built into the itinerary to compensate for missed class time.
With the kids away at school, the adults will play, now more than ever if two new golf tournaments perform to organizers' hopes and expectations. The inaugural H2 Invitational tees off Oct. 24 in the afternoon at Mililani Golf Club -- Exit 5B off the freeway.
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