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A breakdown of the game between the Rainbow Warriors and the Buffaloes

Chasing down the lead runners, Kamehameha's Kaeo Kruse started to close the distance.

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.

Jordan Taamu lofted a 13-yard fade pass to Israel Kaleo in the back right corner of the end zone with 2:17 left to lift Pearl City past OIA Division II rival Radford 34-26 on Saturday night in Aiea.

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.

Lakalaka carries the load again • Harding shakes off 'tweaking' ankle • Defense left short because of injuries • Afusia back in action

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.

Serve aggressive. Serve tough. Most important, serve in. Hawaii's hot and cold outing from the service line this season got hot when needed Saturday night against Northern Arizona.

Love not planning on coaching Tiger • Locals having fun • Inside the numbers

Some just "get" Hawaii more than others, and for them the islands' unique gifts keep on giving. A quick look at the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship leaderboard is the latest evidence.

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.

That spectacular round of 60 shot by Tom Pernice Jr. in the first round of the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship Friday was no shock to Kevin Hayashi, Casey Nakama and Scott Simpson.

Davis Love III was excited stepping to the tee for his first shot as a Champions Tour member on Friday. Maybe a little too excited. "I jumped on it a little bit and hooked it," Love said.

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.

How the Rainbow Warriors and the Colorado Buffaloes match up in today's match

Of all the potential obstacles -- thin air, long travel, time difference -- the University of Hawaii football team was not going to be stopped by a 1,300-pound buffalo.

Kapolei bounced back from an emotionally draining loss and secured a playoff berth with a 20-0 homecoming night win over Kailua on Friday.

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.

If USA team captain Jay Haas ever has a senior moment, wondering when he needs to be in South Korea for the 2015 Presidents Cup, all he need do is go to the website.

Whenever University of Hawaii football coach Norm Chow enters an airplane for a road trip, he only makes right turns. For the Rainbow Warriors, the coaches travel in coach class.

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.

In recent years, Hannie Anderson and fellow outrigger canoe paddling supporters would spend the time leading up to Na Wahine O Ke Kai "putting up our own money and praying" that the race would go on.

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.

State Senate President Donna Mercado Kim is asking the University of Hawaii athletic department to explain how it collects money it is owed and why it enters agreements with people who owe it money.

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.

Catching a throw out of the backfield late in last week's win over Northern Iowa put Justin Vele in the spotlight at a key moment. Most of the time, his payoff comes in seeing teammates pass him by.

Schedule shuffle settles down • Wahine return to run at BYUH • Ex-UH player wins baseball silver

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."

Around lunch on Tuesday, Mark Wiebe told Champions Tour officials he would not be in the Aloha State to defend his Pacific Links Hawaii Championship title.

After three straight weeks of intense tournament play, Hawaii returns to the Stan Sheriff Center on Wednesday for a different type of intensity, one with a foreign flair.

>> 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.

Kristen Miguel pounded 10 kills as No. 10 Mililani fought off Leilehua 25-14, 27-26 before about 800 fans at the Mules' gym on Tuesday night.

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.

Finish what you start. That can apply to many things in life and it unquestionably applies to Saint Louis' Fred Ulu-Perry Jr. and his approach to being an offensive lineman.

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.

Former University of Hawaii pitching coach Chad Konishi and former Maryknoll baseball coach Duane Eldredge have been named co-athletic directors at St. Francis, the school announced on Monday.

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.

1. Rain-Beau Warrior • 2. Substitution • 3. Boom Lakalaka • 4. Off the shin • 5. Recovered • “We came out slow against Oregon State. We wanted to prove that’s not us,” said DE Beau Yap.

Kekoa Cazimero and Kai Sallas won the Hawaii Surfing Championships and the Regional South Shore Crown of Town title on Sunday at Sandy Beach, where the 3- to 5-foot waves were pumping all day.

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."

With Hawaii leading by three points in the game's final minute, Steven Lakalaka's fumble almost gave the game away. To his relief, teammate Harold Moleni pounced on the ball.

A breakdown of the game between the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the University of Northern Iowa TC Panthers

Woolsey picks up first touchdown • Ewaliko makes most of opportunity • Harding flips the field • Johnson's 100-yard streak continues

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.

Sometimes players talk about the game slowing down in a key moment. Beau Yap's pivotal play on Saturday wasn't one of those times. "Honestly, it happened so fast I don't know what I did," Yap said.

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.

Tua Tagovailoa passed for 354 yards and five touchdowns, all in the first half, as No. 8 Saint Louis overwhelmed 'Iolani 55-20 on Saturday afternoon.

All losses are hard to take, regardless of the scores. Harder still might be watching and not be able to perhaps change the outcome. Such has been Nikki Taylor's experience this volleyball season.

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.

Sensing defeat, No. 4 Kahuku shifted into high gear with a 36-point second quarter to vault past Castle for a 56-19 win in an OIA Red football game Friday night in Kaneohe.

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.

It has quickly become a three-team race in the OIA Division II. Radford established itself as one of those teams by handling Kalani with ease at Kaiser Stadium on Friday night.

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.

The Hawaii men's basketball team is "locked in" to participate in the Gulf Coast Showcase, a tournament spokesman said. The bracket for the eight-team tournament is slated to be released on Tuesday.

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.

By Stephen Tsai


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.

Rainbow Wahine off to UCR Invitational • UH men open fall season in Napa • Nguyen ranked 96th in preseason poll • Wahine debut at Oregon State

Brothers Al and Niko Noga are among six former University of Hawaii football stars among the 25 finalists for the 2015 class of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.

Just before the Hawaii soccer team kicked off its season last month, a surprise lay in store at the end of the long access road bisecting the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex.

When the summer humidity was unforgiving and every sprint made him grimace, University of Hawaii running back Steven Lakalaka was reminded he was running with a purpose.

Mariota named Pac-12 player of the week • Katagiri earns conference honor

>> DeForest Buckner, Punahou '12: The Oregon defensive end caught a 2-point conversion and made seven tackles, with one for a loss, in a 46-27 win over Michigan State on Saturday.

A ranked Pac-12 team. Another loaded with experienced foreign players. And a dangerous Mountain West squad. It feels like the movie "Groundhog Day" is replaying this week at the Stan Sheriff Center.

When Ally Holtz committed to Pepperdine, she was told she'd get to play soccer at least once in Hawaii. Four years later, she'd finally get her wish, but not without heartache.

When University of Hawaii quarterback Ikaika Woolsey struggled in Saturday's game against Oregon State, he found support from two players who share the same position.

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