SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. » The road turned rough for the Hawaii men's basketball team Thursday night. In their final regular-season game on the mainland, the Rainbow Warriors dropped an 86-77 decision to UC Santa Barbara.
Lee Leslie, who was a graduate assistant on Ron McBride's staff in Utah, said he accepted the job as head football coach at Kahuku on Thursday. Leslie replaces Reggie Torres, whose teams won two of the past three state titles and three overall since he took the job in 2006.
UH endured a long top of the first inning for a second straight night as Pacific exploded for five runs to open the game. But a six-run bottom of the fifth sent the Rainbow Wahine to an 8-7 comeback win on Thursday to cap the second night of the Jack in the Box Spring Fling Tournament.
Recent history indicates the first road trip of the season tells a lot about where the Rainbow Warriors might end up in May. Hawaii has lost 11 of its past 13 nonconference games away from Les Murakami Stadium heading into a showdown at No. 10 Texas beginning Friday.
Kylyn Sasaki tripled down the right-field line to drive in two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as second-ranked Mililani downed Kapolei 6-1 in the OIA Red West softball opener for both teams on Thursday.
On senior night, the Rainbow Wahine had to close out UC Santa Barbara without their best two. But the Wahine got a career-best 17 points from senior Diane Moore and double-figure scoring from three others in a 73-60 defeat of UC Santa Barbara on Thursday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Boxing has never quite given Michael Balasi the lifestyle he wished. The 13-year professional from Hawaii will showcase his skills in the opening bout of ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights," telecast this week at 4 p.m. Hawaii time.
For the ‘Iolani Raiders, the time was right for two sophomores to step up. Left-hander Ezra Heleski struck out four in two innings of relief, and Matt Campos drilled two key doubles, bringing home three teammates as ‘Iolani rallied past Punahou 7-4 on Thursday at the Raiders' field.
The ahupua‘a of Hakipu‘u can be easily missed when driving between Kaneohe and Kualoa, district names that are more familiar. Even neighboring Waiahole is better known to most, courtesy of Bruddah Waltah's classic song "Sweet Lady of Waiahole."
The sixth-seeded Hawaii Pacific men's basketball team rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to upset third-seeded Dixie State 71-65 on Thursday in the opener of the Pacific West Conference tournament in San Diego.
Coming off a state crown in boys basketball, the Raiders got big contributions from hoopsters Zach Buscher, Ikaika Phillip and 6-foot-7 Hugh Hogland on the volleyball court in a 25-15, 25-12 sweep of Maryknoll on Wednesday.
If UH is to take the Big West Conference tournament title next week, it will have to win three times in three days in Anaheim, Calif. One of the best ways for the Rainbow Warriors to announce they are capable of doing so? Finishing with their first winning conference road record in over a decade might do nicely.
Opportunity comes in many forms, and for Hawaii libero Garrett Komisarek, it was served on a float in volleyball matches this past weekend. Komisarek, who was summoned to receive UCLA's darting float serves, steadied the Rainbow Warriors' passing in a two-match sweep.
California pounded out seven hits in a nine-run top of the first that took just over half an hour on its way to a 10-1 five-inning win in the opening game of the Jack in the Box Spring Fling at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Zachary Kapihe found a new way to close out a baseball game on Wednesday. Kapihe, who was Campbell's closer last year but was promoted to opening-day starter this season, lofted a sacrifice fly to left-center field with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh to push the Sabers past Mililani 5-4 at Campbell.
Had Hawaii News Now come up with an offer of at least $2.3 million per year for the University of Hawaii's athletic TV and pay-per-view rights, it would have been considered for the contract, the school said.
A tie doesn't usually happen in baseball, but it left Billy Pieper optimistic and Kenny Harrison a bit frustrated. Pieper's Kamehameha squad rallied from a three-run deficit to force extra innings, and the Warriors wound up with a 5-all tie against Punahou.
Lindsey Willmon freely acknowledges she joined the Hawaii softball program without a plan. So a catcher who hit in the middle of the lineup through high school now finds herself starting in the outfield with a spot atop the Rainbow Wahine batting order 16 games into her freshman season.
Amid signs that the 2015 Pro Bowl may be headed to Glendale, Ariz., the site of the annual football game could be settled as soon as this month. NFL owners are scheduled to meet March 23-26 in Orlando, Fla.
Kolten Yamaguchi, Konawaena '11: The Pepperdine catcher started both losses against Hawaii last week, going 2-for-7 at the plate. • Ivan Dilda, Mid-Pacific '12: The Pepperdine reliever struck out two in 11/3 shutout innings of a 6-1 loss to Hawaii on Friday.
The Western Water Polo Association named UC San Diego goalkeeper Courtney Miller as its player of the week last Thursday. Miller, a 2012 Punahou alumna, led the Tritons to an upset of Hawaii at the UCI Invitational, finishing with 63 saves in four matches.
University of Hawaii opposite attacker Brook Sedore collected 46 kills over the weekend. On Monday, he collected the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's player of the week award. Sedore had 24 kills in a four-set victory on Friday night and 22 in the five-set rematch.
Hawaii senior Christian Standhardinger, a font of boundless energy, must take his hoops breaks on the mental side. After reaching the 1,000-point career plateau, a few days of recuperation were most welcome by the captain.
Spring is the season of stopwatches and radar guns around high school baseball fields as professional scouts take stock of this year's local prospects. Many have made their way to the Big Island to get a look at Kodi Medeiros.
DePaul of the Big East Conference and Loyola Marymount of the West Coast Conference are the seventh and eighth teams that will participate in Hawaii's nationally televised college basketball holiday tournament, DHC executive director David Matlin confirmed.
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LaChae McColor, Moanalua senior guard, scored 15 points, including a go-ahead 3-point shot, to lead the public-school squad over the private-school team 59-55 on Sunday in the inaugural Geremy Robinson Senior Basketball Classic.
Hawaii coach Mike Trapasso played it safe on Saturday, resting junior pitcher Jarrett Arakawa. Pepperdine took full advantage, roughing up junior Eric Gleese for five runs in three innings to earn a series split with a 7-3 victory in front of a sold-out Les Murakami Stadium crowd of 3,161.
A year after finishing second in the state, the Kamehameha Warriors were collectively poised to take the next step on Saturday. They finished off their ascent with five individual titles while capturing the school's first girls team crown.
It's not like the Farrington Governors have a personal distaste for anything to do with the ILH. But just one week after falling to 'Iolani 43-40 in the final of the state championships, none of the Govs is feeling much better. In fact, they're still a bit bitter.
Pearl City's victory, a first-period pin of Punahou's Christian Agmata, gave the Chargers the lead for good as they outpointed Lahainaluna for the boys team title at the Chevron/ HHSAA State Wrestling Championships.
Wearing Hawaii's new home uniform, opposite attacker Brook Sedore was dressed to kill on Friday night. Sedore tied a career high with 24 kills in the 11th-ranked Rainbow Warriors' 25-23, 26-24, 25-27, 25-22 volleyball upset of No. 3 UCLA in the Stan Sheriff Center.
Nothing could distract the Leilehua boys wrestling team from its mission on the first day of the Chevron/HHSAA Wrestling Championships on Friday. With only six wrestlers competing, the Mules walked into the Blaisdell Arena with virtually no shot at their first team title since 1995.
The NCAA notified the University of Hawaii that it has granted the school's athletic program full certification after a two-year wait for the completion of key portions of the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Complex on campus.
LONG BEACH, Calif. » For the second time in 13 months, a late shot foiled Hawaii's hopes of victory at Long Beach State. Travis Hammonds made a 3-point basket with 8.1 seconds remaining to give the 49ers a 63-61 victory over the Rainbow Warriors in Big West Conference play on Thursday night in front of 3,663 at the Walter Pyramid.
For the second night in a row, both Pepperdine and Hawaii played flawless defense and got dominant outings from their starting pitchers. This time, the Waves got the timely hit that never came in Game 1.
In volleyball, middle school can be a challenging learning time. "Blocking is a hard skill," Hawaii coach Charlie Wade said of a middle's primary responsibility. "That's one skill you can do really well, but it doesn't count if the (blocked ball) goes out of bounds."
In Shawna Kuehu's own words, it was about time. The Hawaii senior wing scored 14 straight points for the Rainbow Wahine over a six-minute span in the second half as part of a career-best 28-point night, and UH fended off Long Beach State 82-71 on Thursday at the Stan Sheriff Center.
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The NCAA notified the University of Hawaii that it has granted the school's athletic program full certification after a two-year wait for the completion of key portions of the Clarence T. C. Ching Athletic Complex on campus.
Two simple ideas fuel Hawaii Junior Golf Day, which celebrates its third anniversary March 22 on all the major islands. First, golf numbers are down and that includes kids, despite all the success Hawaii has had this millennium.
Symbolism can be found in Hawaii volleyball player Iain McKellar's Styrofoam container. "Barbecue chicken, rice and mochi," said McKellar, who was raised in England, of his preferred choices. "I really like the food here."
It's no longer impossible to beat Long Beach State on the 49ers' home court merely very difficult. The Beach may not possess the same aura of invincibility in the Walter Pyramid in 2014 as its Big West regular-season title runs of the past three years
Several signs point to the University of Hawaii renewing its athletic pay-per-view and television broadcast agreement with Oceanic Time Warner Cable shortly. The deal is expected to be multiyear and in excess of the $2.3 million UH is currently guaranteed per year.
The number of Division I California schools Mike Trapasso has never faced as Hawaii's head coach is about to become one. The Rainbow Warriors take a four-game winning streak into their series against Pepperdine (6-1) starting Wednesday night, marking the first time the Rainbow Warriors and Waves have played since 2000.
The clock is running down on the 2013-14 college basketball season, but there's still a little time for teams to make a push going into March. For Hawaii, that means shooting for an upset road victory at Long Beach State on Thursday.
Assistant coach Brandyn Akana was absent when the Hawaii men's basketball team took its annual picture Monday and multiple sources say he is not expected back for the remainder of the 2013-14 regular season.
The HHSAA's seeding meeting convened at ‘Iolani's swank new Sullivan Center on Sunday afternoon, pitting wrestlers' credentials against each other to draw up the perfect bracket. The goal is to protect the top seeds while avoiding early rematches from league championships.
Despite a lot of clamor for installation of a shot clock in boys basketball, the HHSAA says it is in no position to make that move. For the process to begin, a proposal at the annual athletic directors conference in June would have to be passed, then approved by the HHSAA executive board.
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With Marcus Doi out with a groin injury, Kalei Hanawahine again seized the moment hitting leadoff for Hawaii, finishing 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored as Hawaii handled Albany 12-6 on Sunday to treat a Les Murakami Stadium crowd of 1,440 to its first four-game sweep since 2011.
Rainbow Wahine freshman Heather Morales rebounded from a rough appearance on Saturday by tossing her third shutout of the season in UH's 6-0 victory in the third-place game of the Bank of Hawaii Invitational at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
It was deja vu for Ben Player while winning the men's APB Pipe Pro bodyboarding contest for the second year in a row on Sunday at Ehukai Beach. The Australian from Avalon Beach was shredding the 4- to 8-foot surf with knife-like precision.
For a year, Evaldas Vegertas dribbled his basketball around the Hawaii Preparatory Academy campus. It was the least that the 6-foot-7 forward could do after suffering an ACL tear to his right knee as a junior.
Sweet and slow, nice and boring and simply champions. The top-seeded Iolani Raiders grabbed a lead, milked the clock and earned themselves a Division I state championship by squeezing the hopes out of second-seeded Farrington in a 43-40 victory in the final of the Hawaiian Airlines/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships.
Two Hawaii bigs were better than one Corey Hawkins. Forwards Christian Standhardinger and Isaac Fotu combined for 47 points and 22 rebounds and the Rainbow Warriors overcame another monster game by the UC Davis guard 29 points in an 86-77 victory over the Aggies on Saturday night.
It was ugly, but to Mike Trapasso, looks aren't everything. "That was a character win for us," the Hawaii baseball coach said. Hawaii spotted Albany six runs before even coming to bat, yet found a way to battle back for a 9-7 win on Saturday at Les Murakami Stadium.
Winning the boys OIA wrestling title wasn't enough for Campbell last year, so the Sabers went for the sweep this time. Campbell's boys scored 214 points to beat Pearl City by 28 points to defend its championship and the girls from Ewa beat McKinley by seven for their first OIA team championship at Leilehua on Saturday.
Was a road sweep minus Hawaii's best player too much to ask for? Not to Rainbow Wahine coach Laura Beeman, who expressed disappointment when her Kamilah Jackson-less team came up short in a 56-52 decision at UC Davis' Pavilion in an early afternoon game on Saturday in California.
North Carolina jumped ahead of Hawaii early in a blowout win in the Tar Heels' first meeting with the Rainbow Wahine on Saturday. They then pulled away late in the rematch to earn a spot in the Bank of Hawaii Invitational championship game while sending the Rainbow Wahine to their third straight loss.
The Hawaii volleyball team received its new uniforms, but not better fortune in a three-set road loss to USC in the Galen Center on Saturday night. The 25-22, 25-20, 25-18 victory was the Trojans' second over the Rainbow Warriors in three nights. Hawaii, which had won four in a row entering this series, fell to 9-6 overall and 7-5 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
In "Hoosiers," coach Norman Dale demonstrates to his team that the basketball court dimensions of the Indiana state championship venue, Hinkle Fieldhouse, are identical to those of their much smaller gym back at Hickory High.
In dreamy 6- to 8-foot surf, Spencer Skipper posted the highest score of the IBA Hawaii Pipeline Pro bodyboard event in his Round 5 heat with a 9.7 for one particularly heavy tube ride followed by a massive air on the inside. It was met with cheers from the crowd on the beach.
It's been more than 40 years in the works, but the Farrington Governors are back in the Division I state championship. Isaiah Smith made sure of that, scoring eight points in the final 1:24 as second-seeded Farrington outlasted Maryknoll 63-57 in the semifinals of the Hawaiian Airlines/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships.
The top-seeded Raiders dismantled underdog Campbell's title dreams with a 56-33 rout of the Sabers in the semifinal round of the Hawaiian Airlines/HHSAA Division I Boys Basketball State Championships at Neal Blaisdell Arena.
Hawaii Prep beat Seabury Hall 58-35 in the Division II semifinals of the Hawaiian Airlines/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships at Kalani on Friday night. Ka Makani had lost in the previous two semifinals, to Kailua last year and eventual champion Kalaheo the year before.
UC Irvine channeled the emotion and frustration of an overtime home loss to Hawaii last month, then knocked off the Rainbow Warriors in a crucial overtime game on UH's home court, 60-56 on Thursday night.
Maryknoll is more than a two-headed monster. The Spartans tasted a little bit of life without point guard Kaleb Gilmore in the fourth quarter but pulled out a 66-61 win over Baldwin in the Division I quarterfinals of the Hawaiian Airlines/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships at Jim Alegre Gymnasium on Thursday night.
Wyatt Tau is enjoying the way his team keeps surprising all doubters. The Campbell coach saw his team open a 17-point lead before holding on for a 58-53 win over fourth-seeded Konawaena in quarterfinal play of the Hawaiian Airlines/HHSAA Division I Boys Basketball State Championships.
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