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It came from the wings. UC Santa Barbara, lifted by stellar efforts from perimeter players Gabe Vincent and Michael Bryson, spoiled Hawaii's senior night by exploding for a 98-90 road victory at the Stan Sheriff Center on Wednesday.

University of Hawaii setter Jennings Franciskovic is a volleyball mixologist who can accommodate any request. Even with all the options, outside hitter Siki Zarkovic usually orders "the usual."

By Ewa Beach standards, it was a cold, drizzly and overcast day, but the Campbell baseball team and its fans got a dose of warmth and brightness from senior Ian Kahaloa.

Rain washed out the Hawaii softball team's opening game in the Outrigger Resorts Spring Fling Tournament on Wednesday.

Hawaii coach Mike Trapasso sets a goal every year for his pitching staff to walk fewer than 100 batters in a season. UH has never accomplished the feat, but has come close a few times, walking 132 in 2013 and 122 in 2012.

Thirty years ago, Hawaii and Arizona shared the inaugural Donnis Thompson Invitational championship. The Wildcats have gone on to win seven more, including last year, while the Rainbow Wahine have settled in among the mid-majors of women's golf.

When former Hawaii sand volleyball coach Scott Wong left to take the head indoor women's job at Pepperdine, he left the SandBows with a load of talent and an ambitious schedule for first-year coach Jeff Hall.

After going 8-2 in Big West matches the last two years, Rainbow Warrior senior Chas Okamoto looks to be picking up momentum heading toward conference play.

UH water polo makes home debut

Moanalua High juniors Kyosuke Hara and Shawn Lu put together seven birdies and an eagle in Saturday's opening round and held on Sunday to defend their Hawaii State Golf Association Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship at Ted Makalena Golf Course.

There's a lot at stake in this rare Wednesday night affair at the Stan Sheriff Center. Two players, Garrett Nevels and Brandon Jawato, will be honored during senior night ceremonies after Hawaii's home finale against UC Santa Barbara.

In the midst of the non-conference grind, Hawaii softball coach Bob Coolen can sense when to ease off the reins a bit. After completing a four-day tournament on Sunday, the Rainbow Wahine had two days to recharge before opening the Outrigger Resorts Spring Fling Tournament on Wednesday.

University of Hawaii football season-ticket prices will remain largely the same for the 2015 season, although the cost of some end-zone locations will change, officials said.

Target is opening two stores in Hawaii this week. A bigger target might be one traveling back to the mainland. The Rainbow Wahine leave Wednesday for their final regular-season road trip, their first one as Big West basketball champions.

The University of Hawaii said it has not ruled out self-imposing sanctions on its men's basketball team as it awaits the fallout from an NCAA investigation of the program.

It was a head-spinning struggle for the dynasty that is Punahou boys volleyball. After a clunky opening set, the visiting Buffanblu rallied for an 18-25, 25-11, 25-18 win over Maryknoll on Tuesday night at Clarence T.C. Ching Gymnasium.

Puget Sound senior Ashley Agcaoili was stuck in class when the NCAA Division III women's basketball tournament selection show was held on Monday. Fortunately, her professor was a basketball fan and was kind enough to let her follow along on her phone.

Mililani junior Zack Diamond went to the doctor on Monday to have his knee checked and was happy to find out he was cleared to wrestle. In all likelihood, his opponents aren't quite as thrilled.

Garrett Nevels closed out the postgame press conference of Hawaii's win last week over Long Beach State in signature Nevels style. The senior shooting guard was asked a question about UH's team leadership, and he was short and to the point.

Take a deep breath. The University of Hawaii football team will play 13 consecutive games without a bye this season, according to the 2015 schedule released by the school and the Mountain West Conference on Monday.

A little more than a decade after completing his University of Hawaii football-playing career, Abraham Elimimian was back on campus on Monday as a full-time assistant coach.

Hawaii Pacific and Brigham Young-Hawaii have both of their men's and women's basketball teams headed to this week's PacWest tournament in Irvine, Calif., with the HPU women going in as the conference champion and top seed.

Parking and rental rates at Aloha Stadium could go up as soon as this football season as the Aloha Stadium Authority considers new pricing structures.

He cradled it. He clutched it. He would not let it go. The HHSAA state championship trophy, in all its koa glory, looked right at home in the long arms of Kupaa Harrison.

Sarina Jaramillo went to the plate ready to unleash some frustration. "I had some anger in me," the Hawaii shortstop said of her at-bat in the bottom of the fourth inning of Sunday's game against San Jose State.

A series that started off so promising ended with a thud on Sunday. Hawaii allowed eight runs after the sixth inning as Pepperdine pounded UH pitching for the third time in four days to win 10-5 and take the series at Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu, Calif.

Nothing ever comes easy for Punahou's Joshua Crimmins. The Punahou wrestler was awarded the top seed for the Chevron/HHSAA state wrestling championships at 138 pounds, but might have the toughest draw in the bracket.

Clear the rafters a bit, they're going to need room for another banner above Pete Smith Court. The Kalaheo Mustangs used every bit of wit and skill, getting a near-flawless floor game from Kupaa Harrison in a point-forward role, and 30 points from marksman Kaleb Gilmore to stave off ‘Iolani 53-46 to capture the Division I state crown on Saturday night.

Mililani is back on top of the Hawaii soccer world. The Trojans tipped Kalani 1-0 on Saturday night in the Division I final of the Outrigger Resorts/HHSAA State Championships at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium.

Ulu Matagiese has taken her share of bruises at the plate in her first two seasons with the University of Hawaii softball team. The sophomore from Waimea High took a turn inflicting punishment in UH’s last two games.

Of the 28 OIA champions crowned Saturday night, it was the first time on the top step for 23 of them. They capped their evening with the biggest first-time OIA champion, heavyweight Tristan Ludiazo.

It was a swim-weights-shoot triathlon of a workout Saturday morning for the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine basketball team. And it was done with a new title: Big West champion.

This swan song was done with force. Kaiser, which will depart for Division I next season, got 24 points from Keoua Mahiko for a 49-45 win over Kalani to capture the Division II state championship on Saturday night at Stan Sheriff Center.

The outcome was never in doubt. Mid-Pacific scored four first-half goals on the way to a 7-1 victory over Kamehameha-Hawaii to repeat as Division II winners in the Outrigger Resorts/HHSAA Boys Soccer State Championships.

The start of Saturday night's volleyball match was delayed 35 minutes. Hawaii needed only 93 to finish off Long Beach State, 25-17, 27-25, 25-19, in the Walter Pyramid.

Kamehameha has spent the past few months of preseason and Interscholastic League of Honolulu wrestling action fine-tuning its grappling skills and aligning competitors to achieve the best possible team score.

After combining for 40 runs in the first two games of the series, Hawaii and Pepperdine ran into opposing pitchers who were on their game.

Heading into its opening week of competition, the No. 4 Hawaii sand volleyball team might have as many question marks as it does possible combinations for its pairs lineup.

How quickly the tables can turn. A day after Hawaii roughed up Pepperdine for a season-high 15 runs, the Waves bounced back to crush the Rainbow Warriors 16-1 on Friday, evening the four-game series at Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu, Calif.

Bob Coolen has seen the University of Hawaii softball team produce some prodigious home run numbers over the years. But two grand slams in an inning? That's a new one.

The University of Hawaii was scheduled to begin the interview phase of its search for a new athletic director Friday, according to a member of the search advisory committee.

The University of Hawaii solved Pyramid schemes for a 25-22, 24-26, 25-14, 25-22 road victory over Long Beach State on Friday night.

Go ahead, tell Kalani goalkeeper Michael Stafford he wasn't the man of the night. Stafford and the Falcons defeated ‘Iolani 1-0 in the Division I semifinals of the Ohana Resorts/HHSAA Boys Soccer State Championships on Friday night at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium.

Zach Gelacio swished a jump shot from the right corner with six seconds left, lifting 'Iolani to a 29-27 win over Campbell in the semifinals of the New City Nissan/HHSAA Boys Basketball Division I State Championships.

The Rainbow Wahine nearly threw away a chance to clinch the Big West regular season basketball title. But Hawaii's resolve protected a slim lead and its defense prevented a potential game-winning basket as UH beat the 49ers 47-46 to clinch the Big West title on Thursday night at the Walter Pyramid.

Hawaii proved itself more than ready to snap out of a two-game slide. The Rainbow Warriors pounced on slumping Long Beach State 78-59 with big nights from four players and evened their Big West record at 7-7 as the conference tournament looms.

Sticking perfectly with their on-again, off-again script, the OIA champs are done. The executioners, the unseeded Campbell Sabers, started strong and fought off second-seeded Farrington 51-45 in the Division I quarterfinals of the New City Nissan/HHSAA Boys Basketball Championships on Thursday night at McKinley.

This week, the University of Hawaii volleyball team moved practice from the afternoon to the evening to accommodate two players' class schedules.

Hawaii went on the offensive in its first road game of the season. Jordan Richartz hit two of UH's three home runs and drove in a career-high five as the Rainbow Warriors pounded Pepperdine 15-8 to open a four-game series at Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu, Calif.

It took just four pitches for Hawaii to record its first two outs in Thursday's matchup against California. The Rainbow Wahine would stay on the field for 33 more before heading into the dugout.

This time, it wasn't quite so close. When they last met, Kalaheo needed a buzzer-beating putback by Alec MacLeod to edge Punahou in the final of the Punahou Invitational two months ago.

The Honokaa Dragons outscored Kailua 5-3 in penalty kicks to defeat the Surfriders 3-2 in the quarterfinals of the Outrigger Resorts/HHSAA Boys Soccer State Championships at Waipio Soccer Park.

The "what if" game is an excruciating one to play for the Hawaii baseball team. The Rainbow Warriors are 4-5 heading into their first road trip of the season that starts Thursday in Malibu, Calif., against Pepperdine (4-4).

Lamart Dudley had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and David Marrero blocked seven shots as Campbell pulled away for a 42-34 win over Kamehameha-Hawaii in the opening round of the New City Nissan/HHSAA Division I Boys Basketball State Championships.

Kanani Aina Cabrales had multiple reasons for relocating clear across the country to continue her college career. The University of Hawaii softball team, in turn, added a dual-purpose pitcher to the roster.

Wendell Kop's "drugs" of choice are golf, skiing, yoga and walking. He has dabbled in running — finishing three marathons — and swimming, making it to the finish line of the 1981 Waikiki Roughwater.

The University of Hawaii is hoping that a $1.2 million gift by an anonymous fan will inspire others to contribute to the financially-challenged athletic department.

Hawaii has some unfinished business with Long Beach State. The Rainbow Warriors will look to avenge one of their five Big West road losses on "Harry Potter Night" Thursday at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Fire and intensity for four quarters is what Kaleb Gilmore is looking for from his Kalaheo Mustangs when they play ILH champion Punahou on Thursday night.

Standing at the edge of the board, there's a moment when a diver is alone with his or her thoughts. That is, until thought is dismissed as well.

Early in her sophomore season, Sarina Jaramillo has provided a steady hand at the plate and in the field for the Rainbow Wahine softball team.

After a theft held her back from the Rainbow Wahine track and field team's last trip, senior Zhane Santiago is set to return to Seattle for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championship.

Kono shoots to fourth at Gateway Classic • Hawaii Junior Golf Day is March 21 statewide

Kalei Contrades' transition from a utility player to No. 1 starter is complete. The San Jose State senior started opening night this season and has taken over the role of staff ace for the Spartans, who kick off Mountain West Conference play this weekend at San Diego State.

UH's leading scorer and rebounder is ready to put some recent struggles behind him as his team hits the stretch drive of the season. When the hyper-athletic Valdes is having fun on the court, it tends to be infectious.

A victory at Long Beach State would not only extend Hawaii's winning streak to 12, it would clinch at least a tie for the Big West crown with next week's two games remaining. Should second-place UC Davis lose against visiting Cal Poly, the Rainbow Wahine would secure the title outright.

Former University of Hawaii defensive tackle Lance Samuseva has emerged as a leading candidate to join the Rainbow Warriors' coaching staff. There still is a lengthy vetting process, including an extensive background check, before any move can be finalized.

On Thursday night, the Governors shocked the world -- again. Their 48-44 win over No. 2 Kahuku capped an OIA season that was, in the words of stout and steady senior forward Bryce Tatupu-Leopoldo, "a roller coaster."

Hawaii's walking wounded are closing in on a return to action. Three rotation players — forwards Aaron Valdes and Mike Thomas and guard Isaac Fleming — were out for UH's 74-67 loss at UC Davis on Saturday.

It was already a given that Hawaii's opening week in sand volleyball was going to be a challenging one with defending national champion and preseason No. 1 Pepperdine coming to play at Queen's Beach.

University of Hawaii volleyball player Kolby Kanetake was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation/Molten player of the week on Monday, the first time a UH libero has won the award.

It was business when setter Alex Jones was cut from the Cal State Northridge volleyball team at the end of the 2014 season. It was personal when Jones came off the sideline to lead Hawaii to a victory over CSUN in the Stan Sheriff Center on Sunday.

After being stifled again by Central Florida's pitching staff, the University of Hawaii softball team bounced back Sunday afternoon to close the Bank of Hawaii Invitational with its second win over UTEP.

As expected, ILH champion Punahou is the top seed for the New City Nissan/HHSAA Boys Basketball Division I State Championships. Punahou is in the same bracket with Konawaena, which was seeded fourth after defeating Kamehameha-Hawaii on Saturday night to capture the BIIF D-I title.

It wasn't the kind of history the University of Hawaii envisioned when it announced the hiring of Gib Arnold, but his contentious departure now has the possibility of becoming the most expensive exit in the school's athletic annals.

Lena Hayakawa passed up on personal records and in return got the biggest prize. Hayakawa, a versatile and talented swimmer on a small Mid-Pacific team, let her teammates choose what events they wanted to compete in this season.

'Iolani capitalized on the limited opportunities. Spencer Ho scored in the 98th minute to lead top-seeded and defending champion 'Iolani to a 1-0 double-overtime win over host Kapolei in Saturday's quarterfinals of the Outrigger Resorts/HHSAA Division I Boys State Soccer Championships.

While others were focused on getting good times, the Punahou boys swimming and diving team just focused on having a good time. "This year is so different," Punahou's Sam Sutherland said.

Forgive Teshya Alo for not sticking around to enjoy the aftermath of victory with her teammates. Not long after Kamehameha defeated Pac-Five 42-18 in the final of the ILH dual-meet championships at ‘Iolani School gym, the Kamehameha wrestler was gone.

With two first-half goals, Marlie Mandaguit supplied the needed ingredients to bring Hawaii Prep a championship for the second year in a row. Ka Makani trailed Mid-Pacific by a goal early, but stormed back with an aggressive attack late in the first half.

In honor of Hawaii volleyball player Kolby Kanetake, there are speciality T-shirts featuring logos that glow when photographed using a flash. It is fitting for a libero who has been an illuminating figure on the court this season.

One bad bounce decided what was perhaps the best display of girls soccer the state has seen. A packed house at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium watched Mililani edge ‘Iolani 1-0 in the 97th minute for the Division I title in the Ohana Resorts/HHSAA Girls Soccer State Championships.

Rebounds win games. Defense wins championships. Hawaii's mantra held true Saturday night as the Rainbow Wahine basketball team continued on the road to its first conference title since the 1993-94 campaign.

After being shut out by one nationally ranked team, the University of Hawaii softball team couldn't contain the power of another in dropping both ends of a doubleheader in the Bank of Hawaii Invitational on Saturday.

Shaun Apiki scored 23 points and the Damien Monarchs earned the ILH's second slot in the HHSAA Boys Division II Tournament with a 69-52 victory over the Hanalani Royals in a single-elimination play-in game Saturday at Damien.

Kaeo Aliviado said he let his team down on Friday. Saturday, he carried them to a series win. Aliviado became the first UH player to homer in three consecutive games since Jeff Van Doornum in 2010, connecting twice against Hofstra in a doubleheader sweep at Les Murakami Stadium.

The ball was right there. Negus Webster-Chan was chasing after it in the final minute on Saturday, Hawaii down but not quite out yet in its game at Big West Conference front-runner UC Davis. But in swooped Darius Graham.

When deposed Hawaii basketball coach Gib Arnold filed a grievance against the University of Hawaii earlier this month, there was surprise that he was represented by the Hawaii Government Employees Association.

The Hawaii volleyball team emptied the playbook and played to exhaustion to outlast Cal State Northridge 25-21, 25-12, 28-30, 30-28 at the Stan Sheriff Center on Friday night.

The pile of emails from Hawaii fans was split about evenly. Some of the feedback addressed to UC Davis coach Jim Les was critical of his call to lead his team off the Stan Sheriff Center floor without shaking hands after UH's 84-76 win over the Aggies on Jan. 22.

For the second time in three days, it was too little too late. Hawaii came back from five down in the bottom of the ninth inning to put the tying run on third base before Brendan Mulligan struck out Kaeo Aliviado to clinch Hofstra's 6-5 win over the Rainbow Warriors.

Held to four hits over six innings, the University of Hawaii softball team didn't need a fifth to scratch out a game-winning rally on Friday. The Rainbow Wahine trailed UTEP going into their final turn at-bat and tied the Miners on Lindsey Willmon's bases-loaded sacrifice fly.

Fear the Beard? More like Embrace the Face. As the basketball winning streak has grown, so has the facial hair on Rainbow Wahine basketball assistant Alex Delanian.

The Punahou Buffanblu charged ahead, nearly gave up a 13-point lead and hung on for a 48-46 win over 'Iolani to capture the ILH boys basketball championship on Friday night.

Kamehameha's Kanoa Kaleoaloha is primed to steal the show at Saturday's OC16/HHSAA State Swimming and Diving championships at Central Oahu Regional Park.

A Kahuku football team is making a run through the postseason, but not the one that's usually discussed. The Red Raiders boys soccer team continued its surprising run through the postseason by winning its state tournament opener.

Kristen Hori was in the right place at the right time twice and she didn't disappoint her teammates by putting away two goals in 'Iolani's 2-1 comeback victory over Campbell on Friday night.

Tyler Brashears went out and did what an ace is supposed to do. The junior right-hander settled Hawaii down after a rough loss on Wednesday with seven solid innings and the Rainbow Warriors used a four-spot in the first inning to break out early in a 7-4 victory over Hofstra on Thursday night at Les Murakami Stadium.

Hanging 10 came with a price Thursday night. Hawaii ran its winning streak to 10 when pulling away from UC Irvine 75-37 in a Big West women's basketball game in front of 987 at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Stefan Jankovic's best collegiate performance failed to prevent Hawaii's second-half collapse Thursday night. Jankovic established career highs of 18 points and 15 rebounds but the Rainbow Warriors allowed UC Irvine to rally for a 75-60 victory in front of 1,810 at the Bren Events Center.

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