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The Rainbow Warriors depart Tuesday morning for Irvine, Calif., in advance of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament's semifinal match against Pepperdine on Thursday.

Kawika Lam's praiseworthy streak continues. Simply put, the Punahou senior tennis player doesn't lose to Hawaii competition, and that type of dominance is certainly good news for the University of Washington, where he will play tennis.

University of Hawaii officials were said to be meeting with men's basketball coach Eran Ganot on Monday as the deadline drew near for the school to respond to NCAA allegations against the men's basketball program.

Inner fire spurs Aaron Novoa. "Ice" motivates Kainoa McDonald. Both are friends and competitors for the University of Hawaii football team's place-kicking job. Tyler Hadden completed his UH eligibility in December.

The Rainbow Wahine volleyball slate appears to trump that of the Rainbow Warriors'. While football has Ohio State, Wisconsin and Boise State on the road during the first five weeks of the season, volleyball is on the road for all but one match in November.

A day after capturing the Big West title, the University of Hawaii water polo team was paired with USC in a first-round match at the NCAA championship on May 8 at Stanford, Calif.

It doesn't take a math major to solve this problem. The chances of winning a Big West baseball series scoring one run in three games is, well, zero.

Caity Lopes da Silva held the ball for nearly 10 anxiety-building seconds, searching for an opening. When she found it, the Hawaii senior released her final shot in Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex and delivered a championship for the Rainbow Wahine.

Player comments from longtime NFL scout, via interview with Star-Advertiser’s Curtis Murayama

For the ever self-effacing, aw-shucks Marcus Mariota, who has gone to great lengths to eschew drama and limelight, Thursday's opening of the NFL Draft is one huge spotlight he can't stiff-arm.

Picture grit. It was the image of the University of Hawaii volleyball team’s 25-19, 26-24, 27-25 victory over Long Beach State in Saturday’s quarterfinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation playoffs.

Tyler Brashears brought a little extra to the mound a night after watching the top collegiate pitching prospect in the country.

Could the 50th State produce two of the first 50 picks in this week's NFL Draft? Draft analysts say it is a possibility with former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota projected to go in the first round Thursday and ex-Washington defensive lineman Hau‘oli Kikaha forecast to go in the second round Friday of the three-day, seven-round draft.

In the made-for-TV final of the inaugural Aloha Invitational, No. 6 Long Beach State edged No. 2 Hawaii for the gold medal 5-4, thanks to the 49ers' lone win -- that at the No. 1 flight -- being worth 5 points.

When two leads evaporated on Saturday, Hawaii's already tenuous hopes of catching the leaders in the Big West softball race likely went with them.

Tryzen Patricio's opposite-field double in the bottom of the sixth inning brought home the tying and go-ahead runs as Campbell rallied past Mililani 4-3 on Saturday night to capture the OIA Red baseball championship.

When word got out Kaiser's girls broke the 4x400-meter relay record at the Punahou Relays, they jumped, screamed and hugged each other. It was another achievement for the Cougars, who are turning in faster times week after week.

Andre Ilagan of Farrington takes care of the winning. His coaches and family take care of everything else.

In a lineup loaded with seasoned seniors, Jarred Uyeda is always more than happy to help out. The junior southpaw pitched six innings of four-hit ball and Aiea hung on for a 6-5 win over Kapolei to capture the OIA White baseball championship on Saturday afternoon.

The Kapolei boys judo team made its league's individual championships a team affair on Saturday night.

Cal State Northridge had another five seconds to hurt the Rainbow Wahine water polo team at the buzzer again.

Dillon Tate wasn't just as good as advertised. He was even better. Rated the top collegiate pitching prospect in the country, the UC Santa Barbara right-hander showed that form Friday night at Les Murakami Stadium, tossing seven hitless innings in the eighth-ranked Gauchos' 5-0 shutout of Hawaii.

In a spring fling in front of family and close friends, the University of Hawaii football team road-tested its new schemes at Aloha Stadium.

Urgency and accuracy were on display in equal measure as Kamehameha seized a third straight Interscholastic League of Honolulu regular-season softball title.

It does not take a bracketology background to figure out the Hawaii volleyball team's postseason goal. "Win," UH coach Charlie Wade said, "and advance."

The Rainbow Wahine water polo team lost the lead, momentum and its starting goalkeeper in the third period.

The imposing freshman faced the crafty southpaw with a spot in the OIA final on the line. Mililani lefty Koa Eastlack came through, spinning a three-hitter as the Trojans blanked Kailua 7-0 on Friday afternoon at Patsy Mink Central Oahu Regional Park.

Kaimana Bartolome didn't waver when asked if he was nervous pitching with the bases loaded and the game on the line Friday.

Needing to start a late-season run, the University of Hawaii softball team managed to stifle UC Santa Barbara's seventh-inning rally in a 3-2 series-opening win on Friday at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.

He stands 6 feet tall and weighs 190 pounds dripping wet. His bench press, which he hasn't attempted in years, topped out at 10 reps of 185 pounds.

Joey Cantillo couldn't get his groove going, he says. The tall southpaw gave up a first-inning home run, but mixed his fastball and slider enough to finish with a five-hitter as Kailua rallied past Leilehua 5-2 on Thursday afternoon at the Surfriders' field.

Kamehameha's Spencer Dunaway knew he was tied with the clubhouse leader going to the 18th tee. After a nice drive and a 59-yard flip wedge to 4 feet, Dunaway nervously stood over his birdie attempt.

Staring at a sizable deficit late in the match, Kahuku focused on siding out and improving its communication.

By skipping a step, Lindsey Willmon took a lengthy stride toward earning a conference honor. Willmon simplified her mechanics in the batter's box going into the Hawaii softball team's series at Cal Poly last week.

University of Hawaii volleyball player Scott Hartley is in a personal arm's race. He has tried rest, and he has worked out with 5-pound weights to strengthen the deltoid muscle and rotator cuff in his sore right arm.

There is no hiding in sand volleyball. The indoor game has become so specialized that some front-row players never see the back row and hold their breaths if they need to set an off-ball.

Maureen Cole hasn't enjoyed many opportunities to breathe easy during the Big West water polo season.

As a player, Adam Jacobsen knew the Big West Conference inside and out. Now he gets a chance to prove his worth there as a coach. Jacobsen, a 13-year assistant at Pacific, is the first staff hire of new Hawaii men's basketball coach Eran Ganot, sources say.

When the University of Hawaii football team made a grayshirt offer last year, linebacker Dayton Furuta's initial reaction was: Huh? "Grayshirt?" Furuta recalled. "I didn't really understand what a grayshirt was."

UC Santa Barbara is first in the Big West in hitting, first in pitching and first in defense. Its starter on Friday night? He's a first, too. The potential first overall pick in June's MLB Draft.

Moments after Kalani's OIA playoff win on Wednesday, Falcons coach Shannon Hirai was on the phone arranging transportation for a Thursday afternoon trek to Ewa Beach.

Roosevelt's senior class wants to finish the season with a state tournament berth. The Rough Riders inched closer to their goal after a 25-8, 25-22, 15-25, 29-27 win over Kapolei in Wednesday's first round of the OIA boys volleyball playoffs at Waipahu.

Watch out for the freshmen. They ruled the day in doubles Wednesday in the ILH/Clay Benham Postseason Tennis Tournament.

Saturday's phenomenal finish to the Lotte Championship at Ko Olina was just the latest in Hawaii's long and improbable LPGA history.

The reminder is posted in bold white letters on a poolside chalkboard. Attitudes are contagious." Whether for practice or a game, when Chloe Barr enters the water with her University of Hawaii teammates her intensity has a way of catching on through the lineup.

Raquel Ek's best three days of her college career helped the Rainbow Wahine golf team post its highest finish in a conference tournament since 2010.

There is more to the inaugural Aloha Invitational than the use of the word “aloha” in the name of this week’s collegiate sand tournament at Queen’s Beach.

Before they could run, four University of Hawaii football players had to endure intensive physical therapy, electrical-stimulation treatments, yoga-like stretches, and exercises as painful as the initial injuries.

Hyundai moving back to Sunday • Hawaii's USGA teamqualifier at Leilehua • U.S. Open deadline fast approaching

Vavae Tata was welcomed as the new Kahuku football coach on Tuesday. In the morning, he was busy finishing off his paperwork with the Department of Education and being interviewed by reporters at the school.

As Marcus Mariota, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, readies himself for the NFL Draft, another elite collegiate athlete from Hawaii readies himself for life at the professional level.

The recruiting game is often one of chance, of luck, of timing. And also of scholarship availability. Sometimes the stars align to make it work months after it appeared it wouldn't. Such is the case with Natasha Burns.

As Hawaii volleyball fans have come to know, never leave postseason tournament decisions to a selection committee. This season's success by the SandBows left nothing open to discussion.

Kayelah Arakaki cries a lot. That's OK, because she laughs a lot, too. She's usually happy-go-lucky, but watch out. When it's crunch time, she is going to get the job done for her team or … well … she'll most certainly cry her eyes out.

Vavae Tata, a former All-State player at Saint Louis and an assistant at Vanderbilt University, will be named the new Kahuku football coach, according to sources close to the school.

Quintin Torres-Costa has emphatically locked down the closer role out of the bullpen. Now the challenge for the Hawaii baseball team is getting its set-up guys back on track.

Swirling winds, passing showers and sweet shave ice. There was a little bit of everything Sunday as No. 2 Hawaii sent its seniors off with three dual victories in the Outrigger Resorts Invitational duals tournament.

The world's No. 3-ranked player and winner of five major titles had plenty of chances to win this LPGA Tour event going away, but missed more makable birdie puts on the back nine than she cares to remember.

That last loud whoosh heard at Mid-Pacific Country Club on Sunday was a huge sigh of relief coming from Bradley Shigezawa when he had finally claimed the 57th Mid-Pacific Open championship.

Sei Young Kim exuded both joy and disbelief on a triumphant stroll to the green. She alternately shook her head and waved to the fans cheering her arrival, then paused a moment after peering into the cup.

Waianae's Max Holloway established himself as a legitimate world-title contender in the 145-pound division on Saturday night, dismantling Cub Swanson in a third-round submission victory at UFC on Fox 15 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

After the University of Hawaii softball team saw the first game of a Big West doubleheader at Cal Poly slip away in the late innings on Saturday, freshman Brittany Hitchcock helped the Rainbow Wahine secure the series win with a complete-game performance in the finale.

The haku lei and ki‘i trophies were the bonus. What Grand Canyon's Shannon Dugan and Kenzie Phelps left with on Saturday afternoon was what they needed to keep alive their hopes for an at-large berth in next month's AVCA Collegiate Sand Championships pairs tournament.

Can Hawaii's defense get a woo-woo? That's the sound defensive left end Luke Shawley hollers whenever he is chasing the quarterback, which is about every play in this spring's team drills.

In its last home series, Hawaii swept UC Davis with its hitting. Two weeks later, the Rainbow Warriors are on the verge of another sweep because of their pitching.

While the lead group held serve in the tough winds, the group just ahead of it struggled to keep up. Japan's Ai Miyazato, the 2012 Lotte Championship winner and former No. 1 in the world, drew a large crowd of spectators and the faithful stayed with her all the way through.

Michelle Wie and Morgan Pressel exited the 18th green together on this blustery Saturday afternoon all smiles despite disappointing performances by both in the final round of the Lotte Championship.

A week ago, a University of Hawaii volleyball player proposed to his girlfriend. On Saturday in Provo, Utah, the Rainbow Warriors missed a chance to earn a ring.

Missed opportunities for Kim • Solid finish for Gal • Choi spends day in contention • Lincicome still feels good and more

Sei Young Kim experienced victory early in her rookie season on the LPGA Tour. But a missed opportunity in her most recent tournament will provide much of her motivation when she tees off in the final round of the Lotte Championship on Saturday.

One franchise has already locked up both Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston. Nike, the world's largest shoe and apparel company, has signed the two Heisman Trophy winners, who could be the top two players selected in the upcoming NFL Draft, according to ESPN.com.

Adam Caporn is expected to be the first assistant named to University of Hawaii basketball coach Eran Ganot's staff.

At 4,500 feet above sea level, the University of Hawaii volleyball team's winning streak disappeared into thin air. Brigham Young had all the answers in a 27-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-17 victory in the Smith Fieldhouse.

Sticking to coach Bob Coolen's game plan entering the series, the University of Hawaii softball team went to the short game to build a lead and reliever Kanani Aina Cabrales protected it in a 3-2 win over Cal Poly on Friday in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Quintin Torres-Costa had better put an ice pack on his left arm real quick after every game he pitches. The sophomore left-hander is going to be pretty busy the rest of this season.

It has been five years since I.K. Kim won on the LPGA Tour. Her victory was followed by an exceptional act of kindness that is still memorable because it remains so rare.

With the August announcement that Lotte and the LPGA had reached an agreement to extend its sponsorship through 2017, Hawaii golf fans could rest assured Michelle Wie would play in her home state at least once a year for the foreseeable future.

With one swing of the bat, Punahou pitcher Noah Goss turned a would-be loss into a memorable come-from-behind victory at Ala Wai Community Park.

Up and down day for Wie • Pettersen withdraws • Kerr bounces back nicely and more

Sei Young Kim's work on reshaping her shots in the Ko Olina wind left the LPGA Tour rookie in fine shape going into the third round of the Lotte Championship.

Briefly listed among "options for program reduction," the men's volleyball team has proven to be one of the University of Hawaii's biggest winners on — and off — the court this year.

Nine weeks after beating Cole Miller, Max Holloway steps back into the octagon to fight on network television. The quick turnaround means trouble for opponent Cub Swanson based on Holloway's past.

The gallery doubled in size. The wind behaved most of the way. The putts were there for the taking and making.

It hasn't mattered what time zone — Hawaii or California — the mantra for the No. 2 SandBows has been: Wake up. Smile. Play. Win.

In moving to slot receiver on Thursday, University of Hawaii football player Pereese Joas is learning to counter-attack different defensive coverages. That should not be a problem for Joas, who was born with the adjustment gene.

Damien relied on hot-hitting Jayden Cabbab, who went 3-for-3 with a triple and three runs driven in, as the Monarchs defeated Hanalani 4-3 in the play-in game of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division II playoffs Thursday afternoon at Ala Wai Park.

Power has remained a staple of the Hawaii offense this season. Execution could be the more critical component when the Rainbow Wahine face Cal Poly this weekend.

For almost two sets, Kamehameha was in a third-time's-the-charm mode, but No. 1 Punahou roared back for a 20-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-15 win on Thursday night at Kekuhaupio Gymnasium.

The second-round leaderboard at the LPGA Lotte Championship was pretty much set after lunchtime at Ko Olina Golf Club.

Two areas that have generally been strengths for the Hawaii baseball team were liabilities last weekend. Pitching and defense were suspect against Cal Poly, contributing to three disappointing losses.

Pettersen closes strong • Woods misses cut • Lincicome makes a move • Song withdraws due to illness

Michelle Wie began her defense of the Lotte Championship title with a supportive hometown gallery following her around Ko Olina Golf Club through a steady round Wednesday afternoon.

If the University of Hawaii men's volleyball team wishes to win the regular-season title, it will need to succeed at the next level. The Warriors departed on Wednesday ahead of road matches against Brigham Young on Friday and Saturday nights. Smith Fieldhouse is 4,549 feet above sea level.

Tests of faith can be pop quizzes. For University of Hawaii quarterback Beau Reilly, it can come at age 8. His younger brother, Jett, was riding a child-sized four-wheeler when he lost control.

The first-round leaderboard of the LPGA Lotte Championship is a pretty good representation of the season-long Race to the CME Globe. Five of the 14 players within four shots of the lead are currently in the top 10 and eight are ranked in the top 30.

Sometimes it IS about the destination. The journeys that Sammie Brown and Hannah Rooks took to be where they are — as partners for the No. 2 Hawaii sand volleyball team — were as different as they were similar.

Hawaii's Michelle Wie shot a good-but-not-great 2-under 70 in the first round of last year's LPGA Lotte Championship, and wound up a celebrated winner at Ko Olina Golf Club three days later.

Makoa Mau has performed admirably throughout the Interscholastic League of Honolulu season while patrolling the outfield for Kamehameha, but all the while the junior still maintained an "itch" to pitch.

Miyazato off to good start • Kim returns as a pro • Chip-in finish for Creamer • Hurst withdraws due to injury • South Koreans own the leaderboard • Scoreboard • Tee times

It was, Ian Kahaloa says, not his best stuff. The Campbell Sabers are happy just the same. The senior right-hander fired a one-hitter as No. 3 Campbell blanked No. 9 Pearl City 4-0 on a hot, breezy afternoon at the Sabers' dusty home field.

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