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With the weight of Hawaii on her golf bag and the competitor who ran her down at Turtle Bay by her side, it was fitting Michelle Wie's first win on American soil was on her home course.

The Hawaii athletic department said it has heard the vocal concerns of its longtime football season-ticket holders and, as a result, will announce a new pricing structure for the 2014 season shortly.

Hawaii quarterback Ikaika Woolsey took a significant step in the quarterback competition and offensive lineman Ben Clarke might have found a permanent position at left tackle.

For two months, Hawaii defensive back Michael Martin was on a secret assignment. In February, coach Norm Chow told Martin he would receive a football scholarship beginning this summer.

Ryder Kuhns' two-out, opposite-field single brought pinch runner Anthony Lau home for the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Saint Louis rallied past 'Iolani 3-2 to capture the ILH regular-season baseball title.

Mililani senior Alyssa Tobita beat Kalani's Hina Goldsmith 6-0, 6-0 to win her fourth OIA girls individual tennis championship on Saturday at Central Oahu Regional Park.

The Kamehameha boys and Punahou girls brought the most noise at the Punahou Relays on Saturday at Alexander Field. The Warriors claimed five relay races and the Buffanblu girls took four. No other school won more than two.

Inbee Park walked off the 18th green saying she did everything she could to make a run at the LPGA Lotte Championship. The world's No. 1-ranked player shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday and nearly caught third-round leader Angela Stanford.

Angela Stanford was not about to make excuses when a subpar effort translated to an over-par final round at the 2014 LPGA Lotte Championship. Stanford shot 72-64-67-73—277 (12 under) and won $155,874 as the runner-up.

Wie pays homage to ferry Sewol • Kang manages only ace at tourney • Rookie Anderson gets big payday • Wie's win gives caddie pause

Se Ri Pak is showing no signs of slowing down after recording her third straight top-10 of the season at the LPGA Lotte Championship on Saturday at Ko Olina Golf Club.

An eight-game losing streak and an 0-12 mark at Matador Field all-time might cause a team to try something different. The Hawaii baseball team's approach: Call a team meeting two hours before Saturday's series finale with Cal State Northridge.

UH's Big West skid reached seven games as Cal Poly claimed both ends of a doubleheader on "Power in Pink" day at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium and completed a series sweep.

Angela Stanford didn't let that phenomenal Thursday round go to her head. So often after a professionals shoot extremely low, they follow it with a ho-hum 18 that drops them straight down the leaderboard.

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. » Almost one year ago to the day, the Hawaii baseball team came up against Cal State Northridge pitcher Jerry Keel and came up empty.

Mikah Takashige's late RBI single brought in Jonah Paas with the winning run as the Leilehua Mules edged the visiting Waipahu Marauders 6-5 in an OIA Red West baseball game on Friday night.

Cal Poly accepted what Hawaii provided and ended up giving the Rainbow Wahine softball team its fifth straight loss Friday night.

For the sixth straight year, the ILH boys golf champion will not win the state tournament. But this time there is a better reason for it than a bad day on the links.

Kerr finishes strong with par at last • Inbee Park fails to close the gap • Stanford's folks celebrate anniversary • Kim's goal: top 10 finish; win would be bonus • Granada matches Stanford with 67

The No. 3-ranked University of Hawaii sand volleyball team put itself in position for its first team appearance in the national championship by sweeping three dual matches at the Big West Challenge in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Friday.

With leader Angela Stanford pulling away from the pack, a rookie looking for her first top-10 on tour kept pace. North Dakota's Amy Anderson got hot with the putter, rolling in five birdies for a 4-under 68 to sit in a tie for fifth place heading into Saturday's final 18 holes of the LPGA Lotte Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club.

Michelle Wie took a detour on her way to the Ko Olina Golf Club media tent for post-round interviews. Wie, dissatisfied with her 2-under 70 in Friday's third round of the LPGA Lotte Championship, tried to get past some missed birdie opportunities and a bogey on 18 by smoothing things out at the putting green.

Michelle Wie has emphasized staying in the moment over the first two rounds of the LPGA Lotte Championship. For Angela Stanford, maintaining a similar mind-set was a necessity during her tour of Ko Olina Golf Club on Thursday morning.

Michelle Wie shot a 5-under 67, her best round in the three years of the LPGA Lotte Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club, placing her at 7 under and a shot behind leader Angela Stanford entering the weekend.

When Bob Coolen first watched Leisha Li‘ili‘i's swing, he knew exactly what he needed to do. Leave it alone. The University of Hawaii softball coach knows better than to mess with a sweet swing.

Lauren Taunu'u hit a double, triple and a grand slam to lead the Waianae Seariders past host Leilehua 10-1 in an OIA Red West softball game on Thursday.

These are indeed brighter days for Hawaii running back Faga Wily. He is relatively healthy. He is participating again in the Rainbow Warriors' spring practices. And Easter Sunday is the due date for he and his wife's first child.

All-State offensive lineman Jordan Agasiva of Mililani High has made an oral commitment to play for the University of Hawaii football team in 2015. He is the first Hawaii prospect to accept a 2015 offer from the Rainbow Warriors.

The Ultimate Fundraiser bills itself as a one-stop A-to-Z shop for all things fundraising. No up-front costs, no minimum sales requirements and no penalties or fees for unsold and returned items.

There's no rest for Na Menehune of Moanalua, who got another balanced attack for a 25-18, 25-12, 25-17 sweep of previously unbeaten Leilehua on Thursday night in the OIA Red boys volleyball playoffs.

The LPGA Lotte Championship is only halfway through its windblown third appearance at Ko Olina Golf Club, but Thursday's surge by Angela Stanford and Michelle Wie brought back rollicking memories of the 2009 SBS Open in Hawaii.

At least four Hawaii football games will be picked up by the Mountain West's national television partners this season, the conference announced Thursday.

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. » What was supposed to be the start of the easy part of the schedule turned into the Hawaii baseball team's most disappointing effort of the season. At least, that's what coach Mike Trapasso called it — several times.

Hawaii middle blocker Taylor Averill was named to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's all-conference men's volleyball team on Thursday, and four players who prepped in Hawaii also were honored.

The University of Hawaii will debut an "H-Zone" logo wear store at Ward Centre on July 1 following unanimous approval of a three-year term sheet Thursday by the system's Board of Regents.

Pirtle into bowling hall of fame • Lenny wins SUP all-star event • Kaichi dominates table tennis event • Entries open for Jennie K. tournament

Wie a bit busy • Kim visits juniors • New champ on the way • Kerr finds her balance • Gulbis withdraws

'Iolani is not going to beat itself up over mistakes any more. It prefers to punish opponents when things don't go right.

Michelle Wie is off to her most consistent start in an LPGA season since turning pro nine years ago. It was more of the same during Wednesday's first round of the LPGA Lotte Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club for the Punahou alumna, who fired a 2-under 70 to sit tied for fifth place.

The winds whipping the flags on the course and the South Korean banners bunched atop the leaderboard headlined Wednesday's opening round of the LPGA Lotte Championship.

Hawaii welcomed the LPGA back -- and Michelle Wie home -- with big blasts of wind in Wednesday's opening round of the LPGA Lotte Championship.

Now that the University of Hawaii athletic department is poised to take control of sales of its logo wear on campus and at Ward Centre, some regents say the department should also move to gain the rights at Aloha Stadium.

Five games under .500, the Hawaii baseball team's RPI of 51 gives them a lot to play for despite a 2-7 start in the Big West. The reason? A schedule that ranks as the second toughest in the country, according to WarrenNolan.com.

Hawaii basketball coach Gib Arnold offered confirmation on two fronts Wednesday. In a UH press release, he first recognized the official signing of Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College guard Roderick Bobbitt on the first day of the spring signing period.

Kawika Lam wants victory badly enough. The Punahou junior made that abundantly clear on Wednesday with a 6-4, 6-3 sweep of Hawaii Baptist junior Jeffrey Liang in the boys singles final of the Clay Benham/ILH Tennis Championships at Patsy Mink Central Oahu Regional Park.

Everybody who showed up and signed on the dotted line at the PIAA letter-of-intent signing ceremony on Wednesday morning at the Elks Lodge in Waikiki clearly is living the dream.

Hawaii has delivered all season for sand volleyball coach Scott Wong. The Rainbow Wahine are No. 3 nationally and take a 15-3 record into this week's tournament in Huntington Beach, Calif., to end the regular season.

Inbee Park's remarkable consistency has kept her atop the world golf rankings for a full year now. Michelle Wie has added that attribute to her game in greater measure in a swift ascent up the chart this season as she returns home for the LPGA Lotte Championship

When the 2014-15 men's basketball season rolls around, Hawaii will have a new starting point guard. Again. Keith Shamburger, who got the starting nod in 30 of 31 games of 2013-14, intends to depart the Rainbow Warriors and play for another team.

Special teams coordinator Chris Demarest said the upcoming football season will feature many happy returns. Demarest said the goal is for the Rainbow Warriors to lead the nation in kickoff-return yardage.

When it comes to the running game, the University of Hawaii football team is thinking big. Penitito Faalologo, who is 5 feet 11 and 250 pounds, returned to the backfield this week after spending three practices on the defensive line.

Academics were Angie Yoshizu's primary concern when trying to find a college that best suited her needs. Softball was always something she loved, but her desire to study nursing and biology and the ability to be near her sister on the East Coast is what drove her to Bloomfield College in New Jersey.

Jordan Mopas had a case of the nerves on an overcast, wet afternoon during, probably, the biggest game of his life.

The Leilehua boys volleyball team is loving the big stage. Toma Savea pounded down 19 kills and Leilehua beat Kalaheo 25-19, 25-22, 25-27, 25-23 in the OIA tournament at Jim Alegre Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

Hayashida caps freshman year as All-American • Crabb named national player of the week

Sheldon Lee, 'Iolani '10: The San Francisco junior left-hander struck out 10 in seven shutout innings and allowed four hits with two walks in a 7-0 win over Nevada on Tuesday.

Lizette Salas carved up Ko Olina in the final round of last year's LPGA Lotte Championship, firing a course-record 62 to force a playoff with her first career victory at stake.

Wide receiver Marcus Kemp has gained 25 pounds since joining the University of Hawaii football team nine months ago, but he still has an insatiable hunger.

For the first three days, even the crowds had thinned out like a Dodgers game in the seventh inning, but on Sunday, Amen Corner was filled with souls jostling for position among the pines.

Four of the nine UFC fighters born in Hawaii compete this week, with Kailua's Travis Browne headlining the UFC on Fox 11 event on Saturday opposite Fabricio Werdum.

University of Hawaii linebackers Benny Fonua and Jamie Tago have suffered knee injuries and might miss the rest of spring football training. Both said they incurred the injuries during Saturday's practice.

When Dakota Grossman got her first taste of distance running in the first grade, she immediately asked for a second helping. "She came off (the track), and she's like, ‘I want to do that again,' " said Bobby Grossman.

Farrington's Fehoko commits to Texas Tech • Le Jardin AD Olaso dies • Hall of Honor taking applications • Athlete of the Week • Top 10 Polls

Roderick Bobbitt gave his oral commitment to the Rainbow Warriors on Monday, choosing UH over other primary suitors Saint Mary's and Missouri. He visited the SMC campus but did not go to Mizzou, he said.

Kasey Magdadaro went 2-for-3 with a double and drove in three runs to lead the top-ranked Maryknoll Spartans to an 11-0 victory over the No.7 'Iolani Raiders in an Interscholastic League of Honolulu softball game Monday.

BYUH drops doubleheader at Dixie State • Sea Warriors split with Cougars • Vulcans in sixth at Stanislaus Invitational • Nominations open for UHH hall of fame • Hawaii Pacific offers soccer camp

UH was swept for the second consecutive week at home, as No. 4 Cal Poly tagged on four late runs to finish off an 8-3 win on Sunday afternoon in front of 1,211 at Les Murakami Stadium.

Led by Eri Macdonald's historic victory, the top four finishers of The Hapalua were within 94 seconds of each other with Macdonald — the first female to win in the race's three-year history, pulling away over the final mile.

Long Beach State pitcher Erin Jones-Wesley threw a one-hitter and the 49ers completed a series sweep over the Hawaii softball team with a 3-0 win Sunday at 49er Softball Complex in Long Beach, Calif.

Down by one coming off the 11th green, Jordan Spieth stepped up to the 12th tee and promptly hit his iron on the steep bank just short of the front of the green and watched the ball trickle down into the water.

Close to a year after a record performance at Ko Olina, Ariya Jutanugarn played her way back into the Lotte Championship on Sunday. Jutanugarn took advantage of relatively calm conditions to fire a 64 in the first round of last year's tournament.

The new wraparound season on the PGA Tour has produced only two multiple winners in 21 official events, and their names aren't Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson.

For the second straight year, the Rainbow Warriors have followed up a series win against Santa Barbara with five straight losses to drop out of the Big West race early.

When it comes to football grades, University of Hawaii defensive coordinator Kevin Clune is admittedly strict. But Clune acknowledged being pleased following Saturday's practice, the seventh of the Rainbow Warriors' spring training.

Reggie Torres has found a new home. He is now the offensive line coach at Punahou, the defending state football champion. That's what decades as a head coach — with two state titles on his resume — can do.

"I think effort-wise, it's an ‘A,' " Coach Norm Chow said following the Rainbow Warriors' seventh of 14 spring practices. The "Spring Fling," which will include a scrimmage-like segment, is considered the 15th practice.

Joey Martino hammered 15 kills and Ryan Moss pounded 14 as Corona del Mar (Calif.) swept Kamehameha-Hawaii 25-17, 25-23, 25-23 on Saturday on the final day of the Clash of the Titans at Punahou's Hemmeter Fieldhouse.

Hawaii goalie Amy Carlson was poised to make one more save to cap senior night. Danielle Lewis, her fellow senior honoree, made sure that wouldn't be necessary.

Long Beach State doubled its lead over Hawaii in the Big West softball standings with a doubleheader sweep on Saturday at 49er Softball Complex. Long Beach pitchers Erin Jones-Wesley and Amanda Hansen combined for 20 strikeouts in complete-game victories.

Noah Sakatani pitched five shutout innings and allowed just one hit as Kaiser blanked Kalani 11-0 in an OIA baseball game at Central Oahu Regional Park on Saturday. The game was called after five innings due to the mercy rule.

The Rainbow Warriors lost in four sets to Pepperdine — 19-25, 28-26, 25-18, 26-24 — to finish ninth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The top eight teams qualify for the MPSF playoffs.

Cal Poly's Matt Imhof gave Hawaii two innings to get what it could. After that, the Mustangs junior and closer Reed Reilly combined to blow Hawaii away.

The University of Hawaii volleyball team faces aloha ball to its 2014 season after losing in three sets to Pepperdine on Friday night in Malibu, Calif.

Most of the time, it was a pair of powerful, talented, evenly matched teams battling on the hardwood of Hemmeter Fieldhouse. But in the clutch, it was Corona del Mar (Calif.) that looked flawless.

The Rainbow Wahine led wire-to-wire in the program's return to the Big West Conference last year and sat atop the Western Athletic Conference standings for the last two weeks of the 2012 season.

AUGUSTA, Ga. » Jason Day stood on the 17th tee, 200 yards and 10 shots removed from the Bubba Watson movement that was capturing the hearts and minds of thousands of patrons scattered across Augusta National.

Don't look at Campbell's unbeaten record and think that it has come easy. Relief pitcher Ian Kahaloa worked out of trouble in the seventh and the Sabers beat Waipahu 5-2 to clinch the OIA Red West at Campbell on Friday.

Here's the dirt on the University of Hawaii football team's spring practice on Thursday: Quarterbacks Ikaika Woolsey and Jeremy Higgins had clean performances.

University of Hawaii linebacker Benneton "Benny" Fonua is no longer on the outside — not in his position alignment, not in his importance to the defense. "He's doing a good job for us," coach Norm Chow said of Fonua.

There is no stopping the Campbell softball team. Nashlynn Anguay tripled and scored on an error in the bottom of the sixth inning and Campbell beat Mililani 5-2 at Campbell on Thursday.

David Tibayan drilled 11 kills and had three blocks as unbeaten Leilehua held on for a 25-16, 25-19, 17-25, 25-17 win over Kahuku on Thursday night in the second round of the OIA Red boys volleyball playoffs.

UC Irvine did more than just damage Hawaii's record last weekend. The Anteaters left the Rainbow Warriors without a starting pitcher and potentially their leading hitter heading into another tough weekend against the nation's No. 4-ranked team.

AUGUSTA, Ga. » Jimmy Walker was in bed Sunday night, right across the street from Augusta National, and was more nervous than he was standing over a 5-foot par putt to secure a win at Pebble Beach.

The NFL is keeping its Pro Bowl options open for 2017, telling Houston to be prepared for the possibility of hosting the annual all-star game in addition to the Super Bowl.

The University of Hawaii volleyball team has crunched the numbers, checked them twice, and come to a practical solution. "To make it easier on everyone," middle blocker Nick West said, "let's just win both matches."

The University of Nevada-Las Vegas football team will be banned from the postseason, including the conference championship game, in 2014 due to poor academic performance, the school confirmed Thursday.

The pairing of sophomore Katie Spieler and freshman Nikki Taylor for sand volleyball is one of the traditional pairings in the sport, that of a taller player with a smaller player.

Amy Carlson and Danielle Lewis have spent the past two seasons protecting the net for the University of Hawaii water polo team. The Rainbow Wahine seniors will have two more opportunities to defend their home pool.

Lauren Ho's successful background in cross country, track and soccer gave her the athletic and mental base to compete professionally in obstacle course racing and extreme obstacle racing.

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