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Kesi Ah-Hoy scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with 10 seconds remaining to survive a frantic Farrington rally as the Red Raiders pulled out a 21-14 heat-pumping victory on Thursday night at Aloha Stadium.

Three M's — McKenzie Milton, Vavae Malepeai and Rex Manu — went full throttle on Thursday night, and Mililani belted Campbell 47-15 in the OIA Division I semifinals at Aloha Stadium. The Trojans (10-0) advanced to play the winner of Thursday's Kahuku-Farrington game.

In the business that is Hawaii football, freshman Nick Nelson has the corner office. As a starting cornerback, Nelson often is isolated against a receiver. It is a freedom that comes with responsibility and much attention.

Three weeks out from the start of the 2014-15 season, Hawaii basketball coach Gib Arnold sought to quell worries about potential sanctions against his program. The NCAA has yet to release the findings of its months-long probe of Arnold's team.

The Rainbow Warriors were picked to finish fifth in the nine-team Big West Conference preseason media poll announced Thursday morning. Junior forward Isaac Fotu was tabbed to the league's six-member preseason all-conference team.

The first clue to where Megan Huff's comfort level is on the volleyball court? She prefers to wear the oxymoron of athletic wear in practice: long shorts. The attire favored by basketball players suits Huff since she has seen herself on that court since second grade.

The No. 1-ranked Warriors defeated host Punahou 25-22, 21-25, 27-25, 18-25, 15-12 in win the ILH Division I title on Thursday, but lost starting setter and leader Kamalani Akeo possibly for the season with a knee injury.

The Asia Pacific Junior Cup celebrates its eighth anniversary in two weeks at Waikoloa Kings' Course. It is a highly competitive junior version of the Ryder and Solheim Cups -- without the rancor.

A highly regarded high school setter will join the University of Hawaii men's volleyball team next year. Joe Worsley of Campolindo High in Moraga, Calif., said he will sign next month when national letters of intent may be submitted.

Hawaii's soccer seniors want to keep this ride going just a little bit longer. The Rainbow Wahine need a win over UC Davis on Friday's senior night to stay in the hunt for a Big West tournament berth.

The family legacy that connects Sarah Toeaina to the University of Hawaii ultimately played a secondary role in her decision to sign with the Rainbow Wahine basketball program.

Clare-Marie Anderson's path to volleyball wasn't accidental. Father, Jay, was an All-American for Pepperdine, winning the 1978 NCAA title and being named to the all-tournament team.

Radford advanced to the state Division II girls volleyball tournament with a 25-17, 26-24 win over McKinley on Wednesday night in the OIA D-II third-place game at the Mililani High gym.

Respect comes in many forms, and University of Hawaii football player Scott Harding was shown a unique way when he was presented a walk-off punt two weeks ago.

Ellis cruises to victory • Okumura a winner • Big Island Bites hosts fundraiser

The big shuffle and cut is happening in the OIA, whether it's this week's semifinals or next week's third-place game. But the end comes for one of two ILH powerhouses.

Wahine sixth at Leilehua • Wahine open at SDSU • UH heads to North Shore

Each day, Hawaii wide receiver Marcus Kemp takes a knee and gives thanks to the inspiration he remembers only through fading pictures. "My mom got me into (football) because that's what he did," said Kemp, referring to his father, Ronald Jermaine Kemp, who died at age 25 in 1999.

Punahou is back in the girls volleyball state tournament, but coach Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson is looking ahead already. "We can celebrate for an hour. Then it's on to our next task," she said after the second-ranked Buffanblu swept No. 5 'Iolani 25-21, 25-21, 25-21 on Tuesday night at the Raiders gym.

Back in the gym. Back to work. And, in some respects, back to the drawing board. Or, as in the case of the Hawaii volleyball team, back to the dry-erase board used to keep practice stats.

Moanalua briefly celebrated its semifinal victory in its postgame huddle. Then coach Alan Cabanting told his girls to prepare themselves for the championship match.

Caprice Dydasco was intrigued by the challenge. UCLA, the school with more NCAA Division I national championships than any other, had a soccer scholarship waiting if Dydasco wanted it.

First there was T.C. Campbell and P.J. Minaya. Now it's Warner Shaw. The latest Pacific (Ore.) quarterback to take over the Boxers offense threw the game-winning touchdown pass with 4:09 remaining on Saturday to give Pacific a 31-28 victory over Pacific Lutheran, which was ranked No. 18 in Division III.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was named the national offensive player of the week by the Senior Bowl on Monday. Mariota surpassed 10,000 career all-purpose yards in a 45-20 win over Washington on Saturday, completing 24 of 33 pass attempts for 336 yards and two touchdowns.

Running back Steven Lakalaka is embracing the light. A week ago, Lakalaka was being held out of practices while awaiting medical clearance for concussion-like symptoms lingering from the Oct. 11 game against Wyoming.

There is a special term for a volleyball hit long and way out of bounds on the court at an Israeli kibbutz. It is called "Hawaii." As in, whoever chases down said volleyball has to go to the other side of the world to retrieve it.

>> Kaimi Fairbairn, Punahou '12: The UCLA junior kicked the game-winning 26-yard field goal with 3:40 remaining in a 36-34 win over California on Saturday. Fairbairn was 3-for-3 on field goals with a long of 37.

Australia's Mick Fanning earned his third victory of the year by beating Jordy Smith of South Africa in the final of the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal on Monday. Fanning beat Smith 15.50-7.60 in clean 3- to 5-foot barrels.

Pearl City junior Chelsi Morishige — all 5 feet, 110 pounds of her — was happily flitting about, greeting many friends and teammates on Thursday. She had just won the individual OIA bowling championship at Schofield.

BYU-Hawaii stays at No. 4 in D-II poll • Vulcans in 11th place after Day 2 • Green earns weekly honor • Clinic slated for Thursday and Saturday

Concerned about No. 1 quarterback Ikaika Woolsey's health, coach Norm Chow said he was prepared to start a once fourth-string quarterback against San Diego State this past Saturday.

WR Quinton Pedroza recovers a fumble by PR Billy Vaughn and Hawaii gets the ball at the San Diego State 28. It is the ninth time in his career that a punt by Scott Harding results in Hawaii retaining the ball.

To exit Qualcomm Stadium, the University of Hawaii football team had to walk through a dim tunnel-like corridor to the parking lot. If there is a proverbial light at the end of this tunnel, it was not visible on Saturday night in a 20-10 loss to San Diego State.

In the week leading to Saturday's game against San Diego State, the University of Hawaii football team crafted a strategy based on patience. Three key players — quarterback Ikaika Woolsey, running back Steven Lakalaka and linebacker Tevita Lataimua — had medical issues.

Twice in a matter of seconds kick returner Keelan Ewaliko had his breath taken away Saturday night. The first time was after racing the length of the Qualcomm Stadium field with the second-half kickoff return for the University of Hawaii.

When the question "What do the Aztecs still have to work on?" was posed to him after SDSU's 20-10 win over Hawaii at Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday night, the coach reeled off a long list that included just about every aspect of play.

Isaac Fotu could have blamed a few factors on a slow start. He preferred to just keep playing. The Hawaii star put in solid work during his first extended fullcourt action of the preseason — 40 minutes worth of officiated intrasquad scrimmages on Saturday.

The Rainbow Warrior football team will face off with the SDSU Aztecs. Here is how they match up.

The Saint Louis Crusaders ran the ball so much in the early going, and they kept going and going. The change of strategy worked.

For a half, the Pac-Five Wolfpack kept it close, but they couldn't find a way to stop Samson Low in the second half. The 5-foot-9, 148-pound senior rushed for season bests of 177 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries as the Damien Monarchs rallied from a 14-point first-period deficit to a 42-28 victory at Aloha Stadium.

Kahuku's offense produced one big play Friday night. The Red Raiders defense made sure that would be enough to survive another week.

Yards were earned the hard way at rainy Hugh Yoshida Stadium on Friday night, and visiting Campbell prevailed in a defense-heavy OIA quarterfinal with a 20-14 victory over Leilehua.

One question mark for Mililani heading into its OIA playoff opener against Kaiser on Friday night was its tendency to start slowly in recent games. The second-ranked Trojans eased that doubt, racing to a 27-point first-quarter lead on their way to a 54-14 win in the OIA Division I quarterfinals.

The host 'Iolani Raiders withstood a spirited effort from the St. Francis Saints before pulling away in the second half for a 28-6 victory in an ILH Division II playoff game on Friday.

For 30 minutes, the 20 San Diego Mesa College football players waited on the concrete bleachers. It was a year ago that University of Hawaii defensive end Luke Shawley was one of them, a junior college player hungering to play at the next level.

One team, one dream ... one bus? When a bus failed to appear, the University of Hawaii football team and support staff crammed into a single vehicle for the 5.1-mile drive to San Diego Mesa College for Friday's practice.

Although weather conditions have forced the cancellation of Saturday's clinic and scrimmage planned by the Hawaii volleyball team, all involved are hoping that it comes with a silver lining.

Montana Liana threw two touchdown passes to help No. 5 Farrington beat Waianae 37-15 in an OIA Division I quarterfinal game at Roosevelt on Friday .

It appears running back Steven Lakalaka will be available to play in Hawaii's road game against San Diego State on Saturday. Lakalaka left last week's game against Wyoming with what was termed concussion-like symptoms.

There's isn't a coach in the ILH or OIA who likes to see a disruption in scheduling, whether it's for games (not so bad) or practice (not very good). In all, five playoff games on Oahu have been rescheduled from Saturday to Friday because of Tropical Storm Ana.

It was tantamount to disrespecting the game. That's what Hawaii coach Michele Nagamine extracted from her team's disheartening 2-0 home loss to Long Beach State in a crucial Big West Conference match on Thursday.

Shekinah Clarke never let those long days in rehab get her down. Even after suffering injuries to her left knee twice in the past year, the senior came through with her career best on Thursday.

Pearl City junior Ryan Kajihiro stayed consistent for six frames and finished strong to win the OIA boys individual bowling championship Thursday afternoon at Schofield Bowling Center.

During the University of Hawaii football team's grueling workouts under an unforgiving sun this summer, the question was: Why? The answer came in the Warriors' 38-28 comeback victory over Wyoming this past Saturday.

The worst of times and the best of times, all in the matter of days for the Castle Knights. Just three days after losing junior varsity coach Nelly Yanagida, Castle rallied for a 19-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-20 victory over Leilehua in the opening round of the OIA Division I girls volleyball playoffs at Roosevelt.

If you build collegiate golf tournaments in Hawaii, the best teams in the country will come. As the UH men and women get down to the nitty gritty of hosting eight tournaments on four islands starting next week, they find themselves looking for a way to be competitive against a barrage of incoming ranked teams.

Hilo's Jarett Hamamoto opened with a 1-over-par 73 Tuesday and has a share of 24th at the Web.com Tour Q-School first stage event in Dayton, Nev. It is one of 12 first-stage events across the country. Tuesday's second-round scores were not reported.

Amund Gismervik's assortment of dives proved strong enough to compete on a national level last season. Even so, he's always looking to add another twist to his repertoire.

After the structure was completed, the last aluminum panel affixed to the roof and the final seat bolted into the concrete, the soul of the Hawaii athletics complex's new centerpiece was infused on Oct. 21, 1994.

Toss a malasada-size metal washer into a puka nearly double that in diameter. How hard could it be? More challenging than playing sand volleyball, according to Katie Speiler.

Three stationary yellow defenders manned the 18-yard box at the Manoa grass practice field. The plastic sentries proved utterly ineffective at stopping ball after ball fired into the net by Hawaii players.

Tropical Storm Ana has football schedule makers busier than usual this week. The Interscholastic League of Honolulu has moved its playoff games from Saturday to Friday. Instead of a tripleheader at Aloha Stadium, there will be a doubleheader on Friday.

Wahine to hold clinic on Molokai • UH heads to Bronco Invite • UH opens ITA Regionals and more

University of Hawaii running back Joey Iosefa was suspended for three games and stripped of his co-captain's title on Tuesday in the aftermath of his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving on Sunday.

Versatility has come by necessity for the Hawaii men's basketball team. With five key players sidelined this week with myriad injuries, the Rainbow Warriors have been forced to improvise in their preseason practices.

Quarterback Taylor Graham was scheduled to have surgery on his fractured right foot Tuesday. Graham is expected to miss the rest of his senior season, effectively ending his UH football career.

>> Marcus Mariota, Saint Louis '11: The Oregon quarterback surpassed 100 career touchdowns in a 42-30 win over UCLA on Saturday, finishing 17-for-27 for 210 yards and two scores and rushing for 75 yards and two more touchdowns on seven carries.

Kikaha leads country in sacks • Tobita advances to quarterfinals • Kitagiri honored by the UAA • Fujimoto does it again for Grinnell College

Shaydon Kehano is a record-setting receiver, at any level of competition. From his days scoring touchdowns in Pop Warner to recording more than 2,000 receiving yards in two seasons at Castle, Kehano has excelled as a wide receiver.

The road turned into a major road block last week with two losses that not only dropped Hawaii out of the Top 25 for the second time this season but also dropped the Rainbow Wahine's RPI off the radar in terms of postseason hosting hopes.

University of Hawaii officials will announce as early as Tuesday morning the punishment for running back Joey Iosefa following his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving on Sunday morning.

There's a love for food in Hawaii that is unique, probably because of the many ethnicities that our favorites originate from. So, this isn't a poll, mind you. And it sure as heck ain't about rankings, even if the rest of this page sort of is.

She put out the product without any advertising, fanfare or glory. It started at 1 o'clock on a Friday morning, the enormous pot, big as a double tire on a rig. "That's one of our smaller pots," said the lady in a red T-shirt and navy blue Waianae paddling hat.

Seasiders stand pat in Division II poll • Mataele earns weekly honor • Seasiders in third at Sonoma event • Clinic scheduled for Oct. 23 and 25

For the first time in nearly a decade, the heralded outrigger canoe paddling crew of Shell Va‘a sat in stunned silence after completing the rigorous Molokai Hoe. The crew did not appear tired, but wore blank stares of disappointment.

1. Gotta wrap up • 2. Multiple weapons • 3. Adjusting • 4. Return of Woolsey • 5. Trayvon

In the celebration following Saturday's 38-28 football victory over Wyoming, reality bit for Hawaii coach Norm Chow. "We have to reassess what the heck is going on and find enough bodies to go to San Diego," Chow said.

A second straight road setback has the Hawaii soccer team in desperation mode. Cal Poly scored twice in the first 20 minutes and scattered the Rainbow Wahine offense in a 2-0 UH defeat on Sunday in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Brent Grant separated himself from a pack of likely golf suspects late in Sunday's final round to win the 12th annual Turtle Bay Amateur. Grant played his final 11 holes in 6 under par to shoot 69 at Turtle Bay's Fazio Course.

Inspired by a Hawaii quarterback whose career was defined by bouncing back from big hits, the Hawaii offense was littered with redemptive performances on Saturday night.

The Rainbow Warriors applied lessons learned from the previous week's loss to the Rice Owls to scrap for a come-from-behind 38-28 win over Wyoming at Aloha Stadium, UH's first Mountain West Conference victory in two years.

Down on the scoreboard, down on the number of healthy bodies, down … but not out. "We're 1-0 in the conference," Hawaii coach Norm Chow said following Saturday's gritty 38-28 football victory over Wyoming at Aloha Stadium. "How about that?"

The pain was etched across Tim Kamana's face. Staring at the ground during each question asked in his postgame interview, the Wyoming defensive back struggled to find answers for the Cowboys' second-half collapse against Hawaii.

Jurick Valdez left Torii Field limping but smiling on Saturday night. The fullback had a career-high 191 yards, with touchdown runs of 50, 44 and 78 yards as Waianae rallied for a 42-26 playoff win over Aiea.

The No. 21-ranked University of Hawaii women's volleyball team played considerably better than the night before, but it wasn't enough in front of a hostile Long Beach State crowd as the Rainbow Wahine fell to the 49ers Saturday night in a Big West Conference game at The Pyramid.

The Rainbow Warrior football team will face the Wyoming Cowboys tonight. Here is how they match up.

Cal State Northridge is not known as one of the most intimidating places to play. But for the second consecutive season, the Matadors proved to be rude hosts to Hawaii.

Radford quarterback Andrew Morgan threw for 335 yards and three touchdowns, and the Rams' defense stifled the Waialua run game for a 40-14 victory. Radford will play Pearl City in the OIA Division II playoffs next weekend.

'Iolani is focused for its playoff run. The Raiders were sharp and energetic in a 44-7 win over St. Francis in an ILH football game on Friday. KJ Pascua and Storm Lotomau each scored two touchdowns for host 'Iolani (4-3, 3-3 ILH) in the regular-season finale for both teams.

For a moment, the Kamehameha Warriors made it a tantalizing challenge to No. 1 Punahou. By the end, it was another thoroughly dominant performance by the defending ILH champions against a very good team.

No. 10 Kaiser withstood Moanalua's high-octane offense to claim its first Division I playoff win. It can expect more of the same next week trying to upset the OIA's No. 1 team.

A ball-hawking defense and a speedy and powerful offense proved to be the magic formula for Kapolei in a 34-0 victory over Castle in the first round of the OIA playoffs Friday night.

The paddling community will have an opportunity to honor Paul Gay, a heralded waterman, canoe builder and coach who died on Aug. 30. He was 75.

While competitive kayaking has taken Patrick and Ryan Dolan around the world, the brothers are back in Hawaii with sights set on catching the seemingly unbeatable Tahitians, who have dominated the men's outrigger canoe paddling landscape for the greater part of this century.

Terell Johnson made the most of his six carries in the first half of Friday's OIA Division I playoff opener against visiting Waipahu.

The Hawaii soccer team was prepared to put its perfect overtime record to the test in hostile territory. UC Santa Barbara had other ideas. The host Gauchos scored the game-winning goal with nine seconds left in regulation, denying the Rainbow Wahine 2-1 at Harder Stadium in UH's first Big West road match of the season.

The past will be present when Hawaii and Wyoming play tonight in a Mountain West Conference game at Aloha Stadium. It is expected to be a physical battle, a throwback to when both were members of the Western Athletic Conference in the 1970s, '80s and '90s.

There are many trophies for football rivalries. Although there's no corresponding swag in volleyball, perhaps there should be. At least for Saturday's match when No. 24 Hawaii travels to face longtime rival and sometime nemesis Long Beach State.

Punahou knows planning and preparation well after capturing the state football championship a year ago. The top-ranked Buffanblu (5-0, 5-0 ILH) close regular-season play against No. 4 Kamehameha (5-1, 4-1 league) on Friday night at Aloha Stadium.

For all of Hawaii's struggles this season, the offensive line actually has graded above average. Head coach Norm Chow and quarterbacks coach Jordan Wynn have praised the line's aggressiveness, cohesion and adaptability.

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