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The OIA East girls volleyball race was razor close before Wednesday night's first-place matchup, and nothing changed by the time it was over. No. 3 Moanalua snuck out of No. 7 Kahuku's gym with a 26-24, 19-25, 15-13 victory to take the top spot in the standings.

The scales have been unbalanced when it comes to the series between No. 24 Hawaii and this week's opponents Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine.

More than half the golfers in this week's Stage II LPGA Qualifying Tournament in Florida come from foreign countries. Of the 92 Americans, three are from Hawaii and they are far from home.

When the Hawaii men's basketball team opens practice Saturday, the contracts of two of its coaches, Gib Arnold and Brandyn Akana, will be on hold, officials said.

In August, his teammates overwhelmingly selected linebacker Lance Williams as a co-captain. Then -- and now -- Williams was not a starter on defense.

Before Krystal Pascua took the field for club tryouts at 10 years old, she already stood out. Hawaii coach Michele Nagamine, then with Leahi Soccer Club, remembers distinctly.

A Waikiki Elementary second-grader looked up with curiosity at the large copy of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," then at Hawaii basketball forward Isaac Fotu.

Taylor Graham wants to play and is preparing as such. That said, he knows if the Hawaii offense is clicking, his chances of getting on the field diminish --and he's OK with that.

Hawaii's Justin Williamson, playing with former and future Kailua resident Scott Simpson, opened last week's Nature Valley First Tee Open Pro-Junior with rounds of 67-69 and missed the cut by two.

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The University of Hawaii football team broke from its usual routine for a road trip that is anything but routine. The Rainbow Warriors were scheduled to depart Thursday evening to travel 3,898 miles and five time zones to Houston in advance of Saturday's game against Rice.

With endorsements from coaches and teammates, Hawaii quarterback Ikaika Woolsey is hopeful of fulfilling his football promise in Saturday's road game against Rice.

The Hawaii soccer team has plenty of goals but only one true objective. Make the Big West Conference tournament for the first time. UH, which tops the nine-team league in both goals scored (22) and allowed (29), opens conference play at home on Thursday against Cal State Fullerton.

Running back Pereese Joas appears on the way to earning a berth on the 64-player travel roster. Joas made several dazzling runs during the Rainbow Warriors' 90-minute practice on Tuesday.

Kealani Browne, Tiyana Hallums and Kayla Afoa combined for 21 kills as No. 1 Kamehameha outlasted No. 4 'Iolani 25-21, 25-23 on Tuesday night at Kekuhaupio Gymnasium.

>> Kawe Johnson, Kahuku '13: The New Mexico State defensive back posted double-digit tackles for the third time this season, totaling 12 with two forced fumbles and an interception in a 63-7 loss to LSU on Saturday. Johnson is tied for 15th among FBS players with 51 total tackles this season.

At the halfway point of the season, Emily Wada wants her team to continuously improve on its chemistry. The way her Hawaii Baptist team rallied together for its win on Tuesday only proved the Eagles are finding their connections on the court.

Entering her third season with the Washington State golf team, Nani Yanagi had never finished better than 28th in a collegiate tournament.

After a 70-minute football practice that spilled into twilight, Hawaii coach Norm Chow came away optimistic for Saturday's game against Rice in Houston. "It was a good practice," Chow said of the rare extended Monday practice.

Change is good, even if it takes a lot of work. That's what Silerolia "Lia" Gaogao knows well enough. She was part of a promising group of volleyball standouts at Maryknoll four years ago, but when the school opted to go in another direction, talent dispersed across the island.

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When the load gets heavier, Vavae Malepeai gets stronger. The junior rushed for 199 yards and four touchdowns as No. 2 Mililani overwhelmed No. 3 Farrington 41-14 on Saturday night before a homecoming audience at John Kauinana Stadium.

Saint Louis coach Cal Lee was grumbling about his defense after Saturday night's 67-19 victory over St. Francis at Aloha Stadium. "Our defense needs a lot of work and we'll be working them hard on Monday," Lee said.

Moanalua's hopes to host an OIA playoff game were all but dashed early in the fourth quarter Saturday night in Kailua. Down 27 points to winless Kailua, Na Menehune stormed back with four touchdowns over the final 7 minutes, 18 seconds to pull out a 34-33 thriller over the Surfriders.

A week after a tough loss, Campbell focused on bouncing back. Unity Kea Cambra's big plays demonstrated that for the Sabers (5-1, 5-1 OIA Blue). Cambra returned two interceptions for touchdowns to help No. 8 Campbell beat host Aiea 23-0 in an OIA Blue Division game on Saturday.

Kamehameha football coach Doug Cosbie doesn't need more points, but he does need more discipline. The sixth-ranked Warriors' coach was not smiling after Saturday afternoon's 76-26 rout of Pac-Five at Aloha Stadium.

The latest Big West Conference women's volleyball match between Hawaii and UC Riverside introduced a new reality. Despite their record, the Highlanders no longer provide an easy target at which opponents can aim.

Samson Satele is back in Miami, and the Kailua and University of Hawaii alumnus says it feels like he never left. "Yes, it is (great to be back)," said Satele, a center who was drafted by the Dolphins in 2007 and played his first two seasons with them.

Niko Vitale struggled to get Jaime Jara off his back. When the California-based fighter wouldn't budge, Vitale, with his back to Jara, who was propped up by the cage, slowly moved his hand to Jara's arm before tapping a few times.

Freshman forward Sammis Reyes suffered a possible broken toe on his right foot while competing in the team's annual "King of the Beach" fitness competition in Waikiki on Saturday morning.

The machine known as Punahou football continues to roll through the ILH. Quarterback Ephraim Tuliloa connected on his first 14 pass attempts and Wayne Taulapapa rushed for four touchdowns as the Buffanblu blew away 'Iolani 59-22 on Friday afternoon at Alexander Field.

Makaila Haina-Horswill ran for touchdowns of 4, 21 and 34 yards in the second half as the Golden Hawks rallied from a 14-point deficit for a 28-21 win over Pearl City in a showdown of unbeatens on Friday night at Nanakuli's field.

Kahuku won its 34th straight home game Friday night without scoring an offensive touchdown. The seventh-ranked Red Raiders struck twice on special teams and once on defense to edge No. 4 Leilehua 21-14.

With no football game this weekend, the Hawaii coaches wore their bye-focals in seeking depth at key positions this week. "We had two goals this week," said coach Norm Chow, whose Warriors play against Rice in Houston next week.

Ioane Kaluhiokalani's knack for converting on third down helped Waianae stretch its winning streak to three on Friday. Led by the senior quarterback, the Seariders offense converted on 11 of 12 third-down situations and Waianae rolled to a 43-0 OIA Red win over host Waipahu.

It took some luck for Kaiser to hang on for the win. One week after its upset of Kahuku, No. 10 Kaiser was challenged for most of the game, then held on for a 28-23 win over Castle in an OIA Red game on Friday night.

It was Flashback Friday for No. 25 Hawaii, and not in a good way. The Rainbow Wahine were seemingly cruising through their Big West volleyball opener at UC Davis when visions of last season appeared before them.

For the Hawaii football team's first bye weekend of the season, defensive coordinator Kevin Clune has plans. He will watch videos of the following week's opponent, review the past week's practices and analyze everything that went wrong in the first four games.

Just three months into the job, it would not be a stretch to say that UC Davis coach Dan Conners is more familiar with Hawaii volleyball tradition than with that of his Aggies' program.

In the OIA Blue Division, football game plans are all about blueprints. Farrington (5-0, 5-0 OIA Blue), for example, has aired the ball out a bit more this season.

Niko Vitale will headline his final event as the promotion X-1 returns from a three-year absence to host the first MMA-exclusive event ever held at Aloha Stadium. Vitale will fight Jaime Jara to cap off 24 scheduled bouts on Friday beginning at 6 p.m.

At first, Alyson Rod didn't want the attention. The Moanalua High School teacher had been through this before. When cancer first reared its head 13 years ago, she was 11, and after a long process that left heavy scarring on her knee, Rod was the victor over bone cancer.

Kamehameha found its groove at the same time that Punahou began to break down. The defending state champion and top-ranked Warriors dominated most of the third set in a victory over the rival No. 2-ranked Buffanblu.

On another SPF-50 morning in Manoa, quarterback Ikaika Woolsey coolly led the Hawaii football offense down the field during a two-minute drill. For this practice, at least, Woolsey showed he could take the heat.

Washington State's Nani Yanagi started her junior season in a big way Tuesday, winning her first collegiate tournament. The 2012 Waiakea alumna shot the low round of the day among the nine teams in the field, closing with a 2-under 70 to win the WSU Cougar Cup by three strokes.

One of golf's greatest advertisements for the health of the game, and good health in general, might be the Hawaii State Women's Golf Association Senior Championship.

Somewhere Kika Bukoski was smiling. "He's always there for me," Hawaii wideout Duke Bukoski said of his father. Kika Bukoski, a former UH football player, has said he does not want to be a distraction at practices, which are closed to everyone but media and family members.

Drawn to the University of Hawaii from Hong Kong by golfing opportunities and an interest in marine biology, Izzy Leung promptly led the Rainbow Wahine in scoring average last season while posting top-six finishes in her first three events as a freshman.

Now classified as a sophomore, Cindy Nguyen continues to reap the rewards of her breakout freshman season. Nguyen closed her first year with the Hawaii women's tennis team as the first Rainbow Wahine player to qualify for the NCAA singles championships.

Following a rough early-season stretch, Kalei Adolpho enters her final Big West volleyball season on a serious upswing. After opening her senior season with eight kills in 15 attacks against Ohio, Adolpho hit .094 (27 kills, 19 errors) over the next six matches

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Is the Big West back? Perhaps not in the national perception, where only Hawaii is ranked and Cal State Northridge — with a signature win over No. 19 San Diego and a preconference schedule worthy of Top 20 RPI consideration — has two points in the coaches Top 25.

Tim Howard's 16-save performance against Belgium in the 2014 World Cup is considered one of the best performances ever by a United States goalkeeper. On a smaller scale, Lewis & Clark senior Geena Fong had an outing just as dominant.

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Davis Love III walked into the media center last week and was immediately treated to a wide-screen view of the 2012 Ryder Cup. With a wry smile spreading across his just-turned 50-year-old face he said, "I'm not gonna do an interview with that on TV."

Reserve quarterback Jeremy Higgins will miss the rest of the University of Hawaii football season because of a fracture in his left (throwing) hand. As a fifth-year senior, Higgins' college career has ended.

For someone who has yet to win a state title, Kaeo Kruse already has been labeled as one of the top runners Kamehameha has ever produced. That's quite a distinction coming from Kamehameha coach Steve Jenness.

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The focus is on the first road trip of the year, building on the success found last week with two sweeps of Northern Arizona. Still, it's not a bad thing to again be packing a number along with the bags when heading off to California.

San Francisco State boots HPU • First goal an unforgettable one for Orchard • BYUH gets revenge vs. HPU in volleyball

Fred Funk provided a signature moment at this year's Pacific Links Hawaii Championship. Paul Goydos had the pleasure of swiping his name across the winning scorecard.

Fred Funk battled through all 18 holes for a runner-up finish at the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship on Sunday. But it was his first putt, on the first hole, when it first became apparently that it might not be his day.

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Five big plays from Hawaii’s 21-12 loss to Colorado

Hawaii soccer coach Michele Nagamine will probably be easy to spot in the airport on Monday. The Rainbow Wahine gave Nagamine a birthday hat and feather boa to celebrate on Friday and she vowed to wear the ensemble on the trip home if the team completed a four-game road trip with a winning record.

While it was no "Super Bowl Shuffle," the women of Waikiki did their best touchdown celebration after winning what is known as the Super Bowl of outrigger canoe paddling.

A breakdown of the game between the Rainbow Warriors and the Buffaloes

Chasing down the lead runners, Kamehameha's Kaeo Kruse started to close the distance.

Colorado junior receiver Nelson Spruce torched Hawaii on Saturday with 13 receptions for 172 yards in the Buffaloes' 21-12 victory. But if the Rainbow Warriors were looking for a silver lining afterward, Spruce tipped his helmet to Hawaii's defensive backs.

Jordan Taamu lofted a 13-yard fade pass to Israel Kaleo in the back right corner of the end zone with 2:17 left to lift Pearl City past OIA Division II rival Radford 34-26 on Saturday night in Aiea.

For a half, the Kalani Falcons were a team in search of an identity. Consider the Falcons searching no more. Ace Faumui rushed for 180 yards, including 162 in the second half, as Kalani rallied from a 13-point deficit to edge Kaimuki 21-20 on Saturday night at Kaiser Stadium.

Two friends for decades -- Hawaii head coach Norm Chow and Colorado defensive coordinator Ken Baer -- greeted each other outside the visitors' locker room following the Buffaloes' 21-12 victory at Folsom Field.

Behind aviator-style sunglasses, Hawaii quarterback Ikaika Woolsey could not mask his disappointment. For the second consecutive week -- this time in a 21-12 road loss to Colorado -- Woolsey was pulled. He had completed nine of 20 passes for 56 yards in the first half before yielding to Jeremy Higgins following the intermission.

Tyler Hadden had a personal best and approached University of Hawaii and Mountain West Conference records for his day Saturday. But, truth be told, the Rainbow Warriors' senior place-kicker would prefer a victory.

Battle-tested and experienced in shootouts, No. 8 Saint Louis has recovered from its early-season struggles. The Crusaders got their first statement win in Cal Lee's first year back as Saint Louis' head coach, knocking off No. 4 Kamehameha 46-38 in a dogfight on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.

Lakalaka carries the load again • Harding shakes off 'tweaking' ankle • Defense left short because of injuries • Afusia back in action

Fred Funk paused between questions to watch Paul Goydos' birdie putt on the Sony widescreen in the corner of the Kapolei Golf Club media room. "That was pure," Funk said after Goydos rolled in the putt to match him atop the leaderboard.

Serve aggressive. Serve tough. Most important, serve in. Hawaii's hot and cold outing from the service line this season got hot when needed Saturday night against Northern Arizona.

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Some just "get" Hawaii more than others, and for them the islands' unique gifts keep on giving. A quick look at the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship leaderboard is the latest evidence.

On a night that saw Hawaii coach Dave Shoji play catch-up with Penn State's Russ Rose for all-time career wins, the Rainbow Wahine caught momentum early and rode it to a quick 25-18, 25-15, 25-18 sweep of previously undefeated Northern Arizona on Friday night.

A defensive duel turned into a scoring shootout, but in the end, No. 2 Mililani delivered the knockout punch. Down 28-22 in the third quarter, the Trojans roared to a 57-28 win over No. 6 Campbell on Friday night, spoiling the Sabers' homecoming.

Kalawai'a Judd gave his classmates a senior night they will never forget. The Kaiser quarterback scored on a 1-yard run with 16 seconds remaining to give the Cougars a shocking 20-19 victory over No. 3 Kahuku on Friday night at Kaiser Stadium.

Moanalua recovered from a sluggish start to earn its first win in more than a month. Kawika Keama-Jacobe threw for 335 yards and accounted for four touchdowns in Moanalua's 42-30 win over Aiea in an OIA Blue Division game on Friday.

That spectacular round of 60 shot by Tom Pernice Jr. in the first round of the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship Friday was no shock to Kevin Hayashi, Casey Nakama and Scott Simpson.

Davis Love III was excited stepping to the tee for his first shot as a Champions Tour member on Friday. Maybe a little too excited. "I jumped on it a little bit and hooked it," Love said.

The Hawaii soccer team paired its scoring production with improved defense and contributed to coach Michele Nagamine's birthday celebration with a 3-1 win over Eastern Washington on Friday in the opening match of the Montana Invitational in Missoula, Mont.

Standing over his 59th swing in the middle of the ninth fairway, Tom Pernice Jr. didn't know he had a shot at history. Somewhere on his back nine, the first-round leader of the $2.2 million Pacific Links Hawaii Championship lost count of all the birdies he'd bagged in perfect conditions at the Kapolei Golf Club.

How the Rainbow Warriors and the Colorado Buffaloes match up in today's match

Of all the potential obstacles -- thin air, long travel, time difference -- the University of Hawaii football team was not going to be stopped by a 1,300-pound buffalo.

Kapolei bounced back from an emotionally draining loss and secured a playoff berth with a 20-0 homecoming night win over Kailua on Friday.

John Barbieto scored the go-ahead touchdown and a vicious Waianae defense came to life in the second half to lead the Seariders to a 21-13 homecoming victory over Castle on Friday night at Raymond Torii Field.

It's about more than wearing a volleyball uniform for a few years. To be a Rainbow Wahine is to wear a proud tradition for life. Ali Longo is looking forward to her initiation into that circle Saturday.

If USA team captain Jay Haas ever has a senior moment, wondering when he needs to be in South Korea for the 2015 Presidents Cup, all he need do is go to the website.

Whenever University of Hawaii football coach Norm Chow enters an airplane for a road trip, he only makes right turns. For the Rainbow Warriors, the coaches travel in coach class.

The No. 6-ranked Campbell Sabers know about proficiency and production. But even when the well seems dry, they've learned to be poised. With just over a minute left, the Sabers trailed Kapolei 13-7 last week. Back on their 25-yard line, things seemed bleak.

In recent years, Hannie Anderson and fellow outrigger canoe paddling supporters would spend the time leading up to Na Wahine O Ke Kai "putting up our own money and praying" that the race would go on.

Year in and year out, 'Iolani has a huge hill to climb when it faces the iron of ILH volleyball, and Wednesday night was more of the same as Punahou downed the Raiders, 25-21, 25-17, at Hemmeter Fieldhouse.

Lee Janzen and Davis Love III greeted each other as the old friends they are Wednesday afternoon at the Kapolei Golf Club restaurant. They shook hands, laughed at the prospect of getting older and wondered out loud what to do next; much like a pair of 10-year-olds at the first day of summer camp.

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