By Stephen Tsai
Delbert Tengan has resigned as head coach of Saint Louis School's fooball and basketball teams. He told his coaches last night, then made it official in a news release circulated to the media this afternoon. He will remain as a physical education coach.
It is a sad outome for Tengan, who has been involved with Crusader athletics for 25 years. Tengan's football teams lost only two games in the last two years. For UH fans, Tengan was a friend of the program.
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According to wideout Malcolm Lane, former UH cornerbacks Gerard Lewis and Myron Newberry are mulling an opportunity to play in the German Football League. Lane, who lived in Germany for several years, said the caliber of play is very good. Lane also said the demise of NFL Europa has created a market for the GFL to expand.
Here's a photo from last year's German Bowl:
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Dylan Linkner has a dream.
What he needs is time to sleep.
"My day consists of waking up at 5 in the morning," said Linkner, a non-scholarship wideout. "I come over here, and lift early in the morning."
He lifts weights, then participates in conditioning drills. After that, he goes to Kapi‘olani Community College, where he is taking a 2-hour summer school class. Then it's home to Kailua to do homework or take a quick nap. He then serves as a bus worker at a Waikiki Restaurant from 4 p.m. until midnight.
"I don't get home until 1," Linkner said. "I don't fall asleep until 1:30, 2. I get right back up at 5 for the same workouts."
Is it worth it? "Of course," said Linkner, who is perpetually upbeat.
Linkner's father, Jim, is Keali‘i Reichel's sound engineer. Last week, Jim Linkner won another Hoku award.
Dylan Linkner wants to make it on his own. He wants to pay for his tuition. He wants to be responsible. That meant that last summer, when his teammates were working out, he was stocking shelves at Longs.
Linkner, who finished spring training as the No. 2 right wideout, set a goal of earning a football scholarship.
Yesterday afternoon, he managed to compete in unsupervised workouts. He ran hard. He made every catch.
"I'm working hard," Linkner said.
In training camp, he wants to prove "that I'm worthy, that I can get that scholarship."
But if that falls through, "I want to make sure I have money to pay for school," he said.
Here's Linkner (left) with safety Spencer Smith:
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It's good to see that Laupepa Letuli has fully healed from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for all of spring training. He had suffered the injury while running the 40-yard dash on Cooke ... er, Ching Field. Letuli, Aaron Kia and Ray Hisatake are competing to be the No. 1 left tackle. Last year's starter, Keith AhSoon, is moving to left guard.
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Shane Austin also declared himself healthy. He suffered a fracture in his right foot on the last play of the Warrior Bowl. His foot was in a cast and then a medical boot. Now he is able to practice without any medical support for his foot.
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Dylan Linkner, Leon Wright-Jackson and Shane Austin are posing for a serious shot when Inoke Funaki pulls a quarterback sneak and races in front of the group.
Then Funaki does the peek-a-boo trick: