Archive for July, 2008

Top Vegas linebacker commits to UH

July 31st, 2008

A highly regarded linebacker from Las Vegas has accepted a football scholarship from the Warriors.
T.J. Alofipo gave his verbal commitment this morning.
"That's where I want to be," Alofipo told The Advertiser.
He is rated as Nevada's top linebacker, and the state's fourth-best player overall.  Alofipo is 6 feet 2 and 235 pounds.
He said he has been timed at 4.7 seconds over 40 yards. He can dunk a basketball.
Last season, Alofipo made 66 tackles, including 11.5 for sacks.
Although he played strongside linebacker, he also projects as a middle linebacker and defensive end.
He also received scholarship offers from Arizona, Fresno State, Colorado State, Brigham Young and UNLV.

Here's his highlight video (with the link courtesy of Tombo Ahi):

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The players are supposed to be tapering this week in preparation for the weekend's start of training camp. But defensive end John Fonoti and slotback Aaron Bain have not slowed down. Both have continued to participate in running and weightlifting sessions. Not surprisingly both will go on scholarship this weekend.

Here's Bain trying to defend his girlfriend, UH soccer player Kristen Oshiro.



Bain then set up the JUGS, an electronic football-throwing machine.



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Here's the new-look Daniel Otineru, who underwent jaw surgery to correct sleep apnea. Otineru, who won't be medically cleared until November, has received a medical hardship for this season.


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Don't forget Heather McMackin's football clinic for women is set for Aug. 19 in the Stan Sheriff Center. (It was moved from Aug. 21 because of the Pigskin Pigout.) The clinic is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Each attendee will receive a "playbook" of terms, diagrams and talking points. Light refreshments will be served. The fee is $10. For information, call 956-6508 or e-mail:

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Here's a picture of Caryn Kunz and her fiance, Washington State football player Vaughn Lesuma. Not to worry Warrior fans: Kunz's family is backing UH. Vaughn leaves Saturday for Pullman. The Cougars open training camp on Monday.



Cadiz makes the team

July 30th, 2008

Congratulations to running back Joey Cadiz, who has been invited to the Warriors' training camp, which opens this weekend.
Cadiz, a 2007 graduate of Mililani High, attended Humboldt State last year. He earned one of 104 spots (UH is keeping one open) because of his hard work in running drills and weightlifting sessions this summer.
Cadiz, who is 5 feet 6, is expected to serve on the scout team. But earning a berth against tough competition is quite an accomplishment. Mario Cox and Alonzo Chopp have been invited to rejoin Aug. 25, the first day of the fall semester, when the roster limit is lifted.
Wideout Jett Jasper, slotback Nate Nasca, cornerbacks Kawika Ornellas and Richard Torres, and offensive lineman Les Soloai also earned training-camp berths.



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It's never too early to think ahead.
One of the 28 scholarship offers went to an eighth-grader.

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UH coaches and staff are required to attend "Tongue Fu" classes — sessions designed to teach speech and communication skills. One of the lessons is on how to relate to the "Millenium Generation." (Hint: Anyone born before 1990 should not refer to someone as "dawg.")
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That sound is the breaking of young men's hearts. Our co-worker and fellow blogger, Caryn Kunz, is engaged. Caryn is a graduate of Kahuku High and Stanford. Her cousin is UH defensive tackle Quentin Beaver. She also is Inoke Funaki's classmate.


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We had another Calf Call today. Here are the spring rolls:


And here's an up-close-and-personal shot of the soup:


And here's the tapioca pudding:


Kealoha Pilares chat

July 29th, 2008

Thanks again to Kealoha Pilares for serving as our chat guest today. We appeciate his time, insights and typing ability.


By request, here are pix of Pilares's tats:



Pilares to chat today at 11:30

July 29th, 2008

Right slotback Kealoha Pilares will be our chat guest today at about 11:30 a.m.
A separate post for the chat will go up at 11;15.
Please join us.

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From a news release:

Elected officials from Aiea and Pearl City will be hosting a community town meeting with University of Hawaii Athletic Director Jim Donovan and Head Football Coach Greg McMackin to “talk story” about the future of the University of Hawaii Athletics Program. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 30, 2008 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Waimalu Elementary School cafeteria.

“We are very pleased that Jim Donovan and Coach Mack will come to speak to our community,” said Rep. K. Mark Takai.

“We have learned through this awesome, yet challenging year, that UH Athletics is important to many people in our community,” Takai said.

“We not only anticipate another amazing year in athletics, but are interested in learning about some of the immediate and long-term plans for the biggest sports program in the state,” he added.

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Belated congratulations to Lori and Garret on their wedding anniversary.

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Happy 40th birthday to Michael Tsai, our newspaper's best writer.

Temecula connection

July 28th, 2008

The Temecula (Calif.) pipeline is still active.
When Brett Symonds of Chaparral HIgh reports to training camp Saturday, he becomes the third Temecula-raised kicker to play for the Warriors. He follows Eric Hannum and Dan "The Iceman" Kelly.
Symonds turned down scholarship offers from Weber State and Idaho State to enroll at UH as a walk-on. But he said welcomed the opportunity to serve as Kelly's apprentice. Kelly is entering his senior season.
"And," he said of his decision, "it's Hawai‘i."
Symonds is 5 feet 11 and 150. But he has kicked a 43-yarder in a game. During warm-ups, he has booted field goals of 55 yards off a 1-inch block and 57 off the ground.

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This is the extremely large right hand of Keith "The Bear" AhSoon, who moves from left left tackle to left guard this season.


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With the departure of Colt Brennan, John Estes is expected to assume a leadership role on offense. He will be the offense's only third-year starter.


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The best battle of camp will be at left tackle. The candidates are Aaron Kia, Ray Hisatake and Laupepa Letuli. Here's Kia:


And here's Hisatake:


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One of the team's nicest guys, Antwan "Tua" Mahaley, is ready to contend for playing time at defensive end this season.


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Jennifer Carey, now an assistant volleyball coach at Georgia Tech, is in town on a visit. The Warriors will be working out at Georgia Tech in preparation for the Florida game. Former UH offensive coordinator Paul Johnson is Georgia Tech's head football coach.


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Legendary football coach Chuck Mills also visited the Warriors today.


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Mei Ling took some wonderful pictures of the Arizona Cardinals' camp. Here's Travis LaBoy signing an autograph:


And that's Satele (No. 67):