Archive for February, 2009

Australian punter to join Warriors

February 28th, 2009

Alex Dunnachie, a punter from Australia, said he has accepted a football scholarship from the Warriors.
Dunnachie, who is 6 feet 2 and 220 pouinds, is one of the top punters at the Ray Guy Academy for punters, kickers and long-snappers.
Dunnachie said he "consistently hit it 65, 70 yards."
Rick Sang, co-founder of the Ray Guy Academy, said Dunnachie has had several punts with hang times in excess of 5 seconds.
"He has natural power," Sang said. "He looks like a college tight end."
Dunnachie said he has never played American football. But he has a played Australian Rules Football, which emphasizing kicking, since he was 5.
"We kick it end over end, back spin, spirals," Dunnachie said.
As for choosing UH, Dunnachie said: "This place is paradise."
UH has reserved one more scholarship.

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Running back John Lister, who signed earlier this month, is expected to gray shirt.

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The Warriors will have an ample number of running backs this year, even if Daniel Libre does not earn a sixth season. Alex Green and Chizzy Dimude join the team in May. Leon Wright-Jackson will be back for his senior season. And although Kealoha Pilares (slotback) and Jake Heun (rush end) are candidates to move to other positions, UH is not yet ready to release them from running back duties.  And don't forget Inoke Funaki.

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Bryant Moniz will be given a serious look at quarterback this spring. He's down on the depth chart — Greg Alexander, Brent Rausch and Shane Austin enter 1-2-3 —  but he's displayed good arm strength and footwork in unsupervised drills.

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Wednesday's Super Games event is tentatively scheduled for water polo. If that's not possible — and there are scheduling concerns — then it's tug-o-war.

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The past Thursday, for the first time in more than 15 years, the UH cheerleaders performed at a Warrior volleyball match.


Promise ring

February 27th, 2009

The Warriors received their Hawai‘i Bowl rings during this morning's team meeting. Coach Mack designed them.  Coach Mack said next time the goal won't be to earn a bowl berth but to win the bowl game.

27veikune1.JPGDavid Veikune

27funaki.JPGInoke Funaki

27team.JPGTeam meeting

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Coach Mack and AD Jim Donovan leave today for a four-day trip to Japan to promote UH athletics.



Maui scrimmage is April 11

February 26th, 2009

From Derek Inouchi:

The University of Hawai‘i Athletics Department has announced plans for a football scrimmage on Maui and details for next month’s “Warrior Bowl,” which culminates spring practice.
On Saturday, April 11, the Warriors will fly to Maui to hold an intrasquad scrimmage at the War Memorial Stadium beginning at 11:00 a.m. (tentative), followed by an autograph session on the field.
No state funds will be used to pay for the trip and donations from McDonald’s and Oceanic Time Warner Cable, as well as support from Hawaiian Airlines and Panda Travel, and in-kind support from the County of Maui will cover the expenses.
The “Warrior Bowl” intrasquad scrimmage will be held at Aloha Stadium on Saturday, April 25, at 3:00 p.m. Prior to the game, McMackin and several UH football players will be available for autographs and photos from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on the South Endzone concourse. Fans are encouraged to bring their cameras and items to sign. Parking is $1 and fans can enter through Gate 4 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Admission is free.
Beginning at 3:00 p.m., the Warriors will play the four-quarter “Warrior Bowl.” Fans are invited to sit in the stands on the Makai side of the stadium.
The Warriors open spring practice Monday, March 30, at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Complex, which features a new artificial playing surface. UH has not practiced on the field since 2003.

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The athletic department today honored Margie Okimoto, who is retiring after 41 years as the secretary to the athletic director. Among the luncheon guests were Bob Wagner, Vince Goo and Hugh Yoshida.


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Here's Vince Goo with his former basketball assistants, Da Houl and Serenda Valdez:


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Last season, the Warriors missed Dennis McKnight's loud, crazed-dog, manic coaching style. Maybe the new G.A. — Mike Smith — will fill that void.

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For more than a month, Chris McLachlin has fretted over whether to announce the UH-Stanford telecast. McLachlin's son plays for Stanford. Relax. McLachlin is a top analyst, and quite objective. He'll do the telecast tonight, as he should. It actually would be a weird sight for McLachlin to be in the stands. He belongs on the mic.



Team Purps claims basketball title

February 25th, 2009

John Estes fostered a hoops dream when he assembled his Super Games team.
It became a reality today when his Team Purps, led by four-time All-State guard Miah Ostrowski and Dustin "The Human Blur" Blount, clobbered Sex Appeal in the basketball championship game in Klum Gym.
Ostrowski, proving he's one of the top point guards on campus, opened the scoring by draining consecutive all-net 3s.
Blount, who is about 5-7, soared for a putback.
And Brett Leonard  banked a 3 from about 24 feet.
The play of the morning came in the prelims. Ostrowski leaped to save a ball from going out of bounds, then made a quarter-court, behind-the-back pass for an assist.

Here are Ostrowski and Blount:


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Newly hired o-line coach Gordie Shaw:


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UH has started a Twitter account. Here's the link:

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And the turkey meatloaf (from Gourmet Express in Kahala Mall):


UH seeks spring scrimmage on Maui

February 24th, 2009

 The Warriors are exploring the possibility of staging a football scrimmage and autograph session at Maui's War Memorial Stadium in April, athletic director Jim Donovan said.
The event would be part of the Warriors' spring practice. They still would play the Green-White game at Aloha Stadium.
"We're hopeful it'll all come together," said Donovan, adding the event is still  in the proposal stage.
But Donovan said it was important for "Hawai‘i's team" to connect with fans throughout the state. Maui has the second-most pay-per-view customers of UH sports.
Donovan said Teri Chang, assistant athletic director for facilities and operations, is in charge of coordinating the event. Chang was raised on Maui. Donovan said Chang coordinated the UH-Montana game on Maui several years ago and "is a natural fit to coordinate this."

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Ryan Mouton said he "popped" his left hamstring today while running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
He suffered the injury at about the 30-yard mark, and limped the rest of the way. He was credited with an "unofficial" time of 4.48 seconds, said his agent Kenny Zuckerman.
Mouton said he does not believe he tore the hamstring. He will be evaluated in Honolulu this week. He said he expects to run the 40  at the April 2 Pro Day in Carson, Calif.
Mouton, who is listed at 5 feet 9 and 187 pounds, had a vertical jump of 39 1/2 inchces and a broad jump of 10 feet, 9 inches.
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Athletic director Jim Donovan is our (video) chat guest at 2 p.m. today. We're on a couple of hours later this week because of a scheduling conflict. You may submit questions here (through 1 p.m.) or during the show, which may be accessed on the home page of Please join us.

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Happy belated birthday to Bobbie Omoto, who runs the basketball program.