Archive for January, 2010

Beau Yap commits to UH

January 31st, 2010

Beau Yap, The Advertiser's state Defensive Player of the Year, has accepted a football scholarship from the Warriors, according to his father, Boyd Yap.

Yap, a rush end from Kamehameha Schools, had made a commitment to Baylor last week. He visited Oregon State this weekend. But after returning today, he changed his mind and pledged a commitment to the Warriors.

Boyd Yap, once a Player of the Year, also played for UH in the early 1980s.

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Our columnist Ferd Lewis  surveyed several college coaches, who came up with a list of the top prospects in the state:

Do you agree with their ranking?

Give us your opinion.

Let us know.

Cheerful dilemma

January 30th, 2010


There is a nice problem developing at Warrior volleyball matches.

The fans are starting to make noise. Last night, three showed up in costume. BowZos II? They heckled UC Irvine players, from their John Stockton-length shorts to opposite attacker Carson Clark's membership in the Taylor Swift Fan Club.

Thing is, the UH cheerleaders are leading their own cheers.

And when the two sides are doing their thing at the same time, it can get confusing. Heckles and cheers aren't always in sync.

Still, it's a nice switch from the polite — and hushed — crowds of recent seasons.


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Jonas Umlauft is the real deal.

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Baton twirler Shannon Dresser also is amazing:


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• Middle blocker Steven Grgas will undergo further tests to determine the extent of what is believed to be a hand fracture. He could be out for several weeks.

• Libero Ric Cervantes gamely returned to play in the fifth set despite an injury to his right achilles. He vowed to play tonight.

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While I think volleyball is exciting, here are some ways to make it better:

• To slow an opponent's momentum, teams will try delay tactics such as asking for "sweat" spots to be wiped on the court. Solution? Dry mops. Then it's sweep-sweep, and in two seconds everybody is ready to play again.

• Hey, I'm 49, wear tri-focals and struggle to read newspaper agate. Which brings us to the volleyball refs who are older than me. The men's game is too fast. So why not use television replays if they're available. I know the Stan Sheriff Center is one of the few venues where volleyball is televised, but, so what? Life's not fair. But it's better than refs missing struck antennas or making calls based on how a team celebrates or protests.

* Is it possible for announcer Billy V to read the sponsors' names, oh, eight fewer times each match. Nothing like a team being forced to call a timeout to slow the frenzy only to hear the list of sponsors. I'm pretty sure the ads plastered around the arena are an indication of which companies are forking over money.

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What's more surprising: That Saints fan Rob DeMello named his cat "Louisiana" or that he owns a cat?


Arizona is the hot spot

January 29th, 2010

Add Colt Brennan to the growing list of Warrior-tied football players training in Arizona. The weather, easy travel access and numerous training facilities make Arizona an attractive workout area.

Brennan, who has successfully recovered from three surgeries in the past 18 months, said he finally is healthy for the first time since September 2007.

Brennan said he will continue training in Arizona for two months, then participate in the Washington Redskins' two-month training program.

He said he now weighs 216.

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Former Kamehameha Schools offensive linemen Elmer Lim and Scott Collins have been added to the Warriors' spring roster.

Also, Casey Purdy, a Word of Life graduate, will compete in spring training.


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Bright and early, several UH football players headed to Ching field to practice footwork and skill drills.


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Here are cousins Mana Lolotai and Kapono Rawlins-Crivello:


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From UH's Derek Inouchi:

University of Hawai‘i Athletics Director Jim Donovan announced the addition of Western Kentucky, which is now Division I-A, to almost complete the 2012 football schedule. The Warriors and Hilltoppers will close out the regular season with a game on Dec. 1, 2012 at Aloha Stadium.

With the addition of Western Kentucky, the Warriors need one more opponent to complete the 2012 schedule. UH has already filled the upcoming 2010 schedule as well as 2011.

“We’re pleased that Western Kentucky has filled one of the open slots for the 2012 schedule,” Donovan said. “I’m sure their coaches, players and fans are very excited for the opportunity to play an FBS opponent on the road to finish the regular season. Having already completed the 2010 and ’11 schedules and needing one more game for ’12 and ’13, we’re meeting one of our goals to have the football schedule complete several years out.”

Hawai‘i and Western Kentucky will play for the first time on the football field.

The 2012 schedule includes road games at USC (Sept. 1) and Brigham Young (Sept. 8) to open the season and a home game against UNLV (Sept. 22).

Since last year, UH has announced new games with Army, Brigham Young (2012 & 2013), and UC Davis and extended series with USC, Oregon State, Washington, and UNLV.

On the other hand ...

January 27th, 2010

Last week, a UH person told me that there was no way Mel deLaura, recently replaced as the head strength/conditioning coach for the Warrior football team, would go to SMU to reunite with June Jones. The person said SMU did not have any openings.

But then last night, I got a call from Jones, who said that, in fact, he has two openings for strength/conditioning coaches. He said there are a bunch of procedures that need to be done first.

So I stand corrected.

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The past three days, every coach, administrator and athletic department staff worker was required to attend a four-hour session on diversity (with an emphasis on acceptance of others). Because of scheduling conflicts, there were a couple of noticeably absences. Not to fret. Every absentee is required to watch a video of the session.

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Happy birthday to this fun-loving blogger:


Who grew up to be a well-respect graphic artist, mug designer, kill-'em-with-kindness heckler and lounge singer:


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Who can turn the world on with a smile ... ?

Here's Powder in the Big Apple, experiencing falling snow for the time in her, uh, 21 years of life:


This shot doesn't count

January 27th, 2010

The football team was told that because linebacker Brashton Satele had completed five years of eligibility and earned a degree in December, he would have to count as part of UH's 2010 recruiting class if he were to successfully petition for a sixth year of football.

Lee Ann Satele, like the rest of us, thought that was an odd rule. So she personally called the NCAA and was told that, no, her son would not count as one of the 25 initial scholarships. She then notified UH.

Satele, who is taking on-line classes while training in Arizona, returned to Honolulu for a few days. He already has lost 10 pounds.


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Former UH defensive tackle Michael Lafaele has been working out intensively the past several weeks. We've been told he is considering whether to take a retest at UH's Pro Day in Carson, Calif.

Lafeale completed his UH eligibility at the end of the 2008 Sugar Bowl. He participated in the 2008 Pro Day, but was not drafted nor offered a free-agent contract.

He has had a successful career in marketing and advertising.

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Ran into Mel deLaura at a basketball game last night. DeLaura, who was replaced as the lead strength/conditioning coach for the Warrior football team, is on vacation through Feb. 5 .He said he will announce his future plans after that.

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So for Valentine's Day, get your loved one the new iPad, which was unveiled today: