The Warrior Beat

Busy night in Manoa

April 30th, 2010

For years, people have talked about the wish of having an on-campus football stadium in Manoa.

We'll see a little bit of how the traffic conditions would be when the UH football, baseball and softball teams all stage events at the same time tonight. At least the usual Friday-evening traffic will be eased because of furloughs.

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Tonight's Warrior Bowl — actually, it's just an offense vs. defense controlled scrimmage — will give fans debate material that should last through the summer. There are key battles at several starting and roster spots.

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Some credit for the Rainbow Wahine softball team's power surge should go to strength coach Kenny Esquivel. He puts the Rainbows through tough in-season workouts. The results are evident in the record books. Esquivel used to be a conditioning coach in the Florida Marlins' minor-league system.

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Too bad the Warrior volleyball season has ended. It was a fun team to watch. With Jonas Umlauft, Joshua Walker, Steven Hunt and Nejc Zemljak back next year, plus the addition of two highly regarded middles and an outside hitter, the Warriors should remain competitive. And the two MPSF finalists — Stanford and Cal State Northridge — both have to play in Hawaii next year. Let's hope those matches are not on the same night as football, softball and baseball events.

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