Archive for June, 2010

Field work

June 30th, 2010
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There was a large enough  turnout for today's unsupervised workouts — more than 60 players — to run stations for offensive linmen, defensive linemen, linebackers and ball-handling players. The 90-minute workout concluded with 11-on-11 drills. Among the highlights:

• Freshman defensive end Beau Yap made a sack.

• Defensive tackle Vaughn Meatoga and strong safety Spencer Smith had back-to-back interceptions.

• Facing a seven-blocker line, Meatoga, noting the offense was tipping off its plays, juked his way in for a sack.

• Even newcomer kicker Tyler Hadden was able to get in a lot of work.

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Rush end Travis LaBoy and nose tackle Isaako "Isaac" Sopoaga of  the San Francisco 49ers are working out at UH for  at least another week. Both, of course, are former Warriors.

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Linebacker Akoni Lasconia said he is on track to join the Warriors in August. The last hurdle is earning an associate's degree, which he should receive after completing summer-session work. Leeward Community College's Summer Session II ends Aug. 13 — nine days after the start of the Warriors' training camp. Lasconia, who has been invited to camp, cannot participate in team activities until he earns his associate's degree. Lasconia, an outside linebacker who last played at Saddleback Community College, is 6 feet 2 and 240 pounds.

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Several Warriors participated in the telephone campaign to encourage fans to renew their season-ticket orders.

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Former Warrior ailing

June 29th, 2010
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Sad to hear that former UH defensive back Kent Kafentzis, a cancer survivor, is enduring a medical setback.

His family is setting up a foundation in which donations will be used to pay for his medical expenses.

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To help replace the loss of income from the Pigskin Pigout, which is on hiatus for a year, Na Koa is considering holding a telethon. Proceeds will be used to pay supplement summer school, the football training table, and some football-related positions.

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Former UH players David Veikune, Isaako "Isaac" Sopoaga and Jake Ingram will be among the guests at the 2010 Hawaii Football Scholarship Dinner at the Honoluu Country Club.

The dinner will be held July 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets start at $150 apiece, and 10-seat tables may be purchased for between $1,500 and $5,000.

Proceeds help subsidize the cost of UH's football camps.

For information, call 224-0911.

No Hawaii vacation for Bess

June 28th, 2010
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Former UH receiver Davone Bess said he will remain in Miami until the start of the Dolphins' training camp in late July. Bess had spent the past two summers in Hawaii.

"I've got a little spot here," Bess said.

Bess again will wear No. 15, after declining to sell it to Brandon Marshall, who popularized that number during his career wit the Denver Broncos. "I couldn't do it, just couldn't do it," Bess said.

He said NFL rules prohibit him from wearing a single-digit number, ruling out using the No. 7 he wore at UH. (Receivers are permitted to wear single-digits only if the Nos. 15-19 are taken.) Besides, Bess said, "our quarterback (Chad Henne) has No. 7."

Bess and his wife are expecting their second child — and first boy — in October. He said they have chosen the name Kingston Davone Bess.

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A few scenes from today's 7-on-7 drills:

Despite the Americans' World Cup loss, quarterback Shane Austin still proudly wears his Landon Donovan jersey. Of course, Austin also wears No. 10.

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Wideout Billy Ray Stutzmann:

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Running back Chizzy Dimude's new shoes:

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Jasper's old-school CD player:

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Former UH linebacker Josh Andrews is now playing for Mesa State in Colorado.

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Joshua Laurel, an outside hitter and 2007 graduate of Mater Dei High, is not expected to return to the Warrior volleyball team.

Head coach Charlie Wade said that, at last count, there will be 17 players trying out for libero in the fall. Ric Cervantes, a four-year starter at libero, completed his NCAA eligibility in May.

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And a happy birthday to Melissa Wilton.

Sunday specials

June 27th, 2010
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OK, OK, time to clean out the In box:

• The Rainbow Wahine softball team today will sign autographs and pose for pictures at the RainBowTique Ward Centre, from 11:30 a.m. to 1;30 p.m.

• Several UH players, including Kealoha Pilares and Spencer Smith, will be among the instructors at the Koa Kid Football Camp this coming week at the UH athletic facilities. It's an all-day camp, too. For details, go to Koa Kid Football.

• The UH men's volleyball team's Youth Camp runs tomorrow through Thursday in the Stan Sheriff Center. For info, go here: Youth Camp.

• Former UH running back Joey Cadiz has started a youth football league, which actually is part of a larger sports program. Check it out at playPono.

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Not sure how this happened, but I got little teary-eyed twice this week: Watching Toy Story 3 and the Michael Jackson tribute event.

Darn chili peppers.

I think it's time for some football.

Rally of Champions

June 26th, 2010
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Don't forget to check out the state's biggest rally — the one honoring the UH baseball team and HPU and UH softball teams, among others — at today's Rally of Champions at Queen's Surf Beach in Waikiki.

It begins with an autograph session at 5:30, followed by special presentations and highlight videos, and then a showing of "Field of Dreams."

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Chad Owens said it was a dispute over money that led to his trade from Montreal to Toronto in the Canadian Football League.

Owens said Montreal wanted to significantly cut his pay. When Owens decided to walk out, Montreal instead traded him to Toronto. Owens will be primarily a return specialist.