Archive for January, 2011

Defensive end commits to UH

January 31st, 2011
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The Warriors today secured a verbal commitment from defensive end Craig Cofer of Grossmont College in San Diego. 

Cofer said he is 6 feet 5, 250 pounds and is capable of bench pressing 275 pounds 13 times. 

"I love the weather and the beach and family aspect," Cofer told the Warrior Beat.

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The next few days will be big for the Warriors as they solidify commitments from recruits. The coaches today will meet to discuss their recruiting board. 

For many football programs, this has been a more complicated recruiting season because of the NCAA's new restrictions on "over-booking." In the past, programs could over-recruit knowing, for sure, that a certain number would not be eligible to play in the coming fall. 

Not so anymore. 

Now programs have to be more precise in projecting who will qualify. That's not always so easy in January. And that could mean not taking a chance on a borderline student. If today's rules were applied in the past, the Warriors would not have able to sign Pisa Tinoisamoa or Isaako Sopoago. 

Maybe the best thing would be to push the signing date to March or April. That would provide a more accurate assessment of high school seniors and junior-college sophomores. 

For now, as a coach told the Warrior Beat, "There's no room for error."

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There will be no tug-o-war over  two-sport athlete Miah Ostrowski. 

He's on football scholarship and, as one person in the know said: "He's going to be on the football field in the fall."

Ostrowski is a leading candidate for a starting slotback's job.

Warriors get LB; Ching back on air

January 30th, 2011
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The Warriors have secured a commitment from linebacker Penitito Faalologo of Fagaitua High in American Samoa. 

Faalologo is 6 feet 1 and 220 pounds, according to his coach, Pooch Taase. 

Faalologo visited Hawaii a week ago before going to Austin, Texas, where he will compete in Wednesday's USA vs. The World all-star football game. Taase said Faalologo will sign his letter of intent with UH that morning, the first day recruits may put their commitments in writing. 

Faalologo also is an accomplished rugby player. 

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Shawn Ching has reached an agreement to return to the airwaves as news anchor for Hawaii News Now. Ching, a former UH center, will be teamed with Stephanie Lum. 

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There are lessons to be learned from the Pro Bowl. No, not that the state should pay for all of our events, although judging from the activities in Waikiki the past week, the Pro Bowl does move the economic needle. 

But the Pro Bowl organizers did a great job dressing up Aloha Stadium. The banners are a great touch, and since it appears one of the Aloha Stadium sponsors is a sign a company , hmm. 

I think Aloha Stadium could do the same, with banners depicting the state football champions and top players in UH football history. If Michael Carter, Garrett Gabriel, Timmy Chang and anybody named Noga can't get into UH's Circle of Honor, then find a bigger circle. Aloha Stadium would do. 

And I'm not sure who's responsible for that sideline screen, but kudos. It's made of anti-glare material, and it's angled for those sitting in the scoreboard blind spot. 

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Warrior volleyball coach Charlie Wade had to make some tough decisions that should pay off in the long run. Shane Welch, a promising freshman middle blocker, did not accompany the Warriors on this weekend's road trip to focus on his studies. Outside hitter Steven Hunt was benched for reportedly making a gesture at a heckler. That forced the Warriors to use freshman  outside hitter Scott Hartley, who burned his option of redshirting this season by playing in last night's four-set victory.

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Deepest sympathy to the family of Gordon Wong, who recently passed away. Wong was owner of Key Lime Tree Communications. He also was a huge Warrior supporter. Too soon. Much too soon.

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And continued get-well wishes to Laureen (Uno) Uwaine, who will begin medical treatment soon. An enthusiastic Warrior football fan, she attended one of the practices in November. She got autographs and took pictures with several players; head coach Greg McMackin even took a break from the practice to offer encouraging words.

Senior moment

January 29th, 2011
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Former UH slotback Greg Salas has one catch for two yards during today's Senior Bowl. 

"Just didn't get a lot of balls thrown his way," agent Kenny Zuckerman wrote in a text to the Warrior Beat.

But Zuckerman said the most important phase was the practices leading to the game, and that Salas "had a solid week."

Zuckerman added: "Next up, combine!"

Maybe it's a good thing that most of the important scouting occurs in the practices leading to the Senior Bowl. That's because today's Senior Bowl was shown on the NFL Network, which is not available to Hawaii's Oceanic subscribers. It is still part of the dispute between the network and cable carriers, such as Time Warner, which owns Oceanic. 

And, yet, there are reports that Time Warner wants to be a partner in the soon-to-be-formed network for the Texas Longhorns? 

Maybe a Hawaii exemption needs to be created. In exchange for hosting the Pro Bowl, Hawaii cable subscribers can get the NFL Network? Hey, one can dream.

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OK, we're all envious of PowderPuff now (or we want to be her best friend):

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Thoughts and prayers to DPK, who is back in the hospital for a follow-up procedure, and to Roosevelt High classmate, Laureen (Uno) Uwaine, who underwent surgery yesterday and begins medical treatment soon. Wishing healthful recoveries to both.

In no rush

January 28th, 2011
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A month after suffering a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament, former UH slotback Kealoha Pilares remains in Hawaii, receiving physical therapy. It has not been determined when, or if, he will train on the Mainland, as he had initially planned. 

But Pilares will attend the NFL Scouting Combine at the end of February in Indianapolis. He also will participate in UH's Pro Day in early April.

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A loud birthday shout-out to A-Joe, one of the legendary, uh, shout-outers.

Warriors enter home stretch

January 27th, 2011
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The Warriors are entering the final recruiting weekend before next Wednesday's signing day. And, this time, they will be helped by the NFL. 

Because the Pro Bowl was moved to the Sunday between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl, for the first time, the all-star game will be held in Hawaii during the recruiting season. While UH probably won't be allowed to offer a sideline pass to a recruit, there's nothing stopping a tour of the freshly painted Aloha Stadium FieldTurf. And if, say, All-Pro players Wes Welker and Ray Lewis — both of whom were once coached by Greg McMackin — were to wander on by, well ...

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Happy birthday to Rachel Chavez.