The Warrior Beat

Warriors get LB; Ching back on air

January 30th, 2011

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.

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