D-ends step up

March 29th, 2011
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The Warriors made an easy transition back to work yesterday after a one-week hiatus for spring break:

• Defensive left end Liko Satele's left arm was in a brace because of an injured left forearm. Satele won't participate in contact drills the rest of the spring, but he is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in August. UH head coach Greg McMackin said Satele  played well during the first five spring practices.

• Paipai Falemalu, the No. 1 defensive right end, took several reps at left end in place of Satele. Marcus Malepeai, Beau Yap, and Desmond Dean also received extended work at DE. During the team drills, Yap had a sack. "I like those three guys," d-end coach Cal Lee said.

* One of the d-end candidates, Siaki Cravens, has not practiced this spring while recovering from a procedure on an injured leg.

• Miah Ostrowski's return after three months as the UH basketball team's point guard was a success. Ostrowski practiced as the No. 1 right slotback, and he looked crisp in running routes and catching passes. He said he developed chemistry as starting quarterback Bryant Moniz's roommate on road trips last year. With the help of two of Moniz's cousins, their hotel room was turned into a mini theater. A projector played movies on a large canvas.

• The first two spring practices, Allen Sampson and Terence Bell were the No. 1 slotbacks. While the receiver competition will remain open until training camp, Sampson and Bell yesterday practiced at wideout. The Warriors want to improve their vertical attack, and Sampson and Bell are speedy on the 9 routes along the sideline.

• Corey Paclebar remained as the No. 1 left slotback. Billy Ray Stutzmann will push for a job at slot or wideout.

• With Tank Hopkins playing his best since his arrival in Manoa in June 2009 and John Hardy-Tuliau moving from nickelback, it appeared the Warriors were set at cornerback. What's more, highly regarded corner Mike Edwards joins this summer. But Kawika Ornellas has played well in man coverage this spring, providing depth and, maybe, some more competition at corner.

• Here are linebackers George Daily-Lyles and Aaron Brown:

george

• The theme of yesterday's practice was to "play fast." That was emphasized when the coaches implored the offense to play at "game tempo" during team drills. And defensive coordinator Dave Aranda told his defense he wanted hockey changes during substitutions. It was a reference to how quickly hockey teams change lines.

• For the final drill of practice, there was an offense versus defense competition, with points awarded for third-down stops, interceptions, forced fumbles. The surprise of camp, kicker Kenton Chun, converted a 37-yarder. Tyler Hadden has the lead, but Chun and Kyle Niiro are solid insurance.

240 Responses to “D-ends step up”

  1. chopsueyboy:

    foist


  2. papajoe2:

    2


  3. papajoe2:

    Recently heard someone ask "eh, how come get only 4 teams left in the final four? I thought they had plenty teams."


  4. papajoe2:

    Saw Miah in pads on the news. As per NCAA rules, wasn't he supposed to practice 2 days without pads first?


  5. Stephen Tsai:

    What's up with all of the national talk-show bashing of the NCAA tournament?
    Keep hearing hosts moan about how the one-and-done format is not rewarding the better teams.
    I liken the whole thing to someone who buys an outfit at Neiman Marcus only to find a similar outfit at Ross Dress For Less. Administrators and booster must be wondering why they pour so much money into salaries and facilities when a lower-budget program can be just as successful.


  6. Stephen Tsai:

    papajoe:
    It wasn't a contact practice. They were in shells yesterday. Just wrapping up.


  7. Okole Maluna:

    Corey Paclebar is our Ochocinco.
    With pictures of very good looking family.

    http://www.sportshawaii.com/sh/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=31126


  8. RedZone:

    Now that is what I have been waiting to hear. I have always wanted the Warriors to up the tempo in practices. Hopefully if they practice fast they will start off fast come game time.

    Get well Siaki and Liko.


  9. papajoe2:

    ST, #5, What if they selected the teams like the football BCS? Would VCU and Butler even be invited?
    #6, That's good. Didn't want them to get in trouble but, if caught early for something minor, we would eliminate any major penalty. I didn't want to be the guy to point it out but, it WAS on statewide TV. Maybe some visitor to the islands saw it and would make trouble.


  10. RedZone:

    As far as I know the better teams have won in the NCAA tournamant. You lose you go home. They just don't like being wrong.


  11. jm2375:

    Good morning Tsaikos!!

    Get well soon Liko & Siaki!

    IS IT FRIDAY YET??


  12. Slugger:

    Good morning!

    Practice on Wednesday...


  13. papajoe2:

    ST, or anyone who goes to the practices. How is Kana (Mana's bro) Silva doing?


  14. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Good Morning Gangeez! :)

    Nice post, Mr. Tsai! Lotsa info up there. Happy to see that Beau Yap is making such an impact so early. He's going to be a great one!

    Travellin' Tsing Tao Tommy takes top twenny!


  15. Kazz on Droid_X:

    RAINBOW WAHINE SOFTBALL RPI:

    #45


  16. BG:

    Good Morning!

    RedZone, I'm with you...practice like you play. I especially like Aranda's hockey change. That should lessen the time-outs that have to be taken when there's confusion on substitutions. May mean a few penalties for 12 players on the field at the season's beginning but that should work itself out quickly.


  17. cheepono:

    thanks for the practice updates ST. very much appreciated.

    what happened to the darius bright experiment?


  18. papajoe2:

    Thanks Kazz. For a minute I thought I read RIP and thought NEVER from Kazz. So I read it again and all's good although I wish it was higher.


  19. BG:

    It was interesting to read Ferd write about all the Warrior opponents looking to reload at QB. Will it be to our advantage to catch the tough teams at the start of the season?


  20. madeinhawaii:

    Morning Tsaikos everywhere!


  21. madeinhawaii:

    BG...

    If our Defense can get to their QB enough times and intercept early, I would think that would shake the newbie up some.


  22. BG:

    I liked reading that Dean was making progress. He must be working hard in the weight room. I had my doubts when he first arrived. Kudos to him and thanks for proving me wrong.


  23. BG:

    mih
    I agree. If the defense shows up early, this coming season could be verrrry interesting! If the D perfects the hockey change, it also might mean that they won't have to stay in a base defense against hurry up offenses. They'll be able to run their blitzes (theoretically) and put pressure on the unproven QB's. I'd like that scenario.


  24. Stephen Tsai:

    papajoe:
    Don't notice Kana Silva much.
    But Justin Clapp is getting a lot of work.


  25. Stephen Tsai:

    BG:
    Desmond Dean is getting bigger, but it's going to take the offseason.
    Same with Allen Sampson.
    It's just hard to put on good weight during spring training.


  26. SteveM:

    Good morning everyone!

    Thanks for the updates, ST.


  27. Michigan Warrior:

    Howzit, everyone!

    Mahalo, St, for all this info to digest! So much going on. Really excited about all the positives we're hearing already! Must be a (good kine) headache for the coaches to decide who will start where, etc. At least it's also good news that we're growing in depth! Keep it up, team and coaches!

    Go, Warriors!!!


  28. Michigan Warrior:

    Was hoping Colt would be healed enough to throw passes during our Pro Day. Good luck to everyone on Thursday!


  29. BG:

    ST
    Mahalo for being so responsive to our inquiries...just another reason why this blog is a great place to be!


  30. al:

    perhaps they should move the training table to camellia's?

    i know i can pick up a pound or few each visit.


  31. al:

    here's hoping that cameron higgins will do well enough to get a look by those observing our pro day.

    great positioning for him.

    i believe he deserves a look in someone's camp.


  32. HawaiiMongoose:

    Some people are warriors. Me, I'm a worrier. And I'm still worried about the DEs. Satele is hurt and Cravens is hurt. Paipai is talented but he's a tweener. Dean, Malepeai and Yap are promising but have zero game experience. Hopefully the guys will heal up and step it up.


  33. Stephen Tsai:

    Just spoke with Mana Silva. He's in the Ikei-mobile. Silva, Laupepa Letuli, Adrian Thomas are on the drive from Scottsdale to L.A.


  34. Stephen Tsai:

    I once asked a doctor if he was ever worried about dealing with sick patients. He said he was concerned but not worried. He said he couldn't do his job if he were worried. I think it's a good thing when people are concerned enough to care.


  35. gigi-hawaii:

    MW,

    Where did you read that Colt is not healed enough to throw passes on Pro Day? I thought he was. If not, that's too bad. I was hoping that would be his day to show what he could do...


  36. BG:

    Echoing cheepono at #17. How the coaches decide to use Darius will be a topic of interest for all of us. Maybe not quite fast enough to be a wr. Is he quick enough to be a slot? For sure, he's got too much talent to sit on the bench. In the slot, I can just see him blocking down on the linebacker during a run...katoosh! As a wr, the poor corner is mis-matched on a bubble screen. In the red zone, he's a tough match-up on a jump ball or slant. His nick could be "Nightmare" for defensive coordinators.


  37. Michigan Warrior:

    Gigi... in ST's article "Pro day won't be show day for ex-Warriors Alex Green and Greg Salas" in the sports section, it says that Saint Louis School's (Weber State) Cameron Higgins will be throwing on our Pro Day.

    http://www.staradvertiser.com/sports/20110329__Pro_day_wont_be_show_day_for_exWarriors_Alex_Green_and_Greg_Salas.html

    Cameron Higgins, a former Weber State and Saint Louis School quarterback, will throw passes at pro day.

    "I've been working out a lot with Cameron," Salas said.


  38. Michigan Warrior:

    Which then begs the question... Will Colt have a chance to showcase his stuff, anywhere?

    And, with this new league opening up, this may give many others yet another chance at continuing on after college ball.


  39. Stephen Tsai:

    I think the intent of wanting Brennan there was to help the receivers. It wasn't meant as an audition for Colt. Higgins has been training with a lot of the fellas at API (by the way, the "I" doesn't stand for anything anymore, just like SAT), and they feel comfortable having him throw passes.


  40. al:

    gdl...looks solid. he is up 20lbs since his first arrival.

    interestingly, the class of 2009 had received three middle linebacker letters of intent.

    george daily-lyles
    chad lopati
    tj alofipo

    only gdl made it through the academic hurdles.

    lopati completed his two year jc stint this past fall, not sure of his whereabouts at this time. he played as a de for arizona western garnering all jc region honors.

    tj alofipo found his way back to college, he, too, played for arizona western last year as a mlb. if he secures an aa degree next year, he would be available. he could be a rebound guy for us.


  41. Stephen Tsai:

    I think Dez Bryant could have avoided being sued by a jewelry company if he were allowed to shop at malls.


  42. al:

    i didn't think that having colt at the pro day would be a beneficial thing for colt or for those exhibiting their skills that day.

    for colt, if anyone is still interested in him, they would bring him in for a private workout themselves.

    for the salas and company, it would have been good if colt had been in serious training mode. i would imagine after the layoff and recuperation period his passing skills needed to be honed and would probably not have been sharp enough to actually help these guys.


  43. Kazz:

    papajoe2,

    aint no grave can hold my body down...

    Season is marching along sir. Please come by the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium sooner than later.


  44. Stephen Tsai:

    I think bounceback recruits are very rare. It's just too difficult to go away to a junior college, accumulate the right transferrable credits in a timely manner, and then come back. It's a better route to go to, say, West Oahu for a year, then transfer to UH. But that means out-of-pocket money. If you go to an Arizona JC, you can receive an athletic scholarship, but again, you deal with the course-credit clock. What's more, you go back into the pool of recruits.


  45. NorthShoreFan:

    Coach Aranda and his "hockey" subsitution could be warm up for the Buffaloes no huddle?

    al.."perhaps they should move the training table to camellia's?"...ST talking about "good" weight...but me tinks the players would luv it and the restaurant would go broke! Can't help but tink they don't improve on the bottom line wen da Tsaiko's get thorugh wit dem afta one cc!...lol


  46. Michigan Warrior:

    #39... ST... thanks for the clarification.

    #42... Al... makes sense. Mahalo.


  47. Stephen Tsai:

    As I understand it, the NFL can only bring in draft-eligible players from this year's class for personal workouts during the lockout. That's why it was crucial for free agents to have signed deals before the lockout.


  48. d1shima:

    AZ Western gives schollies?

    I recall hearing that none of the CA JC's give athletic scholarships.


  49. mctruck:

    Well, according to AOL report this afternoon.....Honolulu ranked #2 worst commute(H-1/eastbound), in the nation; Los Angeles ranked #1 worst commute(405 east/west bound).
    Looks like report taking feeds off of GPS readings.
    Good thing most of UH football games are in the evenings...and the rail might help in delivering relief from the conjestion either way evenings or daytime as well.


  50. al:

    jc's in arizona do give out "scholarships" including dorms/housing assistance. it is why if you check out the rosters they are loaded with all state players from coast to coast.

    whereas, in cali no scholarship moolah at all.


  51. al:

    heck, if they weren't student/athletes like the rest of the world, they'd be paying for a college education out of their own pockets anyway.

    so what price is a year at a non-football 4yr college?

    the price to go the route of blaze soares, in his case hpu, is well worth it. west oahu college is in fact a cheaper route and you know most of the courses (you gotta be smart and take the right ones) will transfer.

    it should be a no-brainer. besides staying at home for the local boys is a great transition to college, focus on the schoolwork.


  52. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Mr. Tsai -

    Regarding your number 5 post:

    You and anyone else who's interested may want to check out the excellent PBS show

    "Frontline" on channel 10 at 9pm tonight.

    They will have a report on " The NCAA and the commercialization of college basketball".

    It looks like it will be great story.


  53. Kazz:

    RAINBOW WAHINE SOFTALL RPI #45

    Full listing:

    http://web1.ncaa.org/app_data/weeklyrpi/2011WSBrpi1.html

    As fully expected, the RPI this time around for the Rainbow Wahine is nowhere near last season.

    The Louisville Slugger and Cathedral City Classic tournaments are not the culprit. The offending parties are the weaker opponents we faced during our other non conference tournament opponents in Manoa.

    Last season we had the luxury of hosting the likes of then defending NCAA champs Washington, nationally ranked Stanford, DePaul, and a decent Lipscomb team.

    Teams like Southern Utah, Weber State, and losing a game to Iona doesn't help, but that is in the past.

    The belief is that the Top 60 make it to the NCAAs. If we win the 2011 WAC tournament, then we can forge our own way, if not… well, let's look back at years where we needed an at-large bid:

    Back in 2008 the Rainbow Wahine gathered over at what was East Side Grill just off campus to watch the selection show not knowing what their fate was for a bid and with an RPI of somewhere in the low 40's we got the invite. However in 2009, t'was a different tale when we finished the season with an RPI in the higher 80's.

    Ranking will play a role as well. In 2008, following a great 2007 campaign we did enter the season ranked, but I cannot remember if we fell out of the Top 25. In 2009 we were not ranked at all. Both seasons ended with an overall winning record.

    We remain in good shape with regard to RPI. We cannot help the schedule we had and the losses to certain teams are done with and in the past. The next step to helping ourselves comes this weekend with Fresno State. It will NOT be easy. It never is in Fresno.

    But Fresno State is NOT bulletproof at home. We have had offensive struggles this season and so did we in 2009 where we bested the Bulldogs winning the series in Fresno 2-1 and who will forget Kanani Pu'u-Warren's game-winning homer after 16 innings! Again, I remind people over and over AGAIN. 2009 was not a banner year in the hitting department. Then preseason WAC player of the year, senior Clare Warwick, was hitting below .300 for the first time in her college career despite consistent and strong performances at 3rd base and only junior Amanda Taualii and senior Tanisha Milca led the team as the only two hitting above .300 all season long. We had a good freshman campaign from Makani Duhaylonsod-Kaleimamahu and a good WAC season from junior Kanani Pu'u-Warren and a very late-season offensive surge from senior Audrey Andrade.

    2011 IS a different beast. With respect to the ladies of the 2009 season, there is more hitting potential and the returning 5 can still light it up when given the opportunity.

    Perhaps this road game is just what is needed? It's been a while since we've hit the road and Fresno State is not unfamiliar territory for most on this team. They've seen and hear the cat-calls and rudeness in Tuscaloosa in a BIGGER atmopshere with MORE on the line and survived. However, the "tune-up" series against Utah State is over and for the most part our struggles really began to take shape at home. While it is in Fresno, perhaps a change of scenery can help in our continuing progression towards improvement.

    Game will be on ESPNU 4PM HAWAII TIME this FRIDAY. Commentators will be Cara Capuano and Jessica "Two-Face" Mendoza.


  54. Ralph:

    NCAA RPI Rankings: first posting of RPI for the year. List of 290 SB teams

    http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/softball/d1/ncaa_womens_softball_rpi


  55. Ralph:

    oops RPI is from January 2011. Not the correct NCAA ranking


  56. NorthShoreFan:

    Kazz, is there any stats to show Na Wahine BA for night and day games? Just curious.
    Other factor is different officials at the various venues. Not complaining about officials but Na Wahine have experience with the pool of officials who have called games here and it might take some adjustment while on the road.
    High and wide, low and tight, officials have their "zones" that they call regularly and hittters should be able to adjust....just saying.


  57. Ralph:

    surprisingly the drop down content for the NCAA has the correct ESPN and USA today poll but the RPI is last season's.


  58. Kazz on Droid_X:

    I can look at the game to game ba listed and seperate those that were day games, road games, etc...

    Ill post them in a few.


  59. Kazz on Droid_X:

    Well, I think Ricketts and Parnaby are well-versed in eventually adjusting to an umpire's strike zone.

    Considering they've had PLENTY of experience with the inning by inning fluctuations of our wonderful WAC umpires her at home.


  60. Ralph:

    Thanks Kazz, last season there were 290 teams ranked, this year only 289, wondering which team dropped softball.


  61. Kazz on Droid_X:

    We might be able to get some calls on the inside stuff in Fresno.

    For the past two weekends, the umps here didnt give anything inside to all the pitchers.

    Lots of high outside pitches magically appeared to be over the plate.


  62. Ralph:

    SteveM Military history of the Coast Guard on today at 1 p.m. MHist channel, repeat tonight.


  63. Ralph:

    Thank You Carl Clapp! nawahine.com our website for the Na Wahine Softball-Boosters finally got added to the UHAD web site under Softball/softball links. We asked him if he could do something about it, placing our web on the softball links, and it got done.


  64. koakane™:

    good mid morning everyone

    DPK #54 just was going to post same, should be interesting and PBS does good programing

    St hope bball guru's don't follow the BCS. Or it will be another Death to the March Madness.


  65. koakane™:

    opps e kala mai not #54 but #52


  66. LizKauai:

    God Bless and Good Luck, all Warriors! SHINE on Pro-Day!!!
    We are here for you and look forward to ST's reports!

    GO WARRIORS!!!


  67. al:

    st...a few years ago when jd was selected as the new athletic director many folks assumed that he would replace the two associate athletic directors that were hired by the previous ad.

    instead jd kept them on. many, myself included figured he needed them for stability during the transition and then he would later evaluate their performances to see if they were keepers or not.

    i assume that after several years now, jd, has been satisfied or more than satisfied with mcnamara and clapp. are my assumptions correct?


  68. koakane™:

    al thinking same but I have faith in JD and trust his judgment. I have him around 80% being responsible doing his duties. again jmho


  69. Kazz:

    I manually had to do this.

    Batting Average Breakdown (requested by northshorefan):

    All day games - .281
    All "evening" games (starting 5:30pm or later) - .279

    Road day games - .286
    Home day games - .276

    Road evening games - .283
    Home evening games - 278


  70. al:

    kazz...what about the opponents stats?


  71. al:

    kazz...what about homerun stats?
    home, away, day, night, etc....


  72. Stephen Tsai:

    Football practiced on the grass field, right while UH softball was taking batting practice — on the field and in the cages. They do spend a lot of time working on their hitting, in case anyone wondered.


  73. Kazz:

    Al,

    I'll mail it to your house.


  74. Stephen Tsai:

    We also must remember that the previous three or four years were unlike other softball years. I remember when 1-0 games were the norm. I mean, the whole extra-inning rule — runner is placed at second — was because of the dominance of pitching. Last year set expectations very high.


  75. Ralph:

    NSF you opened a can of worms, poor Kazz, look at what Al wants now. LOL. :)


  76. Kazz:

    Generally speaking there is no real difference. Too many factors outside of the simple daytime and nighttime stuff.

    However over the years it does seem that we start out a bit slower on games starting before 1pm, especially on the road. Errors, walks, Ks, etc and then there is the umpires with their strikezones, etc… too many things to consider that stats do NOT show.


  77. al:

    i would be curious to see how last year's stats match up with this year's.

    was it the bats?
    was it the lineup?

    methinks, the bats may have helped. but, last year's team had a more mature and consistent lineup. the biggest factor was the senior leadership, which is what we seem to lack this year.


  78. d1shima:

    Speaking of bats, tremendous difference in strategy across the board in bay-su-booru because of the toy bats this year.


  79. Kazz:

    Eh, what the hell. I already charted this.

    ERA breakdown

    All day games - 1.84
    All night games - 1.63

    Road day games - 2.23
    Road night games - 2.34

    Home day games - 1.50
    Home night games - 1.46

    *20 of our 35 overall errors on the season occurred on the road.


  80. Stephen Tsai:

    Rainbow Wahine definitely miss last year's seniors. Traci Yoshikawa was a former shortstop who played second base. And Kanani Puu-Warren was one of the strongest players players. She also was like a fifth infielder because she made some incredible throws from right field. And we know how good Amanda Taualii was. They had to replace four key starters.


  81. NorthShoreFan:

    Kazz, Bog Mahalo for the stats. Interesting BA Road Day/Evening games, .286, .283.
    Home games, Day/Evening, .276, .278. Could be visually better parks on the road, consistent zones, less pressure or a number of things.

    ST, I know they work hard with BA practice. Machine vs. live pitching? I have seen the evolution of wahine softball and me thinks it is Great! Skill level has gone up exponentially and it has gotten much more sofisticated. We will see more and more teams with great pitching and hitting and Na Wahine will be up there. Luv what Coach Cool has done with the team.

    Stats are just numbers but you can glean some useful information if you have a big enough data base. Major league leads in this area of record keeping/tendencies etc.


  82. Ralph:

    Al the Na Wahine BA is down this season, nothing to do with the bats, if they don't make contact the home runs won't happen. At home games, I don't see the fast balls pitch after pitch, a lot more breaking stuff, off speed and the straight change up. Last season the pitchers challenged the Na Wahine batters and they responded, this year, lots of junk balls and off speed stuff.

    At the regional level and beyond, I think the pitchers will come after the batters and the girls got to respond to the heat.


  83. Kazz:

    Al,

    Sorry the bats had NOTHING to do with this season.

    There is no bat in the world, no matter how old or worn in would lead to home runs or even hits with the way some of our batted balls have been popping up.

    Call it timing, call it mechanics, call it with how they are seeing the ball out of the pitcher's hand, call it anything you want, but it was NOT the bats.

    When contact is made, like it was last season, the balls are STILL GONE.


  84. Ralph:

    Al too bad Ricketts and Iwata's shots into the deep recesses of the tennis courts weren't on television, awesome. The outfield barrier nets are high and those two shots cleared them easily and kept climbing and they would have been HR in any field.


  85. NorthShoreFan:

    I wonder if Iwata and Rickett's dingers are on tape somewhere? There's always someone filming.


  86. al:

    "the road is long...with many a winding turn."
    "the long and winding road."

    the road is always tough.
    to get there you fly 30,000 ft up in the air for 5-6 hours which discombobulates your body's chemistry.
    you get your body clock all mixed up by two or three hours which further throws your body chemistry askew.
    you eat when you are not supposed and you eat foreign foods.
    you play in altitudes way higher than 50 ft up.
    you have hostile crowds yelling obscenities about your deceased grandma.
    you play on a field that you know nothing about the bad hop zones, wind carry, shadows, speed of the turf, footing, and all that good stuff.

    yah, the road is long, winding, but, somebody has got to be the traveling team.

    deal with it? yup, deal with it, take it on, challenge the conditions, or go home.


  87. NorthShoreFan:

    Those nets are HIGH! Wasn't there to see Iwata's but Steph just moonshot dat ball and eevryone knew it was outta there. The only question was if it cleared the net and how far it would go. It cleared and I think it's still flying somewhere! Steph swings a heavy bat!


  88. Kazz on Droid_X:

    Iwata's one was the farthest Ive seen in three years.

    Hit the second row of tennis courts.

    Ricketts' one was similar in distance and location to one Melissa Gonzalez hit last season at home against LaTech.


  89. NorthShoreFan:

    I like dat word "discomboubulate"...sound like one laboratory experiment dat wen work!


  90. al:

    one starter, katy grimes is missed more so in the dugout and behind the plate than at bat. her leadership and will to win has been sorely missed.

    (this is not to say that the other vocal leader, tualii was not significant.)


  91. NorthShoreFan:

    Ting wen discombobulate my organs because of altitude and longitude of the juxtaposition of da ying an yang and...neva mind...hallucinatiing me tinks....


  92. NorthShoreFan:

    #90..al roga dat!


  93. NorthShoreFan:

    befo it is all pau, Sharla will dim some memories...imho


  94. Kazz on Droid_X:

    Not "dim" but Kliebenstein will create her own memories with respect to the kind of player and leader Grimes was.


  95. al:

    kazz, ralph...having been around the game 20+ years i know that the bats have nothing to do with it. i just brought that up since it had been a topic of discussion in the past.

    we lost some tough outs last year in tualii, grimes, puu-warren, and yoshikawa.

    last year's lineup was a pitcher's nightmare. there was virtually no one they could pitch around because the next gal in the lineup was just as dangerous.

    opponents this year are taking the approach of, one, don't pitch to majam. two, don't pitch to iwata. they'll pitch to the rest in given situations and so far it has worked. the pressure on the others is wearing them down, mentally.

    kliebenstein is loose as a goose at the plate. she approaches the plate with no fear. she is hitting with more power than she has ever experienced in her whole career. she is mentally seeing the ball better than ever and weight training is doing her well.

    a lot of players are pressing at the plate. you can see it in their eyes and in their frustration.

    i hope ricketts stays in the batting order. she goes up looking to hit. looking to hit it where it is pitched and with authority. she too has the attitude necessary to hit successfully.

    i like jensen, she goes up with a hungry bat. having sat for so long and this being her final and only year here. she wants to make a difference and is also calm at the plate.

    aguirre had that early in the season. once she finds it again she will pick up where she left from last year.

    a batting slump can be remedied. its mental. one's performance at the plate is 75% mental. they all have talent to hit.

    sometimes, focusing on the rest of your game is the solution. focus on your defensive skills. work on your baserunning and the like.

    doing extra work in the batting cage is often more detrimental. your hands get tired. your back is fatigued. your core muscles are overworked. your legs get stressed out. better to have less in the cage and have a fresh body with which along comes a fresher mental makeup.


  96. Kazz on Droid_X:

    Yup. Kliebenstein seems like a cool cat. Being the first in her family to go to college, let alone be a student-athlete is something to be proud of and she's handled herself very well.


  97. koakane™:

    al,

    I've been to a few of the wahine sball games and gotta agree with ralph #82. wahine returnee's not seeing pitches like last year. mostly lots of spotting, off speed and out side stuff. dey need to practice patience and be choosy. not sure if soft ball hitters can go with the pitch and just ding some to the opposite field. thinks would help plenty. as for the newbies, catcher is great example she's new, so pitchers attack her and she banging. soon she will be like the returnee's.

    one exception is Iwata


  98. koakane™:

    au'wryte close


  99. koakane™:

    trying to hit it


  100. koakane™:

    hope to get century befor lurkers


  101. koakane™:

    ahhhhhhhh now can get back to lurking

    lattas


  102. NorthShoreFan:

    kk, watch kelly at the plate. she is going opposite more often.

    they dall dat the sophmore slump. opposing peeps get to know your strength and weaknesses and the good ones can exploit dat.

    btw, before the Iona game, overheard their peeps going over the UH hitters likes and tendencies. It's standard for all ball games. It's the ones who can stick to and exucute the game plan and make adjustments along the way that are tough to beat.


  103. jm2375:

    SteveM - just heard from SumTimWong. :D


  104. gigi-hawaii:

    WDoc,

    I emailed you an invitation yesterday. Please check your email. mahalo.


  105. gigi-hawaii:

    I give the wahine credit for hitting those softballs out of sight. Those balls are so heavy. I am lucky if I can bunt.


  106. SteveM:

    jm2375:
    March 29th, 2011 at 12:55 pm
    SteveM - just heard from SumTimWong.

    Amazing! After all these years-- who found who? :lol:

    Ralph -- thanks for the heads up. What Oceanic channel is that on? Looks like I'm a little late.
    BTW, I was trying to get a military cruise discount from a mainland travel agency once, and the rookie agent asked me if the Coast Guard was an armed force of the United States? :| I had to send this URL:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Coast_Guard


  107. Pomai:

    I said it a long time ago, Ms. Kliebenstein will make us forget about Ms. Grimes(no disrespect). For a true freshmen to come in an take over the catching responsibilities as she has shows how good she will be. IMHO she will become one of the great ones who played for Na Wahine.


  108. jm2375:

    SteveM - #106 - I emailed him a long time ago but he finally checked that account now! :roll: He's working out on the Wessai (same bldg as gmahoney).


  109. Couch potato:

    just sit back and enjoy the season.

    anyone know the team average with RISP?

    tanks for the practice news. good to the get reps and fundamentals in during the spring. the real test is the fall when the influx of new blood is added to the concoction and then see what green cream rises to the top.

    stay cool stay mellow, watch tv.


  110. Couch potato:

    how long is a long time ago?


  111. Couch potato:

    just because a team needs to reload their qb gun doesn't mean they are not going to be a good team. ferd should know that there are quality qb's out there that maybe haven't been tested but are good players. remember when boise st started a freshmen qb? okay then, boise is a different animal but you get my drift.


  112. Kazz:

    Even BSU get some dropoffs. After Zabranski BSU had that Tyler something… (see, I can't even remember his name!). BSU went 9-3 that year with losses to UW, Hawaii, and ECU in the Hawaii Bowl.

    BSU is a different animal and so was Kellen Moore.


  113. Couch potato:

    the teams know they have to audition a new qb but the thing is many know the playbook and it's a matter of getting the reps and experience. this isn't going to stop the rest of the other players from working their butts off and taking the warriors down. in turn, the warriors cannot be outworked and kick butt when the time comes.


  114. Slugger:

    SumTingWong must have had itchy ears. I was just telling BG808 that there was someone on the blog with a handle of SumTingWong. Dere you go.


  115. Pomai:

    Couch potato Nov. last year. OK maybe not that long ago.


  116. Couch potato:

    this is my opinion so no blast me!

    I think sampson is too small to play the wr position. with his quickness and speed he should excel in the slot. needs to put on some muscle and strength though.

    stutzmann, from what i have read it looks to me he is in a no mans land situation. pollard should have one wr spot wrapped up and maybe bright the other. i don't think bright has the experience to play the slot. good thing get miah. bell, i don't know. paclebar, he knows the routes so he has a jump on the other slot auditioners.

    can't wait for fall when the new bunch of receivers come in. competition going make the team better.

    this has been my couch report.


  117. Couch potato:

    ho! i wen put erybody to shleep! k den, gone fo da day.


  118. wafan:

    Good after noon!


  119. Michigan Warrior:

    Although we only got a chance to see two live games, here's my thoughts...

    Opposing pitchers seem to be throwing lots more Rise Balls, with some Drop Balls mixed in. Not so much flat out heat with some change anymore.

    I asked several blogs ago... do we have a chance at batting practice with these different kinds of pitches? I've heard that Coach Coolen pitches during batting practice. What about those other girls who are sparingly used? Can any of them throw the pitches we will continue to face from our opponents?
    Ricketts and Parnaby have super ERA's, but our losses are up this year because we haven't been able to pull out as many close games as we did last year.
    Also, not trying to pick on anyone, but during those games that we watched live, there were a couple of successful steal attempts. One thing I pointed out to fellow Tsaikos was our catcher's motion. She has to "load" her arm before throwing the ball. She doesn't have a quick release. I wonder if it was noticed before.


  120. BleedGreen808:

    Slugger--

    Yes, indeed.

    After watching spring practice for the first time yesterday, I was impressed with Beau Yap at DE. I am also liking what I saw in Aulola Tonga. He still needs to bulk up along with Blake Muir. Defense looking good so far. Can't wait to see the offense put it all together. Some parts of brilliancy and sometimes not so much.

    Almost forgot, RB (Jackson) looks quick. Needs to work on his blocking technique. Vaughn Meatoga took him out of the play with one hit.


  121. Pomai:

    Michigan Warrior your right about her throw to second, that is the one area that I think she needs to improve on.


  122. Ralph:

    SteveM Battle History of the Coast Guard. repeat tonight at 7 pm MHIST channel 346


  123. Ralph:

    Na Wahine have been blessed with many good catchers and pitchers, Grimes added to their legacy, and Sharla will be a contributor. Kayla Wartner is a HS catcher who signed her NLI with UH. This season she is hitting 13 for 21 with 4 doubles, 4 triples and a HR. She can also play 1st base. She is also a lefty B & T.


  124. Lanaiboy:

    Interesting facts from the latest Softball RPI. The WAC has four teams in the top hundred and three in the top fifty: Fresno State is at 19, Hawaii at 45, and New Mexico State at 50. Boise State is coming up with a rating of 100. The team was mentioned in ESPNU web site as a team with notable stat—a solid 18-10 record. UCLA, last year's national champ, has fallen down to 34. If Hawaii does well against Fresno State it will have a chance to pulling up its RPI. However, this team has little chance to be seeded in the NCAA tournament. If the hitting comes around the Wahine still has the potential to go deep in the postseason. Pitching and defense, which Hawaii have, can take you pretty far if you add timely hitting in the mix. I guess for me hope springs eternal.


  125. Garret:

    Thank you ST for that practice report! I loved reading all that detail after getting home from work. I hope that nobody else at DE gets injured because that position is really getting thin...but at least the inexperienced players are getting a lot of reps.


  126. Garret:

    Looks like the Fiesta Bowl's problems may make the BCS kicking it out of the BCS bowl system...the Cotton Bowl is ready with open arms (and Jerry Jones' checkbook) to take their BCS bowl spot. The Fiesta Bowl has the Big 12 champion, so having Texas or Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl is a natural fit and guarantees a sellout there.

    http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/sports_college/2011/03/task-force-to-decide-if-fiesta-bowl-should-remain-a-bcs-bowl-game.html


  127. Garret:

    The Pac-12 has a commissioner who is proactive, unless a certain WAC commissioner. They are looking at moving some games to Sunday if the NFL goes on strike. That would be a perfect time to get big TV ratings since they are negotiating their TV contract this year. This line stood out to me:

    "From the network's perspective, I'm sure they would welcome the programming opportunity if they knew the NFL was not going to play," Rishe said. "But, again, they'd have to be prepared to compensate the schools in question handsomely because a shift from Saturday to Sunday -- even if just for a week or two -- causes logistical issues for fans and their travel plans.

    http://collegefootball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1205409


  128. BG:

    I also agree with Michigan Warrior and Pomai. Had the same conversation with Kekoa. She does have a strong arm, but she cocks her arm and then steps forward instead of stepping and getting her arm into position at the same time. The other thing is learning to take charge out there on dribblers and pop-ups around the pitcher's mound. Not going to beat her up about it as she's already exceeded my expectations for a freshman. Just learning how to adjust the game to each pitcher and the other team is a huge learning experience. With her work ethic and talent, I (and lots others) just see her getting better year after year. What great results right now and a wonderful future to contemplate!


  129. al:

    remember jordan coleman?

    he is enrolled in a community college....sourthwestern illinois college.


  130. Kazz:

    Laniboy,

    Yes. Before the season started I lamented about how difficult it would be to get seeded when the tournament rolls around. Even if we won the WAC tournament this year and got the autobid, I thought it would be hard to be seeded.

    No matter as I think several teams have entered the WCWS as an unseeded team in past years. Coming in ranked Top 10 it was apparent our ranking would dip even if we sustained smaller #s in the loss column as our strength of schedule was drastically weaker than last year.

    If we can get to 35+ wins and in the worst case scenario finish 2nd in the conference at the end of the tournament, we'd have a chance at an at large bid. No matter… the Wahine are NOT thinking about this scenario anyway. :cool:


  131. Kazz:

    At most the WAC will only be a two bid softball conference and this is totally dependent on our performance from here on in.

    Fresno can falter a bit, finish second in the WAC and have a REAL good shot at an at large due to their RPI. Us, not really the case.

    Boise State played softer teams than we did in non-conference and they really have no shot at an at large. It's ALL or nothing for them and the same goes for NMSU who has compiled a decent record, played but lost to a lot of good teams with I think only one marquee win against Nebraska at home I believe.


  132. NorthShoreFan:

    al..he playing ball? how he do?


  133. Kazz:

    Laniboy,

    I think I know which website you read. Lots of good factual and statistical information. Just watch out for the slanted commentary passed on as "unbiased" opinion though.


  134. Ralph:

    California HS adopts 43 foot pitching distance. For some pitchers, a drop in velocity, for others, more time for a bigger breaking pitch, and to hitters delight, more time to "see the ball".

    I wonder what is Hawaii's HS pitching distance?

    http://www.nctimes.com/sports/high-school/nct/softball/article_cf98b0b3-fede-5000-bdee-f461fb6123d4.html


  135. warriorsun:

    wahine sb will be pressed to beat four of the remaining states--san jose, boise, fresno and new mexico. if they catch fire in the batters box it will help, if not--we will continue to struggle.
    they might be doing alot of bp but the open-stance continues to haunt their batters. ditch it!


  136. warriorsun:

    can hardly wait to see tavita at DE and cofer may surprise. according to scouts that saw him, chris gant is an impact player.


  137. Derek:

    Kazz, the Boise St. QB that eludes you is Taylor Tharp.


  138. Kazz:

    Tharp? Ah. Thought it was "Thorpe".


  139. d1shima:

    Jim Thorpe did significantly better...


  140. d1shima:

    Congratulations to the Crusaders on their abbreviated victory over MPI in their battle of ILH bay-su-boo-ru unbeatens. 11-1 win at CORP.

    Watching a future BaseBow or two and who do I see? kama krab!

    Good seeing you, bu!


  141. Ralph:

    isn't kama krab a coach?


  142. kapakahi:

    ST...

    Who is DE #93?....since number not listed on UH website roster.

    Was meaning to ask you and/or Neal at yesterday afternoon's practice...but forgot to.

    Also was wondering about some players....who were MIA at yesterday afternoon's practice. RB John Lister? SB Corey Lau?

    Mahalo!


  143. Kazz:

    Hope they don't call him "Coach Krab". Could lead to a lot of jokes which will lead to a lot of windsprints.


  144. Ralph:

    check out Wie's outfit for the upcoming Nabisco Kraft tournament
    http://plixi.com/p/87860666


  145. Kazz:

    So my mom calls me up and says Coach Mack was visiting her office today. Coach Mack and my mother's boss are good friends.

    Someone there looks at Coach Mack and says: "you look familiar, are you the head chef at the Ilikai"???


  146. Kazz:

    Ralph,

    This better be worth it.


  147. Ralph:

    Kazz you gotta like them shoes!


  148. Kazz:

    Damnit Ralph!

    You ask to check out a picture of Michelle Wie's stuff and she's not even in it.

    fail.


  149. gigi-hawaii:

    Saved me the time, then, Kazz. lol


  150. gigi-hawaii:

    I think Wie is going to ruin her skin with so much make-up. I preferred her without all that stuff.


  151. al:

    nsf...i think he had to sit since he started the season already. he actually wasted a whole year because he'd only have 3yrs and a redshirt.


  152. Kekoa:

    JMxxxx ~ Thanks for setting up the Dinner & Movie night out for the Tsaiko village peeps. Pops & Diana enjoyed the outing.


  153. Kekoa:

    JMxxxx ~ I forgot to mention that I was impressed by the owner coming out with the dinner rolls hot out of oven! He also baked the coffee cake we took home, and engaged in conversation with our group. Nice 'homey' touch...(Homey, please take note).


  154. papajoe2:

    no forget 9pm tonight on PBS about the big bucks in college basketball. Should be interesting.


  155. NorthShoreFan:

    #151...thanks al..it would have been interesting if they both stuck it out but sometimes egos get in the way too. Salter might have gotten some pt but then again, Miah might not have had the season he did. Lose one, gain one winna!
    But anyhoo, wish them well and hope they can realize their education and athletic goals.


  156. NorthShoreFan:

    play nice errybody...time for some meatballs and noodles....


  157. Ralph:

    so what your "parthna" eating?


  158. Louis Jones:

    thanks for the post. most informative.


  159. Slugger:

    Good night all!


  160. Slugger:

    NSF,

    Mmmmm, I had Italian noodles tonight...

    SteveM,

    Tom Mui didn't get to meet my Aunty & Uncle...

    Night again. Close up the playhouse when you all leave tonight.


  161. jm2375:

    Ralph - #134 - I think Hawaii HS softball is already at 43' pitching distance. IIRC, it was mentioned in the article on Keiki Carlos.

    Kekoa - #153 - it was SteveM's idea. Had a great time tonight. The movie was good. The 5 of us equaled 50% of the attendance in that particular theater.

    Next Tsaiko movie night might not be until school gets out in May. :(


  162. SteveM:

    On this day (March 29) in the first year (2007) of The Warrior Beat blog ... count steady with 350 comments. It is Pro Day in Carson, CA and ST posts the day's blog entry at 2:03 AM Hawaii time and adds more info as the day goes by. The growing mainland Tsai-kos (in different time zones) take charge of the blog and keep ST company for the first 5 hours:

    In order of appearance: TChahng (Korea), mctruck (TX), wafan (WA), SK (AZ), 702WarriorNation (NV), Garret (CA), brew808 (secret), King Katonk (CA), Rich2176 (CA), ted domay (FL) all before 0730 HST. Followed by J (CA), Ronnie (CA), las vegas (NV), and Pomai (WV) later.

    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    Comment from: SteveM [Visitor]
    Well, I see there is a "mainland morning show" in the wee hours of the Hawaiian Standard Time (HST) night. Especially with ST on the mainland.

    ST posted today's blog at 0203 HST ... and by the official HST sunrise time of 0627, there were 35 comments.
    ...
    ST, isn't it reassuring to know that whenever and wherever you go, your Tsai-ko bloggers will be up and online...? Powerful. Awesome. Chicken-skin...
    03/29/07 @ 18:55

    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    Comment from: Da Punchbowl Kid [Visitor]
    YeeeHawwww! What a beautiful thing to see the Tsaikos from the mainland out in force at such early times. I hope you guys realize that you are going to be the front line when season begins. Party on dudes!

    Prayers and best wishes to our Warriors at Pro Day. I mua, brothers, seal that deal!
    I am gonna second my brother al's prediction of 5 draftees and another five in camps. Go get 'em guys.
    03/29/07 @ 07:59

    Comment from: 702WarriorNation [Visitor]
    King Katonk,
    Just returned- agree, LA local food nothing like home grown local taste.
    Closest we found was Bob's Okazuya located on S. Vermont Ave. just north of I-91/Artiseia Blvd. Best spareribs I could find.
    ...
    ST- when can we expect info and updates on warriors-givem our best. also on your lunch- still need to discuss 'FOOD'
    03/29/07 @ 10:04

    Comment from: midori7 [Visitor]
    Anybody ever eat at Cici's Pizza?
    Pizza, pasta, salad & dessert buffet for $5! (Saw the commercial 2 nights in a row).
    That's probably the only buffet I'll ever get my money's worth.
    03/29/07 @ 12:15
    Note: las vegas (Rasu Begasu) designated CiCi's Pizza as the 2009 Tsai-ko tailgate buffet site. The 2007 site was Makino's Japanese buffet.

    Comment from: Hawaiianbod [Visitor]
    ST - What did you do for lunch? Any big plans for tnight?
    Please send some pics. Us Taikos are awaiting.
    03/29/07 @ 14:49

    Comment from: James [Visitor]
    Hey Kid...
    We've now got a stadium committee? ha ha ha...let's put gigi in charge of concessions....ha ha ha
    GO WARRIORS!!!
    COLT FOR HEISMAN!!!
    03/29/07 @ 15:09

    Comment from: homey [Visitor]
    Hey Gigi, I peeked at your blogsite and I must say it is interesting. Didn't know you played a mean violin. Also, isn't it about time you bought a camera that takes pictures in color?
    03/29/07 @ 15:44

    Comment from: lasベガス [Visitor]
    I think ST is at dinner with Rich2176
    03/29/07 @ 19:33

    Comment from: SteveM [Visitor]
    Here's a bit of silliness. I am debating whether to post it or not, but figure ST can delete it if it's too far out. Related to this blog almost running 24-hours a day... the power of the internet, and "chicken skin" when you think about it.

    * * * THIS IS FICTITIOUS * * * * * * THIS IS FICTITIOUS * * *

    Newsflash

    FOOTBALL BLOG SAVES REPORTER
    Someplace, CA

    In a bizarre incident pending investigation, a visiting Hawaii sports reporter was saved by the internet late last night.

    Evidently injured and alone in a life-threatening situation of yet unreleased details; and with his cell phone damaged, he managed to use his MacBook laptop which detected a weak but unprotected wireless signal from a nearby residential area.

    His laptop battery power running low, the popular journalist did not send an email message. Instead, he sent a three sentence plea for assistance to his sports blog back in Hawaii. His readers, apparently nationwide and awake 24-hours a day, saw his distinctive name title and knew it wasn't a hoax.

    Within minutes , local police and emergency officials received over 150 calls from across the nation and Hawaii to report his plight. The Hawaii journalist was quickly located with the details provided and extricated. He is reported in excellent condition, consuming chili dogs, and declining interviews.

    * * * THIS IS FICTITIOUS * * * * * * THIS IS FICTITIOUS * * *
    03/29/07 @ 20:21

    Comment from: Stephen [Member]
    OK, I'm back in charge.
    03/29/07 @ 22:03

    Comment from: al [Visitor]
    the boss is back, thats good, the kids were talking about stores, food, pregnancy, math, ben franklin, yikes.
    okay, so why did leonard run a bit slow? barefoot?
    and what was nate's 40?
    03/29/07 @ 22:32

    Comment from: Stephen [Member]
    I had tea with Rich2176.
    I was writing my story in the hotel lobby when Rich2176 and his wife, Margo, came by. They ate, I finished my stories, and when I got to ready to join them, it was just tea time.

    Hey, what's the story?
    Did Hogue and Blaine Kaui get pulled off the airwaves for ripping the athletic director?
    03/29/07 @ 22:50

    Comment from: Da Punchbowl Kid [Visitor]
    al
    The boss is posting info. No questions now please.
    03/29/07 @ 23:00

    Comment from: al [Visitor]
    kid you scared him off. its past your bedtime anyway. how you going be first tomw?
    03/29/07 @ 23:09

    Today's Score Card (partial)

    ST with 11 comments
    Jason with 32
    gigi-hawaii with 27
    DPK with 19
    garret with 19
    al with 17
    mctruck with 13
    702WarriorNation with 10
    homey with 8
    James with 8
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    ....with a little dramatic license...
    I will post these daily glimpses into the past much less frequently now.
    The blog has evolved and grown tremendously in 3 months. The initial crew is now assembled and ST's new 300+ daily comment blogship continues on her shake down cruise... but suddenly finds itself in a battle for survival. There are casualties and things look bleak. On April 9, I credit the mighty prideperiod for hoisting the huge blogship battle ensign (devised by ST) high above. All took notice and heart, and the blog that survived back then...still survives today.

    From Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_ensign

    A battle ensign is the name given to a large war flag which is flown on a warship's mast just before going into battle. The flag identified the allegiance of the ship in what could be a very confusing situation,.... It was commonly accepted that so long as a ship flew its ensign it was an active participant in battle;
    ...


  163. homey ℞:

    Kekoa - I don't take notes. That's why I have an excuse when I don't recall events.

    Still waiting for a batting cage outing.


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  165. wafan:

    Good Hump Day morning, everyone!


  166. Kekoa:

    Good morning wafan. Starting to feel like it's time to scratch that football itch. Nice to see and hear da neighbors buzzin' about the squad too.


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  168. Garret:

    Mike Washington is playing football for the Pittsburgh Power.

    Pittsburgh Power receiver Mike Washington used to sneak into the indoor practice field that Pitt and the Steelers share on the South Side. Now, he practices there.

    "I was in Hawaii, living a nice island life, sipping Mai Tais, enjoying beach parties, loving the culture and the people there," he said. "I had a second guess about it, but came back for the workout and it paid off; came back for the second workout and it paid off."

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  170. whitey:

    good morning tsaikos.


  171. ai-eee-soos:

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