Archive for May, 2012

Base ball

May 31st, 2012

The Warriors are close to completing a deal in which they would conduct the second half of their training camp at Joint Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam. The deal is awaiting approval on some aspects, such as insurance.

The Warriors would stay on the base (two to a room), use the practice and training facilities, and eat at the cafeteria.

The Warriors will be staying in the dormitories through Summer Session II. But they have to vacate after that because the school needs a week to clean and prepare the dorms for the start of the fall semester.

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Jordan Pu‘u-Robinson yesterday made a one-day trip from Maui to Honolulu to check on his academic status for the fall semester. Robinson, a Baldwin High graduate, is transferring from Washington State. He is awaiting official word, but he appears to have met the requirements to enroll at UH-Manoa. Once he receives an acceptance letter, he will petition the NCAA for an exemption that would allow him to play for the Warriors in 2012. He said his case would be based on a "family situation" that required him to move back to Hawaii. Pu‘u-Robinson is a defensive end/outside linebacker.

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Stacey Price has been hired as successor to Daniel Arakaki, who served as director of student affairs. Among her duties will be to oversee the scholarships. Arakaki is now director of the Duke Kahanamoku pool.

Working it out

May 30th, 2012

The Warriors' OTAs started this past Monday, although that was merely a formality. The players have been training on their own since the Warrior Bowl, even when they're not in Hawaii.

Here's quarterback David Graves' workout headquarters:


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Here are linebacker George Daily-Lyles, former UH quarterback Corey Nielsen, and linebacker T.J. Taimatuia:


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This is an e-mail/photo from Hawkpeter (who trains UH's Australian players):

Yesterday, Blake Muir and I went and visited fomer UH defensive lineman, NFL third-round draft pick and Australian, Colin Scotts.

This was the first time that Colin and Blake had met. Colin lives right on Sydney Harbour with his wife and family and runs a company that fits our private hospitals with computers, communication equipment and modern electronic amenities for patients so they can stay connected with the outside world better. By the sounds of things, he is doing very well after selling his bar a few years ago. He plans on visiting perhaps for the New Mexico game.

His advice to Blake: "You're playing the right position. If I had my time over again, I would have loved to play OL. Those guys have to be smart. When I got there, they just thought I was some dumb Aussie bloke. you're already doing great. Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get."



Blake and Colin Scotts1

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Here's former UH quarterback Bryant Moniz's locker at the Georgia Force complex:


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Oh, my . . .

Link: Different sort of action at the Coliseum.

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Setter Sam Biscaro libero Nick Castello, opposites Taylor Averill and Johann Timmer, and middle blocker Jarrod Lofy were named to the MPSF All-Academic volleyball team, according to a release.

The release noted the criteria included "a 3.0 grade-point average or better, at least a sophomore standing academically, have completed one full academic year, and must have played in 50 percent or more of the team's matches.

Delay of game

May 29th, 2012

Three members of the 2012 recruiting will be delaying the start of their Warrior football careers.

Receiver John Ursua and lineman Gus Lavaka will be going on church missions. They will be back for the 2014 season. Lavaka said he has not received his assignment yet, but he hopes to serve in another country. He said he would like to learn another language.

Cornerback Anthony Pierce is expected to grayshirt as a way of improving physically before joining the Warriors in January.

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For those who asked, these are the projected O-linemen on the active list:

• Kody Afusia

• Ben Clarke

• Ben Dew

• Hunter Hollowed

• Leo Koloamatangi

• David Lefotu

• Jordan Loeffler

• Waylon Lolotai

• Frank Loyd

• Mike Milovale

• Blake Muir

• Kapua Sai

• Kiha Sai

• Sean Shigematsu

• Tui‘atua Tuiasosopo

• Chauncy Winchester-Makainai

Notes: Levi Legay will be a student coach while recovering from a back injury. Kapua Sai needs to complete three summer classes at Utah in June to earn a bachelor's degree. He has applied to a graduate-school program at UH. Dejon Allen said he will compete at defensive tackle. Calen Friel received a look on the o-line in spring training but, for now, will remain on defense.

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Ashley Lelie and Lance Samuseva are expected to return as student assistants.

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Miami Dolphins will be featured on HBO's "Hard Knocks."

Let the Davone Bess story be told . . .

Corner route

May 28th, 2012

Justin Turner, a former 5-star cornerback who was on Michigan's 2009 team, is on track to earning an associate degree in July and joining the Warriors for the start of training camp on Aug. 1.

Turner had a 2.8 GPA this past trimester. He will take three classes during an eight-week session that begins in June.

Turner, who works out daily with a personal trainer, is technically a free agent. And even though he has received interest since he began clearing academic hurdles, there is no doubt about his intentions.

"I'm going to be a Warrior," Turner said. "I'm a man of my word."

Nothing but net

May 27th, 2012

It's the middle of a three-day weekend, let's talk volleyball:

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It is confirmed that Drew Durni, a 6-3 outside hitter from Frontier High near Buffalo, will be joining the volleyball Warriors this coming year.

Here's his highlight video: Drew Durni.

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Opposite attacker Harrison Carroll has secured his release and is expected to transfer to an NAIA school, where he should receive more playing opportunities. Carroll, who was UH's primary right-side hitter near the end of the 2012 season, is smart, athletic and, in general, a really good guy and teammate. He ended up being the Warriors' most efficient back-row hitter, with smashes off the D set. He also was a crafty server. But Carroll is 6-1, and that often led to mismatches, especially on quick transitions, when he was across an opponent's top left-side hitter. With the return of 6-5 Johann Timmer and 6-7 Taylor Averill, there would have been no guarantees on the number of sets Carroll would have played in 2013.

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California Baptist becomes the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's 13th men's volleyball member this coming academic year. That means the Warriors will play an equal number of MPSF home and road matches. Previously, UH and BYU would play rotating schedules. For instance, instead of a home-and-home series, UH would play two matches at home against UCLA one year and then two matches at UCLA the next. The California schools would play home-and-home series against each other. UH still will be on that rotating schedule because BYU and California Baptist are considered travel partners. But at least it will work out that UH will play six two-match series on the road and six two-match series at home in 2013.

By the way, it's California Baptist or CBU, but never, ever Cal Baptist.

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After winning the NCAA championship, UC Irvine head coach John Speraw has some options. He could:

• Remain at UCI, where he has developed an outstanding program the past decade ...

• Or replace Al Scates, who retired after 50 seasons as UCLA's head coach, at his alma mater ...

• Or coach the U.S. national team after the London Games.

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Mark your calendar for the UH volleyball camps at the UH athletic complex:

• Camp I (boys and girls, ages 5-12) — July 10-13, from 9 a.m. to noon. Fee: $125 per camper.

• Camp II (boys and girls, ages 5-12) — July 16-19, from 9 a.m. to noon. Fee: $125 per camper.

• Camp III (boys and girls, grades 4th through 12th) — July 16-19, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.. Fee: $150 per camper.

For details or to register, call Vernon Podlewski at (808) 956-4623 or email:

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Interesting that former UH football coach Rich Miano and Kevin Wong have teamed to create Spike & Speed, which provides training for beach volleyball. Check out the Mauna Loa State Beach Volleyball Championships today at Queen's Surf.

Here's their site: Spike and Speed.

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Here is the best women's volleyball site: BEST VB SITE.