Going for the goal

May 11th, 2012

During exit interviews, each player was asked to submit a list of long- and short-term goals.

Nearly everyone listed winning the MWC title as a top goal.

"I like that," head coach Norm Chow said. "We have unselfish players."

Tavita Woodard, who was at tight end for 10 of the 15 spring practices, has been told he will compete at defensive end in training camp. Chow said Woodard did well at tight end but he will have a bigger impact as a hybrid defender because of his size, quickness and agility.

Justin Alo, who was held out of contact drills the second half of spring training because of a fractured hand, was told he will remain at quarterback. Alo has the skills and athleticism to compete at several positions.

Chow finished the exit interviews yesterday. The players are on their own until Aug. 1, when they report to training camp, although they are permitted to use the UH facilities and participate in conditioning drills conducted by strength coordinator Tommy Heffernan.

* * * * *

Former UH linebacker Aaron Brown is still representing the 50th state.

He has No. 50.


* * * * *

Happy birthday wishes to:

• Allison Masuda Kawakami.

• Claire Arakawa, a former Rough Rider and now kick-okole businesswoman.

• Miki Akeo-Nelson, a principal with a mean volleyball serve.

• Tenari Maafala.

186 Responses to “Going for the goal”

  1. Naks8:

    Go for the gold

  2. SteveM:


    Good morning everyone!

  3. WarriorMojo:

    Top Five!

  4. cheepono:

    aloha friday! woohoo!

  5. HiFlyer:

    Good morning all.

    Happy Birthday to all the birthday people.

  6. turfwar:

    ST- if men's volleyball is still your beat could you look into doing a story or update on the program as much seems to be transpiring as the year comes to a close.

  7. jm2375 (Infuse):

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Happy birthday Claire! Long time no see. (ST - is she your classmate too?

    GO BOWS!!

  8. BigWave96744:

    Wow, AB got Pisa's Rams Jersey

  9. Ipu Man:

    Go Baseball Warriors
    Go Softball Rainbows...
    Go High School Sports
    Go UH football Warriors now Pro

    For your reward, here's a full length Japanese funny cartoon movie

  10. al:

    stink bomb?

  11. Ipu Man:

    The comical "Stink Bomb" is about a lab technician, Nobuo Tanaka, battling the flu. He mistakes some experimental pills for cold pills and swallows them. The pills are part of a biological weapon program, reacting to the flu shot already in his body. Tanaka soon develops a deadly body odor and becomes a walking weapon of mass destruction.

    So sad yet humorous...

  12. Shoko:

    Okay, the Warriors are on their own till Aug 1st. Behave boys! No off-the-field shanigans, m'kay? ;)

  13. Shoko:

    Specifically, no bar brawls and no drink and drive!

  14. HiFlyer:

    Hawaii 3 run lead off of a Jessica Iwata HR.

    1 out top of the first.

  15. UKU@LA:

    Wahine softball, wat da scoop? UKU!

  16. UKU@LA:

    opps! mahalo HiFlyer!

  17. HiFlyer:

    Softball now tied 3 - 3. bottom of 1st, 1 out.

  18. HiFlyer:

    Make that 3 - 5 HR by BYU.

  19. HiFlyer:

    Stephanie Ricketts now pitching.

  20. d1shima:


    MWC Champs. Nice goal to have.

  21. HiFlyer:

    Sorry # 18 should be 3- 6

  22. d1shima:

    Not a LambFan but WTG Aaron Brown!

  23. d1shima:

    Happy Birthdays all around for the B-Day peeps!

  24. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Good Morning Gangeez! :)

    Love da helmet pics!

    Happy Birthday to all the Birthday folks!

  25. Stephen Tsai:

    Iwata appeared to be safe.
    But I've been watching the NBA playoffs so I know not all calls are accurate.

  26. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    GO WAHINE!!!
    GO WAHINE!!!
    GO WAHINE!!!
    GO WAHINE!!!
    :) :) :) :) :)

  27. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    I thought so too Mr. Tsai! :evil:

  28. Stephen Tsai:

    I'm thankful to Brown. I texted him last night for a photo. He delivered.

  29. Stephen Tsai:

    I do not know if Maar has decommited. In men's volleyball, letters of intent aren't important because nobody gets a full ride.
    UH had three recruits visit recently. We'll see how that goes. But if they're walkons there won't be any word until they gain admission into school.


    5-0 POWER!

  31. Stephen Tsai:

    Jeff Hall has been on the road recruiting/scouting. Charlie texted yesterday he just returned to town after being "off the grid" recently.

  32. bleedgreen:

    Iwata was safe at home. Bad call.

  33. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    WTG Kelly!

  34. LizKauai:

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Happy Birthday to all the celebrators!


  35. LizKauai:


  36. al:

    st..."off the grid" = foreign lands?

    if so, that is where we must travel to find players. what ever happened to that puerto rico connection? brazil?

  37. jm2375:

    Why is UH the visiting team? Shouldn't the higher seeded team be the home team?

  38. al:

    jm0000...because it is the wac(ky).

  39. al:

    bases jacked...iwata up.

  40. mo808:

    Let's GO WAHINE!!!

  41. al:

    no runs....arrgghh

  42. d1shima:

    Good Grief! :-(

  43. HiFlyer:

    Let's Go Wahine!!!

  44. Stephen Tsai:

    It's hit or miss (mostly miss) in reaching Charlie.
    On the other hand, I talk to Chow at least twice a day.

  45. kanole:

    Any updates on UH softball anyone?

  46. HiFlyer:

    Hawaii down 4 - 6 top 7.

  47. HawaiiMongoose:

    Did UH start Parnaby instead of Ricketts? Against BYU?

  48. mctruck:

    Was reading my Dallas Morning News sports section and there's this article about Louisville from the BIG EAST making their intentions known to conference membership. Which is to leave the BigEast to join either the Big12 or ACC whenever that happens?

    Ahyah??, Boise and SD still want to join a conference slowly going down the drain??

  49. Stephen Tsai:

    Louisville should leave.

  50. Ralph:

    Parnaby started.

  51. HiFlyer:

    Darn, Wahine go down 4 - 6, next game at 4pm HST against winner of FSU/La Tech.

  52. HiFlyer:

    Next game is at 3pm not 4pm.

  53. kanole:

    Ouch! Thanks for the update HiFlyer.

  54. whitey:

    Go Softbows.

  55. whitey:

    Stephanie and Kaia are the 1-2 punch and look for both of them to take it to the top.

  56. madeinhawaii:

    Kaia will have to carry the team this afternoon. Rickets is worn out for the day.

  57. A-House:

    Interseting call 3rd strike in top of the 7th inning where UH batter, before the pitcher winds up, steps away from the plate, pitch arrives, and ump "rings the batter up".

    What is the rule in college softball? Must the batter tell the ump and wait for a response or does the ump make an automatic call once the batter steps out of the batter's box?

  58. d1shima:

    WOOHOO! 3 run jack by Bennett gives the BaseBows the lead, 4-3!

  59. d1shima:

    mid 6th

  60. d1shima:

    Ask and ye might receive?

  61. filme:

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  62. d1shima:

    Let's Go BaseBows!

    4-4, end 8th

  63. d1shima:

    Podratz - Bennett - Almadova due up

  64. d1shima:

    Podratz HBP

  65. d1shima:

    Podratz out with a hand injury. George PR

  66. d1shima:

    2nd Dinger for Bennett! :-D

  67. d1shima:

    Almadova 6-3

  68. d1shima:

    Swasey F8

  69. HiFlyer:

    d1 - YES

  70. d1shima:

    Duval L1

    6-4, Bows. mid 9th

  71. d1shima:

    Harrison for the close.

    Let's do this.

  72. d1shima:

    SacSt DH single

  73. d1shima:

    SacSt 3B Hit to 2nd, 2 errors. Runners on 2nd and 3rd.

  74. d1shima:

    Single to right. Tied game.

  75. d1shima:


  76. d1shima:



    Extra innings

  77. d1shima:


    2nd out was L6

  78. HiFlyer:

    Error, error, error, error!!!

  79. Slugger:

    GO WAHINE!!!!

  80. d1shima:

    Gotta do something.

    Link to live stats


  81. Ralph:

    Fresno state vs La Tech is halted due to lightning. FSU up 6-0 B3. UH was scheduled to play the winner at 3 p.m. HST, no mas, could be a long evening for UH.

    Winner of the UH game must win twice tomorrow over BYU to win the WAC tournament. If UH game is rescheduled for tomorrow, we could see UH playing 3 games to win the WAC because BYU won' play on Sunday and Sunday is selection Sunday for the NCAA regional.

  82. Ralph:

    Up date, WAC softball tweets that the game has resumed.

  83. HiFlyer:

    FSU up 8 - 0

  84. d1shima:

    BaseB :-( ws

  85. Ralph:

    FSU up 11-1 T5, this could be the inning- run rule for FSU putting tournament back on time track.

  86. Ralph:

    11-2 FSU. UH should be playing soon.

  87. Ralph:

    OC sports will televise the Na Wahine game at 4:05 p.m. today.

  88. HawaiiMongoose:

    I know nothing about softball. Zero, nada, nothing. But as a dumb fan I still have to ask the question: why didn't Ricketts start against BYU?

    Parnaby is a great pitcher, but Ricketts is better. BYU is by far the most dangerous opponent in the tournament. Parnaby got rocked the last time she faced the Cougars. ???

  89. Ralph:

    it's a double elimination tournament, Coolen has to use his pitchers wisely, a team will play a minimum of 3 games (winning out) or 5 coming through the losers bracket. Parnaby is a good pitcher, one of those days, walks, timely hits, and 2 illegal pitches called resulted in 6 runs.

  90. Ralph:

    6-0 Na Wahine T3 with UH at bat, Majam and Kliebenstein each hit a 3 run homer this inning.

  91. jm2375:

    OK, again, why is UH the visiting team?

  92. HiFlyer:

    jmxxxx - see al's #38.

  93. d1shima:

    Do softball players generally drop "playing weight" after their career is over?

    Just asking

  94. βρεω808:

    :lol: d1 - cruel, but funny.... :lol:

    jm2357 - coin flip

  95. βρεω808:


  96. βρεω808:


  97. Wes'side Warrior:

    Oh man... Let's go, Wahine!!!

  98. duffer:

    What's the score now?

  99. Wes'side Warrior:

    Ok, Wahine! This is it! Let's make it happen!!!

  100. Wes'side Warrior:

    9-7, Fresno... top of the 7th... Wahine at bat...

  101. βρεω808:

    7 - 9, T7 UH :|

  102. homey ℞:

    Yeah, what's the score for us peeps in the boonies.

  103. PowderPuff:

    duffer, FSU up 9-7...top 7, 1 out. :(

  104. βρεω808:

    UH hasn't gotten a call their way for 2 days now.... :(

  105. homey ℞:


  106. Wes'side Warrior:

    2 down, Kayla Wartner up

  107. PowderPuff:

    Of course I want Wahine to pull it out and hush these puppies...BUT, think this blog should be on high alert for a rat (or his 6 other personalities) to crawl out of his hole. If he does, maybe Ariyoshi can come back too.

  108. Wes'side Warrior:

    Kayla walks, Sarah Robinson up...

  109. Wes'side Warrior:

    Zamora pinch running for Kayla

  110. Wes'side Warrior:

    Sarah grounds out to pitcher... pau...

  111. duffer:


  112. βρεω808:

    Bad bounces all tourney long! I'm sure UH is happy not to play on that synthetic turf .... ever again. :twisted:

  113. βρεω808:

    Actually, ball drilled off of pitcher directly to 1B for the put out. :( :cry: :|

  114. βρεω808:

    ((((((((UH Wahine Softball)))))))) :D

  115. oldtimer808:

    No worry our Wahines...rest up as much as you can and refocus for the NCAA Tournament.

  116. Ipu Man:

    Hope the wahine the best in hotel accomodations if they hafta stay on the mainland.

  117. kapakahi:

    Sam Fehoko.....among 4 LBs trying out....with 1 free agent LB....and 1 drafted LB....at this weekend's Eagles' rookie mini-camp.

    Meanwhile, Austin Hansen the only OL trying out.....with 3 free agent OL....and 2 drafted OL.

    44 rookies (of which 9 drafted....and 10 others trying out....like Sam & Austin) all-together are participating in this weekend's Eagles' rookie mini-camp.


  118. Slugger:


    Ditto Brew808...

  119. jm2375:

    Tough luck for the Wahine and the Bows.

  120. kapakahi:

    AB....wearing Rams' #50.....just like Pisa did.

  121. Stephen Tsai:

    Claire is two years younger than me, but she used to hang out with us.

  122. Stephen Tsai:

    Miki's family has been UH fans for several decades.

  123. Stephen Tsai:

    Allison used to be Donovan's administrative assistant.

  124. Stephen Tsai:

    Tenari is the name to drop if you ever get stopped by a police officer.

  125. ai-eee-soos:

    New UH Chancellor selected; University of Delaware Provost Tom Apple.

    If approved, will start June 18th.


  126. ai-eee-soos:

    .... That's UH Manoa Chancellor ...

  127. whitey:

    ST, you right.

  128. hossana:

    Softball team doesn't deserve to go as an at-large to the NCAA tournament. Can't even win one game and now they're begging to be chosen at-large. Ridiculous!!! Call it what you might despite the great season but they can't win in tournament then they will literally waste their time in the NCAA tournament. Coolen blew it with Parnaby pitiching against BYU......she got blasted by BYU the last time and he puts her in again...IDIOT!!
    The team just pressured out...no excuses!!!

  129. al:

    only 54 parking passesd remain in the kam lot.
    all others were sold out yesterday.

  130. tommui:

    Hope that Dr. Apple, the proposed new Chancellor, will be a friend of UH athletics like Virginia Hinshaw.

    Can't find too much information in that regard other than he and his wife have come to Hawaii on their own dime for the last 17-years.

  131. Stephen Tsai:

    As I understand, the new chancellor won't be overseeing sports as much as the two previous chancellors. The Manoa campus has a lot more issues for the chancellor.

  132. Ariyoshi:

    The family is sorry for Steve stalk you people.
    His family is a shame.
    He no more job/he no more respeck.

  133. Think2much:

    Just wondering, are exit interviews a standard practice in college football? I don't recall this being mentioned during the McMackin or JJones era. Or is this just a Chow thing? What is its purpose?

  134. Stephen Tsai:

    Exit interviews are required of all UH sports.
    Not sure if Mack did them, but his assistants met with players.

  135. whitey:

    keeping in touch with your players whether season or not is a very good idea. it is good for the players, coaches, and families. the families trust the coaches with their son/daughter while in school and it creates a closer relationship for all concerned.

  136. whitey:

    the benefits are immeasurable and the payoff continues for a lifetime.

  137. BigHiloFan2:

    Howzit Tsaikos.


    thanks for the Sam Fehoko update.
    wishing him the best in his tryout.

    Austin Hansen

    wishing you the best in your tryout!

  138. PowderPuff:

    al...and to think one of the Na Koa golf tournament team prizes was inner-circle parking for each golfer (3). The team that won that prize finished .1 ahead if us...DOH!!!

  139. al:

    oh well, pp...no worry you get your chaffeur for game days.

  140. al:

    st...junior mission?

  141. BigHiloFan2:


    uh... hossana

    no matta wat you name yoself,
    you still a negativist...

    i agree with Ariyoshi.
    junK kine

  142. SteveM:

    Another quiet night. This is a "speciality" one from the Tsai-ko karaoke archives...

    Low :cool:

  143. BigHiloFan2:

    yu mean da singa.


  144. PowderPuff:

    I know...but we could've saved our friends some moola. Dat's okay....scholarship money.

  145. al:

    definitely not one singa...he only know "sailing".

  146. Ariyoshi:

    Steve does not get a vote. He can not vote. Ask his family. His family is a shame.

  147. al:

    pp...its all good. those passes were for the other side i think.
    next time, don't sandbag.

  148. BigHiloFan2:

    dat got me jackt!

  149. PowderPuff:

    al....haha! I've heard him do a duo with another guy....the Righteous Brothers!! Was pretty funny!

  150. al:

    george go back to bed. no need to lower yourself.

  151. al:

    pp...i would pay to hear/see that.

  152. BigHiloFan2:

    ah HA! got it.
    must be da dense air. :D

  153. sean:

    he's back!!!!

  154. PowderPuff:

    al, it was pretty darn priceless. He'll claim he didn't sing and was only the guy's backup, but they did pretty well.

  155. BigHiloFan2:

    you calling my uncle George?

  156. BigHiloFan2:

    yu notice, SteveM is pretty current? :D

    check da video. right away bust out da weights. :mrgreen:

  157. BigHiloFan2:

    maybe if i go close my makas lil while,
    he'll go poofff....

  158. BigHiloFan2:

    to all you mamas out dare,

    kudos to you.

  159. al:

    pp...i guess he practices in the shower.

  160. al:

    bhf2...hail, hail waiakea high school.

  161. BigHiloFan2:


    das right!

  162. whitey:

    I hope you not talking about my friends the Righteous Braddas, Sleeze and G'nalo.

  163. BigHiloFan2:

    i wonda if chaffeur likes da shawty lo kind action?


  164. al:

    163...you mistaken...those are the cruize braddahs.

  165. whitey:

    i am guessing that Waiakea won. Congratulations to Waiakea for the championship, but also to Baldwin and Hilo for showing the outer island bb power.

  166. BigHiloFan2:


    das a good one.

  167. SteveM:

    Re: #157
    Bighilofan2 -- dats not me. But it is one of the signature song/dance of a usual Karaoke Call attendee... or two. :)

  168. BigHiloFan2:

    i noticed today...

    ST talks to Coach 2x a day.

    ST gets pictures sent to him from players on da mainland.

    ST talks wit Coach always on da positive.

    Coach always putting out da positive on da Warriors.

    and.... da best part...

    da off season going along pretty good for me. :D

  169. BigHiloFan2:


    aw c'mon... no be shy...

    tap.tap.tap. muuve bradda Steve muuve...
    slow slide... slow slide.. tap. tap. tap.
    hands a shakin... da chaffeur smirk...


    gotta make extra effort to go da next karaoke call..
    duet da shawty lo wit AJoe.


  170. BigHiloFan2:

    kama krab

    howzit. hope you invite lakalaka's family come join Tsaikos fo TGate.

    give us a year to get da boom right. :D

  171. BigHiloFan2:

    Ets Duk

    i'm impressed too. :D
    your name is positively da topping of da nail.
    now go learn about da Warriors and comment so
    yo nail no bend on da inflo.

  172. BigHiloFan2:

    brake time...
    till tomorrow gang. laterzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  173. oldtimer808:

    Is #128 Hossana Steve in disguise? If you have nothing constructive to say than you should keep your ill will somewhere else. These ladies and coaches did their best. Losses happen even in tournaments but to make ugly remarks is out of line.

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