The Warrior Beat

Fangupo signs with Warriors

March 1st, 2013

David Fangupo, a Kealakehe High defensive tackle and running back sensation, put his commitment in writing, signing a letter of intent with the Warriors.

Fangupo made an oral commitment to the Warriors on March 5.

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New Iberia (La.) High head coach Rick Hutson praised cornerback Daniel Lewis, who recently made an oral commitment to sign with the Warriors in 2014.

"He's very talented," Hutson said.  "He's a great kid. He's a 3.5 student. He's a coach's dream."

Hutson said Lewis, a junior, is a little under 6 feet, weighs 185 pounds and "probably runs a 4.5" in the 40-yard dash.

"He was a DB, running back and also our wildcat quarterback (in 2012)," Hutson said.

Hutson said Arizona State and "of course, all of the schools in Louisiana" have shown interest in Lewis.

Asked where Lewis rated among the players he's coached, Hutson said: "I hate doing that. I really do. It's hard to do from one year to the next. But he's definitely one of the best players I've been around."

Hutson has coached for 28 years.

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At hotels of a mainland chain, there is a newspaper delivered to the doorstep of nearly every room.

It does not matter if the paper is read, stepped over or used as welcome mat.

Unless the"decline" box was checked on the agreement of terms, the guest paid for the newspaper. The moral: You paid for it, you might as well enjoy it.

The UH student section is alive, loud and an outrageously entertaining aspect of a home basketball game. The thing is, through fees, the students already have paid for those seats — and tickets to every UH sporting event that charges admission. The student section has helped create a buzz for UH basketball. In turn, the lesson for students is: You paid for it, you might as well enjoy it.

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One of the unfortunate disagreements is UH does not announce the turnstile counts for basketball games.

It's unfortunate because now that the Rainbow Warriors are drawing larger crowds, it can't be put into perspective. You can't measure growth without a starting point. It would be like having only one pencil mark on a wall measuring a child's growth.

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When Charlie Wade was hired four years ago, he promised to increase the local presence on the roster.

Four Hawaii-raised players — setter Joby Ramos (Roosevelt), middle blocker Davis Holt (Maryknoll), and liberos Matthew Cheape (Mililani) and Kolby Kanetake (Moanalua) — have significant roles, and the Warriors already have oral commitments from Kupono Fey (Punahou) and Nainoa Frank (Kalaheo).

The Warriors play Cal State Northridge tonight.

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Happy birthday to Curveball.

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