The Warrior Beat

Another day in paradise

April 7th, 2013

It felt as if it were 90 degrees in the shade, if there were any, for yesterday's 'round noon 2-hour practice.

Kealakehe running back David Fangupo didn't mind. He didn't mind that the locker room renovations were in the we'll-get-to-it-soon stage. He didn't mind that there's talk of 6 a.m. practices in the fall.

"Every day," said Fangupo, who joins the Warriors this summer, "I wake up in paradise. Life is good."

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There were about 50 high school prospects who attended the Warriors' second Junior Day yesterday and, according to several prep coaches, it was the most successful in years. Even some of the top players from the 2015 class attended the all-day event, which began with an orientation presentation and included a campus tour and the practice.

The Warriors already have made several offers, with more to come this summer.

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It's nice to see the unprompted mentoring program. Sean Shigematsu is helping Leo Kaloamatangi. Ne'Quan Phillips is mentoring Anthony Pierce. The defensive line has adopted Mike Andrade. Even on the coaching staff, Chris Naeole is serving as an older brother to graduate assistant Jordan Wynn.

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Sean Schroeder's back:



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Darius Bright also visited:


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There was talk that the Mountain West would announce its conference schedule this past week. That didn't happen, and there doesn't appear to be a timetable in place.

The MWC could save a lot of anxiety if it just released two dates: The UNLV-UH game and whether the Warriors will be on the road the week before the Navy game. Hawaii folks need to plan their vacations.

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There was no doubt Chad Owens could be a successful fighter.

There was a time in his Mighty Mouse days when he sorta-sorta resembled Rocky Balboa. When that was mentioned to Owens after a UH practice several years ago, in a Yo-Adrian voice, Owens told the reporter: "I'm gonna knock you out!"

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All those lawmakers who are attached to their (Stevie) Wonder Years should attend one of the Saturday spring practices. And then after that, they should take in a softball game.

Sure, the fiasco will be known forever as the Wonder Blunder. But the point of the concert was to raise money for athletic programs that need cash. Every now and then, it's helpful for people to step out of office buildings and philosophical discussions and see the product in person.

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