Walk this way

February 22nd, 2014

The Rainbow Warriors conducted walk-on tryouts yesterday on Ching field, and one thing was noticeable: There was little walking.

There was running, core drills, running, mat drills, and more running.

Strength/conditioning coordinator Gary Beemer offered this advice: "If you're gonna puke, go ahead and puke."

Nobody did.

But when it was over, each of the 20 participants was told to expect a follow-up call. There is hope a few will be invited to participate in spring training in April. Then Beemer told them to sprint off the field.

The participants had to be full-time UH students in good academic standing and in good health. UH made available athletic trainers and water. Just in case, there was this:



Here are some of the stories:

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Terrence Sayles was a Schoefield soldier when he developed a persistent football fever. The remedy, for Sayles, was to request an early release to train for football. He also decided to remain in Hawaii rather than return to Dallas.

"I asked to get out early," Sayles said. "I lost half my benefits."

He was credited with running the fastest 40-yard dash yesterday. Sayles said he aspires to be a UH receiver.

"I gave up everything to try for this," Sayles said. "Hopefully, it pays off."

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In pursuit of a goal, Ian Johnson looked to the stars.

"What made me come out here was I heard UH had a good astronomy program," said Johnson, who was raised in Moreno Valley, Calif.

He added: "I thought I might as well try out for the football team."

Johnson said he is 5-8 and "about 225." He aspires to play fullback or linebacker.

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Matt Hiyakumoto, who was trying out as an outside linebacker, had prepared for football-related drills. But Beemer's workout, Hiyakumoto said, "showed us who was trying the hardest for this. There was a lot of mental-toughness stuff."

Hiyakumoto is a former Marine. After nearly four years in the service, he said  he "did the early-out program to go to school."

This is the first UH semester for Hiyakumoto, a graduate of Franklin High in Elk Grove, Calif.

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As a Lakes High freshman, Darrien Shealy was the primary backup to cornerback Dee Maggitt. He hopes to become teammates again with Maggitt, who is entering his senior season as a Warrior.

Shealy moved to Hawaii as a sophomore. After his Leilehua High graduation, he attended Atlanta Sports Academy, a prep school.

Shealy, who is 6 feet and 175 pounds, is open to playing receiver or corner. He made the day's best play, leaping for a one-handed catch, drawing oohs from several Warrior players in attendance.

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Did  mention there are 38 days until these guys — Joey Iosefa and Scott Harding — are on the field for spring ball?


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