Category: Keeping Score

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Chronicling 40 Years Of Coaching

There’s a quote in the first chapter of Dave Shoji’s new memoir, Wahine Volleyball: 40 Years Coaching Hawaii’s Team, that tells you how far the sport of women’s volleyball and Dave Shoji have come. Just after winning his first national title in 1979 in his fifth year as head coach of the Rainbow Wahine, Shoji […]

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Coach Wag’s Excellent Retirement

Former University of Hawaii head football coach Bob Wagner is a Facebook friend of mine. Recently, I’ve been enjoying his posts and pictures as he’s been visiting various college football stadiums around the country. “This past month, I’ve been traveling with my wife Gloria and going to football games, where I have friends and former […]

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Globe-trotting Coach Comes Home

Long before there was Little League girl pitching ace Mo’ne Davis, there was another little girl who was a youth league baseball all-star right here in the Islands. She grew up on Kauai and excelled as a pitcher, shortstop and second-baseman. “I remember making the all-star trips to Oahu,” she tells me. “Playing against the […]

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The First Native Football Player

When former Pearl City High football player Les Hutchins first saw the list of the inaugural class of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, he was impressed. Hutchins, who is part-Hawaiian, admired the names of Gouveia, Mawae, Seau, Wedemeyer, Kreutz, Thompson and Niumatalolo. Hutchins hopes another name is listed in a future Hall of Fame […]

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Mariota, Victorino: Flyin’ Hawaiians

Is it an overused cliché? Or a fun nickname? The Flyin’ Hawaiian (yes, it does rhyme, kind of) has been utilized by sportswriters and publicity departments so much lately it’s hard to figure out who actually owns the title. Historically, there was Squirmin’ Herman Wedemeyer, the original Flyin’ Hawaiian. A few years back, there was […]

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Terao Follows In Travis Lee’s Legacy

It’s a long way from Hawaii to Fargo, N.D. – more than 3,800 miles, in fact – but it didn’t stop 31 of Hawaii’s top young wrestlers from descending on the northern city last month. By the time the young grapplers returned home from the Junior and Cadet National Champion-ships, 11 were All-Americans and three […]

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Hawaii’s Best Female Athlete?

I’ve written about Teshya Alo before, and it continues to amaze me just how good she is, how ahe keeps getting better and just how far she is going with all of her talent. Get out your world atlas for this story. In March, Alo, from the Liliha neighborhood of Oahu, placed first in the […]

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An Amazing Teen’s MMA Goals

Whatever your personal feelings are about MMA and at what age young enthusiasts of the mixed martial arts fighting sport should be allowed to show off their skills in the cage, you’ve got to raise your eyebrows when considering the incredible record of Makaha teenager Nainoa Dung. A kickboxer since the age of 6, a […]

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Many Sweet Memories Of March

I love this time of year. March Madness. Just saying the two words together gets me going. I’m currently on a plane, flying to Bellingham, Wash., for the NCAA Regionals. Over the years, I’ve been to NCAA Division I and Division II regionals and national championship competition from Hawaii to California to Kansas, North Carolina, […]

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Bringing Back Wahine Glory Days

It’s been quite a year for the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine basketball team. For the first time in many seasons, there is talk of a possible conference title and perhaps a trip to the NCAA tournament. First-year head coach Laura Beeman has molded a team of veterans and newcomers, with Kamilah Jackson Martin playing […]