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UH has a new travel partner

By Stephen Tsai on May 22, 2018

After nearly 20 years, the UH athletic department is getting a new travel partner. JTB Hawaii, whose bid recently was accepted, will be handling travel arrangements for all the UH teams. JTB Hawaii takes over on July 1. The change ends Panda Travel’s association with UH athletics, a partnership that began after former Gov. Ben Cayetano solicited sponsors for the football program. Panda staffed an office in the athletic department to quicken travel arrangements. Through the years, the Panda agents […]

Spangler leaving KHON

By Stephen Tsai on May 21, 2018

One of the good guys in sports journalism — Sam Spangler — is leaving KHON next month. Spangler and wife Chassis will be joining the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Spangler succeeded on and off the field. He pitched for the Rainbow Warriors from 2007 through 2010, then spent two years in the Minnesota Twins organization. In August 2012, he was hired as a sports reporter/producer at KHON. Spangler is among the new wave of multiple-skill sports journalists. He reports, shoots […]

The end is here

By Stephen Tsai on May 20, 2018

Today’s UH-Long Beach State is the final sporting event on the Manoa campus this athletic year. It also will be the final home game for 12 baseball seniors — a 13th, Colin Ashworth, is expected to return on a medical exemption. Today’s senior celebration comes with a bonus. Dr. Ron Cambra, UH’s Assistant Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Education, will present replica diplomas to this year’s 14 graduates. Most of the graduates, including junior Jackson Rees, missed UH’s commencement ceremony last […]

Lelie earns MBA … final hurrah for baseball seniors

By Stephen Tsai on May 18, 2018

Belated congratulations to Ashley Lelie, who earned an MBA last weekend. Lelie is a Radford High graduate who joined the Warriors as a walk-on receiver. He entered the NFL draft following his junior year, was the 19th pick overall, and then enjoyed a pro career while earning a bachelor’s degree. After that, he coached for a few years before returning to UH to earn a master’s in business administration. * * * * * This is the final homestand for […]

Graduation Day — Spring 2018

By Stephen Tsai on May 12, 2018

* * * * * Because of the overwhelming number of spring graduates in recent years, graduation day is now split into two sessions. Not all the student-athlete graduates participated in the ceremony or the athletic department’s festivities. Here’s a list of the spring/summer football graduates: Spring: > Luke Clements > Dylan Collie > Jackson Dionne > Asotui Eli > John Estes (master’s) > Jett Jasper (master’s) > Meffy Koloamatangi > Daniel Lewis > Kainoa McDonald > Kealoha Pilares > […]

Going back to Cali

By Stephen Tsai on May 9, 2018

The baseball ‘Bows are heading to the Golden State for the third time in advance of this weekend’s non-conference series against Fresno State. The visiting baseball locker room should be familiar. That’s where the UH football team used to get ready before games at Bulldog Stadium. Logan Pouelsen has been cleared to pitch, and Neil Uskali is expected to receive clearance. * * * * * In 1998, Fred vonAppen was the head football coach, kids were playing with their […]

UH will benefit from new NCAA rule

By Stephen Tsai on May 8, 2018

Hawaii reliever Colin Ashworth’s collegiate career ended when he suffered an ankle injury. And now, thanks to a new NCAA rule, his career might not have ended. The NCAA now allows for a player who has a non-injury redshirt year to extend his career if he misses another season because of an injury. Previously, a player had to miss two years because of an injury to apply for a sixth year. Ashworth, who redshirted as a freshman at Arizona State, […]

Trapasso gets contract extension

By Stephen Tsai on April 27, 2018

UH baseball coach Mike Trapasso has reached an agreement on an multi-year contract extension. Trapasso’s contract was set to expire in August. But Trapasso and athletic director David Matlin told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser a deal has been reached, although details will not be discussed until after the 2018 season. The ‘Bows are 21-15 overall and 7-5 in the Big West in Trapasso’s 17th season as UH head coach. Trapasso and Les Murakami are the only head coaches in the program’s […]