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Flaisher departs

By Brian McInnis on March 16, 2018

Hawaii basketball’s first departure of the offseason was one of the rare after-season, mid-semester variety. In the days after UH returned from its season-ending loss to UC Irvine in the Big West tournament, center Ido Flaisher made a sudden departure back to his homeland of Israel to begin a three-year term in the Israeli army. Here’s a free link to the story that ran in today’s print edition. Israel has mandatory military service once its citizens reach age 18. There […]

Rossi savors first walk-off homer

By Jason Kaneshiro on March 16, 2018

Brittnee Rossi’s first two collegiate home runs required 240-foot sprints. Her third sailed nearly that far to give the Hawaii freshman the first walk-off homer of her softball career. After the Rainbow Wahine fell behind early against Cleveland State on Thursday, Rossi got UH on the board by circling the bases for her second inside-the-park home run of the season. With the Wahine still down two in the bottom of the seventh, she came up with one out and two […]

Thomsen picks up pitching load for Wahine

By Jason Kaneshiro on March 14, 2018

Dana Thomsen previously handled the type of work load she carried for the Rainbow Wahine softball team last week … but it’s been a while. “I haven’t pitched this much since I was like 14-and-under in tournament ball,” the senior right-hander said. Prior to last week’s Outrigger Resorts Hawaii Spring Fling Tournament, Thomsen said coach Bob Coolen “came up to me and he was like, ‘are you ready to be pitching a lot? And I was, ‘of course.’” An injury to […]

That one hurt

By Brian McInnis on March 9, 2018

Every so often, a basketball game like Thursday night comes around that reminds you to really, really cherish the good times. Hawaii’s 68-67 defeat at the hands of UC Irvine was a gut-wrenching affair that saw the Rainbow Warriors control the first 36 minutes — and then crash and burn in the last four. A combination of poor shot selection, forced and unforced turnovers and UC Irvine’s moxie undid the ‘Bows in season-ending fashion. If you play those last four minutes […]

Gameday: Big West quarterfinals

By Brian McInnis on March 8, 2018

UC Irvine was considered perhaps the toughest first-round draw possible — for anybody, but particularly Hawaii — in the 2018 Big West tournament. As luck had it, Irvine lost to UC Davis in double-overtime in their regular-season finale, swinging the season title to the Aggies and knocking the Anteaters down to third, and into a quarterfinal matchup with the sixth-place Rainbow Warriors. The Anteaters (16-16) defend at an elite level. Hawaii (17-12) generally defends well, but not nearly as consistently […]

Rare feat

By Brian McInnis on March 7, 2018

Thanks to a little research, what was suspected since Saturday was confirmed: Hawaii did something that is pretty rare. The Rainbow Warriors, in beating and losing to every other team in the same conference season, became the first team in program history to do that (WAC or Big West), as well as the only team in NCAA Division I to go 1-1 against its entire league in 2017-18. (Note that not every conference plays a true double round-robin schedule like […]

Rainbow Wahine softball continues hectic March

By Jason Kaneshiro on March 6, 2018

Bob Coolen preaches weighing both ends of the student-athlete designation equally and March annually tests the Hawaii softball team’s ability to even the scales. The Rainbow Wahine are in the midst of playing 18 games in 19 days and Coolen noted the team’s balance coming out of a five-day run of games last weekend. “Day in, day out they have to got to school then they have to get ready to compete. … You’re really pushing them to really be […]

Reward discord

By Brian McInnis on March 5, 2018

Most of the Big West Conference postseason awards announced today made sense. In this writer’s opinion, there was one clear exception to that. Big West freshman of the year, Terrell Gomez. Gomez received the award (which would’ve been UH’s second in that category, after Isaac Fotu co-won it in 2012-13) based on voting from the league’s nine head coaches. In my mind — and maybe I’m a little biased, but I don’t think I’m off base here — it clearly should’ve […]