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Two recruits report to Warriors

By Stephen Tsai on May 23, 2018

Remember that fourth-grade debate: What comes first — Christmas or New Year’s Day? Which brings us to UH’s Summer Session I. Is that the end of the 2017-18 academic year or the beginning of the 2018-19 school year? But I digress. Two members of the 2018 recruiting class — wideout Nick Mardner and offensive lineman Kohl Levao — are enrolled in Summer Session I, which began on Monday. The majority of the remaining recruits will arrive ahead of the starts […]

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 […]

Manziel joins June Jones in CFL

By Stephen Tsai on May 19, 2018

Quarterback Johnny Manziel is joining the Hamilton cast. Manziel today signed a contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, is the fifth QB on the June Jones-coached team. The other passers are Bryant Moniz,a former UH quarterback; Jeremiah Masoli, a Saint Louis School alumnus; Vernon Adams, and Dane Evans. Defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville, who joined Hamilton this offseason, said Manziel brings value. “You never give up on deep-ball accuracy,” said Glanville, […]

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 […]

Aloha4Puna

By Stephen Tsai on May 16, 2018

One of the good guys — former UH cornerback Kenny Patton — is putting on the Aloha4Puna Speed Clinic this Sunday at Radford High’s gym. The speed and agility clinic is open to boys and girls ages 6-12. The clinic is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Participation fee is $30, but all the money will be used to purchase food for the Puna community affected by the volcanic activity. Patton said he trains several athletes who are from the […]

UH’s popularity surge is a sure bet

By Stephen Tsai on May 15, 2018

Let’s stop pretending. You’re not buying a newspaper the Monday before the start of the NCAA basketball tournament because of the Sudoku puzzle. You’re not going to Uncle’s Super Bowl party because of the hot wings. People gamble. They gamble all the time, even when they don’t think they’re gambling. “Boy or girl” at the baby shower? “Pick the big box, small box or ‘steal’ the Target gift certificate from your cousin” at the Christmas party’s grab bag? Submitting your […]