Warrior Beat

Expanded coverage of UH football, including practice notes, game analysis, recruiting info and observations on the Mountain West Conference.

About the blog host

Stephen Tsai covers University of Hawaii football for the Star-Advertiser. Follow him on Twitter @StephenTsai and sign up for the Hawaii football newsletter here: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/email-signup/

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Warrior Beat: Manoa wrap-up

By Stephen Tsai on November 16, 2018

Deepest apologies, but it’s been a hectic week. So, in review: On Wednesday, post player Zigmars Raimo celebrated his 21st birthday. In what is a UH basketball tradition, the birthday honoree is serenaded and then presented with a cupcake. And, yes, you’re not having a flashback. As part of the practice rotation, the ‘Bows took a turn this week in Klum Gym. And, yes, it’s still as stuffy as it was back in the sweaty heyday. So, where are the […]

Warrior Beat: Who wants UH-SDSU tickets?

By Stephen Tsai on November 14, 2018

Thanks to two generous readers — Tom Kitaguchi and “Whitey” — we will be giving away two tickets to the Nov. 24 UH-San Diego State game in San Diego. (They’re located on the 40, right behind the UH bench.) To enter the drawing, please post: I want the tickets! Two rules: 1) It’s just the tickets, NO airfare. 2) Enter as many times as you wish. Tom will pick the winner. DPK will make sure the blog hosts mails the […]

Warrior Beat: Hey, ’19

By Stephen Tsai on November 13, 2018

Yesterday’s pledge from a former 4-star athlete — back/receiver Melquise Stovall — further boosts the Warriors’ 2019 recruiting class. Stovall was at California for two years before enrolling at Riverside City College this semester. Stovall, who can run 40 yards in 4.5 seconds, was rated as the nation’s No. 6 all-purpose back as a Paraclete High senior in 2016. He had committed, then de-committed to USC, before signing with Cal. UH has first-burn knowledge of Stovall. He scored a TD […]

Warrior Beat: Ursua reaches the semis

By Stephen Tsai on November 12, 2018

Following today’s 90-minute practice, slotback John Ursua was told he was one of 11 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver. Ursua leads the nation in touchdown receptions (15). He is fourth in receiving yards (1,161), sixth in receiving yards per game (105.5) and ninth in catches per game (7.2). Ursua also demonstrated his new look — a haircut that left a small tail. UH has set up a Web site for Ursua: Ursua5.com

Game Night: UH vs. North Texas

By Stephen Tsai on November 11, 2018

Ryan Woolridge amassed 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals to lead North Texas to a 68-51 victory over the UH in the final round of the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic. UH falls to 2-1. * * * * * The Mean Green did not play nicely in the first half, storming to a 35-17 lead. Even without their best player, the Green effectively attacked the rim and kept the ‘Bows out of their usual offensive flow. The […]

Warrior Beat: Scout Bowl

By Stephen Tsai on November 10, 2018

The Warriors saved the Scout Bowl for a rainy day. In a 24-play, (mostly) full-contact scrimmage, quarterback Justin Uahinui had a breakout day. Uahinui completed 12 of 17 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns. Three freshmen — Adam Netane, Keliam Brunn and James Green — each caught a scoring pass. One of the surprises was KK Padello, who was aligned as a running back. Wearing Fred Holly’s No. 21 jersey, Padello caught a shovel pass on the first play and […]

Opening Night: Hawaii vs. Portland

By Stephen Tsai on November 9, 2018

The Rainbow Warriors defeated Portland, 82-64, in tonight’s opening round of the 54th Rainbow Classic. The ‘Bows assisted on 22 of their 31 field goals, and turned the ball over only nine times — two fewer than their per-game goal. But the key was the defensive play to start the second half. The Pilots did not score on their first five possessions after the intermission, going 3 minutes, 39 seconds before their first second-half basket. After that, their next bucket […]

Warrior Beat: Warriors return to practice

By Stephen Tsai on November 8, 2018

After a four-day break, the Warriors resumed practicing this evening. The Warriors, who have a bye this weekend, began the 90-minute workout in late afternoon and ended under the lights at the Ching Athletic Complex. The drills were light contact, although they probably will intensify for Friday’s practice. “I’m refreshed,” slotback John Ursua said. “It feels good to be able to have a bye and take my mind off a little bit and refocus what our goal is now as […]