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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Hoops Night: UH vs. Cal Poly

By Stephen Tsai on February 14, 2019

It’s another night of Big West basketball when Cal Poly and Hawaii meet in the Stan Sheriff Center. The Mustangs are 5-17 overall and 1-8 in the Big West. The ‘Bows are 14-9 and 5-4. * * * * * * Keep an eye on: > Cal Poly guard Donovan Fields. He’s only 5-10, but he’s extremely quick and he can score (16.0 points per game). > UH’s Jack Purchase, who needs a 3-pointer to tie Zane Johnson’s career record. […]

D-lineman transfers from Navy to UH

By Stephen Tsai on February 13, 2019

Alema Kapoi, a former All-State defensive lineman, is joining the Warriors. Here’s the skinny: > Kapoi is 6 feet, 275 pounds, and capable of playing nose tackle, 3-technique and defensive end. The Warriors have all those positions in their 4-2-5 defense. > Kapoi is a 2016 Kamehameha-Kapalama graduate. As a senior, he was named to your favorite newspaper’s All-State first team as a defensive lineman. He also won the state title in the shot put. > He was at Navy’s […]

“Grand Slam” was a big hit

By Stephen Tsai on February 11, 2019

The baseball team’s 17th Grand Slam Celebration was well attended and well intended. Proceeds help pay for summer sessions and other baseball necessities.

Eletise’s signing, Purchase’s shooting, Thomas’ status

By Stephen Tsai on February 10, 2019

It was a significant announcement when offensive lineman Michael Eletise announced he was transferring from Arizona to UH. Here’s what it means: > Roll the credits: As a Kaiser High senior, Eletise was a consensus 4-star prospect. He was named as ESPN’s ninth-best offensive tackle. He was named to the Star-Advertiser’s All-State first team. He received more than 30 offers, including Alabama, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC … well, you get the picture. > Line dance: He is 6-3, 315 […]

Former All-State lineman to join Warriors

By Stephen Tsai on February 9, 2019

Michael Eletise, a former All-State offensive lineman and 4-star prospect from Kaiser High, is transferring from Arizona to the UH football team. “I’m very excited,” said Eletise, who based his decisions partly on having “some family stuff to take care of. And my grandparents are getting older. It’s easier for them to see me play if I’m in Hawaii. I talked to my parents, and they were OK with it.” Eletise, who played in all 12 games for the Wildcats […]

Game day: UH at Long Beach State

By Stephen Tsai on February 7, 2019

For the second time in eight days, Hawaii and Long Beach State will meet in a basketball game. This time it’s in the Pyramid. Both teams are seeking to rebound. The ‘Bows imploded in the past Saturday’s second half when UC Santa Barbara scored 45 points on 65.4 percent shooting (including 71.4 percent on 3s). The 49ers won their first two Big West games, then lost the next five. On Saturday, they fell to UC Irvine, 82-80. The 49ers have […]

Warriors add 8 football players

By Stephen Tsai on February 6, 2019

The Warriors received signed commitments today from: > Boone Abbott, quarterback, 6-2, 175, American Fork (Utah) High > Tavion Allen, free safety, 6-0, 170, Scottsdale (Ariz.) College > Mekel Ealy, wideout, 6-3, 180, Freedom High (Oakley, Calif.) > Caden Hilborn, lineman, 6-5, 285, Highland High (Salt Lake City, Utah) > Gabriel Iniguez, defensive lineman, 6-2, 265, Pittsburgh (Calif.) High > Travon Killins, cornerback, 6-0, 175, Spruce Creek High (Port Orange, Fla.) > Djuan Matthews, defensive lineman, 5-11, 280, Blinn College […]

Tavai invited to Combine; Warriors add DL, DB

By Stephen Tsai on February 5, 2019

Former UH linebacker Jahlani Tavai said he has been invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in March. Top officials — general managers, personnel directors, coaches — will be evaluating the participants in the invitation-only event in Indianapolis. Tavai, whose senior season was shortened because of a shoulder injury, is now physically fit. He has been training in San Diego. Tavai played several spots during his UH career, but he is projected as a next-level linebacker. * * * * […]