Warrior Beat

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

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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: 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 […]

Warrior Beat: Hoops opener approaches; football coaches searching for prospects

By Stephen Tsai on November 7, 2018

The basketball ‘Bows’ season-opening opponent — Portland — is scheduled to arrive in town this afternoon. The Pilots return six of their top seven players from last year, including Marcus Shaver, a guard who has spent time in Hawaii and was a one-time UH recruit. (His father has a business here.) Hugh Hogland is a 6-10 post player from ‘Iolani School. The Rainbow Classic opens Friday, with North Texas and Humboldt State at 4:30 p.m. and UH and Portland at […]

Warrior Beat: Tavai will miss rest of season

By Stephen Tsai on November 5, 2018

After each game the past two seasons, Jahlani Tavai would emerge from the postgame locker room and answer questions, any questions. Sometimes he would speak with a group of reporters, sometimes just one. Often he still would be wearing the white long-sleeved Under Armour shirt stained with the game’s wear and tear. Tavai was a leader in offseason conditioning (sometimes brining the water cooler), in practices, in games, and after games. He took the blame for losses and gave credit […]

Warrior Beat: Vince Manuwai dies at 38

By Stephen Tsai on November 4, 2018

The Warriors’ fortunes turned on a January night in 1999. Vince Manuwai, then a Farrington High senior, was set to make good on a verbal commitment to Utah. But then after talks with the UH coaches, he opted to be the first member of June Jones‘ initial recruiting class. Manuwai demonstrated strength of body (500-pound bench press) and character. When John Estes was being recruited to UH a few years later, O-line coach Mike Cavanaugh showed videos of Manuwai. “I […]

Game Night: Hawaii vs. Utah State

By Stephen Tsai on November 3, 2018

Utah State overpowers Hawaii, 56-17, tonight at Aloha Stadium. The Warriors suffered their fourth consecutive loss to fall to 6-5 overall and 3-3 in the MWC. ——————- Cole McDonald goes deep — 43 yards — to Devan Stubblefield for a TD to cut the deficit to 56-17 witih 43 seconds left in the third quarter. The ensuing two-point pass was overthrown. * * * * * Gerold Bright goes 9 yards up the gut for his third TD of the […]

Exhibition Night: UH vs. HPU

By Stephen Tsai on November 2, 2018

In an impressive preview, the Rainbow Warriors overpowered HPU, 81-45, in an exhibition tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center. Zigmars Raimo led the way with 20 points (a career high, if the game had counted). * * * * * The Rainbow Warriors, led by a share-the-wealth offense and Zigmars Raimo’s point-thirsty play, dominated in taking a 41-23 lead over HPU into the intermission. Raimo, a 6-foot-8 junior, scored all of his 12 first-half points in the low post. The […]

Warrior Beat: Basketball ‘Bows to play North Carolina in 2020

By Stephen Tsai on November 1, 2018

The Hawaii basketball team has reached an agreement to play North Carolina on Nov. 20, 2020 in the Stan Sheriff Center. It will be the first meeting between the teams since 2016, when the game drew a capacity crowd in Manoa. The Tar Heels won that Nov. 18 matchup 83-68 en route to the Maui Invitational. “It’s awesome,” UH coach Eran Ganot said. “It’s exciting on a lot of different levels to bring in a really good team in our […]

Warrior Beat: Green Day

By Stephen Tsai on October 31, 2018

Here’s a Halloween treat for UH basketball supporters: Leland Green said he expects to be available to play in Friday’s exhibition against Hawaii Pacific. Green has been recovering from a shoulder ailment and ensuing corrective procedure. He did not play in the Green-White scrimmage a couple weeks ago. But Green worked out today on his own today, using a ball retriever while shooting jump shots in the Stan Sheriff Center. * * * * * * Kings for a day: