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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Warriors seeking GA for D-line

By Stephen Tsai on March 3, 2019

The Warriors are seeking a replacement for Numi Lolohea, who accepted a graduate assistant’s job at Tennessee. Lolohea was the Warriors’ GA for the defensive line last year. The process for being accepted into a graduate program is lengthy, but working as a UH grad assistant or intern has been a boost to careers. Since the end of the 2018 season, Billy Ray Stutzmann has been hired as offensive assistant coach at Navy, Jake Thomas joined Azusa Pacific as the […]

UH hoops: Senior night

By Stephen Tsai on March 2, 2019

The Rainbow Warriors play their final home game of the 2018-19 regular season with tonight’s senior night against CSUN. >> The ‘Bows are in fourth place with a 7-6 Big West record. The Matadors are right behind at 6-7. >> The Matadors have the league’s top two scorers — 6-7 Lamine Diane (24.2 points) and 5-8 Terrell Gomez (19.3). Diane is averaging a league-best 10.9 rebounds per game. >> UH guard Drew Buggs, who suffered an ankle injury last week […]

Game Night: UH vs. Longwood

By Stephen Tsai on March 1, 2019

UPDATE 2: Dylan Thomas was dominant, striking out 11 in a 9-1 win for UH. It was the first time this season UH won the first two games of a series. UPDATE: UH got the series started with a 5-4 comeback win over Longwood, with Dallas Duarte knocking in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth. UH and Longwood meet tonight in the first game of a four-game series over five days. They don’t play on Monday. > […]

Bear market for former UH football intern

By Stephen Tsai on February 28, 2019

Makana Garrigan, who has served on the UH football coaching staff the past three seasons, has joined Maine as a running backs coach. Garrigan is reunited with assistant head coach Pat Denecke, who is the Black Bears’ run-game coordinator and offensive line coach. Denecke, Garrigan and UH head coach Nick Rolovich were on the Nevada staff four years ago. “The weather is slightly different,” said Garrigan, noting tonight’s 12-degree temperature at the Orono campus. “Just a little different.” Garrigan was […]

‘Bows in the pros

By Stephen Tsai on February 25, 2019

Hawaii is well represented in the Alliance of American Football league. Consider: > Benetton Fonua: The Star-Advertiser’s 2011 Defensive Player of the Year and 2012 Kahuku High graduate played in 43 games during his four-season UH career. He’s now a 6-foot, 234-pound linebacker with the Memphis Express. > Meffy Koloamatangi: The younger brother of Leo Koloamatangi (now with the Detroit Lions), Meffy Koloamatangi had a productive career with the Warriors. He is now a 6-5, 273-pound defensive end for the […]

Warrior Beat: Thomas goes to Azusa Pacific

By Stephen Tsai on February 20, 2019

Jake Thomas, who worked with the offensive line as a graduate assistant, is returning to his alma mater — Azusa Pacific — as the offensive line coach. Thomas is a former APU offensive lineman and assistant. “Jake is a great pickup,” said APU head coach Victor Santa Cruz, a former UH linebacker. “He played O-line for us. He got his coaching break at Azusa. We appreciate all he’s been able to learn at Hawaii.” UH coach Nick Rolovich said landing […]

Warriors open spring ball on March 29

By Stephen Tsai on February 19, 2019

Who will place slotback John Ursua? And linebacker Jahlani Tavai? And how will the quarterback reps be split? The answers will begin to be revealed on Friday, March 29, for the first of 15 spring practices for the Warriors. The spring game will be played April 27.

“Play Ball” for UH baseball team

By Stephen Tsai on February 15, 2019

The baseball Rainbow Warriors open their 18th season under Mike Trapasso with tonight’s game against Portland at Les Murakami Stadium. Jeremy Wu-Yelland will throw the first pitch. The ‘Bows will open with this lineup: LF Scotty Scott SS Maaki Yamazaki CF Adam Fogel DH Logan Pouelsen 3B Ethan Lopez RF Jacob Sniffin 1B Alex Baeza 2B Jack Kennelly C Dallas Duarte And did we mention the ‘Bows will be debuting the new retro-styled green jerseys?