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Loyola Marymount pulls away late to defeat Rainbow Wahine basketball team

By Christian Shimabuku on November 13, 2019

The Hawaii women’s basketball team kept up with Loyola Marymount for three quarters on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, but the Rainbow Wahine couldn’t keep pace for one more in a 65-51 loss. With things knotted up at 27 at halftime, LMU outscored the Wahine 20-9 in the fourth quarter to pull away. After winning its season opener against San Diego State last Tuesday, UH dropped to 1-1. The Lions (1-1) picked up their first win after losing their season […]

Hawaii baseball alum Kolten Wong wins first Gold Glove

By Christian Shimabuku on November 3, 2019

St. Louis Cardinals second baseman and former University of Hawaii star Kolten Wong won his first Gold Glove on Sunday, as voted on by MLB coaches and managers. Wong beat out finalists Ozzie Albies of the Atlanta Braves and Adam Frazier of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Many believed Wong would win his first Gold Glove at second base last year, but that award went to DJ LeMahieu, who was with the Colorado Rockies at the time. Wong was a finalist at […]

Hawaii football: Allow Kumoku Noa to reintroduce himself

By Christian Shimabuku on October 30, 2019

Kumoku Noa reintroduced himself to Hawaii football fans in a big way during last Saturday’s win at New Mexico. In his first game action since 2017, he broke away for a 54-yard touchdown from Cole McDonald in the first quarter, setting the tone in a much-needed 45-31 victory. Noa was not cleared for any other game this season in what was described to Star-Advertiser UH football beat writer Stephen Tsai as “ailments and personal problems.” The Rainbow Warriors held a […]

Hawaii soccer: Lex Mata tries to save day against Washington State

By Christian Shimabuku on September 19, 2019

Lex Mata did her part. Despite a nearly flawless game from the senior goalkeeper, Hawaii lost to No. 24 Washington State 1-0 during its season debut at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium to drop to 2-5-1. Chemical runoff had previously shifted the ‘Bows games to their on-campus practice field in Manoa. Mata registered 10 saves against an athletic and relentless Cougars squad that saw its season record improve to 6-1-0. In the process, WSU extended UH’s winless streak at home against […]

Hawaii women’s volleyball: Bittersweet night for Hilo native and West Virginia coach Sunahara

By Christian Shimabuku on September 12, 2019

From the moment West Virginia coach and Reed Sunahara flashed double shakas to the Stan Sheriff Center crowd that cheered for him during opening intros, the Hilo High alum felt at home. For an opposing head coach making his return to his native state, Sunahara looked the part, too. He and other male members of his staff donned yellow and blue aloha shirts, matching the Mountaineers’ team colors with a little island twist. “A friend of mine got it for […]

Hawaii women’s volleyball: Army’s Oglivie shines in loss to Wahine

By Christian Shimabuku on September 5, 2019

Ana Oglivie received a loud ovation from the Hawaii-partisan crowd when her name was called for the Army starting lineup on Thursday night. The 2017 ‘Iolani graduate made her return to the islands, and in front of a contingent of family and friends, recorded a match-high 22 digs for the Black Knights in a 22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-19 loss to the Rainbow Wahine. Despite the defeat, Oglivie cherished the experience of playing her first official game in the Stan Sheriff […]

Hawaii football: Justin Uahinui trusted as third-string quarterback

By Christian Shimabuku on August 12, 2019

Justin Uahinui’s change of heart during National Signing Day in 2017 wasn’t out of the norm, as high school football prospects flipping to sign with different schools has become standard practice. At the time, the Farrington senior ultimately signed with Hawaii as a preferred walk-on that fateful day at the Sheraton Waikiki. But it’s the school he turned down that made his circumstances unique. Uahinui was originally committed to Nihon University in Tokyo, where the Phoenix offered him a scholarship […]

Hawaii football: Single-digit jersey numbers must be earned

By Christian Shimabuku on August 3, 2019

After earning a scholarship last fall, Hawaii slotback Jason-Matthew Sharsh wasn’t done striving for something else he wanted — a coveted single-digit jersey number for the Rainbow Warriors. Sharsh finally got it heading into his last fall camp, making the switch from 89 to 3 in time for his senior season. “It started at JUCO,” Sharsh said of his affinity for the number. “JUCO, I wore 3 my second year because of Odell Beckham. I became a Giants fan. Odell, […]