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Star-Advertiser columnist Dave Reardon discusses any and all sports issues, with a special focus on Hawaii’s athletes and teams.

About the blog host

Dave Reardon is a sports columnist for the Star-Advertiser. The Honolulu native and alumnus of Pearl City High, Northwestern University and the University of Hawaii started as a copyboy and prep football stringer at the Star-Bulletin in 1981 and has covered the island sports scene uninterrupted since, except for college and two years at the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun. A former competitive runner, Dave now jogs and aims for the elusive 10-minute mile. Follow him on Twitter @dave_reardon

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Dick Tomey was a coach, and not just of football players

By Dave Reardon on May 11, 2019

Back when I was a teen and allowed to be a fan out of sheer loyalty, or whatever other reason I wanted, Dick Tomey, who passed away last night, was my coach. He was not my coach as in playing for him, of course, but as in me rooting for his team. Same with Les Murakami and Dave Shoji. The teams they coached at the University of Hawaii when I was in high school here, and then later when I […]

Hawaii softball: Bob Coolen still enjoying a grand old time

By Dave Reardon on April 16, 2019

Coach Bob Coolen says he doesn’t want Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium named after him. “Just put a seat up there for me,” Coolen said with a laugh on Tuesday, talking to reporters before his University of Hawaii team took off for a three-game road set at Cal State Fullerton starting Friday. Coolen is focused on what is ahead, but still happy to talk about his 1,000th victory as the Hawaii coach on Saturday. The Wahine are riding high with a […]

Quick Reads: Evan Shirley, Wilbert Haslip will be missed

By Dave Reardon on April 7, 2019

Evan Shirley was always front-and-center. Until recently, Shirley, who died March 27 at age 73, was a fixture at University of Hawaii athletic events. He was very noticeable at the Stan Sheriff Center. Shirley always sat a few rows behind the scorer’s table, right at center court. “Evan was a great fan and a kind man,” UH athletic director David Matlin said. “I remember him back from my ticket office days when he had season tickets for several sports. I […]

Quick Reads: Outtakes from beyond the arc

By Dave Reardon on March 11, 2019

Here are some quotes that didn’t make it into Sunday’s story about the 3-point shot. If you haven’t had a chance yet, also read the excellent pieces by Brian McInnis and Paul Honda. ERAN GANOT, University of Hawaii men’s coach: DR: Any thoughts on why there’s been an explosion overall in 3-point shots taken in pros and college only recent years? EG: Shot distribution, shot selection is so key. It’s added another element. But this has been coming on … […]

Yes, Virginia, there is a book about your loss to Chaminade

By Dave Reardon on March 3, 2019

Jack Danilewicz’s byline is likely familiar to you if you read the sports pages of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin in the 1990s and early 2000s. In recent years, his stories about high school sports have also appeared on Midweek’s web site. I was spurred to give him a call by his mother and stepfather, Lynn and Len Scaduto. They approached me with great news after a recent University of Hawaii basketball game: Danilewicz had finally found a publisher for a book […]

Some in-the-stands perspective

By Dave Reardon on January 28, 2019

Each basketball season I make a point of watching at least one University of Hawaii game from the stands instead of courtside at the Stan Sheriff Center. It’s not just a ploy to try to get a free trim via the who-needs-a-haircut promotion, or, when the blimp makes its bombing run, coupons for those mystery meat fast-food tacos I really like. No, I like to remind myself what it was like watching these games before it became a job. Usually […]

Crunching Numbers: Battle of “island” teams

By Dave Reardon on December 26, 2018

Ever see a basketball game where the teams had the same number of assists, turnovers and rebounds? If you watched Hawaii’s 68-60 win against Rhode Island on Christmas in the final day of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic you have. Assists: 10 for both. Turnovers: 11 for both. Rebounds: 35 for both. Even the offensive-defensive split for the caroms was identical at 11-24. I had to look at the stat sheet a couple of times to make sure it […]

Double downer for UH fans

By Dave Reardon on December 22, 2018

The University of Hawaii went 0-for-2 today in nationally televised games. Hawaii led at halftime of both, but fell 73-59 to UNLV in basketball at the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic and then 31-14 tonight in football, at the SoFi Hawaii Bowl. David and Teri Loui were among the dedicated UH fans who did the double dip and attended both games. “It was fortunate that my friend had to set up (the tailgate) for the football game,” the man known […]