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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 […]

Rainbow Wahine softball: Coolen joins UH’s 1,000-win club

By Jason Kaneshiro on April 13, 2019

The tribute that followed Bob Coolen’s 1,000th win as Hawaii softball coach provided yet another measure of his legacy with the program. The congratulatory video displayed on the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium scoreboard included messages from former players to come through the Rainbow Wahine program over the last 28 years, several of whom remain active in softball as coaches at various levels from club ball to high school to college. “It’s really nice to see a lot of those players […]

Rainbow Wahine softball: Heen’s blast takes UCSB opener

By Brian McInnis on April 12, 2019

For Bob Coolen and the Hawaii softball team, 1K is in play on Saturday. Callee Heen blasted a three-run shot in the bottom of the fifth inning shortly after UH faced a rain delay — and a one-run deficit — against UC Santa Barbara on Friday night. It was the difference in a 4-1 win over the Gauchos, as UH (25-10, 6-1 Big West) moved ahead of idle Cal State Fullerton atop the Big West standings. Callee Heen with the three-run […]

Rainbow Wahine softball: Bob Coolen nears 1K at UH

By Brian McInnis on April 11, 2019

To have it happen here — at the place Bob Coolen helped build from the ground up and the field that he used to weed himself — would take a little doing. As it so happens, “doing” is something familiar to this year’s group of Rainbow Wahine. Hawaii (24-10, 5-1 Big West) can give its 28th-year head coach his 1,000th win at Manoa if it can sweep UC Santa Barbara (7-30, 1-5) in three games spanning Friday and Saturday. Otherwise, […]

Rainbow Wahine softball: Heen nabs player of the week

By Brian McInnis on April 8, 2019

Callee Heen’s bat was smoldering as she left the field in San Luis Obispo, Calif., on Saturday. Heen batted .571 and knocked in six runs in Hawaii’s three-game Big West sweep of Cal Poly over the weekend. That stat line was good for conference player of the week honors on Monday. It was the first award this season for the UH junior catcher/first baseman and the second of her career. The Hollister, Calif., native hit a home run in the […]

Rainbow Wahine softball gets through gauntlet alive

By Brian McInnis on March 17, 2019

It was a grueling 11 days and 12 games. The Hawaii softball team survived that gauntlet — its last competition before Big West play begins — by going 7-5, thereby completing its nonconference slate at 19-9. Two of the losses were to No. 4 Alabama, one was a one-run defeat to Utah and one came at the hands of Cal ace Kamalani Dung. The last was to SIU-Edwardsville, a team with three local players from which UH took two of […]

Court Sense: Lower campus live blog March 16

By Brian McInnis on March 16, 2019

In terms of variety and quantity, it’s the day of days for Hawaii sports on the Manoa lower campus. Softball against Niagara and No. 4 Alabama. Baseball against Cal State Bakersfield. Water polo against the top-ranked team in the country, USC, that made some headlines lately (you might’ve heard about it). Men’s volleyball against Cal State Northridge. And beach volleyball just off campus at Queen’s Beach. And over in Southern California, the UH women’s basketball team playing UC Davis in […]

Court Sense: Lower campus live blog March 15

By Brian McInnis on March 15, 2019

Another crazy weekend ramps up tonight at the Manoa lower campus. There’s softball against No. 4 Alabama (6 p.m.), baseball against Cal State Bakersfield (6:35 p.m.), and the No. 2 UH men’s volleyball team taking on Cal State Northridge in Big West action (7 p.m.). Check out Jason Kaneshiro’s day-by-day guide here if you’re still trying to figure out what’s what. I’m here to help you keep track of the madness. (And also to tell you if the lower campus […]