Court Sense

Formerly about Rainbow Warriors basketball, but now covering all University of Hawaii sports.

About the blog host

Brian McInnis has covered sports on Oahu full time since 2007, when he joined the Honolulu Star-Bulletin staff as a general reporter. He’s been the UH basketball beat writer since the 2008-09 season. In his free time, Brian enjoys hilarious Internet videos. Follow him on twitter @Brian_McInnis

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Hawaii football: Paul Scott rises to linebacker rotation

By Brian McInnis on August 23, 2019

It’s Paul Scott’s time to shine. Scott, of Oakland, Calif., was UH’s Special Teams MVP last season. That was where the reserve linebacker saw most of his playing time while recording 17 total tackles and forcing two fumbles. But the redshirt sophomore’s role has been elevated considerably heading into the 2019 season opener Saturday against Arizona at Aloha Stadium. Scott (6 feet 1, 210 pounds) will be in the primary rotation of linebackers, along with Solomon Matautia, Jeremiah Pritchard, Penei […]

Hawaii soccer: Young ones get a chance in opening loss to USC

By Brian McInnis on August 22, 2019

Maybe it was the blazing sun or the dozen-plus players milling about the sideline at any given moment. In any case, Michele Nagamine was going to sub, and sub heavily in the 2019 Hawaii soccer opener at the Manoa Lower Campus field. Six players made their Rainbow Wahine soccer official debuts among 20 to see action on Thursday afternoon in a 3-0 loss to No. 5 USC. >> UH VS. USC PHOTO GALLERY They were redshirt senior Kayla Watanabe, redshirt […]

Hawaii football: Wyatt Tucker readies for long snapper debut

By Brian McInnis on August 22, 2019

Wyatt Tucker occasionally misses playing in the trenches. Then he remembers what got him here. “All my best friends played O-line (at Chino Hills High). Everyone on there was my group of friends,” said Tucker, Hawaii’s successor to four-year veteran Noah Borden at long snapper. “But I was the smallest out of all of them by four inches. … I played center so I was right in the middle. We came in like a “V.” I knew I was going […]

Hawaii soccer: full 2019 season preview

By Brian McInnis on August 21, 2019

In 2018, the Hawaii soccer team challenged itself by kicking off the season against No. 11 Texas A&M. That resulted in a 4-0 defeat. Things get tougher on paper in this year’s opener, as the young Rainbow Wahine host No. 5 USC at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Manoa Lower Campus. UH is playing its first four games of the season on its grass practice field because of damage to its regular playing surface at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. It’s […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Ganot teases 100th season; Jacobsen joins Cal Baptist

By Brian McInnis on August 20, 2019

From Day 1 on the job as Hawaii men’s basketball coach, Eran Ganot championed the program’s past as one of its greatest selling points. Over the course of the 2019-20 season — the 100th in program history going back to 1912 — UH plans to honor that past in a variety of ways. Ganot teased some of those methods this week as he stood in front of the NCAA and NIT tournament plaques he had custom made for the hallway outside […]

Hawaii women’s volleyball: Back-row players Hanawahine, Okino, Gong dig in

By Brian McInnis on August 19, 2019

The competition has been equal parts fierce and friendly. A three-way battle to determine the successor to Tita Akiu as the next Hawaii women’s volleyball libero is underway at every Rainbow Wahine preseason practice. The candidates: fourth-year junior Rika Okino, junior Kyra Hanawahine and third-year sophomore Janelle Gong. The team temporarily got away from the daily grind over the weekend with a West-side camping trip, wrote Cindy Luis in Monday’s print edition of the Star-Advertiser. But they were right back […]

Hawaii football: UH, Rams alumnus Pisa Tinoisamoa treasures return to Aloha Stadium

By Brian McInnis on August 17, 2019

Pisa Tinoisamoa wants no part of “the seats stuff” when the Los Angeles Rams take on the Dallas Cowboys at his old stomping ground. “If it’s up to me, I’m somewhere on the sidelines. I want to see it up close and personal. Especially being Aloha Stadium,” the former Hawaii great and retired NFL linebacker told Hawaii Warrior World during an autograph session with fans on Friday. Until this summer for a promotional event with the Rams — the franchise Tinoisamoa […]

VIDEO: Los Angeles Rams use Hawaii football practice field

By Brian McInnis on August 17, 2019

The University of Hawaii played host to the visiting Los Angeles Rams for a practice session on Friday afternoon. It was the only practice in the islands for the Rams before they face the Dallas Cowboys in a sold-out NFL preseason game at Aloha Stadium on Saturday. Head coach Sean McVay and backup quarterback Blake Bortles (who will likely be the starter Saturday with Jared Goff back on the mainland) spoke to the media after the roughly 45-minute session. McVay […]