Court Sense

Expanded coverage of Rainbow Warriors basketball, including practice notes, game analysis, recruiting info and observations on the Big West Conference.

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 men’s volleyball: Stijn van Tilburg steadies the Big West ‘ship

By Brian McInnis on April 21, 2019

Somehow, Stijn van Tilburg operated outside of the spotlight for most of this special 2019 Hawaii men’s volleyball season. Whether it was Rado Parapunov winning Big West player of the week seemingly weekly for a two-month stretch, or the local product Colton Cowell rising to the occasion when it mattered, or the Worsley brothers Joe and Gage earning plaudits, “SVT” — the 6-foot-8 senior from the Netherlands who happens to be a top-10 player in UH kills with 1,388 — was the […]

Hawaii men’s volleyball: Colton Cowell rises in Big West semifinals

By Brian McInnis on April 19, 2019

It was Colton Cowell’s time to rise and shine. Hawaii’s lone local product gave the raucous home crowd reason after reason to get on its feet and stay there on Friday night. Cowell, the junior outside hitter from Makawao, Maui, returned to form at a crucial time in a 25-17, 25-16, 25-18 sweep of UC Irvine in the Big West tournament semifinals, setting up another hyped matchup with rival Long Beach State in Saturday’s 8 p.m. title tilt. The 6-foot-2 […]

Hawaii men’s volleyball: Big West tournament tickets going fast

By Brian McInnis on April 17, 2019

As of noon on Wednesday, about 7,100 ticket packages had been sold for the Big West men’s volleyball tournament Thursday through Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center, according to Hawaii athletic director David Matlin. If you wanted to buy tickets for UH’s semifinal match Friday (and possible title game appearance Saturday), you had to buy the complete tourney package (including first-round games Thursday that do not feature the host team). Only upper-level seating for $36 per adult package (discounted for […]

Hawaii football: Chris Brown enjoys the show

By Brian McInnis on April 16, 2019

Blood and sweat. When Craig Stutzmann thinks about his playing days alongside Chris Brown, those substances come to mind. Vividly, too, as Brown, the former Rainbow Warrior standout linebacker (1999 to 2002), is back in town. The 39-year-old still resembles wrought iron in human form. “He’s tough as you-know-what,” said Stutzmann, one of a handful of members of the UH coaching staff (including head coach Nick Rolovich) who suited up with Brown. “Toughest guy that I know, mentally, physically. I […]

Rainbow Wahine water polo: Looking to contend

By Brian McInnis on April 13, 2019

UPDATE: Hawaii defeated UC Santa Barbara 15-9 on senior night. UH sent its four seniors out with a home win and the Rainbow Wahine wrapped up the regular season at 16-5 overall and 4-1 in the Big West — clinching at least a share of the conference title. 🤙🏽🌈 Senior float to cap off a fun night! Mahalo to seniors Elyse, Femke, Carla, and Irene 😃 #HawaiiWWP | #GoBows — Wahine Water Polo (@WahineWP) April 14, 2019 ——————— Senior […]

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 Warrior basketball: Leland Green finds a home

By Brian McInnis on April 10, 2019

Former Hawaii basketball guard Leland Green has found his greener land of opportunity. Green, a reserve who played an average of 8.7 minutes in 27 games in 2018-19, will play at Division II Humboldt State for his senior season. Because he is dropping down a division, he does not have to sit out a season. Green was a courteous, quiet sort who wowed upon his arrival from Los Angeles with a better-than-expected jump shot and a ready-made physique. He enjoyed […]