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Hawaii football: Dayton Furuta named Doak Walker pre-seasn candidate; Warriors complete offseason training

By Stephen Tsai on July 17, 2019

On a busy Wednesday, running back Dayton Furuta was named as a preseason candidate for the Doak Walker Award. The award goes to the college football’s best running back. Ewell Doak Walker II played at Syracuse, and was the 1948 Heisman Trophy winner. He played six seasons of professional football. Furuta, a senior from Mililani, rushed for 459 yards last season, his first as a running back. The Warriors had their final organized conditioning drill and player-run practice this morning […]

Hawaii women’s basketball: Toeaina, Salanoas help win gold for American Samoa

By Brian McInnis on July 16, 2019

Behind three former Hawaii Rainbow Wahine, American Samoa ended the 2019 Pacific Games the same way it started competition — by winning with authority. Sarah Toeaina poured in 29 points on 9-for-14 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead her adopted team to a 74-53 win over Fiji on Wednesday night in Samoa (Tuesday in Hawaii). Lahni and Leah Salanoa added a combined 21 points and nine rebounds for the U.S. territory. American Samoa (5-0) swept through the Olympic-style competition between […]

Hawaii athletics facilities: Gym I renovation complete, track in progress

By Brian McInnis on July 16, 2019

The other half of David Matlin’s “game-changer” upgrades to Hawaii’s basketball and volleyball practice facilities has been realized. That’s what the $9-10 million project was called by the UH athletic director last year. And reality appears to have lived up to vision. Gym I, the ground-level counterpart to the already completed Gym II, was recently unveiled for use by UH student-athletes. Like Gym II, which was completed in December, it is climate-controlled, with brand-new floors, paint, lighting and acoustics. Of […]

Warrior Beat: Tuesday tune-up for Hawaii football players

By Stephen Tsai on July 16, 2019

For the final week of the off-season training program, the Warriors went through conditioning drills and player-run schemes today on UH’s soccer field. (With the Ching Athletic Complex closed for the installation of the new track, the Warriors have been rotating between the grass soccer and football fields.) Some shots:

Hawaii men’s basketball: New Lakers assistant Phil Handy expresses ‘gratitude’ for Toronto

By Brian McInnis on July 15, 2019

Phil Handy has an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time, a skill he demonstrated yet again last NBA season in Toronto. The former Hawaii men’s basketball guard and two-time NBA champion as an assistant coach is leaving for Los Angeles, where his career took off as a player development coach with the Lakers back in 2011-13. The move was first reported by Marc J. Spears of ESPN and The Undefeated. The Lakers, who feature […]

Hawaii football QB Cole McDonald on Maxwell Award watch list

By Stephen Tsai on July 15, 2019

Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald has drawn the attention of the Maxwell Football Club. McDonald is one of 80 on the Maxwell Award Watch List for the college football player of the year. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, a Saint Louis School graduate, was the 2018 winner. In 2018, his first as a UH starting quarterback, McDonald threw for 3,875 yards (eighth most among NCAAA passers) and 36 touchdowns (sixth). He computed a 146.5 efficiency rating, the highest for a UH starting […]

Hawaii women’s basketball: New locker room in progress

By Brian McInnis on July 13, 2019

The Hawaii men’s and women’s basketball programs undertook significant upgrades of their respective Stan Sheriff Center locker rooms in the 2019 offseason. While the Rainbow Warriors’ new digs are said to be done (and could be showcased in the coming days), those of the Rainbow Wahine still require some work for completion before next season. Both hoops programs have fundraised independently for the locker upgrades; no money was directed to the projects from UH’s haul from the state legislature. Athletic […]

Hawaii football: Defensive backs put in extra work

By Stephen Tsai on July 11, 2019

The Hawaii football team’s defensive backs had their own player-run workouts this morning at the grass practice field. They worked on footwork, hip movements and identifying routes. Cornerback Cortez Davis and freshman safety Tiger Peterson — both of whom enrolled this past January — have benefitted from a semester’s instruction. Some shots: