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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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Hawaii football openers: Best of times and worst of times

By Dave Reardon on August 23, 2019

The memories are foggy 31 years later. Was it one or two seconds left in the game when that freshman from Georgia kicked the 70-yard field goal to give 56-point underdog Hawaii the win over No. 1-ranked Iowa, driving 50,000 fans at Aloha Stadium to delirium? Yes, really foggy. And there are some of you out there who don’t have to look it up to remember that Iowa was not No. 1 in the 1988 preseason: it was 9th in […]

Hawaii football: Batoon knows time of the essence dealing with Arizona’s fast break

By Dave Reardon on August 20, 2019

Sometimes, when a football coach says his players are “not thinking,” it’s a good thing. It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re making bad decisions. Actually, it’s often a reference to excellent preparation. Because they’ve learned in practices, they don’t have to think during games; things come naturally, instinctively. Conscious thinking during a play can slow you down. Last year, when first-year University of Hawaii defensive coordinator Corey Batoon brought in some new position coaches and a new system, the players had […]

AP preseason poll: Clemson No. 1, UH opponent Washington No. 13

By Dave Reardon on August 19, 2019

The Associated Press preseason college football poll, was released Monday. This is the first time Clemson, which won the national championship game last season and two of the last three title games, is ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll. Washington, the University of Hawaii’s opponent in Seattle on Sept. 14, checked in at No. 13 overall, and No. 14 in my poll. The season opens Saturday with two Week Zero games: Arizona at Hawaii and Florida at Miami. The […]

Hawaii women’s basketball: Shannon Nishi-Patton closer to Olympics with Pan Am gold

By Dave Reardon on August 11, 2019

The window to living her dream opened at least a little bit more for Shannon Nishi-Patton when she swept her five karate matches at the Pan Am Games and won a gold medal Saturday. But Nishi-Patton still doesn’t know how close she is to making it to Tokyo when karate will debut as an exhibition sport at the 2020 Olympic Games. The former Team USA assistant coach from Honolulu came out of a five-year retirement as a competitor in 2017. […]

Local fastpitch softball leader Warren Okinaka’s life to be celebrated

By Dave Reardon on July 13, 2019

The life of Warren Okinaka, a leader in the fastpitch softball community, will be celebrated Sunday, July 21 at Pearl Harbor. He died July 7 of natural causes at age 71. Okinaka was a civil engineer at he Pearl Harbor Shipyard. Okinaka was especially known as a coach, for organizing the Oahu Junior Olympic Softball Program in 1987 and also as an umpire and a mentor for many other umpires. “He was even a one-man grounds crew, dragging the fields […]

Hawaii women’s tennis: Remembering the late, great Joy Minaai

By Dave Reardon on June 16, 2019

Celebration of Life services for Joy Minaai, who starred in tennis at the University of Hawaii and in 1983 won the Bonham Award for all-around excellence as a student-athlete and sportsmanship and community service, are set for July 6 at New Hope Chapel at Sand Island. Minaai, 57, passed away peacefully at her Makiki home recently after a long illness. Minaai, who was 5 feet 3, did not hit the ball hard, but for most of her Rainbow Wahine career […]

Quick Reads: Dick Couch’s words were as witty and powerful as his heart was warm

By Dave Reardon on May 24, 2019

Dick Couch, the legendary retired Star-Bulletin sportswriter who died Thursday at age 83, was employed by two newspapers during his journalism career that spanned more than 40 years. After college at Illinois and a hitch in the Army he started out at the Daily Mirror in his hometown of New York. For several years in the 1960s he didn’t get his paycheck from a paper. But he wrote for hundreds of them — all of them that depended on the […]

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 […]