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Reliving Hawaii softball’s Women’s College World Series ride to Oklahoma City, 10 years later

By Jason Kaneshiro on May 31, 2020

A decade after Hawaii’s appearance in the Women’s College World Series, the ripples of the impact of a nearly month-long postseason journey continue to come ashore. Just last year Izzy Dino and Mikaela Gandia-Mak — two members of the Rainbow Wahine 2019 freshmen class — cited the WCWS run as a reason they set Hawaii as a college target before they reached middle school. Kelly (Majam) Elms, the nation’s home run leader as a freshman in 2010, said one of this […]

NCAA ruling: Hawaii’s spring-sport seniors allowed to compete next season

By Stephen Tsai on March 30, 2020

UH’s spring-sport senior athletes will get a do-over thanks to an NCAA ruling. The Division I Council today approved a measure that will provide spring-sport players an “additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility,” the NCAA announced today on its website. The ruling was made in response to spring-sport athletes whose seasons were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision essentially freezes each athlete’s current class standing, meaning a senior this year will be […]

Hawaii athletics: NCAA to offer eligibility relief for spring sports student-athletes

By Brian McInnis on March 13, 2020

In very quick fashion, the NCAA responded to a groundswell of support for thousands of student-athletes affected by its decision Thursday to cancel its spring sports championships and effectively end the seasons — and in some cases, careers — for those players. The NCAA tweeted Friday, in part, that “eligibility relief is appropriate for all Division I student-athletes that participated in spring sports.” Division I Council Coordination Committee agrees eligibility relief is appropriate for spring sports: — Inside the […]

Hawaii softball: Junior Brittnee Rossi sad for team, especially seniors

By Dave Reardon on March 12, 2020

Hawaii junior Brittnee Rossi is the starting center fielder and leadoff batter on the softball team. With the news of indefinite suspension of the season because of the corona virus, she is disappointed for the entire team, but especially the seniors. “I was really looking forward to playing my junior year and really going off this season not only individually, but as a team,”said Rossi, who is batting .253 with a .344 on-base percentage, but expects more from herself. “I […]

Hawaii athletics: List of student-athletes expected to have senior years cut short due to coronavirus threat

By Brian McInnis on March 12, 2020

Some 56 University of Hawaii student-athletes were likely impacted more than the hundreds of others with Thursday’s news of NCAA sports championships being canceled through the spring. The seniors and graduate students. Some were at the tail end of their college careers, like the five basketball players who had the Big West tournaments pulled out from underneath them. Others were less than halfway through their season, like baseball and softball. Barring sports being reinstated in the coming weeks, or some […]

Hawaii athletics: NCAA cancels spring sports championships; reactions from UH coaches, players; some tickets to be refunded

By Brian McInnis on March 12, 2020

UPDATE: The NCAA officially canceled all spring sports championships, which appears to effectively end all seasonal University of Hawaii sports. Most notably for UH, the Hawaii men’s volleyball team will be unable to try for a title a year after reaching the NCAA championship game. UH also had top-five-ranked teams in beach volleyball and women’s water polo. NCAA cancels remaining winter and spring championships: — NCAA (@NCAA) March 12, 2020 UH athletics issued a statement for ticket holders […]

Hawaii softball: Losing streak extends to 6 on Rainbow Wahine Classic opening day

By Jonathan Chen on March 11, 2020

Offense was nowhere to be found for the Hawaii softball team on opening day of the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic. Facing stiff challenges in back-to-back games against visiting Texas Tech and Minnesota, the Rainbow Wahine mustered a total of 11 hits, driving in just two runs across both games to lose 5-0 to the Red Raiders and 3-2 to the Gophers. UH dropped to 9-15 with its sixth straight loss. Texas Tech took command of Game 1 from […]

Hawaii athletics: So far, home events open to public as scheduled

By Brian McInnis on March 11, 2020

UPDATE: Things moved quickly, as by noon Thursday the NCAA had canceled March Madness and then all spring sports championships. The threat of a spreading coronavirus has caused a cascade of closures of athletic events worldwide, and especially within the U.S. in the last 24 hours. The NCAA Tournament followed suit with the Big West tournament and other events in announcing the drastic measure of barring the public from its upcoming games. Hawaii men’s volleyball could play before no crowds […]