Warrior Beat

Expanded coverage of UH football, including practice notes, game analysis, recruiting info and observations on the Mountain West Conference.

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Stephen Tsai covers University of Hawaii football for the Star-Advertiser. Follow him on Twitter @StephenTsai and sign up for the Hawaii football newsletter here: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/email-signup/

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Warrior Beat: Dwain Bradshaw leads Hawaii football’s conditioning program

By Stephen Tsai on June 25, 2019

Early risers might have noticed there’s an added pep to the steps at UH football conditioning drills. Credit goes to the enthusiastic leadership of Dwain Bradshaw, the Rainbow Warriors’ new director of football athletic performance. Bradshaw, who holds degrees from Arizona State and Auburn, has a solid background in football and conditioning. He was a football intern at ASU, his alma mater, in 2014. After that, he was a graduate assistant at Auburn. In 2017, he was a strength/conditioning coach […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Team manager Dominic Drury promoted

By Stephen Tsai on June 24, 2019

Dominic Drury has been promoted from graduate manager to the Hawaii basketball team’s assistant director of basketball operations. The past season was Drury’s first with the Rainbow Warriors after serving as Saint Mary’s student manager for four years. Drury had served the ‘Bows’ marketing coordinator and coordinator of the managers, as well as assisting with videos, facility scheduling, statistical analysis, scouting and practice preparation. In his new role, Drury will assist Jesse Nakanishi, the director of basketball operations. * * […]

Warrior Beat: Hawaii football camp earns state-wide participation

By Stephen Tsai on June 23, 2019

The Warriors closed the camp season with today’s double session on the Manoa campus. Once again, the 2019 Rainbow Warrior Football Elite Camp’s sessions — linemen in the morning, others in the afternoon — were set for the grass fields while installation continues on the Ching Athletic Complex track. But it was a nice turnout, with players from the Neighbor Islands, including four from Molokai, in attendance. USC and Oregon also sent coaches to work alongside the UH coaching staff.

Hawaii football: Summer workouts heating up

By Stephen Tsai on June 22, 2019

It’s not like the Hawaii football team is jumping through hoops during player-run training. But they are sprinting around hoops, as well as hopscotching ladders, dragging heavy chains, pushing weighted sleds, and dashing in every direction. The player-run participation increases with the arrival of incoming freshmen who are enrolled in the bridge program — two three-credit summer courses that jump-start their academic standing.

Hawaii men’s basketball: Jack Purchase’s stock on the rise in Australia

By Stephen Tsai on June 19, 2019

Former UH basketball player Jack Purchase is having quite a week back in his native Australia. The Emerging Boomers have added Purchase to Australia’s entry in the 30th Sumer Universiade — also known as the World University Games — next month in Italy. “It’s an honor to wear the green and gold again,” Purchase texted to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “And I can’t wait to get over to Italy and represent Australia but also represent the great state of Hawaii.” Also, […]

Hawaii basketball in prospect Lok Wur’s top five

By Stephen Tsai on June 18, 2019

There is a possibility a good recruiting month might become even better for the Hawaii basketball team. After receiving signed 2019 commitments from Justin Webster and Bernardo da Silva, the Rainbow Warriors learned they are in the running for Lok Wur of Papillion-La Vista South High in Nebraska. Wur tweeted he has narrowed his five choices to Creighton, Oregon, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech and Hawaii. VaTech and Oregon played in the NCAA Tournament, with the Ducks advancing to the Sweet […]

Hawaii football: 3-star athlete Kilohana Haasenritter is a 2020 commit for Warriors

By Stephen Tsai on June 17, 2019

The Warriors continue to boost the 2020 football-recruiting class with Hilo High’s Kilohana Haasenritter‘s recent commitment. Haasenritter transferred from Kamehameha-Hawaii, where he was used as a running back, receiver and defensive back. He has been told he will compete at slotback and running back for the Warriors. Haasenritter is 5-10 and 175 pounds. He received a 3-star rating from 247sports.com. His uncles are former UH safety Mana Silva and ex-wideout Kana Silva. He said Mana Silva is among his trainers. […]

Hawaii basketball gets commit from 6-9 Bernardo da Silva

By Stephen Tsai on June 15, 2019

The University of Hawaii basketball team today secured a commitment from a post player from one of the country’s top high school basketball teams. Bernardo da Silva of Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah, will sign a scholarship agreement and join the Rainbow Warriors this summer. Da Silva is 6 feet 9 with a 7-2 wingspan. “Bernardo is a fantastic athlete,” said Wasatch coach David Evans, a former BYU-Hawaii player and assistant coach. “He’s a very good and skilled post […]