Warrior Beat: Middle schoolers, “GOT,” hoops banquet

Nick Rolovich with middle schoolers. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

Things are getting busier and busier on the Manoa campus.

Yesterday marked the Warriors’ first “Middle School Day.” While most schools have “Junior Days” for high school students wishing to learn more about their institutions (and football programs, of course), UH had an open house for middle school students. The emphasis is that no matter your future aspirations, every class in high school counts. Too often when students are considering college, they are hindered by poor grades as freshmen or sophomores.

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Yesterday’s attendees were treated to an aerial show by the slotbacks wishing to succeed John Ursua.

Shameless plug: Slotback story

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Nick Rolovich is a fan.

Mike Trapasso is a big fan, too.

And both will be watching tonight’s return of Game of Thrones.

To relate this to UH sports, punter Stan Gaudion draws these comparisons.

> Defensive end Zach Ritner belongs to the House of Targaryen.”They have perfect long blond hair,”Gaudion said of Ritner. They command dragons.”

Zach Ritner

> Defensive end Mason Vega is Gregor Clegane, better known as “The Mountain.”

Mason Vega

> And strength coach Josh Elms is Tormund Giantsbane. “He carries an axe,” Gaudion said.”That’s how Red (Elms) would fight.”

Josh “Red” Elms

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It’s not too late to buy a ticket ($100 each) or table for Wednesday’s banquet to celebrate the 2018-2019 men’s basketball. It will be at the Hilton Hawaiian’s Coral Ballroom.

No-host cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and the program to begin at about 6 p.m.

Still hedging? How’s this: Wednesday is the first day of the NCAA’s signing period. So, signing day … Eran Ganot at the mic …

For info (on tickets, not recruiting), go here banquet info or contact Joyce Lau (joyce.lau10@hawaiiantel.net) or call the basketball office at (808) 956-6501.


  1. iGrokSpock April 14, 2019 11:42 am

    Grades do matter little ones. Take school seriously.

  2. iGrokSpock April 14, 2019 11:43 am

    Never watched Game of Thrones. Not my style.

  3. Stephen Tsai April 14, 2019 12:11 pm

    I’ve been binge-watching to try to catch up. I’m so far behind.
    It was a lot easier when I binge-watched Mad Men. I even ended up buying a briefcase for no apparent reason.

  4. clyde April 14, 2019 12:46 pm

    Shows you how out of touch and out of age range I am … thought Game of Thrones was a video game. LOL
    Baseball team just dropped a tough one, scoring twice in the ninth to close to 4-3 but failing to score again despite runners at the corners and one out.

  5. Stephen Tsai April 14, 2019 1:03 pm

    Weird series. 21 runs in Friday, 19 yesterday, 7 today

  6. Da Punchbowl Kid April 14, 2019 1:12 pm

    Very wise to emphasize grades to middle schoolers. Sadly, there are many athletes and parents who don’t see the importance of grades until it’s too late. Need to build mind and body!

    Looking forward to GOT’s final season. That series is game changer for cable content, having spawned many others who try to emulate the huge success of GOT.

  7. Matt April 14, 2019 2:18 pm

    This is so concerning for the baseball team. This team just went about as low as they can get. This team was picked to finish 6th and from the looks of things, THEY’RE ALREADY HALFWAY THERE!

    There were so many wasted opportunities that cost the baseball team the win. And this team’s hitting is too inconsistent and just can’t capitalize with runners on base. That’s been the theme during non-conference play with the baseball team. One thing that I kept ranting about was the fact that they can’t win games by striking out. And that’s what is so aggravating, because ever since we joined the BWC, coach Trapasso hasn’t been doing this program any favors because he’s only had one non-losing conference record, a 12-12 record in 2016. That alone still isn’t enough to satisfy the fans…as they had 4 losing seasons prior before that. Matlin needs to make a choice because the ticket sales for the baseball team will be watered dry if they don’t get back to winning, and there’s a chance the Les will be as empty as a ghost town in Dodge City. Timing the baseball hits has really been a struggle, and this team needs to start waking up because Fullerton will be around the corner and if this team comes back uninspired heading into the series with the Titans, they might as well make it 9 straight times for not making it to the post-season, and 6 of the last 7 losing conference records. Something’s gotta happen, and Trap is running out of time.

  8. Stephen Tsai April 14, 2019 5:43 pm

    A few years ago, there was a school that had a lot of talent, but unfortunately some students did not take all the required math classes. I mean, they took the math classes needed to earn a high school diploma, but not to gain entrance to a four-year college. Then again, when you’re a high school freshman, sometimes you can’t think that far ahead. Hey, high school is a big adjustment enough. A little early preparation can’t hurt.

  9. wafan April 14, 2019 7:04 pm

    Here the school system started a program called Core 24. That means a minimum of 24 credits for high school graduation (there are minimum Core Subject requirements all geared to have all kids earn a bachelors degree). Most schools run six-period days. So, six credits per year. Four years of schooling provides 24 credits. Yup, if a kid fails a class s/he will have to pay for summer or online classes or remain an extra semester or two. Historically, there are quite a bit of frosh who fail one to three classes in their first semester of high school. Dropout rates are on the rise.

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  11. iGrokSpock April 15, 2019 8:09 am

    ST – I semi-binge watch my DVDs of Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Enterprise. I didn’t get the Voyager set yet, but some day . . .

  12. winning April 15, 2019 9:45 am

    UH baseball needs more talent on the team. One injury and its chaos. Coaches need to recruit better.

  13. A-House April 15, 2019 10:12 am

    I support Rolo’s idea of having and continuing his “Middle Schoolers” program.

    that fits into the “being innovative” — think outside the box ideology

  14. Stephen Tsai April 15, 2019 10:37 am

    New post: https://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=49423

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