Here's the skinny on a d-lineman

At the end of yesterday’s shambattle game, defensive end Alema Tachibana grabbed a volleyball and soared for a dunk.
The scene proved two things:
• Tachibana, a freshman from Kahuku High, is very athletic.
• He also is very thin.
“I eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, proteins,” Tachibana said. “It’s not working.”
Tachibana, who is 6 feet 2, said he weighs 200 pounds — his playing weight as a Kahuku senior.
“I want to get up to 220,” said Tachibana, who will compete at defensive end although he might be a better fit physically as an outside linebacker.
But the coaches note that Melila Purcell III and Ikaika Alama-Francis both weighed about 205 when they first joined the UH football team. Both filled out, and both are now in the NFL.
“There’s hope,” Tachibana said.


* * *

Tachibana’s Kahuku teammate, Paipai Falemalu, has made a significant recovery from surgery on his right shoulder.
Falemalu is able to compete in agility drills and light weight lifting.
But he will be restricted during spring practice, which opens March 30.
“I’ll just run and learn my plays,” Falemalu said.
He said he initially suffered the injury in high school.
“I thought it was a little sore, but I kept playing,” said Falemalu, who will be a second-year freshman in the fall. “When I got here, they told me I tore something.”
He was diagnosed with a torn labrum.
Falemalu, who weighed 215 at Kahuku, is now up to 242. He said he hopes to tone up, but not necessarily drop a lot of weight, this summer.


* * *

Running back Leon Wright-Jackson has always been one of the hardest-working players. When he’s not participating in footwork drills, he’s  exercising. Here he is doing push-ups during what was supposed to be a rest period:



  1. EastManoa March 21, 2009 2:06 am


  2. HiFlyer March 21, 2009 2:07 am


  3. HiFlyer March 21, 2009 2:21 am

    does Tachibana have the quickness to maybe be a safety?

  4. o'chawan_cut March 21, 2009 2:38 am


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  6. Pomai March 21, 2009 3:37 am

    I know LWJ has the heart, but just hasn’t produced on the field, I’m hoping that this will be his year, he has the ability to be a great one.

  7. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 21, 2009 4:26 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!
    -on the way to Oahu.

  8. Garret March 21, 2009 4:58 am

    I’m glad that PaiPai has put on so much weight, getting up to 242. Hopefully he can get healthy soon and will not be limited by his shoulder injury by the fall.

    200 pounds is way too light for Tachibana to play DE! Hopefully the weight can stay on his soon…or they will have to move him to the secondary…and the speed required in the secondary is much different than the speed at DE.

  9. Garret March 21, 2009 5:03 am

    I hope that LWJ could have a season like Warrior fans have been anticipating since he joined the team. At least part of his problem has been injuries, so he’ll hopefully be healthy this season. Maybe these years in the system (I don’t think the running plays changed much in the new system) could help him feel more comfortable and eliminate the hesitation that seemed to happen some times in the past.

  10. wafan March 21, 2009 5:15 am

    A nice morning and day to everyone!

    One day closer to summer and good food. Yum!

  11. letsgowarriors March 21, 2009 5:21 am

    paipai is getting huuuge!

  12. mctruck March 21, 2009 5:30 am

    There’s just no way to keep the talent from shining through. If the athlete has that talent that is; and after all the time which have come and gone, I have yet to see anything that jumps out at me to say that a particular athlete here mentioned has that talent. end story.

  13. wafan March 21, 2009 5:51 am

    Good luck to 2nd Nature at today’s band contest! Go get ’em!!!

  14. wafan March 21, 2009 6:53 am

    Cannot leave on that number.

  15. Hoohiki March 21, 2009 7:05 am

    I wish I had Tachibana’s problem…eating and eating and not gaining weight.

  16. d1島 March 21, 2009 7:38 am

    Great Morning All!
    Top Twenny!

    I hear that!

  17. d1島 March 21, 2009 7:41 am

    #1 son had that same “problem” when he was a Freshman. Used to tell me, “Dad, I eat ice cream before I go bed and I still wake up weighing less!” 👿
    Dang keeds!

  18. Da Punchbowl Kid March 21, 2009 7:46 am


    Your #15: You and me both!

  19. koakane± March 21, 2009 7:48 am

    good morning

    howzit howzit howzit

  20. tom March 21, 2009 7:59 am

    Good morning!

    Does everyone get up so early?

  21. warriorfanny March 21, 2009 8:06 am

    Both Purcell and Ikaika were taller than Alema and were big-boned.
    Let’s wait n see how he performs on the field during contact, Tachibana is too light for DE, but could contribute as an OLB–even at that position–he is underweight.
    The key for Alema will be his on-field instincts and whether this athlete can bring a hammer.

    LWJ reported out-of-shape in last year’s camp….this is his senior year, he is more than due.

  22. d1島 March 21, 2009 8:06 am


    only we who eschew the caps key…


  23. Stephen Tsai March 21, 2009 8:06 am

    The good thing about Tachibana is that he’s a gray shirt. He was a part-time student in the fall, but his clock didn’t start until this past January. That means he gets to go through spring ball and training camp. There’s a good chance he’ll redshirt in the fall, then he’ll go through another spring ball and training camp. Starting in 2010, he’ll have had a lot of time to get bigger and really know the system. And, at that time, he’ll have four years to play four seasons.

  24. Stephen Tsai March 21, 2009 8:08 am

    Actually, folks tell me, LWJ is always in pretty good shape. But he had a really bad foot injury last year. It’s hard to run with a bad wheel.

  25. Stephen Tsai March 21, 2009 8:12 am

    I mentioned this before, but I’m intrigued by Hogan Rosehill.
    He might turn out to be a pretty good running back.

  26. Kazz March 21, 2009 8:19 am


    I left you a message on your cell.

    Can I run into you at the Stanley tonight?

  27. Kazz March 21, 2009 8:20 am

    Mr. Falemalu is looking “beastly”. 😈

  28. Rob25 March 21, 2009 8:22 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos…just stopping in quickly to see who’s around.

  29. d1島 March 21, 2009 8:22 am

    Can I run into you at the Stanley tonight?

    There’s a mosh pit at the SSC tonight?

  30. LK March 21, 2009 8:23 am


    Just make sure you’re wearing your seatbelt when you do 🙂

  31. d1島 March 21, 2009 8:23 am


    Good morning!
    For whom are you looking?

  32. warriorfanny March 21, 2009 8:26 am

    How many years will it take Alema to get his weight up to at least 235 lbs (still considered light-weight for a DE)?

    If he can play OLB, and has OLB hops, Y waste his eligibility?
    He hasnt gained a pound in a year.
    Some athletes gain weight easily and others struggle becz of their unique body factors.

    What about Tua?
    Another tweener in the system.

    Ikaika and Purcell added weight immediately—like 25lbs plus in their first year. Dont forget Melia was a non-qualifier out of high school and sat out his first year, lifting and gaining weight.

    Look, it comes down to Tachibana’s field talent and CAL will be watching closely–he never has enuff depth.

  33. Stephen Tsai March 21, 2009 8:28 am

    I’ll be there.
    I’ve got my routine now.
    Get a hot chocolate. Chit-chat with the coaches. Chit-chat with Leahey. Chit-chat with Radford Nakamura (he went to the same college as my first two kids). And try to find a seat before the student reporters kick me out.

  34. Stephen Tsai March 21, 2009 8:30 am

    You’re right. I think Cal has his eye on AT.
    He also wants back Waylon Lolotai, who moved to DE.
    Blaze Jr. — Josh Andrews — also is eligible to play this year. He’s been working out at linebacker.

  35. Stephen Tsai March 21, 2009 8:32 am

    Tua does indeed need to put on a few pounds.
    Then again, he did walk all night a couple of weeks ago.
    And everytime I see Tua, he (jokingly, I think) keeps mentioning that “Japanese guy on your blog” who took all of his donations.

  36. Kazz March 21, 2009 8:32 am


    Eh! We swept NJIT!!!


    Well.. maybe that’s a bit excessive. 😈

  37. Kazz March 21, 2009 8:35 am


    Ok sir I shall see you there tonight.

  38. warriorfanny March 21, 2009 8:36 am

    That’s CAL, he wouldnt be satisfied if he was 4-deep.

    I want to be positive about LWJ….like I said–it’s his senior year–so Im rooting for him, but not holding my breath.

  39. Stephen Tsai March 21, 2009 8:51 am

    I understand what you’re saying.
    It’s time to step up.
    A lot of folks root for LWJ because 1) he does work hard. 2) he’s a really nice guy.
    I know those aren’t criteria for success, but sometimes you want the nice guy to do well.

  40. slenzi March 21, 2009 8:52 am

    LWJ all the way, hey hey
    LWJ all the way, hey hey
    lwj! Lwj!! LWj!!! LWJ!!!!
    Gooooooo Warriors!!!!!

  41. AlaWaiPipeLayer March 21, 2009 9:14 am

    Maybe LWJ needs to see a podiatrist for some special shoes?

  42. MeiLing March 21, 2009 9:22 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Would love to see LWJ have a great season. Here’s hoping…

    Tachibana can have some of my excess weight…

    Good luck to 2nd Nature tonight!

  43. Da Punchbowl Kid March 21, 2009 9:38 am

    I say give Alema a Tsaiko T-shirt and badge. If he were officially a Tsaiko, he’d prolly start gaining weight immediately. 😆

  44. Kazz March 21, 2009 9:44 am


    March 21st, 2009 at 9:14 am
    Maybe LWJ needs to see a podiatrist for some special shoes?


    Or did Texas Tech and Utah get first dibs on that? 🙄

    Oh but they gave us white pants so it’s ok I guess… 🙄

  45. Da Punchbowl Kid March 21, 2009 9:49 am


    Why does Rosehill intrigue you? Speed? Power? Size? I know he’s got decent size…

    Hopefully LWJ can stay healthy this year. He’s got the talent to be a great one. If UH ever ran the” I ” formation… Never mind.

  46. OldDiver March 21, 2009 9:49 am

    If you go by the Atkins diet, Tachibana won’t be gaining weight eating protein. He will need to increase his carbs. I thought the Atkins diet was all bull unitl I tried it. Lost the mid section without losing upper body muscle. Of course there wasn’t much upper body muscle to lose.

  47. Da Punchbowl Kid March 21, 2009 9:50 am

    Howzit Kazz!

  48. Jason March 21, 2009 9:53 am

    Some day, when Tua’s famous for something and I look like wafan, I’ll go up to him and say, “Remember me?”

  49. Wayne O. March 21, 2009 9:57 am

    Coach Mack and Coach Cal should turn Paipai into a DE. At 242 he would be a pass rushing demon w/ his quickness and speed. I see him being the second coming of David Veikune. Wow! I can imagine the amount of sacks he’s going ot get. And the best part is that he’s a freshman. Re: Alema…I’m not worried about him.if he’s that athletic they have to find a spot of him on the field…either in special teams, blocking kicks, etc. Eventually I believe he’ll be a situational pass rusher. And maybe he should get a look at safety if he has the speed and smarts.
    But that’s what spring is all about…experimentation and finding roles for players that are best suited for certain things. Boise St. does that all the time. Good luck to all of them in their quest.

  50. Kazz March 21, 2009 9:58 am

    Rainbow Wahine Softball Defeats LaTech 3-0 in first game of double header today in Ruston, LA.


  51. Kazz March 21, 2009 10:03 am

    Howzit DPK!

    How’s tings on your side?

  52. Kazz March 21, 2009 10:18 am

    Howzit, howzit, howzit! Good morning, Tsai-ko’s!

  53. BowsForever March 21, 2009 10:22 am

    LWJ could benefit from that pistol formation every now and then. Wonder if it’ll be in the revised offense this year now that GA presumably has the “system” down pretty solid now.

    Salute to Peoples on his decision to join the Air Force!

  54. Colomaohana March 21, 2009 10:27 am

    omg…I’m trippin’ out cause I’M the one who posted #52, but Kazz’s name is on there….WTF???? Sorry, Kazz…..I think my computer is haunted…..

    OMG…..twighlight zone stuffs….

    Anywho…Good morning!

  55. Ralph March 21, 2009 10:33 am

    Kazz and colomaohana are fraternal twins

  56. Colomaohana March 21, 2009 10:34 am

    hahaha…Morning, Ralph!

  57. Ralph March 21, 2009 10:40 am

    good morning coloma glad to see you posting often here on the WB… Esme abandoned us

  58. Stretch March 21, 2009 10:44 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    March 21st, 2009 at 10:27 am
    omg…I’m trippin’ out cause I’M the one who posted #52, but Kazz’s name is on there….WTF???? Sorry, Kazz…..I think my computer is haunted…..

    hey, are you part Russian by any chance??

  59. roysan16 March 21, 2009 10:45 am

    Re-Train to become a better athlete or better weight lifter?

    Reading yesterday’s debate of what methods of weight lifting are best for a football player had me thinking.

    I agree with the notion that your weight lifting training should enhance the groups of muscles you use in your mechanics on the field. And I see the *hang clean* ( as a fine example of achieving this. Maybe there are other exercises, too, but I can’t think of any others that add so much explosiveness, extension, coordination, balance, strength and endurance as this one

    For the strength coaches, I’m sure they break down the sport the athlete is training in and look at the biomechanical and kinesiology the athlete is training and engaging in and adopt exercises that are complimentary to the mechanics they’ll use on the field, which hopefully the *hang clean* is utilized in their teachings and conditioning programs at UH moreso than a regiment of bench pressing,IMO.

    Because the by product of your weight lifting and conditioning should promote explosiveness, extension, coordination, balance, strength and endurance I see the *hang clean* as one staple. And the other one being plyometrics ( , which I understand the Warrior team uses this method in their training. Completing the conditioning, and I see a lot of the players doing this, is incline/decline running (which I think is an excellent training method, too).

    Practical and purposeful weight training and conditioning should be the focus. And hang clean, plyometrics and incline decline running achieves this goal.With the hang clean your building your feet, ankles, knees, hips, back, chests, shoulders, elbows and arms-much of what is needed when taking the field. Ditto with the residuals of training at plyometrics, for it enhances jumping explosiveness…and incline/decline running enhances endurance and stamina.

    Training better athletes versus training weight lifters should be on the minds of the trainers. And the athletes themselves should be mindful that collectively as a team composing themselves as achieving to becoming better athletes (explosive,durable, conditioned) versus becoming better weight lifters in the long run makes the team a better team, IMO.

  60. Kazz March 21, 2009 10:46 am


    Does the number “705” mean anything to you? 😉

  61. Colomaohana March 21, 2009 10:54 am

    Kazz: huh? You know, I’m not normally here at work on the weekends, so my mind is not in full swing….help a mama out here…. hahaha…C’mon, just a hint….

    Hi Stretch! re: your question, uhhhh….To my knowledge, I have not had any Russians, therefore, I am not.


  62. Stretch March 21, 2009 10:57 am

    Coloma/Kazz – you two gots to be careful if both of you are working at the same time since you are on the same network. but all of us can always tell the difference in posts – Kazz is intense and Coloma is nuts.

  63. Stretch March 21, 2009 11:00 am

    Coloma/Kazz – you two gots to be careful if both of you are working at the same time since you are on the same network. but all of us can always tell the difference in posts – Kazz is intense and Coloma is nuts.
    PS: Wanted to say great post!

  64. Colomaohana March 21, 2009 11:01 am

    Ralph: yeah…she busy making sure homey and (J)J not instagatin’ on da’ pink side….

  65. Pauoa Boy March 21, 2009 11:03 am

    Paipai Falemalu is going to be the man for UH’s Defense!!! He should stay at Linebacker regardless if he gets even bigger. He has some great instincts flying to the ball and unloading the ish on people. He’s going to be a great LB for us.

    Alema Tachibana should stick to Linebacker too. Ikaika and Mel are both built differently, had thicker body style and had the room to pack on the pounds. Alema’s body type might max out at a solid 230-240 pounds tops. Might as well keep him at Linebacker and have the Kahuku tandem once again knocking heads off!

  66. Colomaohana March 21, 2009 11:04 am

    Stretch: Thanks for the compliment….Now, if you said “crazy”, then that be fightin’ words….

  67. Pauoa Boy March 21, 2009 11:08 am

    LWJ needs to translate his work-ethic onto the field during gametime. I think he got too much hype coming in, expectations too high maybe and he still hasn’t produced much. Kind of reminds of when Mario Cox came in and got lost in the sauce. LWJ is too talented not to produce on the field. Coach needs to find a way to utilize him or he’ll be a wasted talent and like Cox…a bust! I love LWJ, but he needs to be confident in his ability and just keep running like Forrest Gump!

  68. Ralph March 21, 2009 11:11 am

    Tachibana could be a strong safety for us…6’3, 200 with 4.5 speed…add 10 lbs of muscle and he would be ronnie lott’s size…

  69. Colomaohana March 21, 2009 11:12 am

    OMG, lemme just say, dis’ world is too smalll..


  70. Frank25 March 21, 2009 11:19 am

    Aloha Tsaikos:

    Hows everyones day in Hawaii ….Pauoa Boy: whats going on Devil Dog…Training hard…

    Colomaohana: whats going on….
    Stretch: whats up bro….

  71. SteveM March 21, 2009 11:27 am

    Hi Frank25 — hope all’s well on your end. Found another Jagermeister person last night. Maybe you and Rob25 can meet her soon. 🙂

  72. Colomaohana March 21, 2009 11:28 am

    Howzit Frank25! Rob25 was on this morning, but she’s gone-deez….

  73. Colomaohana March 21, 2009 11:33 am

    Hi SteveM!

  74. Frank25 March 21, 2009 11:35 am

    SteveM: Hey there…everythings going pretty good so far…Jagermeister…sounds really good…cant wait to have some…have to get together when I come home in may…I know you folks Karaoke a lot…

  75. Willie March 21, 2009 11:35 am

    Pauoa Boy, my opinion is that if LWJ would run more like Daniel Libre inside and stop tip toeing, being afraid of contact he would be a lot more effective. No other back has his top end speed, he needs to hit the hole fast, then go for daylight. I question his toughness and hope he proves me wrong this season.

    Two of my favorite RBs of all time are Gary Allen & Travis Sims. Different styles but both showed no fear and were great contributors to the running game.

  76. Stretch March 21, 2009 11:37 am

    March 21st, 2009 at 11:12 am

    eh, speak for your yourself…..

  77. Stretch March 21, 2009 11:38 am

    Howzit Frank – good to see you here. not much going on today, just watching March Madness. how you doing??

  78. Frank25 March 21, 2009 11:44 am

    Stretch: doing okay, should be going to bed pretty soon.already sunday morning for me…not doing too much today…

  79. SteveM March 21, 2009 11:44 am

    Peaches starts a week of vacation. Asked me where I would like to go for dinner…except Genji’s since we always eat there. Koko Cafe in the Hale Koa came to mind. Great food, reasonably priced. Warrior Club next door. Pools and hot tubs, buffet breakfast…ended up booking a room (lots of availability) last night. Been editing too many cruise ship pix this week, since this is my cruise routine 🙂

    Then 20 minutes later Peaches’ daughter calls and wants us at Genji’s… 🙁

  80. SteveM March 21, 2009 11:50 am

    Frank25 — karaoke and jagermeister…real interesting combo! I hear the best instigators we have are working on that for you… 😉

  81. SteveM March 21, 2009 11:52 am

    Hi Colomaohana !

  82. Colomaohana March 21, 2009 11:53 am

    I AM!! hahaha…really…

  83. warriorfanny March 21, 2009 12:02 pm

    Last year, about this time, Ron Lee was boasting about LWJ’s training and his work on his legs to get more burst. He never mentioned injury.

    I heard differently about his training during the off-season.

    Same sources told me Kealoha and el Libre were training hard–and Pilares was running the beaches–good stuff to build and strengthen ankles.
    It paid off for the two as they reported in top condition when camp began in August.

    Libre was in great RB shape, ditto for Kealoha as he reported as a slot.

    Cant say the same for LWJ, he was in poor condition.
    He was outsprinted during drills by lineman and often finished last in team sprints.
    Gerke was all over him.
    By the end of summer camp he started to get his act together.
    No injury was reported until later when the season began.

    The point being, a RB should always report to camp in shape.
    Bottomline, water will seek its own level when the banging begins–hopefully Daniel will be given a hardship year.
    But he is too small physically to sustain the beating at RB.
    Libre is a package RB–a change of pace that can break a game open.
    We need 4 deep going into the season.
    1 big back (Huen, et al), a special package RB (Libre, Chizz) and several durable types such as LWJ and Green.

    Chizzy and Green are question marks in D1A but come as heralded JUCO RBs.

    Do we need Leon to step up?
    You bet.

  84. Colomaohana March 21, 2009 12:04 pm

    SteveM: hahaha…I’ll take your room for you….I mean…since you DID go through all that trouble….


  85. Colomaohana March 21, 2009 12:04 pm

    SteveM: hahaha…I’ll take your room for you….I mean…since you DID go through all that trouble….


  86. Colomaohana March 21, 2009 12:07 pm

    Ai’ya..sorry…itchy fingahz…hahah..Is there an echo in here?

  87. SteveM March 21, 2009 12:20 pm

    Colomaohana Hale Koa tonight. Last night was the reservation and “emergency” phone call. Have a military connection? Hale Koa has a large pool and beach suitable for, say, 7 keiki and DH. 🙂

  88. koakane± March 21, 2009 12:21 pm

    back from civic duty and morning breakfast with pride.

    hello how you cohana? au’we kolohe so fast already.

    howzit to frank25, still going put out the heat with beeru latta on dis eve.

  89. Colomaohana March 21, 2009 12:32 pm

    Awww…shucks…no more, SteveM. Unless you call having a few beeru’z for Frank25 my “military connection”…hahaha…

    Howzit, kk! Eh, ha’ come I neva’ see Pride hea long time! Tell him my hoos-bond wanted to ax him sumtin……

    And, hello?? You KNOW I always kolohe, gunnfunit! heheh..

  90. Committed Road Warrior March 21, 2009 12:54 pm

    BaseBows playing the Oregon Ducks right now. Still the 3rd inning, so get plenty of baseball left in this game.

  91. jm2375 March 21, 2009 1:13 pm

    Good afternoon Tsai-kos!

    Just back from a Costco run. Still crowded but not too bad for a Saturday.

    where’s brew? what’s with da ACC? I knew I shouldn’t have picked the Twerps past the 2nd round. I was trying to be somewhat loyal. 🙄

  92. BowsForever March 21, 2009 1:26 pm

    At 11-6, those “BaseBows” are having a pretty nice season. Thumping Mississippi State the way they did proved they can make things happen. Hopefully Coach Trapasso has everything in place to continue the “winning tradition” (I’m sure he’d like more wins on his overall record).

  93. Stretch March 21, 2009 1:30 pm

    March 21st, 2009 at 1:13 pm
    where’s brew? what’s with da ACC? I knew I shouldn’t have picked the Twerps past the 2nd round. I was trying to be somewhat loyal.

    are you some kind of Gary Dickman lover?? they are lucky they made it in the dance

  94. jm2375 March 21, 2009 1:38 pm

    Stretch – hubby is an alum…. for whateva dat’s worth. 🙄

  95. Kazz March 21, 2009 1:51 pm

    Wahine Softball splits double header against LaTech at Ruston, LA.

    Wahine 1-1 in the WAC.

    First game Wahine win 3-0.

    Second game of double header Lady Techsters beat Wahine 8-1.

    This has been the trend thus far when the Wahine play a double-header.

    Again, without seeing a report the pitching will have to improve outside of Ricketts. Injuries are plaguing the Wahine at the pitching mound with Baughman still out. I think I remember Coach Coolen said Courtney Baughman “might” make her return in LaTech, but I could be wrong.

    I think the Wahine might have to go on through the season having to shuffle personnel like how our Warrior volleyball team is doing.

  96. Jason March 21, 2009 1:54 pm

    Blah, stupid Purdue.

  97. Kazz March 21, 2009 1:55 pm

    Ricketts Fires No-Hitter; Softball Splits WAC Opening Doubleheader


    RUSTON, La. – The University of Hawai‘i softball team (12-17, 1-1) split a doubleheader today in Ruston, La. In the conference opener for both teams, UH’s freshman pitcher Stephanie Ricketts fired her first career no-hitter en route to a 3-0 win. But in the second game, the La Tech bounced back to win 8-1 at the Lady Techster Softball Complex this afternoon.

    Hawai‘i 3, Louisiana Tech 0
    Box Score

    The ‘Bows scored all three runs in the top of the second, and that was all Ricketts needed as she was faced just 22 batters. Only a walk to start the fifth inning blemished the scorebook and prevented a perfect game. Ricketts had just the one walk with one strike out, and UH’s infield was able to do the rest as no ball reached the outfield, converting 16 ground outs and four pop-ups.

    The offense was able to rack up seven hits, but was only able to capitalize in the second inning. Kanani Pu‘u-Warren started the inning with a single to short. Audrey Andrade pushed her to second with a sacrifice bunt, then back-to-back walks to Dara Pagaduan and Katie Grimes loaded the bases for Richie-Anne Titcomb who got an RBI single to leftfield to score Pu‘u-Warren. Tanisha Milca then walked to score Pagaduan. Later, with two outs, Makani Duhaylonsod-Kaleimamahu drove in the final run with a single to centerfield.

    For La Tech, Krissi Oliver (5-8, 0-1 WAC) suffered the loss in a complete game effort. She gave up three runs on seven hits with five walks and seven strike outs.

    Hawai‘i 1, Louisiana Tech 8
    Box Score

    In the second game of the doubleheader, the Lady Techsters’ Meghan Krieg earned a complete game victory as they defeated UH, 8-1. She shut down the ‘Bows, striking out 14 while scattering three hits.

    La Tech got on the scoreboard first in the first inning. Emma Barnes led the game off by drawing a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt executed by Danielle Sheridan. After a strike out, Kylie Bassett hit a ball to short, but an error allowed Barnes to score the unearned run.

    Louisiana Tech started the third inning with three consecutive hits that all proved to be costly. Barnes reached on a single to first, then came all the way around to score on a double to the left-centerfield gap by Sheridan. Amberly Waits followed with another double, this one to centerfield to score Sheridan from second. Waits’ hit chased UH starter Courtney Baughman, and Ricketts came in to try to put out the fire. The first batter she faced was beaned to put runners at first and second. But then she was able to induce Oliver to ground into a double play for the inning’s first two outs. Jessica Kirby then got a single to score Waits from third for the third and final run of the inning that increased La Tech’s lead to 4-0.

    Hawai‘i got one run back in the fifth, on back-to-back doubles first by Julie Franklin and then by Milca. Both were down the leftfield line, with the latter driving in Franklin from second to cut the deficit to 4-1.

    Ricketts walked the first two batters in the fifth, and a single by Bassett loaded the bases. An error at third allowed both Sheridan and Waits to score with runners remaining at second and third. Kirby then ground out to second, but Bassett scored from third. UH got the second out on a 3-1-3 put out, but it allowed Oliver to score from third to make the score 8-1.

    Three Hawai‘i pitchers worked in the second game. Baughman (5-7, 0-1) suffered the loss, throwing 2.0 innings. She gave up four runs on three hits with a walk and three strike outs. It was her first action on the mound in two weeks. Ricketts then came in to throw three innings, giving up four runs—all of which were unearned—on two hits with two walks and a strike out. Duhaylonsod-Kaleimamahu closed the game, giving up just one hit.

    The two teams square off tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 pm in the deciding game of the three-game series.

  98. SteveM March 21, 2009 2:02 pm

    Leaving for the hotel soon but not taking my laptop. Will be off-line until tomorrow. Packing for the pools, but Peaches hid my Speedos… again! 🙁


  99. Stretch March 21, 2009 2:11 pm

    March 21st, 2009 at 2:02 pm
    Packing for the pools, but Peaches hid my Speedos… again! speaking on behalf of the people at the pool…. Mahalo Peaches!!

  100. Stretch March 21, 2009 2:14 pm

    March 21st, 2009 at 2:02 pm
    Packing for the pools, but Peaches hid my Speedos… again!

    speaking on behalf of the people at the pool…. Mahalo Peaches!!

  101. Pauoa Boy March 21, 2009 2:51 pm


    Yup been busy last couple weeks training, packing up, getting ready to go. As always, something comes up and things contsantly changing so don’t have much time to shoot the ish. Anyway, hope you guys staying safe and keeping occupied in the Box…I’ll be there soon. Take Care…

  102. Committed Road Warrior March 21, 2009 2:51 pm

    BaseBows beat Oregon 3-1!

    Will play Portland tomorrow afternoon for the Tournament Championship.

  103. Pauoa Boy March 21, 2009 2:58 pm


    Yups LWJ too timid at times to hit the hole and go. Libre is auryte but even he sometimes hesitates to hit the hole and go. Kealoha is probably the best running back we have but his move to slot could help him later on down the road, his running style is fluid.

    Allen and Sims was tough but my all time favorite bruisers was West Keli’ikipi and Nate Ilaoa. Talk about guys who look for run you over instead of run away, plus had deceptive speed for big guys. Plus I liked Thero Mitchell back in the day he was pretty good too.

  104. Kazz March 21, 2009 3:04 pm

    Committed Road Warrior:

    March 21st, 2009 at 2:51 pm
    BaseBows beat Oregon 3-1!

    Will play Portland tomorrow afternoon for the Tournament Championship.

    (throws a shaka to Coach Trap and da boyz)

    dey u go. :mrgreen:

    Let’s see the BaseBOWS define “REDEMPTION” tomorrow!

  105. Kazz March 21, 2009 3:37 pm

    HA! Fresno State’s baseball club just dropped three straight games to the same LMU team we swept last week. 😆


    I know it ain’t football or basketball, but FSU bulldogs are all the same and how sweet is it that the WAC Baseball Tournament is in our backyard?

  106. Stephen Tsai March 21, 2009 3:52 pm

    I like Rosehill’s attitude. Seems like a real football player. Loves the contact.

  107. Stephen Tsai March 21, 2009 3:54 pm

    I just don’t think Libre is going to make it.
    But who knows.
    UH didn’t think Maka would make it, but he did.

  108. Pauoa Boy March 21, 2009 3:59 pm

    I can sense the fear in a QB, RB, or WR when Paipai got the look of, I’m going to bumrush and truck your arse!

  109. Kazz March 21, 2009 4:05 pm

    I was letting a few people out of the office a few minutes ago and they asked me what I was doing tonight. I told them I was stopping by the volleyball game. They told me about how they had season tickets in the Yuval Katz and Jason Ring days and so forth.

    They are still surprised Mike Wilton is still the head coach.

    But then they asked me if Dave Shoji is still his assistant. 😯

  110. Pauoa Boy March 21, 2009 4:07 pm

    hahaha WoW laulau, some peeps chillerenz I tell you ah Kazz…

  111. Kazz March 21, 2009 4:09 pm

    Pauoa Boy:

    March 21st, 2009 at 3:59 pm
    I can sense the fear in a QB, RB, or WR when Paipai got the look of, I’m going to bumrush and truck your arse!

    Actually, it’s more like the look of “I kona bunch yo face and hitch you wit da tree”.

    (Oh man, I am going to get my a$$ handed to me one of these days.. 😆 )

  112. Pauoa Boy March 21, 2009 4:11 pm

    Fo reals bruddah get dat Killah look like he going destroy and explode on your monkey arse if you come his way…

  113. Kazz March 21, 2009 4:24 pm

    The first picture of Paipai running on Ching Field makes me think “Hey Notre Dame, you can have Te’o, we’ll be fine with dis crazy looking f*ka right here”.

    It’s not too often a college football team has HELLBOY as a linebacker.

  114. Kazz March 21, 2009 4:27 pm

    Hmmm… still at the office with not much to do anymore and I’m tryin to kill time until the volleyball game. What’s odd is that for the first time I will be going “stag” to a UH game tonight.

    I guess I shouldn’t have told my friends about how UH was going to handle NJIT this weekend.. 🙁

  115. wafan March 21, 2009 5:13 pm

    Jason . . .

    You should be so lucky. But then, they are doing some wonderful things with plastic surgery!

    You get chance!

  116. wafan March 21, 2009 5:15 pm

    Is anyone going to cheer for 2nd Nature tonight?

  117. Jason March 21, 2009 5:28 pm

    wafan: You read my mind — a friend of mine is at JABSOM, he’s going to be a plastic surgeon. 😀

  118. LizKauai (iPhone) March 21, 2009 5:37 pm

    Mahalo to Mr&Mrs d1 and Cenn Cee who came to cheer for 2ndNature. It is going to be a GREAT show Wed night at 9pm on KHON channel 2!

  119. PIAA DS March 21, 2009 6:05 pm

    Im very excited about this upcoming camp and combine season. With what PIAA and others are offering, it is a really great camp season in Hawaii for football.

    Please see all the combines and camps here

    I am pleased to announce an NFL Style Combine Training Camp, headed up by Kenny Patton, to be held at Radford H.S. on both April 26 and May 10 (registration fee includes BOTH sessions, not one or the other). Modeled after real NFL Combine training camps, It is the first time in Hawaii and only camp of its kind in Hawaii. The biggest complaint I get from college coaches when they view PIAA combine video is that the athletes do not know proper technique to perform all the combine drills. They dont know how to get an explosive start on the 40. Or even finish off the 40. They dont know how to jump the vert properly, bench properly, etc. Thats what Kenny, Chad Owens, Brad Kalilimoku and other well known athletes will be teaching the boys (and girls if they choose to attend).

    The PIAA combine registration is also open. Date is May 30 at Saint Louis School. All participants will, as always, receive a compression shirt but those who pre-register by May 1 will have theirs pre-printed with position and combine number (similar to those worn at the NFL combine)

    We still need to get the pre-registration numbers up for the kicking/punting/long snapping camp at Waialua H.S. so we can guarantee it will happen. Even the UH coaches are excited that PIAA and Kick Nation are holding this camp, saying its about time since we have the talent, just not the technique readily available in Hawaii. Hopefully they can keep some of our local kickers and long snappers home. Please pre-register by April 15! (if it doesnt happen, 100% of registration fees paid will be refunded)

    and dont say a word about my Terps. The sucked wind and Im mad….but I still love my Terps.

  120. PIAA DS March 21, 2009 6:08 pm

    Stephen…not sure if you mentioned it, but did you know Hogan was a 4.0 student in high school..and he has a twin sister. Super nice family. He was one of those kids who could have left, but he wanted to stay and be a Warrior. He has a really big heart. Great addition to the Warrior Ohana.

  121. wafan March 21, 2009 6:32 pm

    Hi Doris! Thanks for helping the kids!!!

  122. Stephen Tsai March 21, 2009 6:38 pm

    Kazz is in the hale.

  123. Stephen Tsai March 21, 2009 6:39 pm

    Hey, Doris, great news on the camp.
    You’re doing a wonderful job.

  124. wafan March 21, 2009 6:53 pm

    Is there a tentative date, time and location for the 3rd Anniversary Blog Bash?

    Anyone? Anyone?

  125. Stretch March 21, 2009 6:53 pm

    Stephen Tsai:
    March 21st, 2009 at 6:38 pm
    Kazz is in the hale.

    did you see him or is he yelling and pounding tables already??

  126. Stretch March 21, 2009 7:00 pm

    eh, how come no more vball on tv tonight??

  127. Garret March 21, 2009 7:54 pm


    Best of luck with your camps! Camps are great opportunities for the youth of Hawaii, and they help UH by training players and providing convenient opportunities for scouting.

  128. Garret March 21, 2009 8:01 pm

    Yesterday we spent the evening with friends at the beach, which was really cool. However, today was even better because we spent the first half of the day at the Science Museum (so much fun to see my kids learn things there!) and the second half of the day with one of my closest friends since high school.

    She is currently stationed in Germany (she’s in the Army) and her husband (one of the groomsmen in my wedding and I was the MC at their wedding) is in the middle of a 1-year deployment in Kuwait with the Hawaii National Guard. It was so nice to catch up with her…I’m glad that my kids got to talk with her today.

  129. Garret March 21, 2009 8:04 pm published a nice article that figured the total number of D-IA football recruits from each state and how many went to BCS conference schools.

    Texas was once again the king of the states in signees with 384. Florida comes in at No. 2 with 315, and California is third with 220. Ohio and Georgia typically trade places from year to year at the No. 4 spot; this year, they shared it, each state having 157 Division 1 Signees. Georgia outpaced Ohio in BCS Signees 95 to 78.

    West Virginia University gets the nod for the team that does the most with the least. The state of West Virginia only produced five D1 signees in the Class of 2009. Runner ups in this category would include the Nebraska (7) and Oregon and Oregon State whose home state only produced 10 signees in 2009.

  130. Garret March 21, 2009 8:05 pm

    Free play link time. Please ignore my next 5 posts if you do not want the off-topic stuff.

    Schools have had problems with fidgety kids for decades…but some schools have found that having them sit on rubber stability balls instead of chairs improves student attention and posture.

  131. Garret March 21, 2009 8:06 pm

    Some people in Iowa do not like that the Department of Elder Affairs has been renamed the Department of Aging…DOA is a *bad* acronym for a department that deals with the elderly!

  132. Garret March 21, 2009 8:06 pm

    Phish hadn’t given a concert in awhile, but their fans showed up in force for their reunion concert…and so did the police, who arrested 194 Phish fans and confiscated $1.2 million in drugs.

  133. Garret March 21, 2009 8:07 pm

    Article about how highly educated immigrants have done so much in the US in the tech field, but now they can work in their home countries or other more immigrant-friendly countries like India, China, and Canada. It is amazing that between 1995 and 2005, half of the startups in Silicon Valley were founded by immigrants!

  134. Garret March 21, 2009 8:07 pm

    Commentary about how the US should legalize pot and tax it as a way out of the current budget crisis. The estimate that taxing pot could net more than $1 billion in tax revenue for California each year is amazing…that means that a LOT of pot is estimated to be smoked in California!

  135. Garret March 21, 2009 8:07 pm

    Free play links pau.

  136. Stephen Tsai March 21, 2009 8:13 pm

    And Mei Ling is in the house, too.
    UH leads, 2-0.

  137. Stephen Tsai March 21, 2009 8:14 pm

    It’s supposed to be on TV.
    Was there another glitch?

  138. hntkm12 March 21, 2009 8:28 pm

    hi doris you doing a great jobs with the kids from hawaii uh should open a job for you with coach mac.

  139. Ralph March 21, 2009 8:44 pm

    number of D1 signees by state

  140. Ralph March 21, 2009 8:53 pm

    just saw tsai with carney on the 5

  141. Willie March 21, 2009 9:21 pm

    Pauoa Boy, yup West, Nasty Nate & Thero got one thing in common, dey got “olos”, no sked & take no prisoners. Could have used more of this style the last two seasons at the RB position.

    Common LWJ, you gotta get some intestinal fortitude, no sense wasting your NFL type body & speed. PROVE ME WRONG!

  142. Cindy/Cenn March 21, 2009 9:42 pm

    A good time was had at Pipeline…2nd Nature is fantastic and will have my vote on Wednesday night…don’t forget to watch it. It was nice to meet Liz’s family and to see d1 and Mrs. d1 again. : )

  143. d1島 March 21, 2009 10:01 pm

    Ukuleleboi and Co. did a great job at the Band Champ Finals. Be sure to watch them after AI this coming Wednesday then vote for them after the show.
    Tsupport a Tsaiko!

    It was nice to see Cindy/Cenn and LizK there and to meet Liz’ sis and husband.

  144. d1島 March 21, 2009 10:06 pm

    Also a great job by BaseBows and MVB today.

    Unsubstantiated rumors of ground tremors emanating from the grounds of the Hale Koa Hotel tonight. 😯



  145. Kekoa March 21, 2009 10:15 pm

    Good that you made it to the Pipeline to catch UkuleleBoi & LizK. He is a very talented young man that is showcasing his talent. After overcoming obstacles placed in front of him by a school system that tried to limit his learning ability, he is free to express…finally!

    So that means only one thing, “Keine Zeit zu verschwenden wir feiern jetzt!”

  146. Kekoa March 21, 2009 10:22 pm

    “No time to waste, we celebrate NOW!”

  147. G (China) March 21, 2009 10:36 pm


    One of the hangups with China’s economy is that it lacks innovation and carries an image that it’s the world’s manufacturer. But that no longer is a complete picture of its economy. This year alone, China looks to have increased its GDP by 7.5% even when the world is going south. I hear more and more cases of local Chinese company other local companies for IP protection. If places like Silicon Valley no longer retains these bright engineers you may see a major shift in where the world will look to places like China and India for innovations.

  148. Cindy/Cenn March 21, 2009 10:38 pm

    Kekoa, “Prost!” “Ja wohl!” lol

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  150. G (China) March 21, 2009 10:53 pm

    sorry that was suppose to be…local chinese companies sue other local companies for IP protection

  151. hilobilly March 21, 2009 11:19 pm

    DPK, re: your #45 post…when Hogan was still at KS-Hawai’i last year, he’d get kind of nuts when that starting whistle blew. I’m talking about real competitive instincts & attitude here until the final whistle, & I think probably because he also has a chip that neighbor island kids don’t get fair coverage in HNL. No way we’re in the same leagues (hey, I have ILH roots), obviously, & we only have about 570 kids grades 9-12 here. BUT…we have about a dozen students or more in D1 sports + a bunch of others in D2 & lower, all doing well (2 of our girls from ’07 were on Tennessee State’s women’s VB team that put an end to last year’s wahine VB season in the regionals). What the heck, I may as well point out we’ve also had 2 National Merit finalists the past 3 years.

    Hogan’s dad is KS ’67 & a KS land assets manager on the Big Island. Good people, + you & he are about the same size, though you’re probably a tad huskier than him (haven’t seen you for awhile). Next time you’re in Hilo, give a call, we’re in the book.

    Kekoa, if you’re KSB ’64, this is your 45th! Hope you’re going to the alumni luau…next year is our 45th, & we’ve lost a bunch of classmates, so time to catch up & to make memories. My 4 kids graduated from ’95 – 2001, they have no clue what it was like for us, some of the best times of my life!

  152. Hawaiianbod March 22, 2009 12:12 am

    Aloha hilobilly!

    You mentioned in previous posts that you and the mrs are employed by Kamehameha Schools – Big Island campus.

    Would you by chance know my cousin, Nelson Wong. He coached the basketball team to the State Finals last year. Although he loves basketball, he is taking leave to be thw ultimate ‘daddy day care’. Nelson and his wife, Monica, are both 87 graduates of KS. Monica’s brother is Chris Naole (Jacksonville Jaguars).

    I have to agree with you regarding Hogan. Watching him play in the States last year left me very impressed. Great attitude and good athletic abilities Hope he does well for the UH Warriors.


  153. hilobilly March 22, 2009 12:58 am

    Hawaiianbod: Everyboday knows him! Nelson is one of the real shining young teaching stars on our campus; last year we were on the same 9th-grade teaching teams, so got to work very closely w/ him. Kahealani is now KS-H elem-school principal (another shining star!). Great role model, super hard worker w/ high expectations, & what I like best is what you see is what you get: you absolutely know where he stands, & where you stand w/ him. Can’t ask for anything more! Well..since he was marketing director/ manager of Big Island Candies for many years, he still has pull there if you need special BI omiyage!

    Gonna be interesting w/ Hogan if he turns out on offense. Main thing he keeps his cool, he’ll be fine. I can’t wait to see him get a chance to play—GO FOR BROKE!!!

    Are you KS grad, too?

  154. hilobilly March 22, 2009 1:05 am

    “Everyboday” >>>Everybody…sorry, getting late!

  155. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 22, 2009 2:49 am

    MAHALO for the kind words about 2nd Nature… ! All the bands were fantastic in their own ways and will make for a very exciting Band Champ show on Wed. night- 9pm on KHON Fox 2. An auspicious start to a new Hawaii talent showcase… Mahalo Tom Moffatt and all the sponsors!

    Now uploading vids and pix.
    Mahalo again to the d1Shimas and Cindy/Cenn for being tsupporting Tsai-kos!

    And Mahalo to Kekoa and Ohana for helping U-boi realize HIS dreams!

  156. Matty March 22, 2009 3:33 pm

    LWJ in High School looked like he could be a star College Player. We havent come close to seeing his potential.

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