Warriors land lineman, score high on APR

The Warriors’ 2014 recruiting class continues to build following a pledge from  lineman Samuela “Sammy” Lauaki of Los Angeles’ Cathedral High.

Lauaki is 6 feet 4 and 250 pounds. At Cathedral, he is used as an offensive tackle and defensive lineman.

“He’s a very coachable kid, very talented,” said Chris Maumalanga, a former NFL player who now coaches at Cathedral. “He’s very humble, but hard-working at the same time.”

Maumalanga said if Lauaki gains a lot more weight, he would project as an offensive tackle in college. If he is in the 270-280 range, “he can play anywhere on the d-line,” Maumalanga said.

“He has really great feet and great hands,” Maumalanga said. “More than anything, he’s super coachable.”

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The Warriors received a score of 962 on the APR, which is above the national average of 949 for football. It also was the program’s highest score in seven years. .

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Linebacker Julian Gener, who dropped six pounds, is an example of the new intensive offseason conditioning program.


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UH coach Norm Chow confirmed that quarterback Justin Alo is no longer with the Warriors. Alo is expected to transfer to a junior college.

Alo signed with the Warriors in 2011, and joined the team in January 2012. He moved to receiver, but did not play in 2012 because of an arm injury. He moved back to quarterback this past spring. Alo exited spring training as the No. 5 quarterback behind Taylor Graham, Sean Schroeder, Jeremy Higgins and Ikaika Woolsey.

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Setter Max Wechsung and do-everything-player Harrison Phelps will not be playing for the volleyball Warriors this coming academic year.

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There are four finalist (from a pool of more than two dozen applicants) for the volleyball coaching job vacated when Sean Carney resigned to pursue business opportunities. A decision will not be reached until this summer.


  1. Buffoman June 11, 2013 7:53 am

    Number 1 or top 3?

  2. tommui June 11, 2013 7:54 am


    Best wishes Justin Alo.

  3. el burro sabio June 11, 2013 7:54 am

    First five rows

  4. Buffoman June 11, 2013 7:55 am

    Wow, must be slow day. That’s terrific news that we have yet another Polynesian young man wanting to join the team. I am hoping that fans will support the team and fill the stadium. We all love winners that’s for sure, but this is our team; the only one in the middle of the Pacific. We really need to support not just football but all our teams.

  5. Stephen Tsai June 11, 2013 7:57 am

    Lauaki has family in Hawaii.

    I think he was born here.

  6. HiFlyer June 11, 2013 8:03 am

    Good Morning

    Welcome Samuela “Sammy” Lauaki to the Rainbow Warriors

  7. laulau head June 11, 2013 8:04 am


    BEAT USC!!!

  8. PolyMom June 11, 2013 8:10 am

    See you soon Justin.

    Wow the Warriors are building their own Poly Platoon!

  9. richfromoc June 11, 2013 8:10 am

    One thing I noticed that separates this coaching staff from the prior ones is that we are getting commitments a lot earlier. This helps in projecting out future needs and strategically identifying areas of weaknesses and strengths.

  10. Stephen Tsai June 11, 2013 8:12 am

    It’s nice UH has a connection with Maumalanga.

  11. mo808 June 11, 2013 8:27 am

    Good Morning Folks!

    Welcome to Samuela “Sammy” Lauaki!

  12. jm2375 June 11, 2013 8:28 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Welcome to the ohana, Mr. Lauaki!

    Best wishes to Justin Alo, Max Wechsung and Harrison Phelps in their future endeavors, so long as they don’t end up on teams that play UH.

    Warriors working hard in the classroom as well as on the field. Terrific!

  13. Naks8 June 11, 2013 8:31 am

    Get um early

  14. Da Punchbowl Kid June 11, 2013 9:14 am

    Welcome to Sammy!

    Best wishes to Justin.

  15. Da Punchbowl Kid June 11, 2013 9:15 am

    That’s great news about the academic side. Bigger, Faster, Stronger… and Smarter. Keep up the great work on and off the field, Warriors!

  16. 3-Prong June 11, 2013 9:32 am

    Encouraged by Apples comments yesterday of his desire to get into a possible PAC-16 scenario. He compared our academics and athletics favorably to current Pac12 schools.

  17. Warriorfan June 11, 2013 9:42 am

    Wow why is wechsung and Phelps, two potential starters not playing? are they redshirting or just leaving?

  18. Stephen Tsai June 11, 2013 9:48 am

    As I understand it, both decided not to play volleyball anymore.

  19. Stephen Tsai June 11, 2013 9:48 am

    Also, both are still enrolled at UH.

  20. Shoko June 11, 2013 10:09 am

    It’s reported that UH “Men’s basketball had a four-year APR of 951 and was at 885 for 2011-’12.”

    Is that correct?

    Reason I ask is that the NCAA is reporting a multi-year APR of 951 in 2011-12. Or is it 951 for 2011-12 and 885 for 2012-13?


  21. Shoko June 11, 2013 10:10 am

    Never mind. Referred to a wrong link.


  22. gobows June 11, 2013 10:10 am

    good job by the student athletes and the coaching staff

  23. Haleakala June 11, 2013 10:11 am

    Big welcome to Sammy!!

  24. Haleakala June 11, 2013 10:12 am

    It’s nice to hear that the student athletes are doing well in the classroom.

  25. primo123 June 11, 2013 10:31 am

    Sell More Tickets!

  26. Wiggs June 11, 2013 10:36 am

    What ever happened to David Graves?

  27. A-House June 11, 2013 10:36 am

    It’s too bad that both VB players decided not to play for UH.

    Best to them as students – will they receive scholarship $$ if they do this?

  28. Shoko June 11, 2013 10:44 am

    Just came across this bit of info. Ronnie Stevens, who originally signed to play with Hawaii, but had to go the JC route apparently signed with Nevada. Doesn’t look like he put up much stats at the JC level, however, was good enough to be picked up by the Wolf Pack since they’re hurting for post players as was evident last season.


  29. Shoko June 11, 2013 10:45 am

    Graves’ hung up his cleats.

  30. Warrior Dave June 11, 2013 10:49 am

    #8 Poly Platoon, I like that.

    Thanks Poly Mom.

  31. iwonderwhytheyhateme June 11, 2013 10:58 am

    Sucks but not entirely surprising to read that season ticket sales are down nearly 5,000 the same time last year.

    Hopefully the upcoming push by UHAD will get them to renew.

  32. Shoko June 11, 2013 11:11 am

    If you compare season tickets purchased to other members in the conference, I think UH still up there in terms of ticket revenue.

  33. Stephen Tsai June 11, 2013 11:12 am


    Actually, it’s the type of story that runs every year.

    Season-ticket renewals can’t grow. If you sold 100 tickets last year, you can’t have 101 renewals. At best, it stays the same. But usually because of people who die, move or just aren’t interested anymore, the renewals go down.

    A more realistic tally won’t be known until after new-ticket sales are completed.

    Also, technically the students will have purchased season tickets as part of the student-activity fee.

    But, yeah, too early to tell.

  34. Stephen Tsai June 11, 2013 11:15 am

    I think UH might consider bringing in a QB to run the scout team.

    The four QBs are in contention for playing time. Plus, Ewaliko will be competing as a receiver.

  35. iwonderwhytheyhateme June 11, 2013 11:29 am


    That is true. I’m not sure how previous years renewals stacked up but -5,000 seems pretty high. I’m hoping that they do some marketing blitz to get the new sales up.

    This seasons schedule is made up of good home games, and if the team clicks well, we could get to the 6 w’s and a bowl. Maybe people will see the value there.

  36. d1shima June 11, 2013 11:42 am

    Great Morning All!

    Nice job on the APR, Coach Chow.

    Go to every class and sit in the front row…what a concept!

  37. PolyMom June 11, 2013 11:43 am

    The original Poly Platoon consisted of — Lane “Bobo” Ciacci, Keith Uperesa, Mosi Tatupu, Jack Wright.

    Back in the day, we were proud to be Polynesian.

  38. SteveM June 11, 2013 11:54 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Great news on the APR.

    Best of luck to Justin Alo!

  39. A-joe June 11, 2013 11:55 am

    If it wasn’t for this blog, I’d have no idea what’s going on with the football team.

    It’s hard to sell a product no one knows about. Even worse when the sale of the product is based on the previous year’s performance.

    UH athletics department and their PR crew need to start pounding the pavement and spread the word. Start Twitter and Instagram accounts. Do daily videos about the players and coaches. Send out weekly press releases. Get businesses more involved with helping UH other than just giving money. Schedule coaches to give more speaking engagements throughout the state. Promote, implement and encourage a travel package deal (introduced by Stretch) to accommodate neighbor island fans to attend games. Use cross promotions- get the UH band to play in the malls across the state.

    Do anything positive instead of releasing info that sales are down. Sounds like peddling for a handout to avoid imminent doom.

  40. gobows June 11, 2013 11:57 am

    shoko…any word on gerry blakes, i think the gibber is still waiting on him

  41. Haleakala June 11, 2013 12:03 pm

    43 A-joe is right. There needs to be more PR for football.

  42. Shoko June 11, 2013 12:16 pm

    44. I think he’s still trying to make the grade. Doing pretty good and getting a lot of playing time according to this the CCCAA link below.


  43. Warrior Dave June 11, 2013 12:21 pm

    #34 ST,

    Seriously??? If all 4 QB’s see action this season, that must mean that Graham got I injured. Not a good thought…

    Do you feel that with the different offenses the other teams use, it would be best to bring in a Scout QB since the 4 in camp ate not able to duplicate the other team? So does that the mean the scout QB gets to practice the entire year but it doesn’t prepare him for the UH offense?

  44. Shoko June 11, 2013 12:39 pm

    Chow is using a four-quarterback system (all four on the field at the same time) in hopes of confusing opposing defenses.

  45. BigWave96744 June 11, 2013 12:57 pm

    Stephen, is Lauaki related to John Wa’a, whose mom’s maiden name is Lauaki?

  46. Shoko June 11, 2013 1:17 pm

    Radition Sports Online rated all the FBS teams this season. According to their ratings, Rainbow Warriors should finish the season tied for fourth.

    MW Conference (overall, offense, defense):

    Air Force (70 68 71)

    Boise State (86 90 82)

    Colorado State (72 74 73)

    Fresno State (81 84 78)

    Hawaii (77 77 76)

    Nevada (75 77 73)

    New Mexico (65 67 66)

    San Diego State (84 84 83)

    San Jose State (77 81 76)

    Utah State (75 77 75)

    UNLV (72 75 70)

    Wyoming (75 77 75)


    P.S. NCAA 14 comes out July 9!

  47. Shoko June 11, 2013 1:22 pm

    More Gerry Blakes.

    “Freshman guard Gerry Blakes (Inglewood Morningside) was named first team All-Foothill Conference and first team All-California. This year, Blakes led the Conference in points per game with 16.5, finishing 20th in SoCal in points per game. He had 429 total points, shot 84% from the free throw line, and grabbed 186 total boards.”


    Southern Cal Finals against Mt. SAC. Apparently had a tough time against Allen and Nevels.

    ” The Mounties defense was particularly brutal on freshman guard Gerry Blakes (Inglewood Morningside) who was an uncharacteristically 1 for 12 from the field, including 0 for 5 from beyond the arc in the loss.”


    And that’s it for today!

  48. wafan June 11, 2013 1:57 pm

    Welcome Sammy!


  49. wafan June 11, 2013 1:58 pm

    Aloha Max and Harrison.

    Good fortune in your futures!

  50. Inyoface June 11, 2013 3:22 pm

    We got the players and talent, now it’s time to show and prove!

  51. wafan June 11, 2013 4:37 pm

    2 more!


  52. Konoman1 June 11, 2013 4:42 pm

    good job in the classroom… Best in 7 years..program is on the right track!!!

  53. Stephen Tsai June 11, 2013 5:42 pm

    While I think better marketing and promoting will be helpful, it eventually comes down to the product. If the team wins and is exciting, then more fans will turn out.

    Then again, I remember the wait-and-see approach during the 2006 season. By the times many casual fans realized the phenomenon of that offense, it was too late.

  54. koakane June 11, 2013 5:55 pm

    😎 howzit 808 you made it thru another day in paradise. for those that had a holiday 😛 cheering, others eh no 😐 pilikia you neva miss nothing. go home, shower up, relax 😉 and have a cold whatevers.

  55. Bowwar June 11, 2013 7:43 pm

    Chow hurt himself last season with poor coaching and disappointing results…He’s got another season to prove he can coach. If we continue to get smashed next year, I think its time to punch his card and get a quick fix elsewhere.

  56. Old School Dave June 11, 2013 8:04 pm

    I think it was during the 2005 season that a day game with Fresno State drew something ike 20,000.

  57. d1shima June 11, 2013 8:13 pm

    …that was everyday in ’05

  58. Stephen Tsai June 11, 2013 9:46 pm

    No doubt, the blowout losses were disappointing.

    Things will be better this year.

    I think.

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  60. Pomai June 11, 2013 11:35 pm

    #41 – Haleakala – Wrong it’s needed for all the sports not just football!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  63. Pomai June 11, 2013 11:57 pm

    #53 – win and they will come?? Not really for the last 12 years and we still have a hard time filling the seats.


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  75. Former UH Athlete June 12, 2013 6:03 am

    Awesome news on the APR… Chow is really getting these guys in the right direction off the field. That’s outstanding.

    Very excited to see Lauaki turns into in the 2014 season and beyond. He’ll most like redshirt this year to get bigger, but he appears to be a nice building block for the future.

    Lastly, good luck to Alo on his next destination. Glad to hear he’s trying to get some playing time somewhere. He’ll never see the field at UH based on his position on the depth chart.

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