Chauncy Winchester-Makainai, an offensive lineman from Kailua High School, today gave a verbal promise to UH.
“I committed,” said Winchester-Makainai, who is 6 feet 4 and 315 pounds.
He has played every position on the offensive line.
According to Kailua line coach Hauoli Wong, Makainai’s “strength is at guard.”
Winchester-Makainai received interest from Boise State, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan State, Utah and Washington.
But, he said, “I’m from Hawai‘i, I want to play for my state. … I’ve wanted to play for UH since I was younger.”
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The NCAA today approved Francis Maka’s request for a sixth year of eligibility, allowing the defensive end to be immediately reinstated to the active roster.
“I’m so happy,” Maka said. “I can’t believe it.”
He had thought his NCAA career expired after the Sugar Bowl.
The NCAA had denied earlier petitions for a sixth year.
But he submitted additional information showing he had suffered physical and financial hardships that kept him from playing for two years. UH compliance officer Amanda Paterson submitted the information to the NCAA Monday.
The NCAA then granted Maka 14 days to practice while his appeal was reviewed.
But after this morning pracice, in which Maka competed in with no pads, his request was granted.
He will need to practice one more day without pads before being eligible to compete in a game. The Warriors have a light practice tomorrow afternoon.
Maka was at Arizona for the 2003 and 2004 seasons but did not play in any games because of a knee injury and a financial situation.
He then played two seasons at College of San Mateo before transferring to UH. He was a defensive end last season.
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Thanks to our friends at Ultimate Hawaii Gear Enterprises, we have prizes to give away. Because I’m bad at making timely deliveries — don’t worry, folks, if you haven’t received a prize it’s still in my living room — I decided The Twins are going to handle today’s contest. Midori7, the spokeswoman of The Twins, said the came up with two types of contests — one based on Saturday’s game, one corresponding with today’s post numbers:
UH vs. La Tech Game Stats. Last chance to enter guesses Friday 11:59 p.m. Winners announced Sunday at noon. Closest to:
1. UH total passing yards – prize: visor.
2. UH total rushing yards – prize: cap
3. attendance – prize: XL shirt
4. combined score – prize: medium wahine volleyball shirt
Blog Post #’s add Jersey #’s:
• Graunke + Farmer + Libre + AhSoon + Nasca = post # (prize: large soccer shirt)
• 5 names listed above + Veikune + Adam Leonard + Calvin Roberts + Josh Leonard + Eric Robinson = post # (prize: XL shirt)
• 10 names listed above + Dan Kelly + Grasso + Mouton + Jake Ingram + Mike Washington = post # (prize: XL shirt)
Here’s a picture of the visors (note the bottle opener on the bottom):
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The Rainbow Dancers’ 2008-09 calendars will be unveiled Saturday.
The Rainbow Dancers will be available for autographs between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Na Koa parking lot, which is across the (Moanalua) pedestrian overpass from Aloha Stadium on the ‘Aiea Elementary School grounds.
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This is from Boise State to UH’s Derek Inouchi:
In regards to players, we do not allow our players to do media interviews with the opposing team’s media.
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Happy birthday to Dr. Doc.
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Happy belated birthday to our American Idol, Nalani.