Woolsey’s ascent

If quarterback Ikaika Woolsey could figure out the time-continuum formula, his advice to his 18-year-old-self would be: “Continue to work hard. Everything doesn’t come easy.”

Woolsey is set to make his second start in a row and third of the season. He is poised, relatively healthy, and no longer hindered by youthful emotion.

“I used to lose my head a little bit,” Woolsey said. “That was me being young and dumb. Obviously, I’ve learned from my mistakes. You have to learn from everything you do in life, and keep moving forward.”

Woolsey receives support from two of his most devoted fans. Grandparents Julie and Bill Woolsey attend as many practices as possible. As a swimmer, Bill Woolsey won a gold medal at the 1952 Olympics and a silver at the 1956 Games.

“He’s the star of the family,” Ikaika Woolsey said.


  1. Bugaz November 13, 2015 12:03 pm

    Best of luck young mr. Woolsey and fellow Warriors!!!

  2. H-Man November 13, 2015 12:05 pm

    Have a great game on Saturday !

  3. Old School Dave November 13, 2015 12:11 pm

    Go Ikaika! Go!! No give up! Keep plugging away! Believe in yourself and what you are doing. Same goes to the entire team.

  4. z November 13, 2015 12:16 pm

    Go get em Ikaika!
    Go Warriors!

  5. Ipu Man November 13, 2015 12:35 pm

    Ikaika means determined strength in Hawaii.
    Any other meanings?

  6. SailorBlue November 13, 2015 12:37 pm

    Aloha everybody ~ Tomorrow is FOOTBALL and TGATE time. The team needs us more than ever so come on out to the tgate and game. We’re still in Cabana A at Rainbow Bay Marina. The routine remains the same: early crew arrive/set-up ~9AM, grill crew fires-up ~10-10:30, eat ono grindz until clean-up ~ 4:30. Back after the game to finish off food. Donations to pay for the Cabana, pop-up tent and common items (paper & plastic items, charcoal, etc.) are always welcome. Remember, everybody (locals and visitors) are welcome. Questions – email me at jboster(at)yahoo(dot)com. Hope to see everybody there even if it’s after the game. Cheers, SailorBlue

  7. kawika49 November 13, 2015 12:46 pm

    shekels are on the way!

  8. ai-eee-soos November 13, 2015 1:12 pm

    GO WAHINES !!!

    Rainbow Wahine rout Grand Canyon to open season
    By Star-Advertiser staff
    POSTED: 1:04 p.m. HST, Nov 13, 2015

    Hawaii sophomore Sarah Toeaina set a career high with 14 points and the Rainbow Wahine basketball team opened the season with a 74-41 rout of Grand Canyon today in Phoenix, Ariz.

    UH got 43 points from its bench, led by Toeaina and sophomore forward Megan Huff, who finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.

    The Wahine went 10 deep and each player recorded at least four points and 14 minutes of playing time. UH shot 41.5 percent from the field and hit five 3-pointers and held GCU to 24.5 percent shooting, including 2-for-13 from 3-point range. The Wahine also made their first 13 free throws and finished 15-for-17 from the line.

    UH had 18 assists, led by Ashleigh Karaitiana’s five, against 12 turnovers and held a 47-33 rebounding advantage.

    The Rainbow Wahine head to Flagstaff, Ariz., to continue their season-opening road trip and will face Northern Arizona on Sunday.

    UH connected on its first four 3-pointers and Toeaina went 5-for-5 from the field to lead the Wahine to a 39-21 halftime lead at GCU Arena.

    Briana Harris, Toeaina and Karaitiana all hit 3-pointers in the first quarter. Toeaina also scored on an inbounds play off an assist from Karaitiana and hit a driving jumper to cap a 12-0 UH run that gave the Wahine a 20-8 lead.

    Toeaina surpassed her previous career best of 11 points set last season against UNC Greensboro with a putback that pushed the Wahine lead to 37-19 in the second quarter. UH went the final four minutes without scoring, but GCU didn’t muster a field goal in the last 5:52 of the half.

    UH continued to pull away with an 8-0 run coming out of halftime and led 59-28 after the third quarter.

    Courtney Hayes and Dana Jones led Grand Canyon with seven points each.

  9. ai-eee-soos November 13, 2015 1:12 pm


    BEAT the hush puppies.

  10. clyde November 13, 2015 1:16 pm

    Terrifying news out of Paris, with 35 dead in multi-pronged terrorist attacks.

    Excuse me … back to football.

    Boola: Got another one for you … Onosai Tanuvasa.

  11. seewhy November 13, 2015 1:24 pm

    Go Rainbow Wahine!!!

  12. rodney November 13, 2015 1:29 pm

    whats up with saint louis lb 2 game suspension?
    Sounds fishy? Let kids play!
    Was it such a violent or unsportsmanship violation
    in the history of hawaii high school football.
    Millilani 48 Saint louis 42 Go Trojans!!!!

  13. FearGod November 13, 2015 1:34 pm

    Just like Chow was relieved of his duties. Our leftist agenda along with our President needs to be relieved of their duties. Like Chow, taking our team down the wrong path. The same has been happening with the left.
    Back to football

  14. seewhy November 13, 2015 1:41 pm

    Please no politics talk in here… That’s the last thing we need to be talking about on a sports forum…

  15. FearGod November 13, 2015 1:57 pm

    free Ewaliko

  16. cocobean November 13, 2015 2:06 pm

    Time for Ikaika to prove himself to all the doubters. My position on him has always been people shouldn’t judge him by last years performance. The analogy I’ve used is Rolo, Alexander and Schroeder were pretty bad in their first go around but did better when given a second chance. I think his decision making in the pocket is better but still needs improvement. He’s the fastest and strongest of the all the QBs but has a low aptitude for knowing when to tuck the ball and run. Wittek probably has more positive rushing yards than him.

  17. z November 13, 2015 2:06 pm

    Free Pereese.

  18. cocobean November 13, 2015 2:11 pm

    #38. Looking forward to Basketball season. Have tix for both men’s and women’s. The women’s tix were a bargain when purchased w/the men’s tix. For seniors the women’s games are the most relaxing of any arena event. Easy parking and open seating can’t beat that.

  19. cappie the dog November 13, 2015 2:31 pm


    free Jankovic.

    Let him play the two spot.

    Hawaii could be the only team with a 6’11” shooting guard.

    He is not a back-to-the-basket player.

  20. H-Man November 13, 2015 3:10 pm

    Clyde, thanks for the tip about the Paris attacks. I’m tuned in to CNN now.

  21. cocobean November 13, 2015 3:31 pm

    cappie. Two things worry me about Janks, his rebounding and his propensity to pick up cheap fouls. He, Thomas and the other Stefan seem to be foul magnets.

    BTW. I’m Kalani 68′.

  22. mytake November 13, 2015 3:51 pm

    Every 6-11 guy wants to be the next Kevin Durant

  23. SteveM November 13, 2015 3:52 pm

    cocobean — I’m McKinley ’67.
    There’s a lot us here who went to high school in the 6o’s and 70’s.

  24. Maddog50 November 13, 2015 3:55 pm

    Go to the FB game and take some folks with you! Thx-Go Warriors!!!!

  25. seewhy November 13, 2015 4:02 pm

    If Stefan had better ball handling, I’d say he should play like Giannis Antetokounmpo. He can straight up ball.

  26. Buffoman November 13, 2015 4:16 pm

    Hey SteveM, didn’t McKinley have a running back named “Cohen” (I know I probably spelled incorrectly) who was pretty darn good. I think he may have been there in ’66 or ’67.

  27. NorthShoreFan November 13, 2015 4:22 pm

    Waialua…68…was a very good year….

    Paris toll up to 150+ now….Prayers to all.

  28. Creative721 November 13, 2015 4:23 pm

    At first, I thought this article was titled Woolsey’s Accent! I was thinking that guy no more accent. What ST talking about!!??? Then I read it more carefully and it said Ascent. LOL!!! On another note, I just hope Woolsey and the rest of the football team does well this weekend. Even if they lose, I think everyone would be okay with the team’s performance if they are competitive till the end of the game. Good Luck Warriors!!!

  29. cocobean November 13, 2015 4:33 pm

    SteveM. 67′ was a very good year for Mckinley song leaders. Were the Hanzawa sisters your year or earlier?

  30. cappie the dog November 13, 2015 4:34 pm


    My uncle had the game-winning RBI in the 1970 baseball state final.

    My late father kept the newspaper.

    (Wow. The dimensions of the paper is huge.)

    On that same day, Norm Chow was named head coach at Waialua.

    Isn’t it astonishing that two players from the same high school in a small state would make the big leagues?

    What are the odds?

  31. cappie the dog November 13, 2015 4:36 pm


    Is that you Michael W. Perry?

    Just kidding.

    I bought a Bernie Sanders t-shirt from CafePress.com.

    I guess we shouldn’t talk about politics.

  32. cocobean November 13, 2015 4:43 pm

    NSF. You must know Cornell Orillo and Roxanne Vierra.

  33. cocobean November 13, 2015 4:51 pm

    cappie. I was at that game. Ryan Kurosaki, Bryant Akisada, the Kim brothers, Lenn Sakata, Baba Kruetz, Joe Story…….

  34. SteveM November 13, 2015 5:20 pm

    RE: #26
    Buffoman — yes, John Coen was class of ’67. A painting of him hangs in the McKinley admin building.

    RE: #29
    cocobean — the Hanzawa twins (Laura and Regina) were class of ’67 too. 🙂

    NorthShoreFan — so you are 1 year younger than me, Sheesh, I thought you were 3 years older since you smarter. 😉

  35. 3-Prong November 13, 2015 6:33 pm

    After playing to a 3-0 first half, Kahuku is continueing it’s punishing ground attack and now lead 13-0 with 4:17 to go in the 4th quarter. Punishing is an understatement!

  36. clyde November 13, 2015 6:35 pm

    John Coen, a quiet, humble stud. Got to know him at Kawananakoa. He could play any sport, and play it well.

  37. pokesquid November 13, 2015 6:37 pm

    I believe that our Warriors we be able to beat Fresno State this Saturday…Cover the spread in the process…I really don’t know.

    I simply can not stand Woosley at QB…he is not a game changer…he is not someone who we can hang our hats on….He already had his chances many many times.

    Bottom line is that I am sick of seeing him at the most important position on the field…He is not the answer and he is not an exciting or quality QB…And he does not have that winning confident swagger that you want in your QB…He’s a nice guy, but we don’t need nice guys at the QB position….We need QB’s with an attitude and skills to get us wins….Blame the receivers all you want…but even if they caught everything, we would still lose with Woosley at the helm.

    Let’s give Reilly a chance…We redshirted him last season and he has now been here 2 years…WTF is he here for?….Give him a chance to show what he is capable of doing…Is he here just to be a scout team QB?

    If we win the last 3 games with Woosley at the helm….SO WHAT!…Big damn deal…These 3 last teams we are playing we should win, regardless of who is at QB.

    I promise you that he will NEVER be a starter in Jones offense…as his reads and his decision making is not fast enough.

    This is the time we should be looking to the future and it is with Reilly for now…until Zwahlen or even McKenzie takes over….Enough with Woosley already!…There is nothing exciting about him at QB…

    Reilly, based on his video, I believe will be an exciting QB to watch…See for yourself.


    #Free Reilly….#Rally4Reilly.

  38. NorthShoreFan November 13, 2015 6:56 pm

    #32…Yup Cornell my classmate. Still see him regularly. My next door neighbor is his nephew. Cornell and Roxanne still in love!…lol…In fact just about my whole street is Cornell’s relatives.

    SteveM #34…you nutz?…lol!

    Dang it! Kahuku – Waianae, you just can describe it as smash mouth football when those two teams play each other. Great game! Even my wife was into the game…and she never like watch the Korean channel!…maybe was because the HD picture made her feel like she was playing the game herself…lol

  39. Buffoman November 13, 2015 7:06 pm

    SteveM, thanks. Yes he was quite a player. I think Elroy Ching was the QB at Iolani and Roy Ho and Jesse Kalima were the guys leading Kaimuki. Growing up next to the Termite Palace, I got to see these guys play. It was a good time.

  40. SteveM November 13, 2015 7:27 pm

    Buffoman — what year did you graduate McKinley?

  41. Buffoman November 13, 2015 7:39 pm

    Did not. Graduated from the rival. The dividing line moved from University Avenue to Isenberg Street. My Washington Intermediate friend were split up.

  42. NorthShoreFan November 13, 2015 8:06 pm

    Trojans 7 Crusaders 7….now if they start calling the “in your face” holding, we might have a different game…imho

  43. NorthShoreFan November 13, 2015 8:13 pm

    14 – 7 Trojans….Milton got some mean wheels….41 yd run to set up the td

  44. NorthShoreFan November 13, 2015 8:16 pm

    14 – 14 we got a game!

  45. 3-Prong November 13, 2015 8:17 pm

    What a game at Aloha tonite!

  46. NorthShoreFan November 13, 2015 8:20 pm

    Roundball bows up by 21 at the half…looking guud!

  47. NorthShoreFan November 13, 2015 8:23 pm

    Watching these two games, I wen dream…Warriors got all of the 808 D1 kids to sign on the dotted line…..den I wen wake up…

  48. 3-Prong November 13, 2015 8:25 pm

    Vaevae trying to break Igber’s record. Needs 138 yards tonight I think.

  49. 3-Prong November 13, 2015 8:27 pm

    Tua can spin it. Impressive! 21-14.

  50. NorthShoreFan November 13, 2015 8:27 pm

    21 – 14 Crusaders

  51. NorthShoreFan November 13, 2015 8:28 pm

    Tua is having a game!

  52. 3-Prong November 13, 2015 8:29 pm

    Man if JJ can convince Tua to stay home……Imagine!

  53. 3-Prong November 13, 2015 8:31 pm

    St Louis needs to watch the penalties and play smart.

  54. 3-Prong November 13, 2015 8:33 pm


  55. pokesquid November 13, 2015 8:33 pm

    Just like how the return of Cal Lee back to St Louis has built them back up to high school prominance, as many players want to play for him….the same thing will happen when Jones returns back to Hawaii…Players will want to play for a winning coach.

    Milton having a very off night with 3 picks so far…WOW!

  56. NorthShoreFan November 13, 2015 8:33 pm

    Int..Crusader ball..#3 for Milton.

  57. 3-Prong November 13, 2015 8:35 pm

    Tell em pokesquid! HANA HO’U!

  58. NorthShoreFan November 13, 2015 8:36 pm

    28 – 14 Crusaders starting to roll!

  59. pokesquid November 13, 2015 8:36 pm


    If Jones is able to pull that off…just imagine our possible QB stable for the future.

    Zwahlen…Reilly…Milton…and Tua….Now that is a very awesome stable of QBs for Jones offense.

  60. pokesquid November 13, 2015 8:43 pm


    I will guarantee you two things till X-Mas.

    1. I will keep pokin’ squid because it is still squid season.


    2. I will continue to “Preach” until Jones is back at HC for our beloved Warriors!

  61. NorthShoreFan November 13, 2015 8:49 pm

    60-36 Roundball Bows

  62. NorthShoreFan November 13, 2015 8:54 pm

    Dang it!…Lifau…heading for the zone and Kobayashi credited with the tackle?!?!@#@!

  63. NorthShoreFan November 13, 2015 8:56 pm

    35 – 14 Crusaders!..3:53 till half time.

  64. NorthShoreFan November 13, 2015 9:04 pm

    42 – 14 Crusaders … 1:42 till half…Milton in the locker room for check up….

  65. 3-Prong November 13, 2015 9:05 pm

    Make that 42-14. TUA.

  66. 3-Prong November 13, 2015 9:11 pm

    Milton in sreet clothes.

  67. NorthShoreFan November 13, 2015 9:12 pm

    49 – 14 Crusaders…:49 sec to go till half…Milton out of game in street clothes.

  68. 3-Prong November 13, 2015 9:12 pm


  69. NorthShoreFan November 13, 2015 9:18 pm

    49 14 Crusaders..Milton out for rest of game.

  70. 808 November 13, 2015 9:37 pm

    St Louis Crusaders played a great 1st half. Talk about exucution. If only UH receivers can catch the balls thrown to them, they too would be putting up big numbers.

    Are any of the top skill players staying home to play for UH?

    It seems like Chow was recruiting WR with height being a factor. Height is an asset. But, catching the ball and holding onto the ball is a better asset.

    Looks like St Louis is putting on a clinic with their offense.

  71. NorthShoreFan November 13, 2015 9:43 pm

    56 – 14

  72. 808 November 13, 2015 9:54 pm

    Is there a mercy rule in play?

    Wow! St Louis Crusaders is putting up some points.

    If only UH WR could catch the balls on a consistent basis as the crusaders are displaying tonight.

    I hope UH can get some of these players to stay home and play for Hawaii.

  73. BigWave96744 November 14, 2015 1:54 am

    This game used to be one of the highlights of the year.
    As Pat Hill once said, “It’s always close in Hawaii”
    Rainbow Warriors 34 – Bulldogs 32

  74. pokesquid November 14, 2015 4:03 am

    Why Fresno State Will Win

    The offense is a mess, though the Bulldogs do harbor some individual playmakers on defense. The pass rush is especially feisty, thanks to OLB Ejiro Ederaine and DE Claudell Lewis, which is a looming problem for Hawaii QB Ikaina Woolsey, who’s thrown 14 career touchdown passes and 20 interceptions.

    Why Hawaii Will Win

    The Warriors have been a decent home team, save for the blowout loss to Air Force two weeks ago. Fresno State has athletes on D, but it can be exploited on the ground, giving up 26 rushing touchdowns this year. Hawaii will lean heavy on JUCO transfer Paul Harris, who rushed for a season-high 190 yards last week in Las Vegas.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Hawaii will spend the rest of the season on the islands, looking to snap a seven-game losing skid and hand a W to popular interim coach Chris Naeole. Harris will pierce the Fresno State defense, outplaying Bulldog RB Marteze Waller and carrying the Warriors to a streak-busting victory.

    Fresno State vs. Hawaii Prediction

    Prediction: Hawaii 28, Fresno State 23, Line: Hawaii -4.5, o/u: 56

  75. FearGOD November 14, 2015 4:52 am

    Hawaii wins should they score as many points that Mililani had last night
    :-)….should they not score as many…i don’t wanna say it
    Let’s get J.Vele, A.Barker and D.Torres the ball coach

  76. FearGOD November 14, 2015 4:54 am

    Was there any sighting of a certain coach last night on the sidelines. 🙂

  77. Maddog50 November 14, 2015 5:32 am

    Just looking for a win. Line keeps moving as high as 6 in some places.

  78. el burro sabio November 14, 2015 6:11 am

    Mr Tsai, is Jeremy Castro injured or out of favor?

  79. Arcumfortis November 14, 2015 8:22 am

    76,77,78……I too have concluded that IK will not excel as a D1 QB. But the kid has heart, determination and guts. It rubs me wrong when people get personal and insult these young men. It feels uncool and unnecesary to me……just sayin.

  80. clyde November 14, 2015 8:33 am

    Arcumfortis: It more than “rubs me wrong” when posters single out a player with disparaging comments. Have no idea what satisfaction they get out of their personal attacks on a student-athlete.

  81. Stephen Tsai November 14, 2015 9:21 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=34267

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