Archive for February, 2009

More political football?

February 26th, 2009

This just came in from the Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona on the HTA announcing today it has rejected the NFL’s latest Pro Bowl offer:

“The Pro Bowl belongs in Hawaii. 

“While I recognize the merit of keeping open the option of when the game will be played, I strongly encourage the Hawaii Tourism Authority to continue negotiations with the goal of bringing the Pro Bowl back to Hawai‘i in 2011 and 2012. 

“The people of Hawai‘i want an agreement, and it is time to deliver.” 

More to come.



February 26th, 2009

One of the first things you learn about high school sports in Hawaii is to never underestimate neighbor-island teams — especially in basketball.

But did anyone expect Kapaa to knock off Kahuku?? I certainly didn’t. Kahuku is big, athletic and fast. But Kapaa proved to be tenacious and tough, and despite not having as much depth as Kahuku, the Warriors ran with the Red Raiders and came out ahead 60-56 in one of the biggest upsets I’ve seen in nearly 40 years of watching Hawaii prep sports.

Kapaa won despite point guard Jessilyn Artaho-Aki being sick with the flu. She made the big 3-pointer and free throws to ice it. Guard Mai’lika Napoleon (20 points) and center Jondi Das (17) had big games.

“They’d have three players on the ball, so we knew someone had to be open,” Kapaa coach Terry Maguire said. “And they made the shots when they had to.”

Maguire rolled the dice with a pressing defense, and thanks to great conditioning, it worked despite the Warriors’ short bench.

I guess I can’t write that column I was thinking about saying that Kahuku shouldn’t have been in Division II. Maybe Kapaa belongs in Division I. 

– By Dave Reardon

Hall of Fame enshrines 4

February 24th, 2009

A great evening at the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame induction at Honolulu Country Club tonight.

Lynne Boyer (surfing), Dae Sung Lee (taekwando), Al Silva (boxing) and Gerry Lopez (surfing) were inducted.

Sunday tough

February 22nd, 2009

That’s one of Mike Trapasso’s favorite phrases. The UH baseball team was that today, coming up with a 7-4 win to avoid being swept by UC Irvine in the season-opening four-game series.

Freshman Matt Sisto was simply a stud, limiting a strong Anteaters lineup to two runs in seven innings. Not a bad college debut.

The UH bats heated up as the series wore on. The Rainbows managed just two hits in Friday’s opener.

“We started to get some confidence once we got that first run across (Friday, in the eighth inning),” said junior third baseman Vinnie Catricala, who went 6-for-12 for the series.

Kolten Wong isn’t off to the greatest start at the plate, but the highly-touted freshman made a great catch in center field early in today’s game to set the tone.

“If (Irvine’s) the No. 9 team in the country, I like our club right now,” Trapasso said.

Sluggish start for Rainbows

February 21st, 2009

A great effort by UC Irvine lefty Daniel Bibona, not allowing a hit by Hawaii into the eighth inning. We’ll see if the Rainbows bats wake up today in a doubleheader against the Anteaters.

The Rainbows had a lot of lefties in the lineup last night, not an ideal matchup against a crafty southpaw.

Outfielder Matt Roquemore injured himself running out a grounder in the third inning. He appears to have a hamstring injury and it’s not yet known how long he’ll be out.

Jayson Kramer gave up four runs, but turned in a solid effort in his first career start for UH. Coach Mike Trapasso said Kramer had all his pitches working. His fastball had a lot of movement. The most important thing is Kramer pitched deep into the game and the Rainbows only used one relief pitcher; they won’t have to worry about being short in the bullpen heading into today’s doubleheader and tomorrow’s single game. 

– By Dave Reardon