Archive for June, 2009

Name Game

June 29th, 2009

The last few batches of UH football players we’ve featured in The Centurions project have included some of the guys with the best nicknames. Today, Lyle Nelson profiled No. 38 Harry “Clown” Kahuanui. In recent days, there’s also been No. 51 William “Doggie” Wise, No. 52 Theodore “Pump” Searle, No. 46 David “Mento” Maeva (and his wingman, Mike “Psycho” Tresler), and No. 54 Nate “Nasti” Ilaoa. There’s also No. 93 Don “Spud” Botelho.

My favorite is Dan “Iceman” Kelly (No. 92). What are yours? Tell us, and maybe we can put together another list.

-By Dave “Sleepy” Reardon

One less R in R and R

June 27th, 2009

Rob DeMello, the “Rob” in the “Rob and  Russ” sports radio show on AM-1500, will no longer be with the show after July 16. DeMello,who is also a reporter and weekend anchor at KITV, is stepping back from the three-hour, twice weekly show, citing professional and personal demands on his time. Rob and his wife Christie have a baby daughter, Naomi.

Rob will still do some producing work at 1500 and “I’m not ruling out coming back in some capacity,” he said.

His last show is July 16. Russell Yamanoha is expected to remain as a host, but no successor to DeMello has been named.

Rob’s smart not to overextend himself and priorities change with a growing family. But the sooner he’s back on the radio, the better for Hawaii sports fans.

-By Dave Reardon

The book on Wie

June 23rd, 2009

I was wondering when my friend Eric Adelson was going to finish his book on Michelle Wie. Eric is a great writer and researcher, so this should be very good. (Sorry about the link … it does work if you cut and paste).


Riewerts still going strong

June 20th, 2009

Centurion No. 82, Ed Riewerts, is remembered as a gritty center who was a master technician and solid player in the early 1980s. He is also remembered for popularizing the Senior Walk with Blane Gaison.

Now, just a couple of years into serious competition in the discus, Riewerts is an elite level performer in his age group, and he is threatening the 50-over record of Olympic gold medalist Al Oerter.

Here’s an extensive interview of Riewerts by age-group track guru Ken Stone:


Mission II … Kalani and Harding … Tomey enshrined

June 19th, 2009

This comes from Kevin Kaplan, director of the June Jones Foundation:
“We are doing our second annual American Samoa Football Academy & Medical Mission, June 26 and 27 in Pago Pago, sponsored by the June Jones Foundation.  Jesse Sapolu, Jack Thompson, Samson Satele, Ta’ase Faumui and Ma’a Tanuvasa will accompany Coach Jones and McMackin as well as 10 doctors, nurses and other medical personnel on the trip.  In all, we will be bringing $250,000 of donated medical supplies to the people of American Samoa.”
I really enjoyed today’s story by Kalani Simpson on Matt Harding and his impact on UH football. Few can write narrative-type pieces like Kalani, and few could turn the tide of a football game like Harding … all 5-feet-8 and 145 pounds of him.
The 45-day Centurions series will feature many more stories from guest writers, including several from Kalani, our former columnist who now lives in Nebraska with his wife and two young children (Braden, and Mackenzie, who is just a few months old).
We were very pleased  Kalani agreed to participate in the project — not just for his writing abilities, but also because of his credibility of actually having played college football. His voting and comments proved invaluable.
This from the DePauw University web site, and relayed to me by the Star-Bulletin’s Craig Gima:
“Former UH head coach Dick Tomey is a member of the inaugural induction class of the Michigan City High School Football Hall of Fame.  Tomey and four other graduates from the Indiana city will be honored July 20.  The other inductees include former Chicago Bears head coach Abe Gibron, who will be inducted posthumously.”
-By Dave Reardon