Archive for October, 2009

Ostrowski observes hoops practice

October 29th, 2009

This is a topic that comes up a lot: Why isn’t Miah Ostrowski on the University of Hawaii basketball team?

Well, the short answer is that he’s a slotback on the football team — and football is where he has his scholarship.

But he’s a third-string slotback. And the basketball team is short of healthy guards.

The 5-foot-9 former Punahou star attended basketball practice this morning, strictly as an observer.

Afterward, he said he is interested in playing hoops (but not at the expense of football). He hasn’t spoken with football coach Greg McMackin of this desire. Basketball coach Bob Nash said he would welcome Ostrowski, but only with McMackin’s blessing.

A problem would be that the football and basketball teams now practice at the same time. Ostrowski was able to attend this morning’s basketball practice because he is not on the travel roster for the football team, which is in Reno for Saturday’s game at Nevada.

–By Dave Reardon

Yankees in 7, Eldredge services set

October 26th, 2009

I think these teams are quite evenly matched, but will go with the Yankees because I feel their starting pitching is a little bit more solid and A-Rod has been playing like what he is — the best player of his generation.


Services for Punahou sports legend Dave Eldredge are Sunday, Nov. 8 at the school. 11:30 a.m. and then 3 p.m. in the gym.


Monday’s weekly media gathering with UH football coach Greg McMackin was relatively uneventful.

Coach McMackin did say for the record that he is “not considering” any changes in staff or their assignments.

He said that will be evaluated a the end of the season.

–By Dave Reardon

Wrong side of 54-9. What now?

October 25th, 2009

Is there any hope of pulling out of the throes of a 2-5 start to the season for the University of Hawaii football team?

Five losses in a row. Injuries mounting. Tough road game at Nevada looms.

What now?

–By Dave Reardon

Murphy’s SOS event raises at least $100K

October 21st, 2009

Don Murphy came through again. The proprietor of Murphy’s Bar & Grill organized a midweek downtown block party Wednesday to raise money for Save Our Sports (the Hawaii public schools drive for donations to keep interscholastic sports going).

It was a huge success, as athletic department staffs, businesses, entertainers and around 100 volunteers got together to stage the event. Counting was still going on last night, but Hawaii High School Athletic Association executive director Keith Amemiya said it cleared at least $100,000. The SOS fund is now up to $1.2 million, enough to keep the sports going this year.

“I don’t want to say we met our goal, because it’s an ongoing situation,” Amemiya said. “It’s amazing how much people are willing to help even though everyone is suffering now with the economy the way it is. As Don Murphy said, Hawaii people are the most generous in the world.”

–By Dave Reardon


October 18th, 2009

Deep down, I don’t care about wins and losses. But what really affects me is when I like or respect someone and they get seriously injured. I don’t claim to know Rodney Bradley very well, but I’ve interviewed him twice and was impressed by a rare combination of politeness and confidence. So I was shaken by the terrible injury he suffered yesterday. I hope he’ll have a full recovery.

The play that he was injured on was definitely one of the biggest in the 35-23 loss at Idaho. Also, the failed fake field goal. I’d like to read others you have in mind, and your thoughts for the rest of the season.

–By Dave Reardon