Archive for January, 2010

Western Kentucky vs. UH in football, 2012

January 29th, 2010

Western Kentucky says on its web site it has finalized a contract with Hawaii for a football game  at Aloha Stadium to conclude the 2012 season.

–By Dave Reardon

Payday … WAC softball crystal ball

January 28th, 2010

OIA Executive Director Dwight Toyama said the public high school leagues are receiving some of the Save Our School funds today at the Hawaii High School Athletic Association’s board meeting.

Toyama spoke on Ladd Panis’ and Dave Kawadas’ StarComm preps radio show on 1420.

“That will get us through part of this year,” said Toyama, who added that the schools lost 50 percent of their funding this year due to budget cuts.

He said he expects more funding cuts.

“Things don’t look very good for next year,” he said.

Toyama also said Keith Amemiya is leaving his post as HHSAA executive director  March 8.

He added that around half of the applicants to replace him have business backgrounds.


Hawaii is picked to come in third in WAC softball this year by the coaches. For the 13th time in the past 15 seasons, Fresno State is the preseason favorite to win the conference championship. Nevada is predicted to come in second.

UH pitcher Stephanie Ricketts and first baseman Amanda Tauali’i are preseason all-conference choices.


–By Dave Reardon

Comings and goings

January 26th, 2010

Just a couple of mainland items of local interest and a recruiting tid-bit for now:

>> Former Saint Louis school standout Jacob Yoro is joining the Pacific football staff as linebackers coach. He will also head up recruiting efforts in Hawaii

Yoro was the linebackers coach at Montana for a season, and prior to that coached at Waipahu, Mililani and Saint Louis.

Pacific is resurrecting its football program this year.

>> Former Punahou quarterback Brett Kan has transferred from Princeton to USC and will compete for a spot on the Trojans depth chart this spring.

>> Two sources say Kamehameha defensive end Beau Yap has committed to Baylor. Former Radford and Hawaii player Brian Norwood is the defensive coordinator there, and former UH player Dino Babers is also on the Bears staff.

–By Dave Reardon

Tomahawk, not windmill

January 22nd, 2010

I described Roderick Flemings’ tremendous dunk last night as a windmill slam. Actually, he caught the ball high behind his head and threw it down. So, in the Official Lexicon of Dunkology, it should be termed a tomahawk. Thank you to Brian McInnis for the clarification. (BMac saw the replay, I didn’t.)

At any rate, it was spectacular. He was so far from the basket when he caught the ball, no one expected him to throw it down. But he did. It was stunning. Bobby Curran said it’s one of the best he’s seen in about 50 years of playing and broadcasting basketball. I can’t remember seeing a more brilliant dunk during a game in about 40 years of following the game, going back to Dr. J’s peak.

Any good dunk stories out there?

-Dave Reardon

Mahalo, Junior Rainbows

January 21st, 2010

To the University High freshman class: Thank you again for allowing me to spend some time with you yesterday afternoon, as well as the lei and the card. I hope you enjoyed our time together as much as I did.

Also thank you for your comments and opinions about running up the score in the Vikings-Cowboys game. Some of them are in my Further Review column in today’s paper. Here are some others:

*”It was awesome that someone could do something like this. Also he is just following what he is supposed to do.” – Jared Kawatani

*”He’s doing his job. As a professional athlete he should do his best.” – Timothy Maeda.

*”Dallas Cowboys deserved it. They don’t deserve to get this chance.”

*”I thought it was cool because if the other team was good enough to compete at their level, then it should have been closer but since they haven’t it’s their fault.”

*”Dallas sucks and I hate them. They are the worst team ever. They don’t even belong in they playoffs.. They think they are all cool with their big TV in their stadium. Tony Romo is the worst QB in the NFL.” -Chris Andreyka

*”That was cool.” -Shawn V.

*”Brett Favre is great, and a legend.”

*”Brett Favre is better than Tony Romo no matter how old Brett is. ll day, any day. Cowboys deserved the crushing defeat.”

*”I thought it was cool. Cool, very appropriate.” -Samantha Fata.

*”It  isn’t very cool of them to just pile drive them beyond loss. However it would be wrong to give them a chance in the middle of a losing match because some people can catch up and win. So ultimately it’s up to the players and coaches to choose if they should keep playing or not.” -Jeremy Silva.

–Dave Reardon