Archive for February, 2010

Comings and goings

February 28th, 2010

The local sports transactions wire has been somewhat active recently.

>> Scott Gonsalves is the interim athletic director at Saint Louis School with Ulima Afoa’s departure. He’s a graduate of Saint Louis and a teacher there. He was also previously an assistant AD and a Crusaders wrestling coach.

I’ve known him for a long time; he’s a solid, level-headed leader and should be considered a strong contender for the permanent post.

All Saint Louis coaches have been asked to resign and reapply, we’ve been told. The most focus will be on football, where John Hao has been on the hot seat since the end of last season. But when all is said and done there could be plenty of coaching changes in various Crusdaders sports.

>> Kalaheo basketball coach Chico Furtado doesn’t do many things quietly (and that’s one of the things I like about him), but his recent retirement from the prep ranks slipped by relatively unnoticed.

I hope he remains active in some capacity; the high school sports scene needs smart people willing to think independently and speak their minds, like Chico always did.

>> A new sports radio station is on the horizon in Honolulu. FOX sports radio is gearing up to give ESPN 1420 (KKEA) a run for its advertising money. No word yet on how much local vs. national programming.

>> Former University of Hawaii golfer Ryan Perez just turned pro, and is headed off to play on the eGolf Tour, where he’ll join Tadd Fujikawa.

–By Dave Reardon

UH basketball game on

February 27th, 2010

Just got word from UH and beat writer Brian McInnis … Rainbows will play Senior Night game tonight against Nevada, same time (7 p.m.) same place (Stan Sheriff Center). Game was originally canceled due to the tsunami warning that was lifted at around 1;45 p.m.

Baseball, which was scheduled for 1 p.m., will not be played today (doubleheader tomorrow). Volleyball on Maui not being played tonight either.

–Dave Reardon

Pancho on Mosi

February 24th, 2010

My very good friend, retired Star-Bulletin sportswriter Jim Easterwood, was saddened to hear of the death of Mosi Tatupu. “Pancho” covered Mosi and says he was a great all-around athlete and person.

“He was a man among boys; a powerful back with amazing balance and without a question the best running back I covered in Hawaii. Onosai Tanuvasa of Farrington had one of the best games for a running back I ever witnessed in a Thanksgiving Day game at the old Honolulu Stadium. But he couldn’t match Mosi for consistency. Mosi didn’t score a lot in basketball but had great court awareness and moved like a cat behind the plate as a catcher in baseball. In my mind he and Junior Ah You would be a dead heat for best all-round athlete in Hawaii prep lore.”

Mosi Tatupu, RIP

February 23rd, 2010

No matter how short the list is, Punahou running back Mosi Tatupu is on it if you’re talking about great Hawaii athletes.

Mosi died in his sleep at home on the mainland today. He was only 54, but had suffered from a variety of ailments in recent years.

Two Hawaii high school athletes always got that “man among boys” label … Mosi and Sam Johnson, who played basketball at Moanalua.

I got to know Mosi a little, at the Pro Bowl in 1986 and ran into him every now and then when he came back to Hawaii to visit. And then, 2006, when his son Lofa was in the Pro Bowl.

He was popular with coaches, fans and players.

Here’s what one of his Patriots teammates, Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, had to say about him:

“You probably couldn’t ask for a better teammate than Mosi. It was the way he approached the game. He worked hard. He practiced hard. He had a way about him. He always had an upbeat attitude, he was happy all the time and just pleasant to be around. He had a special connection with the fans and his teammates. Everybody loved him.”

Here’s a story about the Mosi Tatupu Award. (in case that link doesn’t work)

-By Dave Reardon

Hoop (bad) dreams

February 21st, 2010

I can understand how it’s been hard for fans to get behind, or stay behind, the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team this season.

If anything, the Rainbows have been a study in inconsistency. What started out as promising turned into disappointing for two major tangible reasons: Bill Amis’ foot injury that knocked him out for the season, and the inability of talented guard Dwain Williams to get with the program.

The biggest intangible has been what clearly appears to be a lack of consistent desire to play the game the way it’s supposed to be played by some members of the team. Some say you can’t blame that on coaching. I say you can and should, because coaches are charged with bringing in players they can work with and motivating them. It’s not like there’s a GM or someone else above the head coach recruiting the players.

Yes, injuries have become a major problem. But starting the season with just three scholarship guards was rolling the dice with bad odds.

Lack of consistent effort and desire is a problem where accountability falls on the players and the coaches.

–By Dave Reardon