Archive for August, 2010

Waipio … Independence

August 24th, 2010
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Two topics today: Waipio Little League and bailing from the WAC for UH sports.

1. Talked to Waipio manager Brian Yoshii on Monday. He said the team is in good spirits. He said Dane Kaneshiro will start on the mound Tuesday. Kaneshiro saved the win against New Jersey the other day.

My friend, Mid-Pacific Institute grad and ESPN producer extraordinaire Nate Jones, said he reminded the crew at Williamsport that it is not called Eee-va Beach. He also said he would let Karl Ravech know that Oahu is the name of the island that Waipio is on, not Honolulu. And that Kurt Suzuki is from Wailuku, Maui, not Honolulu.

2. My Wednesday column addresses the possibility of UH going independent. More pros and cons, please.

My preps Top 10 ballot

August 23rd, 2010
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The poll, administered by Paul Honda and voted on by a cast of thousands (OK, not thousands, but plenty), comes out in tomorrow’s paper.

1. Saint Louis. 2. Kamehameha. 3. Kahuku. 4. Punahou. 5. Mililani. 6. Farrington. 7. Leilehua. 8. Iolani. 9. Moanalua. 10. Pearl City.

I know there are other teams not listed that might be “better” than Moanalua and Pearl City — but I wanted to acknowledge these two teams for their good starts.

Now what, Mr. Commissioner?

August 19th, 2010
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Best line from a rough teleconference for Karl Benson: “I wish I’d made it $20 million.”

(On the $5 million loyalty guarantee WAC members agreed to last week.)

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Benson started with brief comments that described Fresno State and Nevada leaving the WAC as “selfish actions.”

He acknowledged an agreement was in place for BYU to join the WAC as a member in all sports other than football. It would be independent in football.

As part of the agreement, BYU would schedule football games against four WAC teams each season.

But with the defections, that is dust in the wind.

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With Boise State, Fresno State and Nevada leaving the WAC, is there any reason for Hawaii to remain in the conference?

The remaining members are Idaho, LaTech, New Mexico State, San Jose State and Utah State.

How viable is independence, at least in football?

The landscape is changing, and in two years there will be more independent schools. That would make for a less difficult scheduling situation than it would be now.

I asked Benson how much the WAC’s far-flung travel to Hawaii and Louisiana had to do with Fresno and Nevada’s departure. He said it was probably a significant factor and admitted to the conference being “geographically challenged.”

I asked how he would try to keep what’s remaining intact. He said he had a teleconference with the remaining members this morning.

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Aloha, Fresno State and Nevada

August 17th, 2010
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BYU wants to be the Notre Dame of the west, and that’s why it might go independent in football and join the WAC in other sports, according to ESPN’s Andy Katz.

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UPDATE: The Mountain West has struck back, sweetening offers to Fresno State and Nevada. Both schools have announced press conferences this evening in which they are expected to accept the offers.

The WAC has gone from upgrade to serious trouble in the matter of a few hours.

Majam making the best of it

August 17th, 2010
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If you didn’t know it, there’d be no reason to think Kelly Majam had recently undergone surgery for thyroid cancer.

She was cheerful and optimistic as she spoke with reporters today about her recent ordeal. She looked like the same person who led the University of Hawaii softball team to the Women’s College World Series a few months ago, pacing the nation with 30 home runs as a freshman.

During the surgery, doctors determined the cancer had not spread to the lymph nodes. That is a huge positive.

She’s already looking forward to joining her teammates for fall workouts (might not participate right away) and working on cancer awareness issues.

“This is a success story,” she said.

See our story in breaking news for more. Jason Kaneshiro and I will also have stories on Majam in tomorrow’s print edition.