Archive for August, 2011

Dream screen

August 26th, 2011
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Got to see the new scoreboard at the Stan Sheriff Center yesterday. Fans are going to love it;  the screen is beautiful and easy to view from everywhere in the arena. One of the cool features for volleyball is that there are now six spaces instead of five for the players’ numbers and stats. Kills are readily available, and blocks, aces and digs rotate every few seconds.

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It’s hard to believe Kanani Danielson is a senior already. When her UH career ends this December she will undoubtedly have a place among the most impressive in the long list of Rainbow Wahine great players.

When does Jerome pitch again? … Murphy’s hosts Pigskin Pigout

August 24th, 2011
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The California Angels’ Jerome Williams of Waipahu, today’s column subject, really meant it when he told me he had no idea when he’d pitch next after Sunday’s gem in his first start in the majors since 2007. Angels manager Mike Scioscia is considering a four-man rotation heading into this weekend’s series against the Rangers, which could push Williams’ next appearance to Monday against Seattle.

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If you want to support University of Hawaii football while having a great time, go to the Pigskin Pigout at Murphy’s Bar & Grill on Thursday night. It’s $100 for all you can eat and drink, plus you can talk story with UH football coaches and fellow fans. Starts at 6 p.m.

Preseason AP poll vote

August 21st, 2011
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Here’s how the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll came out:

1. Oklahoma (36 first-place votes). 2. Alabama (17). 3. Oregon (4). 4. LSU (1). 5. Boise State (2). 6. Florida State. 7. Stanford. 8. Texas A&M. 9. Oklahoma State. 10. Nebraska. 11. Wisconsin. 12. South Carolina. 13. Virginia Tech. 14. TCU. 15. Arkansas. 16. Notre Dame. 17. Michigan State. 18. Ohio State. 19. Georgia. 20. Mississippi State. 21. Missouri. 22. Florida. 23. Auburn. 24. West Virginia. 25. Southern Cal.

Here’s how I voted. First eight same as the consensus. I’ll consider that a good thing, for now. The preseason poll’s a bit of a crap-shoot anyway.

1. Oklahoma. 2. Alabama. 3. Oregon. 4. LSU. 5. Boise State. 6. Florida State. 7. Stanford. 8. Texas A&M. 9. Virginia Tech. 10. Oklahoma State. 11. Wisconsin. 12. South Carolina. 13. Nebraska. 14. TCU. 15. Michigan State. 16. Arkansas. 17. Ohio State. 18. Notre Dame. 19. Mississippi State. 20. Missouri. 21. Southern Cal. 22. Auburn. 23. West Virginia. 24. Florida. 25. Arizona State.

Kanekoa joins soccer team

August 19th, 2011
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At first she thought it might be a joke. But then Keisha Kanekoa discovered Hawaii soccer coach Michele Nagamine was serious. She did want her to come out for the team.

After checking out Thursday’s practice, Kanekoa accepted the invitation and will join the team at Monday’s practice. UH opens its season tonight against Washington State at the Waipio soccer complex.

Kanekoa was a four-year starter at guard for the UH basketball team. The Rainbow Wahine soccer team needs a backup goalkeeper and Nagamine asked Kanekoa — whose experience is limited to intramurals.

“We had a pretty good team in the mixed division,” said Kanekoa, whose teammates included UH football players Shane Austin, Scott Enos and Corey Paclebar. “We didn’t win the championship, but we did pretty well. I played goal so I have a basic understanding of the rules, but I think some of them are probably different.”

Kanekoa is set to graduate in December in family resources. After some contemplation she decided to take up the offer. “It will be good to stay active and it will be something new,” she said. “I know some of the soccer players already and I’ll do my best to blend in.”

RGM to Edmonton

August 16th, 2011
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Former Hawaii receiver Ryan Grice-Mullins has agreed to terms with the Edmonton Eskimos and was expected to join the team Tuesday.

Grice-Mullen has also played for the BC Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders. Since leaving UH after the 2007 season, he has had tryouts with Chicago, Houston and Miami of the NFL.

Thanks to Jon Nielsen for the tip.