It was a good 2010-2011 for University of Hawaii sports overall, in my opinion. The football and men’s basketball teams performed way beyond the expectations of most observers.
The most memorable moment of the UH sports year for me will be one I didn’t even see and a game UH didn’t even win; I was at my mother’s birthday dinner when Miah Ostrowski led the basketball team to a near-upset of Utah State at the Stan Sheriff Center, just a few days after the death of his father.
I did see UH football’s win over Nevada and the baseball team’s home regular-season finale miracle win against San Jose State. That baseball game will also be remembered as Kolten Wong’s final home game and the last UH sports broadcast by KFVE after more than a quarter century of bringing the Warriors, Rainbows and Wahine into living rooms throughout Hawaii and beyond.
And I covered the news conference for the development that will affect UH sports the most in the future: The announcement that Hawaii will leave the WAC to join the Mountain West in football and the Big West in most other sports after next year. UH’s biggest win was off the field.
Please share your favorite memories of 2010-2011 in UH sports, and local interscholastic sports in general.
As a follow-up to yesterday’s column on pro sports in Hawaii, here’s more about the financial viability of Na Koa Ikaika, the independent pro baseball team on Maui. This from Rob Collias of The Maui News, who has been watching those developments closely since the team’s inception last year.