Who were the biggest UH stars in WAC era?

May 26th, 2012

Today’s column looks at the biggest highlights of University of Hawaii sports during its 33 years in the WAC as the Warriors, Rainbows and Wahine exit the conference. What about individual athletes? Who were the biggest UH stars in WAC competition.

Al Noga. Jason Elam. Colt Brennan. Anthony Carter. Kolten Wong. Kim Willoughby. Kanani Danielson. Natasha Kai. National champions like Emma Friesen and Amber Kaufman.

Those are just a few. Who were UH’s best in the WAC?

48 Responses to “Who were the biggest UH stars in WAC era?”

  1. Robin:

    The 1980 CWS team. First year in the WAC and in with a bang. Chuck Crim, Brian Duquette, Ricki Bass, Thad Reece, Colin Tanabe, Kimo Perkins.

  2. Kevin:

    2009 WAC Freshman of the Year.
    2010, 2011, 2012 WAC Pitcher of the Year.
    Two WAC regualr season titles and one WAC tourney title.
    All as the go-to ace…

    Stephanie Ricketts.

  3. Keahi:

    4-time first team all WAC
    3-time WAC Player of the year
    WAC Freshman of the Year
    4-time WAC champion

    Kanoe Kamana`o

  4. VegasHawaiian:

    So many great players and moments, but I will always remember such players as my all-time favorite, Gary Allen, plus Will Haslip and my favorite basketball player, Chris Gaines RIP. So many memories of my childhood and now adulthood. I thank UH and all of it’s athletes for giving me many fond memories.

  5. VegasHawaiian:

    Oops, meant “its” athletes, not “it’s”.

  6. Dave Reardon:

    All great athletes who really made huge marks in the WAC. Kanoe Kamana’o in particular is emblematic of UH Wahine volleyball … she was consistently spectacular, just like the program.

  7. Bembu22:

    Bill Blanchette. Junk-ball ace + best hitter on a team that I think went regionals. Michael Carter? Travis Sims?

  8. bleedgreen:

    Bembu got it right. I would add Michael Carter and Travis Sims to the list. Plus Heather Bown and Tee Williams for Wahine Volleyball.

  9. al:

    1980 CWS…lets not leave out the whole team.

    Rick Bass, OF

    Chuck Crim, P

    Howard Dashefsky, 1B

    Bryan Duquette, P

    Jay Erdahl, OF

    Les Kakazu, INF/OF

    Sam Kakazu, P

    Wes Kimura, P

    Alan Lane, P

    Joel Lono, P/OF

    Gordon Muramaru, INF

    Wade Mauricio, INF

    Larry O’Connor, 1B

    Mark Olmos, P

    Greg Oniate, OF/DH

    Kimo Perkins, 3B

    Thad Reece, 2B

    Scott Roberts, P

    Glenn Silva, P

    David Smith, P

    Collin Tanabe, C

    Eric Tokunaga, SS

    Kevin Williams, OF

    The coaches

    Les Murakami

    Coop DeRenne

    Jim Fujimori

    Dave Murakami

    Carl Furutani

    Ron Nomura

  10. al:

    tanabe, perkins and tokunaga made all tourney team.

  11. al:

    however, we can never leave out the guy who’s performances inspired the uhad to build the les murakami stadium.

    derek tatsuno…yup the house that tats built.

  12. al:

    garret “the byu beater” gabriel

  13. al:

    allen allen and juval katz

  14. al:

    robin ah mow and heather bown

  15. Robin:

    Only thing about Tats, Wahines like Teee and the Men’s Vball- not in the WAC yet or in the MPSF.

  16. al:

    robin…that’s correct. seems so long ago. in tats’ defense he paved the way for the les and our wac existence (okay football, too).

  17. al:

    mike campbell…1st round pick/7th overall. made it to the bigs over nine years. too bad shoulder problems prevented him from realizing a more successful career.

  18. Dave Reardon:

    Gary Allen, David Toloumu and the defense. They played in the WAC for a couple of years.

  19. Dave Reardon:

    Mike Campbell made it to the starting rotation of the Mariners. I think Scott Karl probably had the best career of a starting pitcher. Chuck Crim had several outstanding seasons as a setup reliever and closer.

  20. che:

    Niko and Al Noga

  21. Warrior98:

    Fab Five!

  22. Warrior98:

    Oops not WAC era

  23. slenzi:

    Not sure what happened to pitcher, Steven Wright after he was drafted (by Cleveland?) , but I managed to find my way to the stadium whenever he was pitching at home. Never saw Tats pitch, but the old guys in the stands say he was 10 times better than Steven Wright – all i can say is Wow!

  24. slenzi:

    Best in my 20 years (1989 – 2009) was Colt Brennan. Close behind Colt IMHO were Jeff Ulbrich and Chad Mighty Mouse Owens. Honestly the other sports were a blur to me as a football nut, but A.C. and Alika are always remembered fondly. Riley Wallace for speaking up when Bob Wagner got canned. Heather Bowen is amazing. Julian Sensley, Karl English and all the guys that put a 22 point lickins on Maui Invitational bound, #4 rated, Tom Izzo and Michigan State. So many to consider . . . lucky we live Hawaii.

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