Archive for January, 2008

Tachibana says he’s leaning to UH

January 31st, 2008
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I spoke with Alema Tachibana, the Kahuku linebacker, earlier this evening. He said he’s been offered by UH, is leaning toward committing to the Warriors, and might do so this weekend if his visit goes well. He also has an offer from Utah.

GM and JJ at Na Koa fundraiser … McMackin to speak at youth coaches clinic

January 31st, 2008
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The following from Kevin Kaplan of the June Jones Foundation:

Aloha!

Hope you are doing well. I wanted to let you know about an exciting event that will take place on Sunday, February 24, 6:00 p.m. at LuLu’s Surf Club Waikiki Beach. It is called An Evening with Greg McMackin and June Jones, and will exclusively benefit the Na Koa Football Club. Tickets are $125 per person and will include great food and beverages. There will also be entertainment and a live auction.

As capacity limits us to only 200 tickets, I encourage you to contact Lisa Kim at (808) 545-4195 or via email at lisaakim@hawaii.rr.com to reserve your tickets as soon as possible. Checks and credit card payments will be taken by LuLu’s Surf Club Waikiki Beach. The event will be a sellout!

On behalf of Coach McMackin and Coach Jones, I look forward to seeing your there. You won’t want to miss the fun!

Mahalo, Kevin


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McMackin will be the keynote speaker at a USA Football Coaching clinic at McKinley High School, a week from Saturday, February 9, 2008 (Registration: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.)

McMackin will speak at noon.

Wednesday in the MPSF

January 30th, 2008
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Only MPSF match of the night
Long Beach State def. Pepperdine 30-21, 32-30, 30-21
It took just 77 minutes at The Pyramid. Not a pretty night. The Beach hit .184, the Waves negative .065.

Nonconference
UC San Diego def. Princeton, 32-30, 24-30, 30-22, 30-27
UCLA def. Cal Baptist,30-27,26-30,18-30,30-21,15-12

A “very good visit” … Art Laurel confirmed

January 30th, 2008
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Kahuku coach Reggie Torres just had what he called a “very good visit” with Greg McMackin and Cal Lee this afternoon.

“It went great. What they want to do is good for Hawaii football. Not just Kahuku, not just UH, but all of Hawaii football,” Torres said.

Plans include reviving a UH coaching clinic for high school coaches. Torres last remembers a clinic of that type when Dick Tomey was the UH coach, more than 20 years ago.

“These guys want to make it better,” Torres said.

Torres said a “misquote” appeared in another publication, saying June Jones had never been to Kahuku in nine years, and Torres said “there was no tiff” between him and the former UH coach. But the Kahuku coach also said he thinks communication between UH and the North Shore powerhouse will be stronger now with McMackin at the helm.

Torres said his “twin towers,” linebackers Alema Tachibana and Paipai Falemalu, are set to visit Manoa this weekend.

Tachibana has been offered by Utah, and Falemalu has it down to Oregon State, Washington, Cal and Hawaii.

Torres said safety Shiloah Te’o will not be visiting UH this weekend, and is choosing between UNLV and BYU.

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Art Laurel, the Leilehua outside linebacker will be joining the Warriors, having committed to UH some time ago, according to some very good sources, including Paul Honda.

Laurel’s running mate with the state champs, Robert Siavii, appears to be headed for Idaho.

Leilehua coach Nolan Tokuda said both are academic qualifiers.

Ikaika Malloe … “Super Games”

January 29th, 2008
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I remember what a great player this guy was at Kamehameha, and then his versatility and had-nosed attitude at Washington.

Another guy with strong local ties … and experience in several different areas on the mainland, and playing and coaching several different positions.

He’s also bounced back from some misadventure long ago, and has a good attitude about it.

Read more about UH’s new defensive tackles coach in Jason’s article today.

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Head coach Greg McMackin has a way to take away some of the drudgery of off-season workouts. It’s called “Super Games.”

He’ll have 10 captains draft teams on Friday, and the teams will compete in lifting, speed and quickness and the classroom.

McMackin said “Super Games” met with great results at Texas Tech.

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