Archive for June, 2008

More golf, heading for Samoa … Is Jane “swamped” with mixed emotions?

June 25th, 2008

The June Jones celebrity golf tourney on the Big Island on Monday raised $10,000 each for two Hawaii charities, HUGS and the Ronald McDonald House. Also, $10,000 for scholarships for five football players from American Samoa, which will be awarded when Jones and Greg McMackin and members of their SMU and Hawaii staffs run a clinic there this weekend. The group heads out tomorrow.

Today, McMackin is hosting his golf tournament on Kauai. Jack Thompson, nicknamed The Throwin’ Samoan when he was Washington State (NOT WASHINGTON, thanks to BigIsland Kurt for keeping me honest on this one) quarterback, is among the celebs at McMackin’s tourney. Jones is playing on Kauai at McMackin’s tourney also, with the governor of American Samoa.

When I moved to Gainesville 10 years ago, there were very few people with any Hawaii ties living in North Central Florida. There was a Hawaiian high school football coach named Danny Akina who was born and raised in Florida and Mike Fitzgerald; I worked for him here and he hired me at the paper in Gainesville. After I left, Punahou swimmer Nicholas Borreca, the son of Star-Bulletin reporters Richard Borreca and June Watanabe, swam for the Gators.

But Jacksonville and Orlando are big cities and there are quite a few people with Hawaii ties in those cities; lots affiliated with the military, or in the case of Orlando, with Disney.

When I wanted Hawaiian food and someone to talk story with about back home, I just had to make the hour’s drive to Jacksonville and see Jane Inouye.

Many of you remember Jane because she is keiki o ka aina, graduated from Castle and UH, and worked in PR in Hawaii for many years, including in the UH sports information office. She now has her own PR/communications company and lives in Gainesville and anxiously awaits the Aug. 30 game in The Swamp.

Since she’s also a University of Florida alumnus in graduate studies, I asked Jane if she has mixed feelings about the game.

Here’s her take: A combination of jet-lag, extremely hot field conditions (think of an August day with Kona wind conditions, then add 10-15 degrees), and a sell-out crowd of 97,000 Gator fans will force the Warriors to really step it up. Keep in mind that UF is the birthplace of Gatorade – which was created as a way to hydrate and provide electrolytes to players. UH will need more than a little power-drink to wipeout the Gators.

Jane’s prediction on the score? All she can say is, “Go Bows!” (She’s a bit old school).

Sunday’s SB

June 21st, 2008

This is the slowest time of year for us in local sports, and a lot of us take vacation. That means fewer stories in the paper, especially about UH sports. Not tomorrow, though. Jason Kaneshiro has a wrap-up of the UH sports year, with a timeline, Brian McInnis wrote an update on Janevia Taylor one year after the car accident that put her in a coma, and Billy Hull handled the weekly UH football feature, profiling David Veikune. All good reads.

Good question

June 20th, 2008

A reader submitted this query last week. I’ve put off dealing with it because I haven’t had time for thorough research: Not to go off topic BUT… Would you be able to list ALL the NCAA Championships that the Univeristy of Hawaii (both TEAM and INDIVIDUAL) has won PLEASE! Here’s a list from UH media relations director Derek Inouchi:  

List of NCAA Champions


Team Champions

Women’s Volleyball                                         1982

Women’s Volleyball                                         1983

Women’s Volleyball                                         1987

Men’s Volleyball                                              2002*


* later vacated


Individual Champions

Swimming & Diving

Jeannie Childs, 100- breaststroke                     1983

Jeannie Childs, 200- breaststroke                     1983

QiongJie Huang, 1-meter springboard               2005

Emma Friesen, 1-meter springboard                  2008


Track and Field

Terry Albritton, shot put (indoor)                      1976

Gwen Loud, long jump                                     1984



Roy Kuboyama, 112- flyweight                        1952

Seiji Naya, featherweight                                  1954

Seiji Naya, featherweight                                  1955



Other National Champions




Team Champions

Women’s Volleyball                                         1979


Individual Champions

Women’s Golf

Jackie Yates                                                     1955


ICSA (Sailing)


Team Champions

Women’s Sailing                                               2001

Coed Sailing                                                     2004





Joint venture

June 19th, 2008

Just got word that Alex Gerke is actually just one of five UH coaches headed to American Samoa next week, with five SMU coaches. The others are Greg McMackin, Nick Rolovich, Brian Smith and Craig Stutzmann. They will be joined by June Jones, Dennis McKnight, Wes Suan, Jeff Reinebold and Frank Gansz of the SMU staff.

They will be there to conduct the first June Jones American Samoa Football Academy.

Reinebold’s wife, a health care professional, will be going as a medical missionary, also sponsored by the June Jones Foundation.

According to Kevin Kaplan, director of the June Jones Foundation, the academy will involve 550 athletes, and five will each win a $2000 scholarship that can be used at any U.S. college — not just SMU or UH.

The joint venture in American Samoa follows the June Jones Celebrity Golf Classic at Hokulia on the Big Island on Sunday and Monday.

Gerke to Samoa

June 17th, 2008

Running backs coach Alex Gerke is going to American Samoa next week. He hasn’t been there before.”This is my first barbecue,” said the first-year UH assistant.UH coacbes have actively recruited there in recent years. Melila and Amani Purcell, Keith AhSoon, Larry Saufea and Jason Laumoli are some of the UH players of recent vintage who are from American Samoa. And how could I forget Isaac Sopoaga?