Archive for April, 2009

Post-draft buzz

April 26th, 2009

Now that the draft is over, the free-agent whirlwind can start spinning.

Along with David Veikune (Browns), Ryan Mouton (Titans) and Jake Ingram (Patriots), former UH defensive tackle Josh Leonard will get a shot at making an NFL roster. He’s expected to sign with the Houston Texans as a free agent. Jameel Dowling is headed to the Arizona Cardinals mini-camp this week. “They said they were looking for tall corners,” the 6-foot-3 Dowling said. “It’s an opportunity. Now I just have to go there and show what I’ve got.”

>>  Hawaii and San Jose State led the WAC with three draft picks each. Fresno State had two and Nevada and Idaho one each. The Idaho Statesman reports that Boise State running back Ian Johnson and receiver Vinny Perretta will sign with the Vikings.

Warrior Bowl notes

April 25th, 2009


Ron Lee picked up his second straight Warrior Bowl win, dialing up a double-pass for the winning score. After the offenses went wild in the first half, slotback Jon Medeiros threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Jovonte Taylor for the only score of the second half and the Makai beat the Mauka 28-26.

The quarterbacks were solid throughout the afternoon. Greg Alexander went 10-for-15 with a touchdown for Mauka and Brent Rausch was 8-for-12. Slotback Dustin Blount took Rausch’s first throw 70 yards for a score on the game’s first play. Bryant Moniz also looked sharp in going 12-for-18 for 149 yards. Shane Austin was 13-for-24 for 183 yards and threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Billy Ray Stutzmann.

A crowd of 3,726, including most of this morning’s Junior Day participants, showed up for the spring game.


Former UH long snapper Jake Ingram and punter Tim Grasso attended the game. Ingram will be waiting by the phone today as the NFL Draft wraps up. Defensive end David Veikune got the call from the Cleveland Browns in the second round with the 52nd pick.

Billie Jean King watching WAC tennis at UH

April 25th, 2009

OK, it’s not volleyball but so cool to see Billie Jean King. She’s here on vacation, was over at Waialae CC, when she found out the WAC tennis tournament was at UH. I interviewed her almost 20 years ago. Sweet of her to say she remembered. She was watching the deciding match between Fresno State and Boise State, saying “I wish I was out there. So much fun.”

Wahine fourth at beach tourney

April 24th, 2009

Sorry for the delay. finally got the info


The University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine volleyball team finished tied for fourth at the Collegiate Beach Volleyball Invitational Saturday.


Hawai‘i posted three fourth-place finishes in Pools B, C and D, while taking fifth in Pool A. UH tied with San Diego for fourth in the overall standings. Southern California won the event with Nebraska finishing second and Texas in third.


The team of Stephanie Brandt and Elizabeth Ka‘aihue went 2-1 in pool play in Pool A, but lost its match to San Diego in the first round of the tournament. They then went on to beat UC Riverside and North Carolina to finish in fifth.


UH’s Pool B representatives were Dani Mafua and Kanani Danielson. They also went 2-1 in pool play, then beat North Carolina in their first round matchup. But the fell to Texas in the semifinal, then lost to San Diego 26-24 in the third-place match.


In Pool C, UH’s team of Amber KaufmanAneli Cubi-Otineru and Emily Maeda finished 1-2 in pool play. They then beat North Carolina before falling to Nebraska and Texas.


In Pool D, Jayme Lee, Brittney Hewitt, Sarah Prather and Catherine Fowler went 2-1. After beating UC Riverside, the team lost to Texas and then Southern California, finishing fourth.


All-MPSF team announced today

April 23rd, 2009

Stanford junior setter Kawika Shoji (‘Iolani 06) was named to the seven-member first team all-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation today in men’s volleyball.Shoji’s brother Erik (Punahou ’08), a freshman libero for Stanford, was named to the second team as well as the all-freshman team. Doubling up on the same honors was BYU middle Futi Tavana (Kauai ’05) On the third team were Stanford teammates Spencer McLachlin (Punahou ’07), a sophomore hitter and freshman hitter Brad Lawson (‘Iolani ’08). Lawson was also on the all-freshman team.The lone Hawaii player chosen was junior libero Ric Cervantes, named honorable mention. Also named honorable mention was USC sophomore setter Riley McKibbin (Punahou ’07). Pepperdine’s Paul Carroll player of year, UCI opposite Carson Clark freshman of year, UC San Diego’s Kevin Ring coach of year.