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UH Softball Extra–day 1

June 2nd, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY >> Amanda Taualii watched the Women’s College World Series as kids, so practicing in the park that came to symbolize the ultimate goal for softball players was a stirring moment.

“I can remember watching with my two best friends saying ‘we’re going to be there someday,” Taualii said yesterday. “Those are the two people I called immediately and said, ‘I’m going you guys.’ ”

Taualii’s childhood friends will be among the UH cheering section for tomorrow’s game against Missouri. 

The Rainbow Wahine got their first chance to practice in ASA Hall of Fame Stadium today, getting used to the feel of the infield, measuring how much room they have chasing foul balls and envisioning the atmosphere when the stands are filled tomorrow.

“Defensively, as an infield its good to see how the ball hops, and this is a big stage,” Taualii said. “It’s good for the girls to see what kind of environment we’re going to be playing in. Alabama was a great warmup for us, we had 3,000 screaming fans against us. If we can win there I think we can win anywhere.”

Freshman pitcher Kaia Parnaby was already familiar with the park, having played there with the Australian national team.

>> The Rainbow Wahine got more good news after practice when third baseman Melissa Gonzalez was named a first-team All-American and Kelly Majam made the second team.

>> Missouri coach Ehren Earleywine is thankful for the deeper dimensions at Hall of Fame Stadium as the Tigers prepare to face the nation’s top home run hitting team.

“It’s like in baseball, if you keep the Phillies or Yankees in the park you’ve got a chance to beat ‘em,” he said. “It’s slight advantage the fact that the fences have been moved back and raised and hopefully the wind will be blowing in.”

The bigger advantage may be the fact that the Tigers have the experience of playing in the WCWS last year.

McMackin on the air

May 25th, 2010

UH head coach Greg McMackin addressed Ron Lee’s resignation and the upcoming search on the Bobby Curran Show Tuesday morning.
McMackin said he’s heard from several “very good coaches.”
Run-and-shoot pioneer Mouse Davis indicated he’ll apply for the job of receivers coach. “He’s a great one. He’s taught us all about the run and shoot. He’s an ageless guy,” McMackin said.
As for the timetable, there’s the mandated 10-day application period before the decision process starts.
“We’re not in a great hurry. I promised the players we’ll get the best coach out there. We have great receivers and they deserve a great coach,” McMackin said.
“Whoever comes in has to fit into the culture and love it here. Understand the people here. … Everything.”

Graduation day

May 15th, 2010

Fifteen current or former Warrior football players were among those who picked up their diplomas this morning at UH’s spring commencement ceremony at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Of those 15, five — Jeramy Bryant, Laupepa Letuli, Elliott Purcell, Mana Silva and Spencer Smith — will be with the team in the fall.
Also graduating were Greg Alexander, Cameron Allen-Jones, J.P. Davis, Tim Grasso, Joe Lipp, Daniel Libre, Chad Mock, Jon Medeiros, Joshua Rice and Blaze Soares.
Here’s the complete list of 62 UH student-athletes, courtesy of, who graduated this semester or will during the summer.
At least one wasn’t at today’s ceremony. Katie Grimes, a catcher with the UH softball team, is in Las Cruces, N.M. as the Rainbow Wahine take on Fresno State for the WAC tournament championship.

Baseball (4)
Josh Chevalier
Kevin Fujii
Nate Klein
Kevin Macdonald

Men’s Basketball (4)
Paul Campbell
Roderick Flemings
Adhar Mayen
Ji Xiang

Women’s Basketball (1)
Dita Liepkalne

Cheerleading (2)
Christoff Elster
Clarissa Koga

Football (15)
Greg Alexander
Cameron Allen-Jones
Jeramy Bryant
J.P. Davis
Tim Grasso
Laupepa Letuli
Joey Lipp
Daniel Libre
Chad Mock
Jon Medeiros
Elliott Purcell
Joshua Rice
Mana Silva
Spencer Smith
Blaze Soares

Women’s Golf (2)
Carolina Perez
Corie Hou

Sailing (3)
Darla Baldwin
Amanda Gorman
Ryan Wild

Soccer (4)
Ambree Ako
Vanessa Bailey
Britta Bourne
Taryn Fukuroku

Softball (5)
Courtney Baughman
Katie Grimes
Malama Manuma
Tanisha Milca
Stacey Yamada

Women’s Swimming and Diving (3)
Emma Berry
Kelsey Blomquist
Victoria Tan

Men’s Swimming and Diving (3)
Azad Al-Barazi
Miha Grzina
Greg Wilson

Men’s Tennis (1)
Andreas Weber

Track and Field (5)
Thalia Amanakis
Shannon Dresser
Tava Tedesco
Whitney Torigoe
Sam Weaver

Men’s Volleyball (6)
Brian Beckwith
Justin Ching
Steven Grgas
Matthew Rawson
Joseph Strotman
Nejc Zemljak

Women’s Volleyball (2)
Stephanie Brandt
Catherine Fowler

Water Polo (2)
Danielle Ingram
Ryan Hanson-Swaner

Satele signs deal with Jets

May 2nd, 2010

A weekend tryout earned former Hawaii linebacker Brashton Satele a three-year free-agent contract with the New York Jets.
Satele was among four linebackers invited to try out with the Jets at this weekend’s rookie mini-camp after a free-agent deal with the Oakland Raiders fell through. He turned the opportunity to perform into a chance to return to the Jets later this month for organized team activities (OTAs).
Satele missed the entire 2009 season for the Warriors after having shoulder surgery last August. He applied for another year of eligibility but his appeal was denied by the NCAA, opening his pursuit for a job in the NFL.
Satele said he was informed after yesterday’s practice that the coaches wanted to bring him back for camp.
“It’s a blessing,” Satele said. “When I didn’t get my year back (at UH) I kept trusting in God to get me through it and he brought me to New York.”

Final fling of spring practice

April 30th, 2010

Playing under the Friday night lights with the band and cheerleaders and about 1,000 fans on hand at Ching Field, the Warrior Bowl brought back memories of high school for some.

After warm-ups and 7-on-7s, the situational scrimmage featured big plays in the running game and three interceptions by a depleted secondary.

>> Chizzy Dimude sparked the offense on its first scoring drive, scooting for 40 yards on three carries and scoring on a 1-yard run. Quarterback Brent Rausch also scored on a scramble while working with the third unit and David Graves led a touchdown drive in the overtime drill with Alex Green going in from a yard out.

>> Graves and Shane Austin ran the first offensive unit. Rausch, Cayman Shutter and Corey Neilsen led the second and third units. 

>> Safeties Kawika Borden, Richard Torres and Jordan Gomes came up with interceptions. Cornerback Steve Stepter’s hit on slotback Ryan Henry drew the loudest oohs of the evening.

>> Kicker Scott Enos made field goals from 27 and 47 yards.

Some of the stats from the scrimmage:

Rushing—Chizzy Dimude, 4-52; Alex Green, 5-18; John Lister, 2-28; Hogan Rosehill, 1-2; Kainoa Carlson, 1-2; Joey Iosefa, 2-1; Jordan Monico, 1-4.  

Passing—Shane Austin, 4-7-2-39; Brent Rausch, 11-17-0-92; David Graves, 4-7-0-46; Cayman Shutter, 8-12-1-61; Corey Neilsen, 4-7-0-36.

Receiving—Royce Pollard, 4-53; Joe Avery, 3-38; Kealoha Pilares, 2-26; Dustin Blount, 4-20; Ryan Henry, 2-10; Billy Ray Stutzmann, 3-33; Jett Jasper, 1-8; Justin Clapp, 4-39; Greg Salas, 1-17; D.J. Armbrust, 4-36; Corey Paclebar, 1-4.