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HAWAII GROWN: Milton, Tua in SI Top 100

By Billy Hull on June 20, 2018

Three quarterbacks from Hawaii have made Sports Illustrated’s annual rankings of the Top 100 players for the upcoming season in college football. Central Florida junior quarterback McKenzie Milton, a 2016 Mililani alumnus who won a state title with the Trojans, was listed today as the No. 13 overall player heading into the season. Although he will have a new head coach this season after Scott Frost left for Nebraska and was replaced by Josh Heupel, Milton is expected to have […]

HAWAII GROWN: ‘Iolani’s Nishioka up to Double-A

By Billy Hull on June 9, 2018

Tanner Nishioka, an ‘Iolani alumnus who was a ninth-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox out of Pomona-Pitzer last season, was called up to Double-A Portland today. Nishioka is getting the start at designated hitter and batting seventh for the Sea Dogs tonight against Akron. In 43 at-bats with Class A Greenville this season, Nishioka hit .372 with eight doubles, a triple and seven runs scored. He is one of 16 players who went to high school in Hawaii […]

Galdiano leads UCLA to top seed

By Jason Kaneshiro on May 21, 2018

Punahou graduate and UCLA sophomore Mariel Galdiano tied for seventh in the individual competition at the NCAA women’s golf championship in Stillwater, Okla. and helped the Bruins tie for the team lead. Galliano carded a 1-under-par 71 at Karsten Creek Golf Club on Tuesday to close the NCAA medal championship among five players at 1 under 287 for the four-day tournament. Her low for the week was a 69 in the second round. Galdiano, a three-time state champion at Punahou, […]

Alo homers in NCAA tournament debut

By Jason Kaneshiro on May 18, 2018

Campbell graduate Jocelyn Alo’s home run assault continued into her debut in the NCAA softball tournament on Friday. The Oklahoma freshman launched a two-run blast in the fourth inning of the fourth-seeded Sooners’ 9-0 win over Boston University in the Norman, Okla. regional. Oklahoma (51-3) advances in the winner’s bracket to face Tulsa on Saturday. Alo, who was named to the NFCA All-Central Region first team on Thursday, entered the tournament second in the nation in home runs and caught […]

HAWAII GROWN: Pedrina wins player of the year honor

By Billy Hull on May 7, 2018

Lewis-Clark State senior Raymond “Ali’i” Pedrina, a 2013 Campbell alumnus who also played baseball at Kamehameha, was named the NAIA West player of the year on Sunday as voted on by the league’s coaches. Pedrina, a senior outfielder who redshirted in 2016 with an injury, batted .356 in 40 games with 14 doubles, five triples, six homers and 34 RBIs. He also drew 23 walks and was hit by a pitch 15 times to post a .473 on-base percentage and […]

HAWAII GROWN: Ah-Hoy forced to medically retire

By Billy Hull on May 2, 2018

Kahuku alumnus Kesi Ah-Hoy, who played five games as a true freshman at Oregon State last season, is no longer listed on the roster and has been forced to medically retire, sports information director Steve Fenk confirmed today. Ah-Hoy remains on scholarship and in school and is helping the team on the recruiting side. A two-time first-team All-State selection with the Red Raiders, Ah-Hoy made 11 tackles with one tackle for loss in a limited defensive role and on special […]

HAWAII GROWN: Alo a candidate for national award

By Billy Hull on April 19, 2018

Oklahoma freshman Jocelyn Alo, a two-time Gatorade Hawaii state player of the year while at Campbell, is one of 25 candidates for the 2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year award, the NFCA announced today. Alo leads the Big 12 with 19 homers, 60 RBIs and a 1.009 slugging percentage. Nationally, Alo ranks second in homers, third in slugging, fifth in RBIs and sixth in total bases with 113. She’s hitting .446 with an on-base percentage of […]

HAWAII GROWN: William Jessup cashes in on Hawaii

By Billy Hull on April 17, 2018

After winning just 10 games without a single player from Hawaii on its roster last season, William Jessup decided to recruit the islands hard. The NAIA baseball program based in California added six players with Hawaii ties to its roster this season and was rewarded with its first-ever Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season championship. The Warriors completed a series sweep of Arizona Christian on Saturday to clinch the title with their 34th win overall. “I can’t put into words how […]