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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 […]

HAWAII GROWN: Choy, Killeen to play USA volleyball

By Billy Hull on April 16, 2018

Utah sophomore setter Bailey Choy and Kansas State junior libero Riley Killeen were named to the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National-Team Detroit last week. They are two of 24 volleyball players named to the team who will train and compete in Detroit from June 22 to July 1. The CNT-Detroit team is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Team. The players will train at the University of Michigan before two 12-member teams will be selected to play three […]

HAWAII GROWN: Oklahoma’s Alo earns national award

By Jason Kaneshiro on March 28, 2018

Pitchers facing the Oklahoma softball team this season are figuring out what Hawaii high schoolers have known for years now. Pitch to Jocelyn Alo at your own peril. As Alo’s legend grew in her junior and senior seasons at Campbell, opportunities to swing the bat became increasingly rare and she walked 13 times in 17 plate appearances in last year’s state tournament. Now a freshman with the two-time defending national champion Sooners, Alo is seeing more pitches to hit. But […]

HAWAII GROWN: Slade-Matautia tops UO depth chart

By Billy Hull on March 8, 2018

The Oregon Ducks opened spring football practice on Wednesday with one freshman listed as a starter on the depth chart. Linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia, a 2017 Saint Louis graduate who redshirted last season with the Ducks, was listed as the starting JACK linebacker. Slade-Matautia, who is 6 feet and 213 pounds, was the No. 2-ranked prospect out of Hawaii in 2017 and chose the Ducks over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Central Florida, Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington and Washington State. […]

HAWAII GROWN: Cal’s Dung sharp in return to RWSS

By Jason Kaneshiro on March 1, 2018

A trip back home gave Kamalani Dung a chance to reflect on how far she’s come. The former Kamehameha ace earned all-conference honors at Fresno State last year, transferred to California before her junior season and returned to the circle at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium on Wednesday with the 15th-ranked Golden Bears. The hard-throwing right-hander turned in a solid four-plus innings, striking out five while holding the Rainbow Wahine to three hits in the Bears’ 5-0 win to open the […]

HAWAII GROWN: Curran headed to USA training camp

By Billy Hull on February 26, 2018

Oregon freshman Chardonnay Curran has been called up to the Under-20 U.S. National Women’s Team World Cup training camp. Curran, a 2017 Campbell High alumna, is one of eight forwards and 24 total players selected who will travel to France from Feb. 23 to March 7 for an extended training camp and two international matches against the Under-20 France Women’s National Team. Both games will be played at venues hosting the Under-20 Women’s World Cup. The USA will play France […]

HAWAII GROWN: UW’s Kaupe finding her groove

By Billy Hull on February 26, 2018

Washington freshman Nawai Kaupe made the most of her two starts in the Marry Nutter Collegiate Classic over the weekend, homering in both games of the Huskies’ two wins on Sunday to remain undefeated this season at 18-0. The No. 1-ranked Washington softball team won 13 of its first 15 games in less than seven innings because of the mercy-run rule. Its last three games of the weekend tournament in Palm Springs, Calif., were all decided by four runs or […]