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HAWAII GROWN: Milton, Mata’afa in elite company

By Billy Hull on November 15, 2017

The Walter Camp Award — given to the best college football player in the country, regardless of position — released its 15 semifinalists on Wednesday. Two players from Hawaii made the cut. Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton, a 2016 Mililani alumnus, and Washington State defensive end Hercules Mata’afa, a 2014 Lahainaluna graduate, are still alive for the award, which will announce its five finalists on Wednesday, Nov. 29. The winner will be announced Thursday, Dec. 7. The final 15 selections include six […]

HAWAII GROWN: Sueing off to fast start with Cal

By Nick Abramo on November 13, 2017

Justice Sueing, a 6-foot-7 forward, is averaging 13 points and 4.5 rebounds per game after two contests as a freshman with the Cal Bears. Sueing played in high school at Marynoll before transferring to Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) to finish out his career. He is the son of former Hawaii star Justice Sueing, who played for Rainbows in the mid-1990s. Sueing scored 14 points with five rebounds, an assist and three steals in a 74-64 loss to UC Riverside […]

HAWAII GROWN: Oda eighth in PGA event

By Nick Abramo on November 13, 2017

Former Moanalua High golfer John Oda closed with a 1-under 70 to finish in eighth place at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen Mexico on Sunday. Oda, a two-time Hawaii state high school champion who was one shot out of the lead after two rounds Saturday, ended at 12-under 272 for the tournament, his first PGA Tour event as a pro. With his eighth-place finish, Oda, who played in college at UNLV, earned a spot in the […]

HAWAII GROWN: Oda in contention on PGA Tour

By Nick Abramo on November 12, 2017

Moanalua’s John Oda, playing in his first PGA Tour event as a pro, shot a 6-under 65 on Saturday to move within one stroke of the lead at the OHL Classic at Makakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Oda, a 2014 Moanalua graduate, won the individual high school state championship in 2012 and ’14, and he captured the Hawaii State Amateur in 2012 and ’13. He also played at UNLV before turning pro. Oda is one shot behind Rickie Fowler, […]

HAWAII GROWN: Ta’amu stepping right in at QB

By Billy Hull on November 6, 2017

In his first two career starts at Ole Miss, junior quarterback Jordan Ta’amu has done something no other Rebel has ever done. The 2015 Pearl City alumnus threw for a career-high 382 yards and four touchdowns, and hit D.K. Metcalf for the game-winning 7-yard TD throw with 5 seconds remaining to lift the Rebels to a 37-34 win over host Kentucky on Saturday at Kroger Field in Lexington. Ta’amu completed eight of nine passes on the game-winning drive and finished […]

HAWAII GROWN: OSU’s Hungalu is Pac-12’s best

By Billy Hull on November 6, 2017

Oregon State senior Manase Hungalu, who was featured in last week’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser Hawaii Grown Report, was named the Pac-12 defensive player of the week today. Hungalu, a 6-foot-1, 238-pound inside linebacker from Kealakehe, recorded a career-high 20 tackles in a 37-23 loss to California on Saturday. The 20 tackles in a game are the fourth-most in an NCAA FBS game this year and the fourth-most by a Beavers player in school history. His 13 solo tackles are also the […]

HAWAII GROWN: Milton a Maxwell semifinalist

By Billy Hull on October 31, 2017

Central Florida sophomore quarterback McKenzie Milton is one of 18 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, given to the college football player of the year, announced Monday. Milton, a 2016 Mililani alumnus, leads the nation with a 72.9 completion percentage, a passing efficiency of 199.7 and 11.28 passing yards per attempt. He’s also 14th in the country in both passing touchdowns (19) and total offense (321.6 yards per game). Milton is the only player from the American Athletic Conference named a […]

HAWAII GROWN: Kalani alum Brum flying high

By Billy Hull on October 30, 2017

Worcester State quarterback Noah Brum, a 2014 Kalani graduate, was named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference co-offensive player of the week on Sunday. Brum, who owns the two best single-game passing performances ever at Kalani, threw for 364 yards and set the Lancers’ single-game completion percentage record of 77.8 percent (28-for-36) with five touchdowns in a 48-0 shutout of Massachusetts Maritime on Saturday in his final home game of the season. Brum threw all five scoring passes in the […]