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HAWAII GROWN: Oda tied for 2nd in PGA tourney

By Billy Hull on August 16, 2018

Moanalua and UNLV alumnus John Oda is sitting pretty in a tie for second place after the first round of the PGA Wyndham Championship on Thursday in Greensboro, N.C. Oda shot a 7-under 63 and is tied with Ryan Moore behind Brandt Snedeker, who stole the headlines with a 59. Oda teed off in the afternoon and rattled off seven birdies in an 11-hole stretch and did not post a bogey on his scorecard. He is playing in his seventh […]

HAWAII GROWN: Hanaoka honored with No. 1 jersey

By Billy Hull on August 8, 2018

Northwestern football has a tradition established in 2011 of giving the No. 1 jersey for the season to a deserving student-athlete. This year’s recipient of that jersey is Chad Hanaoka a 2014 ‘Iolani alumnus who made his on-field debut for the Wildcats in the 2016 Outback Bowl as a redshirt freshman against Tennessee. A 5-foot-6 senior running back, Hanaoka joined Northwestern in the fall of 2014 as a walk-on to the football team, but because he took so long to […]

HAWAII GROWN: High praise for Tua, Milton by ESPN

By Billy Hull on August 7, 2018

ESPN has ramped up its college football coverage ahead of opening weekend at the end of the month and put out its list of top 50 players in college football. ESPN made it clear that the rankings were about how a player will do in 2018 and have nothing to do what with has been accomplished up to this point. That is why Alabama quarterback and Saint Louis alumna Tua Tagovailoa comes in at No. 11 on the list. Only […]

HAWAII GROWN: Sua-Godinet lands at Washington

By Billy Hull on August 2, 2018

Former Kamehameha quarterback Fatu Sua-Godinet, who spent two seasons at Delaware State as a receiver, has transferred to Washington and is listed on the Huskies’ fall roster. Sua-Godinet, who joined the team as a preferred walk-on, will wear No. 85 and is listed as 6 feet and 186 pounds. Sua-Godinet was the full-time starter at quarterback for Kamehameha as a sophomore and junior. He moved to receiver for his senior season but also played some quarterback due to injuries. He […]

HAWAII GROWN: Saban mum on starting QB

By Billy Hull on July 18, 2018

Coming off the bench to turn a 13-point halftime deficit into an overtime victory to win a national championship isn’t enough to guarantee Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa a starting role entering fall camp. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said during his press conference during one of four SEC media days on Wednesday that he has not decided on a starter for the regular season opener on Sept. 1 against Louisville — continuing what he has said repeatedly throughout the spring. “The […]

HAWAII GROWN: Tobita wins pro debut at home

By Billy Hull on July 9, 2018

Oregon alumna Alyssa Tobita, a 2014 Mililani graduate, began her professional career on Sunday with a win in the Tennis Championships of Honolulu. Tobita, a two-time All-Pac-12 second-team selection while with the Ducks, swept former World No. 18 Alexandra Stevenson 6-1, 6-4 in the first event of a five-week U.S. Open Wild Card Challenge Series. The 37-year-old Stevenson advanced to the semifinals at Wimbledon in 1999. “I’m in shock. [Stevenson] really pushed me to the end. I knew she was […]

HAWAII GROWN: UCF launches MIlton #HIsman bid

By Billy Hull on June 28, 2018

Central Florida released a video and launched a website to begin the campaign for a potential Heisman Trophy winning season for junior quarterback McKenzie Milton, a 2016 Mililani alumnus. You can check that out by clicking here. Milton is the only quarterback returning this season who finished in the top 10 in the Heisman voting last year. The school is using the #HIsman hashtag as a way to represent Milton’s connection to Hawaii. For more, here’s the breaking news on […]

HAWAII GROWN: Waiakea’s Wong makes All-Star game

By Billy Hull on June 27, 2018

Waiakea alum Kean Wong, who was the Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State position player of the year in 2012, is an all star for the third time in five years. An infielder/outfielder for the Durham Bulls in the Tampa Bay Rays’ farm system, Wong was named to the 2018 Triple-A All-Star Game on July 11 in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday. Wong has spent the entire season in Triple-A and entering Wednesday’s games, led the International League with a .319 batting average. Wong, […]