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HAWAII GROWN: Update on McKenzie Milton

By Billy Hull on November 27, 2018

UCF junior quarterback McKenzie Milton, who suffered a serious knee injury in Friday’s win over South Florida, is in the hospital and still recovering. His family released an update Tuesday on his status. “On behalf of our son, McKenzie Milton, and our family, we want to thank the doctors and nurses at Tampa General Hospital and the University of South Florida and UCF medical stuff and athletic trainers for their teamwork and prompt attention to McKenzie’s injuries. His blood flow […]

HAWAII GROWN: Family says Milton’s surgery successful

By Billy Hull on November 24, 2018

A day after UCF junior quarterback McKenzie Milton suffered a gruesome right leg injury in a 38-10 win over South Florida, his family released a statement to the public. “The Milton family would like to express gratitude for all of your thoughts, prayers and concerns. McKenzie’s surgery was successful, and he is recovering well. We would like to thank the medical staffs at Tampa General Hospital, University of South Florida and the sports medicine staff at UCF for their superb […]

HAWAII GROWN: Milton carted off with serious injury

By Billy Hull on November 23, 2018

Central Forida junior quarterback McKenzie Milton was knocked out of today’s game against South Florida with what looked to be a serious right leg injury. The entire UCF football team was on the field on one knee surrounding Milton, a 2016 Mililani alumnus, who was carted off the field with 11:17 remaining in the second quarter. With his right leg in a cast after suffering a gruesome leg injury, No. 9 UCF's star QB McKenzie Milton gives a thumbs as […]

HAWAII GROWN: Wilson feeling special at WSU

By Billy Hull on November 20, 2018

When Kainoa Wilson first stepped foot on campus at Washington State for his freshman year, he was surprised at the flat lands that seem to lead directly into Pullman, Wash. “I thought the whole state of Washington looked like Seattle,” he said. The 2015 Mililani alumnus said he took a leap of faith when he was accepted into the school and given an opportunity to walk-on by then-assistant coach Joe Salavea. He played in exactly three games in his first […]

HAWAII GROWN: Gabriel, Hallums have memorable weekend

By Billy Hull on November 13, 2018

Texas freshman Jhenna Gabriel, a 2018 Maryknoll alumna, was named the Big 12 rookie of the week on Monday. The 5-foot-8 libero-turned-setter averaged 10.86 assists per set and finished with 76 total assists in wins over Kansas State and Kansas. She also added 10 digs, three kills, three aces and two blocks for the fifth-ranked Longhorns, who are 17-4 overall and 12-1 in conference play. Gabriel had seen limited time this season until the last three games and earned her […]

HAWAII GROWN: Portland hoops goes whole Hogland

By Brian McInnis on November 10, 2018

It was hard to miss Hugh Hogland in the Stan Sheriff Center on Friday night. Besides his actual time on the court against Hawaii in his second official college basketball game — and first against a Division I opponent — the Portland Pilots big man and 2017 ‘Iolani graduate could be seen often behind the Diamond Head basket of the Stan Sheriff Center. That’s where giant Hogland head cutouts were waved enthusiastically by friends and family. Hogland’s final line read: 2 […]

HAWAII GROWN: Oregon’s Apelu out for regular season

By Billy Hull on November 5, 2018

Oregon senior linebacker Kaulana Apelu made four tackles in Saturday’s 42-21 win over UCLA before leaving the game with an injury. Ducks coach Mario Cristobal said Monday that Apelu suffered a small fracture to his lower leg, which will keep him out of Oregon’s final three games against Utah, Arizona State and Oregon State. It’s not as severe as the fractured ankle that caused him to miss the final eight games of his junior season, but the injury is in […]

HAWAII GROWN: Milton returns for UCF’s 21st win in a row

By Billy Hull on November 1, 2018

After sitting out a game with an undisclosed injury, Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton returned to action Thursday night and led the Knights to their NCAA-best 21st consecutive win. Milton, a 2016 Mililani alumnus, finished 17-for-33 for 312 yards and three touchdowns and added a 1-yard TD run in a 52-40 win over Temple in a game broadcast by ESPN. He was considered day-to-day with an injury leading up to kickoff. “We’re a battle-tested team,” Milton said in an interview […]