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HAWAII GROWN: Pac-12 news and notes

By Billy Hull on August 28, 2018

Former Saint Louis wide receiver Mitchell Quinn is listed on Washington State’s fall football roster after walking on with the Cougars this summer. Quinn, who is listed at 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds, is one of three receivers from Hawaii at Washington State and five players total. Former Cal receiver Drew Kobayashi, a 2016 Saint Louis alumnus, is beginning his first year with the Cougars. Kainoa Wilson, a 2015 Mililani alumnus, is in his fourth year with the program as a […]

HG: Ahuna among 56 D-I volleyball players from Hawaii

By Billy Hull on August 28, 2018

Opening week of the collegiate volleyball season was the first opportunity for 56 Division I players from Hawaii to begin their seasons on the mainland. UC Riverside’s Ka’iulani Ahuna, a 2015 Kamehameha-Hawaii alumna, was one of the standouts. She was named the AVCA national player of the week on Tuesday after winning Big West player of the week honors on Monday. Ahuna, a 5-foot-10 senior outside hitter, totaled 80 kills over three matches to help the Highlanders finish 2-1 in […]

HG: Iosefa, Malepeai, Mauga all to contribute for USC

By Billy Hull on August 26, 2018

Southern California made news on Sunday with the announcement that it will start a true freshman at quarterback in the season opener for just the second time in school history. A look at the depth chart also showed all three Trojans from Hawaii can expect to see significant playing time in 2018. Junior linebacker Jordan Iosefa, a 2016 Saint Louis alumnus who made two starts at inside linebacker and five at outside linebacker last year as a sophomore, is the […]

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 […]