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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 […]

HAWAII GROWN: Ta’amu throws for 368 yards in loss

By Nick Abramo on October 28, 2017

Jordan Ta’amu completed 20 of 30 passes for 368 yards in his debut as the Ole Miss starting quarterback Saturday. Ta’amu, a 2015 Pearl City graduate, did not have a touchdown pass and he threw one interception in a 38-37 SEC loss to Arkansas. Ta’amu also rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns. The Razorbacks’ Connor Limpert kicked a 34-yard field goal with four seconds left to deny the Rebels and finish off a comeback from a 24-point deficit. Ta’amu, […]

HAWAII GROWN: Tobita wins UO’s first regional doubles title

By Billy Hull on October 25, 2017

Oregon senior Alyssa Tobita, a 2014 Mililani graduate, teamed with Shweta Sangwan to win the Ducks’ first regional doubles title in program history at the ITA Northwest Regional Championships on Monday in Stanford, Calif. Tobita was one set away from elimination for the second day in a row when she and her teammate rallied to beat No. 1 seed Olivia Hauger and Karla Popovic of California 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (6). “We are really proud of the way we fought and […]

HAWAII GROWN: Tua having positive effect on Saban

By Billy Hull on October 24, 2017

No. 1 Alabama had an opportunity to secure its second shutout of the season last Saturday against Tennessee. The Crimson Tide held a 28-0 lead over the Vols when freshman Tua Tagovailoa (Saint Louis ’17) took over for Jalen Hurts at quarterback on the Crimson Tide’s second drive of the second half. Tagovailoa completed his first four passes and drove Alabama 73 yards to the Tennessee 5-yard line when he threw an interception that was returned 97 yards for a […]