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HAWAII GROWN: Pedrina wins player of the year honor

By Billy Hull on May 7, 2018

Lewis-Clark State senior Raymond “Ali’i” Pedrina, a 2013 Campbell alumnus who also played baseball at Kamehameha, was named the NAIA West player of the year on Sunday as voted on by the league’s coaches. Pedrina, a senior outfielder who redshirted in 2016 with an injury, batted .356 in 40 games with 14 doubles, five triples, six homers and 34 RBIs. He also drew 23 walks and was hit by a pitch 15 times to post a .473 on-base percentage and […]

HAWAII GROWN: Ah-Hoy forced to medically retire

By Billy Hull on May 2, 2018

Kahuku alumnus Kesi Ah-Hoy, who played five games as a true freshman at Oregon State last season, is no longer listed on the roster and has been forced to medically retire, sports information director Steve Fenk confirmed today. Ah-Hoy remains on scholarship and in school and is helping the team on the recruiting side. A two-time first-team All-State selection with the Red Raiders, Ah-Hoy made 11 tackles with one tackle for loss in a limited defensive role and on special […]

HAWAII GROWN: Alo a candidate for national award

By Billy Hull on April 19, 2018

Oklahoma freshman Jocelyn Alo, a two-time Gatorade Hawaii state player of the year while at Campbell, is one of 25 candidates for the 2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year award, the NFCA announced today. Alo leads the Big 12 with 19 homers, 60 RBIs and a 1.009 slugging percentage. Nationally, Alo ranks second in homers, third in slugging, fifth in RBIs and sixth in total bases with 113. She’s hitting .446 with an on-base percentage of […]

HAWAII GROWN: William Jessup cashes in on Hawaii

By Billy Hull on April 17, 2018

After winning just 10 games without a single player from Hawaii on its roster last season, William Jessup decided to recruit the islands hard. The NAIA baseball program based in California added six players with Hawaii ties to its roster this season and was rewarded with its first-ever Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season championship. The Warriors completed a series sweep of Arizona Christian on Saturday to clinch the title with their 34th win overall. “I can’t put into words how […]

HAWAII GROWN: Choy, Killeen to play USA volleyball

By Billy Hull on April 16, 2018

Utah sophomore setter Bailey Choy and Kansas State junior libero Riley Killeen were named to the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National-Team Detroit last week. They are two of 24 volleyball players named to the team who will train and compete in Detroit from June 22 to July 1. The CNT-Detroit team is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Team. The players will train at the University of Michigan before two 12-member teams will be selected to play three […]

HAWAII GROWN: Oklahoma’s Alo earns national award

By Jason Kaneshiro on March 28, 2018

Pitchers facing the Oklahoma softball team this season are figuring out what Hawaii high schoolers have known for years now. Pitch to Jocelyn Alo at your own peril. As Alo’s legend grew in her junior and senior seasons at Campbell, opportunities to swing the bat became increasingly rare and she walked 13 times in 17 plate appearances in last year’s state tournament. Now a freshman with the two-time defending national champion Sooners, Alo is seeing more pitches to hit. But […]

HAWAII GROWN: Slade-Matautia tops UO depth chart

By Billy Hull on March 8, 2018

The Oregon Ducks opened spring football practice on Wednesday with one freshman listed as a starter on the depth chart. Linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia, a 2017 Saint Louis graduate who redshirted last season with the Ducks, was listed as the starting JACK linebacker. Slade-Matautia, who is 6 feet and 213 pounds, was the No. 2-ranked prospect out of Hawaii in 2017 and chose the Ducks over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Central Florida, Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington and Washington State. […]

HAWAII GROWN: Cal’s Dung sharp in return to RWSS

By Jason Kaneshiro on March 1, 2018

A trip back home gave Kamalani Dung a chance to reflect on how far she’s come. The former Kamehameha ace earned all-conference honors at Fresno State last year, transferred to California before her junior season and returned to the circle at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium on Wednesday with the 15th-ranked Golden Bears. The hard-throwing right-hander turned in a solid four-plus innings, striking out five while holding the Rainbow Wahine to three hits in the Bears’ 5-0 win to open the […]