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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 […]

HAWAII GROWN: Curran headed to USA training camp

By Billy Hull on February 26, 2018

Oregon freshman Chardonnay Curran has been called up to the Under-20 U.S. National Women’s Team World Cup training camp. Curran, a 2017 Campbell High alumna, is one of eight forwards and 24 total players selected who will travel to France from Feb. 23 to March 7 for an extended training camp and two international matches against the Under-20 France Women’s National Team. Both games will be played at venues hosting the Under-20 Women’s World Cup. The USA will play France […]

HAWAII GROWN: UW’s Kaupe finding her groove

By Billy Hull on February 26, 2018

Washington freshman Nawai Kaupe made the most of her two starts in the Marry Nutter Collegiate Classic over the weekend, homering in both games of the Huskies’ two wins on Sunday to remain undefeated this season at 18-0. The No. 1-ranked Washington softball team won 13 of its first 15 games in less than seven innings because of the mercy-run rule. Its last three games of the weekend tournament in Palm Springs, Calif., were all decided by four runs or […]

HAWAII GROWN: Poe, Aguinaldo earn top NWC honors

By Billy Hull on February 20, 2018

Whitman (Wash.) senior point guard Casey Poe was voted the Northwest Conference women’s basketball player of the year today. Poe finished second in the conference averaging 17.0 points per game for the Blues (22-3, 14-2), who are currently ranked No. 13 in Division III. The 2014 KS-Hawaii alumna is also third in the league in blocks (33), fourth in assists (86) and sixth in steals (47). Her 83.3-percent shooting from the free-throw line leads the conference and she’s second in […]

HAWAII GROWN: Friends Tua, Milton want rematch

By Nick Abramo on January 24, 2018

First and foremost, McKenzie Milton and Tua Tagovailoa are friends. Secondly, they are in the rarefied air of being among the best Hawaii high school quarterbacks ever and among the top at that position right now in Division I college football. Thirdly, they would love to get the chance to play against each other again. They went against each other in youth football and also played on the same team. In high school, they matched up two times. In Wednesday’s […]

HAWAII GROWN: Tua pulls off miracle

By Billy Hull on January 8, 2018

It was a night that even Tua Tagovailoa himself couldn’t have dreamed of. The Saint Louis alumnus, who 13 months ago led the Crusaders to a state championship as a senior in Hawaii, rallied Alabama to a thrilling 26-23 overtime win over Georgia on Monday night in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Atlanta, Ga. Tagovailoa threw three touchdown passes after replacing starter Jalen Hurts to begin the second half. All three were huge plays, but the game-winning […]

HAWAII GROWN: Milton achieves perfection

By Billy Hull on January 2, 2018

There is a college football game scheduled for Monday pitting SEC teams Georgia and Alabama that is being billed as the national championship game. Both of those teams have lost a game this year — to Auburn. The same Auburn team that lost the Peach Bowl, 34-27, to undefeated Central Florida. The Knights completed a perfect 13-0 season with quarterback McKenzie Milton, the American Athletic Conference offensive player of the year, leading the way. Milton, the Mililani alumnus who finished eighth […]