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HAWAII GROWN: Robins-Hardy rescues BYU

By Billy Hull on September 15, 2017

After watching her 14th-ranked BYU women’s volleyball team get steamrolled in the first set by rival No. 16 Utah on Thursday night, Cougars coach Heather Olmstead turned to Kamehameha alumna Alohi Robins-Hardy to turn the tide. The BYU senior did exactly what her coach hoped, rallying the Cougars to a thrilling 16-25, 25-13, 25-17, 20-25, 18-16 win over the Utes in Salt Lake City. Robins-Hardy, who has played in exactly half (19) of the team’s 38 sets this season, posted […]

HAWAII GROWN: D-I soccer players from Hawaii

By Billy Hull on September 12, 2017

Wednesday’s Hawaii Grown section in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser will profile Washington senior midfielder Shaye Villanueva, a 2014 ‘Iolani graduate, who didn’t have a college scholarship offer when she finished her senior season with the Raiders. Despite that, the All-ILH first-team midfielder in 2014 has gone on to start 35 matches and play close to 60 games in four years with the Huskies, who are 6-2 this year and beat then-No. 2 Florida, 1-0, at the beginning of the month. Villanueva […]

HAWAII GROWN: Tagovailoa tosses first TD pass

By Billy Hull on September 9, 2017

Alabama freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa made his collegiate debut on Saturday and threw a touchdown pass in the Crimson Tide’s 41-10 win over Fresno State. Tagovailoa, a Saint Louis alumnus and the reigning Honolulu Star-Advertiser offensive player of the year, finished 6-for-9 for 64 yards with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Henry Ruggs III in the fourth quarter for the final margin. Tagovailoa took the field for the first time in the second quarter and was sacked on first down. […]

HAWAII GROWN: Anae tops D-I players from Hawaii

By Billy Hull on September 6, 2017

When Adora Anae was deciding between Hawaii and Utah as a senior at Kahuku, she talked about how much she’d miss her family if she left. Now a senior at Utah and four years removed from one of the most difficult decisions of her life, Anae has thrived with the Utes’ volleyball team with a few in her family still right by her side. Anae lives with her cousin, Wendy, who is on the Utes’ basketball team, as well as […]

HAWAII GROWN: Iosefa to start for USC

By Nick Abramo on August 31, 2017

Former Saint Louis standout Jordan Iosefa will start at middle linebacker for USC in its season opener against Western Michigan on Saturday, according to an Associated Press story. The sophomore will be starting in place of junior Cam Smith, who was called for targeting and ejected in a 52-49 win over Penn State in the 2017 Rose Bowl. The ejection also means Smith will have to sit out the season opener. “I feel like we’re going to make it work,” […]

HAWAII GROWN: Notre Dame’s Gilman ineligible

By Nick Abramo on August 30, 2017

Former Kahuku star Alohi Gilman will not be eligible to play for Notre Dame this season after transferring in the offseason from Navy. Gilman started all 12 games as a freshman for the Midshipmen and earned all-conference honors. The Fighting Irish asked the NCAA for a waiver that would have allowed Gilman to be eligible this year, but the request was denied. He will not be eligible until the 2018 season unless Notre Dame wins an appeal. Notre Dame coach […]

HAWAII GROWN: OSU has 3 start on ‘D’

By Billy Hull on August 29, 2017

The first Hawaii Grown section of the 2017 fall sports season will appear in Wednesday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser. It will feature Oregon linebacker Kaulana Apelu and his comeback from two knee injuries in high school to receiving an athletic scholarship earlier this month at Oregon, where he is projected to be the starting MIKE linebacker this weekend against Southern Utah. Also included will be a list of the 82 Division I football players on the mainland from Hawaii high schools, including […]

HAWAII GROWN: UNLV’s Oda turns pro

By Billy Hull on August 29, 2017

UNLV senior and 2014 Moanalua graduate John Oda told Golfweek that he will skip his senior season of eligibility with the Rebels and turn pro. In a story posted on the Golfweek website, Oda said he made up his mind when he qualified for the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in June. He shot 78 and 76 to finish 10 over after two rounds and missed the cut by eight shots, but finished ahead of eight other golfers. Oda was […]