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HAWAII GROWN: Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa declares for NFL Draft

By Billy Hull on January 6, 2020

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa announced Monday that he will forgo his final year of eligibility for the Crimson Tide and will enter the 2020 NFL Draft. Tagovailoa, rated No. 3 on ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper‘s big board, suffered a season-ending hip injury in November and missed Alabama’s final three games, including a bowl win over Michigan. In nine games as a junior, Tagovailoa threw for 2,840 yards and 33 touchdowns with three interceptions. For his career, the 2016 Star-Advertiser […]

HAWAII GROWN: Notre Dame’s Alohi Gilman declares for NFL Draft

By Billy Hull on December 30, 2019

Notre Dame safety Alohi Gilman announced today that he will forego his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft. Thank you Notre Dame 🍀 #GillakillaOut✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/YfZLDszYDv — Alohi Gilman (@alohigilman) December 31, 2019 The 2015 Kahuku alumnus, who made the Star-Advertiser All-State first team as a senior, played one season for Navy before sitting out a year and transferring to Notre Dame, where he played two full seasons. Notre Dame finished the 2019 season with a 33-9 victory […]

HAWAII GROWN: UCF’s Dillon Gabriel ends freshman season with bowl win

By Billy Hull on December 23, 2019

UCF’s Dillon Gabriel wasn’t sure he would play in his first season with the Knights. By the second game of the season, the 2019 Mililani graduate and 2018 Honolulu Star-Advertiser offensive player of the year was UCF’s starting quarterback. Gabriel completed his freshman season in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl and was named the game’s most valuable player after finishing 14-for-24 for 260 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a rushing TD in a 48-25 win over Marshall […]


HAWAII GROWN: NCAA volleyball tournament begins for 13 players from Hawaii on the mainland

By Billy Hull on December 3, 2019

Note: This story will appear in Wednesday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser along with a notebook of accomplishments from athletes from Hawaii over the last week in football, volleyball and basketball in college. ——– The NCAA women’s volleyball tournament begins Thursday with the state of Hawaii well represented across the nation. In addition to Hawaii hosting one of 16 subregionals this weekend, nine other schools have players who graduated from high school in Hawaii listed on their rosters, including hosts BYU, Pittsburgh and […]

HAWAII GROWN: Punahou sisters Emi and Mahina Pua’a stick together all the way to Arizona

By Christian Shimabuku on November 20, 2019

As sisters, childhood best friends and teammates in every level of collegiate volleyball, Arizona’s Emi and Mahina Pua’a have shared a lifelong bond. The Punahou products have maintained that they aren’t a package deal, but the two have certainly embraced and appreciated being there for each other at every step of the way. >> CLICK HERE TO READ TODAY’S STAR-ADVERTISER FEATURE ON THE PUA’A SISTERS Emi, who is a year older than Mahina, was the first to leave home in […]

HAWAII GROWN: Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa undergoes successful hip surgery

By Billy Hull on November 18, 2019

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa underwent surgery on his injured hip Monday and is expected to make a full recovery according to Alabama team physician Dr. Lyle Cain. The team released a statement from Cain on Monday. “Tua underwent successful surgery on his right hip Monday morning in Houston. The procedure went as planned, and he is resting comfortably. Tua’s prognosis is excellent, and we expect him to make a full recovery. He will return to Tuscaloosa in the next several […]

HAWAII GROWN: Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa suffers serious injury

By Nick Abramo on November 16, 2019

For the second year in a row, a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback from Hawaii has suffered a career-threatening injury. Alabama junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who just had surgery on an injured ankle a couple of weeks ago, was injured late in the first half of Saturday’s 38-7 win over Mississippi State. Last year, Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton suffered a life-threatening knee injury that he is robustly trying to recover from. According to news reports, Tagovailoa injured his hip […]

HAWAII GROWN: Princeton’s Andrei Iosivas in another big game

By Nick Abramo on November 8, 2019

College football is marking its 150th anniversary this year, and Andrei Iosivas is right in the middle of the celebration. Iosivas, the former Punahou athlete, is a sophomore wide receiver for Princeton and is playing in the sport’s 150th anniversary game Saturday at Yankee Stadium against Dartmouth. He is actually one of three former Punahou players in the game. Also suiting up are freshman wide receiver Tamatoa Falatea and freshman offensive lineman Blake Feigenspan. The game will be televised on […]

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