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HAWAII GROWN: USC’s Vavae Malepeai to have knee surgery

By Nick Abramo on October 17, 2019

USC running back Vavae Malepeai will have knee surgery, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. Malepeai, the former Mililani star who ranks second on Hawaii’s all-time list of leading rushers, was enjoying a successful season as a starter for the Trojans. “Vavae is a warrior,” USC coach

HAWAII GROWN: Hawaii athletes eye XFL to continue career

By Billy Hull on October 7, 2019

The XFL is set to re-launch in 2020 and announced the first pool of players eligible for next week’s XFL player draft today. Seven players with Hawaii ties were listed. The draft takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 15, and Wednesday, Oct. 16 Former Utah teammates Jordan Agasiva and Kavika Luafatasaga along with defensive tackles Scott Pagano of Oregon and Handsome Tanielu of BYU could hear their names called. Also, former University of Hawaii long snapper Noah Borden and offensive lineman […]

HAWAII GROWN: Hawaii also represented well in D-I soccer

By Billy Hull on September 30, 2019

More than 50 Hawaii high school graduates are currently listed on mainland Division I women’s soccer rosters with 10 men’s soccer players from Hawaii representing seven different Division I schools. In the latest women’s soccer rankings by Top Draw Soccer, No. 7 Washington State jumped two spots after beating Oregon State 2-1 on Saturday in its Pac-12 opener. Junior forward Makamae Gomera-Stevens (Kamehameha ’17) scored the game-winning goal in the 72nd minute for the Cougars, who are 8-1 overall. Vanderbilt […]


HAWAII GROWN: Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa ties SEC record with 7 TD’s

By Billy Hull on September 28, 2019

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa tied an SEC record accounting for seven touchdowns in a 59-31 win over Ole Miss on Saturday. The Saint Louis alumnus continued his nearly flawless junior season with the Crimson Tide, finishing 26-for-36 for 418 yards and six touchdowns passing while also rushing for a score. Tagovailoa broke Alabama’s school record on his 7-yard rushing TD accounting for his 81st TD in just 28 games, passing the mark set by A.J. McCarron, who played in 53 […]

HAWAII GROWN: Pearl City alum Sunshine Fontes a ‘key’ part of UCLA soccer’s future

By Brian McInnis on September 23, 2019

In a perfect world, Sunshine Fontes would’ve played in front of family and friends in two of her first college soccer games with national powerhouse UCLA last week. Alas, that was not to be, as the Wahiawa native is still recovering from a knee injury she suffered during OIA tournament play as a Pearl City senior earlier this year. But Fontes, a two-time Star-Advertiser player of the year, was at Waipio Soccer Stadium to cheer on her fifth-ranked Bruins teammates […]

HAWAII GROWN: Timpview game turns into a Kahuku reunion

By Billy Hull on September 18, 2019

When Kahuku traveled to Utah to play Timpview two weeks ago, the game was moved from Friday to Saturday to better accommodate such a high demand for tickets. For Boise State junior Kekaula Kaniho, it worked out perfectly. The Broncos had a Friday night home game and Kaniho had four tackles and a pass breakup in a 14-7 win over Marshall. That left a full day Saturday to make the six-hour drive to Utah. Utah senior defensive end Bradlee Anae […]

HAWAII GROWN: More than 100 players from Hawaii on Division I rosters

By Billy Hull on September 16, 2019

The Hawaii Grown Report returns for another year at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser starting in Wednesday’s newspaper with a profile on Utah senior Bradlee Anae, a first-team, All-Pac-12 defensive lineman from Kahuku for the 10th-ranked Utes, who are the preseason favorites to win the conference. Anae is one of five players who graduated from high school in Hawaii on the Utah roster. The Utes are one of 37 FBS teams with at least one player from Hawaii. Below is a list […]

HAWAII GROWN: UCF’s Dillon Gabriel starts, dazzles in win over Stanford

By Billy Hull on September 14, 2019

UCF coach Josh Heupel has been tight-lipped about who would be his starting quarterback in each of the Knights’ last two games. True freshman Dillon Gabriel is doing his best to make that choice obvious. The reigning Honolulu Star-Advertiser offensive player of the year out of Mililani is putting a stranglehold on that starting job after leading the Knights to a 45-27 win over Stanford on Saturday that wasn’t as close as the final score indicates. The left-handed gunslinger, who […]