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HG: CSU Bakersfield teammates make life easier for each other

By Christian Shimabuku on March 27, 2019

Cal State Bakersfield’s Chris Hipa and Cydney Curran are used to facing each other on the big stage. For two straight years during their prep softball days in Hawaii, Curran and Campbell got the best of Hipa’s higher-seeded Kamehameha teams at the HHSAA state championships. The Sabers beat the top-seeded Warriors 5-0 in the quarterfinals in 2014. Then in 2015, Campbell won 7-1 in the semifinals before it went on to win first of three consecutive HHSAA titles. When it […]

HAWAII GROWN: Saige Ka’aha’aina-Torres makes USA squad

By Billy Hull on March 25, 2019

Utah’s Saige Ka’aha’aina-Torres is one of two setters who have been selected to the United States Women’s Collegiate National Team that will play in Japan in May. Ka’aha’aina-Torres, the 2017 Honolulu Star-Advertiser player of the year out of ‘Iolani who was a freshman on the Utes’ indoor team in the fall, is one of three Utah players selected to the 12-member squad. Athletes were selected after participating in open tryouts March 1-3 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The team will play […]

HAWAII GROWN: College baseball roundup

By Christian Shimabuku on March 19, 2019

Hilo native and St. Joseph alum Edgar Barclay had a homecoming he’ll always remember, and one the team on the other side would like to forget. The Cal State Bakersfield junior hurled a shutout against Hawaii on Sunday in a 2-0 win for the Roadrunners. Barclay took a perfect game into the sixth inning and finished with 10 strikeouts while surrendering just one hit and a walk. “It felt good to be at home. Our team had a chance to […]


UCLA’s Austin Matautia suffers season-ending injury

By Billy Hull on March 12, 2019

UCLA junior Austin Matautia was taken off the court on a stretcher on Saturday and will miss the rest of the season with a “season-ending ankle injury,” the school confirmed Tuesday. Matautia, a 2016 Moanalua alumnus who transferred after playing two seasons at Hawaii, suffered the injury in the third set of a sweep of Penn State. Damn shame for @AustinMatautia – get well soon! pic.twitter.com/x2aF3RUuKB — MPSF Bias (@MPSF_Bias) March 10, 2019 The 6-foot-4 outside hitter had started all […]

HAWAII GROWN: Baseball, Softball notes

By Billy Hull on February 26, 2019

We’re two weeks into the NCAA Division I baseball season and three weeks into the softball season. Here is a quick roundup of some of Hawaii’s homegrown talent currently playing on the mainland. BASEBALL >> Cole Cabrera, Punahou ’17: The Cal Poly starting left fielder finished 3-for-8 with three walks, three runs scored and an RBI in three losses to California over the weekend. >> Pikai Winchester, ‘Iolani ’15: The Grand Canyon senior designated hitter finished 4-for-14 with a double, […]

HAWAII GROWN: USC’s Kyle Suppa on a hot streak

By Christian Shimabuku on February 13, 2019

Southern California junior Kyle Suppa is in the midst of his best string of college golf, and like any successful amateur athlete, he can’t help but think about a professional career at times. “It’s definitely something I think about quite a bit,” Suppa said Tuesday. “Being able to prepare my game once I leave school and be able to make it at a professional level.” The 2016 Punahou alumnus was featured in Wednesday morning’s Hawaii Grown feature in the Star-Advertiser, […]

HAWAII GROWN: Tagovailoa: “Good is not good enough”

By Billy Hull on January 7, 2019

Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was very clear with his message after the Crimson Tide’s stunning 44-16 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff national championship game tonight in Santa Clara, Calif. “Just five words. Good is not good enough,” Tagovailoa told reporters in the postgame press conference. The 2017 Saint Louis graduate, who finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting this year, finished 22-for-34 for 295 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. Tagovailoa threw a pick-6 on […]

HAWAII GROWN: Cal’s Kanawai Noa leaves bowl game in first quarter

By Billy Hull on December 26, 2018

California receiver Kanawai Noa, a 2015 Punahou alumnus and the state’s career receiving yardage record holder, left Wednesday night’s Cheez-It Bowl with an injury. Noa, who has more than 1,200 receiving yards and six touchdowns in his collegiate career, made a diving catch for a 30-yard reception to the TCU 4-yard line, but was badly shaken up as he tried to get up. His right arm looked limp and he staggered once he reached his feet, forcing teammates to help […]