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HAWAII GROWN: Tua Tagovailoa’s injury, Kana’i Mauga’s huge first start

By Billy Hull on October 19, 2019

Alabama junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered what coach Nick Saban called a high-ankle sprain in Saturday’s 35-13 win over Tennessee. Tagovailoa was 11-for-12 for 155 yards with his lone incompletion just the second interception he has thrown this season when he was injured in the second quarter. Saban said after the game that he expected Tagovailoa to be out “a week or two” but recovery times for a high-ankle sprain can be a lot longer. Tagovailoa is scheduled to undergo […]

HAWAII GROWN: Kana’i Mauga to make first start at USC

By Jerry Campany on October 19, 2019

2017 Honolulu Star-Advertiser defensive player of the year Kana’i Mauga will make his first collegiate start today against Arizona. Mauga, a Waianae grad, will start in the place of injured linebacker Palaie Gaoteote, according to 24/7 sports. Mauga started his college career as an outside linebacker and will start on the weakside while veteran John Houston slides over to Gaoteote’s spot in the middle. “IE has not practiced this week, still in the boot,” coach Clay Helton said. “So we […]

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 […]