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Spring football: Hawaii-bred boys bring it

By Nick Abramo on May 25, 2017

Lots of former Hawaii high school football players are making their way in college on the mainland. Recently, we ran a story with tidbits from various websites on how many of the players from the Hawaii recruiting class of 2016 fared this year in their first spring practices prior to their second college seasons. (Most of them did not attend spring practice before their first college seasons because they were still seniors in high school). Now, in this second installment, […]

HAWAII GROWN: Dung is MWC’s top pitcher

By Billy Hull on May 17, 2017

Fresno State sophomore right-hander Kamalani Dung, a 2015 Kamehameha graduate, was named the Mountain West Conference pitcher of the year today. Dung, who has thrown every pitch in the Bulldogs’ last nine games and gone 8-1 to help the Bulldogs advance to the NCAA tournament, went 13-6 with a 2.04 ERA and 99 strikeouts with 16 complete games in 120 innings pitched during conference games. “What Kama was able to do over 19 games is remarkable,” Fresno State head coach […]

HAWAII GROWN: UO’s Tobita honored by Pac-12

By Billy Hull on May 15, 2017

Oregon’s first trip to the NCAA tournament in 10 years came to an end on Saturday with a 4-2 loss to No. 30 N.C. State. Despite the quick out, it was a special season for the Ducks, who were led by junior Alyssa Tobita, a 2014 Mililani graduate. Tobita took her game to a new level this season and competed at No. 1 singles for the Ducks in the tournament, losing in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. Tobita, who won […]


HAWAII GROWN: FSU’s Dung continues to shine

By Billy Hull on May 9, 2017

Kamalani Dung had more than 50 scholarship offers coming out of Kamehameha and has admitted in the past she only knew how to throw two pitches in high school. Her transformation into a complete Division I-caliber ace pitcher for Fresno State has happened quickly and with stunning results in her sophomore season for the Bulldogs. Dung was named Mountain West Conference pitcher of the week for the second time in eight days on Monday as she carries the Bulldogs (32-20, […]

HAWAII GROWN: UCF’s Milton more comfortable

By Billy Hull on April 22, 2017

Central Florida’s McKenzie Milton says he’s feeling more comfortable coming off his first full season with the Knights. Still technically a freshman after throwing for 1,983 yards and accounting for 13 touchdowns (10 passing, three rushing) in his first year in the program, the Mililani alum played well in one half of action in the UCF spring game on Saturday at Spectrum Stadium. Milton was 17-for-27 for 166 yards and a touchdown on a 17-yard pass for the first score […]

HAWAII GROWN: Tua shines in spring game

By Billy Hull on April 22, 2017

Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa is the clear-cut No. 2 quarterback on the Crimson Tide depth chart and made a case Saturday he’s looking to move up even higher. Tagovailoa, the Saint Louis alum and reigning Honolulu Star-Advertiser player of the year who enrolled early and could still be in high school if he chose to do so, wowed the crowd at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Alabama’s annual A Day spring football game with touchdown passes on his first two drives. Tagovailoa, who […]

HAWAII GROWN: Robins-Hardy on USA team

By Billy Hull on April 11, 2017

Brigham Young junior setter Alohi Robins-Hardy has been chosen to compete on the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team that will tour Europe this summer. Robins-Hardy, a 2014 Kamehameha alumna, will play for the CNT-Europe squad, one of three teams within the U.S. Collegiate National Team program, that will play in the 13th Annual European Global Challenge on July 11-14 in Pula, Croatia. The team will also play friendly matches in Europe and train in Maribor, Slovenia. Robins-Hardy is one of […]

HAWAII GROWN: Clemson’s Pagano to transfer

By Billy Hull on February 17, 2017

Defensive tackle Scott Pagano, a 2013 Moanalua alumnus, has decided to transfer from Clemson for his final season. Head coach Dabo Swinney released a statement to the media Friday, saying, “I met with Scott Pagano yesterday. We had a good talk and he told me about his intentions to be a graduate transfer for his final year of eligibility. I told him to think about it overnight.” “We all wanted him to stay, but he said he had accomplished everything […]

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