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Star-Advertiser columnist Dave Reardon discusses any and all sports issues, with a special focus on Hawaii’s athletes and teams.

Polynesian Football Hall of Fame class unveiled

by Dave Reardon on October 11, 2016

Three stars from Hawaii are among the next incoming class of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame which was announced Tuesday. Junior Ah You (Kahuku, Arizona State), Chris Naeole (Kahuku, Colorado) and Ma’a Tanuvasa (Mililani, Hawaii) were all college and pro football standouts who first made their marks as prep stars on Oahu. Naeole, now […]


Tresler’s take on Unutoa

by Dave Reardon on September 16, 2016

Today’s column is about Mo Unutoa, the Kapaa offensive lineman who has the size and genes (his dad, Morriss, played in the NFL). Unutoa is among 30 high school stars from around the country who have already committed to play in the first Polynesian Bowl, Jan. 21 at Aloha Stadium. Mike Tresler — who starred […]

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HTA signs sports marketing firm

by Dave Reardon on August 4, 2016

Here’s the press release from the HTA: HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) announced today that Ascendent Sports Group has been awarded a contract to provide sports marketing services on behalf of the State of Hawai‘i. The $200,000 one-year contract, which includes an option for HTA to extend the agreement for up to four […]

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Neil and Beil … Be there, aloha!

by Dave Reardon on August 2, 2016

Hawaii sports fans get a double dose of aloha this week as Larry Beil joins Neil Everett on SportsCenter Los Angeles, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Beil is taking a few days off from his duties as sports director at KGO-TV in San Francisco to team with Everett for the first time as a vacation reliever […]

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Emptying the notebook: Tua Tagovailoa

by Dave Reardon on July 31, 2016

Today’s column is on Tua Tagovailoa, the “It” guy of Hawaii high school football, and maybe even the nation. Here are a few outtakes from him and his quarterbacks coach at Saint Louis, Vince Passas: Tua only plays football. “I was playing tee-ball and I hated it. Too slow. Played basketball for fun, still do. […]

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Chalk talk: My MWC preseason poll

by Dave Reardon on July 27, 2016

MW PRESEASON FOOTBALL BALLOT Dave Reardon (Panel) QUARTERBACK 1 #4 Brett Rypien – QB – Boise State RUNNING BACK 1  #19 Donnel Pumphrey – RB – San Diego State 
 2  #13 Jeremy McNichols – RB – Boise State 
 1  #82 Thomas Sperbeck – WR – Boise State 
 2  #83 Devonte […]

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Jordan and Ali is a matter of dollars and change

by Dave Reardon on June 4, 2016

Honolulu sportscasters Paul Guanzon and Joe Moore interviewed Muhammad Ali at the Kona airport in 1976. Photo courtesy of Mike Hildenbrand. In 1999 when ESPN counted down the top 50 athletes of the 20th century, Muhammad Ali was third to No. 2 Babe Ruth and No. 1 Michael Jordan. If we’re talking merely dominating a […]

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Ben Jay lands in PacWest

by Dave Reardon on June 2, 2016

Former University of Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay will be announced Friday as athletic director at Academy of Art, a Division II school in San Francisco, according to sources. Academy of Art competes in the PacWest conference, which includes Hawaii Division II schools Brigham Young-Hawaii, Chaminade, Hawaii Pacific and Hawaii-Hilo. Jay was unavailable for comment […]

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Warriors coaches visit robbed shop owner

by Dave Reardon on May 23, 2016

The University of Hawaii football staff visited Ok Cha Kim, the 76-year-old Kalihi store owner who was robbed last Monday. Video of her being choked hit social media quickly and went viral. It resulted in two of her alleged attackers turning themselves in.

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Janet Jackson and the decline of the Pro Bowl

by Dave Reardon on May 22, 2016

Some folks say it’s not a coincidence that Jim Steeg — the one person most credited with developing the Super Bowl into the extravaganza it is today — left his job as the NFL’s top exec in charge of special events shortly after the 2004 Patriots-Panthers game, which was most famous, or infamous, for its […]

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