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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.


It’s been a pretty good week for University of Hawaii sports. Here are some of the highlights: >> Wins by both basketball teams, including a Big West regular-season championship-clincher for the Rainbow Wahine. This is huge since it guarantees UH a place in the conference tournament semifinals. They just need to win two games to […]

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The tag wasn’t missed, the call was

by Dave Reardon on February 17, 2015

University of Hawaii baseball coach Mike Trapasso knows he can’t alienate umpires by saying what he might really like to say publicly. Especially this early in the season. And Trapasso is taking the umpire’s call that helped cost UH’s Monday game as an opportunity to teach his team a lesson about resilience. I, though, have […]

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I was wrong: 76 percent is not “80 or 90″ percent

by Dave Reardon on February 10, 2015

I said on the radio yesterday that “80 or 90″ percent of players that former coach Gib Arnold brought to UH did not complete their basketball eligibility at UH. I came up with that estimate after seeing how many players from Arnold’s first class didn’t finish at UH and adding in 7 out of 8 […]

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Can’t blame them for leaving

by Dave Reardon on February 4, 2015

Another University of Hawaii football assistant coach, Chris Demarest, is leaving. A source at UH told me it’s official as of today and our football writer Stephen Tsai confirmed it. Now, Demarest wasn’t the most low-maintenance employee. But he was a very good special teams coordinator. It has been consistently the best phase of the […]

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What a great Super Bowl. Too bad the play everyone is still talking about two days later isn’t even a play, it’s a play-call. I don’t have a problem with the decision to pass the ball from the 1-yard line in that situation … just not into the middle of the defense on a compressed […]

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All-time Wahine hoops team. Agree, disagree?

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by Dave Reardon on January 29, 2015

If you take any program’s top five career-leading scorers, chances are they would make a pretty good starting five. But the University of Hawaii women are over-the-top in that respect because the top five scorers just so happen to have all the positions covered perfectly, from point guard to center. So, it’s easy to pick […]

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Who’s next to enter the Poly Football Hall?

by Dave Reardon on January 25, 2015

This is a fun game to play each year now: Who will be in next year’s class of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame? There are plenty of great candidates. Some of the prime ones remaining, off the top of my head: Junior Ah You, Charlie Ane, Bob Apisa, Herman Clark, Riki Ellison, Joe Francis, […]

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First of all, as of noon Friday a few tickets are still available for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame banquet tonight at the Sheraton Waikiki. Go to the PFHOF web site to purchase and for other information. Saturday’s induction ceremony at the PFHOF at the Polynesian Cultural Center is sold out, though. Also, Phil […]

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When the University of Hawaii football team opened its season on Thursdays in the recent past, it was against USC. And it was to accommodate national TV — ESPN. So it made some sense. The gate took a bit of a hit, but at least there was good national exposure. Now, though, UH is moving […]

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RIP, Ray Nagel

by Dave Reardon on January 21, 2015

I was a high school kid when Ray Nagel became athletic director at UH, and I was a young part-timer at the Star-Bulletin when I first met him. Nagel died last Thursday in San Antonio of natural causes at age 87. I remember him as very friendly and articulate. A lot of great things happened […]

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