Warrior Beat

Expanded coverage of UH football, including practice notes, game analysis, recruiting info and observations on the Mountain West Conference.

Baseball ‘Bows off to good start

by Stephen Tsai on February 19, 2017

Reflection on the ‘Bows’ first two baseball games: > For the first two games, at least, the starting pitching was impressive. Brendan Hornung struck out nine, matching a career high, in seven innings in the opener. He threw first-pitch strikes to 22 of the 28 batters he faced. Dominic DeMiero, in his UH debut, followed […]


UH football: Two-for-none deal

by Stephen Tsai on February 18, 2017

Kelii “KK” Padello, the state’s top defensive player as a Mililani High senior in 2013, has joined the Warriors. Padello is reunited with his younger brother, Kaimana Padello, as a rush end. Both are walk-ons. KK, who earned the nickname because his older brother could not pronounce Kelii as a child, amassed 26 sacks in […]

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‘Bows open season … Warriors hit the beach

by Stephen Tsai on February 17, 2017

The baseball ‘Bows open the season against nationally ranked North Carolina State tonight. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m. at Murakami Stadium. It’s quite a bargain — most inexpensive regular ticket is $10 — and you get to see A-Rod’s nephew, plus a couple future major leaguers. We’ve got previews galore in this morning’s Star-Advertiser. […]

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Warriors seek to add kickers

by Stephen Tsai on February 16, 2017

The Warriors are hopeful of addressing the placekicker position during next week’s tryout for quarterbacks and kickers. Alex Trifonovitch is the only kicker on the spring roster following walk-on Stephen Yaffe’s amicable departure. Yaffe said he left the team on good terms for non-football reasons. “I’m still rooting for their MWC Trophy next season” Yaffe […]

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JC back joins Warriors

by Stephen Tsai on February 15, 2017

The top running back from the 2015 national champions has joined the Warriors. Elijah Dale will participate in spring practice, which opens on Monday. Dale, who is 5-10 and 210 pounds, was City College of San Francisco’s featured back in 2015. An injury limited him to one carry in the 2015 title game. Dale was […]

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Tail of the Warriors

by Stephen Tsai on February 14, 2017

To spice the offseason workouts, the Warriors played a game of “tails.” Each player had a rolled-up shirt hanging from the rear waist, like a tail. If a player’s tail gets pulled out, that player is out. Last player with his tail intact is the winner. Strength/conditioning coordinator Bubba Reynolds came up with the clever […]

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Baseball ‘Bows retire Wong’s No. 14

by Stephen Tsai on February 13, 2017

During last night’s Grand Slam event in the Stan Sheriff Center, baseball coach Mike Trapasso announced that Kolten Wong’s jersey No. 14 would be retired. It was an appropriate and well-deserved tribute to one of the program’s best hitters and most decorated alumni. Wong could not attend the event because he is training with the […]

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Poly highway

by Stephen Tsai on February 12, 2017

This weekend in American Samoa, head coach Nick Rolovich and defensive coordinator Legi Suiaunoa are meeting with 2017 signees Blessman Ta‘ala and Penei Pavihi. This is the NCAA’s quiet period, which allows coaches to have off-campus meetings with 2017 prospects who already signed letters of intent. The Warriors have strengthened the Samoa-Hawaii pipeline. This coming […]

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“We’ll be aggressive in all we do”

by Stephen Tsai on February 11, 2017

The root of new defensive coordinator Legi Suiaunoa’s promotion goes to a football camp in Seattle in 2014. Nick Rolovich, who was Nevada’s offensive coordinator at the time, and Suiaunoa, who was a Montana assistant, met while working with the same group. They talked about football, family, and former Nevada coach Chris Ault. (Rolovich coached […]

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Lempa resigns; Suiaunoa named defensive coordinator

by Stephen Tsai on February 10, 2017

Legi Suiaunoa, who coached the defensive line this past year, has been named the Warriors’ defensive coordinator. Suiaunoa replaces Kevin Lempa, who resigned, presumably to become a non-coaching defensive analyst at Michigan. Lempa interviewed at Michigan the past weekend. Suiaunoa will continue to coach the defensive tackles and nose tackles. Mayur Chaudhari, the special teams […]

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