Castro never gave up

by Stephen Tsai on April 18, 2017

In August 2013, there was a buzz when a top commitment arrived at the Warriors’ training camp at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

As a Vista Murrieta High senior in 2012, Jeremy Castro received a 4-star rating from Scout.com. Rivals.com rated Castro as the nation’s No. 17 weak-side defensive end and California’s No. 40 overall prospect. Castro signed with UCLA in February 2012, but did not meet all the requirements to enroll that fall. He then earned a qualifying ACT score, enrolled at UCLA in January 2013 and participated in spring ball. But he departed UCLA after that semester, receiving a scholarship release, and then committed to UH.

In accordance with NCAA transfer rules, Castro had to sit out the 2013 season as a redshirt. Still, he was heralded as one of the jewels of UH’s 2014 recruiting class.

During the 2015 season, Castro suffered a neck injury. He then endured a family tragedy. The past summer, Castro received a medical retirement that would allow him to remain on scholarship and attend school but end his football career.

Castro is set to earn a bachelor’s degree on May 13.

At last night’s H Awards, Castro received the athletic department’s Academic Perseverance Award.

“Everyone throughout the athletic department is proud of his perseverance and realization how important a degree is to his future,” coach Nick Rolovich told the Warrior Beat.

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Did you know today is National Lineman Appreciation Day?

Not sure if that’s limited to just offensive lineman (or big-skill, as they say in the business).

Hawaii has had really, really good linemen through the years. But my favorites were:

> Vince Manuwai

> Kelly McGill

> Doug Vaioleti

> Ed Riewerts

> Shawn Ching

> Manly Kanoa

> Keith Ah Yuen

> Samson Satele

> Jesse Sapolu

> Amosa Amosa

> Bernard Carvalho

> Joe Onosai

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 orioles4eva April 18, 2017 at 10:13 am

First?

2 orioles4eva April 18, 2017 at 10:15 am

Good for you Jeremy, good luck in the future.

3 Stephen Tsai April 18, 2017 at 10:30 am

Orioles4eva:
Best pitching staff ever — Mike Cuellar, Dave McNally, Jim Palmer and Pat Dobson.
Fifth on the staff? There was no fifth. Love the old days of four-pitcher rotations and multiple-inning relievers.

4 Derek April 18, 2017 at 10:42 am

I always liked Jim Kalili from yesteryear. For my money, you can’t go wrong with the great Tala Esera from Kahuku who was a 4 year starter on the offensive line. He’s the George Ariyoshi’s trait of quiet, but effective. All those mentioned were outstanding linemen as well.

5 Duster April 18, 2017 at 11:25 am

Jeremy Castro – Way to go!

6 al April 18, 2017 at 11:34 am

Koufax, Drysdale, Osteen, Podres with Perranoski in the pen.

7 Da Punchbowl Kid April 18, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Good for Castro!

Yay for the big skills – all of ‘em!

8 turfwar April 18, 2017 at 12:07 pm

Holy Cow. Many will be left off the list but some other OL’s that I remember from a fading memory that had good careers but may not be remembered were Charlie Aiu, Dan Audick, Walter Guild, John Bell, Leo Goeas, Wayne Hunter, Adrian Klemm, Mark Nua, Jerry Scanlan, Jack Sims, Bobby Winkfield, Jack Wright, Brian Derby, Jim Donovan, John Estes, Mark Gardner, Rashad Galimba, Chris Johnson, Larry Jones, Wily Kalakau, and finally Theo Adams and big Jim Mills. For so many reasons these guys were my favorites back in the day.

9 H-Man April 18, 2017 at 1:02 pm

Other notable offensive linemen over the years:
Ed Foote C 1971 Drafted by San Diego Chargers
Dan Audick T 1977 Drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers/Super Bowl XVI Champs
Jim Mills T 1982 Drafted by Baltimore Colts/CFL Hall of Fame
Leo Goeas G 1990 Drafted by San Diego Chargers
Adrian Klemm T 1994 Drafted by New England Patriots
Kynan Forey G 2001 Drafted by Atlanta Falcons
Wayne Hunter T 2003 Drafted by Seattle Seahawks

10 Marcybear April 18, 2017 at 1:08 pm

My favorite OL of all time, for any team is JR Hensley. My grandson!!!

11 Manoa Mist April 18, 2017 at 2:27 pm

I remember that Orioles staff Mr. Tsai:
Dobson went 20-8 with a 2.90 ERA for the AL champion Orioles in 1971, rounding out a famous rotation that also included Hall of Famer Jim Palmer (20-9), Dave McNally (21-5) and Mike Cuellar (20-9). The 1920 Chicago White Sox are the only other team in major league history to have four 20-game winners.
Still, I’d take Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz instead. Nah, maybe I wouldn’t. You win Tsai.

12 Obake-san April 18, 2017 at 3:15 pm

Congratulations to Mr C!!! Terrific achievement. Hope everyone will follow his lead in the classroom (both student/athletes and students).

As for linemen… how about Jim Mills. Came here as a quarterback and became a all WAC offensive tackle and play several years with the Baltimore Colts and became their starting right tackle in 1984 (drafted in 1983).

GO WARRIORS!!!

13 Warbow April 18, 2017 at 3:28 pm

I’m a little bias but: Ron Darling (15-6, 2.81), Dwight Gooden (17-6, 2.84), Sid Fernandez (16-6, 3.52), Bob Ojeda (18-5, 2.57), Rick Aguilera (10-7, 3.88)

14 Warbow April 18, 2017 at 3:30 pm

or maybe this one: David Cone (20-3, 2.22), Dwight Gooden (18-9, 3.19), Ron Darling (17-9, 3.25), Sid Fernandez (12-10, 3.03), Bob Ojeda (10-13, 2.88)

15 Warbow April 18, 2017 at 3:32 pm

Ken Holtzman (19-11, 2.51), Catfish Hunter (21-7, 2.04), Blue Moon Odom (15-6, 2.50), Vida Blue (6-10, 2.80)

16 azwarrior22 April 18, 2017 at 4:02 pm

ST, come on…

Miracle Mets pitching staff beat Orioles 4 games to 1. Seaver, Koosman, Gentry, Jim McAndrew/Don Cardwell…and Nolan Ryan.

17 Ipu Man April 18, 2017 at 4:12 pm

dag-nab-it…can’t recall the name of a certain
undistinguished UH lineman, but he looked
like Frankenstein (just as mean). When he
hit opposing linemen (offense or defense I
can’t remember), bodies went a-flying.
Anybody else remember someone like this?

18 z April 18, 2017 at 5:46 pm

One of my early favorites was Scott Haneberg.

19 z April 18, 2017 at 6:03 pm

And Bill Kaai.

20 Maddog50 April 18, 2017 at 6:36 pm

Bill Kaai, Scott Haneberg, Ed foote, Dan Audick, Jim Kalili Charlie Aiu and Bobby Winkfield were teammates of mine-

21 Akamai Okole April 18, 2017 at 7:41 pm

Great Evening All!

Well done Mr. Castro.

Das it.

22 azwarrior22 April 18, 2017 at 9:03 pm

1969 NY Mets Pitching Staff

1. Tom Seaver, 25-7, 2.21
2. Jerry Koosman, 17-9, 2.28
3. Gary Gentry, 13-12, 3.43
4. Don Cardwell, 8-10, 3.01
5. Jim McAndrew, 6-7, 3.47

and future HOF’er Nolan Ryan wasn’t even a starter, 6-3, 3.53

23 oldtimer808 April 18, 2017 at 9:12 pm

1961 Yankees Whitey Ford, Ralph Terry, Bill Stafford, Rollie Sheldon starting pitchers with Luis Arroyo the closer but it was the hitting of homeruns that defined this team. It was the year that Maris hit 61 and Mantle hit 54 homeruns with the team hitting 240 overall. Living up to my id…oldtimer lol

24 islandman April 18, 2017 at 9:16 pm

Dave Mutter, 1971-73 at UH. You played in this game ?
https://www.huskermax.com/games/1971/12hawaii.html
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1948 Cleveland Indians: Bob Feller, Bob Lemon, Gene Bearden. Others, Sam Zoldak and Satchel Paige.

25 NorthShoreFan April 18, 2017 at 9:22 pm

Guud Evening Tsaikos…Bootiful Evening!
My take…Ron Guidry..”Louisiana Lightning”
“For the season, Guidry went 25-3,[4] in a season that is among the top 10 for winning percentage in baseball history. He led the league with a sparkling 1.74 ERA, 25 wins, a .893 winning percentage, 9 shutouts, 248 strikeouts, and 6.15 hits allowed per 9 innings pitched.[4] He held batters to a .193 batting average, …”
“On August 7, 1984, Guidry struck out three batters (Carlton Fisk, Tom Paciorek and Greg Luzinski) on nine pitches in the ninth inning of a 7-0 win over the Chicago White Sox.”
Pau…

26 azwarrior22 April 19, 2017 at 4:31 am

oldtimer808,

My buddy’s dad, Bill Skowron, played on that ’61 Yankees team and grew up in that clubhouse.

27 cappie the dog April 19, 2017 at 4:58 am

The 1998 San Diego Padres NLCS victory over the Atlanta Braves pitching staff is arguably Bruce Bochy’s greatest managerial success.

It was a confusing time for me when Greg Maddux joined the Padres.

28 Stephen Tsai April 19, 2017 at 7:19 am

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