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Hoops In The New Year
Happy New Year! Hope your holiday season was a memorable one!
We’re well rested and ready to get back into the swing of things with
the Girls and Boys Basketball seasons. January is loaded with a bunch
of intriguing matchups, here’s a preview of our first game of 2020…
JAN 7 – BOYS: MARYKNOLL at KAMEHAMEHA
If you’re filling in a bracket, Spartans and Warriors in the D1 final
would be a pretty reasonable guess this year. The defending state
champion Spartans bring a tenacious defense with an offense that
just executes to a “t.” Maryknoll is led by 7-foot
sophomore (yes 7 feet and a sophomore) Sage Tolentino who’s
one of the sharper shooting bigs in the league. Senior Niko Robben
might be one of the top three players in the state, a slasher and
scoring machine on the floor, he along with Tolentino have
combined for 28 points through the first 12 games of the year.
The Warriors missed out on the state tournament last year,
enough motivation for the returning seniors to make a run at
the crown in 2020. Saint Francis transfer Kordel Ng has lit up
scoreboards in the preseason including 31 points versus Maryknoll
in a 57-53 loss in the Kaimuki Invitational final. Ng brings a
steady presence handling the ball, a lethal perimeter shooting game,
and solid defensive mentality. Another weapon to look out for is
four-year varsity member Christmas Togiai. Maybe one of the
most well-rounded players in the state, Togiai’s leadership and
ability to score at will blossomed through the first nine games
of the preseason, averaging 13 points in December. If these two get
hot, the state better watch out. Hoops is back and we can’t wait!
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New Year, New Season
Happy New Year from Spectrum Sports! The beginning of every
year is an exciting time marking the start of the University of
Hawaii Men’s Volleyball season. Following an unforgettable 2019
campaign where the Rainbow Warriors finished the season runners up
in the NCAA tournament in Long Beach, California. Hawaii returns four
starters to its impressive roster and looks to once again contend for
a national championship. All-Americans Joe Worsley and Stijn Van
Tilburg leave large shoes to fill for the Warriors but 11-year head
coach Charlie Wade has a bench full of talent to turn to in 2020.
Hawaii’s offense is led by two returning All-American senior starters.
The Bulgarian Basher is back. Southpaw Rado Parapunov looks to
be the Warrior’s leading attacker on the right side while redshirt
senior Patrick Gasman patrols the net after finishing second in the nation
in blocks per set last season. Makawao’s pride, senior Colten Cowell,
is expected to pick up where he left off on the outside attack. Defensively,
All-American junior libero Gage Worsley averaged nearly two and a half
digs per set which ranked sixth nationally in 2019.
Some fresh faces to look out for are true freshman and San Diego native
Chaz Galloway who put up impressive numbers as an outside hitter
in the fall as well as Scandinavian sophomore setter Jakob Thelle who
will quarterback the offense this season.
The Warriors open the 2020 slate with a pair of matches against the
Golden Eagles of Charleston, an NCAA division two team out of the
EIVA (Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) on January 3
and 4. The Warriors will host two tournaments in the non-conference
season which feature teams from all over the country. The Big West will
prove to be another formidable conference in just its second year of
existence with men’s volleyball. It looks to be another exciting season
for the Rainbow Warrior volleyball team. Be sure to check out a match at
the Stan Sheriff Center!