Spartans next hurdle in Warriors’ season

Bobby Curran
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Friday - October 12, 2007
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The University of Hawaii is now halfway there. Last Saturday’s 52-37 win over Utah State puts the Warriors at 6-0. Highlights from the victory include C.J. Hawthorne’s nine catches for 116 yards and a sensational TD grab, Tyler Graunke’s 9-11, 246-yard, three-TD performance in relief of a dinged up Colt Brennan, and Solomon Elimimian’s 20 tackles. While the game was not as close as the final score, the win left poll-sters relatively unimpressed. Hawaii remained the same in the AP and Harris polls, and fell one spot in the coaches’ poll.

Friday’s matchup with San Jose State promises to be a better test. The Spartans have won three in a row, and are 2-0 in the WAC. And you get the feeling that there are few teams that Dick Tomey would like to beat as much as Hawaii.You know that the defensive-minded Tomey would find it tough to run a Warriors-style offense and would love to hand Hawaii its first loss.

* If you missed last Sunday’s ESPN broadcast of Boise State-New Mexico State, Boise’s 58-0 victory did not do the Broncos justice. Talk about a well-oiled machine. Boise put up 604 yards of offense while holding the Aggies to 89.Yep, you read it right - 89 yards total from one of the most productive offenses in the country. The Warriors are still five weeks away from playing the Broncos, but will need to be firing on all cylinders on the day after Thanksgiving.Also, Fresno State is playing much better as evidenced by its 49 points in the win at Nevada. Buckle up. This should get pretty intense in the next few weeks.

* If you haven’t taken in a Hawaii Winter Baseball game at Hans L’Orange field in Waipahu, run, don’t walk. The facility has enjoyed some major upgrades led by HWB owner Duane Kurisu. A new scoreboard in right field, the Jumbotron in left, shortened out-field fences, higher security fences along first and third and a new luxury box behind first base.“This is proof that cooperation between private enterprise and the public sector really works,” says Don Robbs, one of HWB’s announcers. “This park is vastly superior to most of the Mainland sites where the Rainbows play. It’s got a great minor league ballpark feel.” Robbs is also bullish on the quality of baseball. “They’ve got some real studs out there,” he says. “The pitching especially.You can hear the pitches on the way to the plate.“Last year, N.Y.Yankee Joba Chamberlain and seven other winter leaguers made it to the bigs. You’ve got to figure there are a handful of players who’ll play in the majors next year. And talk about value! Top ticket is six bucks; if you want to bring a blanket and sit on the berm, it’s only $3.

Now, that’s a deal.

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