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Give Pride a Try

Faculty, Staff, and Student Appreciation Night Attracts All With Free Admission By Maria Vicente, Sports Editor They lost. They won. It was a great game. The women’s and men’s basketball games took place Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. The event was stamped, “Faculty, Staff and Student Appreciation Night,” at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. News of the event has long since gone, but it may not have included details about where the idea came from. In the 1980s, Hilo was a small town and a real ‘Basketball Town.’ The Afook-Chinen auditorium would have been overflowing, holding nearly a thousand spectators; more than capacity. Eventually, the location housed events to appreciate Veterans and the County of Hawaii with free admission. They then decided to adapt, involving the campus communities. Now, appreciation night includes free admission to the faculty, staff and students of both the UH Hilo and HawCC communities. The idea occurred when UH Hilo began to outgrow its facilities. The team’s were in need of a facility that could really showcase a premium event. Joseph Estrella, Jr., …

Season Opener – Baseball 2015

By Jeremy Dela Cruz, Sports Writer Matt Arellano, Photographer It’s going to be a fresh start for the University of Hawaii at Hilo Vulcan Baseball Team. The team is bringing in new talent and faces, including once interim head coach, who is now the acting head coach, Kallen Miyataki. The Vulcans will be starting off the 2015 season, playing a five-game series against National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics opponent, Menlo College, in Atherton, California. The Vulcans will be keeping 22 players from last year and adding a total of eight incoming freshmen and five junior college transfers. For a better understanding, senior starting third baseman, Samuel Kim, had this to say about this year’s team, “We are a lot better at this point compared to last year. Even though we have new additions and new people, the team chemistry is there and so I’m excited about what this team has to bring to the table.” The Vulcans record last year was 14-33. You could say that they had a roller coaster of a season. They …

A Variety of Vulcans

By Maria Vicente, Sports Editor Arrival to the Hawaiian Islands can be followed by an apparent amount of culture shock. Now imagine taking on such an experience while also being immersed in the University of Hawai’i at Hilo’s athletics department. The Chronicle of Higher Education has recently named UH Hilo the most diverse four-year public institution in the country. When it comes to sports, isn’t communication amongst team members vital? So it seems that entering the sports world at UH Hilo could make for double the culture and double the shock, right? Carlos Quijano, head coach for both UH Hilo’s men’s and women’s tennis teams, admits that it’s not entirely a struggle having to do with where the players come from. Quijano, a UH Hilo alumnus, was hired in October of 2014 when he was contacted about a head coaching job. Originally from Brasilia, Brazil, Quijano knows firsthand what it’s like to be an international member of the University’s Sports Department. He currently works with seven women and nine men, all of which come from …

Lady Vulcs’ Unexpected Player

By Larissa Tawata, Sports Writer Kahea Rodrigues grew up playing volleyball ever since the third grade.  Since then, it was always one of her goals to play at the collegiate level.  Fortunately, she has been given the chance to play and she has taken it in her favor.  In addition to volleyball she grew up playing softball, and basketball, playing all three during her high school years at Roosevelt High School.   She would have never thought that she would be playing collegiate volleyball for UH Hilo, especially at the age of 29 years old. Originally from Oahu, Kahea moved to the Big Island and attended Hawaii Community College.  After a semester she decided to take a break from school and moved to Vancouver, WA, then to New York, traveling and experiencing new things.  In 2009 she decided to move home to help her family care for her grandmother.  After the passing of her grandma in 2011 Kahea said, “I had an ultimatum, to go back to school or to start working.  I chose to go …

Senior Profile: Yonha Adrabi — From Humble Beginnings

His story wasn’t one that you heard every day.  It was one filled with a complex cast of characters, a chronic change of settings and a passion for kicking the crap out of a ball.   By Keane Carlin, Sports Editor   It was his turn to tell his upper division communication class about his life story.  As he told of his humble beginnings to the entire class, one could only notice how captivated his fellow peers were.  Yonha Adrabi was born in Los Angeles, CA.  His family, who were from Israel, abruptly uprooted themselves from California to move back to Israel when Adrabi was five years old.  After some unfortunate events, Adrabi and his family moved back to Los Angeles just in time for him to start the fourth grade. “I missed all of the basics; the alphabet and vowels and everything,” said Adrabi.  “I had to get tutors for most of my classes,” he added.  Adrabi received the empathy of one of his teachers, a teacher whom he will never forget.  The teacher spent …