Hawaii Grown Report:
Colorado moves Maiava into the backfield
Colorado freshman Kai Maiava
(Baldwin '07) is still doing plenty of blocking, but not under the circumstances he is used to.
Maiava, who was selected to the Scout.com freshman All-American team for his play at offensive guard, has been moved to fullback during the Buffaloes' spring practice.
"I'd like him to be an offensive guard in the backfield," Colorado coach Dan Hawkins said in a press release. "We want him to pick up blitzes, be a lead blocker and maybe catch three passes this year."
According to the release, Maiava has lost about 20 pounds since the end of the season.
Offensive lineman Sione Tau (Damien '07) has seen his reps with the first team diminish during the spring, but is still in a battle for a starting tackle position.
Sophomore Michael Sipili (Damien '06) is back with the team after being suspended for a semester and is contending for a starting spot at linebacker along with B.J. Beatty (Kahuku '06).
» University of Puget Sound senior Shaun Kiriu
(Punahou '04) went 9-for-17 with three doubles, six runs and six RBIs as the Loggers took three of four games from Lewis & Clark University. Kiriu is batting .311 for the season with one home run and 24 RBIs. Sophomore Doug Cox
(Kalaheo '06) has started 14 games and is hitting .298 with 11 runs scored and Jarvis Nohara
(Iolani '06) is hitting .282 in 16 games.
» Willamette junior Kelsey Nakata (Mililani '05) pitched six innings without giving up an earned run and struck out three and walked one to improve to 2-1 for the season as the Bearcats romped Whitman College 25-3.
» San Diego State senior Troy Hanzawa (Mid-Pacific '03) went 4-for-8 in two losses against Arizona. Hanzawa leads the team with a .362 batting average and has scored 33 runs in 33 games.
» Penn State junior Landon Nakata (Punahou '05) singled and walked twice in a 6-5 win over Pittsburgh. The Nittany Lions were coming off a four-game series against Michigan in which they lost three games. Nakata was 2-for-7 with two runs in the series and walked six times.
» Colorado School of Mines freshman Nick Wong (Roosevelt '07) walked three times, stole a base and scored both Orediggers runs in a 7-2 loss to Colorado Christian University.
» Eastern Kentucky sophomore Shyenne Hussey
(Kailua '06) went 4-for-4 with a double and two runs in an 8-7 loss to Jacksonville State. The Colonels were swept, but Hussey reached base in 10 of 13 plate appearances in the series. She leads the team with a .379 batting average and 30 RBIs.
» East Carolina sophomore Charina Sumner (Kamehameha '06) is second among the Pirates' regular starters with a .311 batting average. Sumner has started every game and leads the team in hits and triples. Kaui Tom (Kamehameha '06) and Cristen Aona (Punahou '06) have also started every game and are hitting .305 and .304.
» Alisha Vegas (Kailua '06) went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI and Ku'ulei Padeken (University '05) added an RBI for Menlo College in an 11-5 loss to Dominican. Vegas is hitting .311 and leads the team in doubles (eight) and hits (28). Padeken is fourth on the team with 13 RBIs.
» Pacific University sophomore Kelly Nishitomi (Castle '06) went 4-for-6 with two runs and a stolen base in a doubleheader split against Pacific Lutheran. Nishitomi is batting .378 and has seven steals in 11 attempts.
» Redlands freshman Sara Yoshinaga
(Iolani '07) won her singles and doubles matches to lead the Bulldogs to a 6-3 victory over Point Loma Nazarene. Paige Sumida
(Waiakea '06) aided the win with a victory in the No. 1 doubles position.
» UC Davis junior Jenna Kappel (Iolani '05) teamed up with Herzyl Legaspi to win a doubles match at the No. 2 flight position and help the Aggies beat Cal State Fullerton 7-0 on senior day.
» DePauw University freshman Janelle Arita (Punahou '07) won her singles match in the No. 1 position and teamed to win a doubles match in the No. 3 spot against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The Tigers are 15-3 and ranked fifth in NCAA Division III.