World Wide Warriors: Vancouver, Washington
Caleb Dressler is from Vancouver, Washington, and he points out that one of the main attractions of the state is the Oregon-Washington Trail. “Lewis and Clark went into Washington as well as Oregon, so I guess that’s probably the most famous thing,” he said.
Dressler is now looking to blaze his own trail with the Hawai’i basketball team. He is a rarity not only because he is a 6-foot-10 center, but more so because he is a true freshman. The last center to contribute as a freshman for the program was Haim Shimonovich in 2001.
Dressler said football was the most popular sport where he grew up, but he stayed with basketball for obvious height reasons.
As a result, he is now in Hawai’i, enjoying the drastic change in weather from his hometown. He described the weather in Vancouver as: “It’s down pouring rain every season of the year. Probably during the summer is the only time it gets kind of warm.”
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‘Ohana Hoopfest on October 12
The UH media relations department released details for the annual ‘Ohana Hoopfest. Here is the info:
HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i men’s and women’s basketball squads will be officially introduced during the 2012 “UH ‘Ohana Hoopfest” Friday, Oct. 12, in the Stan Sheriff Center. Admission to the Hoopfest is free.
The event will be part of the UH Homecoming week festivities and will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m., following the UH-Cal State Northridge women’s volleyball match. Fans attending the women’s volleyball match are encouraged to stay and will be treated to entertainment and giveaways. All others fans will be allowed into the Stan Sheriff Center near the conclusion of the women’s volleyball match.
The event will include the introduction of both the men’s and women’s teams, a slam dunk contest, celebrity games and an autograph session. Hoopsfest marks the official start of fall practice for the men’s squad. The women’s begin fall camp on Oct. 2.
The Rainbow Warriors, under the direction of three-year head coach Gib Arnold, return four players and three redshirt players from last year’s squad that finished 16-16, including first-team all-conference center Vander Joaquim. A group of eight talented newcomers join this year’s squad. Hawai’i plays an exhibition against Hawai’i Pacific on Nov. 2 and officially opens the regular-season against Maryland-Eastern Shore on Nov. 9 in the Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Rainbow Classic.