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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 8:30 a.m., Monday, December 8, 2003

Six Warriors gain WAC honors

By Stephen Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer

University of Hawai'i defensive end Travis LaBoy, who led the Western Athletic Conference with 13 sacks this season, today was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Year. "I'm definitely surprised," LaBoy told The Advertiser this morning. "It's mostly due to my teammates. I can't do it by myself. The d-tackles, defensive ends, linebackers, secondary with the coverage ... it was a whole team effort, and I'm thankful for it."

"I'm ecstatic," said Vantz Singletary, who coaches the Warriors&Mac226; defensive line.

"I'm on top of the world. I'm on Cloud 9 right now, and I want to stay up there and enjoy it. It's a great day for the LaBoy family — mom, dad, everyone. It's a great day for the state (and) the whole defensive line."

The other UH players named to the All-WAC first team were:

• Slotback Chad Owens, a fourth-year junior from Roosevelt High. Owens, who joined the Warriors as a non-scholarship player, said this morning, "It's a credit to my teammates and coaches. It's pretty awesome. I don&Mac226;t know what to say other than it was a great season and I had fun."

• Defensive tackle Isa'ako Sopoaga, the first graduate of an American Samoa high school to start for the Warriors. "I didn't expect to be on the first team," he said this morning. "I'm happy for it."

• Strong safety Hyrum Peters, who also was named to the All-WAC team last year. "I'm happy to achieve one of my goals," he said.

• Left cornerback Kelvin Millhouse, a senior who rejected UH's scholarship offer as a high school senior because he did not want to play wide receiver in college. Millhouse went to a junior college to play defensive back, then joined UH as a sophomore. "When your heart says something, you should do it," Millhouse said today. "I knew I would be a better college cornerback than a college receiver. I think I made the right decision."

Samson Satele, a second-year freshman, was named to the All-WAC second team. Satele started the season opener as the left tackle, then moved to left guard, where he played the past 12 games. "Coach always says work hard and good things will happen," he said. "I think I proved that. Second team is nice."