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May 19, 2003 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Hawaiian Islanders News Release

QUICK FACTS:
HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS (5-2) vs. CINCINNATI SWARM (3-4)
Date: Saturday, May 24, 2003
Kickoff: 2 p.m. EDT (8 a.m. HST)
Site: U.S. Bank Arena (capacity: 14,000)
Officials: Matt Austin (Referee), Mike Hagan (Umpire), Kevin McGrath (Head Linesman), Tommy Walsh (Linesman), Todd Ransom (Back Judge)
Radio: Live on KUMU2 AM 1500 (John Miro, Tom Yoshida)
Series Record: First meeting Streaks: Hawaii: Won 2; Cincinnati: Lost 2
Coaches: Islanders – Cal Lee (5-2, first season) Swarm – Chris MacKeown (3-4, first season)

HOME GAME TICKET INFORMATION:

Walk Up Sales: Neal Blaisdell Arena, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On game day, the Box Office will open through halftime.

Ticketmaster Outlets including: UH Manoa Campus Center, MWR Naval Base Kunia, Brigham Young University Hawaii Campus, and selected Foodland/Sack N Save locations during their normal business hours.

Phone Sales: Ticketmaster (808) 526-4400.
Internet Sales: www.ticketmaster.com
Ticket Prices: (Lower level and Loge are sold out)
• $10 Upper level adult
• $7 Upper level Children (Age 4-17)
(Convenience fees apply at all outlets)

THE STAKES: The Islanders take their longest road trip of the season as they will travel 4,434 miles east to take on the expansion Cincinnati Swarm in an inter-conference game. The Swarm will be hosting their four game and they are 2-1 at home.

THE IFs:

If the Islanders defeat the Swarm, it would …
• Give the ISLANDERS a 1-0 record with Cincinnati
• Give the ISLANDERS an all time record of 2-2 on the road.
• Give the ISLANDERS a 3-5 record all time in the month of May.
• Give Hawaii Head Coach Cal Lee a 6-2 record
• Give Hawaii a three game winning streak.

HEAD COACHES: Cal Lee was named head coach of the Hawaiian Islanders on October 23, 2002 giving fans across Hawaii an added excitement for the upcoming season. Lee is the most prolific football coach in Hawaii high school history. In 21 years as a head coach at St. Louis High School (Honolulu), his teams have compiled a 241-32-5 record, which include 18 league titles and 15 state championships.

Chris MacKeown was introduced as the first head coach of the Cincinnati Swarm on November 14, 2002. MacKeown brings a variety of football experience to the Swarm. MacKeown has served as an assistant coach with the Arena Football League’s Indiana Firebrids for the past two seasons. While in Indiana, MacKewon organized and ran the scout teams in practice.

COACHES LUNCHEON AT BIG ISLAND STEAKHOUSE Each Monday, join host Alema Harrington for The Coaches Luncheon at Big Island Steak House. Islander coaches and players gather for a roundtable discussion as they review and preview the 2003 opponents. See highlights from last week’s game as well a chance to meet your favorite player.

The luncheon runs from noon to 1 p.m. at the Aloha Tower Marketplace.

THIS WEEK’S QUOTES:

Head Coach Cal Lee on Cincinnati: “This trip will tell us if we’re a better team or not because we haven’t been successful yet on the road and Cincinnati has a very solid team for a first year franchise..”

ISLANDERS’ WEEKLY:

Join host Alema Harrington for Islanders Weekly, an informative 30-minute look behind the scenes at the Hawaiian Islanders, the only professional franchise in the state. See highlights from last week’s game as well as a preview of upcoming opponents. You’ll also see interesting interviews with coaches, players and items that make the Islanders your only team in town. The show airs Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 p.m. on Oceanic Cable 16.

ISLANDERS’ INJURY REPORT: Pos. Name Injury Status WR/DB Nian Taylor Achilles Tendon Day-to-Day
OL/DL Matt Elam Ankle Probable
DS Eddie Klaneski Shoulder, Nose Probable
DS Kohei Satomi Ribs Probable

KEY DATES IN TEAM HISTORY:

September 6, 2001 – The league offices of arenafootball2 announces Honolulu will be awarded a franchise for the 2002 season. Charles Wang and his daughter Kimberly will be the operators of the team. Hawaii becomes the ninth (of 10) expansion team named for the 2002 season.

January 7, 2002 – Former all-state quarterback Darnell Arceneaux is assigned to the Islanders making him the first player in team history.

January 19, 2002 - The Hawaiian Islanders hosts an open tryout at Central Oahu Regional Park. Over 30 players endured the soggy conditions and participated in the three-hour workout

February 4, 2002 – Islanders host Pacific Rim Training Camp where over 180 participants from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Samoa, and Fiji attended.

March 30, 2002 - Islanders defeat the Fresno Frenzy 50-47 before 4,376 fans at the Blaisdell Arena marking the first game, the first win and the first home win in team history.

June 14, 2002 – After suffering through a nine game losing streak, the Islanders defeat San Diego 53-34 as Darnell Arceneaux threw for three touchdowns and rushed for three more.

June 22, 2002 – Despite losing 56-48 at Bakersfield, quarterback Darnell Arceneaux rushes for an af2 record-tying five touchdowns.

July 20, 2002 – Hawaii rallies from a 21-0 deficit to upset the two-time defending af2 champion Quad City Steamwheelers 56-55 before 5,185 fans. Two days later, Nian Taylor was named National Ironman for the second consecutive week. Combined with his National Built Ford Tough award three weeks earlier, he becomes the first player to win three national awards in a four-week period.

July 27, 2002 – The Islanders defeat Fresno 46-36 for their first road win of the season. It was Hawaii’s first two game winning streak and four wins in their final six games.

October 23, 2002 – The Islanders announce that Cal Lee will become their new coach for the 2003 season.

March 12, 2003 – Training camp opens with 16 veterans making the 35-man squad. Islanders announced they sold nearly 1,200 season tickets compared to only 16 from last year.

March 30, 2003 – Exactly one year following the Islanders’ first season and first win against Fresno, Hawaii opens the 2003 with a 48-37 win over Green Bay and gives head coach Cal Lee is first win as an af2 coach.

FORWARD MOTION: Hawaii returns to the Blaisdell Arena to host the Louisville Fire on Saturday, May 31. It will be the first ever meeting between the teams. Following the short home stand, the Islanders go back on the road to face the Arkansas Twisters in a key inter-conference game.

LAST SERIES MEETING: (first meeting)

DROPBACK: HAWAII 61, WICHITA 55

(Friday, May 16, 2003, Honolulu) – In a battle for first place in the National Conference Western Division, the Hawaiian Islanders literally fought off the Wichita Stealth 61-55 before 3,197 at the Neal Blaisdell Arena. The win gave the Islanders (5-2) sole possession of first place while the Stealth (4-3) sits one game back.

With the teams meeting for the second time in three weeks, emotions ran high throughout the first half, which escalated, into a second quarter altercation that resulted in two Islanders and two Stealth players being ejected from the game.

Defensive Specialist Eddie Klaneski, who returned a 56-yard kickoff return for a touchdown along with recording two solos and four assists was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Teammate Nian Taylor, who caught three touchdowns on offense while recording 6 solos and 4 assists on defense was named Ironman. Wichita’s Brian Goolsby was named the ADT Defensive Player of the Game. “It feels good to win and it doesn’t matter what place we are in,” said Islander Head Coach Cal Lee. “It’s a long season but its good whenever you win and that’s the feeling you cherish the most.”

Hawaii quarterback Darnell Arceneaux was particularly effective on offense as he tossed a career-high six touchdowns and 201 yards overall. Taylor caught 4 passes for 77 yards and his three touchdowns while Channon Harris caught four for 62 yards.

There were five lead changes in the first half but the Stealth managed a 30-28 halftime advantage. With both teams trading the lead in the third quarter, a 30-yard touchdown pass from Darnell Arceneaux to his younger brother Anthony was the momentum change for Hawaii.

Despite the offensive fireworks, fans will remember the altercation, that took place with 9:51 left in the second quarter. Following Klaneski’s 56 yards kickoff return for a touchdown, Wichita’s Kenny Linnear collided with kick Kimo Naehu during the extra point that resulted in a fight with between the teams. When the officials finally broke it up Hawaii’s Mike Tillis and Morrie Roe and Wichita’s Drew Mitchell and Linnear were ejected. Both teams were sent to the locker room for 10 minutes to settle things down.

HAWAII’S SECOND SEASON TRAVEL LOG: Darnell Arceneaux The Hawaiian Islanders will embark on eight road trips for the 2003 season Here’s a list of destinations and their approximate miles from Hawaii to the city and back:
• Quad City (Moline, Illinois), 8,564 miles
• Bakersfield, California, 5,286 miles
• Wichita, Kansas, 8,714 miles
• Cincinnati, Ohio, 8,868 miles
• Little Rock, Arkansas, 8,607 miles
• San Diego, California, 5,222 miles
• Tulsa, Oklahoma, 7,843 miles
• San Diego, California, 5,222 miles
Total Expected Air and Bus Travel in 2003:
** 58,326 miles **

RUN vs. PASS If Arena Football is all about passing, Hawaii shouldn’t be 5-2. The Islanders’ balance running and passing attack has defensive coordinators scratching their heads.

CAREER HIGH DAY FOR ARCENEAUX: Darnell Arceneaux’s six touchdown passes against Wichita was a career-high for the second year player out of St. Louis and University of Utah. Here is Arceneaux’s previous touchdown best performances.

Rush TD Opponent Date
6 Wichita 05/16/03
5 at Arkansas 07/12/02
5 Bakersfield 06/29/02
4 at Tulsa 05/18/02
4 at Fresno 05/25/02
4 Green Bay 03/30/03
4 at Quad City 04/04/03

PLAYERS/MATCHUPS TO WATCH:

FRIDAY WAS HIS DAY: Whether the Islanders have a heated rivalry with Wichita, we’ll never know but when it comes to competing, quarterback Darnell Arceneaux comes to the front of the pack.

The University of Utah graduate had his best overall game against Wichita last week completing 12-of-24 passes for 201 yards and a career-high six touchdowns. Arceneaux also led the team in rushing with 30 yards on only three carries averaging 10.0 yards per rush and a touchdown.

Arceneaux now leads the team in rushing with 126 yards averaging 4.3 yards per carry.

Overall the Islanders leads af2 in rushing averaging an impressive 60.1 yards per game.

KLANESKI’S SPECIAL TEAMS WAS SPECIAL: What else can Eddie Klaneski do besides play top notch defense? How about being a dangerous receiver?

The former University of Hawaii produce recorded a 56-yard touchdown last weekend against Wichita. Including his 23-yard kickoff return two weeks ago, he is only one of four af2 players to have two or more kickoff returns for a touchdowns this season. Klaneski remains the leader of the secondary as he picked up two solos and four assists and leads the team with 31.5 tackles overall (22 solo, 19 assists). He also leads the team with tackles for loss (3.5), tackles for loss yardage (19) and pass breakups (9).

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