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June 2, 2003 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Hawaiian Islanders News Release

Date: Saturday, June 7, 2003
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. CDT (2:00 p.m. HST)
Site: AllTell Arena (capacity: 16,058)
Officials: Fred Wiedower (Referee), Bruce Selph (Umpire), Ken Pearson (Head Linesman), Mark Bailey (Linesman), Dax Hill (Back Judge)
Radio: Live on KUMU2 AM 1500 (John Miro, Tom Yoshida)
Internet: Live on
Series Record: Arkansas leads series 1-0
Streaks: Hawaii: Won 4; Arkansas: Lost 1
Coaches: Islanders – Cal Lee (7-2, first season) Twisters – Gary Anderson (21-19, third season)


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:

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, riding a four game winning streak, will travel 4,304 miles east (second longest road trip of the season) to battle the Arkansas Twisters in a key inter-conference match up.

Hawaii is 2-2 on the road in 2003 while the Twisters are 2-1 at home.

THE SERIES: This will be the second all-time meeting between the two teams with the Twisters owning a 1-0 lead. Their only meeting came on July 12, 2002 in Little Rock with Arkansas winning 83-73.


If the Islanders defeat the Twisters, it would …
- Give the ISLANDERS a 1-1 record with Arkansas
- Give the ISLANDERS a record of 3-2 on the road in 2003.
- Give the ISLANDERS an all-time road record of 4-9.
- Give the ISLANDERS an all-time record of 3-3 in the month of June.
- Give Hawaii Head Coach Cal Lee a 8-2 record
- Give Hawaii a five 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.

Gary Anderson enters his third season as head coach of the Arkansas Twisters after posting an 11-5 record last season and guiding the Twisters to their first-ever playoff berth. Anderson began his coaching career in 2000 as running backs and special teams coach before being promoted to head coach prior to the 2001 season. Anderson played at the University of Arkansas, and in the NFL, most notably for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers.


Head Coach Cal Lee on Arkansas:

“We’re going on another long road trip with flights and long bus rides so we’ve got to be ready to play each week. Last year Hawaii scored 73 points and lost so it’ll be important to play good defense this week.”


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.


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: The Islanders return to the Blaisdell Arena to face the defending af2 champion Peoria Pirates on June 14. Following the home game, the Islanders return to divisional play as they face the San Diego Riptide in the San Diego Sports Arena on Saturday, June 21.


(Saturday, July 12, 2002, Little Rock, Arkansas) – In a game where the defense took a back seat, the Arkansas Twisters downed Hawaii 83-73 in the third highest scoring game in af2 history. For Hawaii, the 73 points scored was the second highest point total for a losing team.

Darnell Arceneaux threw for 249 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 88 yards and three more touchdowns in the loss.

Nian Taylor, playing in only his third game as an Islander, caught 8 passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns.


(Saturday, May 31, 2003, Honolulu) – The Hawaiian Islanders were without their starting quarterback, Darnell Arceneaux Saturday night, but it mattered not for the home team as they extinguished the Louisville Fire 67-48 before a crowd of 3,768 at Blaisdell Arena.

Nian Taylor was named the game’s Ironman. He finished with nine receptions for 179 yards and five touchdowns. Mike Tillis, the game’s MVP finished with 17 completions out of 30 attempts for 250 yards and six touchdowns. He also rushed twice for eight yards. Chris Paogofie led all rushers with 22 yards on five carries.

“Mike (Tillis) had a great week of practice,” said Islanders’ head coach Cal Lee. “That’s a credit to his hard work.”

Said Tillis: “I have a lot of great athletes around me and it was a great game; we won.”

“It doesn’t matter what quarterback we got out there, we’re gonna go out there and do what we do best,” said Taylor.

ISLANDERS OFFENSE ON FIRE Last week, the Hawaiian Islanders established a record for fewest points allowed in a game. This week, the Islanders nearly set another record for most points scored in a game.

Here are the highest scoring games in Islander history.

Pts. Opponent Date W/L
73 at Arkansas 07/12/02 Lost
67 Louisvile 05/31/03 Won
61 Wichita 05/16/03 Won
56 Quad City 07/20/02 Won
53 at Quad City 04/04/03 Won
53 San Diego 06/14/02 Won
51 San Diego 04/26/03 Won

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER RECORD FOR NIAN TAYLOR: After catching a career high four touchdowns at Cincinnati, Nian Taylor goes out and grabs five touchdowns against Louisville and set a new Islander record for most touchdowns receptions in a game.

The 179 yards receiving against Louisville is another single game record. For the season, Taylor has 759 yards and 19 touchdowns, both Islander records.

Rec. TD Opponent Date
5 Louisville 05/31/03
4 at Cincinnati 05/24/03
3 Wichita 05/16/03
3 Green Bay 03/30/03
3 Quad City 07/20/02
3 at Arkansas 07/12/02
3 Bakersfield 06/29/02


SUPERMAN IS WEARING NO. 7: Nian Taylor is making a case to be not only National Ironman of the Week, but a first-team all arenafootball2 league player.

The second year pro from Washington State set Islander records for most receiving yards in a season (759) and touchdowns in a season (19). Last week, Taylor caught nine passes for an Islander record 179 yards and an Islander record five touchdowns against Louisville. On defense, Taylor recorded three assists while returning a kickoff 35 yards.

Taylor also ranks among the league leaders in scoring (tied 5th), scoring TDs (tied 5th), receiving yards (10th) and kickoff return average (10th).


Few backup quarterbacks live out a dream but last week, Mike Tillis not only came through in Hawaii’s 67-48 win over Louisville, he sparkled with magnificent numbers.

Tillis completed 17-of-30 passes for 250 yards and an Islander record-tying six touchdowns with no interceptions.

Among the af2 leaders, he ranks second with a passer rating of 123.6. Richmond’s Roy Johnson is the leader with a 130.3 rating.

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