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June 9, 2003 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Hawaiian Islanders News Release

Date: Saturday, June 14, 2003
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. HST (12:30 a.m. CDT)
Site: Neal Blaisdell Arena (capacity: 6,443)
Officials: Frank White (Referee), Mike Goshima (Umpire), George Gusman (Head Linesman), Matt Sumstine (Linesman), Doug Awana (Back Judge)
Radio: Live on KUMU2 AM 1500 (John Miro, Scott Ka’alele)
Internet: Live on
Series Record: Peoria leads series 1-0 Streaks: Hawaii: Lost 1; Peoria: Lost 2
Coaches: Islanders – Cal Lee (7-3, first season) Pirates – Bruce Cowdrey (18-11, second 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)

Discounted Tickets: Receive a 15 percent discount on up to four general admission tickets when you show your Kupa'a Card at the Neal Blaisdell Center Box Office. (One Kupa`a Card per household) Ohana Hotels & Resorts offers a $2 discount per ticket for Ohana/Outrigger employees with company identification. (Valid at the Blaisdell Box Office only.)

THE STAKES: The Hawaiian Islanders host the defending arenafootball2 league champion Peoria Pirates in an inter-conference game. Hawaii is a perfect 5-0 at home in 2003 while the Pirates are 1-4 on the road.

THE SERIES: This will be the second all-time meeting between the two teams with the Pirates owning a 1-0 lead. Their only meeting came on June 8, 2002 in Honolulu with Peoria winning 64-50.


If the Islanders defeat the Pirates, it would …
• Give the ISLANDERS a 1-1 record with Peoria
• Give the ISLANDERS an all time record of 10-4 at home.
• Give the ISLANDERS an all time record of 3-4 record in the month of June.
• Give Hawaii Head Coach Cal Lee a 8-3 record
• Give Hawaii a six game home winning streak this year and nine in a row dating back to last season.

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. Peoria Pirates Coach Bruce Cowdrey is 14-11 in regular season play and 18-11 in two af2 seasons with the Pirates and 21-20 in three af2 seasons, having coached the Pensacola Barracudas in 2000. Cowdrey was an assistant coach at Oklahoma State University during his lengthy collegiate career and has been a coach on three pro championship teams.


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.


Head Coach Cal Lee on Peoria:

“Whenever you are the defending champion of arenafootball2, you’ve earned the respect of being a champion so we’re looking forward to the challenge of facing a team such as Peoria. It doesn’t matter what their record is. If they are the champion, they still have that winning attitude.”


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.


Pos. Name Injury Status DS Eddie Klaneski Shoulder Probable OL/DL Andy Ramos Knee Day-to-day
OL/DL Taulia Lave Knee Day-to-day OL/DL Roy Ma’afala Ankle Probable QB Darnell Arceneaux Hand Short IR OL/DL Morrie Roe Groin Short IR


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 divisional play as they face the San Diego Riptide in the San Diego Sports Arena on Saturday, June 21. Following their short West Coast trip, Hawaii faces the two-time af2 champions Quad City Steamwheelers in the second meeting of the season.


(Saturday, June 8, 2002 – Neal Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii) – The Hawaiian Islanders put a scare into the Peoria Pirates, but the two teams going in opposite directions kept heading in those directions with Peoria’s 64-50 victory.

The Islanders, who lost their ninth straight game at the time, traded touchdowns with the Pirates for much of the first half and held a 14-point lead at one point. But Peoria scored a touchdown and caused a safety late in the half, then put up 21 points in the third quarter to climb out the deficit. The Pirates never looked back for its seventh straight victory.

Pirates’ quarterback and Most Valuable Player Walter Church threw for 340 yards and seven touchdowns on 22-of-30 passing. Three of those touchdowns went to offensive specialist Cornell Craig.

Hawaii was missing several key offensive players to injury, including offensive specialist Darrell Jones and wide receiver Chris Pagoafie. The team also shifted quarterbacks, with starter Darnell Arceneaux giving way to former Cincinnati Bengals signal-caller Erik Wilhelm at the start of the fourth quarter.


(Saturday, June 7, 2003, Little Rock, AR) – Ricky Hebert had a lot to prove for the Arkansas Twisters. The Twister signal-caller completed 13 of his first 14 passes to take a 21-0 lead early and cruised to a 58-39 win over the Hawaiian Islanders before 8,633 fans at AllTel Arena.

For the game, Hebert completed 19-of-32 passes for 261 yards and four touchdowns. Hebert threw to six different receivers in the game led by Ted Alford who caught six for 50 yards. Prince Williams caught five for 110 yards and two touchdowns while Lennie Johnson caught five passes for 79 yards and one touchdown.

Hawaii quarterback Mike Tillis completed 12-of-23 passes for 231 yards and five touchdowns. Anthony Arceneaux was the Islanders leading receiver with five catches for 84 yards. Arkansas jumped out from the very start and posted three touchdowns in the first 18 minutes of the game while Hawaii scored only once in their first four possessions. Penalties also hurt Hawaii as the Islanders were flagged 13 times for 86 yards mostly on off sides and pass interference calls.

In addition to Arceneaux’s two touchdowns, Nian Taylor caught three passes for 50 yards and scored twice. Darrell Jones, an Arkansas native, caught two passes for 51 yards and scored a touchdown.

POSTING A DOUGHNUT: For only the third time in Islander history, Hawaii failed to score in a single quarter.

The following are the three times where the Islanders posted no points in a quarter.
Qtr. Opponent Date W/L
1st at Arkansas 06/07/03 Lost 39-58
1st Quad City 07/20/02 Won 56-55
3rd at Wichita 04/27/02 Lost 27-31


STEADY EDDIE DOES IT AGAIN: Defensive specialist Eddie Klaneski continues to be the consistent force on the defensive side of the ball.

Against Arkansas, Klaneski led the team in tackles with seven solos and five assists. He also recorded his first interception of the year and his team-leading 10th pass breakup.

Klaneski ranks among the league leaders in tackles with 49.0 (6th) and kickoff return average 29.6 (10t

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