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April 21, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Hawaiian Islanders News Release

QUICK FACTS:
BAKERSFIELD BLITZ (2-1)
at HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS (2-1)
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2004
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. HST
Site: Neal Blaisdell Arena (capacity: 6,033)
Officials: Frank White (referee) Bryan Hoernig (umpire) Doug Awana (head linesman) Matt Sumstine (line judge) Mike Goshima (back judge)
Radio: Live on KUMU2 AM 1500 (Alema Harrington, John Veneri)
Internet: Live on www.hawaiianislanders.com
Series Record: This will be the first ever meeting between the two teams.
Coaches: Islanders – Cal Lee (13-8, second season)
Blitz-Rick Van Horne (2-1, first season as an AF2 Head Coach)

HOME GAME INDIVIDUAL 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: Brigham Young University Hawaii Campus, and all 12 Times Supermarket locations.
Phone Sales: Ticketmaster (808) 526-4400.
Internet Sales: www.ticketmaster.com

Ticket Prices:
· $25 Lower level adult (reserved)
· $15 Upper level sideline (reserved)
· $10 Upper level end zone (general admission)
· $7 Youth (Age 17 and below)
(Convenience fees apply at all outlets)

THE STAKES: This will mark the first ever meeting between these two teams and these two head coaches. Hawaii is the defending West Division Champions. Bosier-Shreveport finished fourth in the Central Division.


HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS (2-1) (11-7 in 2003; West Champs)
Date Opponent Rec. Result Score
3/27 at Central Valley 1-0 Won 68-35
4/10 at Louisville 1-1 Lost 35-37
4/17 BOSSIER-SHREVEPORT 2-1 Won 63-60
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
4/24 BAKERSFIELD 6:30 -- 1st Meeting
4/30 at Bossier-Shreveport 2:00 -- 2nd Meeting
5/08 at San Diego 4:00 W-3 Hawaii 4-2
5/22 CENTRAL VALLEY 6:30 L-1 CV 4-2
5/28 SAN DIEGO 6:30 W-3 Hawaii 4-2
6/05 at Bakersfield 4:00 -- 2nd Meeting
6/12 CENTRAL VALLEY 6:30 L-1 CV 4-2
6/19 SAN DIEGO 6:30 W-3 Hawaii 4-2
7/03 at San Diego 4:00 W-3 Hawaii 4-2
7/10 BAKERSFIELD 6:30 -- 3rd Meeting
7/17 LOUISVILLE 6:30 W-1 Hawaii 1-0
7/24 at Central Valley 4:30 L-1 CV 4-2
7/31 at Bakersfield 4:00 -- 4th Meeting

Bakersfield Blitz (2-1)
Date Opponent Record Result Score
4/3 Tennessee Valley 0-1 L 35-60
4/10 @ Central Valley 1-1 W 65-48
4/17 SAN DIEGO 2-1 W 57-54
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
4/24 @ Hawaii 9:30
5/1 ARKANSAS 7:00
5/15 SAN DIEGO 7:00
5/22 MEMPHIS 7:00
5/29 @ Central Valley 7:30
6/5 HAWAII 7:00
6/12 @ Memphis 5:00
6/19 CENTRAL VALLEY 7:00
6/26 @ San Diego 7:00
7/10 @ Hawaii 9:30
7/17 CENTRAL VALLEY 7:00
7/24 @ San Diego 7:00
7/31 HAWAII 7:00









THE SERIES:, This will be the first ever meeting between the two teams and the first time that the coaches will face each other .

THE IFs:
If the Islanders defeat the Battle Wings, it would …
· Give the ISLANDERS a 1-0 record with the Battle Wings
· Give the ISLANDERS an 11-6 all-time record at home.
· Give Cal Lee a perfect 2-0 record in home openers.
· Give Hawaii Head Coach Cal Lee a 13-8 record
· Give Hawaii Head Coach Cal Lee an 8-3 at Home.

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 2003 season and he delivered on his promise. He turned a 5-11, 2002 season to a 11-7 record in 2003. He also gave Hawaii its first west division crown. 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.

Keith Barefield is in his first year as head coach of the Battle Wings. Barefield has been in the Coaching Biz for close to two decades. 10 as the head coach at Evangel University in Springfield MO where he put together an record of 66-33 and 2. Barefield coached 48 All-Americans before moving on to San Antonio’s Cornerstone Christian School.

THIS WEEK’S QUOTES:
Head Coach Cal Lee on Playing at home:
“After playing the first two games on the road there’s nothing like getting back in front of the fans that cheered us on to a West Division Title last season. Both teams are coming off losses and I know that the Battle Wings will be ready to play.”

ISLANDERS ILLUSTRATED:
Join host Alema Harrington for Islanders Illustrated, 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 11 times each week with a new show on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on Oceanic Cable 16. Check local listing for air times

ISLANDERS’ INJURY REPORT:
Pos. Name Injury Status
TE/DL Morrie Roe Calf Short IR
WR/LB Gabe Amey Knee Short IR
OL/DL Kealii Aguiar Ankle Questionable

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 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.
October 23, 2002 –Cal Lee become the Islanders 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.
April 4, 2003 – A missed extra point gives Hawaii a stunning 53-52 win over Quad City. It only the third time in 25 games in which the Steamwheelers have lost a game at home.
July 5, 2003 – Hawaiian Islanders qualifies for the playoffs, its first in franchise history.
July 21, 2003 – With Hawaii’s win over San Diego and the Bakersfield-Wichita tie, the Islanders clinch their first west division title and the number three seed in the playoffs.
Aug. 1, 2003 – Hawaii defeats Wichita 57-30 in the first round of the af2 playoffs.
Aug. 9, 2003 – The eventual af2 champion Tulsa Talons ends Hawaii season with a 59-38 win in Tulsa, Oklahoma.



FORWARD MOTION: The Islanders have a short week to get ready for a Friday game at Bossier-Shreveport. Hawaii beat the Battle Wings on April 17th in Honolulu.

RECENT ROSTER MOVES:
Date Action Player
4/13 Moved to Short IR Nate Jackson
4/15 Assigned to Hawaii Evile Puna
4/15 Assigned to Hawaii Randyn Akiona
4/15 Moved to Short IR Morrie Roe
4/15 Moved to Short IR Gabe Amey
4/16 Assigned to Hawaii Mike Miller
4/16 Reassigned to af2 Desmond Maul

Trends:
Receptions and interceptions. Anthony Arceneaux has at least one touchdown and an interception in every game this season. Against the Battle Wings he scored on a reception from brother Darnell Arceneaux and took an interception back for a touchdown.


2004 HAWAIIAN ISLANDER TRANSACTIONS
(by player)


Aguiar, Kealii - Assigned (3/11/04)

Ah Yat, Brian - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (3/22/04)
- Activated (4/08/04)

Akiona, Randyn - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (4/08/04)
- Assigned (4/15/04)

Amey, Gabe - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (3/22/04
- Activated (4/08/04)
- Short IR (4/15/04)

Arceneaux, Anthony - Assigned (3/11/04)

Arceneaux, Darnell - Assigned (3/11/04)

Colbert, Justin - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (3/22/04)

Cunningham, Jaron - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (3/22/04)

Davis, James - Assigned (3/11/04)

Gossett, Neal - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (3/22/04)

Harris, Channon - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (4/08/04)

Kauka, Jonathan - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (3/22/04)

Kemfort, Robert - Assigned (3/11/04)

Klaneski, Eddie - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (3/22/04)
- Activated (4/08/04)


Manumaleuna, Fabian - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (3/22/04)

Maul, Desmond - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (4/16/04)

Miller, Mike - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (4/08/04)
- Assigned (4/16/04)

Misipeka, Keiki - Assigned (3/11/04)

Naehu, Kimo - Assigned (3/11/04)

Notoa, Vai - Assigned (3/11/04)

Puna, Evile - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (4/08/04)
- Assigned (4/15/04)

Ramos, Andy - Assigned (3/11/04)

Robinson, Joshua - Assigned (3/11/04)

Roe, Morrie - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (4/15/04)

Sagapolutele, Tiki - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Recall Reassign (3/22/04

Simpson, Antoine - Assigned (3/11/04)

Smith, Aaron - Assigned (3/11/04)

Taylor, Nian - Assigned (3/11/04)

Tillis, Mike - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (3/22/04)

Tuia, Mose - Assigned (3/11/04)

Ura, Teruhiro - Intl Squad (3/11/04)

Wayfer, Johnny - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (3/22/04)

Withy-Allen, Shawn - Assigned (3/11/04)

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