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May 18, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Hawaiian Islanders News Release

QUICK FACTS:
HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS (4-2) vs. CENTRAL VALLEY COYOTES (1-5)
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2004
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. HST
Site: Neal Blaisdell Arena (6,033)
Officials: Frank White (referee) Bryan Hoernig (umpire) George Gusman (head linesman) Matt Sumstine (line judge) Doug Awana (back judge)
Radio: Live on KUMU2 AM 1500 (Alema Harrington and
John Veneri)
Internet: Live on www.hawaiianislanders.com
Series Record: Central Valley leads 4-3. (Formally the Bakersfield Blitz assumes all records from that team.)
Coaches: Islanders – Cal Lee (15-9, second season);
Coyotes – Cree Morris (1-5), first season in Central Valley; 15-25, third season overall.)

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: Brigham Young University Hawaii Campus, and all 12 Times Supermarket locations on Oahu.
Phone Sales: Ticketmaster (808) 526-4400 or
1-877-750-4400.
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)
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)

MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY presented by JN Automotive:
· 50 percent all general admission tickets by showing your Military ID (adult $5) at the Neal Blaisdell Box Office only
· First 500 fans receive a coupon for a hot dog and soda for only $1.50
· Performances by Hypersquad Dance Company and Baba B
· More prizes and giveaways


THE STAKES: The Hawaiian Islanders return from a bye week tied for first place in the West Division with upset-minded Central Valley looking to avenge their 68-35 loss to the Islanders earlier this season. The Islanders are currently undefeated at home for the 2004 season.

HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS (4-2)
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
4/24 BAKERSFIELD 3-1 Won 45-40
4/30 at Bossier-Shreveport 3-2 Lost 42-61
5/08 at San Diego 4-2 Won 55-54
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
5/22 CENTRAL VALLEY 6:30 W-1 CV 4-3
5/28 SAN DIEGO 6:30 W-4 Hawaii 5-2
6/05 at Bakersfield 4:00 W-1 Hawaii 1-0
6/12 CENTRAL VALLEY 6:30 W-1 CV 4-3
6/19 SAN DIEGO 6:30 W-4 Hawaii 5-2
7/03 at San Diego 4:00 W-4 Hawaii 5-2
7/10 BAKERSFIELD 6:30 W-1 Hawaii 1-0
7/17 LOUISVILLE 6:30 L-1 Tied 1-1
7/24 at Central Valley 4:30 W-1 CV 4-3
7/31 at Bakersfield 4:00 W-1 Hawaii 1-0

CENTRAL VALLEY COYOTES (1-5)
Date Opponent Rec. Result Score
3/27 HAWAII 0-1 Lost 35-68
4/10 BAKERSFIELD 0-2 Lost 48-65
4/23 at San Diego 0-3 Lost 34-59
5/01 PEORIA 0-4 Lost 33-34
5/08 at Green Bay 0-5 Lost 32-50
5/15 RIO GRAND VALLEY 1-5 Won 42-31
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
5/22 at Hawaii 9:30
5/29 BAKERSFIELD 7:30
6/05 SAN DIEGO 7:30
6/12 at Hawaii 9:30
6/19 at Bakersfield 7:00
7/03 at Oklahoma City 5:30
7/10 SAN DIEGO 7:30
7/17 At Bakersfield 7:00
7/24 HAWAII 7:30
7/30 at San Diego 7:00


THE SERIES: Central Valley, formerly Bakersfield Blitz, leads the all-time record 4-3, however, the series is tied 2-2 at the Neal Blaisdell Arena.

THE IFs:
If the Islanders defeat the Coyotes, it would …
 Give the ISLANDERS a 4-4 record against the Coyotes
 Give the ISLANDERS perfect 3-0 record at home for the 2004 season
 Give Hawaii Head Coach Cal Lee a 16-9 record
 Give Hawaii Head Coach Cal Lee a 9-3 home-game record

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.

Central Valley Head Coach Cree Morris is in his first season with Central Valley but it is his third af2 season as he coached two seasons with the San Diego Riptide. Morris spent three years at San Diego State, before transferring to Division II St. Mary’s (CA). In two seasons with the Gaels, he threw for 3,151 yards and 24 TDs, and six rushing scores. He is listed 16 times in the shool’s all-time record books after leading them to consecutive winning seasons in just 15 starts.

THIS WEEK’S QUOTES:
Head Coach Cal Lee on Central Valley: “We know it’s going to be a difficult game because of the final score (in week 1). We just have to work harder on every aspect of the game.”


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 Long IR
WR/LB Gabe Amey Knee Long IR
WR/DB Anthony Arceneaux Ribs Short IR
DS Eddie Klaneski Knee Long IR
OL/DL Evile Puna Foot Short IR
OL/DL Andy Ramos Ankle/Thumb Probable
FB/LB Keiki Misipeka Knee 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 will have a four-game home stand over five weeks beginning Saturday, May 22 versus the Central Valley Coyotes. Following that week’s game, the San Diego Riptide look to even up the season series on Friday, May 28, after falling to the Islanders in the final play of the game two weeks ago at the San Diego Sports Arena.

RECENT ROSTER MOVES:
Date Action Player
4/22 Assigned to Hawaii Fabian Manumaleuna
4/22 Reassigned to af2 Brian Ah Yat
4/28 Reassigned to af2 Tiki Sagapolutele
4/28 Reassigned to af2 Nate Jackson
4/28 Placed on Short IR Antoine Simpson
4/28 Placed on Short IR Robert Kemfort
4/28 Placed on Long IR Gabe Amey
4/28 Placed on Long IR Morrie Roe
4/28 Assigned to Hawaii Desmond Maul
4/28 Assigned to Hawaii Shayne Kajioka

Trends:
 Hawaii remains one of the toughest teams to beat at the Blaisdell Arena. Hawaii is 9-2 over the last two years and 12-2 since 2002.

RECAP: HAWAII 68, CENTRAL VALLEY 35
FRESNO, CA. (March 27, 2004) – Central Valley’s rebirth into the arenafootball2 league turned into a rude awakening as Darnell Arceneaux threw for record 301 yards and six touchdowns as the visiting Hawaiian Islanders defeated the Central Valley Coyotes 68-35 at Selland Arena.

The 68 points marked Hawaii’s second highest offensive effort while the 33-point margin of victory was a record.

“It was a great performance by our group but there’s still room for improvement,” said Hawaii head coach Cal Lee.” We’ll take a look a the film but the leadership of Darnell Arceneaux was crucial.”

Arceneaux’s six touchdowns tied the franchise record for a single game performance while his 301 yards broke his own record of 279 set back in 2002 against the Fresno Frenzy on May 25.

Darnell Arceneaux connected with his younger brother Anthony for four touchdowns in the first three quarters. Anthony caught five passes for 110 yards. Teammate Robert Kemfort caught the remaining two touchdowns including a record 49-yard catch in the second quarter. Anthony Arceneaux duplicated the feat in the third quarter.

Defensively, Hawaii forced five turnovers including a team record four interceptions in the game. Newcomer Joshua Robinson lead Hawaii with three solos and five assists while Desmond Maul added two solos and four assists.

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