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June 1, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Hawaiian Islanders News Release

QUICK FACTS:
HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS (5-3) at
BAKERSFIELD BLITZ (5-3)
Date: Saturday, June 5, 2004
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PDT (4 p.m. HST)
Site: Bakersfield Centennial Garden (9,000)
Officials: Jim Crowley (Referee), Kevin Matthews (Umpire), Brian Matthew (Head Linesman), Shawn Hochuli (Line Judge), Greg Wilson (Back Judge)
Radio: Live on KUMU2 AM 1500 (Alema Harrington)
Internet: Live on www.hawaiianislanders.com
Series Record: Hawaii leads 1-0.
Coaches: Islanders – Cal Lee (16-10, second season);
Blitz-Rick Van Horne (2-1, first season)

TRAVEL INFORMATION
Friday, June 4
Departure: Hawaiian Airlines flight 10 at 8:35 a.m.
Arrival: Los Angeles, 4:50 p.m. PDT

Hotel Information:
Holiday Inn Select
801 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, California 93301
Phone: (661) 323-1900

Sunday, June 6
Departure: Hawaiian Airlines flight 1 at 8:55 a.m.
Arrival: Honolulu at 11:20 a.m.

THE STAKES: Despite a loss to division-rival San Diego, the Hawaiian Islanders (5-3) continue to remain contention for first place with Bakersfield (5-3). In the last meeting, Hawaii defeated Bakersfield, 45-40, at the Neal Blaisdell Arena (April 24). Both teams will go head-to-head for the second time in this four game series.

HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS (5-3)
Date Opponent Rec. Result Score
3/27 @ Central Valley 1-0 Won 68-35
4/10 @ 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 @ Bossier-Shreveport 3-2 Lost 42-61
5/08 @ San Diego 4-2 Won 55-54 (OT)
5/22 CENTRAL VALLEY 5-2 Won 54-48
5/28 SAN DIEGO 5-3 Lost 77-91
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
6/05 at Bakersfield 4:00 W-1 Hawaii 1-0
6/12 CENTRAL VALLEY 6:30 W-2 Tied 4-4
6/19 SAN DIEGO 6:30 L-1 Hawaii 5-3
7/03 at San Diego 4:00 L-1 Hawaii 5-3
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-2 Tied 4-4
7/31 at Bakersfield 4:00 W-1 Hawaii 1-0

BAKERSFIELD BLITZ (5-3)
Date Opponent Rec. Result Score
4/3 Tennessee Valley 0-1 Lost 35-60
4/10 @ Central Valley 1-1 Won 65-48
4/17 SAN DIEGO 2-1 Won 57-54
4/24 @ Hawaii 2-2 Lost 40-45
5/1 ARKANSAS 3-2 Won 49-21
5/15 SAN DIEGO 4-2 Won 39-36
5/22 MEMPHIS 4-3 Lost 57-72
5/29 @ Central Valley 5-3 Won 41-25
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
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 is the second meeting between the Islanders and the Blitz. In the first meeting, Hawaii defeated Bakersfield, 45-40, at the Neal Blaisdell Arena (Honolulu, HI). Both teams are currently tied for first place in the West Division.


TALE OF THE TAPE: Here’s how Hawaii and Bakersfield stack up:

Statistical HAWAII BAKERSFIELD
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 5 54.9 11 48.0
Scoring Defense 18 53.2 12 48.0
Total Offense 7 278.5 12 259.3
Total Defense 22 283.8 20 272.9
Pass Offense 11 249.8 10 252.3
Pass Defense 22 262.8 17 246.1
Rushing Offense 6 28.8 24 7.0
Rushing Defense 14 21.0 22 26.7
Scoring (Non-Kick) 3 392 19 286
Scoring (Kicking) 14 47 15 46
Pass Rating 3 113.3 6 111.5
Pass Def. Rating 18 113.1 22 116.5
Kickoff Returns 5 22.2 14 18.9
MFG Returns 1 31.3 14 17.7
Turnover Margin 12 0.12 23 -0.86
Field Goals T17 .250 5 .429
PAT Kicking T15 .745 19 .718
Sacks By T17 9 7 14
Sacks Against 1 3 T9 7
First Downs T3 136 21 102
Opp. First Downs T20 136 3 104
Penalties 1 33.9 12 63.7
Opp. Penalties 9 54.9 12 66.7


THE IFs:
If the Islanders defeat the Blitz, it would …
· Give the ISLANDERS a 2-0 all-time record against the Blitz
· Give the ISLANDERS a 1-0 record against the Riptide at the Bakersfield Centennial Garden.
· Give Hawaii Head Coach Cal Lee a 17-10 record
· Give Hawaii Head Coach Cal Lee a 5-4 away-game record (two seasons)

THIS WEEK’S QUOTES:
Head Coach Cal Lee: “Bakersfield deserves to be where they are because they have a great quarterback and they play smart defense. We’ve always had problems playing up there and I anticipate a lot of screaming fans there. We just have to concentrate and play our game and not let the fans get too crazy.”

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 an 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.

Rick Van Horne, 43, is in his first season with the Bakersfield Blitz. He spent the last two seasons as the Blitz assistant coach under James Fuller.
A Bakersfield native, Van Horne graduated from Bakersfield High School in 1979 and went on to play college football at Bakersfield College for two seasons, where he was a First Team Junior College All-American at free safety. He was also named Player of the Year and Team MVP for BC in 1981, and the Kern County College Athlete of the Year. After BC, he played two seasons with the University of Nevada - Las Vegas.
He joined the pro ranks with the Blitz in 2002. While in charge of the offense in 2003, the Blitz ranked ninth in the af2 in quarterback pass rating (105.0), tenth in kicking points (105), and tied with Tulsa and Quad City with fewest turnovers (18) in the 27-team league. Chad Elliot finished the year as the fifth highest rated quarterback in the league (114.4).


FORWARD MOTION: The Islanders return home for a two-game home stand beginning Saturday, June 12 against Central Valley for “You’ve Got to be KIDding Night.” On Saturday, June 19, Hawaii hosts the San Diego Riptide in “Father’s Day”



ISLANDERS’ INJURY REPORT:
Pos. Name Injury Status
WR/LB Gabe Amey Knee Long IR
DS Eddie Klaneski Knee Long IR
FB/LB Fabian Manumaleuna Knee Short IR
FB/LB Keiki Misipeka Knee Short IR
OL/DL Mose Tuia Knee Short IR
WR/LB Nate Jackson Shoulder Questionable


RECENT ROSTER MOVES:
Date Action Player
5/21 Activated off IR Morie Roe
5/21 Activated off IR Anthony Arceneaux
5/21 Placed on Short IR Keiki Misipeka
5/21 Reassigned to af2 Mike Miller
5/21 Reassigned to af2 Channon Harris
5/27 Assigned Chauncey Ako
5/27 Assigned Tiki Sagapolutele
5/27 Short IR Mose Tuia
5/27 Short IR Fabian Manumaleuna
5/27 Activated off Short IR Evile Puna
5/27 Activated off Suspention Robert Kemfort
5/27 Left Squad Craig Stutzmann


HOME-GAME TICKET & PARKING INFORMATIOIN:
Walk-Up Sales: Neal Blaisdell Arena, Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and through half time on game day.
Phone Sales: Ticketmaster Toll free 1-877-750-4400.
Internet Sales: www.ticketmaster.com
Ticket Prices: $25 Upper Bowl reserved;
$15 Upper Bowl Sideline reserved; $10 Upper Bowl End zone general admission; $7 Youth (17 and below);
$10 Handicap.
Parking: $5.00 (Open throughout the day)
Discounted Tickets:
· All Times Supermarket locations, Times Royal Card members receive $2 off the general admission price.
· Oceanic Kupa’a cardholders also receive $2 off general admission price at the Blaisdell box office.
· Hawaii Speed & Quickness Camp participants receive free admission to a Hawaiian Islanders home game with the purchase of an adult general admission ticket.

You’ve Got to be KIDding!
On Saturday, June 12 when the Islanders take on the Central Valley Coyotes, kids will be assisting in game operations from officiating the coin toss to singing the National Anthem. It’s no joke! It’s “You’ve Got to be KIDding Night” at the Neal Blaisdell Arena. Kids 12 and under get in FREE with a decorated Pizza Hut box. Kids can decorate their Pizza Hut box at the Meadow Gold Dairies Family FANFest from 4:30 pm to kickoff on game day!
PRE-GAME FESTIVITIES:
Meadow Gold Dairies Family FANFest: An interactive fan experience that’s a great place for Islanders fans and their families to get "IN the Game". FANFest is located at the Blaisdell Arena box office parking lot during every home game from 4:30 pm until kickoff. Kids can enjoy the Islanders inflatable replica arena football field, a quarterback challenge, face painting, poster making, milk mustaches, Meadow Gold Dairies samples, and great entertainment. Kawika Moo, Gusto the Gecko, and Tiny Tadani of OC-16's Tiny TV will be part of the festivities at every FANFest. Exclusive to Meadow Gold Dairies FANFest, thirty lucky fans at each FANFest will be chosen to sit in the "Kawika Moo Bullpen", the endzone VIP seats, for that night's game

ISLANDERS BUSINESS CLUB: Sponsored by NetEnterprise and First Insurance, business club members enjoy exclusive hospitality treatment with heavy pupus by Compadres Bar & Grill, Chai’s Island Bistro, TGI Fridays, Dixie Bar & Grill and Meritage Restaurant. For more information on joining the IBC, contact Tau Harrington at 53-ARENA.

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
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.



HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE:
Hawaii remains one of the toughest teams to beat at the Blaisdell Arena. Hawaii is 10-2 over the last two years and 13-2 since 2002.

Year W-L
2002 (last 3 games) 3-0
2003 (9 home games) 7-2
2004 (4 home games) 3-1
Totals 13-3


UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII REUNION: Of the Islanders who seen action this season, 10 played their college football careers at the University of Hawaii.
· Kealii Aguiar (2002-03)
· Joe Correia (1998-99)
· Channon Harris (1999-2001)
· Nate Jackson (1998-2001)
· Shayne Kajioka (2000-02)
· Eddie Klaneski (1994-97)
· Keiki Misipeka (2001-02)
· Morrie Roe (1995-97)
· Craig Stutzmann (1998-2001)
· Shawn Withy-Allen (1998-2000)


ANTHONY ARCENEAUX MAKING MOVES
Offensive specialist Anthony Arceneaux made a jump out of no where to first in the league in kickoff return average with six kickoff returns for 254 yards, three for touchdowns. Prior to his move to OS, Arceneaux played wide receiver and defensive back.




2004 HAWAIIAN ISLANDER TRANSACTIONS
(by player)


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

Ako, Chauncey - Assigned (5/27/04)

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

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)
- Long IR (4/28/04)

Arceneaux, Anthony - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (5/06/04)
- Activated (5/21/04)

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)

Correia, Joe - Assigned (5/13/04)

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)
- Activated (5/07/04)
- Reassigned (5/21/04)

Jackson, Nate - Assigned (5/13/04)

Kajioka, Shayne - Assigned (4/28/04)

Kemfort, Robert - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (4/28/04)
- Activated (5/14/04)
- Team Suspension (5/14/04)
- Activated (5/27/04)

Klaneski, Eddie - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (3/22/04)
- Activated (4/08/04)
- Long IR (5/06/04)

Manumaleuna, Fabian - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (3/22/04)
- Assigned (4/22/04)
- Short IR (5/27/04)

Maul, Desmond - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (4/16/04)
- Assigned (4/28/04)

Miller, Mike - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (4/08/04)
- Assigned (4/16/04)
- Reassigned (5/21/04)


Misipeka, Keiki - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR ( 5/21/04)

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

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

Puna, Evile - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (5/14/04)
- Reassigned (4/08/04)
- Assigned (4/15/04)
- Short IR (5/14/04)
- Activated (5/27/04)

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

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

Roe, Morrie - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (4/15/04)
- Short IR (4/28/04)
- Activated (5/21/04)

Sagapolutele, Tiki - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Recall Reassign (3/22/04)
- Reassigned (4/28/04)
- Assigned (5/27/04)

Simpson, Antoine - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (4/28/04)
- Activated (5/14/04)

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

Stutzmann, Craig - Assigned (5/13/04)
- Left Squad (5/27/04)

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

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

Tuia, Mose - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (5/27/04)

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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