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June 8, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Hawaiian Islanders News Release

QUICK FACTS:
HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS (5-4) vs.
CENTRAL VALLEY COYOTES (1-8)
Date: Saturday, June 12, 2004
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. HST
Site: Neal Blaisdell Arena (6,033)
National Anthem/Hawaii Ponoi: Mayumi Fernandez
Coin Toss: Koa Dey
JN Chevrolet Fast Lane to Fame at Halftime: Pati
Officials: Frank White (referee) Mike Goshima (umpire) George Gusman (head linesman) Matt Sumstine (line judge) Doug Awana (back judge)
Radio: Live on KUMU2 AM 1500 (Alema Harrington, play-by-play & John Veneri, color analysis)
Internet: Live on www.hawaiianislanders.com
Series Record: Series tied 4-4.
Coaches: Islanders – Cal Lee (16-11, second season);
Coyotes-Fred Biletnikoff Jr. (first game as interim head coach replacing Cree Morris)

TICKET & PARKING INFORMATIOIN:
Walk-Up Sales: Neal Blaisdell Arena, 777 Ward Avenue, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and through half time on game day. (591-2211 box office recording)
Phone Sales: Ticketmaster Toll free 1-877-750-4400.
Internet Sales: www.ticketmaster.com
Ticket Prices: $25 lower bowl reserved; $15 upper bowl sideline reserved; $10 upper bowl end zone general admission; $7 Youth (17 and below); $10 Handicap.
Parking: $5 (Open throughout the day)
Discounted Tickets:
· Kids 12 years old and under receive FREE admission with a Pizza Hut box top decorated with GO ISLANDERS! Kids can decorate box tops at the Meadow Gold Dairies Family FANFest
· Adults receive 50% OFF the general admission price with a Pizza Hut Literacy Card
· Show your International Exotic Car & Cycle Show ticket stub and receive $2.00 OFF the general admission price
· 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.

THE STAKES: The Hawaiian Islanders (5-4) are coming off a road loss to division-rival Bakersfield Blitz, slipping to second in the West Division standings. Meanwhile Central Valley looks to end a three-game slide (Hawaii 5/22, Bakersfield 5/29, San Diego 6/5).


THE SERIES: In the third game of the series, the Islanders are holding a two-game win streak over the Coyotes. The all-time record between the two teams is tied at four games a piece.

HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS (5-4) Current Streak: Lost 2
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
6/05 at Bakersfield 5-4 Lost 44-52
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
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 L-1 Tied 1-1
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 L-1 Tied 1-1

CENTRAL VALLEY (1-8) Current Streak: Lost 3
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
5/22 at Hawaii 1-6 Lost 48-54
5/29 BAKERSFIELD 1-7 Lost 25-41
6/05 SAN DIEGO 1-8 Lost 24-45
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
6/12 at Hawaii 9:30 L-2 Tied 4-4
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


You’ve Got to be KIDding
presented by Pizza Hut Hawaii
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!

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Hawaiian Islanders: Alema Harrington,
(808) 532-7362 x-21 (office), (808) 551-7933 (cell),
aharrington@hawaiianislanders.com

Central Valley: Anthony Martinez (559) 498-1182 (office); (626) 290-8870 (cell); Anthony@centralvalleycoyotes.com

THE IFs:
If the Islanders defeat the Coyotes, it would …
· Mark the third consecutive win over the Coyotes
· Give the ISLANDERS a 4-1 record in the Neal Blaisdell Arena in 2004
· Give Hawaii Head Coach Cal Lee a 17-11 record
· Give Hawaii Head Coach Cal Lee a record of 11-3 at home (two seasons)
· Give Hawaii a 5-2 record against West Division opponents

THIS WEEK’S QUOTES:
Head Coach Cal Lee: “With a new coach, you really don’t know how to prepare for the game. We need to work harder as a team especially since we lost our last two games. I expect Central Valley to be another tough opponent.”



LEAGUE TOP 10s: Players from this week’s matchup who rank among af2’s statistical leaders:
HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS
Player Rank Category Stat
Kimo Naehu 8 Scoring (kick) 55
Kimo Naehu 7 PAT Made 46
Darnell Arceneaux 5 Rushing 146
Darnell Arceneaux 10 Passing Yards 244.2
Darnell Arceneaux 7 Total Offense 260.4
Josh Robinson T3 Interceptions 5
Josh Robinson T5 Pass Defend 16
Josh Robinson T7 Tackles 45.0
Anthony Arceneaux 1 KO Return Yds 33.9
CENTRAL VALLEY COYOTES
Player Rank Category Stat
Kenyatte Morgan 2 Receptions 7.89
Kenyatte Morgan 9 Rec. Yds/G 95.4
Kenyatte Morgan 9 KO Return Yds 22.6
Kenyatte Morgan 1 All Purpose 229.9
Ricky Leung-Wai T3 Tackle/Loss 6.5
Ricky Leung-Wai T3 Sacks 6.0
VonKeith Spencer T5 Pass Defend 16

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

Statistical HAWAII CENT. VALLEY
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 6 53.7 24 35.6
Scoring Defense 23 53.1 14 49.7
Total Offense 8 269.3 18 239.8
Total Defense 25 297.4 16 260.4
Pass Offense 11 242.9 18 222.4
Pass Defense 24 277.9 13 235.4
Rushing Offense 6 26.4 14 17.3
Rushing Defense 12 19.6 20 25.0
Scoring (Non-Kick) 4 428 23 274
Scoring (Kicking) 11 55 23 41
Pass Rating 5 111.6 22 96.6
Pass Def. Rating 23 114.2 25 115.7
Kickoff Returns 2 23.7 7 21.3
MFG Returns 1 31.3 3 24.8
Turnover Margin 11 0.22 25 -1.56
Field Goals 18 .250 19 .238
PAT Kicking 9 .767 21 .703
Sacks By 18 9 21 8
Sacks Against 9 7 17 15
First Downs 6 148 14 134
Opp. First Downs 21 155 8 128
Penalties 1 37.9 10 53.4
Opp. Penalties 9 55.4 24 71.6




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.

Fred Biletnikoff Jr., New Coyotes interim head coach Fred Biletnikoff Jr. will become the third head coach in Central Valley’s 3-year history.
Biletnikoff Jr. began his second season in the af2, having joined the Coyotes in January as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. His first stint with an arenafootball2 team was in 2002 with the Fresno Frenzy, where he served as an offensive assistant. Along with his Coyotes responsibilities, Biletnikoff Jr. will also continue to serve as offensive coordinator and running backs coach for the Fresno City Rams, where he has been since 2000.
Before joining the Rams staff at Fresno City College, Biletnikoff spent two seasons (‘91-‘92) at Alameda High School coaching wide receivers and defensive backs. In 1993 he joined the football staff at Chabot College with current Coyotes defensive Coordinator Doug Murray, where he coached running backs, wide receivers and was also offensive coordinator.

FORWARD MOTION: The Islanders conclude their two-game home stand on June 19th with a rematch against San Diego Riptide. This will be the third meeting of the year and the final appearance for the Riptide at the Neal Blaisdell Arena.


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



RECENT ROSTER MOVES:
Date Action Player
5/27 Assigned to Hawaii Chauncey Ako
5/27 Assigned to Hawaii Tiki Sagapolutele
5/27 Placed on Short IR Mose Tuia
5/27 Placed on Short IR Fabian Manumaleuna
5/27 Activated off Short IR Evile Puna
5/27 Activated off Suspention Robert Kemfort
5/27 Place on Left Squad Craig Stutzmann
6/3 Assigned to Hawaii Sean Souza
6/3 Activated to Hawaii Keiki Misipeka
6/3 Placed on Short IR Evile Puna
6/3 Reassigned to af2 Chauncey Ako
6/4 Reassigned to af2 Takamasa Suzuki


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 end zone 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)
- Reassigned (6/03/04)

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)

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

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

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)
- Activated (6/03/04)

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)
- Short IR (6/03/04)

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)

Souza, Sean - Assigned (6/03/04)

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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