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July 6, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Hawaiian Islanders News Release

QUICK FACTS:
HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS (7-5) vs.
BAKERSFIELD BLITZ (8-4)
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2004
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. HST (9:35 p.m. PDT)
Site: Neal Blaisdell Arena (capacity: 6,033)
National Anthem/Hawaii Ponoi: Janel and Crystal Akana
Coin Toss: Natasha Kai
JN Chevrolet Fast Lane to Fame at Halftime: Hulili
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)
Internet: Live on www.hawaiianislanders.com
Series Record: The series is tied 1-1 with both teams winning at home.
Coaches: Islanders – Cal Lee (18-12, second season);
Blitz-Rick Van Horne (8-4, first season)

Presented by:Comp USADave & BustersHawaiian Waters Adventure Park

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:
· Adults receive 50% OFF the general admission price
(no limit of amount of tickets purchased)
· 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: With the two teams separated by just one game, the Hawaiian Islanders and Bakersfield Blitz will meet twice in the final four weeks to decide who wins the af2 West and a berth in the playoffs.



vs.
HAWAII BAKERSFIELD

HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS (7-5) Current Streak: Won 1
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
6/12 CENTRAL VALLEY 6-4 Won 70-42
6/19 SAN DIEGO 6-5 Lost 59-64
7/03 at San Diego 7-5 Won 40-37
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
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 Hawaii 5-4
7/31 at Bakersfield 4:00 L-1 Tied 1-1

BAKERSFIELD BLITZ (8-4) Current Streak: Won 2
Date Opponent Rec. Result Score
4/3 Tennessee Valley 0-1 Lost 35-60
4/10 at Central Valley 1-1 Won 65-48
4/17 SAN DIEGO 2-1 Won 57-54
4/24 at 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 at Central Valley 5-3 Won 41-25
6/5 HAWAII 6-3 Won 52-44
6/12 at Memphis 6-4 Lost 31-61
6/19 CENTRAL VALLEY 7-4 Won 33-26
6/26 at San Diego 8-4 Won 57-53
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
7/10 at Hawaii 6:30 W-1 Tied 1-1
7/17 CENTRAL VALLEY 7:00 W-3 Bak 3-0
7/24 at San Diego 7:00 W-3 Bak 3-0
7/31 HAWAII 7:00 W-1 Tied 1-1


THE SERIES: The teams split their two regular season meetings in 2004.

Date Score (caps denote home team)
4/24/04 HAWAII 45, Bakersfield 40
6/05/04 BAKERSFIELD 52, Hawaii 44

THE IFs:
If the Islanders defeat the Blitz, it would …
· Give the ISLANDERS a 2-1 series lead against the Blitz in 2004
· Give the ISLANDERS a 5-2 record at the Blaisdell Arena in 2004
· Give Hawaii Head Coach Cal Lee a 19-12 record
· Give Hawaii Head Coach Cal Lee a record of 12-4 at home (two seasons)
· Give Hawaii a 6-3 record against West Division opponents

FAN APPRECIATION DAY
Presented by CompUSA, Dave & Busters and Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park
· All general admission tickets are half price at the Blaisdell Box Office
· All Hawaiian Islanders merchandise will be 25 percent off the regular price.
· The first 1,000 fans through the gate receive a free hot dog and soda courtesy of CompUSA.
· The first 500 fans will receive a $10 Dave & Buster’s Power Cards as well as discount coupons to Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park.

JN CHEVROLET FAST LANE TO FAME HALFTIME SHOW
Dance performance by: 24-VII Dance Force
Music by: Hulili

THIS WEEK’S QUOTES:
Head Coach Cal Lee: “The win last week at San Diego put us in position for this week. The players should be given the credit because they worked hard to get back to this point where this week will mean something for us. I think both teams will give a great effort this weekend.”


ISLANDERS’ INJURY REPORT:
Pos. Name Injury Status
DS Eddie Klaneski Knee Long IR
OL/DL Mose Tuia Knee Long IR
OL/DL Andy Ramos Knee Long IR
OL/DL Evile Puna Knee Short IR
FB/LB Keiki Misipeka Leg Short IR
OL/DL Antoine Simpson Concussion Out
QB Darnell Arceneaux Finger Questionable
WR/LB Robert Kemfort Concussion Out
WR/DB Anthony Arceneeaux Thumb Questionable

RECENT ROSTER MOVES:
Date Action Player
6/24 Activate off Short IR Morrie Roe
6/24 Place on Short IR Evile Puna
6/24 Place on Suspended Darnell Arceneaux
7/01 Activate off Long IR Gabe Amey
7/01 Activate off Long IR Fabian Manumaleuna
7/01 Activate off Short IR Antoine Simpson
7/01 Place on Suspended list Robert Kemfort
7/01 Place on Suspended list Nate Jackson
7/01 Place on Suspended list Antoine Simpson
7/01 Assigned to Hawaii Macquade Afaese
7/01 Assigned to Hawaii Johnny Wayfer
7/01 Place on Short IR Keiki Misipeka

TALE OF THE TAPE: Here’s how Hawaii and Bakersfield stack up:
Statistical HAWAII BAKERSFIELD
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 4 54.3 16 45.8
Scoring Defense 20 51.8 10 45.4
Total Offense 7 270.2 14 255.2
Total Defense 25 290.6 15 260.8
Pass Offense 8 247.2 9 244.2
Pass Defense 24 267.7 17 243.0
Rushing Offense 7 23.1 23 11.0
Rushing Defense 18 22.9 13 17.8
Scoring (Non-Kick) 5 578 18 478
Scoring (Kicking) T10 74 T16 68
Pass Rating 15 112.1 12 108.9
Pass Def. Rating 19 111.6 18 111.7
Kickoff Returns 2 22.9 23 17.5
MFG Returns 6 20.7 11 19.3
Turnover Margin T13 -0.17 20 -0.50
Field Goal Pct. 17 .286 15 .304
PAT Kick Pct. 14 .738 20 .691
Sacks By T18 11 T4 24
Sacks Against 6 9 T7 10
First Downs 5 195 19 171
Opp. First Downs T17 201 13 184
Least Penalty Yds 1 37.8 16 62.8
Opp. Penalty Yds 8 53.8 24 68.1
Red Zone Off Pct. 2 .824 13 .746
Red Zone Def Pct. 14 .757 15 .757


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

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) 74
Kimo Naehu 7 PAT Made 62
Darnell Arceneaux 6 Pass Rating 113.5
Darnell Arceneaux 6 Rushing 15.7
Darnell Arceneaux 6 Passing Yards 251.3
Darnell Arceneaux 8 Total Offense 267.0
Josh Robinson T4 Interceptions 6
Josh Robinson T8 Pass Defend 18
Josh Robinson 3 Tackles 67.0
Anthony Arceneaux 1 KO Ret Avg. 30.1
Anthony Arceneaux 6 Scoring 170
Anthony Arceneaux 6 Scoring (TDs) 170
BAKERSFIELD BLITZ
Player Rank Category Stat
Eric Mahanke 4 Receptions 7.33
Eric Mahanke 10 Rec. Yds 91.0
Chad Elliott 8 Passing Yards 249.1
Chad Elliott 7 Total Offense 249.8
Kevin Carroll T5 Force Fumble 3
Delvin Myles T5 Force Fumble 3
Ben McCombs T5 Tack for Loss 7.5

FORWARD MOTION: The Hawaiian Islanders conclude their home season on July 17 when they face the Louisville Fire.


WEST DIVISION STANDINGS
TEAM WON LOST GB
1 BAKERSFIELD 8 4 --
2 HAWAII 7 5 1.0
3 SAN DIEGO 5 7 3.0
4 CENT. VALLEY 1 11 7.0


ARENAFOOTBALL2 PLAYOFF FORMAT:
The 2004 af2 playoffs will feature 12 teams and span four weeks with the American Conference champion meeting the National Conference champion in the 2004 ArenaCup on the weekend of August 26-28.

Six teams from each the American and National Conference will qualify for the postseason. Within each conference the two division champions with the best overall records earn a bye in the first round. The remaining division champion hosts the lowest seeded wildcard team, while the other two wild card teams play each other at the venue of the team with the better overall record.

In the second round, the two teams, which earned a first round bye, host the winners of the first round games. The division winner with the best overall record hosts the lowest seeded winner from round one, while the other division winner hosts the other first round winner.

Winners of second round games meet for the conference finals, and the team with the better overall record is the host. The American Conference champion meets the National Conference champion in the 2004 ArenaCup. The participating team with the better overall record hosts the championship game.



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. 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).


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.

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.

2004 HAWAIIAN ISLANDER TRANSACTIONS
(by player)


Afaese, Macquade - Assigned (7/01/04)

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

Ako, Chauncey - Assigned (5/27/04)
- Reassigned (6/03/04)
- Assigned (6/10/04)

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)
- Activated (7/01/04)

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

Arceneaux, Darnell - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Team Suspension (6/24/04)

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)
- Suspended List (7/01/04)

Kajioka, Shayne - Assigned (4/28/04)
- Reassigned (5/03/04)

Kemfort, Robert - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (4/28/04)
- Activated (5/14/04)
- Suspended List (5/14/04)
- Activated (5/27/04)
- Suspended List (7/01/04)

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)
- Long IR (6/10/04)
- Activated (7/01/04)

Maul, Desmond - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (4/16/04)
- Assigned (4/28/04)
- Reassigned (6/17/04)

Misipeka, Keiki - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (5/21/04)
- Activated (6/03/04)
- Short IR (7/01/04)

Muagututia, Halakilangi - Assigned (6/10/04)
- Refuse to report (6/11/04)
- Activated (6/17/04)

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)
- Activated (6/18/04)
- Short IR (6/24/04)

Ramos, Andy - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Long IR (6/17/04)

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)
- Short IR (6/10/04)
- Activated (6/24/04)

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)
- Short IR (6/18/04)
- Activated (7/01/04)
- Suspended List (7/01/04)

Siofele, Joe - Assigned (6/17/04)

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

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

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

Tuia, Mose - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (5/27/04)
- Long IR (6/10/04)

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

Wayfer, Johnny - Assigned (7/01/04)

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

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