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May 17, 2007 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Manchester Wolves News Release

MANCHESTER WOLVES READY FOR

"BATTLE IN THE BAYOU"

May 19, at 8:30 pm

CenturyTel Center, Bossier City, LA

WOLVES (3-3) VS. BATTLEWINGS (5-1)

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The Manchester Wolves, New Hampshire's professional arenafootball2 team, will be looking for their first road win of the season when they travel down to Louisiana to take on the 5-1 Battle Wings tomorrow, May 18 at 8:30 p.m. at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City.

The Battle Wings, who have won only 11 games in their last three seasons, are currently riding their franchise's best start since they've arrived to the af2 in 2001. Part of the reason for the team's newfound success are the new additions of former NFL quarterback Quincy Carter (1,597 yards, 34 touchdowns, 5 interceptions) and two former Wolves' Jamaal Perry (team-high 49 receptions, 649 yards, 12 touchdowns) and Marc Bacote (6 receptions, 42 yards, two touchdowns and 10.5 tackles, 1 interception for touchdown, 1 fumble recovery).

Perry (5'9, 180), a two-year veteran, and Bacote (6'5, 218), a four-year veteran, both played for the Wolves during the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

"Both Jamaal and Marc are good players and great friends," said Wolves Head Coach Ben Bennett on Perry and Bacote. "I'm glad to see that they are having success in Bossier, it'll be strange seeing them lined up on the opposing side."

The Wolves will be looking for their first road win of the year as they have lost all three of their match ups with two losses in Wilkes-Barre Scranton, to the Pioneers, and one loss in Green Bay, to the Blizzard. The "Battle in the Bayou" will be first time either franchise has faced off against each other.

A win would not only bring the Wolves above..500 at 4-3, but would up Ben Bennett's all-time win total to the coveted 50-win plateau. Bennett currently sits tied for 5th all-time in the arenafootball2 league with his 49 wins while Rich Ingold, head coach of the Wilkes-Barre Pioneers, is also one away at 49. Both Bennett and Ingold are entering their fifth seasons as head coaches in the af2.

Manchester is coming off of its sixth straight home win after a 53-48 victory over their East Division rival Albany Conquest on Brady Sullivan Field last Friday, while Bossier is coming off of its first loss, a 50-64 losing effort against the Arkansas Twisters last Saturday. The Battle Wings have won all three of their home games this season.

Fans looking to listen to the game, announced by Wolves play-by-play caller Dick Lutsk, can either turn their radio dial to WFEA 1370AM or go to www.manchesterwolves.com and click on the "TEAMLINE" link on the home page.

Don't miss another exciting season of Manchester Wolves football in 2007. Ticket packages for the Wolves are still available in all levels and don't forget to go online and check out the new merchandise line. For information on season tickets, or merchandise, fans can contact the Wolves at 603.627.WOLF (9653) or visit them on the web at www.manchesterwolves.com.

WOLVES FIND MISSING PIECE TO TEAM PUZZLE

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Quarterback Mark Radlinski Joins Wolves From Grand Rapids Practice Squad Of The AFL

The Manchester Wolves, New Hampshire's professional arenafootball2 team, believe that they have found the missing piece to the team's quarterback puzzle as the af2 league office announced today that they were assigned quarterback Mark Radlinski.

Radlinski (6'2, 225), comes to the Wolves after being on the Grand Rapids Rampage practice squad of the Arena Football League. The one-year af2 gunslinger played 16 games for the Tulsa Talons in 2006 where as a rookie he threw for 3,748 yards and 80 touchdowns with a 60.1 percent completion rating. The Michigan native, who led the Talons in rushing with 142 total yards and 13 touchdowns, guided Tulsa to an impressive 11-5 record and a first place tie in the Midwest Division.

"I'm excited to be in Manchester to join the Wolves for the stretch run," said Radlinski. "I'm ready to contribute right away and play some football."

At Saginaw Valley State (2001-2004), Radlinski broke the school's single-season records in pass attempts (410), pass completions (253), passing touchdowns (32), passing yards (3,428) and total offense (3,524) while also setting new single-game records in passing yards (431), completions (30), attempts (49) and total offense (453). During his tenure for the Red Pride he earned numerous accolades ranging from being one of eight finalists for the Harlon Hill Division II Award (equivalent to Division I's Heisman Trophy), GLIAC Player of the Year and First-Team Offense, d2football.com and Daktronics First-Team All-Region and Honorable Mention All-American, Second-Team All-Conference, First-Team Pre-Season All-American, Second-Team All-GLIAC, First-Team All-Region and Honorable Mention All-American. The decorated quarterback finished his college career 19-4 as a starter and the school's all-time leader in passing yards (7,075), touchdowns (71) and second all-time in pass completions (481) and attempts (794).

Prior to his stellar college career, Radlinski attended Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids, Mi, where he set school records for most passing yards (1,705) and touchdowns (20). Radlinski also earned nine letters as a prep and First-Team All-State Associated Press selection and First-Team Detroit Free Press All-State selections.

"Mark is a quarterback that makes great throws and that is a true competitor," said five-year veteran Jarrail Jackson, who played against Radlinski's Talons three times last year. "You can see the fire that he brings to his team, hopefully that will ignite us and give us that last spark we need to be a championship team."

This will be the Wolves second quarterback mid-season addition from the AFL ranks as Wolves Head Coach Ben Bennett added Steve Bellisari from the Kansas City Brigade practice squad during Week Six in 2006. The move paid off as Bellisari made the Wolves a playoff contender as he finished 5-1 as a starter, leading the Wolves to four-straight wins to end the season and guided Manchester into the second round of the af2 playoffs. The Ohio State graduate is now the backup quarterback for the New Orleans Voodoo of the AFL.

Radlinski will travel to Bossier City, LA, as the team's new starting quarterback in preparation for the Wolves' first-time match up against the Quincy Carter led Battle Wings (5-1) on Friday, May 18 at 8:30 p.m. inside the CenturyTel Center.

WMUR DANCES WITH THE WOLVES

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Lady Wolf Pack Member Maria Salanitro and Wolves WR/LB Jesse Tupper Team Up With Sports Reporters Jason King and Naoko Funayama

Ever wonder how a football player, a dance team member and two sports reporters would fair doing a "ballroom-styled" routine? Well you can by visiting www.wmur.com. Just click on "sports" and find the "Who will win the dancing with Wolves?" link.

Wolves' international player Jesse Tupper teamed up WMUR's Naoko Funayama while WMUR's Jason King matched up with Lady Wolf Pack member Maria Salanitro to form two talented dancing duos. Both teams were given a 45-minute "ballroom-styled" lesson, to learn a two-minute routine that was choreographed by Lady Wolf Pack Coordinator Michelle Gagnon.

"It was definitely a fun experience, all the participants were more then eager to learn and compete with each other," said Gagnon, a Manchester native. "I think I may have also found three future additions to the dance team next year in Jesse, Jason and Naoko as they sure can shimmy, shake and body roll with the best of them!"

Both the King/Salanitro and Tupper/Funayama routines, which were taped at Dance Visions Network in Manchester, can be viewed on www.wmur.com. Fans can vote for their winning team online and the results will be disclosed on May 22 live on WMUR after the "Dancing with the Stars" finale.

"Michelle was great, she made it so easy for us," said Funayama on her dancing experience. "It's more similar to football then you might think; learn complicated patterns, drill, repeat until it comes naturally. I think my partner (Jesse) might be discovered after this airs!"

Since "Dancing with the Stars", a reality show that pairs a professional dancer with a celebrity, hit television sets around the nation in 2005 it has been one of ABC's biggest hits. The show, which is currently in its fourth season, has grossed more then 14 million viewers each season.

MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT

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Join the Manchester Wolves on June 1st when they take on the Tulsa Talons at 7:05pm on Brady Sullivan Field at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H.

Every fan through the door will receive a FREE Bellman's Bingo Card for a chance to win $20,000 and numerous other prizes. Every fan through the door will also receive a FREE Cruise pass thanks to the Isle of Shoals (a $25 value).

Also fans watch out for something exciting done by the Military, but don't worry...It's all a part of the show!

For more information about Wolves tickets or merchandise call 603.627.9653 today!

HOW US YOUR GRILL!

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Wolves fans show us your grill!

During the in game promo, the cameras will scan the crowd looking for the fan with the best "grill". If you see your face on the jumbo tron, go to the fan center and give them your information and you will be entered to win a FREE grill from Energy North Propane at the end of the year.

CHALIGRAMS FROM CHALIFOURS

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Wolves fans can get a bouqet of flowers delivered to their sweetie at the Wolves games this season for whatever special occasion (birthdays, anniversaries, just thinking of you, etc...).

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs.

Call Chalifours today to reserve your bouqet at 603.623.8844 (please remember to have the seat location that the flowers are being sent to available when ordering).

YOUTH FOOTBALL/CHEERLEADING CAMP

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Manchester Wolves head coach, Ben Bennett and his team will partner up with Jim Schubert and other coaches, to hold a football camp at NH Sportsplex on:

July 23rd-27th 9:00am-3:00pm

Cost per camp is $230.00, please make checks payable to NH Sportsplex.

Players will be divided by position and will be learning the following:

Quaterback: ball handling, passing

Running Back: stance, blocking, recieving, ball carrying

Offensive Line: stance, start, base block, pass block

Recievers: releases, patterns, recieving drills

Defensive Backs: stance, tackling, ball drills

Line Backers & Defensive Ends: stance, keys, pursuit angles, pass rush techniques

Defensive Line: stance, reads, reactions, pass rush

Special teams: kicking, long snaps, kick off returns, punt blocking

Morning Session: Defense; tackling stations, conditioning, position breakdown

Afternoon Session: Offense; team agilities, position breakdown

For more information please contact Gary Karibian at

603-641-1313 ext 302 or Gary@nhsportsplex.com

Lady Wolf Pack Dance Camp

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The Manchester Wolves Organization along with the members of the 2007 Lady Wolf Pack, and Dance Team Choreographer, Heidi Sulliva-Laroche, and Coordinator, Michelle Gagnon, will host the 3rd annual Lady Wolf Pack Dance Camp this summer.

Dates:

July 11th, indoors at the NH Sportsplex 9:00-4:00

July 12th, at the Verizon Wireless Arena 9:00-4:00

July 13th, halftime performance at the Manchester Wolves

game at the Verizon Wireless Arena TBA

Participants must be between the ages of 8 and 16.

Participants must be present at both clinics to participate.

The Manchester Wolves Organization and the 2007 Lady Wolf Pack Dance Camp includes:

- Dance camp clinics with the 2007 Lady Wolf Pack

- On-field halftime performance at a Manchester Wolves home game

- Lady Wolf Pack Dance Camp t-shirt

- A pair of Lady Wolf Pack Dance Camp poms

- 2 tickets to the July 13, 2007 Manchester Wolves Home Game

(one for participant, one for a parent)

- Opportunity to purchase additional Manchester Wolves game

tickets

- Certificate of Completion

- Autographed photo of the 2007 Lady Wolf Pack

Cost is $150.00 per Dancer

For more information please contact Gary Karibian

at gary@nhsportsplex.com or 603-641-1313 ext 302.

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