BEAVER ISLAND NEWS TO CONTINUE FOR ANOTHER YEAR

The Beaver Island News on the ‘Net is training a new co-owner, co-editor, and co-writer. Phyllis's husband has decided to participate in the website updates and wants to give the website one more year. “When Phyllis was thinking about ending this project, I decided to speak up and suggest that I take on some of the work because The Beaver Island News is the only weekly information that is available more than once each month. I'd like to see it continue. I'm willing to put in some effort to keep it going. I'll give it one more year to see if we can continue its success,” Joe stated. “I have a lot to learn, and I hope I learn quickly. I never knew how much time and effort went into getting this information on the web. I hope to be able to continue the quality job that Phyllis and her sports' writer have done in the past. I have a few new ideas that I would like to try as well. Before I can try anything new, I have to learn how to do things as they are right now.” When asked what kind of new feature, he responded, “I'd like to try to have some downloadable video clips of some of the sporting events—not the whole game, but some key plays of the games. I'd like to include some more of the events that might go unnoticed by the monthly papers. We'll see if any of these ideas are do-able. I look forward to making the time to learn how to do some new things. We have also had some great ideas provided by Pete Plastrik. His ideas inspired me and got my mind working. We'll try some of his ideas and mix them with Phyllis' and mine. I am open to suggestions as well. If you have some ideas, you can email me at medic5740@gmail.com or medic5740@yahoo.com .”

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Email reminders were sent out today, Friday, December 22 however quite a few were returned due to outdated email addresses. If you didn't receive one, the contents notified readers that due to increasing costs, the subscription rate has gone up to $40/year. 

If you'd like to renew your subscription, please send a check made out to Joe and/or Phyllis Moore.  Your renewed subscription will run from January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007 . Please let us know your current email address so we can update our database.

Please send it to:

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Merry Christmas

We wish each of you a wonderful, happy and safe holiday season.

Christmas Shopping

It's now almost Christmas.  This year we waited until the 19 th for the shopping marathon.  While I had been looking forward to a night at a motel with NO puppy it didn't work out that way.  This year it was fly over, shop, fly home.  Everything had to be accomplished within seven hours. Yikes!  Was I up to the challenge?  A couple people said, “No way can you do all that shopping in that amount of time.”  Ok, I seem to always be a sucker for a dare… how do you think I ended up riding in a helicopter or sky-diving??? I took Tuesday off and headed to the mainland. NEXT year I've already decided to buy one gift a month – wrap and hide it at the back of the closet – and by the time July arrives I'll be able to honestly say, “Christmas shopping? Heck, I'm almost done.” 

Actually the shopping part wasn't too awfully bad; I've suffered through much, much worse.  I think it was because it wasn't a week-end so there weren't as many last minute shoppers patrolling the aisles.  There were however, the dumbest cashiers in the world waiting on folks at a couple of the stores.  In one I spent 208.11 and gave the gal 210.11, I'm not exaggerating, it took her almost ½ hour to figure out my change and that was after she called her supervisor.  He only arrived because he saw the smoke signals coming from my ears.

I have to admit that I cheated a wee bit this year.  Before going across I got online and surfed all the stores I figured I'd be visiting to see if they had the items I was looking for and to check out the sales – may as well save as many pennies as I could.  Since I usually tend to enter the shopping arena cranky to start I decided that this year I'd try to put myself in a different state of mind.  I started the day getting my hair cut so I'd feel better about myself and that seemed to work quite well although I didn't check myself out in a mirror so it's entirely possible that folks just got out of my way because I had this scary hairdo and they didn't know if it was catching.

With our weather this year it's darn hard to get into the ho-ho-ho mood.  Rain is just not the same as snow and the old holiday stand-by “I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas” doesn't apply.  “I'm Dreaming of a Wet, Rainy Christmas” doesn't really do it.  Maybe we can all learn to sing, “Row, row, row your boat” to the tune of “Jingle Bells”.

Islanders finally get going

by Frank Solle

Photos by Frank Solle, Melissa Peters, Hannah Conners

After spinning their wheels for two weeks following their weather-delayed season opener at Mackinac Island , the Beaver Island Islanders were more than ready to test their skills against someone besides their teammates at practice.

Enter the Ojibwe Charter School Eagles.

The Eagles flew in from the U.P. last Friday and quickly took the brunt of the Islanders ‘infighting' frustration. The Islanders made it a two-day, four-game sweep with the volleyball team winning 25-6, 25-5, 25-12 on Friday and then 25-19, 25-9, 25-7 Saturday morning. The basketball team claimed a 61-36 win Friday before taking a 67-51 decision the next day.

All the contests over the weekend gave Islander coaches Connie Boyle and Mike Myers the opportunity to give all their players suited up some valuable game time.

“This is a sign of things to come,” Myers said of his inside-outside combination of junior guard Dan Runberg and senior center Jared Wojan.

The pair put an exclamation mark on series with an end-of-the-game alley-oop on Saturday. “They can really play together.”

Wojan led the Islanders with 18 points Saturday while sophomore Patrick Cull, who chipped in 16 points in the morning game, paced the team with 15 points Friday night.

“Patrick is really coming around,” Myers said. “He's a smart player and does a good job boxing our and rebounding on the defensive end as well.”

Another strong Islanders effort was put in by senior Cory Sowa who netted a career-high 15 points Saturday after adding 10 on Friday.

“Cory's been with my program since elementary school,” Myers said. “He really did well this weekend.”

Because of an injury and some disciplinary actions, Ojibwe was forced to play most of Friday's game and all of Saturday's with just four players on the court. While he didn't have to, Myers elected to match the Eagles by putting just four players on the court for the Islanders.

“It kind of messes up your rotation and your chance to give everyone playing time,” said Myers. “But that's the way it goes.”

As for a chance to play the game against a different team, the numbers didn't matter for Wojan. “Five-on-five, four-on-four, I don't care. Let's just play,” the lanky senior said.

Other scorers on Friday for the Islanders included Brenden Martin with 14 points and Runberg with 6. Eric Albin, who suffered an ankle injury and was limited to only a few minutes of play Friday, David Schwartzfisher, and Cameron LaVasseur each scored two.

On Saturday, Runberg added 8, Martin 6, and LaVasseur 4.

   

  

Because coach Boyle used a separate lineup for each game during her two volleyball matches, no one player had any standout statistics. But as the coach pointed out, that's a good thing. “Everybody did a good job,” she said. “I'm happy with how our young kids played and how the older kids stepped in when they had to and kept things organized.”

One standout performance was put in by freshman Alex Kuligoski when she reeled off 16 straight service points to turn a tight 9-5 lead into a stunning 25-5 win in Friday's second game. Kuligoski's run included five aces.

Sophomore Andrea Moore compiled seven aces over the two matches while senior Bailey McDonough hit six kills, including one on the final point of the weekend Saturday morning.

Another promising performance came from freshman Lindsey Kenwabikise who sent her first-ever five varsity serves over the net, including one ace.

Other players Boyle noted as giving good efforts were sophomore Briana Maudrie for her setting, and sophomores Samantha Kuligoski and Heather McDonough for their net play.

Senior Brenna Green showed the leadership Boyle spoke of when she came off the bench with Saturday's first game knotted at 19-all to serve the final six points for the win. 

  

  

As a young school and new member of the Northern Lights League, Ojibwe is still working to establish itself as on the playing field—it will be another year before they have a senior class. Yet, they showed they were gamers and willing to come out and play.

The Islanders are now off until Hannahville comes here Jan. 5-6, the only home dates of that month. The Islanders trip to Mackinac Island has been rescheduled for Jan. 12-13.

School Holiday Program Tuesday, December 19th beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish Hall.

Off Shopping

It's that time of year again so I'll be doing the Christmas shopping race all day Tuesday (I have to do it this time since Joe was kind enough to offer to help with the website). NEXT year he's doing it!