Ahhhh, having fun with a winter cold. Joe brought it home and shared it with Andrea. Then, because they felt that I was missing out on all the fun, they decided to give me a chance to experience it first hand.
A while ago in the AARP magazine (no comments - I realize my receiving that publication is an error on their part), Roberta Yared reported that a Stanford University study found that humor triggers the part of the brain that rewards you by making you feel good. In December of 2003, an edition of USA Today had an article by Marilyn Elias that identified the personality traits that help us to battle the common cold. Her article stated, "happy, relaxed people are more resistant to illness than those who tend to be unhappy or tense." My conclusion is that laughter is nothing to sneeze at and that the so called common cold that is making the rounds of Beaver Island didn't read either article.
I have managed to discover a few little-known facts over the past week of living with this cold and felt the compulsion to share them just in case this "friend" decides to come visit you.
1. Never, ever, ever say, "It's just a cold." These germs might be listening and take that as a challenge. They do mutate easily you know.
2. Most of the home remedies that friends will share with you are more trouble than they are worth. For example, you gain almost nothing if you try sleeping with a zip-lock baggie over your head to contain the germs.
3. Use that jucier that Great Aunt Hazel got you years ago to make fresh fruit juices. All those insecticides just might kill a few of those germs.
4. If you are one of those folks who sleep with Kleenex stuffed up your nose, please remember to be sure and sneeze with your mouth open.
5. All those extra-strength cold medications - Alka Seltzer Plus, NyQuil, etc. are no more effective than plain aspirin and the aspirin won't help all that much either, but it's a lot cheaper.
Since I'm still stuffed up, coughing, sneezing, and aching I guess I come under the catagory of tense/unhappy personality. Maybe next week I'll be cheerful and find some humor in the common cold.
This past weekend both the Islander basketball and volleyball teams continued their strong winning ways, icing out the Grand Marais Polar Bears in a pair of double-headers at home.
The wins improve both teams to identical 10-0 overall records and 8-0 marks in Northern Lights League play.
The Islander basketball team claimed wins of 71-43 Friday and 63-45 Saturday.
The volleyball squad battled to a 25-12, 25-9, 25-16 win on Friday, followed by a 25-19, 22-25, 25-10, 25-8 victory on Saturday. The Islanders second game blip Saturday was only their second game loss of the season as they improved to a 30-2 record in all games played.
This weekend it's all on the line for the Islanders as the rival Lakers of Mackinac Island invade for the final Friday-Saturday series of the year. The Islanders opened the season with a weekend sweep of the Lakers at Mackinac back in December. Friday night's activities will include the annual Parent's Recognition.
The basketball team took care of business early Friday night, jumping out to a 16-4 lead on their way to a 20-6 first quarter, and never looked back.
Making the most of his starting role, junior John Runberg dropped in all eight of his points in the opening quarter, including a key three-pointer, in leading the team to the early lead.
“John really gave us a nice effort,” Islander coach Mike Myers said of Runberg's output. “The whole first quarter was very good for us.”
Fellow junior Brett Maudrie matched Runberg's production over the second quarter in helping the Islanders increase the lead to 34-11 late in the half.
Grand Marais' only surge of the game came at the end of the first half as the Bears ran off the final six points to close the half trailing 36-19.
“We didn't rebound. We didn't pass. We turned it over. And we lost,” lamented Grand Marais coach Brent Hammer afterwards.
The Islanders opened the third quarter on a 10-6 as Maudrie added six and Jared Wojan four as the lead was pushed to 46-25. The quarter ended with the Islanders ahead 52-35.
Jimmy Gillespie started the final quarter by slipping in a triple. Freshmen Eric Albin and Brenden Martin added three spots as the quarter wore down and the Islanders cruised to the 71-43 win.
John Albin led the team with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Wojan finished with 15 points while Maudrie and Gillespie each added 11.
“Four players in double figures - that's what a team is all about,” commented Myers.
Rounding out the Islanders scoring were Runberg with 8, Eric Albin with 7 and Martin with 3.
Saturday's contest was more back and forth as the first quarter ended in a 10-10 knot.
With Gillespie again kick starting a quarter with a three-pointer, the Islanders went on a 17-2 run over the first six minutes of the second period, opening a 27-12 advantage.
Once again Grand Marais closed the half on a small run, pulling with in 27-19 at the break.
Three more long range bombs helped the Islanders extend the lead to 45-34 after three quarters of play. Eric Albin, Maudrie and Wojan all hit from behind the arc.
The Bears fought back through the first part of the fourth quarter, closing the gap to 48-42 with five minutes to play. But they managed only three more points after with the Islanders holding them scoreless over the final 3:25 while scoring the final 10 points of the 63-45 victory.
“We went flat for awhile and let them back in the game,” Myers said. Yet when they needed it, the Islanders stepped up on defense and shut down the Grand Marais threat. “I just can't say enough about our defense this year,” the coach added.
Maudrie led the Islanders with 23 points. Wojan and John Albin added 12 points and eight rebound apiece with Gillespie adding nine points. Eric Albin played a strong game with five points and six rebounds.
There was little the Islander volleyball team did poorly on Friday night as they left the Bears looking more like Cubs after a dominating performance.
Senior Danielle Cary got things off to a good start with a six-point service run. Cary offered up two aces while sophomore Emma Adams, playing in her first home action of the year after recovering from an early injury, pounded three quick kills over the net.
Before they knew what hit them the Bears were down 13-5, and the Islanders sailed to a 25-12 win.
Game two was closer until Melissa Bailey served up three straight aces boxed around a pair of Cary kills and the Islanders were in control 14-5.
Adams closed the game with a four-point service effort, including a pair of aces, for a 25-9 decision.
Cary again started game three with a big run as she sent three aces over the net. Moving to the net, Cary added four more kills and Adams one as the Islanders went ahead 14-7.
Grand Marais chipped away at the lead to close within 17-14, but the Islanders let them get no closer in taking the match with a 25-16 win.
“I've got no complaints tonight,” said Islander coach Connie Boyle. “Everybody did good from the eighth-graders to the seniors. They've been working hard in practice and went out and did what they are supposed to.”
Saturday's contest might have reflected the 9:00 am start as the Islanders found themselves behind 5-9 early in game one. But Cary and Krystle Timsak stepped up at the service line while Adams began to make her presence known at the net as the Islanders turned things around for a 16-11 lead.
Grand Marais showed more spark than they did Friday by fighting back to tie the score at 18.
The Islanders eked ahead 22-19 before senior Emily Gray closed the door with a kill and three service winners for the 25-19 win.
The Islanders held a 20-15 lead in game two before the Bears battled back to take the game as coach Boyle gave her younger players the opportunity to close things out. “They did all right when they first got in there, but Grand Marais took advantage and picked up their play,” the coach said of the 22-25 loss.
There was no picking things up over the final two games as the Islanders went out to a 9-3 lead in game three and a 13-3 lead in game four as they held the Polar Bears to 10 and eight points, respectively.
Cary finished with 29 kills and 18 aces over the weekend. Adams added 22 kills and four aces. Christine McDonough contributed four kills. Emily Gray dished out a team-high 18 assists to go with four aces. Leaha Cary added 16 assists, Andrea Moore 13, and Caitlin Boyle three.
As a team, the Islanders made good on 83 percent of their serves.
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