Sun Dogs or Winter Rainbow
Whether, or weather, it was sun dogs (either of two colored
luminous spots that appear at roughly 22° on both sides of the sun at the same
elevation. They are caused by the refraction of sunlight passing through ice
crystals. They are most commonly seen during winter in the middle latitudes and
are exclusively associated with cirriform clouds. The scientific name for sun
dogs is parhelion and they are also known as mock suns), or simply a winter
rainbow it was spectacular Saturday morning on Beaver Island. It started
with a tall white pillar reaching high into the sky and I didn't have my camera
with me as I was getting gas in my car. Within a few minutes it had become
a rainbow and upon driving into town discovered that it looked like two
rainbows, one on each side of the sun almost like a set of parentheses. I
had stopped at home to grab my camera and although I'm positive someone got
better quality photos, here's what I captured. Got snow on my lens so
excuse the dark spot on some of them but you still get the effect. It was
Frank Solle took a break from covering the Islander sports in
the gym to grab a couple photos of this phenomenon and certainly they are
Islanders continue to roll on the Rock
Story and Photos by Frank Solle
The Islander volleyball and basketball teams opened their final
home stand of the season in front of a large Homecoming and Parent Recognition
Night crowd Friday night, keeping their fans happy and their winning ways going
with another pair of victories.
The volleyball team answered a stiff challenge from the Paradise Rockets as they
prevailed in an exciting 15-10, 15-7 match.
The basketball team wasn’t pushed nearly as hard, as the Islander cagers
easily blasted past the Rockets 57-30.
Between the two contests the student athletes presented their parents with
flowers and all of the families were honored with applause.
Girls find a foe
After relatively easy matches against Hannahville and Munising
Baptist, the Islander girls finally found an opponent who presented them with a
The Rockets used a six-point run to open an early 7-2 lead before the Islanders
got on track behind some all-around solid team play.
Danielle Cary and Christine McDonough combined to serve up a seven-point
Islander run with Melissa Bailey adding some strong offensive play and both
Kerrie Gillespie and Rachel McDonough adding plenty of defensive effort as the
Islanders forged a 10-8 lead.
Consistent service receiving on both sides of the net led to long rallies prior
to most points, with plenty of side-outs in between.
Christine McDonough was at the service line again for the final four points to
preserve the hard-fought win.
While the second game wasn’t as close on the scoreboard, it was another good
battle on the court as long rallies, big saves and good play continued by both
Gillespie, who had been dominate last weekend, found her service stroke in the
second game, while Rachel and Christine McDonough each served four-point runs.
Cary countered with a number of timely spikes as momentum slowly turned in the
“This was a team effort,” said coach Connie Boyle of the Islanders’
winning play. “But all our individuals did what they had to when we really
needed it. They fire each other up and always do what I ask of them.
“This was a very good match and I’m proud of them.”
The Rockets managed one win on the night as they claimed the third game, 8-15,
played with rally scoring.
Boys get blast from Wojan
Freshman Jared Wojan found his shooting zone in the second
quarter of the Islanders’ third consecutive win, hitting 14 of his game-high
24 points as the Green and White cruised past the Rockets.
Wojan dropped in smooth looking shots from both wings along with scoring off the
offensive glass as the Islanders put together a 20-0 run through the heart of
the second period.
“Jared has the shot,” said Islander coach Mike Myers after the win. “He
just needs to learn to relax. Once he relaxed tonight he was fine.”
The big second quarter gave the Islanders a 36-10 lead heading into the second
half and allowed the coach some breathing room and a chance to look to his
reserves for some playing time.
“I was glad to play all our kids and they all did well,” Myers said as all
but two players notched points in the game.
Barry McDonough finished with 16 as the only other Islander in double figures.
A balanced attack showed Keith Szczepanski and Rita Palmer each with four
points, while Jimmy Gillespie, John Albin, Jeff Smith and Dan Runberg all scored
two points. Justin Martin sank a free throw for his lone point of the game.
Albin again played a big role in the paint, pulling down numerous rebounds.
“We’ve got some momentum now,” Myers said. “We just have to keep it
Islanders shine like Sundogs
pair of bright lights accompanying the sunrise weren’t the only things shining
here Saturday morning as the Islander sporting teams wrapped up the home portion
of their schedules with two more impressive wins over the Paradise Rockets.
The volleyball team again got the winning started, this time with a 15-7, 15-8
grounding of the Rockets. The wins improve the Islanders to a perfect 6-0 in
Northern Lights League play and to 7-1 overall.
The two wins put the Islanders solidly in first place in the league standings as
the Rockets, who fall to 4-3 in conference action, own a victory over Mackinac
Island this season. That means the Islanders are two games up on the Lakers in
the losing column and three over the Rockets.
The basketball team improved to 4-2 in NLL play and pulled even overall at 4-4
with a 62-49 downing of the Rockets.
Next weekend the teams begin a month-long road regimen, beginning at Grand
In two weeks the volleyball team participates in the annual Engadine Tournament
while the basketball team takes a weekend off.
The final two trips of the regular season have the Islanders venturing to
Mackinac on February 13-14 and to Hannahville the following weekend.
Volleyball team continues to shine
While the volleyball team continues its winning ways, they do
seem to need a wakeup call each game.
In the first battle against the Rockets, Paradise grabbed a 7-4 lead before the
Islanders got things rolling.
Rachel McDonough keyed the rally with another strong service performance and
Danielle Cary continued her big hits at the net, including a game-clinching
block for the final point.
the second game the Islanders again found themselves trailing 7-4 before turning
the game around. Melissa Bailey sent a couple aces over the net as part of a
six-point rally that gave the locals the lead. Cary and Krystle Timsak each
added kills for points.
Continuing a pattern that started the previous night, Christine McDonough found
herself at the service line for the final points in both Saturday’s victories.
Timsak sealed the second game and the match with a final kill.
they really like the challenge,” Islander coach Connie Boyle said of her
team’s propensity to fall behind before picking up their play. “It’s often
been an issue for us over the years,” the coach added, “I think part of it
is they are just too nice. We have to develop that killer instinct.
part is our season is so short and they are only in front of the home crowd four
times so there is a lot of nervousness and unfamiliarity. ”
For the second straight day the Rockets claimed the rally-scoring third game,
The limited travel roster makes it impossible for visiting teams to bring all
their reserve players, making it necessary for the younger Island girls to go
against seasoned varsity players. But that’s part of the learning curve that
can only help down the road.
Islanders too bright for Rockets, again
Island basketball team picked right up where it left off the night before,
proving to be too much for the Rockets.
A 16-3 run to start the game gave the Islanders a cushion they held throughout
they didn’t put together a big run during the second quarter, they still
outscored the Rockets 19-12 to push the lead to 35-20 at the break.
The big run of the game came at the start of the third quarter, as the Islanders
scored the first 13 points of the period while holding the Rockets scoreless for
over five minutes. By the time the Rockets finally hit a basket, the Islanders
were up 48-20.
Paradise did manage to close the third quarter on a 14-0 run, but it was simply
too little, too late.
The teams matched baskets throughout the final frame as the Islanders held on
for their fourth straight win.
McDonough led the way with a season-best 34 points. Jared Wojan continued his
well-played weekend with 12 points. McDonough leads the team in scoring with an
18.6 average. Wojan is at 9.8 points per game.
Albin added six points with Jimmy Gillespie and Keith Szczepanski each scoring
four. Rita Palmer scored for the fourth consecutive game, hitting for two
For Paradise, the losses drop them to 0-6 in league play and 0-10 overall.
“We just didn’t rotate on defense and didn’t pass to the open player on
offense,” said a frustrated Rocket coach Al Smith. “Two of our last three
losses were by just one point before coming here.”
Parent Recognition Night
At half-time during each last home game, the players of soccer,
basketball and volleyball recognize all that their parents do to enable them to
participate in the island sports programs. Each student presents their
parents with a flower. Also recognized are those others who have aided the
island sports programs over the year for example, Kerry Smith, who does all the
organizing and the Sports Boosters who unfailingly provide food and snacks along
with items that can be purchased, the list of supports is so long and I'm
afraid of forgetting someone. Suffice it to say, the entire community not
just the parents, champion the Islanders. Below are the team members and
their parents or as in the case of Michelle Gray who was stranded in Charlevoix surrogate
parents. Thanks go to Frank Solle for taking the family recognition photos
this year. You did a great job, Frank.
Parent Recognition Night link
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