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 beautiful!

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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 spectacular ones.

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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 challenge.
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 teams.
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 Islanders favor.
“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.

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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 going.”

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Islanders shine like Sundogs

cheerleaders1.jpg (70423 bytes)The 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 Marais.
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.
2 volley1-24.jpg (64291 bytes)1 volley1-24.jpg (78283 bytes)In 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.
3 volley1-24.jpg (61997 bytes)“Apparently, 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.
4 volley1-24.jpg (75919 bytes)“Another 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, winning 15-8.
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

1 bb1-24.jpg (59504 bytes)The 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 the contest.
2 bb1-24.jpg (66734 bytes)While 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.
3 bb1-24.jpg (79629 bytes)Barry 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.
4 bb1-24.jpg (49492 bytes)John Albin added six points with Jimmy Gillespie and Keith Szczepanski each scoring four. Rita Palmer scored for the fourth consecutive game, hitting for two points.
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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