Friday Night Volleyball
BI - Hannahville
Friday night match was an intense "battle". We knew not to underestimate Hannahville, and it's a good thing that's how we went into the game! Throughout all 4 games we had to work hard for every single point. Hannahville never gave up, but neither did we. Our team realized quickly we needed to move faster and hit harder and be sure we got our serves in. We did that and came out the winners.
On Saturday, we started out stronger and never gave up the lead.
BI -- Hannahville
25 - 15
25 - 15
25 - 13
Our team is now 6-0 in the League and 7-0 overall.
We should be looking at another tough match this coming weekend against Paradise. Hannahville and Paradise each beat each other on a Friday night.
Friday night 70 - 63
Friday night we were down 16-6 in the first quarter, but then caught up, took the lead and kept it through the end.
Saturday morning 62 - 35
Sat am we were up 19-6 and kept the lead through the end.
Photo by Frank Solle
Ten finalists began the evening of January 10th competing in the 4th annual Geography Bee at the Beaver Island Community School. Brian Timsak, Dylan Left, Jake Drost, McCauley Connaghan, Brontae Lemmick, Marissa Crandall, Olivia Schwartzfisher, Kristy Bousquet, Levi Connor and Michael Myers. These ten were eliminated when one answered two questions wrong. Eventually it came down to Levi Connor and Jake Drost to go head to head in the championship round with Drost taking all.
Jake received his medal from Patrick Cull who had won the previous three Geo Bee competitions. Cull did the quickest "pass the torch" that had been seen.
From this point, Drost will be taking a qualifying exam and then hopefully will be able to compete at the state level.
Congratulations to the contenders, staff, teachers, and parents. High five to Jake Drost as the 2006 champion!
Larry and Wendy Boyle, along with big brother Connor, have welcomed Quinn Claire to their family. She was born January 8th in Traverse City and weighed 9lbs, 2oz and was 20.5 inches long. Grandparents are Marie Boyle McCauley (and the late Owen Boyle) and Dee & Bob Digue.
(Quinn shares her birthday with famous people like Elvis and Skip McDonough!)
If you drove around the harbor this week looking for this unique weathervane, then you know that you found it soaring above Hartle's garage near Whiskey Point. If you know of something we all go past often without really noticing it, let me know and we'll post it here.
The Beaver Island Islanders volleyball and basketball teams picked up their winning ways last weekend following a 19-day layoff since their last action, as both teams claimed a pair of victories over the Bobcats of Munising Baptist.
Next up for the Islanders is a crucial trip to Hannahville this coming weekend. The Soaring Eagles have proven to be highly competitive this year with a pair of volleyball wins over Mackinac Island and two close basketball loses to the Lakers, one in overtime.
As Island basketball coach Mike Myers said of the upcoming Northern Lights League contests at Hannahville, “We are going to have to kick it in.”
The long layoff since a less-than-challenging weekend series against Ojibwe Charter School back in mid-December, combined with the ‘challenge' of facing a Munising squad with just five players, led to a less-than-stellar performance by the Islander volleyball team on Friday night.
“We were overconfident and that made us disorganized,” was how coach Connie Boyle summed up Friday's 25-18, 15-17, 25-21 win over the shorthanded Bobcats.
Yet, as in the matches against Ojibwe, Boyle used the opportunity to play all her players and in various positions as well.
“Everybody got plenty of playing time,” Boyle said. “And everyone got a lot of valuable game experience.”
Boyle tried to heighten the challenge on Saturday morning, imploring her charges to look at the games as the first match of the district tournament. The team responded to the attitude adjustment with a much-stronger 25-12, 25-17, 25-9 performance.
“We did a better job Saturday,” Boyle said. “We went out and did what we had to do.”
Caitlin Boyle and Krystle Timsak led the Islanders from the service line over the weekend as Boyle went 100 percent on 16 good serves, including five aces. Timsak added 15 good serves on a 94 percent effort with six aces, two of which game during a five-point run to claim the first game on Friday night.
The Islanders found themselves trailing midway through Friday's second and third games, but Samantha Kuligoski stepped up with a big service run that included three aces to turn a 12-8 deficit into a 16-12 lead. Emma Adams provided the net power with four kills in the game.
Adams then took her turn at the line to close out game three as the Islanders fought back after trailing 14-7 by serving the final four points, including one ace.
For the weekend Adams and Christine McDonough each finished with six kills and numerous strong hits.
The two big hitters took turns Saturday with Adams attacking the net in game one and McDonough in game two. Kuligoski showed her promise in game three with five kills.
Caitlin Boyle keyed Saturday's game two win with a 10-point service run that included four aces and two McDonough kills.
Game three concluded on a strong eight-point service run by Hannah Conner, who kept the Bobcats off balance with her softer, floating serves.
Melissa Peters and Boyle each added eight assists with Andrea Moore dishing out five helpers.
The wins improve the Islanders to 5-0 both overall and in NLL action.
The Islander basketball teams used a big run in each game over the weekend to claim their two wins over the Bobcats, 67-14 Friday and 45-30 Saturday.
On Friday the Islanders opened the game by scoring the first 15 points and led 19-2 after one quarter, easily taking control of the contest.
They added a 9-0 run in the third quarter to open a 50-12 lead, then scored the first basket of the final frame, pushing their lead to 54-14 and establishing the running clock. To add insult to injury, the Islanders held the Bobcats scoreless through the final quarter of play.
“We're young and inexperienced,” said Bobcat coach Ben Franklin. “We've go nowhere to go but up.” Wise words.
Senior Justin Martin led the Islanders with 10 points followed by Saygan Croswhite with nine, Dereck McDonough and Kevin Gillespie each with six, Dan Runberg, James Gillespie and Cory Sowa with five apiece, Jared Wojan, Patrick Cull, Bryan Timsak and Eric Albin all with four points, John Albin with three and Brenden Martin with two.
Saturday's game was much closer with the Bobcats holding the lead through much of the opening quarter before the Islanders grabbed a 10-9 lead.
Munising stayed close through the second period, with the Islanders holding a slim 22-19 edge at the break.
Saturday's big run came in the third quarter with James Gillespie and Jared Wojan leading a 12-0 run over the final 4:47 of the period, giving the Islanders a comfortable 38-23 cushion heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Brenden Martin's 10 points paced the Islanders on Saturday. Bryan Timsak added nine with James Gillespie netting six and both Wojan and Kevin Gillespie scoring four. Justin Martin, Eric Albin, Cory Sowa, Dan Runberg, Saygan Croswhite and Dereck McDonough all scored two.
“I was glad to be able to play our younger and less experienced players again this weekend,” Myers said. “They play against a really strong team in practice so they are going to get better and I feel that's happening.”
A good sign of improvement was just 21 turnovers on the weekend, along with a strong rebounding performance in both games.
The Islanders are now 4-1 overall and in league play.
If you need a secondary reminder of what's happening on the island besides the Community Calendar:
Tuesday evening, 7:00 p.m. at the school check out the Geography Bee. Will anyone be able to beat Patrick Cull's record now that he's retired from competing in this event?