Arranmore Island has recently opened a Community Center and is in need of playground equipment for the children of Arranmore.
A group of island people has begun to raise funds for this purpose and I'm sure they would be thankful for anything we could contribute to this.
The group of Beaver Islanders traveling to Arranmore at the end of the month are making a contribution to the playground equipment, and are asking if anyone else would be interested in participating in the cause.
Donations can be sent to:
Beaver Island, Mich. 49782
The deadline is March 15, 2006
Story and photos by Frank Solle
Although they didn't come away with their first-ever post season win, the Beaver Island Islanders rose to the challenge of facing one of Michigan's top 20 Class D teams in district tournament play on Tuesday, March 7 at Ellsworth.
The Central Lake Trojans entered the tournament with a 16-4 regular season record and ranked 18th in the state. Add to that a front line that measured 6-5, 6-3, 6-2, and it's no wonder the Islanders came up on the short end of an 86-60 decision.
While the Islanders were unable to stop the Trojans' inside game, they were able to impress Central Lake's coach, Quinn Barry. “The Beaver Island kids have a good basketball team,” the coach said. “They may lack in competition through the year, but athletically they aren't lacking at all.”
Central Lake scored nearly at will through the first quarter, building a 21-6 lead behind 10 baskets scored in the paint and a single free throw. By halftime the Trojans lead was 44-26 with a lone three-pointer being their only field goal not scored under the basket.
“Inside, that's our focus,” Barry said of the Trojans. “When you have good team size like we do, you're going to try to pound it in there.”
Meanwhile, the Islanders turned to Jared Wojan for their offensive punch. The talented junior responded by scoring all six Islander points in the first quarter.
Teammates John Albin, Dan Runberg, and Eric Albin picked up the scoring load in the second quarter. John Albin scored off a pair of offensive rebounds while guards Runberg and Eric Albin fearlessly drove into the Trojans' front court giants for a number of slashing scores.
Central Lake increased its lead early in the third quarter as they opened the second half on a 14-5 run, boosting their margin to 58-31.
But the Islanders responded with a 10-3 run of their own to get the difference back to 61-41 with 3:14 to play in the quarter. Unfortunately, the Trojans ended the period on a 10-0 run, pushing the lead to 30 going into the final eight minutes of play.
The Islanders found their long-range shooting eye in the fourth quarter, draining three triples, two by Wojan and one by Eric Albin, as they outscored the Trojans 19-15.
Wojan finished the game with 22 points. John Albin added 15, Eric Albin nine, Dan Runberg eight, James Gillespie four, and Brenden Martin two.
Central Lake's Zach Light led all scorers with 26. The Trojans had four players finish in double figures.
“For us to get 60 points in a district game against a quality team like Central Lake, that's pretty darn good,” said Islander coach Mike Myers. “I was very pleased with tonight's effort. All-in-all our kids did all right.”
Myers credited senior John Albin for his efforts inside against the big Trojan front line. “John couldn't stop that by himself, but he did the best he could and he did a good job,” Myers said. “We're really going to miss him next year. He's been Mr. Steady inside for us since he was a sophomore.”
The loss wraps up the Islanders season at 11-3. They finished second in the Northern Lights League with an 8-2 mark.
Central Lake advances to the district final where they will face second-ranked Bellaire (21-1).
Mother Nature is giving us a peek of spring this week with temperatures in the mid-30's. The trees have tiny buds starting. The road to the airport now has its old mud-holes back despite the county plows. By mid-afternoon one can see folks wearing their winter jackets unzipped. Of course we know it won't last long but while it's here we're going to enjoy every moment of the warmer weather.
This Monday it's the Frank Solle News on the 'Net as he has been generous enough to share both his photos and articles. Due to circumstances beyond my control (sick daughter) I haven't been able to get out and take photos this week. Thanks, Frank! I owe you big time.
Photo and article by Frank Solle
My dog and I took a snowshoe north to Egg Lake on Wednesday, March 1st. It was sort of a nice afternoon - mid twenties, sunshine, blue sky - that kind of stuff. Just another winter day here on Beaver Island.
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