Islanders fall to Black Bears in District play

By Frank Solle; Photos by Frank Solle and Christine McDonough

It was cold along the Upper Peninsula shores of Big Bay de Noc this past Tuesday when the Beaver Island Islanders suited up against the district soccer tournament host Big Bay de Noc Black Bears. But the temperature didn't seem to affect the Big Bay Black Bears as they warmed up to a 4-0 first half advantage on their way to an eventual 6-2 district semifinal win.

Big Bay coach Todd Chambers summed up his team's success against the Islanders after the game. “We had heard Beaver Island was a very good passing team,” he said. “And we were able to take them out of that.”

With a senior-filled backfield surrounding sophomore goalkeeper Fred Rangette, the Black Bears kept the Islanders from mounting any coordinated offensive attack throughout the game. While a number of individual efforts led to a handful of shots on goal, Rangette, with the help of his defense, was able to stop them all during the first half of play.

Meanwhile, the Bears poured it on at the other end of the pitch, led by sophomore Jeremy Hardy who scored three goals in the first half and finished the day with four. Hardy's first score game just over five minutes into play. He assisted on Big Bay's second goal a minute or so later. He then scored on a screamer from the left wing midway through the half and capped the first period of play with a goal at the 14:57 mark.

“We got off to a nice early start and that really helped us,” Chambers said of the Bears early scoring.

The Islander struck back five minutes into the second half when Jared Wojan send a perfect pass to Brett Maudrie in from of the Bears goal where Maudrie directed it past Rangette with a strong header.

But Hardy answered back a few minutes later for a 5-1 Big Bay advantage and teammate Matt Chambers added another score with 12 minutes to play.

Wojan wrapped up the Islander scoring with a penalty kick with just under two minutes to play.

“I've never played Bay de Noc when they haven't been tough,” said Islander coach Mike Myers. “And they're always fast.”

Part of Big Bay's toughness comes from a schedule that features some of the largest schools in the U.P., including Class A Marquette, Class B Sault Ste. Marie, Class C Kingsford and Ironwood. They also play some large Wisconsin schools and had a scrimmage against a club team from Northland College in Ashland, WI. “Those teams passed the ball extremely well and that's what I told our kids we had to learn to do.”

On the other side of the coin, Myers pointed to the Islanders' schedule. “We play the weaker teams through the season then come out and get intimidated at this level,” he said. “This has happened before against Bay de Noc.”

Despite the loss, the Islanders gave a good effort. “We played hard, I'm not disappointed in that,” Myers said.

The loss wraps up a 14-1 season for the Islanders, one in which they claimed their third consecutive Northern Lights League title and second straight undefeated regular season.

“This year we had a lot of strong players and next year we'll have a good number as well,” Myers said. “We'll just enjoy what we have while we have it.”

Islander Runs Detroit Marathon

First Sergeant Ron Gregg ran his first marathon on October 23rd in Detroit. The Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Bank Marathon is the largest race of it's kind in the state. Literally thousands entered the 27th annual event which is the only course in the world that crosses international borders twice.

The race started outside Comerica Park (home of the Detroit Tigers). Runners crossed the Ambassador Bridge into Windsor, Ontario and returned to Detroit through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. From the tunnel they ran around Belle Isle and finished at Ford Field.

Ron's finish time was 3:36:56 for the 26.2 mile race. Of the thousands of entrants he placed 676 overall and 116 for his age group. Way to go, Ron!

Ron and his wife, Ann, live in Clarksville, Tennessee. Ron is the son of Phil and Lil Gregg of Beaver Island.

Trick or Treating

This year the kids will be out trick or treating from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on October 31st. The island will now be on the same Halloween schedule as the rest of the country. In previous years, trick or treating was done the night before Halloween. Be prepared for the little goblins, Dracula's, and super-heros when they show up on your doorstep.

Congratulations, Emma Adams!

Emma Adams, youngest daughter of David and Kathy Adams of Beaver Island, has been selected to take part in the seventh annual TourneySport USA Girls Volleyball Hawaii Classic. The event will be held on the island of Oahu and will take place July 11th through the 19th, 2006!

Teams will play up to 11 matches. The first three days of the tournament will feature a pool play format. At the conclusion of the pool play, all teams will be reclassified and seeded into a medal round event according to the record from the pool play matches. The medal round will consist of a modified double elimination format, with each team playing an additional 3 matches. At the conclusion of the medal round champions will be named from each pool.

Emma's sisters, Abbie and Joanie, will be accompany her on the trip and be on hand to cheer her on. Aloha, Emma! We'll all be rooting for you too.

Winter's Just Around the Corner

That nasty four letter word (s-n-o-w) will soon be on everyones' tongues as the temperatures continue to drop. We've already had a hard freeze and early risers had to scrape frost off windshields before they could drive. Although the fall colors continue to delight the eye, winds are quickly removing them from the trees. Folks are busily stocking up for the winter months by taking advantage of the Spartan sales or making what's referred to as "Sam's runs" before the ferry makes its last run. Not many boats are left in the water now and the beaches are deserted except for a few hardy souls who hike them with their dogs. Rabbit hunters abound and the redcoats will be arriving soon as November 15th nears. With Halloween only a week away, Colleen Martin's sewing machine is working overtime. She swears that this year she's only making costumes for children - no adult ones.

Gull Harbor Sunrise

I love early mornings and it's always a pleasure to watch the sunrise from Gull Harbor. Saturday morning I was there long before there was even a tinge of color on the horizon. My only disapointment was a couple of duck hunters who were perched in a small craft at the edge of the shore banging away with their guns. I was under the impression that Gull Harbor was protected against hunters. I wasn't about to confront two fellows larger than me who were holding guns and had a big dog. Regardless, I got the sunrise and the fabulous clouds all the time hoping that I was distracting any ducks from landing.

Community House Progress

Although it wasn't readily apparent at first glance what had changed since last week, a closer inspection showed that the plumbing was going in and preparation for the pouring of concrete which is planned for this next week. Things are moving right along. The huge pile of sand has been disbursed and leveled. Next week the changes should be easier to see.



....... Halloween Party at the Shamrock Friday night- prizes for costumes

....... Close the Center Party at C.M.U. Biological Station on Saturday night