As many of you may or may not know, Johnny Paul Kenwabikise's daughter, Wendy has brain cancer.
Johnny will be traveling back and forth to visit Wendy and it was suggested that the Island hold a Fundraiser to help Johnny defray his travel expenses and to help out Wendy and her family at this time. Wendy is only 36 and has 5 children.
Johnny has had so much tragedy in his life with the untimely deaths of his four sons and now in addition to all of this, his son Simon may be shipped out to Iraq in a few weeks.
We would like everyone to attend but if you are unable to, a fund has been set up at Charlevoix State Bank; your check should be made out to the Kenwabikise Benefit Fund and can be dropped off at the bank here on the island or mail to:
Charlevoix State Bank
111 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720
P.O. Box 78
Beaver Island, MI 49782
Watch this site for updates on the raffles and auctions. We're working on getting together some very nice packages.
by Frank Solle
It wasn't the clock in the castle tower chiming midnight that brought the Beaver Island Islanders soccer team's storybook season to an end last Thursday night.
Instead, it was the scoreboard at the Suttons Bay soccer pitch marking Traverse City Christian goals at the 22:30 , 22:06 , and then 19:25 marks of the first half. For good measure the Sabres added another with 14:17 left in the half as they went on to a 7-0 regional championship win over the Islanders.
“This is the best team we've ever played,” Islanders goalkeeper Eric Albin said of the Sabres. “Every shot they had was a good one. They deserve to go to state.”
The Sabres controlled the tempo of the game throughout the contest, using fast, pinpoint passes, and an overall quick and upbeat offense.
“Oh my, they're good,” said Islander Saygan Croswhite. “They had passes they could string together. They were fast. They were skilled.”
Then, just to show the first half scoring spree wasn't a fluke, the Sabres performed a near repeat in the second half, scoring at the 28:58, 27:54, and 25:59 points of that half.
Each time it was a triple shocker. Bing. Bang. Bong.
“They were so good,” said Islander Jared Wojan. “Their passes were right on every time. That's what a good team looks like right there.”
If you haven't caught on that the Islanders opponents were a tad stronger of a team, perhaps coach Myers can convince you: “They were outstanding. They controlled everything. Now our kids know what real ball playing is all about.”
No, really coach, how good are the Sabres? “How good are they? I think they are going to win state.”
But at this point, just being there, just playing in a regional soccer championship game — one of only 16 such games in the state featuring the final 32 of 455 teams that began the tournament run a week earlier — is the whole point. Winning would have been enough icing on the cake to keep Dr. White busy for the rest of her adult life. Not that losing is all that much fun, but there were 423 other teams throughout Michigan that would have loved to have been suited up instead of the Green and White.
“This is just a huge confidence booster for our kids,” said BICS Superintendent/Principal Kitty McNamara. “So many times it seems we're so disconnected from what's going on in all the other schools. This just proves to our kids they are in no way hindered living here.
“Sometimes they think they're not quite as good as everybody else because they aren't involved in all the same things, but this just shows them they're tops.
“They know academically we push them real hard. They can see the test scores and see they do better than a lot of the kids in the state, but that's not as important to them as this is — to be able to say they really do match up.
“I think it's awesome and I think the whole community has joined in. This has been good for everybody.”
Not only did the whole community join in, nearly everyone left with the team last Thursday. Island Airways flew four plane loads of fans to Northport, then returned to the Island for four more loads of players and students. It took a school bus and four vans to transport everyone from the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula to the little burg of Suttons Bay .
Then, after the game, the entire process was repeated in reverse.
And, as the planes taxied to the terminal, in what has suddenly become a near-routine performance, the fire truck and ambulance and friends and family and fans who couldn't make the trip were there waiting for their Islanders to return.
“We really have to thank the big crowd for coming to support us at every game,” an appreciative Wojan said. “This has been unbelievable.”
Now that it's over it's time to believe. Believe in an undefeated regular season. Believe in another Northern Lights League championship. Believe in a district tournament trophy. Believe in a regional tournament win. Believe in a regional final appearance.
But above and beyond all that, it's time for these great kids, players and fans alike, to believe in themselves. Everyone else here does.
There will be NO white elephant table
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