Story and photos by Frank Solle
No matter how many or how few players were on the field, the Beaver Island Islanders were too much for the Soaring Eagles of Hannahville in a weekend soccer series that saw the Islanders claim 10-0 and 7-1 victories in a pair of Northern Lights League contests.
The Eagles flew over with a compliment of just 10 players, including a couple seventh graders. And while the Islanders played anywhere from a full squad to one player less than the Eagles, their overall talent and ability was simply too much for the Eagles to compete with.
The lone Eagle score of the weekend came midway through the second half of the Saturday morning game when Parker Trudelo lofted a long, floating shot that soared over the head of Islander goalkeeper Brenna Green and bounced into the far corner of the goal.
That score closed the gap of the morning game to 5-1as the Islanders used the day to work on their passing and dropping the ball back to a following player as opposed to pounding the ball again and again into the goal.
A pregame agreement between the coaches and the officials allowed the Friday contest to be played to a 10-run mercy rule rather than the newly-imposed 8-run rule established for this season. It was a good decision for the Islanders as they netted six first half goals, including two in the game's opening two minutes.
Senior Tony Bousquet opened the scoring with a fine header just 1:02 into the game. Fellow senior Jared Wojan, who assisted Bousquet on his head shot, scored the next three goals with junior Daniel Runberg adding the second two.
Wojan opened the second half scoring at the 12:30 mark with an assist by Runberg. Wojan then shared the glory with an assist to senior David Bousquet a couple minutes later.
Junior Eric Albin notched the final two goals, the first with an assist from Tony Bousquet and the game-ender off an assist from Runberg.
Tony Bousquet broke into the scoring column twice in the first six minutes of the Saturday game before assisting on a goal by freshman Dereck McDonough.
Freshman Alex Kuligoski netted her first goal of the season two minutes into the second half with a help from McDonough.
The Bousquet boys then sandwiched goals around a score by senior Saygan Croswhite to wrap up the Islander offensive show.
“We've got good ball control,” said Islander coach Mike Myers. “We just have to avoid getting sloppy,” he added as he watched his players run a few postgame sprints Saturday to help drive that point home.
Along with the strong offensive play, Myers was pleased with the defensive work by freshman Cameron LaVasseur. “He's really coming around,” Myers said of the midfielder. Myers also noted the effort by freshman Jenna Butler as she demonstrated some aggressive play throughout the series. “She really hustles out there,” Myers said.
Meanwhile, Hannahville coach Tom Ohman was pleased with how his team faced the challenge. “We do what we can with what we've got,” he said. “We can only get better.”
The Islanders, combined with a season-opening sweep at Mackinac Island the previous weekend, are now 4-0 and will look for their own improvement when they entertain Paradise this Friday and Saturday. Game times are 5:00 pm and 9:00 am .
Those ladies who have not yet made an appointment for a mammogram, there are still a few slots open when the Karmanos vehicle is on the island at the end of the month. Please contact the Rural Health Center as soon as possible.
For the Bite of Beaver, there are a very few tables left. Please contact the Chamber of Commerce asap.
Summer may be pretty much over but the "doings" haven't slowed down much, especially this past weekend. There were the school soccer games, the Senior Citizen picnic, a mortgage burning gathering, the Celtic Games and a 90th birthday party, just to name a few. It answers the most asked question "What do you do on that island?"
What's coming up? That would be the annual Bite of Beaver Island and the Boodle. Warm up your walking/running shoes and save room to sample all the delicious foods prepared by some of the best island cooks. Check with the Chamber of Commerce for more information.
While men in tights may have been popular on the mainland, this past weekend Beaver Island celebrated men in skirts (kilts) as eleven athletes competed in the 2nd annual Beaver Island Celtic Games. Added to the games were pipers and dancers who entertained the audience between events. Thanks go to this years' sponsors of the event: Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce, Shamrock, and Stoney Acre.
Athletes were: Daman Barth, Dale Gehman, Ken Crum, Jeremy McBain, Patrick Cameron, Bill Gordon, Dave Carl, Reagan Drebenstedt, Troy Drebenstedt, Jerry Bowersox, and Beaver Island's own Tim Wearn.
First event was the Bramaer Stone which is a 30 pound stone thrown for distance like a shot put but from a standing position.
1) Ken Crum: 28 feet, 3 inches
2) Damon Barth: 25 feet
3) Tim Wearn: 24 feet
4) Dale Gehman: 23 feet, 8 inches
5) Jeremy McBain: 23 feet
6) Bill Gordon: 22 feet, 4 inches
7) Patrick Cameron: 21 feet, 1 inch
8) Reagan Drebenstedt: 20 feet 11 inches
9) Dave Carl: 20 feet, 10 inches
10) Troy Drebenstedt: 19 feet, 1.5 inches
11) Jerry Bowersox: 18 feet, 1 inch
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