2005-02-11 / Sports

Mackinac Splits With Beaver in Sports ‘Battle of Islands’

By David Latva

Lakers’ JasonPettit drives to the hoop during a regular season home game.Lakers’ JasonPettit drives to the hoop during a regular season home game.

In the battle between the only island schools registered with the Michigan High School Athletic Association, Mackinac Island and Beaver Island split their Northern Lights League (NLL) weekend series Friday, February 4, and Saturday, February 5. In the hoops games Friday, the Islanders defeated the Lakers 71-67 in overtime and on Saturday morning the visitors from Mackinac downed the host squad 59-56.

On the volleyball court, Beaver Island swept Mackinac Island Friday evening 12-25, 16-25, and 14-25, but on Saturday, the Lady Lakers went to five matches and prevailed, 13-25, 25-14, 25-23, 20-25, and 15-7.

The weekend for the coaching staff and players was extended as a heavy bank of fog over the Straits area canceled the return flight Saturday, but the teams arrived back on Mackinac Island 24-hours later.

"We were treated very well by the school officials and community," said Ryan Fox, the Lakers basketball coach and athletic director.

"We walked around, had supper at a local restaurant, and movies were brought in for us to watch," said Lakers volleyball coach Nikki Helsel. "I’m glad to be back home on Mackinac Island.”

Mackinac Island Hoops

In the weekend opener, the Islanders led 13-12 after the first eight minutes before a 14-0 run late in the second quarter by the Lakers sent the game into halftime with Mackinac Island leading 28-22.

Beaver Island held a 17-11 margin in the third quarter to notch the score at 39 and both teams scored 17 points in the final period. Michael Gamble drained one of his three triples in the closing seconds to send the game into overtime tied at 56.

In the extra period, without the services of Jason Pettit, who went down with a knee injury, the host Islanders outscored the Lakers 15-11 to ice the win.

Jason Pettit scored 28 points to lead the Lakers while Ben Mosley added 14 points and eight assists, Richard Chaffee chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds, Michael Gamble nine points and four assists, and Woody Beardsley notched five.

Mackinac Island regrouped Saturday to post a three-point win as Richard Chaffee scored 20 points and 19 rebounds, Ben Mosley added 17 points and five assists, Woody Beardsley chipped in seven points and five boards, Michael Gamble notched six, and Riley Chaffee tallied five.

The Lakers trailed 28-27 at halftime before outscoring the Islanders 32-28 in the second half to gain a split in the weekend series.

Mackinac Island, 12-3 overall and 5-2 in the NLL, are off until February 18-19 when the Lakers play host to Grand Marais and close out the season at Paradise Friday, February 25 and Saturday, February 26.

Lakers Split With Islanders

After a disappointing defeat Friday, the Lady Lakers bounced back to down their NLL opponent on Saturday.

Playing without the services of injured Emma Chambers, Emily St. Onge led the Lakers with 20 service points, nine aces, 43 attacks, 26 digs, 17 serve receives, and 11 kills, Melissa Bunker added 17 points, 12 aces, 32 digs, 48 sets, 18 attacks, 10 assists, and six kills, Blisse Beardsley chipped in eight points, three aces, 26 attacks, 16 digs, 61 sets, 13 assists, and 10 kills, Kristi Kamphuis notched eight points, three aces, 23 digs, 17 attacks, and six kills, Christina McLean tallied seven points, three aces, 14 digs, and seven serve receives, Danielle Wightman charted seven points, three aces, seven digs, and three attacks, Shayleen Mosley marked three points, eight digs, four attacks, and two kills, Karlena Mosley counted one point, 13 digs, seven serve receives, and three attacks, and Arial Leeper scored one point and one dig.

The Lakers will compete in the Engadine Volleyball Invitational Saturday, February 12, before closing out the league schedule with a home match against Grand Marais Friday, February 18, and Saturday, February 19.

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