2013-02-08 / Sports

Mackinac Island Lakers Hoops Teams Vie for Strong Close To Season

By David Latva


Lakers Coach Mary Patay (center) instructs her team during a timeout of the game versus the Alanson Vikings January 12. (Game story on front page) Lakers Coach Mary Patay (center) instructs her team during a timeout of the game versus the Alanson Vikings January 12. (Game story on front page) Lakers Update: Mackinac Island Downs Ojibwe

Mackinac Island defeated Ojibwe 58-28 Tuesday, January 8, during a Northern Lights League game.

The Lakers led 41-16 at halftime and outscored the visitors 17-12 in the second half to post the win.

Lakers statistics: Zhan’e Nash, 24 points, seven rebounds, five steals; Hailey Armstrong, 11 points, five steals; Halee Tokarz, 10 points, eight rebounds; Mary Schockling, four points, six points, three steals, three assists; Molly Tokarz, four points; Dana Roguska, three points, three rebounds; Mackenzie Bean, two points, two rebounds; Amelia Roe, four assists; Peyton Waaso, two assists.


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Mackinac Island swept the Munising Baptist Bobcats 50-21 Friday, January 4, and 67-31 Saturday, January 5, during a weekend Northern Lights League weekend series.

Zhan’e Nash scored a seasonhigh 31 points to lead the Lakers to the win on Friday. Mackinac Island led 30-15 at halftime and outscored the Bobcats 20-6 in the second half.

Lakers statistics: Zhan’e Nash, 19 rebounds, one block; Hailey Bean, eight points, five assists, four rebounds, one block; Amelia Roe, four points; Mackenzie Bean, three points, four rebounds, two assists; Molly Tokarz and Dana Roguska, two points; Peyton Waaso, five steals, four rebounds, two assists, one block; Halee Tokarz, four rebounds; Mary Schockling, three rebounds, two steals.

On Saturday, the Lakers held a 56-23 halftime advantage and held a 11-8 scoring edge in the second half.


Mackinac Island’s Hailey Armstrong (10) scores this hoop inside against Alanson. Armstrong had a strong game in the Lakers win, recording 11 points, six rebounds, and five steals. Mackinac Island’s Hailey Armstrong (10) scores this hoop inside against Alanson. Armstrong had a strong game in the Lakers win, recording 11 points, six rebounds, and five steals. Lakers statistics: Zhan’e Nash, 26 points, 17 rebounds; Halee Tokarz, 11 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks, three steals, two assists; Peyton Waaso, 10 points, four steals, three rebounds; Dana Roguska, eight points, five rebounds; Hailey Bean, five points; Molly Tokarz, four points, two rebounds;

Amelia Roe, two points, three assists; Mary Schockling, one point, three rebounds; Mackenzie Bean, four assists, two steals.

Mackinac Island Lakers Drop Four Games at Grand Marias

The Mackinac Island Lakers girls and boys basketball teams dropped two games each during a weekend series at Grand Marais Friday, January 25, and Saturday, January 26. Both games were close, as the Polar Bears posted a 57-52 win Friday and 39-38 win Saturday.


Justin Acosta (32) looks to score during the Mackinac Island Lakers game against Alanson January 12. Justin Acosta (32) looks to score during the Mackinac Island Lakers game against Alanson January 12. “Turnovers hurt us in both games,” said Lakers Coach Mary Patay. “We had leads and just couldn’t take care of the ball.”

Mackinac Island led 21-9 after the first quarter and held a 31-22 halftime lead before Grand Marais outscored the Lakers 35-21 in the second half, 26-12 in the final eight minutes.

Lakers statistics: Zhan’e Nash, 26 points, 19 rebounds, five steals; Halee Tokarz, 15 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks; Hailey Armstrong, five points, two rebounds; Mary Schockling, four points, six rebounds; Mackenzie Bean, two points, four rebounds, one block.

On Saturday, the Lakers led with 15 seconds left in the game, but turned the ball over to Grand Marias, allowing the Polar Bears to score the winning basket.

Both teams scored 17 points in the first half before Grand Marais outscored Mackinac Island 22-21 in the second half.

Lakers statistics: Zhan’e Nash, 16 points, nine rebounds, eight steals, three blocks; Hailey Armstrong, eight points; Mary Schockling, six points, five rebounds; Halee Tokarz, five points, two steals, one block; Peyton Waaso, three points, two steals; Mackenzie Bean, two rebounds, one block.

The Mackinac Island boys fell to Grand Marais 58-53 Friday and 59-48 Saturday.

In the first game, the Polar Bears led 24-17 at halftime before the Lakers held a 36-34 edge in the second half to fall short by only five points.

“We just couldn’t get over the hump and take the lead,” said Lakers Coach Garren Earvin.

Lakers statistics: Will Barnwell, 16 points; Leo Horn, 13 points, seven rebounds; Collin Armstrong, 10 points, four steals; Jeremy Hepker, 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists; Justin Acosta, four points, 10 rebounds.

On the Saturday, Grand Marais led 28-18 at halftime and the home team held a 31-30 scoring edge in the second half.

Lakers statistics: Collin Arm- strong, 21 points, six rebounds, four steals; Leo Horn, 12 points, nine rebounds; Justin Acosta, 10 points, 10 rebounds; Jermey Hepker, three points; Colton Fisher, two points.

Lakers Sweep Islanders In NLL Weekend Series

The Mackinac Island Lakers swept the Beaver Island Islanders 67-49 Friday, February 1, and 75-39 Saturday, February 2, during a Northern Lights League home weekend series.

Balanced scoring was the key for the Lakers as four players scored in double figures during both games.

On Friday, the Lakers led 32- 22 at halftime and outscored the Islanders 35-27 in the second half.

Lakers statistics: Collin Armstrong, 21 points, six steals; Leo Horn, 15 points, 17 rebounds; Will Barnwell, 14 points, seven steals; Justin Acosta, 12 points, 16 rebounds; Jeremy Hepker, seven points, seven steals, three assists; Colton Fisher, two points.

On Saturday, Jeremy Hepker scored a career high 32 points to lead the Lakers to a 36-27 halftime margin. Mackinac Island outscored Beaver Island 39-12 in the second half.

Lakers statistics: Jeremy Hepker, 32 points, 10 rebounds, five steals, four assists; Justin Acosta, 11 points, 18 rebounds, four steals; Will Barnwell, 11 points; Leo Horn, six points, 12 rebounds; Christian Styburski, two points.

The Lakers will battle the Hannahville Soaring Eagles in a road conference weekend series Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9.

Mackinac Island Sweeps Paradise In NLL Series

The Mackinac Island Lakers boys basketball team swept the Paradise Rockets during a road weekend Northern Lights League series Friday, January 18, and Saturday, January 19.

Four players scored in double figures in the 64-37 win on Friday. The Lakers led 32-8 at halftime and outscored the Rockets 32-29 in the second half.

Lakers statistics: Collin Armstrong, 18 points, seven rebounds; Jeremy Hepker, 14 points, six rebounds; Will Barnwell, 13 points; Justin Acosta, 11 points; Leo Horn, six points, 16 rebounds; Christian Styburski, two points.

On Saturday, Justin Acosta scored career high 25 points to lead Mackinac Island to a 76-44 win over Paradise.

The Lakers held a 36-8 halftime margin and outscored Paradise 40-36 in the second half.

Lakers statistics: Justin Acosta, 25 points, nine rebounds; Jeremy Hepker, 17 points, five rebounds, Will Barnwell, 16 points; Leo Horn, 12 points, 13 rebounds; Collin Armstrong, eight points, seven rebounds; Christian Styburski, one point.

Mackinac Island Falls to Alanson

The Mackinac Island Lakers fell to the Alanson Vikings 72- 33 during a home game Saturday, January 12.

Lakers statistics: Leo Horn, 12 points; Colton Fisher, nine points; Jeremy Hepker, Collin Armstrong, and Justin Acosta, four points.

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