2017-05-20 / Sports

Lakers Are Competitive on the Links, at Home and Away


The Mackinac Island girls and boys golf teams faced NorthPointe Christian High School of Grand Rapids Friday, May 12, at Grand Hotel’s Jewel Golf Course in the fifth annual Horricks Cup. Participants were: (back, from left) Russell Smestad, Tim Gavin, Charlie Roskamp, Ava Sehoyan, Leon Sehoyan, Dominic Morse, NorthPointe Assistant Coach Ed DeJong, NorthPointe Head Coach Pat Ladwig, Nick Davis, Christian Styburski, Mary Patay, Grand Hotel Golf Professional Jason Horricks, Pierce Tinney, Rick Visser; (front) Alex Henlin, Trevor Pereny, Izaiah Gonzalez, Sam Wolowski, Elan Bosma, and Austin Visser. The Mackinac Island girls and boys golf teams faced NorthPointe Christian High School of Grand Rapids Friday, May 12, at Grand Hotel’s Jewel Golf Course in the fifth annual Horricks Cup. Participants were: (back, from left) Russell Smestad, Tim Gavin, Charlie Roskamp, Ava Sehoyan, Leon Sehoyan, Dominic Morse, NorthPointe Assistant Coach Ed DeJong, NorthPointe Head Coach Pat Ladwig, Nick Davis, Christian Styburski, Mary Patay, Grand Hotel Golf Professional Jason Horricks, Pierce Tinney, Rick Visser; (front) Alex Henlin, Trevor Pereny, Izaiah Gonzalez, Sam Wolowski, Elan Bosma, and Austin Visser. Mackinac Island golfer Ava Sehoyan achieved a personal best this season, finishing with a 61 Monday, May 8, when teams from Newberry, Mackinac Island, Brimley, and Engadine competed on the Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club course in Naubinway.

The Engadine girls claimed the win in the meet, as no other teams were able to field a foursome for scoring. Hannah McArthur of the Engadine Eagles came in with the low score of the day for the girls, shooting a 49.

At left: Gabe Kromer competed in the one-mile and two-mile races for the Mackinac Island Track and Field team at the Elks Club track meet Tuesday, May 9, in Newberry. Kromer broke his own school record in the one-mile, finishing in less than 11 minutes and 20 seconds.At left: Gabe Kromer competed in the one-mile and two-mile races for the Mackinac Island Track and Field team at the Elks Club track meet Tuesday, May 9, in Newberry. Kromer broke his own school record in the one-mile, finishing in less than 11 minutes and 20 seconds.For the boys, the Newberry Indians won with a combined score of 205.

The Island golfers just barely missed out on second place with a combined total of 219 for the Lakers. Engadine would secure second by only two strokes, finishing with a combined score of 217.

For the Mackinac Island Lakers, Trevor Pereny and Christian Styburski, who both shot 50, turned in the low scores of the day. Nick Davis had 58 and Leon Sehoyan 61.

The Lakers were back in action Thursday, May 11, at the Les Cheneaux Golf Club in Cedarville. Mackinac Island’s boys golf team would finish the meet in second place with a combined score of 310, while the Cedarville Trojans would take first place with a score of 221.

Dominic Morse finished his outing with the lowest score for the Lakers at 53 strokes. He would be followed closely by Nick Davis with a 55, and Trevor Pereny with a 57. Rounding out the scoring for the boys Leon Sehoyan shot a 68, and Alex Henlin scored a 77.

The Cedarville girls won the meet with a combined score of 284. The only full girls team to compete at Les Cheneaux, Pickford sent three golfers and Paradise and the Island each had only one player present.

Ava Sehoyan finished the day with a 66 as she continues to improve her consistency on the season. She is the only golfer to compete for the Lakers girls team this season.

Over the past weekend, Mackinac Island hosted NorthPointe Christian of Grand Rapids for two days of golf. Friday, May 12, the teams competed on the Jewel Golf Course at Grand Hotel, and played again Saturday, May 13, at Wawashkamo Golf Club. Mackinac Island Boys Golf Coach Gregg Neville explained that the weekend was used as more of a team-building exercise with the majority of the golf played in scramble style. Scramble is when golfers play on a team of two or more players with one score kept together based on the best shot by the team. All players tee off from the start, but then the following stroke would be played from whichever shot originally traveled farther.

Mackinac Island has two tournaments remaining on the season. Thursday, May 18, the Lakers were in action at Newberry, and Tuesday, May 23, they will travel to Pickford to finish up the regular season. The state finals tournament will be held in Escanaba Thursday, June 1, at 9 a.m.

Track and Field

The Cedarville girls won with 106 points when track teams from around the Eastern Upper Peninsula gathered in Newberry for the annual Elks Club track meet Tuesday, May 9. Pickford was second with 100 points; Newberry had 83, Brimley 79, Cheboygan 55, DeTour 50, and Rudyard 47. Mackinac Island notched one point and the Ojibwa Charter School did not score.

Pickford won the boys meet with 159 points. Right behind the Pickford team was host Newberry with 129 points. Cedarville scored 70, Brimley 59, Rudyard 47, and Cheboygan 43. DeTour had 6 points, Mackinac Island and the Ojibwa Charter School didn’t score.

Mackinac Island competed again Tuesday, May 16, at Engadine High School, but the meet was ended early due to thunder and lightning. Junior Gabe Kromer placed sixth in the mile as he continues to work hard against the competition in the long distance races. Coach Justin Gallagher said the team has been dealing with some injuries and illnesses, but he explained that this is typical and not every player will successfully finish any season.

Coach Gallagher acknowledged the improvement made by senior Chris Riggs in the shot put. Last season Riggs commonly threw around 30 feet, but this season he has been inching toward 38 feet. This season he has been consistently throwing around 35 feet, and Coach Gallagher believes there is still time for Riggs to improve further down the stretch.

The track and field team was in action again Friday, May 19, in Pickford at 2 p.m. for the final regular season meet of the season. The Lakers will return to Pickford Thursday, May 25, for the regional finals before the U.P. finals the following week in Kingsford.

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