2018-04-07 / News

Island Lakers Start Spring Season Indoors Due to Snow, Ice, Wind

By Jacob A. Ball

The Mackinac Island Lakers spring sports have started practices indoors, as snow, ice, and wind continue to batter the Island in April. The players are accustomed to training inside for some time until the roads and courses outdoors are dry.

Girls golf coach Mary Patay said the Island’s golf courses are unusable as long as the ground is frozen.

The boys golf team hopes to build on their improvements from last year with six returning golfers. Coach Gregg Neville, in his second year, has been working to develop a strong roster that can compete at the team level.

First-year track and field coach Shane Paeth said his team is eager to begin running on roads around the Island.

Girls Golf

The team includes sophomore Makenna Horricks and eighth grader Mabel Styburski. The squad is usually small because many of the girls run track in the springtime, and there are only 13 girls eligible. Coach Patay has been part of the team for more than a decade, and is pleased to be able to share her enthusiasm for the sport. The golf teams will host a home meet Monday, April 30, but Coach Patay is not convinced the Island’s golf courses will be usable yet at that point. Grand Hotel’s The Jewel course and Wawashkamo Golf Club both serve as home courses for the season.

Teaching begins with putting because, as she says, a good drive does not matter if the golfer cannot putt. Etiquette, a major part of the sport, includes details such as the correct putting order on the green, and that a golf bag should not be set down on the greens. Neither girl was a member of the team last year, and Coach Patay is looking forward to working with them this season to compete at the individual level, and help build up experience for seasons to come.

Boys Golf

With 10 golfers on the team, Coach Gregg Neville will have many options to fill out his fiveman roster for each meet. The team includes junior Alex Henlin, freshmen Leon Sehoyan, Dominic Morse, Tristan Greenlee, and Trevor Pereny, eighth graders Wyatt Morse, Xavier Mosley, and Asher Topham, and seventh graders Aidan Ogle and Jack Kaminen. This year, he anticipates Henlin, Morse, Pereny, and Sehoyan will be his most competitive golfers, but he is confident that every member of the team will see sufficient playing time.

Putting will be a major emphasis during practices. He said that everyone is always eager to work on their swing, but more attention must be paid to playing greens correctly. Many times, student golfers will approach putting without much contemplation, but he would like them to learn how to “read greens.”

Coach Neville said he believes teenagers can learn about controlling their emotions through golfing, and he encourages them to be aware of their emotions on the course. He is aware that it can be frustrating if a round is not going correctly, but he wants them to channel that energy into practicing harder to improve for their next opportunity.

Track and Field

The track and field team has 11 participants this season, including seniors Cheyla Shunk, Gabe Kromer, and Nick Davis, juniors Gabe Hepker and Aaron Riggs, sophomore Hannah Styburski, freshmen Ella Cowell, Ava Sehoyan, and Albert Mosley, eighth grader Clara Chambers, and seventh grader Guyil Mosley. The team is under the direction of first-year coach Shane Paeth. Mr. Paeth coached cross-country for the Lakers in the fall, and is looking forward to the opportunity to coach track and field.

Coach Paeth says it could still be some time before the roads are dry enough to run on. In the meantime, the team has been practicing in the gymnasium. He would like to incorporate fun activities into practice to keep the teenagers engaged, and help them develop a positive impression of running. Coach Paeth said not having a track is especially challenging when planning practices, but he would like to move practices to Great Turtle Park, where there is more room. As a high school track athlete, he said his practices were often very difficult, and he would like to make sure that practices are enjoyable for students.

The team has a diverse group of the athletes, including two experienced long-distance runners, Kromer and Hepker, who competed under Coach Paeth in crosscountry. The girls will continue to compete in relay events, as they did last season. The boys will have a relay team for the first time in several years.

On the girls side, Shunk has shown signs that she will be competitive this season on the track, and she will throw shot-put, as well. As a former competitor in the hurdles, Coach Paeth is hoping he can convince at least one runner to attempt this event. He said hurdles can be challenging, but very rewarding.

The team has two experienced throwers to compete in shot-put and discus this season, Albert Mosley and Hannah Styburski. He is eager to see them throw once the team is able to move outside, and he is pleased with their effort so far. Guyil Mosley is in his first year as a thrower, and the coach said he has been working very hard in practice. Riggs might participate in other field events, including high jump, but the lack of equipment makes practicing difficult.

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