2018-06-09 / Sports

Mackinac Island Lakers Compete at U.P. Track, Division 3 Golf Finals

By Jacob A. Ball

Gabe Kromer in the 800-meter race June 2. (Photographs by Shane Paeth) Gabe Kromer in the 800-meter race June 2. (Photographs by Shane Paeth) Two members of the Mackinac Island Lakers track and field team participated in the U.P. Finals at Kingsford High School Saturday, June 2. While senior Gabe Kromer was returning for his third consecutive appearance running a long distance event at the finals, eighth grader Clara Chambers qualified for her first finals in the long jump. Kromer completed the 800-meter run in 2:18.22, finishing in 14th place and Chambers finished in 13th place with a mark of about 12.5 feet. First year coach Shane Paeth said both of them took the preparations for the finals seriously, even though they were at opposite ends of their careers in track and field. He expects Chambers to be an annual competitor in the finals, and is pleased she has the experience to help other Lakers in the coming seasons. Coach Paeth plans to coach cross-country and track and field next year, too. Bessemer won boys competition in Division 3 track and Lake Linden-Hubbell took the girls title.

Clara Chambers launches herself from the takeoff board during competition at Kingsford. Clara Chambers launches herself from the takeoff board during competition at Kingsford. The Mackinac Island boys and girls golf teams competed in the Division 3 U.P. Finals at Irish Oaks Golf Course in Gladstone Thursday, May 31. Sophomore Makenna Horricks finished in seventh place with a round of 105. Overall, the girls finished in eighth place at the tourney with a total score of 570. Also competing for the girls were freshmen Ella Cowell, with a round of 135, and Brooke Dziobak, with 176. Eighth grader Mabel Styburski finished with an 18-hole score of 154.

Coach Mary Patay is hopeful for the seasons ahead, as the oldest member of the team, Makenna Horricks, will only be a junior next season.

She said it is important for the girls to have fun if they expect to perform well, but the entire team did improve during the season. It is typical to get frustrated while learning to play golf, and she said learning to deal with this is essential to reducing their strokes. Golf lessons are available at Grand Hotel and Wawashkamo Golf Club, and a couple of the players already have plans to practice regularly.

At the U.P. Finals, Ontonagon placed first with 433 points in the girls golf meet and took first for the boys with 351 points.

The boys team did not have any competitors finish in the top-10, however, coach Gregg Neville said freshmen Dominic Morse and Trevor Pereny played some of their best golf ever on the back nine. He said Pereny is driving the ball straight down the middle of the fairway. He finished the outing with an 18-hole score of 106. Coach Neville is pleased with how Morse’s golf mental game has been developing, as he has started to understand how club selection works. In the past, he would choose his club based on feeling, but he is now starting to understand when an iron is better than a wood club, and why a 5-iron might work better than a 6- iron. Morse finished the U.P. Finals with a score of 104 to finish 33rd overall, while Pereny finished in 36th. Freshman Leon Sehoyan finished his season with a score of 141, while seventh grader Aidan Ogle shot a 152 and eighth grader Asher Topham scored 183.

Going into the summer, Coach Neville is hoping Island golfers will work on their form at one of Mackinac Island’s three courses. He said practice is the only way to get better at golf, and he hopes the players will return next season with improved skills on the fairways and greens. He said the golfers do not need a car ride to the course, like their mainland counterparts, so there should not be any excuses for not practicing during their summer break.

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