2018-12-08 / Sports

Mackinac Island Lakers Close Out Soccer Season with 13-3 Overall Record

By David Latva


The Mackinac Island Lakers Northern Lights League 2018 regular season soccer champions: (front, from left) Alique Henlin, Guyil Mosley, Ella Cowell, Derby Kromer, Trevor Pereny, Albert Mosley, Gabriel Hepker, Sean Burt, Brooke Dziobak, Matt Cowell; (back) Head Coach Mary Patay, Wyatt Morse, Alex Henlin, Dominic Morse, Leon Sehoyan, Hannah Styburski, Aaron Riggs, T.J. Massaway, Aidan Ogle, Xavier Mosley, Mabel Styburski, and Assistant Coach Robert Chambers. The Mackinac Island Lakers Northern Lights League 2018 regular season soccer champions: (front, from left) Alique Henlin, Guyil Mosley, Ella Cowell, Derby Kromer, Trevor Pereny, Albert Mosley, Gabriel Hepker, Sean Burt, Brooke Dziobak, Matt Cowell; (back) Head Coach Mary Patay, Wyatt Morse, Alex Henlin, Dominic Morse, Leon Sehoyan, Hannah Styburski, Aaron Riggs, T.J. Massaway, Aidan Ogle, Xavier Mosley, Mabel Styburski, and Assistant Coach Robert Chambers. The Mackinac Island Lakers Soccer team closed out the year with the 2018 regular season championship, but suffered a 4-1 setback at the hands of Munising Baptist Bobcats in the Northern Lights League semi-final playoffs at Hannahville Saturday, October 13.

The Lakers, coached by Mary Patay, recorded a 13-3 overall record and completed the league title with a win at Grand Marais Wednesday, October 10.

Against the Bobcats in the conference playoffs, Munising Baptist took a 2-1 lead after the first half and held a 2-1 margin in the second half. Alex Henlin scored the goal for the Lakers assisted by Dominic Morse. Mackinac Island didn’t quit, but ran out of time on a very successful season.


Aaron Riggs (24) scored 104 career goals in six years with the Lakers. Aaron Riggs (24) scored 104 career goals in six years with the Lakers. “I am proud of this group of athletes,” said Coach Patay. “We have only three seniors, Alex Henlin, Gabriel Hepker, and Aaron Riggs. We will have a strong group of returning players for next season and will compete for the league title.”

Aaron Riggs recorded a personal milestone with 104 career regular season goals in six years on the varsity team. The trio of seniors compiled 14 years on the soccer field with Hepker and Riggs playing six years and Henlin playing two seasons.

Mary Patay has been very instrumental in her 20 years as a Mackinac Island coach and has been a leader for athletes on the soccer field, golf course, volleyball court, and girls basketball court.


The Hepker and Hannkela families at the soccer playoffs in Hannahville include (front, from left) Masyn Hepker, Michael Hepker, Mattisyn Hannkela; (back) Heidi Hannkela, Gabriel Hepker, and Lynda Hepker. The Hepker and Hannkela families at the soccer playoffs in Hannahville include (front, from left) Masyn Hepker, Michael Hepker, Mattisyn Hannkela; (back) Heidi Hannkela, Gabriel Hepker, and Lynda Hepker. “I have enjoyed my time in coaching at Mackinac Island,” she said. “The students, school staff, and community have been very supportive and I hope to continue doing something that I love.”

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