District Champs 1974
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The Lady Lakers began the new season with a very young lineup. With 3 seniors graduating last year the new squad has one junior, one freshman and two 8th graders along with two 7th graders! This will be a rebuilding year for the girls and Coach Patay!
The girls started their season with Put-in-Bay, Ohio coming to the island. This is a series we do every 5-6 years. The girls started slow and found themselves down 10 after the first quarter. They did play better and then both teams went cold in the 4th quarter. The final score was the Panthers 22-20 over the Lady Lakers. Cheyla Shunk had 8 points and 6 rebounds followed by Ella Cowell with 6 points, Hannah Styburski with 4 and Brooke Dziobak with 2 points and 9 rebounds.
The Saturday game was another competitive game. This time the Lakers started a little faster and built up a lead and then held on in the 4th quarter for a 32-24 win. Hannah had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Ella chipped in with 10 points. Brooke had another good game with 8 rebounds and two points. Clara Chambers had 4 points. The Lady Lakers were able to win the "Pink Rock" trophy in the "Battle of the Islands" and put that in their trophy case for the next 5 years.
Maplewood Baptist came to the island for the opening NLL contest of the year. The Black Bears have a young but experienced team and that experience showed as they won going away 52-17. Cheyla led the team with 8 points and 9 rebounds.
Our 4th game of the years had us traveling to Hannahville to take on the Soaring Eagles. The girls started slow after the long trip and fell behind by 15 after the first quarter. After finding the range on a few shots, the team played much better in the second half. The final score was Hannahville 42-27 over the Lakers. Ella Cowell had a great game with 18 points and 4 steals. Hannah had 7 points and 9 rebounds and Mabel Styburski got into the scoring with her first two points of the year.
The morning game was a Hannahville win, 48-28. Cheyla scored 9 with 9 rebounds which is the same as Hannah for the game. Ella had 8 and Mabel 2 to round out the scoring. Brooke again had 9 rebounds.
The Lady Lakers hosted Ojibwe and got off to a slow start against the visitors. The Eagle have some good ball handlers and made their way through the Laker defense early in the game. The loss, 35-19, puts the Lakers record at 1-5 on the season. The ladies keep battling and are showing improvement every game. Ella led the team with 8 points.
Saturday was another slow start and the Eagles were up 17 points early. The girls fought hard and made a game of it before falling 41-21. Cheyla had 8, Ella 4, Hannah 4, Brooke 3 and Mabel 2. Cheyla also had 10 rebounds! The girls are off for the holidays before playing Maplewood Baptist right after the break.
The Lady Lakers played a great first half against the Black Bears of Maplewood Baptist trailing 20-14. The second half saw them go scoreless in the 3rd quarter and they fell 47-23 in the end. Ella Cowell had 12 points to lead the team in scoring.
The girls hosted Munising Baptist and lost 27-18 on Friday. Ella again led the team with 10 points. The game was well played with both teams working hard on the defensive end.
The Saturday game saw the Lakers get off to a slow start falling behind by 8 points early. The Lakers could never get back to form and dropped the morning game 39-23. Cheyla and Hannah scored 5 each for the Lakers and Ella had 13 points.
The Lakers won a close game against Beaver Island as the ladies had a chance to play in front of a large homecoming crowd as well as 9 & 10 news cameras! The game was close throughout with Cheyla Shunk dribbling out the final 12 seconds on the clock to win a close 34-33 game.
Saturday the Islanders came out fast and built an early lead to defeat the Lakers by 36-27. The Lakers could not find the range despite getting numerous shots during the game.
The game with Grand Marais was not part of the league but in order to let the other team get some valuable playing the girls played 4 on 4 against the Polar Bears. On Friday, the ladies won 44-19 as they were more aggressive on the offensive end and had easier shots. The Saturday match was closer with the final of 26-17. The girls on both teams played hard and showed great sportsmanship.
The Soaring Eagles of Hannahville came to the island and won the Friday game 38-23. Cheyla Shunk led the team with 8 points, Ella 5, Hannah and Mabel Styburski both with 4 and Clara Chambers with 2 points.
On Saturday the teams both played inspired defense but the Lakers were tied at the half 11-11. In the second half the girls could not find the range and gave up a few easy baskets in the 3rd quarter with the final score 33-24 in favor of the visitors. Ella Cowell scored 5 points for the home team with Chelya, Hannah & Brooke all with 4 each.
In the NLL tournament the Lakers drew a first round game with Paradise. Paradise has 5 girls since semester break and wanted to compete. The Lakers were in much better shape and moved the ball down the court for some easy baskets throughout the game. The final score was 41-8. Hannah Styburski had a nice game with 16 points. All of the Lakers scored with Brooke 8, Ella 6, Cheyla 4, Mabel 4 and Clara 3 points.
The second round found the Lakers up against Ojibwe and the rested Eagles defeated the Lakers 62-20. Hannah scored 10 points on the day and they Eagles went on to win the tournament defeating Maplewood Baptist in the finals.
In District play, the Lakers traveled to Pickford to play the Cedarville Trojans. The girls played well but with only 5 players they fell behind early and could not recover. The Lakers played with two 7th graders and two 8th graders in the game against a veteran group from Cedarville. The girls never gave up and represented our school with honor.
Cheyla Shunk and Ella Cowell were named Honorable Mention in the NLL voting for the season.
The Lady Lakers traveled to Put-in-Bay, Ohio to play the host Panthers. We travel to Put-in-Bay every 6 years and they will return to our school next year to complete the home and home series.
The Lakers played very well on Friday defeating the host Panthers 53-20. Peyton Waaso scored 23 points, despite hurting her ankle early in the game. Molly Tokarz had 17 points, Hannah Styburski scored 7 points and Cheyla Shunk came up with 8 rebounds.
On Saturday, the Lakers played an inspired Panther team. The game was close throughout. One of the Panthers got hot and scored 34 points, many on long shots. The Laker defense came through in the end and limited Put-in-Bay to 4 points in the final few minutes to secure a 49-38 win. Everyone scored for the Lakers. Cheyla had 7 points and Hannah had 8 points and 11 rebounds. Molly put in 12 and Peyton had 17 points and 3 steals.
The Lakers hosted Ojibwe on 12/9/15 and struggled in the first quarter only scoring 5 points. The girls were able to find their game but could not overcome the slow start. The final score was 42-37 in favor of the visitors. Peyton Waaso led the scoring with 23 points. Ella Cowell and Molly Tokarz each had 5 points.
Game 4 had the Lakers travel to Hannahville to take on the Soaring Eagles. Hannahville came out with a strong first half and led 34-12. The Laker girls worked hard but had trouble finding the basket. They were also out rebounded by the host team. The final score was 55-24. Peyton Waaso led the Lakers with 18 points. Hannah Styburski had 4 points.
The morning game started out slow with the Lakers falling behind in the first quarter. They were not able to recover and suffered a 38-18 loss. Five players scored for the Lakers with Peyton 8, Molly 2, Sarah Simpson 2, Hannah 4 and Ella Cowell 2.
Game 6 - The Lady Lakers hosted the Maplewood Baptist Black Bears on 12/15/15 and again started out slow. The Black Bears, with many experienced players, scored a convincing 57-21 win. Peyton Waaso was the only Laker to hit double figures with 11 points. Molly Tokarz had 8 and Sarah Simpson scored 2 points.
Owendale Gagetown came for a visit just before the holiday break to play the Lakers. The Lakers started out slow again and the score at the end of the first quarter had the Lakers down 3-2. The girls were outscored 13-2 in the second quarter but mounted a comeback in the second half. The defense came around and gave the girls some fast break baskets. The girls were able to get close but could not overcome the slow start. The final score was 28-24. Peyton had 14 points, Molly scored 6 and Sarah and Cheyla Shunk each had two.
Game 8 had the Lakers travel to Maplewood Baptist for another Northern Lights League game. The team played better but lost 51-29. Peyton Waaso had 22 points to lead the Lakers. Now that the team seems to be healthy for the first time all year, they hope to begin playing better!
The Lakers traveled to Munising Baptist on 1/8/16 to play the host team. The Lakers started out slow in the first quarter and then picked up the pace in the second quarter to post a halftime lead of 20-18. The Lakers had the host team in foul trouble at the half and continued to work hard. The 3rd quarter was the turning point with the Lakers out scoring them by 7 on the way to a 44-37 victory. This was the first league win for the Lakers. Peyton Waaso again led the team in scoring with 29 points followed by Molly Tokarz with 12 and Cheyla Shunk with 3 points. The difference in the game was free throw shooting with the Lakers 9 for 18 and the hosts 5 for 17.
Game 10 on Saturday morning started out slow once again. The Lakers got two 3 point baskets by Peyton in the first quarter to jump start the scoring. The Lady Lakers played steady the whole game and cut down on turnovers to post a 32-27 victory. Peyton had 18 points and Molly seven. Cheyl and Hannah both had 3 and Sarah one point.
The Lakers traveled to Brimley to play Ojibwe on 1/13/16. Once again the Lakers started slow and were down 14-7 after the first quarter. They battled back and played better down the stretch but could not overcome the early deficit. The Lakers struggled from the free throw line only making 2 of 10. Ojibwe held on for a 48-46 win. Peyton Waaso had a game high 33 points and 18 rebounds. Molly had 8 points, Cheyla 2 and Hannah 3 points. Of the 18 rebounds for Peyton, 16 were defensive which broke a school record set by Zhane' Nash.
The Lady Lakers had a much needed win on Friday against Grand Marais. Peyton had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the night and Molly Tokarz scored 16, had 8 rebounds and 5 steals. Hannah and Ella each had 2 points. The Lakers held the Polar Bears scoreless in the first quarter on their way to a 47-24 win.
The Saturday game was well played by both teams. The Lady Lakers got off to a good start and kept it going outscoring the visitors each quarter. Molly led the team with 18 points. Sarah Simpson had 2 points and 5 rebounds. Cheyla Shunk scored 4 with 6 rebounds, Hannah 3 points and Ella 2. Peyton Waaso just missed a triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists!
Next up for the Lady Lakers was a trip to Beaver Island. We are probably one of the few schools that fly to games in the state! The girls started out strong and built a 11-0 lead after the first period. They continued to build on the lead as the game went on and the final score was 53-13 over a young Islander team. Leading the way for the Lakers was Peyton Waaso with 33 points including 9 for 9 from the free throw line! Molly Tokarz had 8 points and 4 rebounds. Sarah Simpson had 7 rebounds and 6 steals on the night with Hannah and Cheyla scoring 4 each and Ella and Brooke 2 points.
The morning game was moved up to an 8:00 am start to make sure everyone could beat the weather and make flights home safely. The team started strong again and had a 16-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. During the middle two quarters the Islanders played inspired basketball and cut the lead to 3 going into the 4th quarter. The Lakers came out pressing and took control of the game with the final score 46-27. Peyton again was leading scorer with 18 points, 6 assists and 3 blocked shots. Molly had 13 points and Sarah scored 10 with 17 rebounds and 5 steals! Brooke Dziobak played well and had 5 points. The Lakers record is now 8-7 on the year.
The Lakers traveled to Grand Marais on 2/5 for their Friday night match-up. The Lakers made a run in the second and third quarters to push a one point lead to 26 points after the 3rd period. The final was 57-34. Leading the Lady Lakers was Peyton Waaso. She had 33 points on the night and set the school record for 3 pointers with 5 in the game. The previous record was 4 by Hailey Armstrong. Peyton also had 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Molly Tokarz had 10 points, seven rebounds and 6 assist as well as 9 steals! Chela Shunk scored 6 points on the evening.
On Saturday the Lakers got off to a quick start scoring 19 in the first quarter and kept the pace up to finish with a 62-39 win. All the Lakers scored in this game with Sarah Simpson 2, Brooke Dziobak 4 and 5 rebounds, Ella Cowell 6 points and Cheyla Shunk and Hannah Styburski 8 points each. Molly Tokarz had 11 points and 13 rebounds along with 6 assists and 5 steals. Peyton Waaso had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. The Lakers are now 10-7 on the year.
The Lakers hosted Hannahville in the final regular season games. The ladies started out strong but then faded after the first quarter with a final score of 49-17. This was the final home Friday night game for seniors Sarah Simpson, Molly Tokarz and Peyton Waaso.
The Saturday game was not much better as the Lakers started out cold scoring only one point in the first quarter. The Soaring Eagles were good at both ends of the floor completing the sweep of the Lakers with a 46-20 victory. Ella Cowell had 7 points for the Lakers.
In the NLL tournament the played Munising Baptist but they could not put together a solid game and lost 38-18. Peyton Waaso led the team with 14 points.
The Lakers season ended with a 59-9 loss in District play. The Lakers could not find the range on the offensive end of the court and fell behind early. Seniors finishing their basketball career are Sarah Simpson, Molly Tokarz and Peyton Waaso.
Lakers vs. Grand Marais 16-17 Dec 2011 LOSS WIN
The Lakers next game!
Lakers vs. Brimley JV 13 Dec 2011 LOSS 32-37
With several players ill, the Lakers lost to Brimley JV by five. They left late in the day Tuesday and arrived back on the Island on the morning boat, just in time for school.
DR said, "They were really scrappy. They didn't even stop guarding after the whistle blew."
MB said, "There was a lot of traveling on both teams."
Lakers vs. Objibwe 2-3 Dec 2011 WIN
The Lakers traveled through rough seas to beat Ojibwe Eagles 72-23.
Lakers vs. Maplewood Baptist 2-3 Dec 2011 LOSSES
It has been a while since Laker gym has hosted a game in which the players spent as much time at the free throw line as they did in play. If Maplewood could have made the free throws the Lakers gave them, the Lakers would have been smeared. But even with all the fouls, these were far from boring games. The endings of both were tight and the action was intense.
It was the first game of the season, so there was plenty of fumbling on both sides early on. ZN made our first basket and KB brought to a 3 with a free throw. Each team had four fouls within the first ten minutes. HA’s two-pointer was followed closely by one by HT, making 8-1. HB made both free throws in a set. By the time there was 2 ½ minutes left, both teams had 7 fouls. MWB #22 made two free throws and HA followed with one. A MWB pass went over the head of her partner and PW received it and hooped it 13-5. MWB hooped it with 18 seconds. At the end of the first period, the Lakers had eleven fouls, with 3 players having 3. The first period ended 15-10, and MWB had made only one basket. It seemed then an easy game for the Lakers.
As the 2nd period began, MWB actually started making some of its baskets, catching the Lakers up the first time 15-15. HA brought the Lakers back ahead and HT made both her free throws immediately afterward, but HT’s free throws did not appear on the board until halftime. The Lakers made a 2-pointer and ZN made 2 free throws. MWB made a fantastic cross-court pass, but couldn’t play it off. The Lakers had ten fouls by the end of 2nd period.
In 3rd period, ARi made the first basket and AN tipped one in easy and then did it again, 32-23. Her next basket, a few minutes later, made three in a row, 34-24. One of our players fouled out and MWB began scoring, moving from a ten-point gap to a four-point gap: 34-30. Sometimes, HT just danced through the opposition. At the end of the 3rd P, the score stood at 39-32. It was still the Lakers’ game.
ZN dribbled up and across, handed it off to HA to begin the 4th period with a two-pointer, 41-34. Z added two free-throws, 43-40. Incredibly, at 3:50 MWB tied the Lakers up for the second time 44-44. HA broke the Lakers out of that with a free throw, and Z followed it up with a basket. Lakers had only a one-point lead at @;45 and they awarded MWB two free throws, but Maplewood missed both. At 1:59, our second player fouled out, allowing MWB to tie through their free-throws at 47-47. MWB scored what many thought would be the winning point at 1:15, but even with less that one minute left on the clock, the Lakers were still giving them free throws (they missed) and at 3.5 seconds, the Lakers gave them yet another chance at free-throws (they missed these too).
The game Saturday morning was almost lost to a free throw in the last two minutes, but Z tipped another in. Still another free throws were given to MWB at 1:20, but MWB was unable to make either.
With under a minute left MWB scored again, passing us 31-33, but in the last ten seconds, ZN tied it up to great cheers, 33-33.
HT was able to score in OT, and MS’s free throw brought the Lakers within one point, 36-37. At 1:08, the Lakers gave away two more points to a set of free throws and at 0:58 the Lakers gave away another, and most observers would have thought the game would have ended at 36-40. But not so: Z brought it to 37-40 and HB to 38-40. Then, with only 0:6 seconds left on the clock and two points behind, MS was on the high-pressure free-throw line. If she made both, the game would go into double-overtime; if she missed even one, the Lakers would lose. She made both, and it was incredible to hear such a small crowd make such a noise.
Alas, the free throws and baskets were all on the MWB side in the first half of double overtime and a Laker fouled out, 40-49.
Overall, MWB definitely needed to work on their free throws and the Lakers needed to stop giving them away. MWB was able to bring the ball up under the net, while the Lakers had to be content with farther shots, of which many missed.