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First Annual Battle of the Badges Volleyball Match Law Enforcement VS Fire Department

On November 16th, Silver Bay and Lake County Law Enforcement faced off against the Silver Bay Fire Department in a good-na­tured volleyball match. “We did this as a small fundraiser for our booster club, the M-Club supports all of the Silver Bay athlet­ic programs, including the Mariner and North Shore Storm teams. Besides fundraising – we were just really looking for a fun community event between sports seasons to get community involved,” Kelly Ollila said.

The idea for Battle of the Badges, Ollila explained, was a take on an All-Star game with adults. “We then came up with the idea to ask our local first responders. These men and women are the backbone of our community’s safety and work tirelessly each day to protect us. We wanted to recognize them because they are our community’s ‘All-Stars’.” Local Law Enforcement and the Silver Bay Fire Department gave a “great response” with people willing to come out and play. “The stage was set…Fire vs. Law! We are thankful to each of these organizations for not only serving our community but helping us raise funds in such an event!”

Before the match began, the team members were introduced with a unique nickname and the number of years they have served. The

The Law Enforcement team represented the home team, sporting matching white team t-shirts, complete with their badge number on the sleeve. The Silver Bay Fire Department represented the visitors, and wore colored SBFD t-shirts. Many in the crowd, especially young people, could be seen wearing plastic fire­men’s helmets, generously provided to them by the fire department. Following the intro­ductions, the match commenced with a re­corded rendition of the National Anthem.

Each game included some good-natured ribbing from the crowd about whether the ball was allowed to ricochet off the ceiling and how tightly foot faults and carries were going to be called. The first set was won by the Law Enforcement team 25-12, making it look like local law enforcement was going to have an easy three-game win. After a water break, however, the Fire Department came back with renewed enthusiasm and forced the Law Enforcement team into overtime; the Fire Department winning with 26 points to Law Enforcement’s 24. Encouraged by the Fire Department’s win, those rooting for SBFD were eager to see them take the next set. Game three showed a few good volleys and strong serves, but Law Enforcement won 25-20. Determined to try again, the SBFD started game four with all the enthusiasm they could muster, but Law Enforcement kept finding a hole in the middle of SBFD’s side and won 25-10.

Two raffles were held, the first being a 50/50 split with the winner and the M-Club. The second raffle included donations spon­sored by area businesses such as Kwik Trip and SuperOne. Prizes also included a few stuffed animals and fire department t-shirts. While the raffles were being conducted, the SBFD members tossed t-shirts to the crowd.

An attendee described it as a fun-filled night, seeing the community gather to support those who serve us day and night. Law Enforcement took home this year’s Battle of the Badges 3-1, complete with an accompa­nying trophy. Sheriff Nathan Stadler said, “I feel this was a great way to support Sil­ver Bay athletics. At the same time, the fire department and law enforcement were able to entertain the community by showing off our volleyball skills, or lack of. I look forward to participating in the next Battle of the Badges.” Thank you to the M-Club and those working behind the scenes to sponsor an event where we could get to better know the men behind the badges.

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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