GRAYLING - The Alpena tennis team opened its season with an 8-0 sweep of Grayling on Thurday.
Scores for each of the Wildcats' victories were as follows: Jane Spann won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1 singles; Erin Wilson won 6-1, 6-3 and No. 2 singles; Abbie Jackson won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles; and Makayla Baarlaer won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4 singles.
In the doubles matches the team of Roberta Storey and Megan Baarlaer won 6-1, 6-1; Abby Bowers and Ashley Smith won 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2; Carlee Giordano and Katie Cook won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3; and Rebecca MacMaster and Sarah Clements won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4.
Midland 17-9, Alpena 2-1
MIDLAND - Alpena took two games on the chin against host Midland on Thursday, losing 17-2 in four innings and 9-1.
Luke Cordes started for the Wildcats (2-2) in Game 1 and Tim Atkinson pitched in relief.
Midland scored eight runs each in the first and fourth innings. Brady Marwede had a hit and Zach Nash and Mitch Skiba slugged RBI doubles.
Marwede took the loss in Game 2, with Skiba pitching in relief.
Ryan Hendricks, who scored Alpena's lone run of that game, and Chandler Bloom had the Wildcats' hits. Nash had an sacrifice fly that brought in a run.
Johannesburg-Lewiston 8-7, Hillman 1-5
HILLMAN - Johannesburg-Lewiston took a pair of baseball games from host Hillman on Thursday, winning 8-1 and 7-5.
David Julka had an RBI double and Mason VanPamel also collected a hit for the Tigers in Game 1. Caleb Zimmer took the loss.
In the second game Ty Jones went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Tyler Banks went 2-for-4 wiht an RBI. Dylan Ross tok the loss.
Gaylord 8-13, Rogers City 3-6
ROGERS CITY - Gaylord overcame deficits in both ends of a baseball doubleheader to sweep host Rogers City on Thursday, 8-3 and 13-6.
The Blue Devils trailed 3-0 after one in the first game, but scored four in the fifth and two in the sixth. In the second game the Blue Devils scored all 13 runs in the fourth and fifth innings after trailing 2-0.
Chad Karsten took the loss for the Hurons (0-3) in the first game, allowing eight hits and striking out six. Austin Brege took the loss in the second game, allowing seven runs and three hits, while striking out seven.
Lance Schaedig had an RBI single in the first game. In the second game Brege had two hits, Chris Peacock had two hits and scored three runs, Alex Andrzejewski had two hits and an RBI and Colton Fessler had an RBI hit.
Rogers City 15-12, Gaylord 0-0
ROGERS CITY - The Rogers City softball team had its way with visiting Gaylord on Thursday, winning 15-0 in four innings and 12-0 in five innings.
Melissa Pomranke threw a no-hitter in the first game, striking out nine. Nikki Radke allowed six hits in the nightcap.
At the plate, Rogers City (3-0) was led by Morgan Hall, who went 6-for-6 including two doubles and two RBIs. Other top hitters were Logan Fleming with four hits and six RBIs; Nikkie LaLonde with three hits and three RBIs; Rebecca Meredith with three hits and two RBIs; Linnea Brege with two hits; Brooklyn Idalski with two triples and Pomranke with a three-run triple.
Hillman 6-5, Johannesburg-Lewiston 5-3
HILLMAN - Kourtney Boldrey blooped a hit down the third base line to score Rachel Mayes and give the Hillman softball team a comeback 6-5 win in the first game of a doubleheader against Joburg on Thursday. The Tigers held on for a 5-3 win in the second game.
Jensen Tchorzynski was the winning pitcher in both games, striking out 13 in the first game and 11 in the second. She helped herself with three hits in the opener. Morgan Hardies, Taylor Jones, Audrey Julka, Mayes, Alissa Clink and Amanda Kennard also had hits.
Hillman (6-0) had a 5-1 lead going into the seventh inning of Game 2 and Joburg plated two runs to close the gap.
Carissa Herrick had a double, while Mayes and Tchorzynski had a pair of hits. Julka, Clink and Kennard also had hits.
Petoskey 3-6, Posen 1-7
POSEN - Anna Couture singled, then scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Posen a 7-6 win in the second game of a softball doubleheader with visiting Petoskey on Thursday. The Northmen won the first game 3-1.
Posen (3-1) got its win in comeback fashion, scoring four runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to erase a 6-1 deficit.
In the fifth Emily Delekta hit a three-run homer and Abbie Delekta had an RBI double. In the sixth Amy Buczkowski hit a one-out double and scored on a wild pitch. Couture and Paige Lewandowski followed with singles. Delekta was 2-for-4, Buczkowski went 2-for-3 and Lewandowski went 2-for-3.
Ashley Meyers pitched seven innings, allowed seven hits and struck out five. Five of Petoskey's six runs were unearned.
The first game was tied 1-1 after five, but Petoskey scored two in the sixth - one earned - to get the victory. Abbie Delekta and Couture had Posen's two hits.
Meyers allowed five hits, walked two and struck out seven.
Onaway 3-11, Mancelona 0-0
ONAWAY - The Onaway softball team opened its season on Thursday with a sweep of Mancelona, 3-0 and 11-0 in five innings.
Emily Estep got the win in both games, striking out nine and allowing only two hits in the opener, then matching that in the nightcap.
Megan Estep and Emily Estep had RBI hits in Game 1. Autumn Hall, Temera Lupu and Sam Freel also collected hits.
In the second game Molly Cleaver had three hits, including a home run; Emily Estep had a home run; Faith Chapman had two hits and two RBIs; Freel had three hits and four RBIs; and Brooke Szymoniak had two hits, scored twice and had two RBIs.
Onaway boys first, girls third at Central Lake
CENTRAL LAKE - The Onaway boys track team won the Central Lake Invitational on Thursday, while the girls team took third.
The Cardinals' boys were helped by firsts from the 400, 800 and 3,200 relays. The 1,600 relay was second. Also claiming firsts were Joe O'Bradovich in the high jump and Adam Bess in the long jump. O'Bradovich also was third in the discus and Kyle Moreau had a pair of seconds in the 800 and 1,600.
The girls team was led by Madison Nash's second place in the discus and a second from the 3,200 relay team. Onaway's 1,600 relay team was third, while Elsie Arkwood took fourth in the 100 and 200.
Midland 11-6, Alpena 1-5
MIDLAND - The Alpena junior varsity baseball team dropped a pair of games at Midland on Thursday, 11-1 and 6-5.
Andy Marwede took the loss in the first game and Cody Tucker suffered the loss in the second game.
Alpena (1-2) scattered six hits in the first game. In the second game Brad Styma and Jacob Kozlowski had a pair of hits each. Brian Cadarette, Caleb Meyers and Jay Dutcher also had hits.