WEST BRANCH-The Alpena soccer team earned its second straight shutout and first Big North Conference win of the season on Thursday, beating Ogemaw Heights 5-0.
Sawyer Hein tallied a hat trick and Aaron Mead added two goals and one assist for the Wildcats (3-4 overall, 1-2 Big North), who impressed head coach Tim Storch with their play.
"It's the best I've seen them play since I've been here," Storch said. "They knocked the ball around with purpose and we were dangerous (offensively). Hopefully it's a good sign of things to come."
Zach Kendziorski added three assists for Alpena and Evan Frank also had an assist. Alpena led 2-0 at the half.
Mitch Skiba and Gray Martin combined for the shutout in net.
Alpena hosts Gaylord on Tuesday.
Alcona 9, Standish 4
STANDISH- The Alcona soccer beat Standish 9-4 on Thursday. Jared Steiner led the team with three goals. Jason Steiner and Trent Laverne added two goals each. The win gives Alcona a record of 3-1 on the year.
Alcona's next game is Monday at home against Whittemore-Prescott.
Superior Central 61, Posen 40
EBEN JUNCTION-The Posen football fell behind 41-20 to Superior Central at halftime on Thursday and spent the rest of the way playing catch up, ultimately losing to the Cougars 61-40 to drop to 0-3 on the season.
Nick Hincka had 22 carries for 166 yards for the Vikings and Martin Mulka was 3-of-3 passing for 116 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Matt Wisniewski added four catches for 122 yards and two touchdown catches.
Posen only trailed 15-8 after the first quarter on a one-yard run and two-point conversion from Brandon Dietz. In the second quarter, Hincka found paydirt on a 62-yard run and Wisniewski caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Mulka.
In the third quarter, Dietz found Mulka for a 14-yard touchdown, but Posen still trailed 54-28 after three quarters.
The Vikings added two more scores in the fourth quarter on a two-yard run by Dietz and a 35-yard pass from Mulka to Wisniewski.
TC Central 25,
The Alpena JV football team led Traverse City Central 18-13 at halftime on Thursday, but ran out of gas in the second half, losing to the Trojans 25-18.
"We only have 17 players and the kids gave it their all, but just ran out of gas in the second half," coach John Pintar said.
Tyler Pintar led the offense with two rushing touchdowns and a passing score to Dylan Hoes as well as more than 200 yards through the air. Hoes and Josh Bell led the Wildcats (2-1) in both receiving and rushing.
Defensively, the team was led by Brandon Hauff, Josh Bell, John Mack and Jay Dutcher.
Harbor Springs 3
HARBOR SPRINGS-The Alpena tennis team played against Harbor Springs on Thursday, winning 5-3. First singles lost 1-6 and 2-6. Two lost 3-6, 7-5 and 3-6. Three singles lost 1-6 and 1-6. Four singles won 0-6, 6-4 and 6-4.
All of Alpena's doubles teams won. One doubles won 6-1, 6-1 while two doubles won 6-0 and 6-2. Three won 6-4 and 6-2 while the fourth doubles team of John Chen and Patrick Cannon won 7-5 and 6-4.
Alpena finishes seventh in Petoskey
The Alpena girls golf team finished seventh at the Petoskey Invitational on Thursday.
Kelsey Diamond led the Wildcats with a 93, good for the ninth-best individual score.
Traverse City Central won the meet with a team score of 349 and Central's Courtney Dye led the field with a 79.
Alpena will play at home on Monday at Alpena Golf Club starting at 10 a.m.