BAY CITY-The Alpena High School volleyball team rebounded from a rough start to win the Silver Division Championship at the Bay City Invitational on Saturday.
In pool play, the Wildcats lost to Bay City Central (18-25, 25, 22, 14-16) and Midland Dow (23-25, 18-25), before defeating Marlette 25-12 and 25-18 to finish third in their pool and earn the top seed in the Silver Division playoffs.
Alpena earned dominating wins over Lakeville and Bullock Creek to get to the championship match against Essexville-Garber, where the Wildcats won 25-21 and 25-22.
Ami Milligan lead the Wildcats with 109 assists, 19 Aces, and 14 kills; Breanna Bourdage had 48 kills; Emma Strong added 29 kills and Taylor Genschaw 21 kills.
Strong defensive passing by Mikaela Overton and Alie Sherwin helped contribute to the Wildcats' offensive success.
Alpena competes at Spartan Invite.
EAST LANSING-The Alpena High School cross country teams competed at the Michigan State University Spartan Invitational on Friday with the boys team finishing 16th out of 37 teams and the girls team taking 16th out of 33 teams.
Ethan Crowell led the Alpena boys with a 26th place finish at 16:59, a time which made him Alpena's only medaler and was a season-best time.
Other finishers for the boys were: Jacob Benson (50th, 17:24), RJ Centala (68th, 17:31), Eli Martin (89th, 17:43); Nevin McHarg (165th, 18:31); Ben Diamond (172th, 18:36) and Kolin Ghidoni (230th, 19:31).
Clay Jacobs (19:05) and Ryan Wirgau (19:09) ran season best times for Alpena's JV team.
Racheal McDonald led the Alpena girls with a 35th place finish at 20:32.
Other top finishers for the Alpena girls were: Kelsey Lewis (45th, 20:43), Elaine Lowe (81st, 21:18), Amanda Dort (115th, 21:53), Christine Burke (164th, 22:34), (Hannah McDonald (175th, 22:42) and Brooke Burrone (202nd, 23:36).
Leah Centala (23:24) led Alpena's JV girls team.
Alpena competes at a Big North Conference Jamboree on Tuesday at Traverse City West.
Rogers City boys win Dewey Invite
ROGERS CITY-The Rogers City boys cross country team won the Maurice Dewey Invitational on Saturday.
The Hurons finished with 39 points and Paul Wilbert was top overall finisher at 18:07.
Other top finishers for the Hurons were: Warren Beach (4th. 19:02), Blake Fessler (8th, 20:02), Jacob Sobeck (11th, 20:48), Dan Pflug (15th, 21:21), Colton Fessler (16th, 21:33), Justin Saile (23rd, 22:45) and Zack Beland (26th, 23:33).
Joe Traynham (5th, 19:22), Morgan McLeon (17th, 21:52), Justin Pochmava (27th, 23:47) and Preston Badegrow (29th, 24:29) ran for Onaway which was fourth with 117 points.
The Rogers City girls team finished second to Rudyard, which had 54 points to the Hurons' 57.
Amber Wirgau was Rogers City's top finisher, taking fourth place at 23 minutes. Logan Fleming was right behind her in fifth place at 23:30.
Other top finishers for the Hurons were: Amber Pilarski (15th, 25:33), Victoria Bullock (16th, 25:45), Amber Nowicki (17th, 25:48), Alysse Hemple (20th, 27:02), Sami Bober (22nd, 28 minutes), Maddie Steiger (23rd, 28:16), Cynthia Kerr (26th, 28:59), Ally McCord (30th, 30:36), Hannah Viegelahn (31st, 30:42) and Jenny Guenterberg (32nd, 31:11).
Ashley Lecureux (6th, 23:45), Hannah Materna (11th, 25:04) and Carly Rasper (35th, 36:02) ran for Onaway which was fifth with 127 points.
Ewen-Trout Creek 18
ENGADINE-The Posen High School football team built a 26-6 halftime lead on Saturday against Ewen-Trout Creek and never looked back, defeating the Panthers 34-18 to earn its first win of the season.
Brandon Dietz passed for a touchdown and ran for two more and Nick Hincka ran for two scores for the Vikings (1-3).
Dietz gave Posen a 12-6 first quarter lead with touchdown runs of one and five yards. In the second quarter, Hincka found the end zone from two yards out and was also on the receiving end of a 12-yard score from Dietz.
Hincka finished with 134 yards on 20 carries and also had 14 tackles. Lucas Litwinski added 16 tackles.
Hincka added Posen's final touchdown of the day on a seven-yard run in the fourth quarter to put Posen ahead 34-12.
Posen plays at Bellaire on Friday.