TRAVERSE CITY-Despite a strong all-around team performance and a hat trick from Jared Kwiatkowski, the Alpena hockey team lost to sixth-ranked Traverse City Central 4-3 on Friday in a Big North Conference game.
Cam Givens scored twice for Central, which fired 42 shots at Alpena goaltender Bret LeTourneau.
The two sides played to a 1-1 tie at the end of the first period and Central held a 2-1 advantage after two frames.
Kwiatkowski scored twice in the third period, with his last one coming just 2:13 into the period, but Central responded with two goals of its own in the final frame to come away with the win.
"We played well right down to the end and we had a great team effort," Alpena coach Pete Doubek said. "LeTourneau's goaltending was outstanding. They just had a little bit better team effort."
LeTourneau finished with 38 saves, Zach Nash had two assists and Sam Rumbles also had an assist. Alpena is 5-4 on the season and plays Traverse City West today at 1 p.m. in Traverse City.
Traverse City West 44, Alpena 29
TRAVERSE CITY-The Alpena girls basketball team played a good game defensively against Traverse City West on Friday, but couldn't balance it with a strong offensive game and fell to the Titans 44-29.
Caten Teff led Alpena (2-4 overall, 1-2 Big North) with nine points and Christina Kollien added seven.
West led 9-4 after the first quarter and 20-13 at the half. West added to its lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Wildcats 18-12.
"We played a defensively sound game. We switched it up a lot and played a lot of different halfcourt defenses," Alpena coach Jenny Poli said. "We were just cold offensively."
Abbey Bashbaugh led West with 16 points.
Alpena's JV team beat West 32-29. Morgan Allen led Alpena with eight points.
Alpena's freshman team was also victorious, beating West 38-13. Chloe Ferguson led the Wildcats with 10 points, McKayla Price added seven points and Miya Ingle had five.
Au Gres 27
AU GRES-The Hillman girls basketball team overcame a low scoring first half to defeat Au Gres 41-27 on Friday in a North Star League matchup.
Hillman (4-4 overall, 4-1 NSL) trailed 17-14 at the half, but outscored the Eagles 16-7 in the third quarter and 11-2 in the fourth quarter.
"It was a low-scoring first half, we got some good shots, but nothing was falling. In the second half we got shots to fall and turned up the pressure defensively," Hillman coach John Kuzewski said.
Jensen Tchorzynski led Hillman with 13 points and Cassidy Boesch led Au Gres with 15 points.
Hillman travels to Fairview on Tuesday.
Posen 65, Hale 13
HALE-The Hale girls basketball team hosted Posen on Friday in a tough game that they lost 65-13 against the undefeated Vikings.
The first quarter saw Posen take an imposing 32-3 lead. The Vikings scored 13 points in the second quarter to Hale's one to lead 45-4 at the half.
Posen stalled out in the third quarter scoring only four points while Hale outscored the Vikings by three points to narrow the lead to 49-11. The Eagles were unable to make up much ground in the fourth quarter, scoring only two points to Posen's 16.
Top scorers for Posen included Korynn Hincka with 27 points, Bev Bednarski with 11 points and Ashley Meyers with nine.
Hale's top scorer was Darby Barnes with six points.
Posen head coach Karl Momrik attributed the win to his strong rotation of players.
"A lot of the players on our bench got a chance to play tonight. All our girls got out on the court and got in a lot of minutes and it was really nice to see that," he said.
This victory takes Posen to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in the North Star League. Hale drops to 1-5 overall and 0-4 in the North Star League.
Posen's JV team also won 33-10.
Posen plays again at home against Atlanta on Tuesday while Hale travels to Mio on Monday.
Arenac Eastern 63, Mio 43
MIO The Mio girls basketball team dropped a North Star League game against Arenac Eastern at home Friday night by a score of 63-43.
Arenac jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter and led Mio 32-22 at the end of the first half.
Taylor Blamer led the home team with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Shelby Satkowiak followed close behind with 14 points.
Onaway 64, Pellston 35
ONAWAY The Onaway girls basketball team defeated Pellston 64-35 Friday night in Onaway.
Onaway played strong defense from the start, and the Cardinals' defense was what dictated the game. Mariah Ehrke led Onaway with 21 points and had at least 10 rebounds. Onaway out rebounded and outhustled the Hornets throughout the game.
The win puts Onaway's record at 6-2 overall and 4-2 in the Ski Valley Conference.
Fairview 57, Atlanta 19
FAIRVIEW-The Fairview girls basketball team hosted Atlanta on Friday. The Eagles ended up beating the Huskies 57-19.
Top scorers for Fairview included Logan Winton with 27 points and Johnna Wiedbrauk with 17 points. Atlanta's top scorer Kayla Durocher with 11 points.
Fairview took an early lead in the first quarter with a score of 10-2. They scored 11 points in the second quarter to Atlanta's seven to take a 21-7 lead.
The third quarter saw the Eagles outscore Atlanta 18-8 to increase their lead to 39-15. Atlanta scored four points in the fourth quarter to Fairview's 18 to lose 57-19.
Fairview is now 2-5 overall and 2-3 in the North Star League. Atlanta is 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the North Star League.
Mio 88, Arenac Eastern 22
MIO-The Mio boys basketball team improved to 5-0 on the season with a 88-22 win over Arenac Eastern on Friday.
The Thunderbolts (4-0 North Star League) jumped out to a 19-6 lead after one quarter and outscored the Eagles (2-6) 32-8 in the second quarter for a 51-14 halftime lead.
Micah Thomey led Mio with 22 points and was one of three Mio players in double figures. Ben Lubitz added 18 points and Seth Thomey chipped in with 14 points.
John Rowbottom led the Eagles with 12 points.
Already ahead by a large margin, Mio kept the pedal down in the second half, outscoring Arenac 20-0 in the third quarter and 17-8 in the final period.
Mio hosts Au Gres on Monday.