HOLLAND-Alpena senior Abram Purol was knocked out during the first day of competition at the Division 2 boys state tennis finals on Friday.
Purol, who qualified at No. 1 singles, got a first-round bye and advanced to play Grosse Pointe North's Jacob Zacharias, who defeated Purol 6-4, 6-2.
Purol was the first Alpena boys tennis player to reach the state finals in more than 10 years. He finished second at regionals in Flushing to qualify for the state finals.
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ESSEXVILLE-The Alpena Varsity Volleyball team competed in the Garber Invitational on Saturday. Fourteen teams competed in the Garber tournament with Alpena placing 2nd in their pool.
The Wildcats split with Valley Lutheran 25-27 and 25-15. They beat Standish Sterling 25-15 and 25-12, split with Ogemaw 25-22 and 25-22, and split with Bay City Central 26-24 and 13-25.
Alpena lost to Saginaw Novel in the semi-finals 19-25 and 23-25.
The Wildcats were lead by Emma Strong who had 28 kills and 10 blocks, Taylor Genschaw with 27 kills, 30 defensive digs and 7 aces, Logan Myers with 22 kills, 55 defensive digs, Alexis Smith with 67 assists, Mikaela Overton with 48 defensive digs, and Isabelle O'Neil with 41 defensive digs.
Mio 56,?Hale 0
MIO-The Thunderbolts football team boosted their record to 7-1 on Friday with a 56-0 romp over Hale.
Mio took a quick lead of 22-0 in the first quarter and didn't let up much in the second, extended their lead to 44-0. They picked up a pair of touchdowns in the third, but remained scoreless in the fourth to end the game with the final spread.
Quarterback Brad Rhoads went 100% on the night, by hitting six out of six passes for 254 yards and four touchdowns. His longest was a 75-yard bomb to Colton McGregor.
McGregor led his team with five receptions and 184 total yards. Seth Thomey snagged a 70-yard pass.
Mio switched up a little, by relying more on the rush. They picked up 267 yards as a team, with Bryson Devers picking up 174 yards. Chaun Obermiller picked up 48 while Brian Watson had 40.
Watson and Iron Galer led their team with six tackles apiece. Josh Fox picked up a 42-yard interception while Obermiler picked up two sacks.
Mio ends regular season play in Lincoln against the 8-0 Alcona Tigers this Friday.