WEST BRANCH-The Alpena High girls soccer team opened the 2014 season with a win on Friday, defeating Ogemaw Heights 4-1.
Lexi Rushing had two goals and an assist for the Wildcats. Tatiana Burcar added a goal and an assist and Morgan Allen had a single tally.
Emily Code and Erin Kaszubowski had an assist each.
Alpena's win puts it in an early tie atop the Big North Conference with Traverse City West and Cadillac as all three teams are 1-0.
Alpena hosts Gaylord on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
TRACK AND FIELD
Alpena boys finish
second at SVSU
UNIVERSITY CENTER-The Alpena High boys track team opened the season on a high note Friday, taking second place at the 35th SVSU Outdoor Invite at Saginaw Valley State University.
Alpena finished with 109 points, just behind Midland who had 127 1/2. Westland John Glenn was third with 107 1/2 and Auburn/Bay City Western was fourth with 87 1/2.
Brenden Cordes won the 100 hurdles (16.77) and was second in the 300 hurdles (42.34) and the long jump (20-3).
Other second places for Alpena included: Dylan Goike in the pole vault (11-0); Jordan Ferguson in the shot put (44-6 1/4) and Mitchell Day in the 3,200 run (10:07.9).
Third places for Alpena included: Drew Shields in the 400 dash (52.67); and the 800 relay team of Cordes, Shields, Elliott Zarins and Kaleb Smith (1:34.56).
Other top placers for Alpena were: Zarins in the 100 dash (4th, 11.78) and the 200 dash (7th, 24.39); Shields in the 200 dash (8th, 24.48); RJ Centala in the 800 run (7th, 2:12.54); Isaac Cross in the 1,600 run (4th, 4:45.93); Eli Martin in the 1,600 run (7th, 4:56.76); Josh Bell in the 100 hurdles (4th, 17.58); the 400 relay team of Peter Guest, Bell, Smith and Zarins (7th, 46.69); the 1,600 relay team of Centala, Smith, Shields and Tanner Goebel (4th, 3:40.57); Ferguson in the discus (8th, 109-6); Nick Lee in the discus (10th, 100-7); Alec LeTourneau in the pole vault (4th, 10-0) and Smith in the long jump (5th, 19-1).
The Alpena girls track team finished ninth with 34 points. Midland won with 117 1/2 points, Auburn/Bay City West was second with 95 points and Flint Southwestern was third with 86 1/2 points.
Jenna Talbot had a fifth place finish in the 300 hurdles (51.64) and was third in the pole vault (6-7). She was also part of the fifth place 1,600 relay team with Katie Mack, Taylor Genschaw and Dorothea Gottschell.
Mack was third in the high jump (4-8) and Genschaw was third in the long jump (15-7)
Other top finishers for Alpena were: Leah Centala in the 800 run (9th, 3:02.77); Taylor Kunath in the 1,600 run (7th, 6:26.48), the 400 relay team of Hannah MacDonald, Madison Voorhees, Olivia Custer and Etta Kowalewsky (10th, 1:00.36); the 3,200 relay team of Gottschell, Centala, Brooke Burrone and Mikayla Oliver (6th, 11:39.17).
Superior Central 21-5
HALE- The Hale baseball team split a pair of games with Superior Central on Friday, losing 21-7 in the first game, but picking up a four-inning 15-5 mercy win in the second.
"I think getting a win was huge. The guys played confident baseball both games, but couldn't get the pitching side down in game one. Overall, I saw mostly mostly encouraging signs tonight," Hale coach Ben Murphy said.
Hale out hit Superior Central 11-7, but gave up 13 walks. Kaydon Reimer picked up the loss, pitching three innings, getting one strike out, eight walks, four hits and 13 runs. Only four were earned.
Reimer and Jamie Balbaugh had two hits. Balbaugh had three RBIs.
The second game turned out much better for Hale as pitcher Kelby Chrivia picked up the win. He pitched all four innings, struck out eight, gave up three walks, four hits and five runs. Only two were earned.
"Chrivia had real good command tonight, which is another good sign. Its good to get a win our first night," Murphy said.
Hunter Boylen had three hits and one RBI while Balgaugh had two hits and four RBI. Reimer pitched in with a double
Hale travels to Fairview on Monday.
Posen 10-4, Bridgeport 8-9
BRIDGEPORT-Skyler Tulgetske and Levi Romel got their first varsity hits and the Posen baseball opened the season with a split against Bridgeport.
Posen won the opener 10-8 and Travis Sharpe was the winning pitcher. Bridgeport won the second game 9-4 in five innings after the game was called early due to darkness.