TRAVERSE CITY-Not being outside to practice all week did nothing to slow the Alpena boys track team on Thursday.
The Wildcats topped Big North Conference-rival Traverse City West in a dual meet, 103 1/2-64 1/2 and took first place in 11 events.
"It's always good to beat those guys," Alpena coach Bob Bennett said. "Weather-wise and for the fact we haven't gotten outside all week to practice, we did very well I thought."
First places for Alpena were: the 3,200 relay team; Brenden Cordes in the 100 hurdles (15.89); the 800 relay team of Elliott Zarins, Cordes, Shields and Kaleb Smith (1:34.01); Jordan Ferguson in the shot put (45-7 1/2); Drew Shields in the 400 dash (54.07); Josh Bell in the 300 hurdles (43.79); RJ Centala in the 800 run (2:13.17); Dylan Goike in the pole vault (11-0); Isaac Cross in the 3,200 run (10:45.17) and the 1,600 relay team of Smith, Shields, Centala and Gavin Aikens.
Alpena also swept the 1,600 run. Cross won the event (4:43.8), Mitchell Day was second (4:46.8); Tellis Donajkowski was third (4:57.8) and Eli Martin was fourth (5:01.67).
Second place finishers for Alpena included: Smith in the 400 dash (54.54); Cordes in the long jump (19-7 1/2); Nick Lee in the discus (104-5); Jacob Barsen in the high jump (5-4) and Day in the 3,200 run (10:35.18).
Taking third place for Alpena were: Bell in the 100 hurdles (17.14); Donajkowski in the 1,600 run (4:57.8) and 3,200 run (10:53.51); Lee in the shot put (38-2 1/4); Ferguson in the discus (103-2); Shields in the 200 dash (24.33) and Alec LeTourneau in the pole vault (10-6).
Alpena travels to Petoskey on Wednesday.
TC West beats Alpena
TRAVERSE CITY-The Alpena girls track team came out on the losing end of a dual meet with Traverse City West on Thursday, falling to the Titans 121-42.
Jenna Talbot's win in the 300 hurdles (51.5) and Katie Mack's win in the 800 run (2:46.9) were Alpena's only first-place finishes on the day.
Taking second place for Alpena were: Talbot in the pole vault (7-0), Taylor Genschaw in the long jump (15-0 3/4) Courtney Wicklund in the discus (86-8), Dorothea Gottschall in the 800 run (2:48.3) and Taylor Kunath in the 3,200 run (14:07).
Third place finishers for Alpena were: Genschaw in the 100 dash (14.2), high jump (4-8) and 200 dash (30.4); Amber Repke in the pole vault (6-6); Talbot in the 100 hurdles (17.6); Morgan Jewell in the discus (70-7) and Stephanie McNeill in the shot put (26-0 1/2).
Taking fourth place for Alpena were: Kunath in the 1,600 run (6:32.8); Sydnie Skomp in the shot put (25-4 1/2) and Brooke Burrone in the 3,200 run (14:25).
Alpena will go to Petoskey on Wednesday for a dual meet.
Flint Kearsley 2-4
FLINT-The Alpena softball team opened its season with a split against Flint Kearsley on Thursday. Alpena won the opener 3-2 and lost the second game 4-2.
Logan Myers' three-run home run in the top of the sixth inning proved to be enough offense for Alpena in the opener. Myers' homer came with the Wildcats trailing 2-0.
Lauren Heath earned her first varsity win and Kara Gehrke earned the save.
Jenna VanDusen and Alex Peters each went 2-for-3 for Alpena.
In the second game, Alpena took a 2-1 lead in the third inning after a two-run single from Peters.
Heath and Gehrke combined to pitch three innings each.
VanDusen and Kelsey Udell each had two hits.
Alpena will play at Midland on Tuesday and will host Cheboygan on Thursday.
Rogers City 23-11, Oscoda 0-1
OSCODA-The Rogers City softball team's offense was on full display Thursday as the Hurons stormed their way to a two-game sweep over Oscoda, 23-0 (three innings) and 11-1.
Sara Meredith hit two home runs for Rogers City in the opener and Logan Fleming had an inside-the-park home run among three hits. Cassie Brege also had three hits.
Courtney Streich, Morgan Hall, Alexa Quaine, Kayla Fleury and Autumn Idalski each had two hits. Nikki Radke and Cassidy Purgiel each had a hit.
Radke was the winning pitcher in the opener.
Streich led the Hurons in the nightcap, going 4-for-4 with a double and two triples. Fleming, Hall, Brege and Quaine each had two hits. Meredith and Hallie Dittmar each had a hit.
Quaine was the winning pitcher.
Rogers City will play Portage Central in Kalamazoo on Saturday.
Hillman 8-14, Whittemore-Prescott 1-0
WHITTEMORE-The Hillman softball team improved to 6-0 on the season with two wins over Whittemore-Prescott on Thursday, 8-1 and 14-0.
Jensen Tchorzynski earned the win for Hillman in the opener, fanning eight batters.
Vanessa Schook was 2-for-5 with two RBIs; Tchorzynski was 2-for-3 with three RBIs; Courtney Sauer was 1-for-4 and Eden Hunt had a hit.
Hunt led the way for Hillman in the nightcap, going 2-for-4 with a grand slam and five RBIs.
Alyssa Ableidinger was 3-for-4 with three RBIs; Sauer was 1-for-4 with an RBI; Tchorzynski was 1-for-4, Alissa Jones was 2-for-3 and Schook was 2-for-4.
Bryce Kenyon and Gabby Ybarra each had a hit.
Tchorzynski pitched the first two innings before being relieved by Kalen Tchorzynski who pitched four scoreless innings.
"It was an outstanding game all around," Hillman coach Curt Tebo said. "Good defense and good bats."
Hillman hosts Oscoda on Monday.
Posen 20-27, Fairview 0-4
FAIRVIEW-Ashley Meyers threw a no-hitter and the Posen softball team opened North Star League play with a bang on Thursday, topping Fairview 20-0 and 27-4 in three innings both times.
Meyers fanned nine in the opener and the Eagles only base runner reached on an error.
At the plate, she was 2-for-3 with a triple and five RBIs; Monica Bartz was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and Hunter Kasubowski had two hits and two RBIs.
The Vikings didn't cool off in the second game, pounding out 22 hits.
In the first inning, Posen's first two batters got base hits and Meyers then cleared the bases with a three-run homer. Bartz and Jenna Hincka followed with solo homers.
Bartz was 4-for-4 with five RBIs; Meyers was 3-for-4 with two doubles and six RBIs to go with her home run; Kayla Lenard had two doubles and four RBIs; Hincka was 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI to go with her homer.
Takesato Akari and Amy Buczkowski each had two hits and both of them drove in runs.
Taylor Chojnacki earned the win, allowing one hit and two walks with four strikeouts.
Posen hosts Oscoda on Tuesday.
Au Gres 9-13, Alcona 7-1
AU GRES-The Alcona softball team took a pair of North Star League losses against Au Gres on Thursday, 9-7 and 13-1.
Kendra Cole took the loss for Alcona in the opener, allowing five hits and two earned runs, five walks.
Alissa Terpstra was 1-for-2 with a run scored; Nicole Walen had a hit and an RBI and Victoria Burns was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored.
In the nightcap, Allie Higgins had a hit, an RBI and score a run; Terpstra, Keilee Elmer and Maddie Lane all pitched for Alcona.
Alcona plays at Hale on Monday.
WHITTEMORE- The Hillman baseball team continued its winning streak on Thursday by beating Whittemore-Prescott 2-1 in the first game and 12-9 in the second. The games were Hillman's first two league wins.
The first game was tied 1-1 going into the top of the sixth when Hillman's (6-0, 2-0 North Star League) David Julka singled home the winning run of the game.
Ty Jones pitched a full game, giving up one run in the first inning. He gave up two hits and struck out nine.
Mike Klein went 1-for-3 with a double and Hillman's other RBI.
The second game was tied 5-5 after six, forcing extra innings. Hillman picked up seven runs in the top of the seventh and held the Cardinals to four to pick up the win.
Kyle Hennigan pitched the first four innings, giving up three runs on eight hits. He struck out four and walked one.
Dylan Ross pitched the last two innings in regulation and two of the outs in the second game. He gave up four runs on two hits and struck out three. Jones came in for the last out to earn the save.
Mason VanPamel was 4-for-5. He had four RBI's.
Hillman hosts Oscoda on Monday.
Au Gres 2-6
AU GRES- The Alcona baseball team picked up a pair of wins against Au Gres on Thursday, winning the first game 4-2 and the second 11-6. This is the second of four double-headers the Tigers will play in just five days.
Cody Franklin pitched a full game in the opener, striking out 15 and giving up no hits. He walked six in the first two innings before settling down for the rest of the game.
Franklin, Lee Gibson, Nathan Swinson and Brock Franklin all picked up hits.
" We didn't hit the ball very well in the first game. It kind of hurt us and put us in a spot," Alcona coach Terry Franklin said.
The Tigers' offense came out stronger in the second game. Cody Franklin went 3-for-5 with four RBIs while Coda Gallagher had a two RBI single.
Swinson pitched the first inning, giving up four hits and two walks. Nathan Fettes finished the game, striking out 10, giving up two hits and walking one.
The Tigers (4-0) travel to Mount Morris for a tournament on Friday, play two more games against Mount Morris on Saturday and travel to Hale on Monday.
ONAWAY- The Onaway baseball team improved its record to 3-3 with a pair of wins over Newberry on Thursday.
Onaway won its first game 5-2. Andrew Prow pitched five innings, gave up three hits, one earned run, struck out five and gave up no walks.
Matthew Tollini went 2-for-2, scored two runs and stole three bases. Morgan McLean went 1-for-2, scored once and drove in two RBIs.
The Cardinals won a pitchers dual in the second game, coming out ahead with a 1-0 win off a walk-off bases loaded walk. The team picked up three hits along the way.
Tollini pitched for five innings giving up only one hit and three walks while striking out four.
Onaway travels to Flint tomorrow.
FAIRVIEW-The Posen baseball team improved to 3-1 with two wins over Fairview on Thursday.
Posen won the opener 5-0 behind a stellar game from Travis Sharpe. Sharpe pitched six innings and struck out 13, walked one and had four pickoffs.
Nathan Mulka's double in the third inning proved to be the game-winning hit for Posen and Leon Beccard got his first varsity hit.
Mulka earned his first win in the second game, pitching the first four innings in an 11-5 victory for Posen. Sharpe pitched the final two innings and struck out six to earn the save.
Posen pounded out 14 hits offensively. Skyler Tulgestke was 4-for-4 with a home run and two doubles; Sharpe was 3-for-4 with a triple; Mulka was 2-for-4 and Jordan Jakubcin was 2-for-3.
Posen is 2-0 in the North Star League and hosts Hale on Thursday.
Cadillac 9, Alpena 1
CADILLAC-The Alpena girls soccer team fell behind 6-1 at halftime during a game against Cadillac on Thursday and ultimately lost 9-1.
Tatiana Burcar scored Alpena's only goal, which made the score 3-1 early in the game.
"We took it on the chin tonight," Alpena coach Tim Storch said.
Alpena is 1-1 on the season and will host Traverse City West on Tuesday.