BAY CITY-The Alpena track teams competed in the 16 team Bay City Western Invitational on Friday. Drew Shields picked up Alpena's biggest finish with a second place in the 400 dash (50.14) that was good enough to beat Nate Jordan's school record (50.2) set in 1992.
The Grandville men won the tournament (92.14) followed by Clarkston (71) and Freeland (68). Alpena was ninth (42.29).
Other top finishers for Alpena: Issac Cross was fifth in the 1,600 meter run (4:35.89) while Mitchell Day was fourth in the 3,200 run (9:57.87). The 800 relay team (Elliot Zarins, Gavin Aikens, Brendan Cordes, Shields) was third (1:34.46). The 1,600 relay team (Gavin Aikens, Clay Jacobs, John Smith, Shields) was third (3:37.59).
Frankenmuth won the women's tournament (91.5) followed by Midland (70) and White Lake Lakeland (62). Alpena was last place with one point.
Alpena's sole point came from a seventh place finish by Taylor Genschaw in the high jump (4'08.01").
Maddy Boyd ran for the junior high team and earned a time of 5:55 in the mile. Destiny Wirgau had a time of 6:20 in the same event.
Alpena 1-2 in North Star Tournament
GRAND BLANC-The Alpena softball team competed in the North Star Tournament in Grand Blanc on Sunday. The five game tournament was shortened to three due to rain. Alpena lost two and won one.
Alpena (13-4) lost 7-6 to Eaton Rapids in the first game. It fell behind 7-0 and staged a big comeback over the last few innings of the game. It had the bases loaded with two outs in the last inning, but a line drive to the center fielder ended its comeback attempt.
Jessica Marwede led Alpena with three hits while Jenna VanDussen had two.
Alpena lost a tight second game 6-5 against Warren Cousino.
VanDussen and Logan Myers led Alpena with two hits in a see-saw game that went to extra innings in a 5-5 tie. Warren Cousino scored and held Alpena scoreless for the win.
The Wildcats went on to get a big 10-2 win against Northville in the last game of the tournament.
Myers led at the bat with a single, a double, a home run and five RBIs. VanDussen picked up two hits.
Alpena used three pitchers through the tournament: Lauren Heath, Kara Gehrke and Alex Peters.
"All our pitchers did a good job of limiting walks throughout the whole afternoon. They pitched well and kept us in every game," Alpena coach Paul Marwede siad.
Alpena hosts Gaylord on Tuesday in a "Strike Out Cancer" event. The junior high team will host a similar event against Sault St. Marie on Thursday.
The varsity squad will also host the annual "Youth Daze" event on Tuesday. Here, the Wildcats invite young area softball players to interact with the varsity girls in fun drills and activities between and after the games.
Rogers City 2-1 in Birch Run Invite
BIRCH RUN-The Rogers City softball team (12-4) won two to make it to the championship game in the Birch Run Invite on Saturday, but couldn't pull off the win in a 7-3 loss against Livonia Churchill.
It started the tournament in Bridgeport on Saturday, where it defeated Bridgeport 21-0. Alexa Quaine pitched a full game for the win, giving up one hit and striking out one.
Logan Fleming was 3-for-3 with a triple while Cassie Brege hit two doubles. Sarah Meredith had two doubles and a home run as did Morgan Hall. Autumn Idalski had a home run. Cassidy Purgiel had two hits and a home run while Courtney Streich picked up two hits, including a double. Quaine had three hits, including a double. Taylor Chojnacki had a double while Holly Ditmar had two hits. Kayla Fleury had a double.
Rogers City then beat University Liggett 12-8 in the second game. Nikki Radke was the winning pitcher. She gave up 12 hits, five runs and struck out three. Quaine came in on relief and gave up four hits, three runs and struck out one.
Fleming led with three hits, including a double. Streich had two hits, including a home run. Hall had three hits and a home run. Quaine had a home run. Idalski, Radke, Chojnacki and Brege each had a hit.
Rogers City then faced Livonia Churchill in the tournament championship. Livonia had beaten Onaway 15-0 and Birch Run 17-2 to get to the championship game.
Rogers City picked up all three of its runs on solo homers. Fleury hit two while Streich hit one. Fleming had two hits, including a double. Meredith had a triple while Hall and Idalski each had a hit.
"We stranded quite a few runners. We got them on, but couldn't get them in. Livonia made some nice plays defensively to get them out," Rogers City coach Karl Grambau said. "We played very well over the weekend in real windy days and hit the ball hard."
Rogers City hosts Alcona on Monday.
Rogers City 1-1 in Birch Run Invite
BIRCH RUN-The Rogers City baseball team went 1-1 in the Birch Run Invite on Saturday. It was placed in the Bridgeport Pool on Saturday. It beat Bridgeport 5-3 in the first game, but lost to O.A. Carlson 14-1 in the second.
The Hurons (6-4, 5-3 North Star League) took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, helped by an RBI single from Justin Salie. Casey Szatkowski scored the go-ahead run by stealing home.
Quintin Kelly was 2-for-3 at the bat while Salie had two RBIs.
Szatkowski pitched a full seven innings for the win. He gave up four hits, one earned run and struck out 12.
The Hurons were led at the bat in the second game by Szatkowski. He as 2-for-2 with a double. Alex Hincka was 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Corey Grulke took the loss on the mound.
Rogers City hosts Alcona on Monday.
Alcona 2-0 in Alcona Invitational
LINCOLN-The Alcona baseball team (12-2) won two big games in its home invitational on Saturday. It beat Hale 22-0 and Onaway 5-4.
Trenton LaVergne pitched a three-inning mercy no-hitter in the first. He struck out eight.
Nathan Fettes was 3-for-4 at the bat while Cody Franklin was 2-for-3. Nathan Swinson went 2-for-3 while Carson Jamieson was 2-for-2.
Fettes pitched five innings in Alcona's 5-4 win over Onaway. He gave up two runs, four hits and struck out six. Franklin pitched the fifth inning and struck out one.
Brock Franklin and LaVergne were 2-for-4.
The Tigers travel to Rogers City on Monday.