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2019 All-Alpena News Softball Team

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2019 All-Alpena News Softball Team In an exciting year of softball, 10 local players proved to be among Northeast Michigan’s best. Ten players—four pitchers and six position players (regardless of position)—have been chosen to represent the 2019 All-Alpena News softball team. After a ...

Hillman Little League softball team wins district title

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Hillman’s Little League softball team won the District 8 tournament Wednesday night, defeating Gaylord 16-2. Nicole Barbeau pitched a gem for Hillman allowing one hit with 16 strikeouts in six innings. At the plate, she was 2-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI. Gretchen Weiland was ...

DeRocher named AD at ACC

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Cindy DeRocher has been named the new athletic director at Alpena Community College, replacing longtime AD Frank McCourt, who announced his retirement as of July 1. DeRocher, who has previously served as the assistant director at ACC as well as the assistant women’s basketball coach, steps ...

Alpena names Mitchell as new football coach

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Eric Mitchell has seen a lot during his time with the Alpena High School football program and has watched the Wildcats go through ups, downs and a lot of changes. Now after five years as an assistant, Mitchell is getting a promotion. Mitchell was announced as Alpena’s new coach on Wednesday ...

Coaching them up

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The Alpena High School and Alpena Community College volleyball programs went back to basics this week. Players from both programs held their first ever joint volleyball camp during a three-day stretch at Thunder Bay Junior High School. The camp began on Thursday and will continue through ...

Rogers City’s Catheryn Hart to play 2 sports with Lumberjacks

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It’s hard for Catheryn Hart to decide which sport she’s more passionate about, volleyball or softball. Lucky for Hart, she won’t have to choose one over the other at the next level. Hart signed her letters of intent to play both volleyball and softball for Alpena Community College on ...

Local softball players honored for 2019 play

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Several local softball players earned all-state honors from the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association for their play during the 2019 season. After a run to the Division 4 semifinals, senior shortstop Taylor Fleming and junior pitcher Kyrsten Altman both earned first team all-state ...

Big Rapids OF Annah Folkema signs LOI with Lumberjacks

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Growing up, Annah Folkema fell in love with baseball and softball watching her older brother play in high school and in Pony League baseball. Eventually, she got to see him sign his letter of intent to play college baseball. On Wednesday, Folkema got her chance to follow in his ...

Hillman Little Leaguers win in pool play action

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Hillman’s girls Little League team opened pool play with a win on Tuesday, defeating Gaylord 10-8. Nicole Barbeau got the win for Hillman after pitching four strong innings and going 3-for-4 at the plate with three singles. Gretchen Weiland also saw time on the mound for Hillman and was ...

Preparing for the future

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Over the past several years, gymnastics in Alpena has enjoyed a resurgence. Young athletes who are interested in gymnastics have plenty of opportunity to become a part of what has become a successful gymnastics program in Alpena. On Monday, the Alpena APlex was host to a three day ...

Alpena’s football culture in need of serious change

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The Alpena High football program’s revolving door of head coaches needs to be slammed shut. With the recent resignation of Aaron Sims, Alpena High School is in search of yet another head coach and their next hire will mark the school’s sixth varsity football coach in the last 10 ...

Kuzewski resigns as Hillman girls hoops coach

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When John Kuzewski took over as Hillman girls basketball coach in 2007, he did so wanting to build and sustain a successful program. Kuzewski did just that, turning Hillman into one of Northeast Michigan’s most consistent programs. After 12 seasons Kuzewski has resigned, citing a desire ...

Alpena relay team sets new record at national meet

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GREENSBORO, North Carolina—Members of the Alpena High track team broke a national distance medley relay record during the New Balance National Outdoor track and field championships this past weekend in North Carolina. The quartet of Josh Smith, Aden Smith, Jadon Duncan and Drew Seabase ...

Meeting their match

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EAST LANSING — Throughout the postseason, the Rogers City softball team has had an answer for every challenge thrown its way. But the Hurons met their match on Friday and didn’t have enough answers to stop Unionville-Sebewaing in a 8-3 loss during a Division 4 semifinal at Michigan State ...

Back for another shot

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This year is going to be different. Amanda Wirgau can feel it. Even if she can’t explain it. “The team, you can just feel the difference in the games,” Wirgau, Rogers City’s senior catcher, said. “I don’t know how to explain it.” Whatever it is—be it good vibes, good ...

Chemistry between Altman, Wirgau paying off for Hurons

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Sometimes all it takes is a head nod or a finger point for Krysten Altman and Amanda Wirgau to know what the other is thinking. When that happens, it usually means good things for the Hurons and a long day for their opponents. Rogers City’s battery—junior pitcher Altman and senior ...

Hurons hoping to continue success in close games

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Rogers City softball coach Karl Grambau said his team had saved him a trip to the hospital for a stress test after it won a district title a few weeks ago. Grambau was joking then, he might as well have been describing the bulk of the Hurons’ postseason run. Close games have been the ...

Welcome to ACC

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Alpena Community College welcomed a new student-athlete on Wednesday as Alexis Trombley signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her athletic career for the Lumberjacks. Trombley signed on to become a member of the ACC volleyball team and also committed to play softball for the ...

Hurons seize opportunity

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PETOSKEY—Throughout the postseason, different members of the Rogers City softball team have made big plays at key times to keep the Hurons’ season alive. On Tuesday, it was Karissa Rabeau’s turn. The sophomore outfielder lined a two-run double up the middle in the top of the sixth ...

Copping, Goike to continue baseball careers at Delta College

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For the past three years, Bruz Copping and Aidan Goike have been staples in the Alpena High baseball program. Both Copping and Goike made the varsity team as sophomores and started the past three years, playing key roles for the Wildcats during a successful three years on the ...