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Wildcats shut out in season opener at Cadillac

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CADILLAC—There was plenty of excitement leading up to the opening game of the 2020 football season. No player may have been more excited than Cadillac quarterback Aden Gurden. The Vikings’ (1-0, 1-0 BNC) signal caller was steps ahead of the competition on Friday as he made opening night ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Tigers, Hurons win openers

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HILLMAN—The Hillman football team kicked off its 2020 season in dominating fashion on Friday, beating Au Gres 60-12. The Wolverines scored the game’s first touchdown, but the Tigers responded with 54 unanswered points to take firm control of the contest. Sean Henigan led Hillman with 11 ...

Wildcats open up 2020 football season at Cadillac

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Three weeks after the original start date, football is back and the Alpena Wildcats and head coach Eric Mitchell are ready to get onto the field and do battle against Big North Conference foe Cadillac tonight at 7 p.m. in Cadillac. “We’re through the roof excited. We felt like we had a ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Strong second half sends Vikes past Alpena

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CADILLAC—The Alpena High boys soccer team couldn’t put together two solid halves on Thursday, losing 6-3 to Cadillac in a Big North Conference game. Alpena (5-4-1, 0-3 BNC) trailed 3-2 at halftime, but the Vikings took control of the game in the second half. Brett Najmowicz. Abe Brege ...

Return to the Gridiron: Alcona’s 2016 team

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News Sports Editor James Andersen is taking a look back at football teams from the last 10 years, offering his view of the best team from each of the nine schools in The News’ coverage area in the span. Preseason Outlook: Alcona coach Jason Somers: “We’ve actually committed to a couple ...

Wildcats swept by TC West in Big North Conference tilt

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After opening Big North Conference play against Cadillac with a loss one week ago, the Alpena High School volleyball team had time to reflect and prepare for another one of the BNC’s top teams in Traverse City West. Unfortunately, Wednesday’s results were eerily similar to the Wildcats’ ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats blanked by Blue Devils

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GAYLORD—The Alpena High boys soccer team came up empty-handed on Tuesday, losing to Gaylord 5-0 in a Big North Conference contest. Alpena is 5-3-1 overall and 0-2 in conference play. The Wildcats play at Cadillac on Thursday. Alcona 2, Pinconning 1 PINCONNING—The Alcona soccer team ...

Northmen rout Alpena in Big North opener

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Experience got the better of youth on Thursday. Dylan Aldridge recorded a hat trick and Hunter Hicks added a pair of goals as Petoskey steamrolled past Alpena 5-0 at Park Family Field at Wildcat Stadium in the Big North Conference opener for both teams. The Northmen, who returned the bulk of ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Atlanta netters win twice in tri

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ST. HELEN—The Atlanta volleyball team got into the win column for the first time this season, earning victories over Charlton Heston Academy and Au Gres on Wednesday in a tri. Atlanta beat Charlton Heston 25-14, 25-9 and defeated Au Gres 11-25, 27-25 and 15-13. Tanaysja Tidwell had 13 ...

Return to the Gridiron: Rogers City’s 2018 team

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News Sports Editor James Andersen is taking a look back at football teams from the last 10 years, offering his view of the best team from each of the nine schools in The News’ coverage area in the span. Preseason Outlook: Rogers City coach Jesse Fenstermaker: “Winning and losing will come ...

Wildcats earn second straight shutout victory

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New guidelines made Wednesday’s soccer matchup between Alpena and Tawas a bit different, but the result was much of the same for the Wildcats as a lone second half goal was enough to lift Alpena to its second straight shutout victory and helped the Wildcats improve to 5-1-1 on the season ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats swept by Cadillac

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CADILLAC—The Alpena High volleyball team came out on the losing end in a Big North Conference contest with Cadillac on Wednesday, falling to the Vikings in three sets. Alpena lost 15-25, 13-25, 15-25. Jade Gray had 12 assists, six kills and seven digs for the Wildcats and Allie DeRocher ...

Storch hopes to see consistent improvement from soccer team

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Tim Storch isn’t making any bold predictions this season.  He simply wants to see his Alpena boys soccer team improve game by game.  A year removed from leading the Wildcats to one of their best seasons in program history, Storch will have some rebuilding to do as he begins his ...

Doubek excited about offensive potential of volleyball team

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The Alpena volleyball team is small but mighty this season. The Wildcats have just nine players on their varsity squad, but it’s a team that isn’t short on experience and could end up being one of the most exciting teams coach Melissa Doubek has had in her tenure. “We’ve got some ...

Young Alpena boys tennis team has lots of room for growth

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The Alpena boys tennis team is going back to school this season.  With a mix of 11 players that includes five sophomores, four freshmen and four players who are brand new to tennis, Charlie Giordano has plenty of teaching to do.  But that’s just how the longtime Alpena coach likes it, ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Onaway netters win SVC opener

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CENTRAL LAKE—The Onaway volleyball team won its Ski Valley Conference opener on Tuesday, beating Central Lake, 25-11, 25-22, 25-23. Lexi Horton had seven kills, three aces, three digs and a block for the Cardinals (3-6, 1-0 SVC) and Breya Domke had eight kills, five aces, eight digs and ...

Lumberjacks open season at Skipper Invitational

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The Alpena Community College men’s cross country season began Friday at the Skipper Invite held in Marysville. For the first time ever, due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, the meet was run in two separate heats, each one starting two minutes apart. “It was a strange meet to say the ...

Alpena Wildcats shut out Sault Ste. Marie Blue Devils

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Alpena boys soccer head coach Tim Storch continues to find out more about his team each day. After suffering their first loss of the season earlier in the week, Storch was anxious to see how his Wildcats would respond. Alpena bounced back in a big way on Friday by shutting out Sault Ste. ...

Local coaches excited after Whitmer, MHSAA reinstate season

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For the last few weeks, Eric Mitchell, like many high school football coaches in Michigan, has been holding out hope that his team might be able to still take the field this fall. The Alpena High School football coach’s cautious optimism was rewarded on Thursday when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ...