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Alpena's Dakota Prevo, right, puts up a shot while being defended by Tawas players Carley Bolen (3) and Kayla Costigan during the first half of a girls basketball game at Alpena High School on Thursday.

Down to the wire

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All night long, Morgan Kaniszewski hit big shot after big shot. But at the end of the night, it was Dakota Prevo who hit the biggest shot of all. The Alpena junior hit an off-balance shot as time expired to send the Alpena girls basketball team past Tawas 45-43 on Thursday at Alpena High ...

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Hillman’s Brandon Banks goes up uncontested for an easy layup during the third quarter of a North Star League boys basketball game on Thursday at Rogers City High School.

Hillman tops Rogers City; runs streak to 48

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ROGERS CITY — Something had to give on Thursday as the top two teams in the North Star League did battle in Rogers City. Both teams came into the contest with the same amount of wins, but it was the Hillman boys basketball who came away victorious, extending its regular season winning ...

Brewer leads Onaway boys past Cardinals

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ONAWAY—Keaton Brewer recorded a double-double and the Onaway boys basketball team defeated Johannesburg-Lewiston 65-49 on Thursday. Onaway (3-4, 2-4 Ski Valley) trailed early, but found its footing in the fourth quarter, outscoring Joburg 26-14. "Tonight we played decent in the first ...

Tigers, Hurons ready for important NSL matchup

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The Hillman and Rogers City girls basketball teams have been playing at a high level this season. Both teams are 8-1, both of them are immensely talented and both of them have garnered attention in this season's Associated Press Class D poll. Tonight they'll get the chance to test just how ...

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Abby Sterlyng executes a dismount off the balance beam during a gymnasts practice at the APlex on Thursday. Alpena Gymnastics will hold an in-house meet at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the APlex for its team gymnasts; those who have completed basic skills and are learning event routines. Gymnasts have spent the week working on their routines on various pieces of apparatus.

Gymnasts preparing for meet on Saturday

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News Photo by James Andersen Abby Sterlyng executes a dismount off the balance beam during a gymnasts practice at the APlex on Thursday. Alpena Gymnastics will hold an in-house meet at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the APlex for its team gymnasts; those who have completed basic skills and are ...

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Hillman’s Gunnar Libby (12) goes between Whittemore-Prescott defenders Kyle Colton (13) and Azaiyah Bell (15) to score a basket during the second quarter of a boys basketball game on Wednesday at Hillman High School.

Second half surge

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HILLMAN — Despite a surprisingly slow start, the Hillman basketball team got hot late and defeated Whittemore-Prescott 73-53, to extend its home winning streak to 38 games and league winning streak to 48 on Wednesday night. It had been 13 days since the Tigers last played a game and the ...

Alpena athletes benefiting from weight room upgrade

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The high school football season wrapped up nearly two months ago, but offseason training can go a long way in separating teams and programs in future season. The Alpena High School football team has put in a lot of work so far during the offseason and not just in the weight room. After the ...

Swami lost in space

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Once you do something wrong on a computer, you wouldn’t think it would happen again. Well, evidently Swami is not good at remembering which keys to stay away from when working on his column. Tuesday, the supposedly All-Knowing-One hit a wrong key, instead of having a short paragraph from ...

ACC women earn first victory of the season

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DETROIT — The Alpena Community College women’s basketball team earned its first victory of the season in thrilling fashion, defeating Wayne County Community College 70-68. The Lumberjacks were up by as many as 19 points in the first half, but the lead was erased late and Alpena ...

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Alpena's Fabian Phillips, right, wrestles Sault Ste. Marie's Brendin C during a 171-pound match at the Gillespie Invitational on Saturday at Alpena High School

It’s all in the finish

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The Alpena High wrestling team didn't get off to the best of starts on Saturday. But after an opening round defeat at the Gillespie Invitational, the Wildcats kept working and made sure they finished strong. Their efforts paid off as the Wildcats finished in second place in their annual ...

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Hillman’s Lyndsey Ryba (14) takes a running jump shot over Alcona’s Brittany Decker (50) during the third quarter of a North Star League girls basketball game at Alcona High School on Monday night.

A physical victory

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LINCOLN — There is no hotter team in the North Star League right now than the Hillman girls basketball team who came away victorious for the eighth game in a row after a hard-fought, physical battle against Alcona on Monday, winning by a score of 56-41 on the road at Alcona High ...

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Rogers City’s Taylor Fleming, center, drives to the net while being defended by Inland Lakes’ Katie Byrne, front, and Lexi Passino during a girls basketball game at Rogers City High School on Monday.

Hurons handed first loss by Inland Lakes

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ROGERS CITY—The Rogers City girls basketball team has done all the right things through the first eight games of the season. But on Monday, very little seemed to go right for the Hurons as a result. Rogers City struggled to get in sync all game and was defeated 36-27 by Indian River Inland ...

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Alpena’s Nic Baranyai (22) and Tri City’s Tyler Bourassa (96) race for a loose puck during a junior hockey game on Saturday at Northern Lights Arena.

Flyers complete weekend sweep of Tri City

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The Alpena Flyers couldn’t have asked for a better time to put together one of their best performances of the season as they shut out Tri City 6-0 on Military Appreciation night, Saturday at Northern Lights Arena. “I think we were ready for the challenge tonight. We came out and knew it ...

Balanced attack leads Alpena past TC West

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TRAVERSE CITY—A balanced scoring attack sparked the Alpena High girls basketball team to a 58-47 win over Traverse City West on Friday. The Titans took an early lead in the first quarter, but Alpena its way back into the game and ultimately went on to win. Shelby Seaver led Alpena (5-1, ...

Atlanta girls basketball team tops Burt Lake in OT

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BURT LAKE- The Atlanta girls basketball team earned its first win of the season, topping Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian Academy, 41-39, in overtime Monday. Burt Lake took an early, 11-4, after the first quarter. At the half, NMCA still had the lead, 18-10. Atlanta took the lead after ...

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Alpena’s Chris Derocher (33) scores a basket over Ogemaw defender Garrett Paulson during the third quarter of a boys basketball game on Friday at Alpena High School.

Big man’s big night

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Nearly every shot that Alpena sophomore Chris Derocher put up went in on Friday night. DeRocher poured in a game-high 34 points to lead the Alpena boys basketball team to a convincing 79-55 victory over Ogemaw Heights at Alpena High School. Derocher played an important role in Alpena’s ...

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Alcona’s Abby Lobaugh, center, fights for the ball with two Whittemore-Prescott players during a girls basketball game at Alcona High School on Friday.

Dominant inside game propels Alcona to win

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LINCOLN—The Alcona girls basketball team’s recipe for victory on Friday was simple: keep hammering away in the paint. Brittany Decker and Taylor Livingston each recorded a double-double and helped Alcona get back above .500 with a 55-46 win over Whittemore-Prescott at Alcona High ...

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Alcona’s Antavius Mikazes (50) puts up a shot while being defended by Whittemore-Prescott’s Shawn Edmonds during a boys basketball game on Friday at Alcona High School.

Mikazes leads Alcona past Whittemore

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LINCOLN—Whittemore-Prescott has often brought out the best in teams this season. The Alcona boys basketball team was the latest team to benefit from a push by the Cardinals and defeated Whittemore 49-41 on Friday at Alcona High School. Antavius Mikazes scored 16 points and the Tigers held ...

Rogers City pushes win streak to eight

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ROGERS CITY—The Rogers City girls basketball team won against Mio 50-34 on Friday for its eighth straight victory. Rogers City got off to a quick lead in the first quarter 20-5. At the half, Rogers City led 33-15. Rogers City kept the lead up in the third quarter, 45-21. Kayla Rabeau led ...

Baranyai nets hat trick as Flyers beat Tri City

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Alpena Flyers captain Nic Baranyai recorded a hat trick to help lead the Flyers to a 7-3 victory over visiting Tri City on Friday night at Northern Lights Arena. The Icehawks opened up a two goal lead early in the game as Jaren Parsons scored three minutes into the opening period and Tri City ...