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ACC’s Kendra Cole throws a pitch during a game against Oakland at the Huron Shores fields on Friday.

ACC falls short in tripleheader to Oakland

Victory fell just out of the grasp of the Alpena Community College softball team on Friday. The Lumberjacks lost in three games to Delta—6-5, 6-3 and 8-7 (eight innings)—failing to come up with clutch hits with the games in the balance. “Oakland is leading the conference. I’ve been ...

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Alcona’s Brock Franklin (44) beats out a throw to the plate to score a run during the first inning of game one of a baseball doubleheader on Friday at Alcona High School.

Close wins all around

LINCOLN—After dropping its first two games of the season against state runner-up New Lothrop, the Alcona baseball team returned home and found ways to sweep Au Gres in a doubleheader on Friday to get into the win column early, winning 11-1 and 6-5. “You expect the unexpected sometimes ...

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Alcona’s Taylor Livingston dives back to first base after a pop up in the infield during the nightcap of a softball doubleheader against Au Gres on Friday at Alcona High School.

Alcona softball team opens season with two wins

LINCOLN — The Alcona softball team played its first two games of the season on Friday against an Au Gres team that already had four games under its belt. Despite falling behind several different times throughout the evening, the Tigers never quit and put together two comeback victories, ...

Alpena boys track team takes second in Midland

MIDLAND—The Alpena boys track team had a solid day at the Graves Relays on Friday in Midland, finishing second out of five teams. Traverse City Central won the meet with 100 points, followed by Alpena (74), Midland Dow (63), Midland (57) and Traverse City West (16). “Second place in ...

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Hillman’s Nic Taratuta, right, slides into first base as Whittemore-Prescott pitcher Alex Yorton attempts a pickoff throw to first baseman Alex Mervyn during a baseball game at Hillman High School on Wednesday.

Keep the victories coming

HILLMAN—The Hillman baseball team just keeps on winning. Jared Juergens and Kyler Moir each had a solid outing on the mound and Hillman’s offense backed them up to top Whittemore-Prescott in a North Star League doubleheader on Wednesday, 4-0 and 10-3. The Tigers have opened the season ...

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Hillman’s Vanessa Schook hits an RBI single up the middle during the second inning in game one of a softball doubleheader on Wednesday against Whittemore-Prescott at Hillman High School.

Two-out hitting leads Hillman past Cards

HILLMAN — For the first time this season, the Hillman softball team played two six inning games as it swept Whittemore-Prescott by scores of 7-2 and 9-2 on Wednesday at Hillman High School. “It was a good battle tonight. Both games were hard fought because Whittemore came out hitting ...

Wildcats split dual meet with Cadillac

CADILLAC—The Alpena and Cadillac track teams split a dual meet on Wednesday, with Alpena winning the boys race 108.5 to 54.5 and Cadillac winning the girls race 105 to 58. Top finishers for Alpena’s boys team included: Wade Roznowski in the 100 dash (1st, 12.12) and 200 dash (1st, 23.5); ...

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Posen's Lindsey Randall (left) and Alcona's Kameesha Fuqua (center) and Katherine Edwards race in a 100 dash heat during a North Star League meet at Alcona High School on Tuesday. Randall finished second in the event, Edwards was third and Fuqua was sixth.

Running their way to victory

LINCOLN—In its first North Star League meet of the season, the Alcona girls track team proved tough to beat. The Tigers took five first place finishes and finished with 102 points during a five-team North Star League meet on Tuesday at Alcona High School, edging Rogers City 102-98 in ...

Onaway softball team splits with Cheboygan

ONAWAY—The Onaway softball team started slow, but finished strong on Tuesday, splitting a doubleheader with Cheboygan at home. Onaway lost the first game 11-1 and won the second game 15-5 (five innings). In the first game, Callie Selke took the loss for Onaway (5-1, 4-0 Ski Valley), ...

ACC falls to Pioneers

UNIVERSITY CENTER—The early-game hitting woes that plagued the Alpena Community College softball team last weekend, reared their head again on Tuesday as the Lumberjacks lost to Delta in a pair of makeup games. Alpena lost 8-0 and 14-6. In the opener, Kendra Cole took the loss for ACC ...

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Oscoda third baseman Travis Lamrock (18) tags out Posen baserunner Jared Sharpe (1) as he attempts to steal third during the first game of a baseball doubleheader on Monday in Posen.

Playing through growing pains

POSEN —The Posen baseball team’s inability to make the routine plays proved costly on Monday as the Vikings fell twice in a doubleheader against Oscoda, losing by scores of 7-4 and 16-1. “Oscoda made the defensive plays and we didn’t, it was that simple,” Posen coach Pat Kowalski ...

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Posen pitcher Arianne Chojnacki winds up to throw during the first game of a doubleheader against Oscoda on Monday at Posen High School.

Big hits propel hot-hitting Owls past Vikings

POSEN—All winter long, the Oscoda softball team put a lot of time into making contact at the plate. Practice paid off for the Owls in a big way on Monday as they took a doubleheader from Posen, winning 11-0 and 24-4 (three innings). Spurred on three home runs, the Owls took the fight to ...

Alpena girls tennis team competes in TC; Brewbaker reaches milestone

TRAVERSE CITY—The Alpena girls tennis team competed in the Up North Challenge in Traverse City on Monday and came away with two wins. Kaitlyn Schultz at two singles defeated her Traverse City Central opponent and Breann Kieliszewski and Taylor Belanger at second doubles defeated their ...

Rogers City softball team opens season with tournament win

EAST LANSING — The Rogers City softball team started its season off with a bang as they traveled to East Lansing for a tournament and came away victorious, going a perfect 3-0 to capture the tournament championship in their first games of the year. “It was a good tournament. It was nice ...

ACC softball team swept in weekend series at Mott

FLINT — After dropping two games on Friday on the road against Mott Community College, the Lumberjacks of Alpena Community College were back in action on Saturday, but again fell short in two games, including a heartbreaking finish to the weekend as they lost by scores of 8-0 and 4-3. The ...

Alpena track teams open season in Davison

DAVISON—The Alpena High boys and girls track teams opened the 2017 at the Shake off the Rust Invitational on Thursday in Davison, taking third and 14th place respectively. The Alpena boys team finished with 222 points after 18 top-10 finishes. Grand Blanc won the men’s meet with 313 1/2 ...

Lumberjacks drop doubleheader to Mott

FLINT—The Alpena Community College softball team played well enough to win on Friday, but had trouble bringing runners home in a doubleheader loss to Mott, 5-1 and 3-0. "We were competing and those are steps forward," ACC coach Shelly Hance said. "We're going to go back to working on the ...

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Alpena’s Lizzy Heath (22) is congratulated by coach Paul Marwede after hitting a home run during the third inning in game one of a softball doublheader on Thursday at Alpena High School.

Alpena’s season-opening success

Starting off strong is what the Alpena softball program has been accustomed to and the Wildcats kept that trend going to open the 2017 season as they swept Boyne City on Thursday, 10-0 and 11-7. “I thought for the first day out we did a lot of nice things. There were also some things that ...

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Alpena's Logan Guthrie (center) is mobbed by teammates after driving in the winning run in a game against Rogers City on Thursday at Alpena High School.

Alpena baseball team defeats Hurons in debut

It wasn’t perfect, but the Alpena baseball team will take it. On a day that saw some Alpena shake off some early season rust, all that mattered for the Wildcats Thursday was that they started the 2017 season off on a winning note against Rogers City. Alpena topped the Hurons 7-6 in eight ...

Alpena girls soccer tops Falcons; Onaway pitchers stellar in season opener

WEST BRANCH— The Alpena soccer team picked up another shut out victory, this time defeating Ogemaw Heights on Thursday by a score of 2-0. The Wildcats got a goal in each half as the first came off the leg of Mollie Girard with an assist from Anna Young. The second half goal came from ...