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The end of an era

Like the saying goes, all good things must come to an end and over time, the once cherished jewel of County League baseball slowly faded in Northeast Michigan. “You have to give Jerry (LaFave) a lot of credit. He put together meetings, ran the league well and dedicated a lot of his own time ...

Stewart ready to lead Alcona in 2018

LINCOLN—Damion Stewart has heard the rumors around town. After losing more than a dozen seniors, the Alcona football team is in for a rough season in 2018. If Stewart has anything to say about it, the Tigers aren’t exactly planning on laying down this year. “I’ve heard a lot in ...

Catch of a lifetime

Logan Sigmon has spent nearly 10 years of his life catching all kinds of fish. But during a recent fishing trip, the 12-year-old from Spruce landed the catch of a lifetime. Fishing with his friend Conner Sauve of Alpena on Aug. 2, Sigmon landed a four-foot lake sturgeon on the Thunder Bay ...

Sims looking to bring stability to Alpena wrestling program

For the third time in the last four years, the Alpena High School wrestling program has a new coach. A familiar face will lead the Wildcats onto the mats during the 2018-2019 season. Aaron Sims was named Alpena’s wrestling coach on Monday and Alpena’s current football coach is hoping to ...

Fenstermaker excited by chance to lead Rogers City

ROGERS CITY—When Jesse Fenstermaker steps out on the football field, he gets butterflies. No, Rogers City’s new coach isn’t nervous. He’s just that excited to coach football. After several years working as a varsity assistant and with local youth programs, Fenstermaker has finally ...

The goals remain the same

HILLMAN — The Hillman High School football program has been a consistent winner and enjoyed a winning tradition. For the last 12 years, the Tigers begin each season with a goal in mind to continue “the streak” as Hillman has made the playoffs the last 12 seasons. A lot of things have ...

Remembering the glory days

Gary Dodd remembers when County League baseball was a big deal in Northeast Michigan. In its heyday, it seemed every city, small town and village had a County League baseball team playing and more than 50 teams competed in five different sanctioned leagues across the area, all vying to stake ...

Jeannie Ellis takes over as Alpena High girls golf coach

The Alpena High girls golf program has made steady progress since it was revived in 2015. Faced the with the possibility of not having a team this fall, Jeannie Ellis wanted to make sure the Wildcats had a chance to keep growing. Ellis will take on the task of leading Alpena after she was ...

It’s time to get to work

LINCOLN—The Alcona football team had one of its best seasons ever in 2017, winning a district title and advancing to regionals for the first time. But the Tigers aren’t content to rest on their laurels. Big things are expected of Alcona’s program now and players and coaches know ...

Vikings show competitive spirit in annual midnight practice

POSEN—The Posen football team didn’t waste any time getting ready for a new season. As the calendar turned to Monday, the Vikings took the field for the first practice of the year, working under the lights during their annual midnight practice. Posen has been opened the season with a ...

Sims pleased with Wildcats’ development in year three as coach

For the first time in his head coaching career, Aaron Sims took the field with the same team for a third consecutive season. The first official day of high school football practice began on Monday and for the first time in a while, the Alpena High School football program and its coach have ...

Allen ready to lead Hillman into first eight-man season

HILLMAN—The first day of football practice at Hillman High School looked a little different this year. For the first time in over a decade, Hillman was led onto the practice field by someone other than Bill Koenig. Cody Allen begins his first season as head coach for the orange and black ...

Make it a double

Tom Lahner and Courtney Nunneley knew the pressure would be on them this year as the defending champions of the City Open. As it turned out, they didn’t have much to worry about. Lahner and Nunneley claimed top honors again after the 51st City Open on Sunday, repeating as the men’s and ...

Ready to start running

Cam DeCaire has excelled in every sport he has competed in. During his time at Alpena High School, DeCaire was one of the top tennis, basketball and baseball players in his class. DeCaire ran cross country for current Alpena Community College coach Mark Jacobs in seventh grade, but because ...

Let’s see what you’ve got

It has been another busy summer for the Alpena High School football program.  Along with daily workouts, the Wildcats have attended multiple camps, held their own for future Wildcats and were wrapping up the program’s annual team camp on Thursday. “This camp is for us to kind of just ...

Szymanski family named honorary chairs for annual Aliferis race

ALPENA—The Szymanski family—Rodney, Emily, Madi and Izzy Szymanski—has been named as honorary chairs for the 17th annual Aliferis Race. The Szymanski family began participating in the race in 2011 with the girls cheering on their dad and it quickly became a family tradition. All four ...

Alpena alum Gagnon inducted into DCHSL Hall of Fame

For more than 30 years, Mark Gagnon has been imparting life lessons to scores of young athletes as a coach. Last month, Gagnon was recognized for those efforts. Gagnon was one of five coaches who were inducted into the Detroit Catholic High School League Hall of Fame. The 2018 class was ...

Alpena alum Atkinson named head football coach at W-P

For the last eight seasons, Tommy Atkinson has learned the value of building strong player relationships and tradition through coaching. Now he’s hoping to impart those lessons as a head coach. Atkinson was named the new football coach at Whittemore-Prescott High School last week. ...

Alpena Gymnastics places nine, earns two national titles in Florida

The Alpena Gymnastics team placed nine girls on the podium at the AAU National Gymnastics Championships in Tampa, Florida two weeks ago and also produced two individual event national champions. Maggie Thayer earned a first place finish on the vault Saturday with a 9.35. Sydnie Lipski also ...

Keeping the spirit alive

“This group of women that I coached, when they were in high school, they thought that their primary job was to support the team that was playing on the court or the field and to get the people in the audience involved in that aspect and that’s what we did,” Buchner said. “We did cheers ...