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Trending downward

POSEN—The Posen volleyball team got off to a pretty good start on Thursday, but after a win in the opening set, it was all downhill from there. Posen topped Au Gres in the first set of a North Star League match, 25-14, but couldn’t keep the momentum going and dropped the next three sets ...

Wildcats aiming to stay competitive vs. West

Aaron Sims and the Alpena football team are aware of their history against Traverse City West. But history or not, the Wildcats are only interested in playing hard and winning when they play the Titans tonight in Traverse City. Kick off is scheduled for 7 p.m. A win tonight would give the ...

Wildcats edged on the road by Northmen

PETOSKEY—Nick Hicks’ goal early in the second half proved to be enough for Petoskey to beat the Alpena boys soccer team 1-0 on Thursday. Both sides played to a scoreless tie at halftime and Hicks’ connected on a loose ball about 90 seconds into the second half. Alpena (7-5-1, 1-4 Big ...

Swami doing a double take

The summer wasn’t much to write home about, but with Wednesday’s weather Swami is thinking fall couldn’t possibly be on the way. But it is. On Wednesday the windows were open and the breeze was rolling in. As the sun set, an eight-point buck made its way up from the pond. The buck ...

McCoy nears national, state career saves records

LINCOLN—In his varsity soccer career at Alcona, Aaron Ritchie became the program’s new standard-bearer at keeper. But even as he set new school records, Ritchie saw in Conner McCoy someone who had the potential to surpass him. “When I first started training Conner, I immediately saw ...

Steiner keeps focus on team despite setting scoring marks

LINCOLN—It isn’t easy to stand out in Alcona’s soccer program when your last name is Steiner and much is expected of you. But in a four-year varsity career, Jordan Steiner has managed to do just that. Steiner has 36 goals this season and with roughly a month left to play, he’s ...

Slow start hurts Alpena in loss to Vikings

With each volley, the Alpena High volleyball team kept fighting, doing everything it could to win points and keeping its opponent on its toes. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the fight and effort they showed on Wednesday came at the end of a Big North Conference matchup with Cadillac and ...

Hillman to induct fourth Sports Hall of Fame class on Saturday

After standout careers, three former Hillman High School athletes will join some special company on Saturday. Julie Shiffer Shepherd, Curt Tebo and Jay Johnston make up the fourth class of the Hillman High School Sports Hall of Fame and will be inducted at 2 p.m. Saturday during a ceremony at ...

Effort and execution

What a difference a week can make. The Alpena soccer team was on a mission to get its first Big North Conference victory of the season on Tuesday against Cadillac and that’s exactly what the Wildcats did. The Wildcats responded after recent performances not up to their standards by turning ...

Consistency helps Alcona in win over Wolverines

LINCOLN—Consistency and intensity served the Alcona volleyball team well on Tuesday. Consistency behind the serving line and intensity on offense and defense allowed the Tigers to defeat Au Gres in three sets at Alcona High School. Alcona topped the Wolverines 25-17, 25-15 and ...

McCoy makes 28 saves as Alcona ties Grayling

GRAYLING — The Alcona soccer team saw a 4-3 lead slip away in the final second of a game on Tuesday at Grayling as the Tigers ended up playing to a 4-4 tie. “It was a good game and it was a very hard fought game from both sides,” Alcona coach Tim Munro said. Despite allowing four ...

Seven in a row

LINCOLN — There was no luck needed for the Alcona soccer team on Monday as the Tigers earned their seventh victory in a row, taking care of Fairview 8-0 at Alcona High School. Alcona continued to show why it is one of the top teams in the state as the Tigers needed roughly 55 minutes to put ...

Continuing a special tradition

A special event that began a year ago to raise money for a great cause and bring people together for one special weekend out of the year, celebrated its second anniversary. The second annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Walk/Run took place on a near perfect Saturday morning as the event welcomed many ...

Lumberjacks a few steps behind, fall at home to Mott

Mott managed to stay a few steps ahead of the Alpena Community College volleyball team on Saturday. Led by a dominating front row, the Bears took two matches from the Lumberjacks at Park Arena, using timely offensive stretches to overtake the Lumberjacks. Mott won the first match 25-14, ...

ACC XC team battles heat at Spartan Invitational

LANSING — The Alpena Community College Cross-Country team ran this past weekend at the Spartan Invitational at Michigan State. Not only did the Lumberjacks race against some of the top runners in the nation, they also battled the 80-degree weather. “Overall it was a good day for us” ACC ...

Persistence pays off

A shot of momentum? Check. A well-executed second half? Check. A long overdue conference win? Check. The Alpena High football team checked off all those boxes en route to defeating Cadillac 23-14 on Friday at Wildcat Stadium. Alex Arch scored two second half touchdowns for the ...

Hillman beats Hurons for first win of 2017

HILLMAN — Getting the first win of the season always feels good, even if it comes four weeks into the season. After starting the season 0-3, the Hillman football team was in familiar territory, but knew it had to come away victorious in its home opener and that’s exactly what they did as ...

Au Gres clips Alcona in shootout; Atlanta falls short against Suttons Bay

AU GRES—The Alcona football team faced one of its toughest tests of the year on Friday and came up short against Au Gres, losing 48-46. Alcona’s defense was lead by the interior line play of Chris Kamischke and Tommy Mayes who had nine and eight tackles respectively. Damion Stewart ...

Gaylord gets the breaks

The effort was better, but the result was the same for the Alpena High boys soccer team on Thursday. Despite their best efforts, the Wildcats couldn’t get by Gaylord and fell to the Blue Devils 3-1 at Widcat Stadium. Alpena (6-4-1, 0-3 Big North) trailed 2-0 at halftime, but cut the lead ...