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Hance putting together stellar summer campaign

Summer isn’t always about vacation and relaxation. The end of the high school softball season doesn’t always mean competition on the diamond is over for the next eight months. For Jayna Hance, the hard work continues throughout the summer months as she prepares to get better for the ...

Alcona hires new boys hoops, baseball coaches

After two years as an assistant coach, Ryan Bilbey is moving up. Bilbey was one of two recent coaching hires announced by Alcona High School for the upcoming school year and will coach Alcona boys basketball team. Nathan Walker will take over as coach of Alcona’s baseball team. Bilbey ...

Fun in the streets

The Detroit Red Wings recently began their second annual Street Hockey Summer Tour. On Wednesday, the tour came to Alpena as the event took place in the Meijer parking lot. The clinic is sponsored by Meijer and returned for its second season after a popular first year. Red Wings ...

Alpena 12U all-stars ready for regional tournament

For the third consecutive year, Neil Seabase will take his team of Alpena all-stars to the regional tournament after this year’s 12U team captured the state title in their home town just two weeks ago. The 12U all-stars will begin play Thursday in the 2017 Ohio Valley Regional Tournament ...

13U Thunder Bay Blockheads complete another solid season

The 13U Thunder Bay Blockheads competed in the Wolves Summer Beast Tournament in Farmington Hills this past weekend and for the first time this season, the Blockheads were not able to come away with the championship as they did in their first six tournaments. The Blockheads finished the weekend ...

One more to play

The high school softball season came to end in June, but a few local players were recently informed they still have one more game to compete in. Alpena’s Lizzy Kendziorski and Jessica Marwede were selected to compete in the Division 1 Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association ...

Creating new traditions

Changing the culture and beginning new traditions are what the Alpena football program has started to do since last season when head coach Aaron Sims took over. On Wednesday, the Wildcat football program wrapped up its first Future Champions Camp that consisted of potential future Wildcats ...

Onaway alum Letts to compete in senior volleyball showcase

In two seasons of varsity volleyball, Vydailya Letts established herself as an indispensable player who was committed to working hard. Now after a successful career at Onaway High School, Letts is being recognized for her hard work. Letts will participate in the 2017 All-State Senior ...

Miko resigns Alpena girls basketball post

For the past two years, Kelley Miko has been teaching students and the athletes she coaches to follow their dreams. Now Miko is following hers, taking the next steps in her coaching career as well as her education. Miko announced her resignation as head coach of Alpena’s girls varsity ...

Champions are crowned

Winning state titles is starting to become a habit for members of the Alpena Green 12U baseball team. Alpena powered its way to another state championship on Sunday, defeating Alpena Blue 9-0 in the 12U finals of the 2017 Cal Ripken Michigan State Tournament. Sunday’s championship marks ...

Pitching, offense lead Alpena Green to 9U title

Before Sunday’s championship game, Alpena Green 9U baseball manager Eric Hackney told his players to get an early lead and keep pushing forward. Alpena Green did just what Hackney said, defeating Alpena White 18-2 in the 9U final of the 2017 Cal Ripken Michigan State Tournament. “It’s ...

Howard Twp. wins 8U, 10U state championships

Howard Township made sure its trip to Alpena for the 2017 Cal Ripken Baseball Michigan State Tournament was a worthwhile one. Howard Township took home state titles in two divisions on Sunday, during the last day of tournament play, winning both the 8U and 10U state championships. Howard ...

Alpena Blue wins 11U title, finishes 2nd in 12U

Win or lose, the Alpena Blue baseball team was going to walk away a champion this weekend. But even with hardware in hand, the team earned something much more valuable and worthwhile. Alpena Blue fell in the final of the 12U Cal Ripken Michigan State Tournament Sunday, losing to Alpena Green ...

A solid start for Alpena

The Alpena 12U green baseball team got off to a powerful start on Friday Five different players hit home runs as Alpena defeated Howard Township 14-2 by mercy-rule in four innings in its 2017 Cal Ripken Michigan State tournament opener. Jacob Zann, Brady Pagels, Reed Seabase, Ashton Perrin ...

Alpena Green 9U makes quick work of Macomb

The Alpena 9U Green team needed just four innings to make quick work of Macomb Clinton, winning by a score of 17-0. Lucas Dagner took the mound for Alpena and tossed two no-hit innings and struck out five Macomb batters in picking up the victory. Offensively, Alpena erupted for seven runs ...

Brandywine nips Alpena White 9U team 20-18

The Alpena 9U White team suffered a heart-breaking defeat in its first game of the state tournament as they blew a huge lead and fell to Brandywine by a score of 20-18. Brandywine led 2-1 after one inning before runs started coming in bunches for both teams. Alpena was aggressive on the ...

Alpena 8U edges Macomb to open state tournament

The 2017 Cal Ripken Michigan State baseball tournament started with a pair of 8U teams doing battle. Alpena was able to edge Macomb Clinton in the first game of the day by a final score of 3-0. After a scoreless first inning, Alpena scored two runs in the home half of the first inning ...

Rosedale rallies past Alpena White 12U team

In a battle of momentum, the Rosedale 12U baseball team had the final swing on Friday. Buoyed by a four-run fifth inning, Rosedale came out on top in its 2017 Cal Ripken Michigan state tournament opener, defeating Alpena White 8-5. Mykel Golden and Ton-reece Westley each had an RBI double ...

Two-out hitting leads Alpena 10U team to victory

The Alpena 10U baseball team did its best work under pressure on Friday. Alpena cruised past Macomb Clinton 13-1 in four innings during the opening day of the 2017 Cal Ripken Michigan State Tournament. Alpena was helped by an 11-run second inning during which it scored 10 runs with two ...

Big hits, base running help Alpena Blue 12U win tourney opener

Big hits and heads up base running got the Alpena Blue 12U baseball team off to a winning start. Alpena had several big hits, stole several bases and took advantage of several errors to defeat Macomb Clinton 13-3 by mercy-rule in five innings during the first day of pool play on Friday at the ...