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Finding another gear

LINCOLN — No one has to tell the Alcona soccer team what time of the year it is. The Tigers turned things up a notch on Tuesday with a 9-1 Division 4 district quarterfinal blow out win over Houghton Lake at Alcona High School. Brett Nelson and Josh Kilbourn provided more than enough ...

Alpena High boys cross country team wins first Big North title

GAYLORD—For the first time in school history, the Alpena High School boys cross country team won a Big North Conference title. The Wildcats claimed top honors at the Big North Conference Championships on Tuesday in Gaylord, finishing 1-2-3 and topping their closest competitor by nine ...

Wildcats edged by Northmen in district playoffs

PETOSKEY—The Alpena High boys soccer team’s time in the postseason proved to be short. The Wildcats came up short in a Division 2 district quarterfinal on Monday, losing to Petoskey 2-1. The Northmen converted a chance off a corner kick with about 13 minutes left and earned their second ...

ACC runners continue to excel

One week ago, the Alpena Community College cross country team had an historic race with their outstanding times in Lansing. On Friday at the Muskegon Community College Jayhawk Invitational, they topped the earlier race, lowering their personal bests by another 28 seconds per runner. The ...

Homecoming heartache

Close games haven’t exactly been kind to the Alpena High football team this season and the Wildcats’ odds didn’t improve on Friday. Despite a late comeback attempt, the Wildcats fell short in their rally and lost to Petoskey 23-21 at Wildcat Stadium during Homecoming. Trailing 23-6 with ...

Big third quarter propels Hillman to big win over Onaway

ONAWAY — After a four-game absence, the Hillman football team was happy to have leading rusher Caleb Sanders back on the field. The duo of Sanders and Gunner Mellingen provided the Tigers with more than enough offense on Friday against Onaway, especially in the third quarter when Hillman ...

Budnick’s late TD sends RC past St. Ignace

ST. IGNACE—Heads-up plays on both ends of the ball propelled the Rogers City football team to victory on Friday. Kaleb Budnick ran for a 95-yard touchdown one play after the Hurons recovered a fumble and the Hurons defeated St. Ignace 14-6 in St. Ignace. The Saints threatened to score ...

Tokens of appreciation

Homecoming week is always a special time in high school. From decorating hallways, themes throughout the week, building floats, the presentation of homecoming king and queen, along with the traditional Friday night football game and homecoming dance, there’s never any shortage of ...

Alpena senior Guthrie nears career rushing record

Last year, Logan Guthrie torched Petoskey’s defense for more than 200 rushing yards and four touchdowns. If he has a similar performance tonight, Alpena’s senior running back could take a special place in program history. As the Alpena football team returns home to host Petoskey for ...

Swami sees a bright future ahead

Swami recently had the pleasure of running the clock for three Alpena Jets games and he noticed some of the rules have changed. After meeting with the officials, Swami found that the Jets program runs the same rules as high school football, with the exception of a virtual punt and kickoff. ...

RC wins on Parents Night

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City volleyball team seems to be hitting its stride at the right time. The Hurons hosted Fairview on Thursday and earned a sweep on Parents Night, defeating the Eagles by scores of 25-11, 25-10 and 25-20. Rogers City was led by Taylor Fleming who finished the ...

Senior Night spoilers

Emotions were running high for the Alpena volleyball team on Wednesday night as six Wildcats played their final game in front of a home crowd. Unfortunately for Alpena, the final home game of the 2018 season didn’t go as it hoped. After coming out slow and dropping the first set, the ...

Alpena boys soccer team ends regular season with sloppy win over Alcona

LINCOLN—On a sloppy, rainy, muddy night, the Alpena boys soccer team ended the regular season on a sloppy note. The record book will show officially that the Wildcats defeated Alcona 2-1 on Wednesday, but it was a less than stellar victory. Alpena had plenty of scoring chances and ...

Riffert to lead AHS boys track program

Ever since he stepped away from leading the Alpena High girls track program four years ago, the itch to coach hasn’t gone away for Collin Riffert. So when the Alpena boys track job came open earlier this year, Riffert figured it was the perfect time to scratch that itch. Alpena’s ...

Tigers sweep Snowbirds at home; Huskies beaten by Mio

HILLMAN—Communication once again proved to be important for the Hillman volleyball team on Wednesday. The Tigers swept Gaylord St. Mary in three sets at home, but started each set slow. When communication improved, so did Hillman’s scores. The Tigers won 25-18, 25-20 and 25-18. “We ...

Cardinals pass the test

ONAWAY—Onaway volleyball coach Steve Watson had a simple message for his team after it took the first set from Bellaire on Tuesday. Keep it up. In one of their most important matchups of the year, the Cardinals did just that. The Cardinals had little to worry about as they swept ...

Vikings victorious with home sweep of Atlanta

POSEN — The Posen volleyball team put together one of its better nights of the season and took advantage of a shorthanded Atlanta team on Tuesday as the Vikings cruised to a convincing sweep over the Huskies, winning by scores of 25-14, 25-11 and 25-11. “It was a good night for us. We had ...

Wildcats lose to Northmen

PETOSKEY—The Alpena boys soccer team took a 3-0 loss against Petoskey on Tuesday, but the Wildcats have a bigger picture in mind. Alpena (10-7-4, 1-5-4 Big North) trailed 2-0 at halftime in its Big North Conference finale and Petoskey tacked on one more in the second half. "We didn't play ...

Winning in style

LINCOLN — It has been a rollercoaster ride of a regular season for the Alcona soccer team. In a season filled with many ups and downs, Monday’s game against Fairview feature many more positives than negatives as the Tigers clinched at least a share of their sixth consecutive North Star ...

Record-setting day for ACC cross country team

LANSING — Before Friday’s meet at Lansing Community College, two things had never happened for the Alpena Community College cross-country program. One being that, every single runner on the team running a career best during the same race, and the other, having three runners run under ...