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Garant headed to Hall of Fame after record-setting career

Rachel (Gebauer) Garant seemed to have the Midas touch during her athletic career. From setting softball records as a pitcher to winning conference and regional championships in track and field to earning all-state honors on the basketball court, Garant cut an impressive path through Alpena ...

Wildcats back to .500 after routing Chiefs

CHEBOYGAN—The Alpena High baseball team won two different ways on Wednesday, routing Cheboygan and then beating the Chiefs close for 17-2 and 2-1 wins in a non-conference doubleheader. In the nightcap, Alpena (3-3) scratched across two runs in the top of the sixth inning and held off a ...

Ready for a reset

The Alpena High girls soccer team opened its season on a solid note last week with two wins in its first three games. Despite that start, the Wildcats showed on Tuesday they still have some work to do after a 2-0 loss to Boyne City at Wildcat Stadium. Inanna Hauger and Jordan Noble each ...

Alpena’s Bullis breaks own pole vault record as ‘Cats beat Central

TRAVERSE CITY — The Alpena boys track team continues its impressive start to the season. On Tuesday, the Wildcats traveled to Traverse City and defeated the Big North Conference rival Trojans 92-71, highlighted by Gabe Bullis setting a new school record in the pole vault (15-7), breaking ...

Coming up with a plan

It’s been over 50 years since Alpena High School opened its doors. Since 1967, thousands of students have walked through hallways, entered classrooms, changed in locker rooms, trained in the weight room and competed inside the gymnasium. Like many aging establishments, over time, small ...

Hurons open with sweep of Tawas

TAWAS — The Rogers City baseball team opened its season in strong fashion as the Hurons traveled to Tawas and swept the Braves, winning game one 10-5 and finishing the day with a 22-2 victory. Isaac Hein picked up the win on the mound, tossing five innings, allowing five hits and struck out ...

Alpena softball team earns weekend sweep at Midland

MIDLAND — The Alpena softball team picked up two victories on Saturday when they traveled to Midland. The Wildcats hung on for a 4-1 win in game one. Jade Schultz blasted a three run home run in the second inning to lead the way offensively for Alpena. Abbie Funk went 3-for-3 at the ...

Winter, Boyd set new school records in Alpena track opener

DAVISON—Eli Winter and Maddy Boyd didn’t wait long to get their respective seasons off to an exciting start. Winter shattered Alpena’s male discus record and Boyd set a new female record in the 3,200 run as Alpena opened its season at the Shake Off the Rust Invitational on Friday in ...

Something to strive for

Consistent. It’s word that describes the Alpena High softball program. For well over a decade, Alpena has been a consistent winner on the field. The Wildcats finished last season with a remarkable run that resulted in their eighth straight Big Big North Conference title, their first ...

Riffert has high hopes for veteran-led boys track team

It may be difficult for the Alpena High boys track team to top what it did last season. But with a new coach and a team brimming with talent, the Wildcats are more than willing to try. “I think we’re going to have an exciting season. We have a lot of talent in a lot of different ...

Wildcats hoping experience, leadership lead to big 2019 season

Two years ago the Alpena High baseball team snapped a seven-year district championship drought with a group that featured a handful of young and inexperienced starters. The Wildcats were ahead of schedule and looked destined to be one of the top teams in the region for the next few ...

Numbers, confidence high for Alpena girls tennis team in 2019

In recent years, the Alpena High girls tennis team has seen its numbers fluctuate from season to season. The 2019 season will be different however and the Wildcats enter with large numbers and great deal of confidence and experience. A total of 18 girls make up the rosters between the ...

Alpena girls track team has small roster, but big expectations

As Joy Bullis prepares to lead the Alpena High girls track team this season, she’ll be coaching one of the smallest teams she’s ever had. But small numbers aren’t stopping Bullis from setting high expectations for the Wildcats. “It’s the smallest team I’ve ever coached at Alpena ...

Alpena boys golf team hopes to be playing its best late in the year

Since Alpena golf coach Eric Mitchell took over the boys golf program, he and his team face the same challenges each spring. The Wildcats are unable to get on the course much early in the season behind many of the teams in the state and in the Big North Conference once it begins. Despite ...

Wildcats looking for more consistency on the soccer field

Looking at the Alpena High girls soccer team’s roster, the Wildcats certainly have plenty of potential for a good season. Whether the Wildcats can put it all together on both ends of the field and do it consistently enough will determine just how far they can go this season. “On paper, ...

Building a pipeline

The Alpena High School hockey team gave local fans a lot to cheer about this season. From the offensive exploits of Kyle VanDusen and Colby Plowman, to the stellar goaltending of Cooper Black, to the solid defensive play of Owen Limback, the Wildcats made the most of their talent on the way ...

Wildcats blank Oscoda for first win

OSCODA—Twenty four hours made a big difference for the Alpena High girls soccer team. Kennedy Kaiser and Hannah Burger each scored twice and six different Alpena players scored as the Wildcats rolled past Oscoda 8-0 on Tuesday. Anna Young had a goal and four assists for Alpena (1-1) and ...

Alpena girls soccer team drops opener

SAGINAW—The Alpena High girls soccer team didn’t get the start it was hoping for. Anna Young scored twice for the Wildcats in their season opener, but Alpena ultimately came out on the short end in a 4-2 loss to Saginaw Swan Valley. Alpena (0-1) was on the attack offensively for much of ...

A shot of confidence

For the second time in as many contests, the Alpena High girls tennis team earned was victorious with a 7-1 home win over Grayling on Monday at the APlex. The Wildcats looked sharp and showed improvements from their first time out last week, which also resulted in a victory. “We love ...

Wildcats open season on the road

SAGINAW—The Alpena High softball team took advantage of nice weather on Saturday to play three games against the Swan Valley Vikings. Alpena lost game one, 5-3, won game two, 7-6, in eight innings and lost game three, 16-8. In the first game, Alpena (1-2) jumped out to a 3-0 after three ...