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Alec LeTourneau pole vaults up and over a bar during an indoor meet while competing for The Woods Track and Field Club earlier this season.

They’re on to bigger things

Alpena High School track and field standout Alec LeTourneau recently signed his national letter of intent to continue his athletic career and compete at Grand Valley State University. “It feels amazing knowing that I will be able to continue in a sport I love to compete in at a collegiate ...

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Levi Goebel (front, left) signs his Letter of Intent to continue his athletic career with the ACC Cross Country team coached by Mark Jacobs (front, right) while his parents Kory and Lisa Goebel look on.

Goebel joins ACC cross country team

Levi Goebel is the latest addition to sign on and further his athletic career with Alpena Community College’s steadily improving cross country team. “I’m pretty excited. I didn’t want my athletic career to end and this is the way I get to continue that,” Goebel said. “It will be ...

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Powers North Central's Jason Whitens (30) makes a shot while being defended by Hillman's Kory Henigan (40) and Chris Wittman (34) in the quarterfinal game at Sault Saint Marrie High School on Tuesday.

A valiant effort

SAULT STE. MARIE —The Hillman boys basketball team did all it could in Tuesday's Class D quarterfinal game against Powers North Central, but in the end, the Tigers were the 81st victim in a row as North Central held off a late Hillman rally to advance to the Breslin Center for the third ...

DeRocher earns first team all-Big North honors

After a season in which he nearly averaged a double-double, Alpena High sophomore forward Chris DeRocher earned first team all-Big North Conference honors for the 2016-17 season. The sophomore averaged 20.1 points and 9.3 rebounds in 21 games and regularly scored in double digits for the ...

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Hillman's Gunnar Libby, left, and Powers North Central's Jason Whitens will face-off tonight in a Class D quarterfinal in Sault Ste. Marie. Powers has won the last two Class D state championships and Hillman is making its second quarterfinal appearance in three seasons.

The matchup they wanted

It’s not often the term “dream matchup” is used in high school sports. The possibility of such a matchup usually doesn’t happen, but tonight it will, as two of the top teams in Class D clash in a quarterfinal matchup with a trip to Michigan State’s Breslin Center on the ...

Hillman has chance to continue special season with quarterfinal win

The whispers have been floating around since last season, two years ago really. Coaches and players have avoided directly talking about it, insisting the season is all about taking things one game at a time. But now that it’s here, can we just admit it? This is the matchup everyone wanted ...

North Star League names all-league teams

After winning to another North Star League division title, the Hillman girls basketball team led the all-conference selections for the 2016-17 season. Guards Vanessa Schook and Lyndsey Ryba earned first team honors after leading the Tigers to a Big Dipper division title and a regional ...

Alpena icers earn BNC honors

After going 18-8-2 and reaching the regional final, the Alpena High hockey team had several players named to the all-Big North Conference teams for the 2016-17 season. Alpena captain Nick Esch earned first-team honors after leading the Wildcats with 19 goals and 15 assists for 34 points. ...

Members of the Hillman boys basketball team pose with a Class D regional title on Wednesday after beating Pellston. The win gives Hillman its second berth in the quarterfinals in three seasons.

The thrill of victory

ST. IGNACE — Motivation turned into reality for the Hillman boys basketball team on Wednesday. Gunnar Libby scored 22 points, Brandon Banks added 16 and the Tigers topped Pellston 72-42 in a Class D regional final at St. Ignace High School. With three-pointers raining down and the ...

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 Hillman's Andrew Funk (11) scores on a layup during the third quarter of a boys Class D regional semifinal game on Monday at La Salle High School in St. Ignace.

The momentum continues

ST. IGNACE— So far this postseason, the Hillman boys basketball team has proven why it is one of the best in the state with multiple double digit victories. The Tigers' trend continued on Monday as they rolled past rival Cedarville 78-50 in a Class D regional semifinal game at La Salle ...

Pittsford’s Clark named Class D girls basketball POY

PITTSFORD (AP) — Pittsford’s Maddie Clark has been named The Associated Press 2017 Class D all-state girls basketball Player of the Year. Clark is a top-10 student in her class with a 3.98 GPA, a state champion in discus and three-time all-state volleyball player. The 5-foot-10 forward ...

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The Hillman boys basketball team poses for a picture after capturing its fourth distirct title in five years by defeating Rogers City 54-37 on Friday at Posen High School.

Tigers back on top

POSEN — For the fourth time in five years, a district trophy is coming back home with the Hillman boys basketball team as the Tigers avenged last season’s district championship loss by defeating Rogers City on Friday, 54-37 at Posen High School. “This one feels sweeter because of what ...

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Alcona’s Luke Loyer, left, drives to the basket while being defended by Whittemore’s Shawn Edmonds.

Whittemore-Prescott edges Alcona to win district championship

OSCODA—Another season ended in frustration for the Alcona boys basketball team on Friday. Kyle Colton scored 24 points and Whittemore-Prescott edged the Tigers 53-50 in a Class C district final at Oscoda High School. The win gave the Cardinals (15-6) their first district title, but came ...

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Onaway’s Keaton Brewer scores on a layup during a boys district basketball game against Hillman on Wednesday in Posen.

A satisfying victory

POSEN—Gunnar Libby remembers the feeling all too well. The sting of defeat, the sour taste in your mouth and the hard realization that the season was over. It was a feeling Libby and the Hillman boys basketball team didn’t want to feel again and on Wednesday the Tigers gained a measure ...

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Alcona’s Jordan Steiner (14) goes up for layup while being defended by Oscoda’s Grant Huebel (21) during the fourth quarter of a boys district semifinal basketball game on Wednesday at Oscoda High School.

Hot start propels Alcona past Oscoda

OSCODA — It’s usually not about how you start, but rather how you finish. The Alcona boys basketball team reversed that old saying on Wednesday as it caught fire at the beginning of a district semifinal game and was able to hang on thanks to a red hot start to defeat the host Oscoda ...

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Hillman’s Lyndsey Ryba drives to the basket past Pickford’s Victoria Portice during the first half of a girls basketball regional game in Pellston.

Gutting out a win

PELLSTON — All season long, the Hillman girls basketball team found many ways to win games, rolling in some and pulling out others late.’ Entering Tuesday’s regional semifinal, Hillman found a way to win 21 straight games, but unfortunately the Tigers’ luck ran out as Pickford pulled ...

Miko to take over sole head coaching role

The Athletic Department at Alpena High School is proud to announce that Coach Kelley Miko will now assume the sole head coaching role for the girls Varsity Basketball team. Coach Miko has shared the responsibilities in a co-coaching arrangement with Steve McCourt the past 2 seasons. The pair ...

ACC women come up short in district qualifier

LIVONIA — The Alpena Community College women’s basketball team had their season end on Tuesday night as the Lady Lumberjacks fell to Schoolcraft Community College by a final score of 71-45 in a NJCAA district H qualifying game. It was the first time in five years that ACC had reached ...

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Alpena's Chris DeRocher shoots over Marquette's Treylon McFerrin (3) during the first half of a boys basketball district quarterfinal game on Monday.

Too tough to stop

Marquette’s outside game was too much for the Alpena boys basketball team to contain on Monday. The Redmen hit 13 three-pointers en route to a dominant 72-43 win over Alpena in a Class A district quarterfinal. The win advances Marquette (20-1) to a district semifinal against Traverse City ...