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Lumberjacks fall to Oakland in MCCAA doubleheader

SOUTHFIELD—The Alpena Community College softball team took a pair of losses against Oakland on Thursday, losing to the Raiders 8-3 and 17-5. In the first game, Jacey Adams had three RBIs and a double for the Lumberjacks (4-12, 0-8 MCCAA Eastern), Ella Wilson had a double and Kelsey Huffman ...

Making them work

The offseason work Gwyn Denbleyker put in has been paying off. Alpena’s No. 1 singles player continued her strong start to the season, defeating Petoskey’s Alex King 6-3, 6-1 in a Big North Conference match on Wednesday at the APlex. Denbleyker’s victory was one of two victories for ...

Prayers are answered

Before every game, during the national anthem, Jon Kirby Cook would say a prayer before skating towards the net and taking his position in the crease. Cook said a small prayer, hoped for a safe game and went in with the mindset that he was going to shut out the opposing team each time he was ...

Alpena’s Hoppe honored as Assistant Coach of the Year by MHSSCA

For 17 years, Louie Hoppe has been a jack-of-all trades for the Alpena High softball program. Whether keeping score or coaching, bringing treats to practice or offering players a word of encouragement at the right time, Hoppe has been an important part of the Wildcats‘ success. Softball ...

Spring has not sprung

Here we are, nearly halfway through the month of April in Northern Michigan and snow is still visible, temperatures remain low and the spring sports teams are forced to wait it out. The first two weeks of the spring sports schedule have been canceled due to late storms and weather conditions ...

They’re ready to repeat

For the first time in seven years, the Alpena High baseball team will enter a season with the target on its back. The Wildcats used a thrilling come from behind victory to shock Traverse City West in the district championship game last year in Alpena. Alpena enters the 2018 season ...

Wildcats setting goals high once again for 2018

When he took over the Alpena High softball program in 1999, Paul Marwede had high expectations. “As a team we have some big footsteps to follow. But, we have a lot of strong returning players,” Marwede told The News in 1999. “Our goals are to repeat what they did last year. We feel we ...

Boys golf team looking for leadership from younger golfers

Last year, the Alpena High boys golf team had a pretty good season with an experienced group of seniors leading the way. This season, the Wildcats are looking for a new group of leaders to step up. With three members of last year’s varsity four graduated, there’s plenty of opportunity ...

Big point scorers ready to shoulder load for girls track team

The Alpena girls track and field team possesses several key point scorers who are going to play a pivotal role in the Wildcats’ success during the 2018 season. Alpena returns some of the top point scorers in the conference and is loaded at the top, but the challenge for Alpena will be ...

Numbers and expectations growing for girls tennis program

The numbers continue to grow for the Alpena High girls tennis program. For the first time is five years, the Wildcats will have a JV team along with their varsity roster which will make for more opportunities and competitiveness amongst the team. Despite losing all four singles players to ...

Boys track team hoping to stay near top of Big North

After placing third last year in the Big North Conference, the Alpena High boys track and field team will have its work cut out for it this year if it wants to remain near the top of the conference. The Wildcats are young and graduated a talented group of seniors last year and will rely ...

Girls soccer team leaning on experience to build on 2017 success

The Alpena High girls soccer team had one of its best years in recent memory with a 9-13-1 finish in 2017. The Wildcats are hoping the 2018 season ends on an even better note. With more than a dozen players returning, the Wildcats are eager to build on last season’s success and be ...

Starting off strong

After graduating its top four singles players from a year ago, the Alpena girls tennis team wasn’t sure what to expect as it opened the season on Wednesday, hosting Grayling and Boyne City at the APlex. The Wildcats answered the early questions and played some solid tennis in their season ...

Passion for coaching leads Atkinson to Alpena Sports Hall of Fame

Tom Atkinson has held a lot of titles in his life; Husband, Dad, Athletic Director, Teacher, Principal and Assistant Principal among them. But for more than 30 years, the title of Coach has held an important meaning for Atkinson. “Other than being called Dad, being called Coach is the ...

Fenstermaker eager to lead as new Rogers City football coach

ROGERS CITY—Jesse Fenstermaker has been waiting a long time to lead a varsity football program. Now he’s finally getting his chance. Fenstermaker was approved as the new Rogers City varsity football coach on Monday and is eager to get started. “It feels great. I’ve been a part of ...

Taking the next step

HILLMAN — On Monday, Hillman High School senior Kyler Moir signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his athletic and academic career at Bay College. Moir becomes the third player to sign with the Norse and will be apart of Bay’s inaugural baseball class during the 2019 season. ...

Cody Allen chosen to lead Hillman football program

HILLMAN —As Hillman begins a new era of football, a familiar face will be leading the Tigers after Cody Allen was officially named head coach on Monday. Allen, a 2008 graduate of Hillman, spent four years playing for Bill Koenig and began coaching under Koenig in 2010. Two years later, Troy ...

Oscoda’s Toppi says Coach of the Year award is a team honor

It wasn’t too long ago that wins were hard to come by for the Oscoda girls basketball team. Under Mark Toppi, the Owls have had quite a turnaround. The Owls went 13-9 this season and advanced to a Class C district final in their best finish in 33 years. Oscoda’s success and Toppi’s ...

2018 All-Alpena News Boys Basketball Team

2018 Player of the Year Chris DeRocher, Alpena ∫ Class A all-state honorable mention ∫ Repeat All-Alpena News first team pick ∫ Big North Conference first team ∫ Averaged 23.9 points per game and led the area in rebounds with 12.8 per game ∫ Voted Alpena’s Offensive ...

Area players, coach receive Class D All-State honors

Five boys basketball players and one coach represented Northeast Michigan in a big way this season. Onaway senior Trevor Wregglesworth, Hale senior Joseph Kimmerer, Mio freshman Drew Hess and Hillman seniors Brandon Banks and Jared Juergens each received Class D All-State recognition, along ...