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Wildcats finish weekend with 5-2 victory over FNV Griffins

GAYLORD — A day after a thrilling finish and tying the defending state champions in the final seconds, the Alpena hockey team carried the momentum into Saturday’s game against the FNV Griffins out of Saginaw and came away with a 5-2 win. Collin Lightfoot got the start in net for the ...

Late game heroics: VanDusen’s last second goal helps Alpena tie Country Day

GAYLORD—Famous secret agent James Bond once faced a villain known as the ‘Man with the Golden Gun.’ On Friday, Kyle VanDusen became the ‘Man with the Golden Stick.’ The Alpena High senior forward fired a shot past Detroit Country Day goalie and the reigning Mr. Hockey award ...

Wildcats can’t find rhythm in latest loss

Inconsistency doomed the Alpena High girls basketball team’s chances to win on Friday. Plagued by inconsistency in many facets of the game, the Wildcats couldn’t find a flow in a 49-40 loss to Cadillac at Alpena High School. Things started great for the Wildcats as they established ...

Posen earns needed victory over Fairview

FAIRVIEW — Entering Friday night’s matchup winless, the Posen girls basketball team knew it had to get come away with a victory. The Vikings did just that, defeating Fairview by a final of 49-34. Posen finished the game strong, improved its shooting from the free-throw line as Brooke ...

Lumberjacks have rough night vs. Lakers

HARRISON — It was a struggle for the Alpena Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams on Friday night as they visited Mid-Michigan Community College. The ACC women fell behind early and trailed 26-6 after one quarter and were unable to recover. “We got off to a slow start ...

Officially Lumberjacks

Thursday night was special for Alpena Community College and its softball program. The Lumberjacks celebrated the night by holding an event for their 2019 commits as nine girls signed their National Letter of Intent to further their education and continue their softball careers by signing with ...

Wildcats defeat Gaylord in BNC opener

GAYLORD — The Alpena boys basketball team showed some resiliency in its first Big North Conference game of the year and came away with a key win on the road Thursday, defeating Gaylord 61-54. The Blue Devils hit three three’s and took a 13-4 lead within the first three minutes of the ...

Swami foregoes the holiday rush

The holiday rush for Swami has to be pushed up by a week. So instead of waiting to the last day to do his shopping he must get his act together a week sooner. The reason for the switch in his plans, the week before Christmas, he has four home basketball dates at Alpena High, spanning from ...

Wildcats, Hurons show improvement on the mats

ROGERS CITY ­— The Alpena and Rogers City wrestling teams were back in action on Wednesday in against the same opponents from a week ago, except in a different gymnasium. The Wildcats, Hurons and Gaylord Blue Devils took to the mats and both Alpena and Rogers City showed improvements on ...

Another convincing win: Wildcats roll past Cheboygan, win fourth straight

Through the first four games of the season, the Alpena High boys basketball team is undefeated and has beaten its opponents by an average of 35 points per game. The Wildcats have had no trouble excelling at both ends of the floor and their winning ways continued on Tuesday when Alpena cruised ...

Strong post play leads Alcona girls past Posen

LINCOLN—The Alcona girls basketball team stayed calm under pressure on Tuesday. Liz Henderson and Hailee Gordy scored 18 points each and the Tigers used strong post play to pull away from Posen in the second half on the way to a 49-37 win at Alcona High School in a North Star League ...

Oscoda girls run wild on Au Gres

OSCODA — The Oscoda girls basketball team continued its early season domination on Tuesday, putting up points in bunches on its way to defeating Au Gres by a score of 92-37. The Owls (3-0) had five players score in double figures, led by Lauren Langley who finished with a game-high 19 ...

Not quite enough: Vikings come up short in epic comeback against Alcona

POSEN — Players are always taught to play until the final whistle. On Monday, the Posen and Alcona boys basketball teams learned why coaches constantly preach that. The Tigers (2-1) got out to a big lead lead early and ended up hanging on in what turned into a wild finish as the Vikings ...

Henigan hits career high as Hillman beats W-P

HILLMAN—Kory Henigan scored a career-high 30 points and the Hillman boys basketball team used a strong defensive effort to run by Whittemore-Prescott to an 83-48 victory on Monday. Hillman (2-1, 2-0 North Star League) led 37-26 at halftime and cranked up the pressure defensively in the ...

Winning streak snapped: Wildcats suffer first loss, shut out by Macomb Dakota

The late John Lennon once said “nobody told me there’d be days like this.” But Alpena High hockey coach Chris Limback was aware that sooner or later the day might come where the Wildcats would lose their first game of the season. That day was Saturday as Alpena had its seven-game win ...

ACC men can’t keep pace with Muskegon in loss

Josh Smith proved too tough to stop on Saturday. The Muskegon sophomore scored 27 points, including 17 in the second half to help the Jayhawks defeat Alpena Community College 93-81 on Saturday at Park Arena. For the Lumberjacks (0-5), their last home game of 2018 was a tale of two halves. ...

Fourth quarter struggles hurt ACC women in loss to Jayhawks

The Alpena Community College women’s basketball team’s latest game got away from them at the worst possible time. The Lumberjacks played well for three quarters and were tied with Muskegon 38-38 after 30 minutes, but the Jayhawks got the better of ACC in the fourth quarter and ultimately ...

Overtime thriller: Wildcats remain unbeaten with victory over Macomb Dakota

No matter what challenge stands in front of the Alpena High hockey team, the results so far have been the same. On Friday, the Wildcats welcomed a Macomb Dakota team ranked tenth in Division 1 and despite being down three skaters and surrendering a late lead, Alpena prevailed, winning an ...

Alpena ends busy week with home win

The Alpena High girls basketball did a little bit of everything and played some tough competition in the first week of the season. But at the end of a stretch of three games in four nights, the Wildcats were left feeling pretty good about their efforts. Maddie Voltz scored 17 points and the ...