Alpena’s Nunneley wins golf regional in playoff

Courtesy Photo Alpena High senior Courtney Nunneley qualified for the Division 2 girls golf finals on Thursday, becoming Alpena's first girls golf regional overall medalist after tying for first place and winning a playoff.

MIDLAND–Alpena High senior Courtney Nunneley came up big under pressure and made program history on Thursday, during a Division 2 girls golf regional on Thursday at at Currie Country Club in Midland, Michigan.

Nunneley carded an 81 to tie for first overall with Swartz Creek’s Skyler Henry. Nunneley bested Henry on the first playoff hole, becoming Alpena’s first girls regional golf overall medalist.

Nunneley carded the lowest regional score in Alpena High history, just behind her all-time Wildcat record score of 78.

“Courtney’s two goals this year were to make first team all-Big North Conference and earn a spot at states. Never in her or my wildest dreams did either of us think she’d win the golf tournament. She’s had the skills and has finally put it all together over the last few weeks,” Alpena coach Mike Nunneley said.

Nunneley will compete in the Division 2 finals on Oct. 20-21 in Battle Creek at Bedford Valley Golf Club October 21.

“We’re going to head down the day before and get in a practice round and then we’ll see what happens. I’m going to approach it just the way I have for the last few weeks, hit the ball, find the ball, hit the ball and putt it as soon as it’s puttable,” Nunneley said.

Alpena placed sixth out of twelve teams at regionals. Senior Maddie Parr notched her career lowest round away from home with a 92, which included a string of six straight pars. Assistant Captain and junior Brynna Smith slashed 13 strokes off last year’s regional performance to net a 104. With only three months of golfing experience, new-comer freshman Kennedy Ellis scrambled her way to a 118.

Nunneley sprinkled a few bogeys with many pars while avoiding any notable challenges until her 16th hole. Her drive found the edge of the woods, resulting in a thirty-minute delay while officials ruled on her situation. Nunneley chose to take an unplayable penalty and hit the shot of the tournament from the cart path to put up a five on the par four.

“When I hit into the woods, I ended up with three coaches and then two rules officials and a news photographer there for what seemed like forever trying to determine what my options were. Ultimately, I felt my best bet was to play off the cart path and aim for the front part of the green. I ended up making a fifteen-foot put to salvage my bogey,” Nunneley said. “That was the critical moment of the tournament for me.”

On her first shot of the playoff, Nunneley drove a shot down the middle with a 4-hybrid. After her tee shot found the fairway, her opponent chose a driver and sliced the ball to the right. Forced to chip back to her fairway, Henry lay 2 near Nunneley’s drive. Nunneley used a 6-hybrid get to the front of the green in two while Skyler narrowly avoided the greenside bunker, but was left with an uphill chip. Both players found the green and exchanged putts, leaving Nunneley as the overall medalist by one stroke in the playoff.

“I’ve never experienced my hands shaking while making a putt. I was so focused on the shots, I didn’t realize I’d just won the tournament!” Courtney said. “I’ll never forget my teammates and Traverse City Central’s team surrounding me in celebration.”

FOOTBALL

Petoskey 48,

Alpena 33

PETOSKEY — The Alpena football team dropped to 2-6 on the season Friday, losing at Petoskey 48-33. The loss also dropped the Wildcats conference record to 1-4.

Alpena started the game off well, taking a 20-6 lead, but that lead evaporated quickly as Petoskey scored 22 unanswered points to take a 28-20 lead and the Wildcats could never recover from there.

Alpena had a good night rushing the ball as Logan Guthrie had 32 carries for 226 and four touchdowns. Alex Arch added 176 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.

Posen 42,

Pellston 34

PELLSTON — The Posen football team traveled to Pellston on Friday and came away with a 42-34 win.

Quarterback Dylan Schuch led the way, running the ball 23 times for 234 yards and two scores. Mark Wisniewski also had 21 rushing attempts, carrying the ball for 152 yards and two touchdowns of his own. Levi Romel led the Vikings (2-6) in receiving, making two catches for 89 yards. Defensively, Posen was led by Brady Chojnacki who made 16 solo tackles.

The game was tied at 16 at the half before the Vikings dominated the third quarter 14-0, and that was ultimately the difference in the game.

“It just felt good to get back in the win column,” Posen coach Greg Pietsch said. “We played hard, it was a gutsy performance. It wasn’t pretty but we got the job done. The kids played to win and the seniors stepped it up.”

The Vikings will return to action next Friday when they take on Engadine at home in their season finale.

Lake City 36, Alcona 35

LAKE CITY–The Alcona football team fell short of victory on Friday, losing to Lake City 36-35.

Tim Hutchinson had 229 yards on 31 carries and two touchdowns for Alcona (6-2). Quarterback Alex Stephenson added 119 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns. Stephenson also passed for 129 yards and one touchdown.

Senior Devon Mills led Alcona’s defense with eight tackles.

The Tigers will host Mio next Friday.

Newberry 42, Rogers City 8

NEWBERRY–The Rogers City football team lost to Newberry on Friday, 42-8.

Newberry needed just four plays to score as Casey Wendt scored on a 12-yard run for a 6-0 lead.

Newberry broke open the scoring in the second quarter as quarterback George Sevarns threw touchdown passes of 70 and 40 yards. Sevarns threw a 10-yard pass just before halftime and a short rushing touchdown earlier gave Newberry a 35-0 lead after 24 minutes.

Rogers City had a promising drive stall late in the third quarter, but finally got on the board when Michael Karsten scored on a 22-yard run with 5:51 to go in the game.

Newberry added another rushing touchdown just before the final gun to complete the scoring.

Rogers City ends the season on the road next week in Manton.

VOLLEYBALL

Rogers City 3, Fairview 0

FAIRVIEW–The Rogers City volleyball team got off to a slow start, but finished strong on Thursday, sweeping Fairview 25-20, 25-5 and 25-10.

Kayla Rabeau had eight kills, 11 aces and seven digs for the Hurons (23-8-3) and Shawna McDonald had four aces; Kristin Brege had 19 assists and eight digs and Taylor Fleming had 11 kills; Catheryn Hart had four kills and Jayna Hance had 10 kills. Christina Andrzejewski added seven digs.

Rogers City hosts Oscoda on Tuesday.