Nunneley shoots 183 at golf state championships

BATTLE CREEK–Alpena High senior Courtney Nunneley closed out arguably the most successful Alpena girls golf career ever with a closing round 89 for a two-day total of 183 at the state championships at Bedford Valley golf club in Battle Creek. Alpena’s captain finished in the top half of the 108 competitors, top 10 of the at-large players and with the lowest score from the golfers competing from the Big North Conference.

Nunneley’s gallery, which included college coaches, her mother Marcy Nunneley-Tremain, teammate Kennedy Ellis, her assistant coach Kim Nunneley and step-brother Ian, witnessed her shot of the tournament–a 40-yard sand shot that found the hole for birdie.

“This was the first chance my Mom has had to see me play in a high school tournament. It was awesome having her cheering in the crowd.” Nunneley said.

Nunneley’s showing at the finals wrapped up a solid few months of golf that included her first-hole-in-one, a City Open win, a regional win and first-team all-Big North honors.

“I played with Faith Egli in the 80’s and she was the best high school golfer I ever saw, boy or girl, from 100 yards. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a girl’s golf program back then, so she had to play with the boys,” Alpena coach Mike Nunneley said. “That being said, for Courtney to win the City Open, card a hole-in-one, two years 2nd Team All Big North, 1st Team All-Big North, set the All-Time Wildcat scoring record, win her Regionals and qualify for States sets the bar for future Lady Wildcats. Let’s just say it would have been a fun round to watch.”

With Ellis and Brynna Smith among the returning golfers for Alpena next season, coach Nunneley is pleased with Alpena’s potential.

“We have three returning golfers and will be led by next year’s captain Brynna Smith and alternate captain Kennedy Ellis along with Gwen Kollien,” Nunneley said. “Kennedy and Gwen had never picked up a club until the beginning of the season and ended up in the 50’s for nine. If you work hard and put in the practice, the sky’s the limit–even earning a place in the State championship representing Alpena,”


Rogers City 3, Alcona 0

LINCOLN–The Rogers City volleyball team swept Alcona on Thursday, winning 25-18, 25-13 and 25-16.

Kayla Rabeau had five aces, 11 kills and seven digs for the Hurons and Taylor Fleming had two aces, 15 kills, four blocks and nine digs; Jayna Hance had 16 digs, Kyrsten Altman had two kills, five digs and six aces. Kristen Brege added 26 assists, five digs and an ace.