Wildcats fall to Gaylord

GAYLORD–Things took a bad turn rather quickly for the Alpena High boys soccer team on Monday.

Tied with Gaylord 2-2 with 15 minutes left, the Wildcats’ fortunes changed drastically as the Blue Devils scored three times in the next four minutes to walk away with a 5-2 win.

Gaylord took the lead on a penalty kick and added two more goals in a four-minute span to stun the Wildcats (9-9-1), who fell to 1-7 in Big North Conference play.

“It was like the perfect storm in a game we were playing pretty well in,” Alpena coach Tim Storch said. “Then the wheels came off.”

Aidan Day scored his 20th goal of the season for Alpena and Walker Martin added a goal for the Wildcats. Alpena played to a 1-1 tie with Gaylord in the first half and rallied to tie the game in the second half before Gaylord took control.

Storch said sophomore Caleb Eaton played well up front for Alpena, which was playing without two starters.

Alpena plays at Cadillac on Thursday.


Petoskey 3, Alpena 0

PETOSKEY–The Alpena High volleyball team worked hard on Monday, but struggled against Petoskey in a Big North Conference matchup and lost 12-25, 10-25, 12-25.

Emma Dockrill had five kills and freshman Alie DeRocher added four blocks and four kills.

“The scores don’t really show how hard they worked. There was some long volleys. Our back row was really hustling to get the digs,” Alpena coach Stacey McEwen said. “But we need to work on our front line to get some solid blocking and more consistent hitting.”

Onaway wins home tournament

The Onaway volleyball team took top honors at its annual home tournament on Saturday, defeating Rudyard in the final of the eight-team tournament, 25-21 and 25-17.

In pool play, Onaway defeated Farwell (25-17, 25-8), split with Hillman (17-25), 25-15 and defeated Brimley (25-22, 25-18). In the quarterfinals, Onaway defeated Mancelona (25-15, 25-19) and rallied past Rogers City in the semifinals (19-25, 25-20 and 15-10).

“It’s the most competitive Onaway Tournament we’ve had. It was strong competition with quality teams. It was nice to beat Rogers City and Rudyard,” Onaway coach Steve Watson said.

Maddie McLean led Onaway with 53 kills, 11 aces and 37 digs; Jaclyn Nash had six kills, 99 assists, 19 aces, 43 digs and six blocks; Calley Selke had 29 kills, 15 aces and 40 digs; Kennedy Crawford had 21 kills, 11 aces, 26 digs and six blocks; Malaurie McLean had five kills, five aces, 28 digs and seven blocks; KayAnna Dean had six kills, six aces and 23 digs and Jordan Larson had 13 digs.

Rogers City defeated Roscommon (25-15, 25-20) and Mancelona (25-10, 25-15) and lost to Rudyard (17-25, 21-25). The Hurons defeated Brimley (25-18, 25-12) in the quarterfinals before losing to Onaway.

Taylor Fleming had 31 kills, 32 digs and 15 blocks for the Hurons; Kayla Rabeau had 31 kills, 11 aces and 54 digs; Katheryn Hart had 12 kills, Maddie Hincka had 11 kills and Jayna Hance had eight aces and 60 digs. Kyrsten Altman had 47 assists and 32 digs and Hannah Fleming had 45 assists and 28 digs.

Onaway hosts Johannesburg-Lewiston tonight and Rogers City plays at Whittemore-Prescott tonight.


Alcona 8, W-P 0

WHITTEMORE–The Alcona soccer team made quick work of Whittemore-Prescott on Monday, beating the Cardinals 8-0.

Josh Kilbourn had two goals, Jordan Steiner had a goal and three assists and Matt Warner, Elliott Dubuque, Joel Steiner and Aidan Wrobel each had a goal for the Tigers (10-6-3).

Conner McCoy made three saves for Alcona.

Alcona hosts Roscommon at 5 p.m. on Thursday.