Wildcats fall to Powers in showcase opener

GAYLORD–The Alpena High hockey team took a tough loss against Flint Powers Catholic on Friday, losing 5-1 at the D3 Challenge in Gaylord.

The Wildcats (2-2-2) were within striking distance after one period as they trailed just 2-1, but the competition proved to be to tough to overcome.

Alex Cosbitt scored the lone goal for the Wildcats, and Colby Plowman got the assist.

“We started off great,” Alpena assistant coach Cam Givens said. “Being in the box much of the night really hurt us.”

The Wildcats will have to bounce back quickly as they take on Chelsea on Saturday at 10 a.m in Gaylord.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Hillman 65, Atlanta 24

ATLANTA– It was a rough night for the Atlanta boys basketball team, as it got beat by Hillman by a final score of 65-24.

The Huskies (1-2) trailed 22-6 after one quarter and they could never recover after that. Turnovers were a big problem for the Huskies, as the Tigers (1-0) forced a lot of them to help build a big lead early and they never looked back.

“The key was defense,” Hillman coach Eric Muszynski said. “We set the tone early on, everyone got to play. We had great balance, great intensity.”

Kory Henigan led the Tigers with 17 points and five rebounds. Jared Juergens scored 13 points, had six steals, and also dished out four assists. Nic Taratuta chipped in with 10 points and grabbed five rebounds, and Andrew Funk scored nine points in the winning effort.

Austin Corbin led the Huskies with 11 points and Zach Roux added 10.

Both teams will return to action on Monday as the Huskies hit the road to take on Wolverine, while the Tigers will play at Whittemore-Prescott.

Alcona 56, Tawas 37

TAWAS–The Alcona boys basketball team defeated Tawas 56-37 on Friday.

The Tigers led 26-15 at the half and then blew it open in third quarter to take a 40-19 lead.

“We played fantastic defense the entire game,” Alcona coach Ryan Bilbey said. “We did our best to contain Owen Irvin. It’s early and there is a lot of work to be done. I’m happy with the performance led by our senior guards.”

Antavius Mikazes led the Tigers (3-0) in scoring with 17 points. Alex Stephenson chipped in with 14 and Pierce Bilbey added six.

Alcona defeated Au Gres 63-48 on Thursday.

Stephenson and Mikazes both scored 15 points for the Tigers. Devon Mills added 13 points for Alcona and Damion Stewart had nine.

“Jordan Steiner and Alex Stephenson played a great game defensively and were spreading the ball around the court offensively,” Bilbey said. “I can’t say enough about the Senior leadership Alex, Jordan and Devon are displaying.”

The loss dropped the Braves to 0-2 on the season.

Tawas will return to action on Tuesday as it hosts Mio.

GIRLS

BASKETBALL

Mio 28, Fairview 19

FAIRVIEW–The Fairview girls basketball team lost a tough one to Mio on Friday by a score of 28-19. The Eagles (0-3) trailed 23-15 at the half and couldn’t recover in the second half.

Katelyn Bowers led the Eagles with 11 points and Jaedyn Winton and Gretchen Ford each contributed by grabbing six rebounds.

Claudia Wilson led Mio with eight points.

Alcona 59, Au Gres 36

LINCOLN–The Alcona girls basketball team had a dominating performance on Friday night as it defeated Au Gres by a score of 59-36.

The Tigers used a big third quarter to stretch their 28-16 halftime lead to 45-24 by the end of the third quarter.

“Our press was the difference for us tonight,” Alcona coach Mark Feldhiser said. “We had good intensity all night. It was nice to see some balanced scoring. Everyone got some minutes tonight which will help us later on.”

Taylor Livingston led the Tigers (1-1) with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Hailee Gordy scored 14 points and Megan Grove added 10.

Gina Dewald led Au Gres with 21 points.

Petoskey 45, Alpena 28

PETOSKEY–The Alpena High girls basketball team fell in their Big North Conference opener on Thursday, losing to Petoskey 45-28.

Emma Jore led Alpena (1-1) with nine points, Maddie Voltz added seven and Kourtney Jones had five.

Alpena hosts Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday.