Alpena skates to win over Plymouth

SAULT STE. MARIE–With the game winding down, the Alpena High hockey team came through in crunch time.

Colby Plowman and Kyle VanDusen each scored in the third period and the Wildcats skated to a 2-0 victory over Plymouth on Friday in Sault Ste. Marie.

Cooper Black made 19 saves for the Wildcats (10-2-1), who rebound from a shocking loss to Gaylord last week with a quality win over Plymouth, the fifth-ranked team in Division 2.

“It’s huge, especially after coming out flat (against Gaylord),” Alpena coach Chris Limback said of the win. “Specialty teams were great and that was a big key for us.”

Anthony Berg assisted on Plowman’s tally.

Alpena’s penalty kill came up big, shutting Plymouth down on seven power plays, including a 5-on-3 advantage.

Alpena plays Midland Dow at 1 p.m. Saturday in Sault Ste. Marie.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Mio 48, Hillman 43

MIO–The Hillman boys basketball team couldn’t quite get over the hump on Friday.

The Tigers overcame a slow start against Mio and challenged the Thunderbolts down the stretch. But ultimately they came up short in a 48-43 loss.

“I was very pleased with how we played. We played Hillman basketball tonight. We had an intensity we haven’t had in the first five games,” Hillman coach Eric Muszynski said.

Hillman (3-3, 2-2 North Star League) cut Mio’s lead to two with about two minutes left in the third quarter, but found itself trailing 32-27 after three quarters.

Mio outscored Hillman 16-15 in the final quarter and hung on for the win.

Drew Hess paced Mio with 26 points and Brendan DeFlorio had 10. Kory Henigan led Hillman with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Nic Taratuta added 14 points and eight rebounds.

Mio (7-1) got off to a fast start, draining five triples in the first quarter to lead 15-8 after eight minutes. A much closer second quarter left Mio with a 25-17 halftime lead.

“They jumped out on us and we didn’t defend the perimeter very well,” Muszynski said.

Hillman plays at Fairview on Monday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Ogemaw Heights 38, Alcona 36

LINCOLN–Ogemaw Heights managed to stay a few steps ahead of the Alcona girls basketball team on Friday and hung on for a 38-36 win to hand Alcona its first defeat of the season.

Ogemaw led 21-13 at halftime, 29-25 after three quarters and held off Alcona’s attempts to rally in the fourth quarter.

Megan Grove led Alcona (4-1) with 12 points, Brianna Fogle had eight and Rachel Layton had six.

“We played a pretty poor first half but I thought we played much better in the second half. We had several chance at the end but just weren’t able to get it done. I am proud of the way our girls came back,” Alcona coach Mark Feldhiser said. “No doubt the long layoff of the break hurt us tonight. The other issues were turnovers and free throws. We made only 10 of 26 and that ended up costing us.”

Alcona plays at Mio on Tuesday.