Vikings are victorious, Onaway picks up first win

ATLANTA — Getting off to a fast start is something that the Posen boys basketball team has struggled doing so far this season, but the team has focused on getting off to better starts.

On Wednesday, the hard work paid off and the Vikings started fast and never looked back as Posen defeated Atlanta by a final score of 77-32.

“We have been struggling early on in games this year. We’ve never had a game yet where we came out in the first quarter as the aggressor,” Posen coach Chris Keller said. “We have been working on getting off to better starts and tonight we did and it was a step in the right direction for us.”

The Vikings held a 20-4 lead after one quarter and extended their lead to 38-6 at halftime as Posen was able to cruise to an easy win and improve to 4-3 on the year.

Jared Sharpe paced Posen with 20 points. Jeremy Misiak finished with 15 points and Sam Brunet added 12 points. All but one Viking scored on the night.

Zach Roux led Atlanta with 16 points

The Huskies drop to 4-3 overall on the season and will travel to Fairview tomorrow.

The Vikings will be back in action today when they host Hale.

Onaway 63,

Bellaire 57

BELLAIRE — The Onaway boys basketball team started the new year off right by winning their first game of the 2018-2019 season by earning a come from behind victory over Bellaire on Wednesday, 63-57.

The Cardinals struggled in the first half and trailed 31-24 at the break, but put together a strong second half to begin chipping away at the Bellaire lead.

“I thought the first half was the worst we had played all year and I just told the guys at halftime that we needed to pick up the intensity and pick up our play,” Onaway coach Eddy Szymoniak said. “It came down to effort and our guys brought it in the second half.”

The Cardinals erased the deficit and took a lead with three minutes to play and were eventually able to hang on.

“The guys understand because we have been in so many close games already this year and when we took the lead we felt comfortable because we had been in this position before,” Szymoniak said. “It’s a huge first victory for us because the guys really earned it. To start the new year off with a win is great and these guys have been working hard so this win is definitely something we can build on.”

The Cardinals were led by Jager Mix who scored 17 points. Kevin Pearson finished with 15 points, Austin Nash added 14 points and Dawson Hilliker chipped in with 12 points in the win.

Onaway is now 1-7 overall on the year and will host Johannesburg-Lewiston tomorrow.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Posen 65,

Atlanta 6

ATLANTA — The Posen girls basketball team picked up a win similar to the boys as they got off to a hot start and never looked back as the Vikings blew out Atlanta 65-6 on Wednesday.

The Vikings got out to a 24-3 lead after one quarter and continued to build on their lead, playing strong at both ends of the floor.

“The girls played unselfish tonight and everyone played a good amount of minutes and the entire roster chipped in,” Posen coach Karl Momrik said.

Each girl on the Posen roster cracked the scoring column in the win and the Vikings were led by Brooke Ciarkowski who ended with 18 points and Riley Krajniak finished with 11 points.

Posen is now 3-5 overall on the season and will travel to Hale for another North Star League contest tomorrow.

Alcona 45,

Mio 41

MIO — The Alcona girls basketball team earned an important North Star League win over Mio, defeating the Thunderbolts 45-41 on Tuesday.

The contest was tight the entire way, but Alcona was able to do just enough to outscore the Thunderbolts throughout the first three quarters and carry a lead that the Tigers were eventually able to hang onto.

“We did a much better job of closing out the game. Free-throws were much better tonight as we hit 16 of 21,” Alcona coach Mark Feldhiser said. “Once again, we came out and played a real good third quarter. It was nice to get a league win after a tough loss in our last game.We now start a difficult three game stretch so we will be able to keep working and improving.”

The Tigers were led by Faith Wallenmaier who scored 12 points. Megan Grove and Bri Fogle each finished with 10 points apiece and Rachel Layton added nine points.

Alcona improves to 5-1 overall and will host Oscoda on Friday.

The Alcona JV team was also victorious, winning by a score of 33-24. Avery Wrobel scored 10 points and Caroline Forsythe chipped in with eight points.

BOWLING

WEST BRANCH — The Alcona lady Tigers bowling team traveled to Hi-Skore Lanes in West Branch on Saturday and competed against Bay City All Saints.

Alcona came out strong by sweeping both baker games 253-199.

In the team events the Tigers continued to dominate, winning by a score of 1,385-791 and ended with a final score of 28-2 in favor of Alcona.

Emily Hoffman bowled the high game for Alcona with a 179 and Caroline Czyzewski led the Cougars with a 155.

The Tigers drew a bye in the second match and finished with a 1,332 team score and baker total of 262.

Raegan Eller bowled the high game for the Tigers with a 187.

Alcona will travel back to Hi-Skore Lanes on Saturday to face Ogemaw Heights and Oscoda.