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Inexperienced Wildcats looking to Skiba for leadership this season

By JAMESANDERSENNews Sports EditorAny way you slice it, this season will be very different for the Alpena boys basketball team.After two years of having teams loaded with experience and talent, the Wildcats enter the year with a lot of uncertainty.There's plenty of talent, but not much ...

McCourt, Miko aim to bring consistency to Alpena

By JAMESANDERSENNews Sports EditorThe Alpena girls basketball team has seen its share of changes in recent years and this year is no exception as Steve McCourt and Kelley Miko take over as the program's new co-head coaches.But the new coaching duo is hoping to bring some stability and ...

Bruski, Alpena wrestling team setting the bar high

By JONNY ZAWACKINews Sports WriterThe Alpena High School wrestling team will have a fresh start for their 2015-2016 season under new head coach and former Wildcat wrestler Chad Bruski."This is a great opportunity and I'm a little nervous, but I'm excited. It is a learning process and I have a ...

Alpena, Rogers City wrestling teams earn splits at Gaylord

GAYLORD - The Alpena wrestling team opened their season Wednesday night at Gaylord. The Wildcats earned a split, defeating St. Ignace 54-23 and falling to Rogers City 66-18."We got some good matchups, but we still have a lot of work to do. Some of our guys were winning the match, but got caught ...

Alpena stays strong

The Alpena girls basketball team won its second game in as many nights on Tuesday, defeating Tawas, 54-43 at Alpena High School.The Wildcats looked sharp from the opening tip, going on a 12-0 run to start the game and forcing Tawas to use a time out to try and regroup.The first quarter was ...

Balanced effort helps Hillman win opener

HILLMAN-Two things were abundantly clear about the Hillman boys basketball team on Tuesday.The Tigers still play tenacious defense and the Tigers still have plenty of scoring ability.Combining a relentless defensive effort with a balanced scoring attack, Hillman controlled the tempo on both ...

Early deficit hurts Alpena in loss to Braves

TAWAS-The Alpena boys basketball team took a tough loss at Tawas on Tuesday in its season opener, losing to the Braves 51-47.Tawas pulled ahead in the first quarter, scoring 19 points to Alpena's four and the Wildcats just couldn't catch up."We played well, but the first quarter did us in," ...

Alpena breaks it open

When the going got tough on Monday, the Alpena girls basketball team got going.The Wildcats broke open a close game with Alcona with a big run in the third quarter and went on to win their season opener 57-44 over the Tigers at Alpena High School.The win gave Alpena co-coaches Steve McCourt and ...

Tigers dominate in Suttle’s coaching debut

ATLANTA - Alcona boys basketball coach Toby Suttle made it a goal to build a winner and his debut couldn't have gone much better as the Tigers opened the season with a convincing 80-24 win over Atlanta on Monday.Alcona was dominant all night as the Tigers used their size, speed and terrific ...

Hurons, Eagles win season, NSL openers

FAIRVIEW-Cameron Gingerich scored 20 points the Fairview boys basketball team held off Oscoda on Monday to win its season opener and North Star League opener 45-42.Fairview (1-0, 1-0 North Star League) led 25-22 at halftime, but the Owls (0-1, 0-1 NSL) stormed back in the third quarter, ...

Alpena Sports Hall of Fame announces 2015 nominees

The Alpena Sports Hall of Fame announces its nominees for the 2015 class. Three nominees will be chosen on the association ballot and one will be selected by the senior committee. The four inductees will be announced in January and inducted at the Hall of Fame's annual banquet on May 7 at the ...

2015-16 Boys Basketball Previews

PosenLast season: 5-16; lost to Hillman in district final.Top Players: Travis Sharpe, sr., guard; Evan Schuch, jr., guard.Coach Matt Ponik: "We are setting the bar high this season. Our goal is to be the best team in the North Star League and win districts. We've been working hard, we have ...

Beat the Geek returns

The regular season and conference championships are over and the 2015-16 slate of bowl games has been set, which means The Alpena News' annual Beat the Geek contest has returned for another season.All you have to do is fill out the entry sheet and turn it in to The Alpena News by Dec. 24. If ...

Alpena improves to 5-1 with win over Petoskey

PETOSKEY-Nick Esch scored his second hat trick in as many days and the Alpena hockey team won its second straight Big North Conference game on Saturday, beating Petoskey 7-2.Esch also netted a hat trick in Friday's win over Cadillac and Saturday's win improved the Wildcats' record to 5-1 ...

Posen’s winning start

POSEN-The Posen and Hillman girls basketball teams battled in a classic North Star League showdown on Friday and like many others in this rivalry, the game went right down to the wire as Posen earned a season-opening victory in a hard-fought defensive battle all night, defeating Hillman, ...

Esch nets hat trick as Wildcats win Big North Conference opener

CADILLAC-Nick Esch scored a hat trick and the Alpena hockey team won its Big North Conference opener on Friday, defeating Cadillac 5-3.With the game tied 3-3 after two periods, the Wildcats (4-1, 1-0 Big North) scored two goals to tip the game in their favor."It was close the whole game," ...

Down to the wire

By JAMESANDERSENNews Sports EditorONAWAY-The Rogers City girls basketball team overcame its first game jitters and stepped up when it counted most.The Hurons held off a late comeback attempt from Onaway on Wednesday and outscored the Cardinals 7-3 in the final two minutes on the way to a 41-36 ...

Tawas gains the edge

LINCOLN-A promising start for the Alcona girls basketball team on Tuesday ended in disappointing defeat.Belle Flory scored 24 points and Tawas overcame an early deficit to defeat the Tigers 65-56 at Alcona High School.The Tigers began the night with a promising 14-9 lead after one quarter, but ...

Hillman routs Atlanta for first win of season

HILLMAN - The Hillman girls basketball team responded in a big way from a season opening loss on Monday. The Tigers played host to Atlanta on Tuesday and defeated the Huskies, 90-1.Hillman looked dominant all night and didn't allow the Huskies to do much of anything on offense. The Tigers were ...