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1970-71 AHS boys basketball team chosen as Team of the Year

Courtesy Photo The 1970-71 Alpena High School boys basketball team has been chosen as Team of the Year by the Alpena Sports Hall of Fame. The Wildcats went 14-4 in the regular season and won a district championship with wins over Bridgeport and Bay City Central. In the district title game, ...

Attempting to create opportunities

ALPENA — Over the years, cities such as Traverse City, Petoskey and Gaylord have grown, and with that growth has come more possibilities for athletes. Alpena has plenty to offer the local community and its athletes, but, over time, the town has lost just as much — if not more — than it ...

Alpena baseball team loses season opener to Midland Dow

MIDLAND—The Alpena High baseball team’s 2019 campaign got off to a rough start on Friday. The Wildcats had nearly as many hits as they did errors and couldn’t overcome a late surge by Midland Dow, ultimately losing 12-2 in its season opener. Dow also won the nightcap, 5-2. Alpena ...

2019 All-Alpena News Girls Basketball team

2019 Player of the Year Taylor Fleming, Rogers City ∫ Division 3 all-state first team ∫ Repeat selection as All-Alpena News Player of the Year ∫ All North Star League-Big Dipper first team ∫ Finished her high school career as only one of two Rogers City girls players to record ...

Wildcats open with win against Boyne City

The Alpena High girls tennis team couldn’t have asked for a much better way to open its season. The Wildcats hosted Boyne City on Thursday and came away with a 7-1 victory over the Ramblers. Alpena has had the luxury of practicing at the APlex and the Wildcats took advantage of the early ...

Recognized for their efforts

Two area girls basketball standouts and a head coach were recognized for their efforts during the 2018-2019 high school girls basketball season. Rogers City’s Taylor Fleming earned Division 3 first team all-state honors, Oscoda’s Katelyn Etherton received honorable mention recognition and ...

2019 All-Alpena News Boys Basketball team

For the second year in a row, Alpena's Chris DeRocher showed exactly why he was the top player in the area. DeRocher capped off a stellar four year career for the Wildcats, leading Alpena to a 16-5 record, while breaking the all-time scoring record with 1,624 points, breaking a mark that ...

Ferris State’s top Dawg

The four year journey competing in collegiate sports is an absolute grind. So much effort and dedication is put in from the time an athlete steps onto campus in hopes of the hard work ultimately paying off. For Ferris State senior Logan Fleming, she is a perfect example of what hard work, ...

Alpena’s DeRocher earns honorable mention

Alpena senior Chris DeRocher capped off a monumental high school career by earning Division 1 all-state honorable mention recognition for his efforts during the 2018-2019 boys high school basketball season. DeRocher finished a historic career by setting Alpena’s all-time scoring mark with ...

ACC opens season at Oakland

WATERFORD—The Alpena Community College softball team got an early season test against a talented Oakland team over the weekend. The Lumberjacks didn’t win any of the four games the two sides played on Saturday and Sunday, but got some much-needed time outside in good weather conditions ...

A fitting sendoff

Thursday’s end of the year banquet to honor the 2018-2019 Alpena High School hockey team was filled with love, laughter and plenty of emotion. The Wildcat hockey team was joined by family and friends at the APlex in Alpena where the team was honored for what they were able to accomplish ...

Living the dream

This past high school hockey season for the Alpena Wildcats has been described as magical and a dream season. For one Wildcat in particular, his dream has become a reality. On Wednesday night, Cooper Black was named to the Michigan High School Hockey Coaches Association Dream Team for the ...

Best in the NSL

The North Star League held its annual end of the year meeting last week and handed out end of the year awards to teams, coaches and players. The list of NSL all-conference players were released Tuesday and several area players were honored for their efforts during the 2018-2019 high school ...

Tigers declawed

PELLSTON — The Hillman girls basketball team knew it faced a tall order matching up with a team like St. Ignace in the regional semifinals. It didn’t the Saints long to show the Tigers just how tall of an order it was. Stifling Hillman on both ends of the floor, St. Ignace made things ...

Alpena recognized for stellar season

The 2018-2019 high school hockey season is officially complete and what a year it was for Alpena. The Wildcats burst onto the scene this season and sent shockwaves through the state as they spent most of the season ranked No. 9 in Division 3. Alpena enjoyed a magical run by tying a school ...

Oscoda ready for first regional game in school history

Three days after winning a district championship for the first time in program history, the Oscoda girls basketball team must focus its attention on what will likely be their toughest challenge to date. The Owls (22-0) travel to McBain tonight for a 7:30 p.m. tip off against Lake City (19-2) ...

Tigers face tall task in regional semifinal game against St. Ignace

After starting the season with just six players and dropping their first six games to open the year, the Hillman girls basketball team showed big heart despite low numbers and at the time, seemingly low expectations in what coach John Kuzewski thought would be a rebuilding year for his ...

The wait is finally over

OSCODA — For the first time in school history, the Oscoda girls basketball team can call itself district champion. The magical run for the Owls continued on Friday with a 65-47 victory over North Star League rival Alcona in a Division 3 district championship game at Oscoda High ...

Hillman continues season turnaround with district title victory

WOLVERINE—The Hillman girls basketball completed a dramatic season turnaround on Friday, defeating Wolverine 52-41 to win a Division 4 district championship. Brooke Jones scored 17 points, Bailey Schook added 15 and Melanie Morrison had 11 as the Tigers (12-11) made a late defensive switch ...

Beaten by the three

HOUGHTON LAKE—Three point shooting can make or break a team, especially in the postseason. On Thursday, the hot three point shooting of the No. 7 ranked Sanford Meridian Mustangs broke the heart of the Oscoda Owls and ended their dream season. The Mustangs (23-1) connected on 14 shots from ...