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Expectations high for Alpena hockey team after great start

Excitement has already begun to build and the Alpena High hockey program is not only the talk of the town, but the Wildcats’ impressive 7-0 start has the entire state of Michigan buzzing. The Wildcats began the 2018-2019 season not allowing a goal in their first 15 periods and winning the ...

Alpena boys basketball team looking to contend in BNC

For a coach, every year is different and every team has it’s own identity, but John Pintar has been waiting a good two years to coach this year’s edition of the Alpena High boys basketball team. Two years ago, the Wildcats were brimming with potential and talent, but short on experience ...

Alpena girls basketball aims to build on last season’s success

The Alpena High girls basketball team made good progress in their first year under Erin Andrews, going 12-7 during the 2017-18 season. Now the Wildcats want to take the next step. With a roster of 12, including five returning players the Wildcats are hoping to turn in another winning season, ...

Alpena grapplers ready to get to work despite low numbers

It was an interesting offseason for the Alpena High School wrestling program. Alpena football coach Aaron Sims took the job back in August, but stepped down in the middle of October leaving a head coaching vacancy. With two weeks before practices started, previous head coach Matt Hepburn ...

Wildcats stay undefeated with win

TAWAS — Despite a slow start, the Alpena boys basketball team picked it up and put together a strong second half on its way to earning win number three in as many games to begin the season, defeating Tawas 64-44 on Friday. The Wildcats had just a 9-7 lead after one quarter and slowly ...

A defensive grind: Hillman hangs on to defeat Hurons in NSL tilt

ROGERS CITY — Thursday’s early season North Star League clash between Rogers City and Hillman had a different feel to it. The Hurons entered the matchup 2-0, while the Tigers were coming off of a season-opening loss. Both teams displayed strong defense throughout the contest, but the ...

Wildcats rally to win BNC opener

GAYLORD—The Alpena High girls basketball team refused to give up on Thursday. Allie DeRocher scored 15 points and the Wildcats erased a 14-point halftime deficit to defeat Gaylord 48-45 in their Big North Conference opener. Abbie Funk added 12 points for Alpena (1-1, 1-0 Big North), which ...

Schuster named AP Division 1-2 Player of Year; Guthrie gets honorable mention

CLINTON TOWNSHIP (AP) — Tommy Schuster was unfazed and on target in his quest for a state football championship. The Clinton Township Chippewa Valley quarterback had just been body-slammed to the Ford Field turf by a Clarkston lineman as the Big Reds protected a one-touchdown lead in the ...

ACC women hoping talent, confidence can lead to wins

Alpena Community College women’s basketball coach Bobby Allen has a simple analogy to describe his goal for the Lumberjacks this season: when the Lumberjacks sit down at the table, Allen wants his team to take a plate and eat. Translated to the basketball terms it means when ACC takes the ...

Wildcats, Hurons see mixed results in wrestling tri meet

ROGERS CITY—The Alpena and Rogers City wrestling teams had mixed results during a tri meet with Gaylord in Rogers City on Wednesday.Gaylord, the Division 2 state runner-up last season, took two wins on the night. The Blue Devils defeated Alpena 74-3 and topped Rogers City 71-3. Rogers City ...

There’s a lesson in everything

Swami learned a valuable lesson during firearm deer season. After being shut out during the hunt, the All-Knowing-One saw plenty of the four-legged creatures laying in front of disabled vehicles along the highway when he went back to work. Swami went 24 years in a row without being shut out, ...

Lumberjacks fall to Bay College

ESCANABA—An inability to keep up with Bay College in the second half doomed the Alpena Community College men’s basketball team’s chances to win on Wednesday. ACC trailed 51-42 at halftime, but was outscored 62-49 in the second half en route to a 113-91 loss. The Lumberjacks kept pace ...

A few steps behind

Sault Ste. Marie’s defensive pressure got the better of the Alpena girls basketball team on Tuesday. Ashtyn Bell scored 10 points, Melina Robertson added nine and the Blue Devils used their defense to overtake Alpena 47-28 during a game at Alpena High School. Sault brought the pressure ...

Vikings unable to hang onto lead, fall to Whittemore-Prescott

POSEN — For the first half of Tuesday’s North Star League opener against Whittemore-Prescott, the Posen girls basketball team was in control and looked to have shaken off the rust from a season-opening loss on Monday. Unfortunately for the Vikings, they made mistakes down the stretch, ...

Storey named 8-player football Player of Year

BAY CITY (AP) — Even break time is no time to rest for Jimmy Storey. He’s an all-go, all-the-time kind of athlete. “His motor doesn’t stop. Even on water breaks, he sprints to the water and back — and that’s not an exaggeration,” Pickford coach Josh Rader said. “Sometimes I ...

Harrison named Division 7-8 Player of Year

FLINT (AP) — Aidan Harrison grew up in Flushing and spent his first three years of high school there playing football, basketball and running track. But Harrison always wanted to play football at nearby New Lothrop, a smaller school about 10 miles west of Flushing. His parents went to New ...

Starting off slow

POSEN — A dreadful first quarter put the Posen girls basketball team in a hole early on Monday and the Vikings were unable to dig their way out of it. Posen battled from start to finish, but dropped its season opener to Pickford, losing by a final score of 61-45. The inability to rebound ...

Alcona girls cruise to win in season opener

LINCOLN—The Alcona girls basketball team got the start it was hoping for on Monday. Senior Hailee Gordy and junior Megan Grove each scored 16 points and the Tigers overwhelmed Au Gres en route to a 58-17 win in their 2018-19 season opener at Alcona High School. Alcona (1-0) raced out to a ...

Fourth quarter free throws help Alcona get past Wolverines

LINCOLN—Free throws were a pain in the neck for the Alcona boys basketball team in its season opener on Saturday. On Monday, they turned out to be just what the Tigers needed. Alcona went 8-of-12 from the charity stripe and pushed past Au Gres in the fourth quarter, topping the Wolverines ...