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Hillman girls clinch share of NSL title

OSCODA — The Hillman girls basketball team clinched at least a share of a North Star League title on Monday as they defeated Oscoda 63-50. A big second quarter propelled the Tigers to victory as they held a 43-29 lead at the half. Lyndsey Ryba led Hillman with 16 points. Andrea Taratuta ...

Woods Track Club does well at Distance Fest

The Woods Track Club took on Distance Fest at Saginaw Valley State University this past weekend with few numbers, but this didn't keep the club from performing well. The club added its twentieth qualifier of the season, Josh Smith who ran 4:31.38 in the 1,600 meter run. Moreover, young members ...

At the top of their game

HILLMAN—Just a few years ago, Hillman boys basketball coach Eric Muszynski looked at the consistency of programs at schools like Cedarville and Posen and thought, ‘Why not us?’ A few years later, Hillman’s time has arrived. Hillman is one of four schools in Michigan to currently ...

West tops Alpena to win Big North title

TRAVERSE CITY—The Alpena High hockey team's hopes for a Big North Conference title came to an end Saturday. Zach VanAntwerp's late third-period goal provided enough of a cushion as Traverse City West defeated the Wildcats 1-0. The win wrapped up West's first outright hockey championship ...

A heck of an effort

Chris DeRocher turned dreams into reality on Friday. The Alpena High junior scored 20 points during a 49-43 loss to Petoskey at Alpena High School in a Big North Conference contest, doing everything he could to help his team win. In the process, he also joined some elite company. The ...

Wildcats clipped by Trojans; Hillman boys win 13th straight game

TRAVERSE CITY—The Alpena High hockey team traveled to Traverse City on Friday and fell just short against Traverse City Central in a 3-2 defeat. The Trojans jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first period, before the Wildcats (13-5-3, 4-2-1 Big North) answered with a goal by Lars ...

The doctor is in

Tonight as he settles into the broadcast booth, John Zawacki will go through his usual pre-game routine. He’ll watch warm-ups to get a sense of which players might see a lot of ice time. He’ll go through the game program to learn the names and numbers of every player, double checking ...

Hillman gets by Alcona for 16th straight win

LINCOLN—Experience paid off for the Hillman girls basketball team on Thursday. Lyndsey Ryba scored 19 points and the Tigers overcame a tough defensive effort from Alcona to win 47-42 at Alcona High School. The win is Hillman’s 16th straight and moves the Tigers another step closer to ...

Balanced scoring leads Wildcats past Gaylord

GAYLORD—Balanced scoring and a total team effort paved the way to victory for the Alpena girls basketball team on Thursday. Kourtney Jones scored 11 points and Emma Jore and Dakota Prevo each added 10 and the Wildcats defeated Gaylord 49-39 in a Big North Conference contest. Alpena (9-6, ...

Joining the college ranks

On Wednesday, student-athletes across the country experienced the culmination of their high school careers as many went on to sign a National Letter of Intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. For three Alpena High School seniors, Lars MacArthur, Courtney Nunneley ...

Hurons buckle down late to beat Vikings

POSEN—Twenty four hours proved to make a big difference for the Rogers City boys basketball team. Ethan Hincka scored 15 points and Nick Freel added 13 as the Hurons defeated Posen 45-36 on Wednesday at Posen High School. After a tough loss to Alcona on Tuesday, the Hurons earned a ...

Fleming’s huge night propels Hurons past Hale

ROGERS CITY — Taylor Fleming put her team on her back when it needed her the most on Wednesday. With several members of the Rogers City girls basketball team out due to illness and others active, but feeling under the weather, Fleming was called upon to play an even bigger role than she ...

Lumberjacks drop pair of games to Macomb

MACOMB — It was another tough night for the Alpena Community College men’s basketball team as they were the victim of an offensive outburst and fell to Macomb Community College on Wednesday by a score of 109-78. The Monarchs shot the lights out as they made 16 of 27 attempted three’s in ...

Swami always supports athletics

Parents are all created different, especially when it comes to sports. Whether having their child take up an interest in sports at a young age, not having an interest in sports at all or wanting to relive their youth through their children, there are all kinds of parents involved in sports. ...

Making it look easy

Tuesday’s matchup marked the second meeting of the season between the Alpena and Cheboygan boys basketball teams. The first meeting between the two teams was back in early December and the Wildcats cruised to 71-31 victory in Cheboygan. Both teams kept their play consistent as Alpena ...

Defense propels Tigers boys to another win

MIO—Another solid defensive performance led to another easy win for the Hillman boys basketball team on Tuesday. Brandon Banks had 18 points, five steals and four assists as the Tigers earned their 12 straight win, beating Mio 52-28. Hillman (12-0, 9-0 North Star League) led 19-10 after ...

Woods Track Club qualifies 6 more for finals

The Woods Track Club had another solid meet at Saginaw Valley last weekend, sending six new athletes to state finals. Lilly Domke (26-9), Madi Szymanski (25-10), Maggie Thayer (25-0), Kolten Goebel (34-0), Wenton Harrison (33-8), Caleb Zaborney (33-2.25), will all join Zach Zaborney in the ...

A win they needed

It’s been a frustrating season for the Alpena Community College men’s basketball team, but on Monday the Lumberjacks picked up a win they desperately needed in order to gain some confidence as the season winds down. The Lumberjacks earned an 87-72 victory over Lake Superior State ...

Tigers top Mio to stretch streak to 15

HILLMAN—Chalk up another win for the Hillman girls basketball team. Lyndsey Ryba scored 22 points, Andrea Taratuta added 11 and the Tigers earned their 15th straight win on Monday, defeating Mio 59-26 at home. Hillman (15-1, 12-0 North Star League) led 13-6 after one quarter and outscored ...

Lumberjacks fall apart late

It was another valiant effort from the Alpena Community College men’s basketball team, but in the end they fell apart late after erasing a double digit lead in the second half and lost to St. Clair County Community College by a final score of 83-59. Midway through the first half, the ...