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The road gets tougher

Two teams that played in the Class D state semifinals at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek a season ago, will meet up tonight in a regional semifinal match at Bellaire High School. Rogers City and Leland played on opposite ends of the bracket last year when both teams traveled to Battle Creek for ...

ACC men come up short in season opener

HARRISON — The Alpena Community College men’s basketball team opened its season on Monday at Mid Michigan Community College and came up just short, falling to the Lakers, 87-81. “I was really pleased with how we played. Obviously we wanted to get the win, but Mid Michigan was a ...

Local runners earn all-state honors at XC finals

BROOKLYN — Several local runners overcame rainy conditions to earn all-state honors at the lower peninsula cross country finals at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. Alpena’s Aden Smith earned all-state honors for the second year in a row, finishing 22nd in the Division boys ...

A landmark win

LINCOLN—For the first time in school history, the Alcona Tigers can call themselves district champions. Alcona won its first district title in program history in front of its home crowd as it defeated Hillman by a final score of 56-34 on Friday. “The fans have been great for us during ...

Local runners ready for XC state finals

Maddy Boyd watched last year’s state cross country finals with one goal in mind. Next year she wanted to be there competing. “I didn’t have the best cross country season last year. I got to watch a lot of races, a lot of state meets and I decided that my goal for next year was to run ...

Ready for a rematch

HILLMAN — Prove them wrong. This is the motto the Hillman football team has lived by and rallied around since the team started off 0-3 at the beginning of this season. Some were doubting in their final year of 11-man football that the Tigers were going to make the postseason. All Hillman ...

Hutchinsons ready for big game vs. Hillman

LINCOLN—Tim and Jack Hutchinson have been preparing for big moments since they suited up for the Alcona Packers youth football team. Tonight, the twin brothers will get their shot at one. With the Hutchinson brothers leading the way, the Alcona football team will try to make program ...

Hurons beat Onaway to win third straight district

ROGERS CITY—In crunch time, teams often look to their best players to come through. Taylor Fleming did just that for the Rogers City volleyball team on Thursday. Fleming recorded 22 kills, two blocks, three aces and 13 digs, doing a little bit of everything to help the Hurons defeat ...

Alcona beats Joburg for district crown

LINCOLN — The Alcona volleyball team defeated Johannesburg-Lewiston in four sets on Thursday’s district final matchup. The Tigers won by scores of 25-14, 2-25, 25-15 and 25-19 to capture the district crown and celebrate on their home court. The defensive effort was strong all night and ...

Challenge accepted

Racheal McDonald has never been afraid to push herself when it comes to running. So when it came time to find a new challenge, the Alpena High alumnus and former collegiate long-distance runner decided naturally decided to run a marathon. Little did she know when she accomplished her goal ...

Day named ACC’s Men’s XC Freshman of the Year

Wake Forest freshman and Alpena High alumnus Mitchell Day earned All-ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) honors as he paced the Demon Deacons for the third consecutive meet and finished within the top 21 competitors in Louisville. With his finish, Day was named the ACC Men's Freshman of the Year, ...

Going down fighting

The Alpena volleyball team came into Tuesday’s district semifinal match against rival Traverse City Central with more on its mind than just the game. Just a few days before hosting the first round district matchup, the Wildcats dealt with a coaching change and had to do their best to ...

Rabeau helps Hurons top fiesty Hillman squad in semifinal

ROGERS CITY—Every time the Rogers City volleyball team needed a big play on Tuesday, Kayla Rabeau was there to deliver. Rabeau had 22 kills, 16 digs, four blocks and more than a handful of big plays to help the Hurons get by Hillman in a Class D district semifinal at Rogers City High ...

Offensive efficiency helps Onaway sweep Posen

ROGERS CITY—Consistency paid off for the Onaway volleyball team on Tuesday. Onaway opened Class D district play against Posen and swept the Vikings in three sets, winning 25-16, 25-15, 25-13 at Rogers City High School. The win moves the Cardinals to Thursday’s 6 p.m. district final ...

Alcona advances to district championship

LINCOLN — The Alcona volleyball team earned a victory in a three game sweep over Whittemore-Prescott on Tuesday at Alcona High School. The Tigers were led by Hailee Gordy who had 12 kills. Alcona advances to tomorrow’s district championship game where they will play the winner of ...

Rogers City captures NSL Big Dipper championship

WHITTEMORE — The Rogers City volleyball team knows what time of the year it is and they continue firing on all cylinders. The Hurons turned in a perfect weekend, winning every set and match they played in on their way to capturing a North Star League Big Dipper division championship on ...

Smith, Baller win regionals as local runners qualify for XC finals

Northeast Michigan will be well represented at the cross country state finals next week. Alpena qualified four runners for the state finals, which will be held Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. Junior Aden Smith earned a regional title after finishing in 15:47. Smith added a ...

Alpena Community College wraps up solid cross country season

 The Alpena Community College cross country team finished another outstanding season Saturday at its regional meet in Lansing.  Out of 17 teams from Regions 12 and 13, the Lumberjacks finished 8th overall. "All I ever ask my guys is to give 100% and leave it all on the course" ACC coach ...

Never say never

AU GRES —Anything can happen in the playoffs. Just ask the Hillman football team. The Tigers entered Friday night's first round playoff game as huge underdogs, but executed a near perfect game plan and did what no other team could do during the regular season against an undefeated Au ...

Stephenson leads Tigers past Joburg

LINCOLN—Alex Stephenson found multiple ways to beat Johannesburg-Lewiston on Friday. The Alcona senior quarterback ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, all in the fourth quarter, to help the Tigers defeat the Cardinals 28-12 in a Division 8 predistrict game at Alcona High ...