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Hillman boys drop season opener; Hurons improve to 2-0

HILLMAN — The defending North Star League champion Hillman Tigers opened their season on Monday and came up short in a hard-fought battle against Oscoda, losing by a final score of 53-47. The Tigers fell behind early and faced a 19-4 deficit early in the game, but stormed back and cut the ...

Beat the Geek returns

The bowl slate has been set for the college football season and readers of The Alpena News know what that means: the annual Beat the Geek contest is back. Fill out an entry form and return it to The News by Dec. 24. All mailed entries must be postmarked by Dec. 24. This year’s form is the ...

Wildcats still undefeated with 4-2 win over Petoskey

PETOSKEY - Alpena’s five-game shutout streak may have ended on Saturday, but the Wildcats were still feeling good after a 4-2 win over Big North Conference rival Petoskey. Alpena’s shutout streak ended early in the first period when the Northmen put a puck past Wildcat goaltender Cooper ...

Free-throw shooting hurts Lumberjacks in loss to GRCC

It was an uncharacteristic Saturday night for the Alpena Community College men’s basketball team. Generally, the Lumberjacks are usually a strong free-throw shooting team, but on Saturday, Alpena had an off night from the charity stripe, going 2-10 from the line down the stretch and lost a ...

ACC women unable to get going in loss to Raiders

The Alpena Community College women’s basketball team couldn’t quite find the extra gear it needed on Saturday. The Lumberjacks kept things close, but couldn’t match Grand Rapids’ offensive output down the stretch and lost 65-46 at Park Arena. Hallee Breimayer scored 19 points and ...

Never in doubt: Fast start paces Posen in win over Cardinals

POSEN—Jeremy Misiak did a little bit of everything for the Posen boys basketball team on Friday. The senior recorded a triple-double—scoring 23 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and nabbing 10 steals—to help the Vikings rout Onaway 77-42 in a game at Posen High School. Twenty hours after ...

Wildcats earn 5th consecutive shutout victory

CADILLAC — For the fifth time in as many games, the Alpena hockey team earned a shutout victory. Cooper Black and the Wildcats extended their shutout streak to five games, having not allowed a goal to the first 15 periods to begin the 2018-2019 season. Alpena continued the shutout streak ...

Vikings fall in season opener

POSEN — Thursday’s season opener didn’t end the way the Posen boys basketball team wanted it to, but there the Vikings showed a lot of fight and a ton of improvement as a program, but ultimately fell to Cedarville by a final score of 62-47. You could tell it was the first game of the ...

Ready for a rematch

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — As soon as Tua Tagovailoa let go of the pass, the one that ended the national championship game in the blink of an eye, Georgia has wanted another shot at Alabama. Oh sure, the Bulldogs tried to play it cool. They insisted that it didn’t do any good to dwell on such a ...

Wildcats roll in first road game of the year

SAULT STE. MARIE — Playing its second game in as many nights, the Alpena boys basketball team took care of business. The Wildcats traveled to Sault Ste. Marie for their first road game of the year and came away with a lopsided victory, defeating the Blue Devils 62-20 on Wednesday. “It ...

Not a bad start: Fast start, strong defense lead Wildcats to win in opener

As season openers go, the Alpena High boys basketball team couldn’t have asked for a much better start to its 2018-19 campaign. Chris DeRocher scored 31 points, Bruz Copping added 13 and 10 different Alpena players scored as the Wildcats breezed past Bay City Western 70-26 at Alpena High ...

Owls top Pinconning in season opener

OSCODA—Owen Franklin scored 24 points, Brayden Mallak added 23 and the Oscoda boys basketball team won its season opener on Tuesday, defeating Pinconning 77-69 at home. Gabe Kellstrom added 13 for Oscoda, Devin Thomas had seven, Chance Kruse had four and Gavin Lueck had two. The Owls ...

2018-19 Boys Basketball Previews

Alpena Last season: 9-11; lost to Marquette in district quarterfinals Key Players: Chris DeRocher, senior; Aidan Goike, senior; Bruz Copping, senior; Colin Donajkowski, senior; Kayden Wisniewski, senior. Coach John Pintar: "I'm excited for our season. We have a really solid group of guys ...

Wildcats win again: Alpena blanks Gabriel Richard for fourth straight win

The Alpena High couldn’t have asked for a much better result for their first two home games. Two wins, two shutouts and two more shots of momentum going forward. The latest victory was a 2-0 triumph over Riverview Gabriel Richard on Saturday at Northern Lights Arena. Kyle VanDusen and Brett ...

The comforts of home: Wildcats skate past Grosse Pointe North in home opener

Taking a day off to celebrate Thanksgiving did nothing to break Cooper Black’s momentum. The Alpena High senior goaltender recorded his third straight shutout Friday as the Wildcats defeated Grosse Pointe North 2-0 at Northern Lights Arena. Colby Plowman and Kyle VanDusen (short-handed) ...

TB Schooners open season at Oscoda Invitational

The Thunder Bay Schooners swim team opened their season earlier this month by attending the Oscoda Invitational and bringing home ten gold medals. Alex Winfield, 11, won first place in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 33.64, the 50 yard butterfly with a time of 52.85 and the 50 yard ...

2018 Alpena News 11-Player Football Team

During the ups-and-downs of the 2018 high school football season, Logan Guthrie was Mr. Consistent. Having established himself as a big time playmaker for the Alpena Wildcats over the previous two seasons, Guthrie took his game to another level during his senior season. As Alpena's back field ...

2018 All-Alpena News 8-Player Football Team

The 2018 season marked the start of a new era for the Hillman football team. The Tigers ushered in their first season of eight-player football and continued to do what they've done for many years: win lots of football games. With a team full of exciting athletes, Hillman showcased its talent ...

On to the next level

Not many athletes can say they’ve had a high school career like Taylor Fleming. Fleming has been a three sport standout at Rogers City High School and been a four year varsity starter in volleyball, basketball and softball. For Fleming, it is her love and passion for the game of ...

Wildcats cap off successful opening weekend

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — After starting the season off with a win on Friday, the Alpena hockey team put together another solid performance on Saturday and skated away with a 4-0 victory against Lake Orion at the Detroit Skating Arena. The Wildcats started the game a little sluggish, but starting ...