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A lack of energy

HILLMAN — The Hillman boys basketball team has endured its share of struggles this season. The Tigers entered Friday’s North Star League contest against Hale on a four-game losing skid and have lost a handful of close games during a difficult and frustrating year. The frustration ...

Posen rebounds from tough stretch with easy win

POSEN—After a letdown on Tuesday, the Posen boys basketball team got just what it needed on Friday. An easy win. Jared Sharpe scored 17 points, Jeremy Misiak added 13 and eight different Posen players scored as the Vikings cruised past Fairview 61-18 at Posen High School. The win gets ...

Black, VanDusen star in Wildcats’ victory

TRENTON — The Alpena High hockey team was ready to be put to the test as they traveled to Trenton for the MIHL Showcase held at the Kennedy Recreation Center. The Wildcats were one of 42 teams at the showcase as many of the top high school hockey clubs across all three divisions will be ...

Why I’m pulling for the Rams

About 20 minutes after the New England Patriots defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game, I sent my dad a one-word text with a lot of exclamation points. I can’t print that word in this space, but I’ll give you a hint: it rhymes with luck and sounds an awful lot like ...

Zawacki earns sports writing award

Alpena News Sports Writer Jonny Zawacki was honored Thursday in the Michigan Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Zawacki took third place in Daily D Sports Writing for his story “McCoy stands alone.” The story was published in the Sept. 28, 2017 edition of The News and ...

Getting the message

Alpena boys basketball coach John Pintar’s message to his team was simple on Thursday. Keep battling. After more than week since their last game, the Wildcats took that message to heart and responded the way Pintar hoped. Chris DeRocher scored 26 points, Bruz Copping added 25 and the ...

Everyone loses when nobody calls

About five years ago, I got a phone call from a reader informing me that a local baseball team had just won a league championship and was having one of its best seasons in years. I thanked the reader and expressed surprise because, up to that point, we had heard absolutely nothing from that ...

Lumberjacks grind out victory against Wayne

Mark Jacobs believes in his Alpena Community College men’s basketball team, despite the struggles the Lumberjacks have had this season. On Thursday, Jacobs’ Lumberjacks gave him even more reason to keep believing as his team put together their best effort of the season and Alpena was able ...

Three ball hurts ACC women in loss to Wildcats

The Alpena Community College women’s basketball team ran into a Wayne County Community College that was red-hot from behind the three point line and the Lumberjacks fell 78-58 on Thursday at Park Arena. The Wildcats connected on 11 threes in the game led by the duo of Sharadayee Yharborogh ...

Fast start helps Hillman girls beat Hale, end losing streak

HALE—Bailey Schook scored 23 points and the Hillman girls basketball team ended a three-game losing streak on Thursday with a 48-28 win over Hale. Helped out by a 12-0 run to begin the game, the Tigers (4-9) led from start to finish in their first contest in a week. “We had good energy ...

Black making a case for Mr. Hockey award

To say Alpena High goaltender Cooper Black has had a good season would be a complete understatement. In his senior season, Black has been nothing short of phenomenal during the 2018-2019 high school hockey season. The Wildcats bolstering their schedule this season has had no ill effects on ...

Swami is headache-free despite schedule changes

It happens every basketball season: cancellations due to weather and hard times for the schedule makers trying to figure out when and where to plug games in. Schedules are made in advance and as we head toward February, there are less open days on the calendar. It would be nice if two schools ...

Hurons win second straight with victory over Posen

POSEN — The Rogers City boys basketball team continues to enjoy a nice stretch of winning games. On Tuesday, the Hurons defeated Posen 59-39 and have won six out of their last seven games. Rogers City put together a strong second quarter to take a 33-19 lead into the half and closed out ...

A hard-earned victory

After having Friday’s Big North Conference game postponed, the Alpena High hockey team returned to the ice on Saturday afternoon for an important BNC matchup against Petoskey who entered the contest atop the conference. The Wildcats (13-4-1) put together a gritty effort and earned a ...

Shorthanded Lumberjacks fall to nationally ranked Schoolcraft

LIVONIA — As if playing the No. 2 ranked Schoolcraft Community College Ocelot’s wasn’t going to be a big enough challenge for the Alpena Community College men’s basketball team, life for the Lumberjacks got even tougher when leading scorer Logan Guenther and big man Ryan Ramsdell missed ...

Confidence builder

LINCOLN—The Alcona boys basketball team is gaining confidence and as the Tigers’ confidence grows, the wins are coming with it. Josh Kilbourn sank a key pair of free throws with 13 seconds left and Alcona held on for a 45-43 victory over Hillman at Alcona High School on Friday in front of ...

Oscoda boys improve to 13-0 with win over Posen

OSCODA — Nothing has changed for the Oscoda boys basketball team as the Owls keep on rolling. The Owls turned in another winning performance on Friday and defeated Posen 56-47. The Vikings came out hot and led 21-12 after one quarter, but Oscoda fought back to tie the game 33-33 at ...

Another close contest

HILLMAN — The Alcona and Hillman girls basketball teams entered Thursday’s North Star League matchup with more in common than just their school mascot. Both Tiger teams have played in a handful of close games that have gone down to the wire as of late and Thursday’s league game was no ...

Oscoda hoops teams win to stay unbeaten

OSCODA—Owen Franklin scored 20 points, Brayden Mallak added 18 and the Oscoda boys basketball team earned their 12th straight win after defeating Rogers City 63-45 at home on Thursday. Oscoda drained seven three-pointers in its latest win and pulled away from Rogers City (6-4) with a 26-6 ...

Swami within himself

Has anyone ever thought back growing up or even today, being overconfident, and having the rug pulled out from beneath you. Swami had not thought about it, until he was by himself this past weekend, and it really struck home. He looked back to his grade school experiences, preparing for tests, ...