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A late season test

Alpena and Rogers City are just days away from beginning play in their respective regional tournaments. The two teams got together and gave each other one final test before the weekend as the Wildcats and Hurons split a doubleheader on Wednesday at Alpena High School. Abbie Funk came ...

Alpena native Lockwood named AD at Sault Area High School

Sports have always been an important part of Steve Lockwood’s life. Lockwood grew up playing sports and was fortunate to have his father coach him in multiple sports during his childhood. Lockwood grew up playing football, basketball and baseball and was brought up in a family that was big ...

Hurons top Kalkaska 5-3

GAYLORD—Jayna Hance hit a three-run home run and the Rogers City softball team defeated Kalkaska 5-3 on Tuesday in Gaylord. Kyrsten Altman and Hance combined to allow four hits and struck out six against the Blazers. Mackenzie Wilkinson hit a pair of solo home runs for the Blazers, who ...

Heart of a champion

Rhett Limback has been a standout for every hockey team he’s played on. He was a standout for the Alpena High hockey team a few years ago and became an important player for the Alpena Flyers during the 2016 season. This season Limback had the chance to be a standout again. As a member of ...

Home run hitting Hurons

ROGERS CITY — Entering postseason play, the Rogers City Softball team was the top ranked team in Class D. The Hurons proved exactly why they are the No. 1 team in the state on Saturday as they won their seventh consecutive district championship in dominant fashion, while breaking a state ...

Bunt helps Cardinals edge Tigers in district final

ROGERS CITY—Practice made perfect for Lucas Tollini on Saturday. The Onaway senior scored from first base on a bunt in the second inning, giving the Cardinals the only run they needed to beat Hillman 1-0 in a Division 4 district baseball final in Rogers City. The win allowed the Cardinals ...

Area athletes shine at state finals

EAST KENTWOOD—The Alpena High track team had a record setting day while earning all-state honors at the Division 1 state track and field finals on Saturday. All six of the athletes Alpena sent to the finals at East Kentwood came home with all-state honors and three new school records were ...

The end of an era at Alpena

Tradition. It’s a great thing to have, especially in sports. Those who have a storied tradition don’t want to lose it because it takes time to build it. For the last 63 years, the Alpena High School track program has carried on a special tradition and legacy. Each spring for the past 63 ...

Alpena High softball wins district title; Baseball falls to Central

TRAVERSE CITY—With the pressure on, the Alpena High softball team rose to the occasion on Friday. The Wildcats broke a 4-4 tie with an eight-run seventh inning to defeat Traverse City Central 12-4 in a Division 1 district final. Alpena led 4-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning when the ...

Cardinals hoping to reverse district fortunes, keep traveling

The Onaway softball team has done a lot of traveling this year, going all over the state to get games in. If the Cardinals have their way, they’ll be doing a lot more traveling over the next few weeks. Onaway is one of several local team beginning postseason play today. The Cardinals will ...

Switching gears

After spending the past two years running cross country at Alpena Community College, Sheldon Elkie will now make the transition from running cross country to track as he signed on to be apart of the track program at Saginaw Valley State University. “This means a lot because it’s something ...

Baseball teams begin quest for district titles on the diamond

A busy and fast regular season of baseball is over. After having an entire month canceled due to a late snowstorm, area teams enjoyed a nice, yet hectic month of May on the diamond in order to get plenty of games and repetitions in order to be ready for the postseason which begin today and ...

Track season gives athletes a lesson in perseverance

Day by day, the Alpena track team went through its paces, working in the weight room, doing short explosive sprints, throwing indoor shot puts and discuses. Trapped inside and with no start to the season in sight after April’s winter blast, the Wildcats did whatever they could to prepare ...

On to a higher level

HILLMAN — Many student-athletes participate in sports year round. Most of these athletes excel at a certain sports and use others to stay in shape, be active and prepare for their strongest sport. For Hillman’s Billy Kolcan, he was the definition of a three sport star during his time ...

Onaway splits in regular season finale

FARWELL—The Onaway softball team wrapped up the regular season on Wednesday with a split against Farwell. Onaway lost the first game 4-2 and won the second game 9-4. In the first game, Onaway (19-9-1) led 2-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning when Farwell scored four runs. The Eagles ...

Shining bright on the big stage

Billy Kolcan and Faith Weide have high expectations for themselves ahead of this weekend’s state track and field finals. But before they test themselves against the best in the state, they showed on Tuesday why they’re two of Northeast Michigan’s best athletes. Kolcan, a Hillman ...

Small ball propels Vikings past Rogers City

ROGERS CITY — The Posen baseball team prides itself on playing small ball and being very good at it. On Tuesday, the Vikings executed its style to perfection as it led them past the host Rogers City Hurons 6-3, in a Division 4 pre-district baseball game at Gilpin Field. With the game tied ...

Wregglesworth shuts down Joburg in pre-district game

ROGERS CITY — Trevor Wregglesworth continues to build upon his record-setting season and career. The dominant right-hander pitched Onaway to a 3-0 victory over Johannesburg-Lewiston in Tuesday’s Division 4 pre-district contest at Gilpin Field. Wregglesworth tossed a one-hit shutout and ...

Wildcats drop two; Vikings win pre-district game; Hurons, Cardinals split

KALKASKA—The Alpena High baseball team came up short in a doubleheader at Kalkaska Tuesday, losing 5-4 and 7-4. In the opener, Bruz Copping pitched the first 1 1/3 innings for Alpena (14-12) and Logan Guthrie pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief. Alpena scored twice in the second inning and ...

Off to an impressive start

Gwyn DenBleyker didn’t hold back when setting her goals for the 2018 season. She wanted to go undefeated, she wanted to win regionals and she wanted qualify for the state finals. After an impressive season, the Alpena High freshman made good on one of those goals and made school history ...