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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 ...

ACC women fall to St. Clair

Saturday’s results were all to similar for the Alpena Community College women’s basketball team as they fell to St. Clair County Community College by a score of 88-45 at Park Arena. The Lumberjacks started off strong and gave St. Clair a test early as the led 9-3 early thanks to the play ...

Coming up short

Going into Friday night’s annual Pink Game, the Alpena girls basketball team knew a win was needed to stay in the hunt for the Big North Conference title. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they were ice cold from the field much of the night and got outrebounded by a much taller Petoskey team ...

Juergens’ buzzer beater gives Hillman the edge over Cards

HILLMAN—Jared Juergens made big plays all night long for the Hillman boys basketball team on Friday. But he saved his best one for last. The Hillman senior guard scored on quick catch and shoot, giving the Tigers a hard-earned 65-63 victory over Whittemore-Prescott at Hillman High School ...

VanDusen nets 5 as Wildcats top Northmen

PETOSKEY — Kyle VanDusen had a big night on Friday, scoring five goals in the Alpena High hockey team’s 9-2 win over Petoskey. With 29 goals on the season, VanDusen continued his quest to be considered as one of the top hockey players in the state this season with another big ...

Chrzanowski keeps faith in ‘underdog’ Eagles ahead of Super Bowl

OSCODA—Chrissy Chrzanowski just had a feeling. “I know it’s Super Bowl Sunday, but even today I bleed green! Next year. #flyeaglesfly,” Chrzanowski posted on Facebook with a selfie on February 5, 2017, the day of Super Bowl LI (51). Nearly a year later, Chrzanowski’s ...

McGrattan rooting for Patriots to win sixth championship

Shannon McGrattan doesn’t have a prediction for this year’s Super Bowl. She doesn’t want to jinx her team. But based on her team’s recent success, it’s a safe bet she’ll have little to worry about. For as long as she can remember, McGrattan has been a New England Patriots fan ...