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Rogers City’s Cook verbally commits to Mid Michigan for baseball

As Mid Michigan College baseball coach Fred Brown looks for players to fill out his roster, he’s looking for players with determination and grit who aren’t afraid to work hard. Austin Cook checked off all three boxes. The Rogers City senior announced a verbal commitment on Thursday to ...

The end of the line

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Alpena High School hockey team had too many obstacles to overcome on Wednesday. Beset by injuries to key players in their biggest game of the year, weary from a long week of travel last week and unable to mount much of an offensive effort, the Wildcats’ season came ...

Owls advance to district finals with win over Whittemore-Prescott

OSCODA — Wednesday’s Division 3 district semifinal proved to be just another game and another victory for the Oscoda girls basketball team. The Owls improved to 21-0 on the year and advanced to Friday’s district championship game with a convincing win over North Star League rival ...

Hillman, Alcona advance to district title games

WOLVERINE — After a wild ending in the district opener, the Hillman girls basketball team needed to focus on another tough test against Onaway in Wednesday’s district semifinal game at Wolverine High School. The Tigers passed the test and once again found a way as they defeated the ...

Tough one to lose

ST. IGNACE — The Posen boys basketball team did almost everything it set out to do on Tuesday. The Vikings created turnovers, rebounded the ball and were able to make shots. The only thing Posen couldn’t do was come away with a win. Despite keeping it close down the stretch, the ...

Wildcats ready for quarterfinal showdown with UP power Houghton

When Alpena High School hockey head coach Chris Limback prepared the schedule for this upcoming season, he did so with the goal of challenging his team all season, so the Wildcats would be prepared for games like the one they’ll play Wednesday. After playing eight games against teams ranked ...

Oscoda advances to regional championship, Mio falls in semifinal

HOUGHTON LAKE — The magical season for the Oscoda Owls boys basketball team continues. Oscoda put together another strong performance in Tuesday’s Division 3 regional semifinal win over Beal City, defeating the Aggies by a final score of 51-33 at Houghton Lake High School. The Owls got ...

No stopping them

ALPENA—The Alpena High girls basketball team threw everything but the kitchen sink at Marquette on Monday. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the Redettes had an answer for every move Alpena made. Madison Carter scored 18 points, Aspen Michelin added 16 and the Redettes used strong post play ...

Tigers edge Posen in controversial district quarterfinal contest

WOLVERINE—Monday’s first round district matchup had everything you could ask for in a postseason battle between North Star League rivals and perhaps a little too much officiating. Hillman and Posen met in a Division 4 district quarterfinal matchup and the two teams battled from start to ...

Oscoda, Alcona girls advance in districts

OSCODA—The postseason is off to a good start for the Oscoda girls basketball team. Katelyn Etherton scored 14 points and all five Oscoda starters finished in double figures on the way to a 62-45 win over Johannesburg-Lewiston in a Division 3 district quarterfinal on Monday. The win moves ...

Local teams preparing for tough regional matchups

The Posen boys basketball team is living on borrowed time. That isn’t to say the Vikings’ days in the state playoffs are numbered. They just know the further a team goes in the playoffs, the more the pressure grows. For every game a team wins, it means it has to work that much harder ...

Hoisting the hardware

GAYLORD —The Alpena High School hockey team’s magical season on the ice continues as the Wildcats won their first regional championship in 12 years, shutting out Cheboygan 4-0 in Saturday’s regional final game at the Otsego County SportsPlex in Gaylord. “I’m so proud. What these ...

Area girls hoops teams ready to compete for district championships

Usually girls basketball teams get March Madness started by competing for district titles, but after the boys kicked things off last week, the girls will get their turn this week. Several area teams will be striving to continue magical seasons, while others will be looking for a fresh start. ...

Wildcat hockey team has special pair of super fans

ALPENA—Alpena has always been considered a hockey town. This year the Wildcats have re-energized the Alpena hockey program, the community, the fan base and all who follow with a stellar season that continues Saturday with a chance at capturing a regional crown. Of all the fans who have ...

Alpena girls basketball team wins regular season finale

The Alpena High girls basketball team ended the regular season on a winning note, defeating Traverse City Central 55-44 at home on Friday. The win gives the Wildcats (11-9, 5-5 Big North) a third place finish in Big North Conference play. “It feels good to finish off the regular season ...

Another test passed

GAYLORD—Despite facing early adversity, the Alpena High School hockey team passed its second postseason test. Kyle VanDusen scored twice and Owen Limback added a goal as the Wildcats defeated the regional host Gaylord Blue Devils 3-1 in Thursday’s Division 3 regional semifinal game at the ...

Wildcats fall to Gaylord after Gapinski’s late game-winner

The first time the Alpena High School girls basketball team played Gaylord this season, the Wildcats rallied from a double-digit deficit to beat Gaylord by three. On Thursday, it was the Blue Devils’ turn to turn the tables. Savanna Gapinski scored with 11.9 seconds left, which proved to ...

Oscoda girls hoops improves to 19-0 with win

WEST BRANCH—The Oscoda girls basketball team finished the regular season on a perfect note. Katelyn Etherton scored 19 points, Lauren Langley added 11 and the Owls defeated Ogemaw Heights 57-47 on Thursday to improve to 19-0. Brooke Nowiski added 10 points for Oscoda, Izzy Hulverson added ...