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Rogers City wins in Fenstermaker’s debut

ROGERS CITY—The Rogers City football team started the 2018 season off on a winning note. Kaleb Budnick and Jeffrey Ellenberger each had a touchdown run and the Hurons held off a spirited comeback effort from Whittemore-Prescott to defeat the Cardinals 20-17 on Friday at Gilpin Field in ...

Back in his element

LINCOLN—Dillon Mochty has waited a long time to get back out on the football field. The Tawas junior looked like he hadn’t missed a beat Thursday. Mochty threw 231 yards and four touchdowns to lead Tawas past the Alcona football team, 48-24, on Thursday at Alcona High School in the season ...

Posen rolls over CCA in season opener

POSEN — The Posen football team could not have asked for a much better start to its season. The Vikings kicked off the 2018 season on Thursday and dominated Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy, shellacking the Cougars by a final score of 69-0. “Our kids came out firing. They’ve been ...

Wildcats aiming to open season with win vs. Escanaba

When the members of the Alpena High football team take the field tonight, there’s a good chance many of them will have some goosebumps. Playing in front of a supportive and enthusiastic home crowd to kick off the season can do that. Alpena will begin the 2018 season at 7 p.m. tonight at ...

Wildcats win home tri; Onaway tops Trojans

The Alpena volleyball team improved to 5-0 on the season with wins at home against Cheboygan and Rogers City. The Wildcats took two out of three sets from Cheboygan, with scores of 21-25, 25-16 and 15-8. Alpena went on to sweep Rogers City 25-18 and 25-12. Allison Precord fueled the Alpena ...

Hurons compete in New Lothrup tournament

NEW LOTHRUP—The Rogers City volleyball team advanced to the gold bracket on Wednesday during a tournament in New Lothrup before losing its bracket play opener. Seeded fifth in bracket play, the Hurons lost to Birch Run 19-25 and 14-25. In pool play, the Hurons defeated Durand (25-23, ...

Wildcats determined for success in third year under Sims

It has been eight years since the Alpena football team has been led onto the field by a third-year coach. For Wildcats coach Aaron Sims, this will also be his third year with any program in his coaching career. Both are hoping now with a sense of stability, success will follow. Alpena ...

Swami ready to begin a new season

The older you get, the quicker it passes. Swami had an eventful summer, but it seems it went by too fast. He spent plenty of time with family and friends at the lake. He also had a chance to do some coaching for the 9/10 girls house league softball team. The team didn’t win many games, but at ...

Oscoda football team ready to build on recent success

OSCODA — After reaching the playoffs two of the last three seasons, the Oscoda football team is looking to build on its recent success and get back to the playoffs in 2018. The Owls ended their playoff drought in 2015 by reaching the postseason for the first time in 14 years. After missing ...

Atlanta football team eager for a return to the playoffs

ATLANTA—After getting its first taste of success in a long time last season, the Atlanta football team is ready for an encore in 2018. In their first season of eight-player football, the Huskies went 5-5, made the Division II eight-player playoffs and finished the regular season with a ...

Posen motivated, ready to work hard in 10th 8-Player season

POSEN—In 2009, the Posen football team became the first team in Northeast Michigan to begin playing eight-player football. Back then, the Vikings were just learning the ropes, happy to keep their football program going and setting the groundwork for the future teams. Ten years later, ...

Fenstermaker hoping to turn Hurons into winners

ROGERS CITY—Jesse Fenstermaker has seen the Rogers City football team go through a lot of ups-and-downs in the last five years. Now that he’s in charge of the Hurons, Fenstermaker is ready to make the Hurons consistent winners again. Rogers City’s new man in charge isn’t making any ...

Alcona ready to carry on winning tradition in 2018

LINCOLN — The Alcona football program has set the bar high under coach Jason Somers. Three consecutive playoff appearances, two nine win seasons and three playoff wins the past two years and a district championship a year ago. The 2018 Tigers are determined to keep the winning tradition ...

Expectations still high for Hillman football team in 2018

HILLMAN — There is a big difference between the 2018 Hillman Tigers and the football teams from years past. Hillman is making the transition from 11-player to 8-player football, will be led onto the field by a new coach for the first time in 14 years and will not play in the North Star ...

New coach Klinge hopes to set Cardinals up for success

ONAWAY—Steve Klinge has had plenty to keep himself busy this summer. As the new Onaway football coach, Klinge has spent the last several months bringing himself up to speed on eight-player football as he prepares to lead the Cardinals during the 2018 season. It’s still a learning ...

Calling the action

Alpena has always been considered a hockey town. It is in this small town in northeastern Michigan that Alpena has witnessed so much success with its high school hockey team. The Wildcats have won state championships and once upon a time, Alpena was consistently one of the state’s premier ...

Showing some fight

The Alpena High boys tennis team opened the 2018 season on Monday, playing host to Bay City Western at Alpena High School. The Wildcats started the year on the short end of a 5-1 defeat, but played a quality opponent dropping several close matches throughout the course of the ...

Wildcats picked 6th in annual BNC poll

The Alpena High School football team has picked to finish sixth in the Big North Conference this season. In an annual poll of the newspapers covering the six Big North schools, the Wildcats garnered 11 points and sixth place. Traverse City Central, last year’s conference runner-up, was ...

Tigers blank Kalkaska

LINCOLN—Josh Kilbourn scored twice and the Alcona soccer team won its home opener on Monday, defeating Kalkaska 6-0. Elliott Dubuque, Matt Warner, Joel Steiner and Alex Harmon each added single tallies for the Tigers (3-1). Harmon's goal was the first of his career. Brett Nelson had four ...

The end of an era

Like the saying goes, all good things must come to an end and over time, the once cherished jewel of County League baseball slowly faded in Northeast Michigan. “You have to give Jerry (LaFave) a lot of credit. He put together meetings, ran the league well and dedicated a lot of his own time ...