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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 ...

Sharpe as a tack

HILLMAN — Big time players tend to show up in big time games and Posen senior Jared Sharpe came through with stellar performance while helping the Vikings get a monkey off their back by knocking off Hillman 58-46 in a Division 4 district semifinal game on Wednesday at Hillman High ...

Grazulis includes a dozen blocks in stat-sheet stuffer as Redmen win

By RYAN SPITZA Journal Sports Writer MARQUETTE — Senior center Marius Grazulis put up a triple-double with 22 points, 16 rebounds and 12 blocks to help send Marquette to a 60-41 victory over Alpena in an MHSAA Division 1 district semifinal boys basketball game played at the Barb Crill ...

Stellar defense moves Owls to district final

LINCOLN—Oscoda boys basketball coach Seth Alda has seen some great defensive performances from his team this season. But he definitely wasn’t expecting to see what he saw on Wednesday. Led by a stifing defensive effort, the Owls got the jump on Roscommon early and rode their lockdown ...

Hurons go cold in loss to Johannesburg-Lewiston

LINCOLN—A recurring problem came back to bite the Rogers City boys basketball team at the worst possible time. Unable to score for a costly three-minute stretch, the Hurons fell to Johannesburg-Lewiston 56-47 in a Division 3 district semifinal at Alcona High School on Wednesday. Rogers ...