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Pushed off the mountain: Oscoda falls to Mountaineers

IRON MOUNTAIN — Oscoda came into Saturday’s Division 7 pre-district matchup riding an eight-game winning streak. Oscoda they traveled a long way to take on an Iron Mountain program that is no stranger to playoff football Iron Mountain defended its home turf and put an end to Oscoda’s ...

Alpena boys win regional XC title; locals headed to states

GAYLORD—Aden Smith, Drew Seabase and Josh Smith finished 2-3-4 and the Alpena boys cross country team won a Division 1 regional at Michaywe Pines on Saturday in a landslide. The Wildcats qualified for the state finals as a team, finishing with 34; well ahead of second-place Saginaw Heritage ...

Rogers City finishes 2nd at NSL Championships

OSCODA—The Rogers City volleyball team finished runner-up to Oscoda for the Big Dipper title during the North Star League championships on Saturday in Oscoda. Rogers City (20-16-4) split with Mio (25-23, 18-25), lost to Oscoda (24-26, 19-25) and defeated Alcona (25-20, 29-27) and ...

He can’t be stopped

ROGERS CITY—All week long the Rogers City football team got a good look at Bryant Schram on film and knew he would be a tough player to stop. Schram came as advertised on Friday and try as they might, the Hurons couldn’t stop him. Schram ran for 104 yards and a pair of touchdowns to ...

Turnovers doom Tigers in first round playoff loss to Cedarville

HILLMAN — The Hillman football team certainly wishes it could hit a restart button. After not losing a fumble all season, the Tigers coughed up the ball five times on Friday and threw a pair of interceptions, committing a total of seven turnovers. All of it led to the demise of their season ...

Flipping the script: Posen back in playoffs, looking to make noise

POSEN — After finishing 2-7 a year ago, the Posen football team put the past behind them, saying they would surprise a lot of people. That’s exactly what Posen did as the Vikings reversed their fortunes, going 7-2 to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2015. “We played in ...

A long journey: Oscoda readies for playoff matchup in Iron Mountain

Nothing has come easy for the Oscoda football team. Despite finishing the regular season 8-1 and riding an eight-game win streak into the playoffs, it’s taken a while for the Owls to enjoy the kind of dominance they displayed during the 2018 season. Oscoda went through a tough 14 year ...

Showing their pride

ROGERS CITY—Driving through Rogers City, it’s hard not to notice all the orange and black. The window decals proclaiming “Our Hurons Rock” and “This is Huron Country; the placards that say “Huron Pride, Show Yours!” in the front windows of local businesses; the wooden yard signs ...

Hurons staying focused ahead of first playoff game since 2009

ROGERS CITY—The Rogers City football team has had plenty of reasons to be excited this season. But on the eve of their first playoff appearance in nearly 10 years, the Hurons are all business and aren’t breaking from routine. “No one’s getting into the hype,” Rogers City coach Jesse ...

Cardinals hoping hard work pays off in postseason return

For the last few weeks, the Onaway football team has been in playoff mode, needing every win it can get to keep its postseason hopes alive. Thankfully for the Cardinals, all that hard work paid off. Onaway (5-4) returns to the playoffs for the first time since 2012 on Friday when it plays ...

Swami learns important lessons from football

There’s a lot of life lessons you can learn from football. For instance if you keep working hard, good things will happen. The five area teams playing in the playoffs this week stand as proof of that. The All-Knowing-One will keep his opening short and end with this quote from the legendary ...

A fight to the finish

ROGERS CITY—For the first time in four years, the Onaway volleyball team staked its claim as the best in Presque Isle County. The Cardinals outlasted Rogers City in a back-and-forth three set battle to win the 2018 Presque Isle Championships on Wednesday at Rogers City High School. Onaway ...

Hungry for more: Tigers extend streak, eyeing deep postseason run

HILLMAN — It was a new game for the Hillman football team in 2018 as the Tigers made the transition to eight-player football under first year head coach Cody Allen. New game, new coach, but same old Tigers. Hillman welcomed the challenge of the eight-player game and put together one of ...

Hillman volleyball team wins on Senior Night

HILLMAN — The Hillman volleyball team celebrated Senior Night with a clean sweep over Fairview, defeating the Eagles by scores of 25-14, 25-22 and 25-20 on Tuesday. The Tigers were led by trio of Seniors as Brooke Jones finished with 32 digs, eight kills and seven aces. Alison Samp dished ...

Lumberjacks struggle to stop Grulke, Monarchs in season finale

There wasn’t much the Alpena Community College volleyball team could do stop Kaily Grulke on Saturday. The 6-foot-2 freshman recorded 27 kills and 18 blocks while leading the Monarchs to a pair of three-set victories over the Lumberjacks at Park Arena. Macomb won the first match 25-11, ...

Alpena boys XC team tops field at Northern Michigan Championships

GAYLORD—Josh Smith broke a course record and the Alpena High boys cross country team was named Grand Champion of the Northern Michigan Championships on Saturday at Michaywe Pines Golf Course in Gaylord. Maddy Boyd had a big for Alpena too, breaking the women’s program record for 5,000 ...

Another tough loss

LINCOLN - When the matchup between Alcona and Roscommon was set after Thursday’s district semifinal games, both sides knew what to expect from one another. Roscommon has had Alcona’s number recently, eliminating the Tigers in a thrilling double overtime shootout and defeating them by two ...

Hillman, Posen, Rogers City, Oscoda, Onaway earn postseason spots

The transition to eight-player football didn’t stop the Hillman football team from continuing its winning tradition and extending their playoff streak to 13 consecutive seasons. The Tigers finished 8-1 in the regular season and will host a first round playoff game when they welcome ...

Alpena cross country team continues to shine

Alpena High senior Josh Smith set a new course record during the Northern Michigan Championships on Saturday in Gaylord. Smith and the Alpena boys cross country team were named Grand Champions of the boys race. Alpena senior Maddy Boyd set a new program 5,000 meter record for Alpena’s girls ...

Alpena’s perfect ending

The Alpena High football team couldn’t have scripted a much better ending to the season. The Wildcats entered the season finale in the midst of a frustrating six-game losing streak, but had a golden opportunity to finish the year on a positive note as they welcomed Chelsea on Senior ...