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Lumberjacks open season with pair of wins

The Alpena Community College volleyball team got the season off to a winning start with a pair of wins over Schoolcraft on Saturday at Park Arena. The Lumberjacks won the first match 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 27-25) and won the second match (25-15, 25-18, 20-25, 25-18). In the opening match, ...

Cardinals fall in semis of Petoskey Tourney

PETOSKEY—The Onaway volleyball team played well in a tournament in Petoskey on Saturday, finishing 3-2 in a 10-team tournament. Onaway's only losses came against Class A schools, including Midland Dow which defeated Onaway in the semifinals 25-17 and 25-11. In pool play, Onaway (11-7) ...

Answering the call

ONAWAY—Offense got the Posen football team out to a big lead on Friday. But defense made sure the Vikings kept it. The Vikings recovered a muffed punt late in the fourth quarter and Mark Wisniewski scored a short time later on a one-yard plunge to ice the game for Posen and give the Vikings ...

Atlanta avenges early loss to Charlton Heston

ATLANTA — Sophomore quarterback Aaron Cuzzort put the Atlanta football team on his back Friday, leading the Huskies to their first win of the 2018 season as they were able to outlast Charlton Heston Academy, winning 39-22 at Atlanta High School. Cuzzort did it all for the Huskies and ...

Hillman wins big over Hale; Hurons move to 3-0 for first time since ’09

HALE — The Hillman football team continues to enjoy its transition to eight-player football as the Tigers poured it on another opponent, this week traveling to Hale and blowing out the Eagles 58-6. Quarterback Kory Henigan led the offense going 8 of 11 though the air with 205 yards and ...

Wildcats fall to Gaylord in Big North Conference opener

By Brandon Folsom Gaylord Herald Times GAYLORD—Alpena had two opportunities with under three minutes left to make a comeback.  And both times Gaylord's defense stood tall, beating the Wildcats 31-22 in its Big North opener Friday at Gaylord Intermediate School. Quarterback Ryan ...

ACC volleyball team hoping athleticism, talent leads to more wins

Alpena Community College volleyball coach Sarah Parsons has had her team in place for nearly six months. On Saturday, she’ll finally get to see what the Lumberjacks can do. ACC opens the season today with games at 1 and 3 p.m. against Schoolcraft at Park Arena. ACC returns just three ...

Owls flying high

LINCOLN — In the last three meetings between North Star League rivals Alcona and Oscoda, the Tigers have come out on top and scored points at a premium, averaging 55 points in their three game winning streak against the Owls. On Thursday, the rivalry took a huge turn as Oscoda got revenge ...

Storch disappointed after Wildcats lose 1-0 to Trojans

TRAVERSE CITY—The Alpena High boys soccer team walked away from its Big North Conference opener on Thursday disappointed. Despite several good scoring chances, including a penalty kick, the Wildcats couldn't find the back of the net and lost to Traverse City Central 1-0. The loss ended a ...

Wildcats aiming to slow Gaylord in Big North opener

What’s next? For the Alpena football team, that’s the mentality as it approaches every new week of football. Win or lose, there’s always the next rep, the next practice, the next game and the next game after that. “We’ve got guys that are working hard to get better every day ...

Andrews brings passion, knowledge to volleyball team

Kolby Andrews has spent the past eight years coaching volleyball in Texas, soaking up knowledge from experienced coaches and growing his passion for the game. Armed with both passion and experience, Andrews is hoping to use both to successfully lead the Alpena High volleyball program. Andrews ...

Alpena boys tennis team plans to make opponents work

Time will tell how many matches the Alpena High boys tennis team wins this season. One thing is for sure though. Win or lose, the Wildcats are going to make their opponents earn it. With seven returning players on their varsity roster, the Wildcats have plenty of experience and are hoping ...

Girls golf team counting on veterans in rebuilding season

The goal for the Alpena High girls golf team this season is a simple one: get better with every meet. The Wildcats are admittedly in a bit of a rebuilding year, but new coach Jeannie Ellis is counting on her veteran golfers to lead the way in 2018. “I think we’re right about where we ...

Storch, Alpena boys soccer team thinking big in 2018

The Alpena boys soccer program has come a long way since Tim Storch took over as head coach. The Wildcats have experienced many ups-and-downs through Storch’s first seven seasons at the helm, but year No. 8 has Storch believing that his team can compete with anyone. Despite graduating a ...

Cross country program hoping to get boys, girls teams to finals

Alpena has produced a handful of exceptional runners over the past few years. With several exceptional runners, the Wildcats understandably have high expectations for this season. “Our boys are strong, probably the strongest I’ve ever seen. I know we’ve have some very talented runners ...

Swami trying to make sense of season

Something does not add up for Swami, Labor Day and high school football went hand-in-hand for decades. It used to mark the beginning of football season and here we are in week three already. Some teams with dreams of the postseason are already in trouble and they need to pick things up in ...

The goals remain the same

Once again, Alpena Community College cross country coach Mark Jacobs is blessed with another talented group of runners. The goals and expectations in 2018 are similar to what they have been the past few years. The first and most important expectation for Jacobs and his Lumberjacks is to ...

Wildcats top Gaylord in BNC match

GAYLORD—The Alpena High volleyball team earned its first conference win on Wednesday, sweeping Gaylord in a Big North Conference match. Alpena won 25-21, 25-22 and 25-15. Alpena's offensive attack was led by Adranna Gumtow, Allie DeRocher and Jess Leeck with six, eight and five kills ...

Keeping on the attack

Since dropping the first two games of the season, everything has been going good for the Alpena High boys soccer team. The Wildcats picked up their fifth consecutive victory on Tuesday in a dominant 8-1 victory over Tawas at Wildcat Stadium. The only thing that Alpena could have asked for was ...

Cards win Ski Valley opener; Huskies fall at home

CENTRAL LAKE—The Onaway volleyball team got Ski Valley Conference play off to a winning start on Tuesday after defeating Central Lake in three sets. The Cardinals improved to 8-5 overall after defeating the Trojans, 25-8, 25-4 and 25-14. Mallorie Neelis had 14 assists, 10 aces and three ...