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A pretty good outing

Despite the Alpena boys golf team not playing its best golf on Thursday, the Wildcats finished sixth out of 15 teams at their annual home tournament held at River’s Edge Golf Club. All Big North Conference teams, Traverse City West, Traverse City Central, Petoskey, Gaylord and Cadillac were ...

Marwede puts together strong season at SAU

Not much changed for Jessica Marwede during her transition to collegiate softball. As a focal point in the middle of Alpena High’s batting order and holding down first base, Marwede caught the atttention of Spring Arbor University’s softball program and signed with the Cougars. It ...

Hillman sweeps Posen to improve Little Dipper title chances

The Hillman baseball team took care of business on Thursday. Kyler Moir threw a one-hit shutout and the Tigers had plenty of offense during a North Star League doubleheader sweep of Posen at Posen High School. Hillman won the opener 12-0 (five innings) and triumphed in the nightcap ...

Wildcats sweep West for crucial BNC wins

TRAVERSE CITY—The Alpena High softball team earned two crucial wins on Thursday, sweeping Traverse City West to move closer toward another Big North Conference title. Alpena won the opener 3-2 and took the nightcap 10-3. The Wildcats (19-9, 8-0 Big North) won the opener with a walk, a ...

Patience pays off

Over its last several games, the Alpena High softball team has been like a lion lurking in the weeds. Poked and prodded and put to the test, the Wildcats have watched their opponents get out to an early lead and then pounced when opportunity presents itself. The Wildcats took two games from ...

Wildcats bounce back to sweep twinbill vs. Chiefs

After a frustrating evening on the diamond Tuesday, the Alpena baseball team rebounded nicely and took care of Cheboygan on Wednesday, sweeping a doubleheader against the Chiefs, 13-2 and 11-6. “It was kind of nice to get two wins tonight because we didn’t have our strongest pitching out ...

Collins tosses no-hitter for JV Wildcats

CHEBOYGAN—Lark Collins threw a no-hitter and the Alpena JV softball team shut out Cheboygan during a doubleheader on Wednesday. Collins' no hitter game during an 8-0 win in the second game. Collins struck out 11 and walked none. Lindsay Donajkowski and Aubree Sheldon each had a single for ...

Letting it slip away

After winning a district championship a year ago, the Alpena High baseball team has had an up-and-down season. Things didn’t get any better on Tuesday as the Wildcats dropped a Big North Conference home doubleheader against Petoskey, losing by scores of 5-1 and 11-5. Alpena got a good ...

Onaway Speedway to host inaugural Great Lakes Big Rig Challenge

For three years Mike Sturgill was immersed in the thrilling world of Quebec-style semi-truck racing. Now he’s bringing that thrill to Onaway Speedway. Onaway Speedway will host the inaugural Great Lakes Big Rig Challenge beginning on Friday and running through Sunday. This is the first ...

Wildcats stay perfect in Big North play

PETOSKEY—The Alpena softball team stayed perfect in Big North Conference play with a doubleheader sweep of Petoskey on Tuesday. Alpena won the first game 17-8 and won the second game 5-1. The Wildcats (15-9, 6-0 Big North) scored two runs in the top of the first in the opener after a ...

Alpena’s senior superstars

Emma Jore and Lars MacArthur have experienced similar journeys during their athletic careers at Alpena High School. On Monday, the two Wildcats were recognized for all of their accomplishments on and off the field as they were named 2018 Female and Male Athletes of the Year at the school’s ...

Alpena Community College softball players honored for 2018 season

Three Alpena Community College softball players were honored on Monday for their play on the diamond during the 2018 season. Kelsey Huffman, Paige Chmura and Morgan Armon each put together a successful season and were recognized by the Michigan Community College Athletic Association for their ...

Hillman softball team tops Atlanta; Posen softball gets back to .500

HILLMAN—Andrea Taratuta and McKenna Hiveley each earned a win and the Hillman softball team topped Atlanta in a North Star League twinbill on Monday. Hillman won the opener 11-1 in five innings and took the nightcap 15-1 in five innings. In the opener, Taratuta struck out seven and ...

Wildcats get tested

Heading into Saturday, the Alpena softball team knew they were going to be tested at their annual home tournament as they welcomed three competitive teams in Garden City, Imlay City and the top ranked team in the state, Clarkston. The Wildcats began the day with a 10-2 victory over Imlay ...

Wildcats settle for runner-up honors in SSSCC

A day that began with so much promise ended in a great deal of frustration for the Alpena High girls soccer team. After one of their highest scoring efforts of the season, the Wildcats came up empty in the championship game of their annual Sunrise Side Soccer Challenge Cup tournament ...

Alpena falls to Saginaw Heritage in title game

SAGINAW — The Alpena baseball team traveled to Saginaw for a tournament over the weekend and earned runner-up honors after beating Leland 2-0 in game one before falling to Saginaw Heritage 5-1 in the title game. Bruz Copping tossed a gem in game one, going six innings, allowing just two ...

Advantage Wildcats

When the Alpena High softball team hits well, good things usually happen. On Friday, the Wildcats kept hitting, kept scoring and ended up on the winning end of a close game. Maddy Saddler hit a home run, Emma Fraser had three hits and Alpena outdueled Garden City for an 8-7 win at Alpena ...

Cards stay perfect in SVC play

GAYLORD—Calley Selke threw a no-hitter and the Onaway softball team stayed undefeated in Ski Valley Conference play with wins over Gaylord St. Mary and Bellaire on Friday. Selke fired her no-hitter during a four-inning 15-0 win over Bellaire and struck out nine. At the plate, Selke was ...

It’s just what they do

LINCOLN—The Rogers City softball team doesn’t appear to be slowing down offensively and as long as the Hurons keep hitting, their North Star League opponents will be for some long days. Taylor Fleming hit two home runs and the Hurons collected 28 hits during a sweep over Alcona in an NSL ...

Hurons, Tigers split baseball twinbill

LINCOLN — Much of Thursday’s North Star League baseball doubleheader belonged to Rogers City as the Hurons played solid in a 6-0 game one win. But Rogers City imploded in the late innings of game two against Alcona who went on to win 10-6 as the Tigers salvaged a split. In game one, ...