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Flyers return home, drop 2 games to Icehawks

Playing at home for the first time since November, the Alpena Flyers skated to a pair of losses over the weekend, losing to the Tri City Icehawks 5-3 on Sunday and 3-2 on Saturday at Northern Lights Arena.The Flyers (7-22-1) fell behind early Sunday before Jared Kwiatkowski lit the lamp with a ...

A look ahead to 2016

Let me start off by saying Happy New Year to everyone! Let's hope 2016 features even more exciting moments than 2015 did.For me personally, the past five months have been an absolute blast being able to deliver sports information to area readers. One of the brighter moments of 2015 for me was ...

Top 10 of 2015

No. 1-Hillman softball team reaches semifinalsNortheast Michigan has been well represented at the state softball finals in recent years and in 2015 it was the Hillman softball team's turn for a moment in the spotlight.Hillman put together one of its best seasons in years and made a run all the ...

Top 10 of 2015

No. 6-Boys Basketball Scoring MilestonesThe 2014-15 season proved to be a year of milestones for local boys basketball players. The best players in the area not only led their teams to success, but they scored. A lot.In the midst of leading Hillman to a quarterfinal appearance, Mason VanPamel ...

Wildcats can’t find rhythm in loss to Sault

SAULT STE. MARIE-The Alpena boys basketball team struggled from the outset against Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday and couldn't find a rhythm in a 48-33 loss to the Blue Devils.Alpena (2-3) trailed 22-17 at halftime, but struggled to make up the deficit in the second half and trailed 34-23 after ...

Here’s to hoping for a great 2016

We're just a month into the winter sports season (or maybe we should call it Fall 2.0 on account of the weather) and 2015 is drawing to a close.From the Hillman softball team's run to the semifinals to Tyler Sytek's two-point conversion score for Alcona to the Rogers City volleyball team's run ...

A tie for Christmas

By JONNY ZAWACKINews Sports WriterTRAVERSE CITY - The Alpena High School hockey team played its second game in as many days on Wednesday at Howe Arena, this time they would do battle with conference rival Traverse City West.After a tough loss on Tuesday where the Wildcats seemed like they were ...

Wildcats hang on

By JONNY ZAWACKINews Sports WriterThe Alpena girls basketball team got back in the win column and remained undefeated in Big North Conference play, defeating Cadillac by a final score of 45-35 on Monday night at Alpena High School."I thought we played very hard and executed our gameplan which ...

Alpena suffers defeat on weekend road trip

By JONNY ZAWACKINews Sports WriterDECATUR - The Alpena Flyers began a busy weekend on Friday, traveling to take on the Decatur Blaze. The Flyers lost a high scoring game against Decatur, falling to the Blaze by a final score of 9-6.Alpena wasted no time putting points on the board. The Flyers ...

Onaway wrestling team learning on the fly

PETOSKEY - The Onaway wrestling team traveled to Petoskey on Wednesday and were defeated by a score of 64-18.The team wrestled seven weights against Petoskey and finished 3-4."I thought out team wrestled hard and we were battling some great positions throughout the meet. For a young squad they ...

Unfortunate ending

By JONNY ZAWACKINews Sports WriterThe Alpena Wildcat hockey team knew they had their work cut out for them heading into the championship game of the Blue Line Classic against East Kentwood. The end result featured the Wildcats on the receiving end of a 5-0 defeat on Saturday at Northern Lights ...

Wildcats, Hurons wrestling teams in weekend action

CARO - The Alpena High School wrestling team was in Caro for an individual tournament on Saturday. Keegan Harris (130) took fourth place, Emery Zarins (160) also took fourth place, Freddy Magdaleno (152) took second place in the JV tournament and Jorge Garcia (215) ended with a fourth place ...

Rolling to victory

The Brotherhood Line helped the Alpena High hockey team to another big victory on Friday.Alpena's second line-Evan LeTourneau, Brody Nowak and Jacob Hamp-combined for four goals to help the Wildcats defeat Fenton 5-1 at Northern Lights Arena on the first night of the annual Blue Line ...

Cardinals earn eighth straight win over RC

ROGERS CITY - Two undefeated boys basketball teams took the court Friday in Rogers City as the Hurons played host to county rival Onaway.This rivalry has been very one-sided over the past several years and it was the Cardinals coming away victorious again this time, 66-49."It's a great start. I ...

Wildcats hoops teams sweep Ogemaw Heights

WEST BRANCH- The Alpena boys basketball team won against Ogemaw Heights 66-62 on Friday, earning its second straight win.In the first quarter, Alpena was up 24-4 with Ogemaw Heights catching up 32-24 in the second. The third quarter was close for both teams with Ogemaw Heights leading 47-46, ...

Wildcats give back

By JONNY ZAWACKINews Sports WriterThe Alpena High School hockey team has had plenty of success on the ice this season, but on Thursday night, this team showed exactly why they are just as successful off the ice.The Wildcats hockey team helped out the community tonight by wrapping presents for ...

Milligan awarded 2015 Albion College volleyball team MVP

By JONNY ZAWACKINews Sports WriterFormer Alpena High School volleyball standout Ami Milligan has had quite a successful career as a member of the Albion College volleyball team. Throughout her time at Albion, Milligan has set several records, but her most recent honor might be the most ...

Christmas wishes make Swami feel young.

The Christmas wish list for Swam was a lot different in his formative years. The years when he still had the belief that Santa Claus was real, have long pasted. Now the All-Knowing-One is that famous person, getting the list from everyone, making the purchases and yes, paying for the total ...

Onaway, Rogers City impressive in victories

CHARLEVOIX - The Rogers City Hurons wrestling team earned a big sweep of Charlevoix and Boyne City on Wednesday afternoon at Charlevoix High School.The Hurons defeated Charlevoix 43-24 and won in dominant fashion, defeating Boyne City by a score of 67-18.Double winners for Rogers City were Sam ...

A tough defeat

After a heartbreaking loss on Monday, the Alpena girls basketball team came out on the short end for the second night in a row.After rallying from an early deficit, the Wildcats faded down the stretch and lost to Sault Ste. Marie 48-37 on Tuesday at Alpena High School.The loss came one night ...