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Local teams preparing for tough regional matchups

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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

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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 ...

Wildcat hockey team has special pair of super fans

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

Stellar defense moves Owls to district final

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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

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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 ...

Turning the tables

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GAYLORD—After the Alpena High School hockey team had its season ended last year by Sault Ste. Marie, the Wildcats got some revenge Tuesday as they shut out the Blue Devils 4-0 in a Division 3 pre-regional quarterfinal contest at the Otsego County SportsPlex in Gaylord. “First game is ...

Balance helps Wildcats beat Petoskey for Senior Night win

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ALPENA—On a night when the Alpena girls basketball team honored its seniors, a total team effort propelled the Wildcats to a win. Mollie Girard scored nine points, including a buzzer beater as the Wildcats used a balanced game plan on both ends of the floor to defeat Petoskey 41-25 on ...

Local bowlers qualify for state finals

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GAYLORD—Raegen Eller is heading to the state bowling finals. The Alcona senior finished fourth in singles competition to qualify for the Division 4 state bowling finals during a regional in Gaylord last Saturday. Eller bowled a 933, tying Rogers City’s Chasta Ganske for fourth ...

Whatever it takes

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LINCOLN—In the playoffs, a win is a win, no matter if it comes by one point or 30. It’s all about surviving and advancing. The Rogers City boys basketball team was more than happy to do just that on Monday. A clutch three-pointer from Luke Tulgetske and free throws from Jeff ...

Mallak’s surge helps Owls top Alcona

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LINCOLN—With his team leading by four at halftime of Monday’s district game, Oscoda boys basketball coach Seth Alda had a simple message for his team: attack. Luckily for the Owls, Brayden Mallak took that message to heart. The Oscoda junior erupted for 13 points in the third quarter to ...