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Finding a way to play

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The popularity of eight-player football continues to grow in Michigan. For other football programs nationwide, eight-player football may not be the answer, so instead schools turn to other forms of football such as nine-player football and six-player football. Nationwide, nine-player ...

A rivalry renewed

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HILLMAN—There are a few less players on the field and some of the names have changed, but Hillman is showing it’s still a team to be reckoned with in eight-player football. Kory Henigan threw for five touchdowns and ran for another as the Tigers defeated Atlanta 60-0 on Friday at Hillman ...

Vikings finish strong for conference victory over Pellston

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POSEN — For the first time since its perfect regular season three years ago, the Posen football team is 2-0 to begin the season. The Vikings won their second consecutive home game by defeating Pellston by a final score of 50-22 on Friday. Both teams began the game, exchanging possessions. ...

Wildcats top Blue Devils to improve to 2-0

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SAULT STE. MARIE — Nothing came easy for the Alpena football team on Friday, but in the end, the Wildcats stayed strong and remained unbeaten in 2018 as they traveled across the bridge and came away with a hard fought 12-6 victory over Sault Ste. Marie. “We kept battling all night. We ...

Rogers City rolls

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ROGERS CITY—Whenever the Rogers City football team needed a big play on Thursday, Jeffrey Ellenberger was there to deliver. The Hurons’ do-it-all junior rushed for three touchdowns, came up with an interception and made several big tackles as Rogers City defeated Tawas 24-8 at Gilpin ...

Cardinals rack up the points in home opener

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ONAWAY—A week after knocking off the defending eight-player Division 1 state champion, the Onaway football team was ready to put on a show in front of its home crowd. The Cardinals were able to build on the momentum they gained after a big Week 1 victory and lit up the scoreboard on their ...

A few steps behind

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The Alpena High volleyball team showed plenty of fight in its Big North Conference opener. But slow starts in each set and Traverse City Central’s offensive firepower were too much for the Wildcats as they were swept by the Trojans in three sets Wednesday at Alpena High School. Central ...

Huskies win volleyball opener

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BOYNE FALLS—The Atlanta volleyball team went wire-to-wire in its season opener, but came out on the winning end. The Huskies triumphed over Boyne Falls in five sets on Tuesday, winning 25-13, 18-25, 25-21, 19-25 and 15-6. Chase Hooper had nine aces and nine kills for the Huskies and ...

Swami looking to bounce back

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Sometimes you just have to make the best out of difficult situation. On Wednesday, Alpena's freshman football team competed well against Benzie Central, but couldn't match Benzie on the scoreboard. That's when Romeo Bourdage shared some words of wisdom he remembered from growing up, ...

Whole new ball game

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As Troy Cheedie was preparing and game-planning for the 2017 season, he turned to a trusted source for guidance and insight. He went to YouTube. With his Atlanta football team about to compete in its first season of eight-player football, Cheedie needed to find ways to put his team in ...

Day nets four goals as ’Cats blank Blue Devils

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When Aidan Day finds his mark, good things usually happen for the Alpena High boys soccer team. The Alpena senior scored four goals to lead the Wildcats to an 8-0 mercy-rule win over Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday at Wildcat Stadium. Grant Botha scored twice and Wenton Harrison earned his ...

Alpena girls golf team hosts annual Battle on the Bay tourney

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The Alpena girls golf team took to the course on Tuesday as the Wildcats hosted their annual Battle by the Bay home golf tournament that featured a few Big North Conference teams among others as both varsity and JV teams competed at River’s Edge Golf Club. Five BNC teams competed in the ...

Reaping the benefits

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Throughout its history, Hillman has had good football rivalries with many schools in Northeast Michigan. For many years, matchups against schools like Atlanta, Mio and Posen were competitive affairs and beating those teams was a point of pride for coaches, players and fans. As more teams ...

Strong 2nd half leads ’Cats past Oscoda

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OSCODA—Jake Schiller and Aidan Day each scored two goals and the Alpena High boys soccer team played a strong game in the second half to beat Oscoda 7-0 on Monday. Grant Botha, Caleb Eaton and Kyle Barbeau each had single tallies for the Wildcats (2-2) and Wenton Harrison made two saves to ...

Doing what’s necessary

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On the first day of football practice in 2009, Wayne Karsten faced a serious dilemma. As he prepared to open his second season coaching the Posen football team, just nine players stood in front of him ready to practice, not even enough to work on drills on one side of the ball. As the day ...

A win they needed

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For the first time in five years, the Alpena High football team got the season off to a winning start. Logan Guthrie scored three touchdowns, added three two-point conversion runs and the Wildcats defeated Escanaba 30-21 on Friday at Wildcat Stadium. Jordan Schultz added a touchdown run and ...

Hillman rallies to defeat Sacred Heart Academy in season opener

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HILLMAN — Friday’s season opener featured a whirlwind of emotions for Hillman head coach Cody Allen and his football team. Allen made his coaching debut and the Tigers got a taste of their first eight-player action. Hillman received a rude awakening early, but remained poised throughout ...