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Late run powers St. Francis past Hurons in volleyball regional

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GAYLORD—The Rogers City volleyball team ran out of momentum at the wrong time on Tuesday. Buoyed by a late scoring surge, Traverse City St. Francis caught fire late in the final set of a Division 3 regional semifinal and defeated the Hurons in four sets—25-16, 25-17, 22-25 and 25-21—at ...

Taking it up a notch

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A total of 128 high school teams are still playing volleyball in the state of Michigan. Of those 128, three area teams, Rogers City, Onaway and Hillman have continued their seasons and are ready for regional semifinal action tonight. Each of these three programs have reached this point in the ...

Going down fighting

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GAYLORD — The Alpena High volleyball team ended its season the same way it began: putting up a fight. The Wildcats pushed Petoskey on Saturday during a Division 1 district semifinal at Gaylord High School, but ultimately fell to the Northmen in three sets: 18-25, 11-25, 24-26. Megan Kolp ...

Local runners earn all-state honors at XC finals

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BROOKLYN — Alpena had a strong showing at the state cross country finals on Saturday as four of the Wildcats’ nine runners earned all-state honors at Michigan International Speedway. Sophomore Drew Seabase led the Wildcats with a 14th place finish in the Division 1 boys race, crossing the ...

Lumberjacks on receiving end of blowout loss

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The Alpena Community College men’s basketball team couldn’t have had a more frustrating start to its season. The Lumberjacks came into Saturday’s season opener with expectations to improve in head coach Mark Jacobs’ second year at the helm. Unfortunately, Alpena got off to a slow ...

ACC disappears late, falls to Lakers in season opener

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Things looked promising early on for the Alpena Community College women’s basketball team in its 2018 season opener on their home floor at Park Arena. The Lumberjacks got out to an early lead, but a second half collapse doomed Alpena as they fell to Mid Michigan Community College on ...

Posen shut out by Cedarville in lopsided regional championship

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POSEN — Friday’s regional championship game between Posen and Cedarville didn’t end up like the previous two meetings between the two schools. Despite playing at home, the Vikings were shut down by a Cedarville team that played much more physical and the Trojans dominated Posen 44-0 on ...

Hillman defeats Posen to end nine-year district title drought

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ATLANTA—All season long the Hillman volleyball team has focused on playing together and working as a team. When the Tigers have done that, good things have usually happened. Playing in its biggest match of the season, that proved true for Hillman again on Friday. The Tigers used teamwork ...

Local runners aiming for strong finishes at state XC finals

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Last year Maddy Boyd was there for the experience. This year, she’s looking for more: namely an all-state finish and a new personal record. As the Alpena senior readies herself to compete in the Division 1 girls cross country state finals Saturday at Michigan International Speedway, she’s ...

Hurons win fourth straight district title

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CHARLEVOIX — Nothing came easy for the Rogers City volleyball team on Friday. Hurons were tested and pushed to the limit in a district championship match against East Jordan. In the end, Rogers City’s experience and will to win paid off as the Hurons defeated the Red Devils in five ...

Familiar foes: Posen, Cedarville meet again in regional showdown

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Posen head coach Greg Pietsch vividly remembers his team’s battles with Cedarville three years ago. In 2015, the Vikings were a force and defeated Cedarville 28-26 in Week 6 to remain unbeaten and continued to run the table, completing their second undefeated regular season in school ...

Varied offense paces Hurons in district win over Cards

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CHARLEVOIX—The Rogers City volleyball team got off to a winning start in district play, defeating Johannesburg-Lewiston in four sets on Thursday in a Class C district semifinal in Charlevoix. The Hurons won 25-19, 25-18, 20-25 and 25-15, keeping the Cardinals off balance with a variety of ...

Survive and advance

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ATLANTA—During the postseason, no matter how you slice it, a win is a win. That proved true for the Hillman volleyball team on Wednesday as the Tigers rallied from a large deficit to defeat Gaylord St. Mary in four sets during a Class D district semifinal at Atlanta High School. Hillman won ...

Scary good showing

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ONAWAY — On the eve of Halloween, the Onaway faithful got a special treat as they watched their Cardinals put together yet another dominant performance, sweeping Alanson by scores of 25-8, 25-4 and 25-8 on Tuesday to advance to a Division 4 district championship game. As strong as Onaway ...

Making an impact

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Sarah Thomson has always had a passion for sports and for helping others, especially other athletes. Following her time as a Northern Michigan University student, Thomson worked in the Injury Evaluation and Care Clinic at NMU as well as working with its Division II football program. Now ...

Cardinals open district play with sweep of Harbor Springs

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ONAWAY — After completing another successful regular season, the Onaway volleyball team turned its attention to the start of postseason play on Monday and the Cardinals came out focused on their home court, opening with a dominant sweep of Harbor Springs Harbor Light Christian, defeating the ...

Hillman volleyball team wins district opener

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ATLANTA—The Hillman volleyball team won its Class D district opener on Monday, easily beating Vanderbilt in three sets: 25-3, 25-11 and 25-12. Hillman will play Gaylord St. Mary on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Atlanta. Emilee Noffze had six kills for the Tigers and Alison Samp had 16 assists ...

Victorious Vikings

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POSEN—The more big plays you make in the playoffs, the better your chances are to win. The Posen football team did just that on Saturday, responding to an early haymaker with repeated strikes to defeat Kinde-North Huron 58-20 in an 8-Player Division 2 pre-regional game at Posen High ...