PHOTOS: This week in sports

News Photo by Ben Murphy Alcona’s Carmen Dellar begins to dribble down the court moments after getting a rebound during Tuesday’s loss at Oscoda.
News Photo by Ben Murphy Alcona’s Kaylee Wambold looks to make a play on the offensive end during a girls basketball game against Oscoda on Tuesday.
News Photo by James Andersen Alpena senior Colt Gray (23) readies himself to put up a shot after corralling a rebound during a boys basketball game against Tawas on Monday at Alpena High School. Gray had 14 points in Alpena’s game against the Braves.
News Photo by James Andersen Alpena goaltender Aidan Schultz, left, stops a shot from a teammate during a practice drill on Tuesday at Northern Lights Arena. Schultz and the Wildcats are experiencing great success this season and have put together a double-digit winning streak.
News Photo by James Andersen Alpena High School hockey players prepare themselves for a shooting drill during practice on Tuesday at Northern Lights Arena. With an experienced core of players back from last year’s team, the Wildcats have high aspirations as the end of the regular season draws closer and are hoping to put together a long playoff run.
News Photo by James Andersen Atlanta’s Mayli Switalski (20) attempts to corral a pass from teammate Jana Larsen (1) during the second half of a girls basketball game on Tuesday at Hillman High School.
News Photo by James Andersen Hillman junior Saige Flaugher (12) races to score an uncontested layup during a girls basketball game on Tuesday against Atlanta at Hillman High School.

ALPENA — As the weather gets colder outside, the competition is heating up in sports venues all over Northeast Michigan.

With winter sports in full swing since the end of Christmas break, teams have kept busy with exciting games happening every single night.

During this week alone, Alpena’s boys basketball team hosted the Tawas squad, who displayed a hot hand from beyond the arc. Elsewhere on the hardwood, Atlanta and Hillman faced off in a basketball doubleheader in the latest edition of competitive games between the two Montmorency County rivals. In Oscoda, the Alcona and Oscoda girls basketball teams played one another on Tuesday in a back-and-forth North Star League contest.

At Northern Lights Arena, the Alpena High hockey team has been hard at work as it aims to keep its winning streak going. As of Friday morning, Alpena’s winning streak sat at 10 games and the Wildcats have 14 wins overall.

This week also saw the Alpena Community College basketball return home to play and a tripleheader of games on Friday, with the Alpena High girls basketball, boys basketball and hockey teams all in action at home.


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