LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP: Alpena XC runs well in Petoskey
PETOSKEY — The Alpena High cross country teams ran well at the Petoskey Invitational on Saturday.
Alpena’s girls placed second in the large school division behind host Petoskey. The top five in for Alpena were Emma Dickins in third place (20:39.8), Samantha Zolnierek in fifth place (21:12.9), Amelia Roznowski in eighth place (22:02.2), Elizabeth Barnhill in ninth place (22:36.4), and Kaelyn Heath in 16th place (24:15.3).
Alpena’s boys team finished in fourth place. Jon Kurowski was Alpena’s top finisher, placing second overall in the race (17:06.4). Hayden Bacchus was 21st (18:05.7), Austin Rienhardt finished in 25th (18:30.5), Braeden Mathis was 28th (18:55.6) and Austin Lasagna in 29th (19:00.3) finished the scoring.
The next race for the Wildcats is the Shepherd Blue Jay Invitational on Saturday.
Alpena earns 2 wins
ESSEXVILLE — The Alpena High boys tennis team earned a pair of wins on Saturday, defeating Essexville-Garber and Sandusky in a double dual.
Alpena defeated Essexville 6-2 and downed Garber 7-1.
Alpena goes 3-0 at Huron Shores Invite
ALPENA — The Alpena High boys soccer team had a perfect day on Saturday, during its annual Huron Shores Invitational, earning three wins on the day.
Alpena (5-6-2) opened the day with a 3-1 win over Grayling and followed up by blanking Tawas 5-0.
The Wildcats ended the day with a 3-1 win over Traverse City Christian.
“Players stayed focused all day. The midfield controlled the ball well. Various players capitalized when we needed it, to give us a total 11 goals on the day,” Alpena coach Gregg Supiran said. “Defense stayed strong throughout every game, including some great saves from the keeper. We are very pleased with the outcome and are preparing for a tough week of games ahead.”
Petoskey 56, Alpena 0
PETOSKEY — Between waiting out a weather delay and struggling on the field, the Alpena High football team had a long night on Friday.
Joe McCarthy set Petoskey’s career passing touchdown record and Seth Marek set a new career receiving record for the Northmen, who routed Alpena 56-0.
After a lightning delay pushed a 7 p.m. start time until shortly after 9 p.m., Petoskey (3-2) wasted no time getting going offensively.
McCarthy found Marek for a 14-yard score on Petoskey’s first drive and the Northmen were off to the races. Brendan Swiss scored on a five-yard run, Marek found pay dirt again after taking a pass 97 yards and McCarthy found Mitch Eberhardt (79 yards) and Lucas McDonnell (17) yards with touchdown passes to give Petoskey a 36-0 halftime lead.
Alpena (1-4, 0-3 Big North Conference) had a little bit of success moving the ball early, but couldn’t find the end zone. A short time after Marek’s first score, Cruz Guthrie made a fourth-down grab in the end zone for the Wildcats, but Alpena was whistled for a penalty on the play.
Early in the second quarter, Alpena found itself inside the red zone, but turned the ball over on downs. On the next play, Marek caught a pass from McCarthy and took it 97 yards for a score.
C.J. Hibbler, Swiss and Justin Kline added Petoskey touchdowns in the second half.
Alpena plays at Gaylord Friday.
Alcona 60, Charlton Heston 0
LINCOLN — The Alcona football team got off to a fast start on Hometown Hero Night on Friday against Charlton Heston and never looked back on the way to a 60-0 run.
Alcona improved to 4-1 while posting its third shutout of the season.
Alcona’s offense had six different players score and defensively Alcona had 16 players contribute.
Alcona hosts Onaway on Friday.
Whittemore-Prescott 54, Atlanta 34
WHITTEMORE — The Atlanta football team came out on the short end of a high-scoring game with Whittemore-Prescott on Friday, losing 54-34.
Atlanta (1-4) was led offensively by Landon Galea and Brett Culham led Atlanta defensively.
Atlanta hosts Charlton Heston on Friday.