BAY CITY-The Alpena High School Varsity Volleyball team finished second in its pool before falling to Frankenmuth in the Gold Division playoff at the Bay City Mitten Invitational on Saturday.
Alpena battled back in its first match to beat Reed City 27-25 and 25-20. The Wildcats lost their second match to Mt. Pleasant 14-25 and 17-25. The final match of pool play ended in a tie with Clio 25-20 and 20-25.
Alpena's second place finish put them in the upper Gold Division. The Wildcats faced Frankenmuth in the first round of the Gold Division single-elimination playoffs, but lost 11-25 and 15-25.
Leaders for the Wildcats were Logan Myers with 23 kills, Taylor Genschaw with 21 kills, Jordan Modrzynski with nine kills and Emma Strong with eight kills. Alexis Smith had 31 assists.
The Wildcats also had strong defensive digging from Myers, Genschaw, and Mikaela Overton. Alpena is back in action tonight against Sault St. Marie.
Onaway wins Petoskey Tournament
PETOKEY-The Onaway volleyball team overcame some blown leads and some late deficits to win the Petoskey Tournament on Saturday after defeating Boyne City in the finals, 25-23 and 25-23.
In both sets, the Cardinals (22-4-3) lost big leads and found themselves on the brink of defeat before rallying back to win.
"Boyne City is a good team, so this is a big win," Onaway coach Steve Watson said.
Onaway knocked off Cheboygan in the quarterfinals 25-20 and 25-10.
Mariah Ehrke led Onaway with 59 kills, 62 digs and four blocks and was named to the all-tournament team. Lexi Szymoniak, another all-tournament pick, had 22 kills, four aces, 52 digs and seven blocks.
The Cardinals began the tournament with a win over Sault Ste. Marie (25-17, 25-21) and splits with Class C No. 3 Leland (20-25, 25-21) and Boyne City (25-21, 19-25). Prior to the quarterfinals, Onaway topped Pellston (25-17, 25-21).
Taylor Ehrke added 124 assists, 35 digs, nine kills and five aces for Onaway; Devin Bristley had 38 kills, 50 digs and nine aces; Sara Fullerton chipped in with 17 kills, 32 digs, 12 aces and five blocks.
Onaway hosts Inland Lakes tomorrow.
AHS runners set new PRs at Spartan Invite
EAST LANSING- Alpena High School's cross country teams competed in the Spartan Invitation at Michigan State University Friday.
Fourteen boys from Alpena competed with 11 running a personal best and six running a career best.
Freshman Mitchell Day was Alpena's top runner with a time of 16:57. Other Alpena finishers were: RJ Centala (17:22), Elisha Martin (17:29), Isaac Cross (17:40), Tellis Donajkowski (17:52), Nevin McHarg (18:07), Ryan Wirgau (18:10), Ben Diamond (18:35), Clay Jacobs (18:41), Kolin Ghidoni (19:05), Jacob Lewis (19:50), Bailey Barr (20:38), Dallan Toth (20:44) and Garret McHarg (21:54).
Thirteen girls from Alpena competed with nine running a personal best and two competing for the first time.
Freshman Alanya Nugent was Alpena's top runner with a time of 22:08. Other finishers for Alpena were: Taylor Kunath (23:08), Mikayla Oliver (23:11), Hannah McDonald (23:53), Jenna Talbot (23:57), Dorothea Gottschall (24:00), Brooke Burrone (24:51), Sarah Honeycutt (24:55), Phoebe Wojciechowski (25:44), Ashley Krawzcak (28:27), Daisy Kilgore (29:06), Olivia Custer (29:19) and Allison Bellnir (29:54).
Alpena hosts a Big North Conference meet on Tuesday at 4 p.m at its home course at 751 Woodward Ave.
Mio 49, Atlanta 30
ATLANTA-The Mio football team picked up its second straight win on Friday, defeating Mio 49-30 in a North Star League contest.
Mio (2-1) led just 14-8 after one quarter, but added a touchdown in the second quarter for a 22-16 halftime lead. The Thunderbolts iced the game by outscoring the Huskies 15-0 in the third quarter.
Brad Rhoads was 17-of-26 passing for 292 yards and four touchdowns for Mio, tossing two touchdowns each to Chaun Obermiller and Seth Thomey.
Bryson Devers led Mio on the ground with 139 yards on 24 carries and two scores. Obermiller had five catches for 129 yards and Thomey had seven catches for 124 yards.
Defensively, Thomey led Mio with 13 tackles and Devers had 11.
Mio hosts Oscoda on Friday.