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High school winter sports will start on time, MHSAA says

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EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan high school winter sports will start on time in November. Face coverings are required for athletes practicing and competing in basketball, competitive cheer, ice hockey and wrestling, the Michigan High School Athletic Association said Friday. They are not ...

Wildcats come up short, drop regular season finale at St. Johns

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ST. JOHNS — An unusual week for the Alpena High football team ended with an all too familiar result as the Wildcats dropped another close game in their regular season finale, losing 14-6 to St. Johns on Friday. Once again, Alpena was hurt by crucial turnovers in key moments. The Wildcats ...

Wildcats look to gain confidence in regular season finale

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Despite another week full of uncertainty, including Alpena High School shutting down due to COVID-19 cases, adjustments have been made and the Alpena High football team will travel to St. Johns tonight as the Wildcats look to gain some much needed momentum in their regular season finale. On ...

Change can be good

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A change of scenery is always said to be good. Swami has witnessed that firsthand, moving from Hubbard Lake to the wide open spaces Northwest of Alpena. The All-Knowing-One thought there would be a lack of wildlife at the new place, but there have been plenty of roaming deer including a ...

Return to the Gridiron: Hillman’s 2016 team

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News Sports Editor James Andersen is taking a look back at football teams from the last 10 years, offering his view of the best team from each of the nine schools in The News’ coverage area in the span. Preseason Outlook: Hillman coach Bill Koenig: “I think we are going to see a lot more ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Onaway clinches share of SVC title

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ONAWAY—The Onaway volleyball team clinched a share of the Ski Valley Conference title on Tuesday, beating Mancelona in three sets at home. Onaway won 25-20, 25-9 and 25-22. The win secures at least a share of a third straight Ski Valley title for Onaway, who won its seventh straight ...

ACC finishes regular season

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The Alpena Community College cross country team finished its regular season at the Jayhawk Invitational on Saturday held in Muskegon. The Lumberjacks had four runners who ran career bests and one season best for the meet. “We used this meet as our tune-up meet for regionals which will ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats win meet in West Branch

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WEST BRANCH—Both the Alpena High boys and girls cross country teams came home from Saturday’s Lower Peninsula Invitational with championship trophies. Alpena’s girls team finished with 15 points and had four finishers in the top eight. Madi Szymanski paced the field, crossing the line ...

Miscues, penalties doom Wildcats in loss to Petoskey

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Alpena head coach Eric Mitchell has preached the importance of doing the little things in order to be successful. Doing those little things were important on Friday, unfortunately, the Wildcats were not able to execute what has been preached as Alpena (0-5, 0-5 Big North Conference) was ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Ellis competes at state finals

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EAST LANSING—Alpena High senior Kennedy Ellis shot a 101 at the Division 2 girls state golf finals Friday at Forest Akers West in East Lansing. Ellis, who was competing in the state finals for the second time in her high school career, finished 73rd in a field of more than 100 ...

Wildcats’ season ends with loss to Cadillac on penalty kicks

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The Alpena High boys soccer team saved its best performance of the season for last. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they fell a few kicks short of victory. The Wildcats played Cadillac to a 3-3 tie through regulation and two overtime periods, but were ultimately edged 4-3 in a Division 2 ...

Wildcats aim to flip the script in home finale

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Coming off of one of its worst defeats in program history and still yet to enter the win column, the Alpena High football team enters Friday’s home finale against the Petoskey Northmen highly motivated. “We were upset after last week and we should have been. I told the guys if that ...

Swami sees what age can do

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Frustration and blood pressure were two items that affected Swami this past week. His beautiful 2001 GMC pickup had issues with the door locks, especially when both doors locked with the keys in ignition. His blood pressure went up, knowing that he had to meet someone in 15 minutes. Luckily ...

Ellis ready for competitive atmosphere of state finals

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The pressure will be on for Kennedy Ellis on Friday. But as she prepares to compete in the final golf match of her high school career, the Alpena High senior wouldn’t have it any other way. Ellis will compete in the Division 2 golf finals Friday at Forest Akers West in East Lansing and ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcat netters swept by Titans

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TRAVERSE CITY—The Alpena High volleyball team played hard, but couldn’t avoid a sweep on Wednesday, losing to Traverse City West, 18-25, 16-25, 13-25. Allie DeRocher had six kills, two aces, and 12 digs for Alpena, Jade Gray had 12 assists and Allie Urlaub had five kills. Alpena’s JV ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Ellis earns first team Big North golf honors

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TRAVERSE CITY—The Alpena High girls golf team competed in the Big North Conference championships on Monday in Traverse City, finishing with a team score of 445. Kennedy Ellis led the Wildcats after shooting a 92 and Gianna Bolda shot a 114. Ellis finished fourth overall in the conference ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Two medal for Alpena XC team

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SAGINAW—The Alpena High boys and girls cross country teams took fifth and sixth place in their respective races on Saturday at the Saginaw Heritage Invitational. Alpena got a chance to see some pre-regional competition while racing on a new course. Jacob Kochanski finished 15th to medal ...

Trojans run past Wildcats

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In the course of their history, the Alpena High and Traverse City Central football programs have had their fair share of close battles. Over the past decade however, the Trojans have dominated the series and on Friday, Alpena was on the wrong end of history as the Wildcats suffered their most ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Strong second half leads Hillman to win

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HILLMAN—The Hillman football team shook off two weeks of tough losses with a 26-16 win over Posen on Friday. Hillman (2-2) led 6-0 at halftime, watched Posen’s Lucas Stone return the opening kickoff in the second half 78 yards for a touchdown and then scored 20 unanswered points to take ...