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News cancels track and field event

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ALPENA — The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in another sports cancellation, this time the 17th annual Alpena News Track and Field Honor Roll Invitational scheduled for May. “Obviously, we are sad to have to make this announcement,” Alpena News Publisher Bill Speer said. “With last ...

Workouts go online amid coronavirus outbreak

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ALPENA — In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and numerous stay-at-home orders in place around the U.S., Americans have looked for anything — no matter how big or how small — that gives them a sense of routine. For Brenda Budnik, that means setting aside time each day to work out. ...

MHSAA cancels remainder of 2019-20 seasons

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ALPENA — The Michigan High School Athletic Association has canceled all sports for the rest of the academic year, as expected after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday said students will not return to their school buildings at least until fall to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. It’s ...

MHSAA cancels remainder of 2019-20 seasons

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ALPENA -- The Michigan High School Athletic Association has canceled all sports for the rest of the academic year, as expected after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday said students will not return to their school buildings at least until fall to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. It's ...

Forming a game plan: Coronavirus affecting college recruitment

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College sports have been shut down for the spring season and high school sports are currently on hold. As each day passes, the hopes of a high school season become more uncertain. With college sports done for the 2019-2020 school year and high school sports possibly to follow, schools, ...

Alpena players honored by BNC

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Several Alpena High School athletes were honored by the Big North Conference for their play during the 2019-20 winter sports season. Seniors Kelley Stark, Jack Schmanski and Jordan Schultz all earned honorable mentions on the all-BNC boys basketball team. Stark led Alpena in points during the ...

Trying to find a way

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Not all hope has been lost for the spring sports season, but with each passing day, the hope for seniors to be able to compete in their final high school sports season slowly fades. After the high school sports season was put on hold just over a week ago, athletes, coaches and fans have been ...

ACC softball season cut short

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Alpena Community College head softball coach Christin Sobeck and her staff put in a lot of time during the offseason to prepare her Lumberjacks for the 2019-2020 season in hopes of they could take the next step as a program. Once her team was set, the players put in even more work on and off ...

Alpena Sports Hall of Fame banquet rescheduled

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The 37th annual Alpena Sports Hall of Fame banquet has been rescheduled. Originally the celebration was set to be on Saturday, May 2, at the APlex. The annual event has now been changed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The new scheduled date is currently set for Saturday, August 8, at ...

North Star League announces all-league teams for winter sports

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The North Star League recently voted on its all-league teams for the 2019-20 winter sports season. The teams picked include: BOYS BASKETBALL Big Dipper—First Team Brayden Mallak, Oscoda; Owen Franklin, Oscoda; Drew Hess, Mio; Nick Freí, Rogers City, Brendan DeFlorio, Mio; Dana Thorson, ...

Feeling the effects

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Kyle Henigan walked off the pitchers mound at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale, Florida after escaping a fourth-inning jam to preserve a Saginaw Valley State University lead. Henigan started for the Cardinals and pitched four scoreless innings against Saint Anslem University. Henigan allowed a ...

A tough pill to swallow

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J.D. Ellenberger felt like he was on top of the world last Monday. The Rogers City senior had every reason to be after he banked in a three-pointer as time expired to lift the Hurons over Alcona 53-50 in a district playoff game. “I’ve always dreamed about it and I’ve thought about it, ...

MHSAA suspends all sports activities until April

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Athletes in Northeast Michigan are used to waiting it out when the spring sports season starts, but they— and the rest of the state — might be left waiting longer than usual. The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) on Friday afternoon directed all member schools — more than ...

Play every game as if it’s your very last

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The phrase “play every game as if it’s your last” has never meant more than it does right now. But for some athletes, the message may have been realized too late. For many athletes, there is no tomorrow in their world of sports. While I’ve been away, enjoying the 80-degree temperatures ...

Local teams in limbo after MHSAA suspends postseason tourneys

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In more than a dozen years as Onaway High School athletic director, Marty Mix has dealt with his fair share of challenges. But Thursday may just have been his toughest day on the job. Amid growing concerns over the coronavirus — and on a day that included the cancellation of the NCAA ...

Cardinals flying high

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ONAWAY—After Wednesday’s district semifinal, Onaway boys basketball coach Eddy Szymoniak had a simple question for his team. “What’s our record?” As players thought about it, Szymoniak’s answer was short and simple: We’re 2-0. For the Cardinals that means they’re ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Local boys hoops teams advance to district finals

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JOHANNESBURG—For the first time since 2017, the Rogers City boys basketball team will get a chance to play for a district championship. Nick Freel scored 22 points, J.D. Ellenberger added 14 and the Hurons routed Whittemore-Prescott 55-25 on Wednesday in a Division 3 district semifinal at ...

A loss to learn from

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PELLSTON—Experience trumped youth on Tuesday. Allison Schultz scored 17 points, Hallie Marshall added 14 and St. Ignace used its talent and playoff experience to breeze by the Posen girls basketball team, 65-23, in a Division 4 regional semifinal at Pellston High School. Posen (17-6), who ...

An impressive start

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JOHANNESBURG—The Oscoda boys basketball team started the postseason off on a dominant note. Brayden Mallak scored 21 points and Owen Franklin added 15 as the Owls rolled past Roscommon 74-39 during a Division 3 district quarterfinal at Johannesburg-Lewiston on Monday. The win advances the ...