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The will to win

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The Alpena High girls basketball team had plenty to play for on Friday. The Wildcats (7-4, 3-2 BNC) welcomed Big North Conference rival Traverse City Central (2-9, 2-3 Big North Conference) and as if playing a conference foe wasn’t enough motivation, Alpena was hosting its annual Pink Game ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Marceau nets 4 as Alpena downs Petoskey

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PETOSKEY—Anden Marceau’s big night kept the Alpena High hockey team’s winning streak alive. Marceau scored four times and the Wildcats held off a couple of brief rallies to defeat Petoskey 5-3 on Friday on the road. The win pushes the Wildcats’ (6-10-2) winning streak to ...

Not so silent Owls

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POSEN — Owen Franklin proved why he is one of the top players in the area and the Oscoda boys basketball team continues to live up to its No. 8 ranking in Division 3. Franklin poured in a game high 31 points in the Owls’ 67-37 victory over Posen on Thursday. “Owen is shooting the ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcat finishes strong vs. Bay City John Glenn

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BAY CITY—There were no second half slip-ups for the Alpena High boys basketball team this time. Kelley Stark scored 20 points, Jack Schmanski added 15 and the Wildcats used a strong third quarter to run past Bay City John Glenn 58-50 on Thursday. The Wildcats trailed 23-22 at halftime, ...

NLA to host district skating competition

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Alpena’s best high school skaters will have a chance to showcase their skills on their home ice this weekend. Nearly a dozen Alpena Wildcat high schoolers will compete in the Michigan High School District 4 Figure Skating Competition #2 Sunday at Northern Lights Arena. The competition ...

Stops and starts

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The offensive well went dry one too many times for the Alpena Community College women’s basketball team on Wednesday. A stagnant third quarter—a period in which they were outscored 23-5—proved costly for the Lumberjacks and ultimately led to a 63-51 loss to Schoolcraft at Park ...

ACC men no match for No. 4 Schoolcraft

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It’s been a challenging season so far for the Alpena Community College men’s basketball team and Wednesday night presented the Lumberjacks’ biggest challenge to date as they welcomed Schoolcraft. The Ocelots (16-1) showed exactly why they are the No. 4 ranked team in the nation in ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Hurons roll past Au Gres

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ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City boys basketball put together another strong North Star League showing on Tuesday as the Hurons once again played well both offensively and defensively as they cruised past Au Gres by a score of 66-31. Nick Freel and J.D. Ellenberger combined for 32 points, ...

Keeping cool is easier said than done

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In the heat of battle tensions can run high, especially for the losing team. Swami recently saw a college basketball game that ended in a brawl with both benches emptying and tempers flaring. Kudos to the referees for sending both benches to the locker room and calling a two-shot technical ...

Missed opportunities

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The Alpena High boys basketball team earned plenty of opportunities to come away with a much needed Big North Conference victory over rival Petoskey on Tuesday. But Alpena was unable to cash in at the free-throw line and mistakes doomed the Wildcats (5-4, 1-3 BNC) as they fell to the Northmen ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Alpena girls top Tawas; Onaway boys get first win

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TAWAS—Jade Schultz scored 19 points, Allie DeRocher added 16—including a 10-of-13 clip from the free throw line—and the Alpena girls basketball team defeated Tawas on Tuesday, 53-43. Alpena (6-4) won for the third time in four games. The Wildcats led 18-11 at halftime and surged ahead ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Big second quarter keys Onaway win

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ONAWAY—Sisters Taylor and Nicole Larson scored 19 and 12 points respectively and the Onaway girls basketball team used a big second quarter to run by Fife Lake Forest Area 57-33 on Monday. Onaway (4-5) led 9-8 after one quarter and then ramped up its defense to take a 36-16 halftime ...

Starting from scratch

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LINCOLN — In the midst of watching last year’s NCAA wrestling tournament, Jeff Dameworth couldn’t resist texting Alcona superintendent Dan O’Connor. “I started texting him in the middle of it and told him, ‘We need to get one,’” Dameworth said. “I was all pumped up and he ...

Answering the call

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Erin Andrews knows what kind of difference maker Jade Schultz can be on the basketball court and she told Schultz before Friday’s contest she was going to have a good game. The senior forward rewarded her coach’s faith and proved to be quite the leader for Alpena. Schultz scored 20 ...

Special K’s: Krajniak, Kalbitzer lead Vikings past Hillman

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POSEN — There’s just something different about a Posen-Hillman girls basketball rivalry. Every time the two sides meet up, the atmosphere changes and the intensity level rises on the court, on the sidelines and even in the stands. Friday’s contest between two undefeated North Star ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Alpena hockey team tops Gaylord

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GAYLORD—The Alpena High hockey team continues to gain momentum. Tanner Orban scored twice, Matt Thompson had a goal and two assists and the Wildcats defeated Gaylord 4-2 on Friday to win for the fourth time in five games. Tied 2-2 in the third period, Alpena (5-10-2) got a pair of goals ...

Zawacki takes top honors in Beat the Geek contest

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At the end of another thrilling and entertaining college football bowl season, John Zawacki has earned the title of the area’s best college football prognosticator. After checking through more than 400 entries for this year’s Beat the Geek contest, Zawacki was the only player to correctly ...

Vikings hang on

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HILLMAN — The little things continue to haunt the Hillman boys basketball team. The Tigers’ (3-4, 3-2 NSL-Little Dipper) inability to rebound and lack of offense once again hurt them in Thursday’s 51-42 loss against North Star League-Little Dipper division rival Posen. Despite the ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Owls roll past Cards to improve to 7-0

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OSCODA—The Oscoda boys basketball team continues to roll. Owen Franklin scored 32 points and Gavin Lueck added 20 as the Owls dominated Whittemore-Prescott 99-34 on Thursday at home. Michael Gepfrey added 13 points for Oscoda (7-0) and Itsuto Mantani added nine. Dana Thorson led ...

The improvement continues

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The continued growth and improvement from the Alpena High hockey team was on full display Wednesday. Despite Alpena being shorthanded and missing eight players, the Wildcats (4-10-2, 1-2 BNC) proved just how much they have improved as a team by defeating Big North Conference rival Gaylord ...