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Not looking ahead

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Steve Watson doesn’t take anything for granted when it comes to the postseason. “(In the postseason) I assume everyone (the opponent) plays flawlessly,” Watson said. “I’m expecting them to do everything right.” He’s expecting nothing less from his Onaway volleyball team when ...

Slow start costs Lumberjacks in latest defeat

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KALAMAZOO—Another flat performance cost the Alpena Community College basketball team a chance to win on Saturday. The Lumberjacks dropped their third straight contest, losing to Lake Michigan College 72-56 during the Kalamazoo Valley Invitational. Logan Guenther had 16 points to lead ACC ...

Hillman makes history

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HILLMAN — For the first time in program history, the Hillman Tigers are regional champions. Hillman entered Friday’s game with a shot to rewrite the record books and put an exclamation point on what has been a dream season. The Tigers did just that and needed every ounce of effort they ...

Lumberjacks come up short at Kalamazoo Valley

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KALAMAZOO—Both the Alpena Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams came up short in their quest for victory on Friday. ACC’s men’s team lost to Kalamazoo Valley 100-75 despite a 27-point effort from Chris DeRocher. The Lumberjacks got off to a slow start and were ...

A championship at stake

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For the past seven years, Hillman and Cedarville have developed an intense rivalry. The Tigers and Trojans have done battle each of the last seven years and have played in some of the most important games of the season. The rivalry began in 2012 on the basketball court when the teams ...

Onaway plays more efficiently in district title win

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HILLMAN—Onaway coach Steve Watson was left feeling a little disappointed with the way his team played on Wednesday, despite a victory. He didn’t have many reasons to be disappointed a day later. Breya Domke had 13 kills, three aces, five digs and made several big plays late to help ...

The end of the line

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LINCOLN — Two nights after pulling off a dramatic victory in its postseason opener, the Alcona volleyball team fought hard, but was unable to finish on Wednesday. Alcona ran out of gas in each set as the Tigers had their season swept away from them as they fell to Houghton Lake in a ...

Cardinals overcome uneven play to reach district final

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HILLMAN—The Onaway volleyball team didn’t have its best performance on Wednesday. But at the end of the night, the Cardinals did what they needed to do to put themselves in position to win a district championship. Breya Domke had 13 kills and seven digs to lead the Cardinals in a sweep ...

Strong serving leads Posen past Vanderbilt

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HILLMAN—Playing to its strengths paid off big for the Posen volleyball team on Wednesday. Mia Newhouse had 10 aces, Makayla Kamyszek added eight and Posen served up 25 on the way to a sweep of Vanderbilt in a Division 4 district semifinal at Hillman High School. Posen won 25-13, 25-12 and ...

The postseason is here

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LINCOLN — On a night that started out so easy for the Alcona High volleyball team, it ended as anything but easy for the Tigers. Alcona opened district play against Roscommon and despite winning the first two sets, the Tigers were forced to gather themselves, find a way to hang on and not ...

Hillman overcomes sluggish start to win district opener

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HILLMAN—All throughout Monday’s district quarterfinal, Hillman volleyball coach Kim Weiland implored her team to get better serving the ball. Weiland’s words didn’t go unheeded and the Tigers found their rhythm when they needed it the most. Hillman served up nice aces on the way to ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats’ season ends with district loss

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PETOSKEY—The Alpena High volleyball team’s season came to an end on Monday as the Wildcats were swept by Traverse City Central in a Division 1 district quarterfinal. Central won 25-19, 25-15 and 25-11. Allie DeRocher had five kills and nine digs for Alpena and Aubree Sheldon had 11 ...

Mid Michigan’s missing piece

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During Rogers City’s softball quarterfinal matchup against Rudyard in June, Mid Michigan softball coach Bob Robinson watched Kyrsten Altman give up an early run in a tension-filled game. He also watched Altman bounce back, buckle down and ultimately record a win. Her resiliency grabbed ...

ACC hoops teams lose to Lakers

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MOUNT PLEASANT—The Alpena Community College basketball teams both opened the 2019-20 season with a loss, losing on the road to Mid Michigan College. ACC’s women’s team lost 74-46. The Lumberjacks kept things close early, but fell behind in the second quarter and trailed 37-16 at ...

Local runners compete in XC finals

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BROOKLYN—Three local cross country runners competed in the Division 4 LP finals at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. Rogers City’s Morgan Baller finished 73rd, crossing the line in 21:46. Her teammate Nina Hansen finished 118th in 22:33.6. Alcona’s Sara Decker finished ...

Tigers take the next step

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HILLMAN — Heading into Friday’s opening round playoff matchup against Marion, Hillman head coach Cody Allen told his team it needed to step it up and take its play to another level. The Tigers (9-1) responded and did exactly that as they won their fourth playoff game in school history and ...

Cedarville’s big-play ability proves too much for Vikings

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POSEN—The Posen football team has proven itself to be resilient this season, overcoming a slow start to the season, injuries and just about any challenge thrown its way. The Vikings met their match on Friday however and didn’t have enough answers to stop Cedarville, losing to the Trojans ...

Something to prove

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The Hillman football team couldn’t have asked for much more in its first two seasons of eight-player football. For the second consecutive season, the Tigers finished the regular season 8-1 and Hillman is now preparing to host its second playoff game in as many years, all while running its ...

Early season reset leads Vikings back to playoffs

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POSEN—Two weeks into the season, the Posen football team found itself at a crossroads. The Vikings were winless, banged up and wondering what the future held for their season. When the Vikings met for practice the next Monday, the message from the coaches was simple: the rest of the ...

Oscoda ready to host first playoff game in program history

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For the first time in school history, the Oscoda football team will host a playoff game. Tonight the Owls will make history when they step onto their home field and welcome McBain (5-4) for a Division 7 pre-district playoff matchup. “Hosting a playoff game here in Oscoda has never ...