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Girls soccer team aims for steady improvement

ALPENA — A return to the soccer field for the Alpena High girls soccer team brings a lot of change with it. While it’s a relief to be back on the field, the Wildcats are in a bit of a rebuild with just three returners and five graduated players who all moved on to play college ...

Bullis eager to see what girls track team can do in 2021

ALPENA — Despite 20 years of coaching experience, this season may be a little different for Joy Bullis. As she guides the Alpena High girls track team, Bullis knows she’s got talent on her roster, but she has yet to see its full potential. Having different team members in quarantine for ...

Patience is the name of the game for Schultz, baseball team

ALPENA—Alpena High baseball coach Phil Schultz is preaching patience this season. With a completely new team and players returning to the diamond for the first time in a year, Schultz knows his team is going to have to take small steps forward. “I’m getting to learn them and they’re ...

Girls tennis team enjoying return to courts

ALPENA — The Alpena High girls tennis team is having fun this season. Returning to the court for the first time in more than a year, the Wildcats are soaking up the camaraderie, smiling and laughing more, even during drills in chilly April weather. “It’s incredible to be able to be ...

Riffert counting on upperclassmen to lead boys track team

ALPENA — The Alpena High boys track team has some growing up to do this season. With a roster that includes one senior and six juniors, the Wildcats have a younger team than in years past, but it’s one that’s ready to work hard nonetheless. That sits just fine with Alpena coach Collin ...

Expectations still high as softball team returns to the field

ALPENA — No matter the year or players on the roster, the expectations are always the same for the Alpena High softball team. The Wildcats want to compete, improve, put themselves in position to win games and be in the mix for the conference championship and for postseason ...

Boys golf team taking advantage of warmer start to the season

ALPENA — After missing out on the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Alpena High boys golf team is happy to be outside and playing again this season. “It’s amazing. I never thought I’d be so lucky to say that we have a spring season, but there’s something that feels ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Hillman gets plenty of offense in NSL opener

SOFTBALL Hillman sweeps NSL opener HILLMAN—The Tigers opened up North Star League play with a bang on Thursday, topping Mio 19-5 and 27-17. In the opener, Nicole Barbeau earned her first win in her first start of the season, allowing four hits and striking out nine in five ...

Wildcats honored by Big North Conference

ALPENA — Several Alpena High School athletes were recently honored for by the Big North Conference for their achievements during the 2021 winter season. In girls basketball, Allie DeRocher earned first team all-conference honors. DeRocher averaged 10.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this ...

Hillman baseball team tops Alcona

BASEBALL Hillman tops Alcona LINCOLN — Hillman earned a pair of 9-5 victories over Alcona on Monday. In Game 1, AJ Jones earned the win for Hillman (3-1) in relief, allowing one earned run on one hit with three walks and three strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings. Zak Kazyaka was 1-for-3 with ...

Posen’s Szatkowski earns second team all-state honors

By BRIAN CALLOWAY Lansing State Journal Mia Riley felt like there was plenty to prove. After COVID-19 limited her opportunities last summer to catch the eyes of college coaches on the AAU circuit, Riley was focused on making the most of her opportunities on the court for the Fowler girls ...

Three Lumberjacks honored for 2021 season

ALPENA — Three members of the Alpena Community College women’s basketball team were recently honored for their play during the 2021 season. Freshman Jade Schultz (Alpena) earned second team all-conference honors and was named the co-defensive player in the Michigan Community College ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Posen, Hillman softball teams win

SOFTBALL Posen takes 2 from Mio POSEN—The Vikings improved to 3-1 on Monday with a pair of wins over Mio, 9-3 and 8-3. In the opener, Posen pounded out 11 hits and built a 6-0 lead after two innings. Hailey Styma, Shelby Donajkowski and Ava Wesner each had two hits for Posen. Faith ...

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP: ACC softball takes 3 of 4 from St. Clair

ALPENA — The Alpena Community College softball team took three out of four games at home this weekend against St. Clair. ACC dropped a close game, 8-7, to open the weekend, but responded with wins of 6-0, 13-2 and 17-6. The Lumberjacks led 6-5 late in their first game on Saturday, but the ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Szymanski wins 2 events for Alpena

TRACK AND FIELD Szymanski wins 2 events for Alpena FLINT— Madi Szymanski showed no signs of rust at Friday’s Shake Off the Rust Invitational, winning both the 800 (2:31.58) and 1,600 (5:25.16) runs. Szymanski was also part of Alpena’s 1,600 relay team that finished fourth, with ...

PREP ROUNDUP: JV Wildcats throw no-hitter vs. Saginaw Swan Valley

BASEBALL Alpena loses to Swan Valley SAGINAW — A bases-loaded error proved to be the difference on Wednesday as the Wildcats lost 6-5 to Saginaw Swan Valley. The two teams played three innings of a second game and Swan Valley led 5-3 when play was stopped. In the opener, Travis Weide ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Alpena softball tops Saginaw Swan Valley

SOFTBALL Alpena takes 2 from Swan Valley SAGINAW — The Wildcats started the season with a pair of wins, topping Saginaw Swan Valley 11-4 and 9-4 on Wednesday. In the opener, Elysa Kelley pitched a complete game for the Wildcats, allowing seven hits, walking one and striking out ...

Mark Jacobs resigns as ACC men’s basketball coach

ALPENA — The Alpena Community College men’s basketball team will have a new leader on the sidelines next season. ACC announced Tuesday that Mark Jacobs has resigned as men’s basketball coach after four seasons. Jacobs’ decision comes after taking on a new role for his job, which ...

Three ACC players earn all-conference honors

Three Alpena Community College men’s basketball players recently earned all-conference honors for their play during the 2021 season. Sophomore forward Chris DeRocher earned first team all-conference honors and was named the co-Defensive Player of the Year. DeRocher averaged 13.6 points per ...