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Wildcats rally to tie GRCC in Gaylord

GAYLORD—The Alpena High hockey hockey team came out of a weekend showcase with another impressive performance, tying Grand Rapids Catholic Central 2-2 on Saturday. The Wildcats (1-4-2) tied Flint Powers 2-2 on Friday during the first day of the showcase in Gaylord. Alpena fell behind 2-0 ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Lightfoot shines as Wildcats tie Powers

GAYLORD—Colin Lightfoot made 48 saves and the Alpena High team responded twice to goals from Flint Powers on Friday to tie the Chargers 2-2 in Gaylord. Tanner Orban scored in the second period for Alpena (1-4-1) to tie the game 1-1 and Blaise Keller lit the lamp in the third period to tie ...

Alpena comes up short

The Alpena High girls basketball team lost momentum at the wrong time on Thursday. The Wildcats battled from start to finish in their Big North Conference opener against Gaylord, but the Blue Devils stayed a few steps ahead of Alpena late and won 56-49 in overtime. The previous six meetings ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Oscoda routs Mio in NSL Big Dipper tilt

OSCODA—In a highly anticipated battle of two top North Star League teams, the Oscoda boys basketball team came out decidedly on top Thursday, routing Mio 72-43 at home. Owen Franklin poured in 26 points for the Owls (2-0), who had four double-digit scorers. Brayden Mallak added 18 points, ...

New look Alpena hockey team ready to learn, improve on the fly

A year ago, the Alpena High hockey team experienced one of its greatest seasons in program history. The Wildcats broke a school record for wins in a season and advanced to the state quarterfinals. Last season has come and gone, so have key players Kyle VanDusen, Colby Plowman, Owen Limback ...

Expectations remain high for Alpena boys basketball team

The Alpena High boys basketball team enjoyed its first winning season in four years after finishing with a 16-5 record a year ago and coming within a game of claiming a share of the Big North Conference title.  Now the Wildcats will look to keep their program trending in the right direction ...

Wildcats have ingredients to put together winning season

The Alpena High girls basketball team has a lot of ingredients to work with this year: team speed, height, experience and leadership. If the Wildcats can mesh all those elements together successfully, they should put themselves in position for a winning season and taking another step forward ...

Wildcat wrestling great Gabara takes over as Alpena’s coach

Merton Gabara knows all about what it takes to be successful in high school wrestling. As a grappler for Alpena High School in the early 1970s, Merton Gabara had a standout career for the Wildcats, going 102-7-1 in two seasons with a Class A state title win in 1974. Now more than 40 years ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Strong fourth quarter pushes Cards past Bulldogs

ONAWAY—After a lackluster season-opener, the Onaway girls basketball team bounced back in a big way with a 46-33 win over Indian River Inland Lakes on Wednesday. Onaway (1-1) trailed 25-24 at halftime and 33-29 after three quarters, but closed out strong, outscoring the Bulldogs 17-0 in the ...

Swami loving the warmth of the gym in the winter

When it comes to snow fall, adults and youth have very different thoughts. With the first snowfall, the youngsters are all full of joy, eager to participate in snowboarding, downhill skiing and other outdoor activities. Older folks dread the thought of cleaning off their cars, driving on ...

Making the adjustments

Tuesday’s girls basketball contest for Alpena was a tale of two halves. The Wildcats (2-0) struggled mightily in the first two quarters, but got a spark in the third quarter and put together a strong second half to defeat Cheboygan 37-27 at Alpena High School. Alpena couldn’t get ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats top Chiefs to win season opener

CHEBOYGAN—Kelley Stark and Cooper Bright scored 14 points each to lead the Alpena High boys basketball team to a 50-39 win over Cheboygan on Tuesday in the Wildcats’ season opener. Alpena led 18-12 after one quarter and upped its lead to 34-23 by halftime and 44-33 after three ...

Oscoda’s Langley to join Michigan rowing team

OSCODA—You never know where opportunity is going to strike, especially when it comes to athletics. That’s certainly true for Lauren Langley. Langley, an Oscoda senior, signed her letter of intent last Friday to join the University of Michigan’s rowing team in front of friends and ...

Down to the wire

LINCOLN—Robbie Barbato made just two shots for the Alcona boys basketball team in its season opener Monday. But his last shot of the night turned out to be the right one at the right time for the Tigers. Barbato drilled a field goal from just inside the three-point line with four seconds ...

Kimmerer sets record in win over Hurons

ROGERS CITY — Joseph Kimmerer entered Monday’s season opener just three points shy of breaking Hale’s all time scoring record held by Chad Brandt who finished with 1,230 points, set in 1992. Kimmerer entered with 1,228 and it didn’t take long for the star senior to set the record and ...

Hillman falls in season opener to Cardinals

WHITTEMORE—The Hillman boys basketball team got off to a good start in its season opener on Monday, but struggled down the stretch and ultimately fell to Whittemore-Prescott 57-49. Gunner Mellingen had 17 points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Tigers, who led 10-6 after one quarter, ...

Beat The Geek returns for another year

Greetings to you, the readers of The Alpena News. Your friendly neighborhood Geek is back with another round of college football bowl picks. That’s right, the News’ annual Beat The Geek contest has returned for another year and the Geek is more determined than ever to prove once again who ...

Unable to adjust

On Friday, the Alpena High hockey team welcomed the Traverse City Bay Reps in a game that featured the Wildcats holding their annual “Teddy Bear Toss” in an effort to benefit Toys for Tots. Alpena wasted little time putting a puck in the net, allowing the fans to send their teddy bears ...

Balanced effort leads Posen to win

ROGERS CITY—Great teamwork on both ends of the floor added up to a victory for the Posen girls basketball team on Friday. Elena Kalbitzer scored 16, Riley Krajniak added 11 and the Vikings coupled balanced scoring with stout defense to topple Rogers City 53-26 at Rogers City High ...

Wildcats secure a victory

There were plenty of missed shots, missed few throws, turnovers and some uneven play, but at the end of its 2019-20 season opener, the Alpena High girls basketball team emerged victorious. Jade Schultz scored 15 points, Allie DeRocher added 14 and the Wildcats held off a spirited effort by ...