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Resilient Wildcats

Two nights removed from a disappointing defeat to Big North Conference rival Traverse City West, the Alpena High boys soccer team was forced to quickly regroup, put that loss behind them, focus on Traverse City Central and be resilient doing so. That’s exactly what the Wildcats ...

Wildcats get tough test vs TC West at home

Dean Kowalewsky wasn’t going down without a fight. The Alpena senior dropped his No. 2 singles match against Traverse City West’s Alex Gerling on Thursday (2-6, 3-6), but Kowalewsky made sure Gerling earned the victory. During a match that latest nearly an hour, Kowalewsky pushed Gerling ...

Wildcats ready for clash with Cadillac

Tonight, two teams that were predicted to finish at the bottom of the Big North Conference will take a step closer to proving their doubters wrong. Alpena (1-2, 1-0 BNC) and Cadillac (2-1, 1-0 BNC) were both picked to finish at the bottom of the conference when the Big North Conference ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Hillman football team improves to 4-0 with win over Au Gres

AU GRES — The Hillman football team continues to roll. The Tigers put together a strong second half and cruised to a 52-20 win over Au Gres on Thursday to improve to 4-0 on the season. The teams were tied 20-20 at halftime, but Hillman came out and dominated in the second half, outscoring ...

Swami happy to return to football

You never miss anything until it’s gone. Swami found that out last weekend when he missed just his second Alpena game in 40 years. The reason? His youngest daughter got married on Saturday, which coincided with Alpena’s football game. The All-Knowing-One hated to see his string come to an ...

Alpena’s tough task

Heading into Wednesday’s Big North Conference matchup, the Alpena volleyball team knew it had a tall task in front of it as they tried to upset Cadillac, the top team in the conference and the ninth-ranked team in the state. The height and talent of the Vikings was too much for the Wildcats ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats play Harbor Springs to tie on tennis court

HARBOR SPRINGS — The Alpena High boys tennis team traveled to Harbor Springs on Tuesday and walked away with a 4-4 tie against the Rams. Alpena’s top two singles players were victorious as Ashwin Chhapamohan defeated Matthew Whitfield at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 2-6 and 6-1, while Dean ...

It’s not their night

Traverse City West showed the Alpena High boys soccer team why it’s the team to beat in the Big North Conference on Tuesday. Tony Gallegos and Josh Hirschenberger each scored twice and the Titans rolled past Alpena 7-0 at Park Family Field at Wildcat Stadium. Grant Holfels, Dune Jung and ...

Alcona sweeps Hillman in NSL volleyball tilt

HILLMAN — Tuesday’s North Star League volleyball matchup between Hillman and Alcona went about as you’d expect between two teams that are complete opposites. Alcona (2-1 NSL) is veteran laden team that is likely going to be among the top teams in the NSL and Hillman (0-3 NSL) is a young ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Domke sets new records in Onaway volleyball victory

ONAWAY—The Onaway volleyball team went wire-to-wire with Inland River Inland Lakes on Tuesday and came out a winner. Breya Domke set two new school records and the Cardinals rallied to beat the Bulldogs in five sets: 25-10, 15-25, 25-19, 16-25 and 15-12. Domke set new marks for attacks in ...

Wildcats walk over Gaylord

A week ago, the Alpena High football team was left with a sour taste in its mouth after dropping its second game in as many tries and watching its opponent celebrate on its home field. What a difference a week can make. The Wildcats put together a strong week of practice and gathered ...

Tunnel to Towers 5K event continues special tradition

The Tunnel to Towers 5K race has been an anticipated fundraiser in Alpena since the annual event began four years ago. Four years later, the event is still as special and as popular as ever. The annual event continues to raise money for a great cause, while bringing people together for one ...

ACC runners have solid day at MSU

Despite running in less than ideal racing conditions, the Alpena Community College cross country team put together another solid performance Friday at the Michigan State Spartan Invitational. “Overall it was a good day. My guys are where they need to be after our first two meets” ACC ...

Vikings dig deep for win

POSEN — Entering Week 3, the Posen football team was already facing some serious adversity. The Vikings entered Friday night’s contest against unbeaten Presque Isle rival Onaway banged up, missing a few key starters, in search of their first win of the year and wanting to avoid falling ...

Inconsistent play dooms Rogers City in football home opener

ROGERS CITY—The signs of frustration hung heavy on the faces of Rogers City football players after Friday’s game. Another game where they had chances to capitalize, yet another game where nothing seemed to go right. David Harrell had two interceptions, a touchdown reception, a punt return ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Alcona blanked by Oscoda

OSCODA—The Alcona football team had a rough night on Friday, losing to Oscoda 56-0 in a North Star League contest. Mason Clark led Alcona’s offense with 78 yards on 22 carries and Michael Basner carried the ball 10 times for 74 yards. Defensively the Tigers were led by Clark with five ...

Humbled Wildcats aiming for win in Big North opener

The last two weeks have been humbling for the Alpena High football team. Mistakes, miscues and inconsistent play have resulted in two losses, leaving the Wildcats with an 0-2 record for the first time since 2015. While they may be humbled, the Wildcats know they’re better than what their ...

Flipping the switch

Alpena boys soccer head coach Tim Storch sent a message to his team before Thursday’s Big North Conference tilt against Cadillac. The message to his players was that his team faced what he believed was a must-win situation after the team suffered its first loss of the season on Tuesday. The ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Mio rolls past Atlanta on gridiron

ATLANTA — The Atlanta football team had a rough night on the gridiron Thursday as the Huskies were on the receiving end of a 62-6 shellacking at the hands of Mio. Aaron Cuzzort was 6-of-12 passing for 125 yards, but was intercepted five times. Cuzzort did score Atlanta’s only touchdown on ...

Alpena wins Midland Fusion soccer tourney

The Alpena U19 girls travel soccer team took top honors at the recent Midland Fusion soccer tournament. Alpena defeated Midland Fusion 4-2 in a rematch on Sunday afternoon to win the tournament. Alpena played tough and determined from the start and Sarah Campbell gave Alpena an early lead, ...