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MHSAA: No changes to state football finals

ALPENA — No additional tickets will be sold for the 11-Player Football Finals that began Friday and continue today at Ford Field, despite Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s announcement that arenas with at least 10,000 capacity can allow up to 500 people, the Michigan High School Athletic ...

Morrison’s wall displays passion for Hillman athletics

Doug Morrison has always had a passion for sports. Morrison grew up playing sports in Hillman and his love for Hillman athletics has never faded. It is hard to argue that there is a bigger supporter of the Hillman Tigers than Morrison, who is often seen at sporting events during each season ...

Andrews returns to lead Alpena

Alpena High School announced the hiring of Kolby Andrews as its varsity volleyball head coach on Wednesday. Andrews will take over for Melissa Doubek, who retired from coaching this past fall.  “Thank you to Melissa for her dedication and professionalism leading our volleyball program. ...

James Andersen: 2020 had special moments, despite pandemic

When I pulled into the Onaway High School parking lot on the night of March 12, I had no clue the boys basketball district games I was there to cover would be the last high school games I’d see for five months. The next morning, the Michigan High School Athletic Association declared that ...

Volleyball, swimming and diving to resume next week

The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday that the postseasons for volleyball and Lower Peninsula swimming and diving can resume Jan. 4. Participants in both sports must be tested there times per week for COVID-19 using rapid tests created by the Michigan Department of ...

Oscoda opts out of postseason

When the Michigan High School football playoffs resume, the Oscoda Owls won’t be among those teams participating. Citing safety reasons and a lack of available players, the Owls recently announced that they’ve opted out of the postseason. The decision was reported by the Oscoda Press and ...

Hessbrook named top AP Division 7-8 Player of the Year

ITHACA (AP) — Injuries, physical and mental, are going to occur and what matters is how one reacts to overcome them. Ithaca High School senior quarterback Brady Hessbrook has endured more than his share of injuries, yet they have never stopped him from continually striving to improve during ...

MHSAA announces updates for fall, winter schedules

The Michigan High School Athletic Association recently announced plans for a restart to the fall sports schedule as well as an updated plan for the 2021 winter sports season. On Tuesday, the MHSAA announced a schedule adjustment to conclude the 2020 fall sports tournaments. Due to ...

Hein, Juergens named to MHSFCA all-state teams

Two local football players were recently named to All-State teams by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association for the 2020 season. Atlanta running back Trace Juergens was named to the Division 2 8-Player team and Rogers City defensive back Isaac Hein was named to the Division 8 ...

Fall postseasons to resume; winter season still on hold

EAST LANSING (AP) — The Michigan high school fall sports season is stretching into January. Football playoffs will resume Jan. 2. The eight-player championship games will be played Jan. 9, followed by the 11-player finals on Jan. 15-16, the Michigan High School Athletic Association said ...

2020 All-Alpena News 11-Player Football Team

In a record-setting season, Owen Franklin was more than a few notches above the competition. Franklin’s athletic prowess is well-established, but during the 2020 season. The Oscoda senior quarterbacked the Owls to a record-setting 423 points, including five shutouts to begin the season. ...

2020 All-Alpena News 8-Player Football Team

In a season marked by cancellations, reschedules and safety protocols to deter the spread of COVID-19, Trace Juergens was a consistent playmaker for the Atlanta football team. Juergens, a junior running back, made his mark early, accounting for four touchdowns in a season-opening win over ...

Athletes honored by North Star League

The North Star League recently announced its all-conference teams for the 2020 fall season. The teams are as follows: FOOTBALL 11-Player First Team Owen Franklin, Oscoda; Isaac Hein, Rogers City; Clayton Henry, Rogers City; Brennon Mills, Oscoda; Caleb Nagel, Oscoda; Zachary Ouillette, ...

AHS cross country honors four seniors

The Alpena High School cross country program honored four senior boys, who recently finished their careers as Wildcats. Brendan Stepaniak (career best, 18:24), Eli Rondeau (19:06), Ben Poli (19:17) and Blake MacDonald (18:29) have run for the past six or seven seasons, and were highly valued ...

Former Wildcat netminder Black commits to Dartmouth

Two years ago, Cooper Black was rewriting the record books at Alpena High School. Black was a staple in one of the best seasons in the history of the Wildcat hockey program. Black helped his 2018-2019 Alpena hockey team set the record for most wins in a season, while capturing Big North ...

MHSAA makes plans for fall championships in December

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan high school football championship games would be played after Christmas if the state allows fall sports to resume, officials said Wednesday. Sports and in-person classes are on a three-week break in an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus. Football ...

Alpena soccer players earn BNC honors

Several Alpena High School soccer players were recognized by the Big North Conference for their play during the 2020 season. Senior Brett Najmowicz earned second team all-conference honors and seniors Mike Clark, Matt Diamond and Joe Williams and junior Abe Brege earned honorable ...

2020 Turkey Trot converted to virtual event

This year’s 18th Annual Turkey Trot has been converted to a virtual event in compliance with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) new emergency order that enacts a three-week pause targeting indoor and social gatherings and other group activities in an effort to curb ...

Alpena volleyball team presents season awards

The Alpena High School volleyball team recently presented their team awards. Allie DeRocher, middle, was awarded the Top Offensive Player Award. She led the team in kills and blocks. Jade Gray, right, was awarded the Playmaker Award and Top Server Award. Jade served with a 95% accuracy. Kate ...

MHSAA suspends fall, winter sports for 3 weeks

The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced Sunday the suspension of fall sports tournaments as well as all winter practices and competitions scheduled to start over the next three weeks. The announcement was made in accordance with an executive order issued by the Michigan ...