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Player’s Pub Alpena Women’s League champs

Courtesy Photo Player’s Pub topped Ridge Runners 7-2 to win the championship. Leading hitters: Alexis Smith 3-3, Emily Vivian 2-3, Leah Tolan 2-3, Kara Gehrke 2-3, Jade Schultz 2-3, Cassandra Shaw 1-3 and Kelli Francisco 1-3 with an RBI coming off a sac fly. Pictured here, back row, from ...

Hillman Horseshoe Club hosts its first-ever MHPA Tournament

HILLMAN — Hillman’s first sanctioned horseshoe tournament was a success. Under sunny skies, the unmistakable clang of horseshoes filled the air as more than a dozen pitchers from around the state squared off at Emerick Park during a Michigan Horseshoe Pitchers Association tournament on ...

Alpena alum Adam Urlaub signs LOI with ACC

Nearly two weeks ago, Alpena Community College men’s basketball coach Mark Jacobs was talking with assistant coach Andy Marwede about Adam Urlaub. A person who overheard the conversation, told Jacobs that Urlaub sounded “just like a Mark Jacobs athlete.” Now Urlaub will get the chance ...

Kennedy Ellis competes on TCJGA tour

Alpena High senior Kennedy Ellis completed the Traverse City Junior Golf Association (TCJGA),  Northern Michigan junior golf tour ranked second place overall in the girls elite division. The tour consisted of 10 tournaments throughout the summer. The tour’s 36 hole championship was held Aug. ...

Local players sign LOIs with Alpena Community College

Alpena Community College had several athletes sign their Letters of Intent on Monday. All six players will be joining the ACC softball team next season and several of them will also participate in other sports. Pictured left to right are: Jade Schultz (basketball and softball); Dayna LaBell ...

Swinson, Nunneley take top honors in City Open

Despite rainy conditions and tough competition, Nathan Swinson and Courtney Nunneley did what they needed to do to rise to the top. The two of them took top honors at the conclusion of the 53rd annual City Open on Sunday, playing through rainy conditions during the final round at River’s ...

Horseshoe enthusiast, volunteers bring new courts to Hillman

HILLMAN — For Don Mueller, horseshoes have been a lifelong interest. He grew up playing horseshoes in his backyard and met his wife Vicki playing horseshoes downstate. He’s been a National Horseshoe Pitching Association member since 1995, pitches on a local league in Lewiston and has ...

MHSAA waits to clear football, soccer, volleyball games

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan High School Athletic Association said Wednesday that competition can begin Aug. 19 and 21 for lower-risk sports like golf, tennis and cross country, but it held off on allowing the start of football, volleyball and soccer games during the coronavirus pandemic. The ...

ThunderCats battle back to win Thunderstruck Tournament

The Alpena ThunderCats 12U softball team took top honors in the 10th annual Alpena Thunderstruck Tournament this past weekend. They were 5-0 over the weekend.  They battled back from a 6-2 deficit in the last inning against Team Michigan from Grosse Pointe and won the championship game, ...

Thunderstruck Tournament continues in Alpena

Tournament Results 12U Division Saturday Ogemaw Outlaws White 6, Fanatics 3 Thundercats 13, Ogemaw Outlaws-Mattson 1 PI Panthers-Orr 5, Fanatics 4 Team Michigan 12, Ogemaw Outlaws-Mattson 0 Team Michigan 13, PI Panthers-Orr 1 Thundercats 8, Ogemaw Outlaws White 5 Sunday ...

Alpena hosts annual Thunderstruck Tournament

Tournament Results 12U Ogemaw Outlaws White 11, Ogemaw Outlaws-Mattson 4 Fanatics vs. Team Michigan (score not available at press time) Thundercats 13, PI Panthers-Orr 4 14U Thundercats 10, Cheboygan Chaos 6 Ogemaw Outlaws 7, Moran Iron Works 3 Mt. Pleasant Drillers 12, PI ...

Kobielus, Mepham ink LOIs to join ACC women’s hoops

During their high school basketball careers, Jordan Kobielus and Morgan Mepham stood out for their versatility and willingness to wear many hats to help their teams. Now both of them will get a chance to show off their versatility at the next level. Dreams came true for Kobielus and Mepham ...

Alpena hosting annual Thunderstruck Tournament this weekend

Youth softball players have every reason to be excited this weekend. During the 10th annual Thunderstruck Tournament, Alpena will host nearly three dozen teams for games in the 12U, 14U and high school divisions. Play begins on Friday and continues through Sunday. “It’s awesome (to ...

Alpena Sports Hall of Fame cancels annual banquet

Due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the Alpena Sports Hall of Fame has cancelled its annual banquet and enshrinement dinner. The Hall of Fame’s board of directors voted on the cancelation Monday, marking the first time in the Hall of Fame’s history that the banquet has ...

Alpena 12U Thundercats win PIGS Tournament

The 12U Alpena Thundercats softball team went undefeated last weekend to become the 12U champions of the annual Rogers City PIGS softball tournament. They beat Moran Iron Works Vulcans in the championship game.  Aubrey Weiland pitched for the Thundercats and Anna Wood was the pitcher for the ...

11U Blockheads finish second in Ogemaw Invite

The Thunder Bay Blockheads 11U baseball team took second place in the Ogemaw Invitational this past weekend, suffering their first loss of the season. Pictured left to right are: front: Cam McEwen, Parker Kaiser, Evan Hahn, Ethan Walker, Clark Weir and Gavin Ross; back: Owen Kaiser, Bryson ...

Softball star Woloszyk headed to Alpena Sports Hall of Fame

As far back as she can remember, Shannon (Domrase) Woloszyk was always playing ball. “From when I was a young girl starting out to playing ball with my sister and brothers in our backyard, I played with all my heart,” Woloszyk said. “I played for the love the game; I could never get ...

Team-first attitude leads Eric Puls to Alpena Sports Hall of Fame

One look at Eric Puls’ resume reveals a plethora of individual basketball accomplishments. ∫ 937 career points, good for sixth on Alpena’s all-time scoring list ∫ Class A all-state honors ∫ All-Big North Conference honors ∫ A district championship ∫ Two-time Alpena News ...

Marwede finds success on disc golf pro tour

Andy Marwede is living the dream. With three dozen wins, five figures in earnings and sponsorships — including his own signature discs — Marwede is having fun and finding success as a pro on the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) tour. “I’m having a blast with it,” Marwede ...

RC’s Sauve to bowl at Concordia

During a four-year high school bowling career with Rogers City, Jayce Sauve has always been striving to improve, always working to expand his knowledge of the game. Sauve’s hard work was realized when he signed his letter of intent to bowl at Concordia University last month. “It feels ...