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Alpena’s Ellis opens season at Lober Invitational

Alpena High School junior Kennedy Ellis received an individual invitation to represent the Wildcats at the Traverse City Central Lober Invitational for girls golf at the Grand Traverse Resort on Aug. 19-20. This is her first tournament of the 2019 season.  Ellis completed the two-day, ...

High school football is back

Football is back. Nearly nine months of offseason has come and gone and high school teams around the state are back on the gridiron as they prepare for the upcoming 2019 football season. Some area teams wasted no time beginning practices as Posen continued its annual tradition when the ...

Victory times three

Courtney Nunneley and Tom Lahner just on keep winning. The two of them pulled off a three-peat at the 52nd annual City Open on Sunday and were back in a familiar spot, hoisting the tournament’s championship trophies at the end of the two-day tournament which started at River’s Edge Golf ...

Alpena semi-pro hockey team to start play in November

A new semi-professional hockey team is coming to Alpena. The Alpena North Stars, a single-A semi-pro team will begin play this season at Northern Lights Arena. The team will be part of the new Interstate Hockey League and will be joined by the Battle Creek Cavalry, Bay City Americans, Flint ...

Alpena hockey player Gentry headed to camp in New York

Hard work is paying off in spades for Emma Gentry this summer. Gentry, an Alpena native, was one of five Michigan players selected for the 2019 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival in Lake Placid, New York. The week-long event runs from Aug. 5-14 and will feature some of the top U18 and U22 ...

A big day for Onaway

A pair of Onaway High School graduates will be continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level during the 2019-2020 school year. Onaway’s Calley Selke and Britney Buczkowski each signed their National Letter of Intent to play sports at Alpena Community College and became ...

Doubek returns to coach Alpena High volleyball team

The Alpena High School volleyball program will have a familiar face on the sideline next season. Melissa Doubek is returning to lead the Wildcats more than 25 years after she started the school’s varsity program. She’ll succeed Kolby Andrews, who coached Alpena last season. “I’ve ...

Alpena alum Cunningham inducted into national Hall of Fame

During his long coaching career, John Cunningham has earned a slew of awards and been inducted into several different Halls of Fame. But last month, Cunningham received an honor that even he admits ranks among the best in his career. Cunningham, a 1963 graduate of Alpena High School, was ...

A new look for Alpena

Alpena High School is in the process of getting some major upgrades. A few days after school was dismissed for the summer, the athletic facilities on the campus of Alpena High School began undergoing some major changes. These upgrades include the gymnasium floor being redone and repainted, ...

A total team effort

ALPENA — From minor cuts, scrapes, sprains, and bruises to concussions and broken bones, there’s always potential for injuries during high school athletic events. For local high schools, the health and safety of athletes is a top priority. But when injuries happen, do those athletes get ...

2019 All-Alpena News Baseball Team

Pitcher Bruz Copping—Alpena ∫ All-Big North Conference first team ∫ Voted Alpena’s pitching co-MVP ∫ Finished with a 10-2 record and a 2.09 ERA ∫ Struck out 58 batters and walked 18 batters in 69 innings pitched Pitcher Keegan Spomer—Alpena ∫ All-Big North ...

A game changer

For the past two years, a lot of questions surrounded Alpena High School’s all-time scoring leader Chris DeRocher. There was never a question of whether DeRocher could play basketball at the collegiate level. It was a question of where DeRocher was going to continue his athletic career if ...

Brooke Ciarkowski signs on to play softball at ACC

Alpena Community College softball coach Christin Sobeck has been busy in her first full offseason since being named head coach. Sobeck has brought in plenty of talent so far this summer with the hopes of those talented athletes helping the Lumberjacks turn the program around on the softball ...

2019 All-Alpena News Softball Team

2019 All-Alpena News Softball Team In an exciting year of softball, 10 local players proved to be among Northeast Michigan’s best. Ten players—four pitchers and six position players (regardless of position)—have been chosen to represent the 2019 All-Alpena News softball team. After a ...

Hillman Little League softball team wins district title

Hillman’s Little League softball team won the District 8 tournament Wednesday night, defeating Gaylord 16-2. Nicole Barbeau pitched a gem for Hillman allowing one hit with 16 strikeouts in six innings. At the plate, she was 2-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI. Gretchen Weiland was ...

DeRocher named AD at ACC

Cindy DeRocher has been named the new athletic director at Alpena Community College, replacing longtime AD Frank McCourt, who announced his retirement as of July 1. DeRocher, who has previously served as the assistant director at ACC as well as the assistant women’s basketball coach, steps ...

Alpena names Mitchell as new football coach

Eric Mitchell has seen a lot during his time with the Alpena High School football program and has watched the Wildcats go through ups, downs and a lot of changes. Now after five years as an assistant, Mitchell is getting a promotion. Mitchell was announced as Alpena’s new coach on Wednesday ...

Coaching them up

The Alpena High School and Alpena Community College volleyball programs went back to basics this week. Players from both programs held their first ever joint volleyball camp during a three-day stretch at Thunder Bay Junior High School. The camp began on Thursday and will continue through ...

Rogers City’s Catheryn Hart to play 2 sports with Lumberjacks

It’s hard for Catheryn Hart to decide which sport she’s more passionate about, volleyball or softball. Lucky for Hart, she won’t have to choose one over the other at the next level. Hart signed her letters of intent to play both volleyball and softball for Alpena Community College on ...

Local softball players honored for 2019 play

Several local softball players earned all-state honors from the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association for their play during the 2019 season. After a run to the Division 4 semifinals, senior shortstop Taylor Fleming and junior pitcher Kyrsten Altman both earned first team all-state ...