Day sets new course record at BNC meet

WEST BRANCH-Mitchell Day set a new course record and the Alpena High School boys cross country team finished third in the second Big North Conference meet of the season at Ogemaw Heights on Tuesday.

Day won the boys race, finishing in 15:43 and the Wildcats finished third behind Traverse City West. Behind Day, Isaac Cross finished fourth (16:43) and Aden Smith (16:52) and Josh Smith(17:14) performed with personal best times, keeping them in the top pack. They are both in contention for 2nd Team All Conference.

“They have both been a fantastic addition to our team this year! With a crew of 14 freshmen boys, these two have made their impact and are keeping the program strong for AHS,” Alpena coach Joy Bullis said.

Cross and Day are both in contention for first-team all-conference as well.

Nine more personal best times were recorded for Alpena including Robert Fairchild, Ferro Fathuratherma, Seth Haugerud, Jakob Lewis, Alex Molter, Evan Thayer, Nic Timmreck, Jacob Washburn and Ryan Wirgau.

Alpena’s girls team finished sixth with Traverse City Central winning the meet. Maddy Boyd led Alpena for the fourth meet in a row, finishing 17th overall with a time of 20:50. Three new personal records were also achieved by Demi Oliver, Sativa Savage and Ann Bell.

The final competition for the Big North Conference title will be help on Oct. 20 in Gaylord.


Onaway 3,

Joburg 0

ONAWAY-The Onaway volleyball team took a big step closer to a Ski Valley Conference title on Tuesday.

The No. 8 Cardinals shook off deficits in two games and improved to 6-0 in conference play after sweeping Johannesburg-Lewiston 25-17, 25-23, 27-25.

“We won ugly, but sometimes you have to do that. We showed a lot of heart,” Onaway coach Steve Watson said.

With regular setter Taylor Ehrke out of the lineup, sophomore Jaclyn Nash stepped up and had a solid game in her place for Onaway (21-8-5), finishing with 20 assists and four digs.

“You’ve got to appreciate the hard work Jaclyn Nash has been putting in for us all season,” Watson said. “Whenever we have a 6-on-6 situation (in practice), it’s her versus Taylor.”

Jade Galer added six kills, two aces and 21 digs for the Cardinals and Maddie McLean had five kills, four aces and four digs. Alison LeFave added four kills, three aces and eight digs and Vydailia Letts had five kills, nine digs and two blocks. Kiersten Walde added seven digs.

Onaway plays at Bellaire next Tuesday.

Rogers 3, Posen 0

ROGERS CITY-The Rogers City volleyball team got its offense clicking early and often against Posen on Tuesday, sweeping the Vikings 25-11, 25-18, 25-11.

Sara Meredith had 15 kills and 15 digs for the Hurons (15-7-1, 6-0 North Star League) and Taylor Fleming had seven kills and two blocks. Kayla Rabeau had four kills and 10 digs and Hannah Dittmar had two kills. Megan Brege added 17 digs and three aces and Jayna Hance had 12 digs. Ally Streich had nine digs, six aces and 23 assists and Erika Peacock had eight digs.

“We were clicking pretty good tonight on the net,” Rogers City coach Jackie Quaine said. “I was happy with our defense and the setter and our hitters were clicking.”

Posen hosts Hillman on Thursday and the Hurons will play in a tournament at Suttons Bay on Saturday.

Hillman 3, Hale 2

HILLMAN-The Hillman volleyball team went down to the wire with Hale on Tuesday and came out on the winning end, topping the Eagles in five sets. Hillman won 22-25, 25-11, 25-21, 15-25, 15-3.

Kristen Kenyon had 16 aces and seven kills for the Tigers and Kalen Tchorzynski added six kills, nine aces and 23 digs.

Hillman plays at Posen on Thursday.

Alcona 3, Whittemore-Prescott 0

LINCOLN-The Alcona volleyball team made quick work of Whittemore-Prescott on Tuesday, sweeping the Cardinals 25-15, 25-12, 25-19.

Sierra Forsythe had nine kills and six aces for the Tigers, Sydney Pierce and Sam Zerbst each had 14 digs and Keilee Elmer had 28 assists.