Banks breaks Hillman record in 800 run

FAIRVIEW – Brandon Banks broke the Hillman 800 run school record with a time of 2:08.14 on Tuesday when the Tigers traveled to Fairview for a North Star League meet.

Banks also won the 1,600 run (4:52.98) and was part of the winning 1,600 relay team with Sheldon Elkie, Seth Knaggs and Billy Kolcan (3:51.98).

Kolcan was Hillman’s other big winner, pacing the field in the high jump (5-10), long jump (19-3 1/4) and 400 dash (53.8).

Other top boys finishers for Hillman were:Knaggs in the long jump (2nd, 18-2). Gabe Cordes in the discus (2nd, 93-0); Matt Hunt in the 110 hurdles (2nd, 19.06); the 400 relay team of Elkie, Hunt, Knaggs and Zach Tadajewski (1st, 49.17) and Elke in the 200 dash (1st, 24.93).

For Hillman’s girls team, Emilee Noffze won the high jump (4-7) and 100 dash (15.16). Kassie Holford won the discus (90-0) and took second in shot put (29-8). Alexa Marques took second in the high jump (4-7) and 400 dash (1:16.9).

Other finishers for Hillman included: Cheyanne Gardner in the discus (3rd, 60-9); Anna Callender in long jump (3rd, 13-8 3/4); Alexis Mutschler in the 800 run (3:10.71) and the 400 relay team of Mutschler, Noffze, Holford and Marques (2nd, 1:01.04).


Cadillac 5, Alpena 3

CADILLAC-The Alpena girls tennis team turned in a solid performance on Tuesday against Cadillac, despite losing 5-3.

Alpena took three flights from the Vikings and coach Charlie Giordano said it’s been several years since the Wildcats have done that against a Big North Conference opponent.

Macy Cosbitt and Jordan Sengenberger won at second doubles, 6-3, 6-3; Brynna smith and Taylor Belanger won at three doubles, 6-2, 6-3 and the four doubles team of Marissa Centala and Priya Pokorzynski won 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

“I’m proud of all of my players due to their hard work and willingness to adapt during a match whether they win or lose,” Giordano said. “All the girls are working to help each other improve.”


Alpena competes in Cadillac

CADILLAC-The Alpena boys golf team shot a 364 during a Big North Conference meet in Cadillac on Tuesday, improving its score of 369 from the weekend. But the score wasn’t enough for the Wildcats to score any conference points.

Tommy Hein, Zach Ross and Evan LeTourneau all shot under 90 for Alpena, Ben Dault shot a 98 and Jake Vought and Alec Paulsells shot just over 100.

The JV team shot a 402, shaving 10 strokes off its score from the weekend. Nate Cosbitt led Alpena with a 94.


Alpena takes 2 from Trojans

TRAVERSE CITY-The Alpena JV softball team made quick work of Traverse City Central on Tuesday, toppling the Trojans 16-0 (five innings) and 27-2 (3 innings).

In the opener, Kady Gehrke earned the win for Alpena (13-0). She allowed two hits with nine strikeouts and no walks.

Tara Myers was 3-for-5 and fell a double short of hitting for the cycle. Kortney Dunn was 2-for-5.

In the second game, Lilly Lewis earned the win, striking out three and walking two.

Natalie Jaskolski was 4-for-4 with a grand slam, a single and two doubles; Jaime Modrzynski was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a single and Rachel McDonald was 2-for-4 with a double and a single.

Alpena hosts Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday.


Alpena sweeps Trojans

TRAVERSE CITY – The Alpena JV baseball team earned two big victories, sweeping a doubleheader against Traverse City Central on Tuesday.

The Wildcats were victorious in game one by a final score of 12-2.

Lucas Crosby went the distance on the mound, tossing seven innings, allowing six hits and struck out five.

Bruz Copping, Owen Limback, Aiden Goike, Logan Guthrie, Colin Donajkowski and Crosby all collected two hits apiece in the win.

Alpena held on for a 5-4 win in game two behind five strong innings on the mound from Copping, before Guthrie came in to pitch the final two innings of relief.

Offensively, the Wildcats were led by Goike, Copping and Kyle Van Dusen who each had two hits apiece.

Alpena improves to 5-1 overall on the season and will be back in action on Thursday when it hosts Sault Ste. Marie.


TC Central 8, Alpena 0

TRAVERSE CITY-The Alpena girls soccer team had another rough night on Tuesday, losing 8-0 to Traverse City Central.

The Trojans won by mercy-rule and ended the game early in the second half.

“Our girls continued to play hard and it’s a process. We’re taking baby steps,” Alpena coach Tim Storch said. “Despite the score, (goaltender) Maren Winter made some quality saves.”

Alpena is 2-4 overall and 1-3 in Big North Conference play. The Wildcats host Cheboygan on Thursday.