Wildcats clipped by Trojans; Hillman boys win 13th straight game
TRAVERSE CITY–The Alpena High hockey team traveled to Traverse City on Friday and fell just short against Traverse City Central in a 3-2 defeat.
The Trojans jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first period, before the Wildcats (13-5-3, 4-2-1 Big North) answered with a goal by Lars MacArthur, assisted by Kyle VanDusen.
VanDusen tied the game with an unassisted goal on a power play in the second period to tie the game at 2-2.
The Trojans then went on to score early in the third period to take a 3-2 lead and that ended up being enough to pull out the victory.
“We started slow,” Alpena coach Chris Limback said. “That made it tough, but I thought we responded well and bounced back. It was a great game, great playoff-type atmosphere, but obviously we wish we could have gotten the win. But hey, there’s always tomorrow.”
Cooper Black had 19 saves for the Wildcats, while the Trojans recorded 18 saves.
Alpena plays again Saturday at Traverse City West at 1 p.m.
Gaylord St. Mary 66
GAYLORD–The Onaway boys basketball team traveled to Gaylord to take on Gaylord St. Mary on Friday and came away with a 83-66 victory.
The Cardinals (6-8, 6-6 Ski Valley Conference) pulled away in the second half after it was a tight game in the first 16 minutes of play. The game was tied after one quarter and the Cardinals held a 36-28 lead at the half before pulling away for the win.
“I thought our defense in the second half was great,” Onaway coach Eddy Szymoniak said. “Our ball movement was really good too, and we did enough to end up winning the game comfortably; it was close early.”
Trevor Wregglesworth had a big night for the Cardinals, leading them with 30 points, 17 rebounds, and seven assists. Kevin Pearson chipped in with 19 points, seven assists, and six rebounds while Cody Neelis contributed by adding 13 points of his own.
Onaway returns to action when it plays at Posen on Monday.
Hillman 75, Alcona 60
HILLMAN–The Hillman boys basketball team continued its undefeated season with a 75-60 win over Alcona on Friday.
The Tigers (13-0, 10-0 North Star League) used a 45-point second half to pull away from Alcona (9-6, 7-5 North Star League). Hillman led by just four at halftime but the second half was very different story.
“The story of the game was our second half,” Hillman coach Eric Muszynski said. “We had an offensive outburst, but it all started with our defense. We got in the passing lanes, forced turnovers, and were able to get out in transition. It was our best offensive game of the season, 75 points is the most we’ve scored all year. It’s very impressive that we were able to score 45 points in the second half of a high school basketball game.”
Brandon Banks had a complete performance to lead Hillman, scoring 23 points, while grabbing five rebounds, dishing out five assists, and recording five steals. Andrew Funk chipped in with 21 points and six rebounds, while Kory Henigan and Jared Juergens each added 13 points.
Antavius Mikazes led Alcona with 17 points, and Alex Stephenson scored 14. Jordan Steiner chipped in with 13 and Conner McCoy added 10.
WHITTEMORE–The Posen girls basketball team defeated Whittemore-Prescott on the road on Friday by a score of 47-33.
The win gives the Vikings (9-6, 8-3 North Star League) the Little Dipper division title. The game was close throughout, with the Vikings leading by seven entering the fourth quarter. They then used an 11-3 run early in the period to put the game away.
Brooke Ciarkowski led Posen with 18 points and Cami LaTulip chipped in with 13.
The Posen J.V. team also was victorious over Whittemore-Prescott, winning 32-24. Mikayla Kamyszek led the Vikings with 18 points.
Posen returns to action when it plays at Au Gres on Monday.