Alpena boys tennis team defeats Cadillac

News Photo by Jonny Zawacki Alpena’s Brett Bonifas returns a volley during a No. 2 doubles match on Thursday at Alpena High School.

The Alpena boys tennis team wrapped up a busy week in style.

On Thursday, the Wildcats defeated Big North Conference rival Cadillac 4-2 for their first BNC win in a few years.

Alpena got strong efforts from the entire roster. Nehemiah Rao won at No. 1 singles 6-2 and 6-1. Ashwin Chhapamohan was victorious at No. 2 singles 6-4 and 6-3. Dean Kowalewsky earned a victory at No. 3 singles, winning by scores of 6-4 and 6-0.

The No. 2 doubles team of Josh Pokorzynski and Brett Bonifas won 6-3 and 6-3.

Kevin Cook and Josh Hart lost a heartbreaker at No. 1 doubles, dropping the first set 6-4, winning the second 7-6 and falling in the final set 10-5.

Dan Cox and Harrison Butch were defeated at No. 3 doubles, 6-1 and 6-1.

“It was an awesome day of tennis,” Alpena coach Charlie Giordano said. “There were several well played hard fought wins and tough losses. It was our first win against a BNC opponent in a long time and I’ve very proud of the boys and all of their hard work.”


Alpena 1,

Cadillac 1

CADILLAC — For the second game in a row, the Alpena boys soccer team hit the road for a Big North Conference battle and came away with a tie.

The Wildcats traveled to Cadillac on Thursday and came away with a 1-1 tie.

The Vikings came into the game in first place in the BNC.

After a scoreless first half, Cadillac took a lead on a wild scramble 10 minutes into the second half.

The Wildcats were able to tie the game up at one goal apiece later in the half when Deven Saranen found the back of the net on an assist from Grant Botha.

Neither team was able to score again and the two BNC rivals tied in what was a hard fought, physcial and competitive matchup.

“It was a good game that could have gone either way. We’ve always played great games with Cadillac and they have been on a roll lately and we knew we were in a tough situation having to go over and play them on their field, but we came out and played really well,” Alpena coach Tim Storch said. “All 13 of our players that were available tonight played well and our success is because of the defense we have played this season. Our defensive play has allowed us to be real competitive in every game and it’s been the difference in giving us chances to compete.”

The Wildcats now stand at 6-3-2 overall on the year and are 0-1-2 in BNC play.

Alpena will host Traverse City West on Tuesday.


Onaway 3,

Charlevoix 0

ONAWAY –The Onaway volleyball team put together a solid performance on Thursday, sweeping Charlevoix at Onaway High School by scores of 25-15, 15-13 and 25-14.

The Cardinals were led by Calley Selke who had 11 kills, six digs and four aces. Kennedy Crawford collected nine kills, five digs and two aces. Breya Domke added eight kills, eight digs and four aces. Mallorie Neelis dished out 22 assists and had nine digs. Malaurie McLean chipped in with six digs and five aces.

“Charlevoix is always tough. They’re very tall and athletic and I thought we played very well tonight,” Onaway coach Steve Watson said. “The energy level was great tonight and I was really pleased with how well the girls came out and played tonight.”

Onaway improves to 13-7 overall on the year and will be back in action on Tuesday when they host the defending Ski-Valley Conference champions, Forest Area.

Rogers City 3,

Hale 0

ROGERS CITY — It took a little bit until the Rogers City volleyball team got going on Thursday night, but when they did, they took care of business and swept Hale by scores of 25-22, 25-18 and 25-17.

Taylor Fleming led the Hurons with 11 digs, eight kills and three aces. Maddie Hincka added eight kills. Kyrsten Altman had 13 digs, dished out 11 assists and served three aces. Kristin Brege added 11 assists and Amanda Wirgau chipped in with 12 digs.

Rogers City improves to 6-8-3 overall on the year and will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to Hillman for another North Star League match.