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Prep Roundup: Wildcats dominant again in latest win

HARBOR SPRINGS — Despite being locked in a scoreless tie in the first half, the Alpena High boys soccer team made halftime adjustments and turned its play around in the second half, scoring eight goals and walking away with an 8-0 victory at Harbor Springs on Monday night.

“It was an unvonventional way to mercy a team and we played silly soccer in the first half. We made their (Harbor Springs) defense and goalkeeper look good,” Alpena coach Tim Storch said. “We took more of what they gave us in the second half, made some adjustments and got it done. The kids responded well.”

The Wildcats got a pair of goals from Ivo Arvidsson-Ullberg, Matt Diamond and Kyle Barbeau. Kolton Goebel and Craig Tagliareni each added a goal and Caleb Zaborney dished out two assists in the win.

Alpena improves to 7-0-1 overall on the year 1-0 in Big North Conference play and the Wildcats recorded their seventh consecutive win and seventh shut out in a row.

During the win streak, Alpena has outscored its opponents 45-0.

The Wildcats return to action Tuesday in a pivotal BNC matchup between two state ranked teams when they host Gaylord.

Alcona 8,

Whittemore-Prescott 0

LINCOLN–Brett Nelson netted a hat trick, Joel Steiner scored twice and five different Alcona players scored in an 8-0 victory over Whittemore-Prescott on Monday.

Koedy Berryhill, Vincent Mendyka and Brielle Keyser each had single goals for Alcona.

The Tigers are 3-1 overall and 2-0 in North Star League play.

Alcona plays at Oscoda on Wednesday.

FOOTBALL

Merrill 33, Alcona 8

LINCOLN–The Alcona football team fell to Merrill 33-8 in its home opener last Friday.

Dominic Howe led Alcona’s offense with 99 rushing yards on 18 carries and Mason Clark had 68 rushing yards and Alcona’s only touchdown.

Clark led Alcona defensively with five tackles and a fumble recovery.

Alcona is 1-1 on the season and plays at Oscoda on Friday.

Tawas 14,

Rogers City 6

TAWAS–The Rogers City football team had scoring chances last Friday, but came up short against Tawas and lost 14-6.

A two-yard run by Lukas Herrick with 4:06 to play and a conversion was enough to push the Braves past the Hurons (0-2).

Rogers City quarterback Isaac Hein scored on a one-yard run with 6:05 to tie the game at six, but the Hurons were held to single digits again a week after losing to Whittemore-Prescott 12-8.

Tawas scored late in the first half on a four-yard pass and took a 6-0 lead into halftime.

The Hurons host Harbor Springs on Friday in their home opener.

CROSS COUNTRY

Wildcats fare well in Midland

MIDLAND–Thirty one Alpena High runners turned in season-best performances and Alpena’s teams both finished fourth in the large schools division at the Lancer Invitational on Saturday.

In all, 15 Alpena runners medaled on the day.

Jacob Kochanski led Alpena’s boys team with a 15th place finish in 18:07.34. Alpena’s other finishers included Lucas Manning (19th, 18:13.90); Cameron Young (26th, 18:13.90); James Kuhl (27th, 18:30.53); Hunter Hitzelberger (27th, 18:31.88); Elijah Allen (34th, 18:54.85); Blake Macdonald (38th, 19:11.66) and Matthew Guest (46th, 19:31.83).

Madi Szymanski (7th, 20:49.11) led Alpena’s girls team and was followed by Molly Dickinson (22nd, 22:13.06); Grace Mitchell (25th, 22:31.48); Kaylee Rondeau (27th, 22:38.89); Alexis Reynolds (30th, 22:45.56) and Tiffany Foster (53rd, 24:07.86).

Alpena will compete in the Spartan Invite at Forest Akers East on the campus of Michigan State University on Friday.

VOLLEYBALL

Onaway goes .500 in Petoskey tourney

PETOSKEY — The Onaway volleyball team competed in a tournament at Petoskey on Saturday and finished the day 2-2.

The Cardinals opened with a win over Benzie, 25-12 and 25-20; lost to eventual champions Petoskey, 25-23 and 25-16; bounced back to defeat Pellston, 25-18 and 25-17 and lost their final game to Midland Dow who were the tournament runner-up, 25-14 and 25-12.

Breya Domke led Onaway with 31 kills, 27 digs and seven aces. Mallorie Neelis dished out 42 assists and had eight kills. Malaurie McLean added eight kills and seven aces, Jordan Larson finished with 23 digs, Jackie Sellke recorded 11 digs, nine aces and five kills and Lexi Horton chipped in with seven aces.

Onaway is 5-8-1 overall on the year and will be back in action Tuesday when it hosts Central Lake in its Ski-Valley Conference opener.