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PREP ROUNDUP: Ellis finishes 23rd at state golf finals

EAST LANSING–Alpena junior Kennedy Ellis fared better on Day 2 of the Division 2 state girls golf finals on Saturday, shooting an 83 to finish 23rd overall.

Ellis shot a 94 on Friday and finished with a two-day total of 177.

South Lyon’s Gabriella Tapp, who led the field after the first round, won the individual title with a two-day total of 150.

Ellis finished the season with a second team all-Big North selection and qualified for the state finals after shooting an 81; her best score in three years of playing in regionals.

CROSS COUNTRY

Five medal for Alpena in Gaylord

GAYLORD–Five members of the Alpena High cross country team came home with medals from the Northern Michigan Championships on Saturday.

Jacob Kochanski, Lucas Manning, Hunter Hitzelberger, Kaylee Rondeau and Molly Dickinson all medaled for the Wildcats out of a field of more than 800 runners.

Alpena’s varsity boys team finished ninth and the varsity girls finished 12th. Alpena’s JV boys team finished fifth.

In all, 19 Alpena runners ran a new PR: Elijah Allen (17:52.69), Hayden Allen (19:07.97), Jacob Foust (20:51.02), Matthew Guest (18:56.83), Hunter Hitzelberger (17:27.78), Lucas Manning (17:19.77), Jacob Kochanski (17:10.17), Nehemiah Rao (18:44.04), Eli Rondeau (19:12.76), Tom Sheridan (19:12.85), Tyler VanCleave (24:52.04), Jinglong Yang (21:52.56), Karlin Decker (25:21.52), Tiffany Foster (23:17.84), Katie Foust (24:47.98), Emeline Hanna (26:14.54), Kaylee Rondeau (20:37.13), Ava Shriner (25:13.86) and Veronica Zaborney (24:56.54).

Additionally, five Alpena runners posted new career bests: Blake Macdonald (18:29.74), Ben Poli (19:20.15); Reed Sexton (22:22.99); Brendan Stepaniak (19:47.26) and Grace Mitchell (22:00.20).

Kochanski paced Alpena’s varsity boys team with a 22nd place finish and Manning was 39th.

Rondeau paced Alpena’s varsity girls team with a 33rd place finish and Dickinson (21:08.54) was 46th.

FOOTBALL

Hale 76, Atlanta 28

ATLANTA–Aaron Cuzzort and Matt Meyers had standout performances for the Atlanta football team on Friday, but the Huskies had a hard time keeping pace with Hale and lost 76-28.

Cuzzort was 11-of-17 passing for 208 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for the Huskies (2-6). Meyers had a big night as well, catching seven balls for 144 yards and two touchdowns.

Atlanta will close out the regular season against Hillman at home on Friday.