PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats’ season ends with district loss
PETOSKEY–The Alpena High volleyball team’s season came to an end on Monday as the Wildcats were swept by Traverse City Central in a Division 1 district quarterfinal.
Central won 25-19, 25-15 and 25-11.
Allie DeRocher had five kills and nine digs for Alpena and Aubree Sheldon had 11 digs.
Alpena finished the season with an 18-16-3 record.
Rogers City 1
JOHANNESBURG–Despite playing arguably its best match of the season, the Rogers City volleyball team came up short in a Division 3 district quarterfinal on Monday, losing to Charlevoix in four sets.
Charlevoix won 25-22, 22-25, 25-20 and 26-24.
The Hurons kept things close all night and got good play throughout its lineup, as evidenced by several solid stretches of play.
“My team played the best they’ve played all year. They gave 110% and I’m very happy with that,” Rogers City coach Erin Brege said. “The intensity was there, they put it all together and they did their best.”
Makenna Fessler had 11 kills, 13 digs, five blocks and two aces for the Hurons; Kristin Brege had 27 digs, three kills and 24 assists; Kyrsten Altman had 15 kills, 16 digs and an ace; Alayna Sorget had five kills and four blocks and Brooke Saile had 22 digs and two kills.
Brege, who took over as Rogers City’s coach this season, praised her team for its growth during the season, noting that the Hurons finished the season as a completely different team from when they started in August.
“They put it together mentally, with their skill level and their attitude. They showed that out on the court,” Brege said. “It was great to see that improvement across the board.”
McBain 14, Oscoda 12
OSCODA–The Oscoda football team started fast and raced out to a 12-0 lead on Friday, but couldn’t stop McBain from rallying and ultimately lost to the Ramblers 14-12 in a Division 7 playoff game.
The Ramblers scored on a long touchdown pass late in the first half and ran a successful conversion play to cut Oscoda’s halftime lead to 12-8.
McBain took the lead for good on its first possession of the second half, eating up the clock with a long drive that ultimately ended in a touchdown.
Oscoda forced a fumble and recovered it with about two minutes to play, but the Owls’ ensuing drive stalled and Oscoda eventually turned the ball over on downs in the red zone.
By comparison, the Owls started the game on fire. Oscoda scored on its first drive on a touchdown by Robert Host and then blocked a McBain punt to set up a short touchdown drive, taking a 12-0 lead on a touchdown by Owen Franklin less than six minutes into the game.
Oscoda finished the season with an 8-2 record.