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PREP ROUNDUP: Lightfoot shines as Wildcats tie Powers

GAYLORD–Colin Lightfoot made 48 saves and the Alpena High team responded twice to goals from Flint Powers on Friday to tie the Chargers 2-2 in Gaylord.

Tanner Orban scored in the second period for Alpena (1-4-1) to tie the game 1-1 and Blaise Keller lit the lamp in the third period to tie the game 2-2.

“I thought we made great strides again. We made great strides and continued to learn things we need to do to be successful,” Alpena coach Chris Limback said. “Colin played great for us; one of his best games as a Wildcat.”

Alpena will be back in action at 10 a.m. Saturday in Gaylord against Grand Rapids Catholic Central.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Posen 45, Fairview 34

FAIRVIEW–Elena Kalbitzer scored 16 points, Riley Krajniak added 11 and the Posen girls basketball team’s patience led it to a 45-34 win over Fairview on Friday.

Posen (3-1, 1-1 North Star League) led 29-20 after three quarters and outscored the Eagles 16-14 in the fourth quarter, displaying good patience against Fairview’s zone defense to score buckets down low. Ella Szatkowski added eight points for Posen, including six in the fourth quarter.

Posen led 11-10 after one quarter and 17-14 at halftime.

“It was a close game. Fairview played us tough and Fairview is a tough place to play,” Posen coach Karl Momrik said.

Katelyn Bowers paced Fairview with 18 points.

“They got up on us a couple at halftime and got us a little bit in the third quarter,” Fairview coach Marc Winton said. “Coming off Tuesday (a 58-18 loss against Johannesburg-Lewiston), I was glad we showed up to play.”

Posen will host Au Gres in a triple-header on Monday. Posen’s JV boys team will play at 4:30 p.m., Posen’s varsity girls team plays at 6 p.m. and Posen’s varsity boys team plays at 7:30 p.m.

Fairview plays at Hale on Tuesday.

Posen’s JV team improved to 4-0 with a 38-14 win over the Eagles. Ava Wesner paced Posen with 26 points and Mia Newhouse added 10.

Hillman 44, Hale 19

HALE–Bailey Schook posted a double-double of 14 points and 10 steals as the Hillman girls basketball team defeated Hale 44-19 on Friday to win its third straight game.

Hillman (3-1) kicked things up a notch in the second half, breaking a 16-16 tie at halftime and outscoring the Eagles 28-3 in the final 16 minutes of play.

“We played good defense, we kicked it into gear in the third quarter and got some steals and held them to three points,” Hillman coach Jenny Taratuta said.

Jessica Jones had eight points and six steals for Hillman, Julia Taratuta had eight points and three steals and Melanie Morrison had eight points.

Hillman plays at Atlanta on Monday in a varsity doubleheader.

Alcona 38, Tawas 33

LINCOLN–The Alcona girls basketball team found another gear in crunch time on Friday.

Megan Grove scored 11 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Tigers to a 38-33 win over Tawas at home.

The Tigers (2-1) trailed 29-27 after three quarters, but Grove single-handedly outscored Tawas 11-4 in the fourth quarter as Alcona put together a stellar effort on both ends of the floor.

Tawas led 14-8 after one after, 18-15 at halftime and 29-27 after three quarters before Alcona took over.

“(I’m) very proud of how we were able to come back and win in the fourth quarter,” Alcona coach Mark Feldhiser said. “This team is showing some toughness.”

Lily Bilbey led a solid defensive effort by Alcona and added seven points.

Tawas was led by Carley Brown with 18 points.

Alcona plays at Whittemore-Prescott on Tuesday.

Au Gres 34, Atlanta 26

ATLANTA–Another slow start hurt the Atlanta girls basketball team’s chances to win on Friday.

Atlanta played well in the second half, but had too big a hole to dig out of and lost to Au Gres 34-26 at home.

Abbey LaPorte had nine points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta (0-2), but the Huskies trailed 21-13 at halftime and couldn’t rally back all the way.

“It was the same as the first game. We had a slow start and got put in a position where we had to dig ourselves out,” Atlanta coach Jeremy Kobielus said.

Tanaysja Tidwell added four points and six steals for Atlanta.

The Huskies host Hillman on Monday in a varsity doubleheader.

Onaway 58, Central Lake 51

CENTRAL LAKE–The Onaway girls basketball team caught a break at the right time on Friday.

Trailing Central Lake for most of the game, the Cardinals played the last nine minutes of the game with a 5-on-4 advantage after Central Lake ran into foul trouble and won 58-51.

Breya Domke led Onaway (2-1) with 19 points and Jillian Chaskey added 15 points, including going 10-of-12 from the free throw line.

Onaway trailed 19-16 after one quarter, 37-21 at halftime and 43-37 after three quarters.

“We were getting whooped 5-on-5, but the kids played hard and never gave up,” Onaway coach John George said. “It took us quite a while to pull even.”

Onaway hosts Forest Area on Wednesday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Atlanta 68, Au Gres 59

ATLANTA–Zach Roux had a monster of a game as the Atlanta boys basketball team defeated Au Gres 68-59 on Friday.

Roux collected 22 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and six blocks as the Huskies (1-1) broke a 31-31 halftime stalemate by overpowering the Wolverines in the second half.

“We had a very good first quarter and we kind of had a lapse in the second quarter where we weren’t communicating,” Atlanta coach Kevin Karen said. “In the second half we locked in again, refocused and took advantage of some easy plays.”

Aaron Cuzzort added 21 points and seven assists for Atlanta.

The Huskies host Hillman on Monday in a varsity doubleheader.

Tawas 48, Alcona 41

TAWAS–A late offensive surge by the opposition spelled defeat for the Alcona boys basketball team Thursday as the Tigers lost 48-41 to Tawas.

Alcona (1-1) led 33-32 after three quarters, but Tawas responded by outscored the Tigers 16-8 in the final eight minutes, including six points from Cam Groff.

Alcona trailed 16-10 after one quarter and 23-21 at halftime.

Dominic Howe paced Alcona with 13 points, Robbie Barbato added seven and Aidan Wrobel and DJ Howe each had six.

Groff paced Tawas with 24 points.

Alcona hosts Whittemore-Prescott on Monday.

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