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PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats top Chiefs to win season opener

CHEBOYGAN–Kelley Stark and Cooper Bright scored 14 points each to lead the Alpena High boys basketball team to a 50-39 win over Cheboygan on Tuesday in the Wildcats’ season opener.

Alpena led 18-12 after one quarter and upped its lead to 34-23 by halftime and 44-33 after three quarters.

“I thought defensively we played pretty well. Holding them under 40, we did a lot of good things there especially in the second half,” Alpena coach John Pintar said. “Offensively, we had moments where we made some nice plays. But we made some opening night mistakes and we need to cut down on turnovers.”

Alpena hosts Sault Ste. Marie next Tuesday.

Alpena’s JV team defeated Cheboygan 45-27. Noah Marquardt led Alpena with 12 points, Mason Mumford had nine points and Austin Prue chipped in with eight.

Oscoda 84, Au Gres 31

OSCODA–The Oscoda boys basketball opened their season with a dominating win on Tuesday, toppling Au Gres 84-31 at home.

Owen Franklin scored 19 points and was one of four Owls to finish in double figures. Gabe Kellstrom added 18 points, Brayden Mallak had 16 and Gavin Lueck had 15 points.

Oscoda hosts Mio on Thursday in an early season test of two of the top teams in the North Star League’s Big Dipper division.

Mio 74, Atlanta 30

MIO — The Atlanta boys basketball team ran up against a sharp shooting Mio team on Tuesday night and fell by a final score of 74-30.

The Huskies were led by Zach Roux who finished the night with 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocks and Aaaron Cuzzort added nine points and three assists.

“We played fairly well early, but Mio just had a ton of kock down shooters. I’m proud of our effort tonight,” Atlanta coach Kevin Haren said.

The Huskies play Au Gres on Friday in their home opener.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Alcona 52, Posen 34

POSEN–The Alcona girls basketball team overcame some early foul trouble and got strong play from its front court on Tuesday in a 52-34 win over Posen.

Liz Henderson scored 14 points for the Tigers (1-1) and Anna Loyer added 13.

“We played with much more composite and moves the ball much better in the second half,” Alcona coach Mark Feldhiser said. “Posen is a tough place to play and I am happy to come out of there with a NSL road win. We had good balance on offense.”

Alcona trailed 13-12 after one quarter, but rebounded to take a 24-23 halftime lead and a 35-29 lead after three quarters.

Elena Kalbitzer paced Posen with 10 points and Riley Krajniak added nine points.

“We had a decent first half, but Alcona’s big hurt us tonight. Credit to them for getting the ball inside on us and kind of taking the game over,” Posen coach Karl Momrik said. “They were very hard to stop.”

The Tigers host Tawas on Friday.

Posen plays at Fairview on Friday.

Posen’s JV team beat Alcona 34-29. Alcona was led by Avery Wrobel and Carmen Dellar with 10 points each.

Hillman 62, W-P 42

HILLMAN–Bailey Schook scored 17 points and three Hillman girls basketball players finished in double figures as the Tigers defeated Whittemore-Prescott 62-42 on Tuesday.

Jessica Jones and Melanie Morrison each added 13 points for Hillman (2-1), which pulled away from the Cardinals in the second quarter and led 32-13 at halftime.

“There was a lot more teamwork tonight. We absolutely understood our roles a lot better,” Hillman coach Jenny Taratuta said.

Julia Taratuta added eight points for Hillman.

The Tigers play at Hale on Friday.

Rogers City 38, Hale 36

HALE–Karissa Rabeau hit a three-pointer from the top of the key with about 1:45 to play and the Rogers City girls basketball team held off Hale to win 38-36 on Tuesday.

Hale attempted a last second shot and missed a putback attempt to give the Hurons (1-1) their first win of the season.

“Our energy level was really good in the second half,” Rogers City coach Duane Pitts said. “We forced some turnovers and got some easy buckets.”

Kyrsten Altman scored 13 points and Kyley LaFleche added 10 for the Hurons, who trailed 20-11 at halftime, but were a force in the second half as they outscored Hale 27-16.

Rabeau finished the game with eight points.

Rogers City hosts Whittemore-Prescott on Friday.

Joburg 58, Fairview 18

JOHANNESBURG — The Fairview girls basketball team was on the receiving end of a 58-18 loss to Johannesburg-Lewiston on Tuesday night.

The Eagles will host Posen on Friday.