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PREP ROUNDUP—Alpena tops Mona Shores on the road

TRAVERSE CITY–Brett Ciupka scored an unassisted goal to break a 3-3 tie with five minutes left in the third period and Anden Marceau added an empty-netter to lead the Alpena High hockey team past Muskegon Mona Shores 5-3 on Thursday.

Alpena (3-9-2) held two different leads in the second period and led 4-2 late in the third period before Mona Shores scored late to make it 4-3.

Marceau finished with two goals and Jaden Marchlowski and Tanner Orban each had a goal for Alpena. Goaltender Jimmy Bolanowski finished with 29 saves.

“It gives us two in a row. We talked through this one and got a great victory,” Alpena coach Chris Limback said. “We just continued to grow throughout the night.”

After a scoreless first period, Marceau fired a puck into the zone and scored early in the middle frame to give Alpena the lead with an assist from Orban. Mona Shores tied the game a short time later before Marchlowski scored on the power play with assists from Blaise Keller and Evan Kraenzlein.

Mona Shores answered again, leaving the two teams tied at two after two frames. Alpena showed its defensive residency late in the period, killing a five-minute major penalty that spanned the last four minutes of the second period and the opening minute of the third period.

Orban scored early in the third period with an assist from Cam Young to give Alpena the lead again, 3-2 and Ciupka lit the lamp at 13:05 to put Alpena up 4-2.

Alpena plays Kingsford today at 4 p.m. in Traverse City.

BOYS BASKETBALL

TC West 62, Alpena 50

TRAVERSE CITY–An inability to get in rhythm led to a disappointing loss for the Alpena High boys basketball team on Thursday.

Alpena was limited to single digits offensively in each of the first two quarters and ultimately lost 62-50 to Traverse City West in a Big North Conference contest.

Kelley Stark scored 19 points and Jack Schmanski added 16 for the Wildcats (4-2, 1-1 BNC), who trailed 15-9 after one quarter, 24-13 at halftime and 44-25 after three quarters.

“It was disappointing for us because we’ve been playing better than that,” Alpena coach John Pintar said. “Offensively, we really didn’t find a rhythm, particularly in the second quarter. We picked it up in the second half, but we didn’t have the energy or intensity we needed on both ends of the floor.”

Alpena plays at Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday.

Alpena’s JV team won 57-30 behind a 12-point effort from Luke Young and six points from Andrew Fisher.

Devin Lamay made a last-second shot to help Alpena’s freshman team win 45-44 and finished with 21 points. Brady Niedzwiecki added 10 points.

Gaylord St. Mary 70, Onaway 55

ONAWAY–The Onaway boys basketball team took a 70-55 loss against Gaylord St. Mary on Thursday, but Onaway coach Eddy Szymoniak was pleased with how his team battled.

“I was happy with the way we were playing throughout. We moved the ball well,” Szymoniak said. “To only have them outscore us by five (early in the third quarter) is not terrible and I can accept that. All I want is for us to continue to improve every game and this was a step in the right direction for us.”

St. Mary led 20-14 after one quarter and 33-30 at halftime. The Snowbirds took over in the second half, pulling ahead 52-44 after three quarters and stayed ahead from there.

Austin Nash led Onaway with 19 points, Jager Mix added 15 points and Spencer Nash had 14.

Onaway (0-4) hosts Posen on Tuesday.

Hillman 56, Au Gres 41

AU GRES–Nash Steinke recorded a double-double and Sean Henigan scored 14 second-half points to help the Hillman boys basketball team topple Au Gres 56-41 on Thursday.

The win is the third straight for Hillman (3-2, 3-1 North Star League).

Hillman trailed 27-23 at halftime, but ramped up its defensive efforts and outscored the Wolverines 13-4 in the third quarter to take control of the game.

“I thought we really revved things up defensively in the second half. Holding them to four points in the third quarter was a big key for us,” Hillman coach Eric Muszynski said. “The guys played with a lot of pride and intensity.”

Steinke finished with 18 points and 10 steals and Isaac Morrison added 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Hillman plays at Rogers City on Tuesday.

Hillman’s JV team rallied to beat Au Gres 40-37. Jeff Klein paced the Tigers with 10 points and Braylon Firman, Adam Ruthko and Brody Appelgren each added eight.

Hale 83, Posen 67

HALE–The Posen had a good defensive strategy on Thursday, trying to limit Hale’s starters and try and withstand the scoring efforts of Joe Kimmerer.

Unfortunately for the Vikings, Kimmerer took over the game and led the Eagles to a win.

Kimmerer poured in 42 points, including 18 free throws and added 20 rebounds, three assists and two steals, to lead the Eagles past Posen 83-67.

Posen (4-2) trailed 34-21 at halftime and 58-24 after three quarters, struggling to get going offensively.

As the game wore on, Posen struggled to stay out of foul trouble. Six Posen players collected at least four fouls for the game and three of them fouled out.

“Offensively, we really didn’t get going in the first half,” Posen coach Chris Keller said. “Our defensive strategy was what we need to do. We had a hard time stopping Joe, but we held everyone else to single digits.”

Lucas Stone led Posen with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Cameron Paull added 14 points and Eyan Hincka chipped in with eight.

“I was pretty proud of how the guys played. The effort was next level,” Keller said. “We had 21 points in the first half and to scored 46 in the second half is pretty impressive.”

Posen plays Onaway on Tuesday.

Oscoda 67, Alcona 47

LINCOLN–The Alcona boys basketball team had trouble keeping pace with Oscoda on Thursday and lost 67-47 at home.

Oscoda led 29-21 at halftime and pulled away further after outscoring Alcona 20-7 in the third quarter.

“I thought we played very hard all game long. The boys had a few too many turnovers to win a game against a team as talented as Oscoda,” Alcona coach Ryan Bilbey said. “I always tell the team I just want to see us improve every single day and they definitely improved since our last game. I was very happy with the effort.”

Dominic Howe paced Alcona (2-5) with 14 points and Aidan Wrobel added 12.

Brayden Mallak scored 20 points for Oscoda (5-0), Owen Franklin added 15 and Gavin Lueck had 14.

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