PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats stunned by Ogemaw; Romero advances to regionals
WEST BRANCH — A game that was supposed to be a tune-up or confidence-booster on Monday for the Alpena High boys basketball team turned into anything but that.
With the Wildcats welcoming rival Traverse City West on Thursday, Alpena may have looked too far ahead and was caught off guard as the Wildcats were stunned on the road at Ogemaw-Heights, dropping a heartbreaker to the Falcons by a final of 72-70.
Ogemaw took a 71-70 lead with 20 seconds left to play. The Wildcats were unable to score on their next possession and were forced to foul. The Falcons split a pair of free-throws, giving Alpena an opportunity to tie or win the game on the final possession, but the Wildcats missed a three as time expired.
“We didn’t play very good. They (Ogemaw) got a lead and we came back to take a lead of our own in the fourth, but we made too many mistakes,” Alpena coach John Pintar said.
The Wildcats are now 9-7 overall on the year and have just four games remaining before the tournament begins.
The Alpena JV team also lost a tough game, falling 45-42. Arthur Prue led the Wildcats with 10 points.
The Alpena freshman team did pick up a victory, defeating Ogemaw 60-50. Brady Kollen scored 12 points and Colt Gray added 11 points.
Petoskey SM 26
ONAWAY — Monday’s lopsided win was just what was needed for the Onaway boys basketball team.
In what has been a frustrating year for the Cardinals, Onaway put it all together in a 73-26 blowout victory over Petoskey St. Michael.
Jager Mix matched St. Michael’s point total by himself pouring in a game high 26 points. Spencer Nash finished with 19 points, Austin Nash added 12 points and freshman Bridger Teel chipped in with seven points as Onaway was able to roll despite being without guard Kevin Pearson.
“We came out and Jager absolutely dominated. I thought we did an excellent job and this was a game we needed. we were able to work on new things and it was a good night for everyone,” Onaway coach Eddy Szymoniak said. “It’s been rough this season, but we’ve played well at times. It’s tough without Kevin (Pearson), but hopefully we’ll get him back sooner than later and I thought the win was a huge confidence booster for us.”
The Cardinals are 3-12 overall on the year and will travel to Posen tomorrow night.
Charlton Heston 50
ATLANTA — Zach Roux poured in 32 points and ripped down 21 rebounds as the Atlanta Huskies defeated Charlton Heston on Monday by a final score of 77-50 in Atlanta.
Along with Roux’s monster double-double, Aaron Cuzzort finished with 20 points, six assists, three rebounds and four steals in the win.
The Huskies are 6-8 on the year and will be back in action tomorrow when they host Fairview.
WHITTEMORE — The Posen girls basketball team got back to its winning ways on Monday as they earned a 61-45 road win at Whittemore-Prescott.
The Vikings held just a five point halftime lead, but once again put together a strong second half and got balanced scoring lead by Riley Krajniak who scored a game high 20 points to lead the Vikings.
Three other Posen players cracked double figures as Makayla Kamyszek finished with 15 points and Elena Kalbitzer and Ella Szatkowski each added 10 points apiece.
“We were only up five at the half, but we put up a good second half,” Posen coach Karl Momrik said. “We had good, balanced scoring and it was nice to get back on the winning track.”
The Vikings improve to 14-3 overall on the year and still sit at 8-1 in North Star League Little-Dipper division play.
Posen will be back in action next Monday when they host Onaway.
HILLMAN — Lauren Langley continues to prove why she is arguably the top player in the area.
Langley poured in a game high 35 points and led Oscoda to a 78-51 road win at Hillman on Monday.
Both teams played an aggressive brand of basketball and the two teams were in a tight game at the half as Oscoda held a 40-36 lead.
The third quarter press defense by the Owls was the difference as Oscoda began to pull away and despite Bailey Schook’s 12 points on the night, Hillman’s top scorer was held to just two points in the second half while being guarded by Macy Kellstrom.
Kellstrom added 12 points of her own for Oscoda and Olivia Toppi added 11 points.
Jessica Jones finished with 11 points for the Tigers and Davi Stewart chipped in with nine points.
Hillman is now 12-5 overall on the season and will travel to Rogers City on Thursday.
Oscoda improves to 16-3 and will wrap up regular season play on Thursday at home against Hale.
Romero grapples way to regionals with fourth place finish
GAYLORD — Wyatt Romero (215) finished fourth at the Division 2 wrestling districts on Saturday and the Alpena senior grappled his way to an opportunity to compete at regionals in Clio on Saturday.
After receiving a bye in round one, Romero was victorious in his quarterfinal match defeating Josh Baker (St. Johns) via decision (6-2).
Romero lost the semifinal match to Hunter Winchell (Bay City John Glenn) via fall (1:21).
In the consolation semifinal, Romero once again picked up a decision win over Brendon Bell (Marquette).
Romero wrapped up the day losing a tough third place match to Devin Ferrish (Sault Ste. Marie) via fall (3:24).
The other two Wildcats to earn victories were Gunner Spencer (285) as he won via fall (2:44) over Nathan Hoffman (Bay City Central) and Matthew Barrett (152) earned a decision (4-3) win over Jacob Schlemm (Marquette).
Gunner Spencer (285) and Matt Barrett (152) each won a match for the Wildcats before falling in the later consolation rounds.