Alpena players honored by BNC
Several Alpena High School athletes were honored by the Big North Conference for their play during the 2019-20 winter sports season.
Seniors Kelley Stark, Jack Schmanski and Jordan Schultz all earned honorable mentions on the all-BNC boys basketball team.
Stark led Alpena in points during the season with 14.1 points per game and Schmanski averaged 10.8 points and a team-best 6.9 rebounds per game. Schultz averaged 5.9 points per game.
The Wildcats went 10-11 for the season and 2-8 in BNC play.
Several Alpena hockey players were also honored.
Freshman forward Anden Marceau earned second team honors and junior goaltender Collin Lightfoot, senior forward Tanner Orban, junior forward Blaise Keller and junior forward Evan Kraenzlein all earned honorable mentions.
Marceau was an offensive leader for Alpena, leading the Wildcats in goals (19) and points (28) during the season. Orban was close behind with 17 goals, eight assists and 25 points.
Keller had seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points and Kraenzlein had six points, but missed some time with injury.
Lightfoot was 7-6-1 in 15 games with three shootouts and a 3.05 goals-against average. He also earned a postseason win over Cheboygan.
Alpena finished 10-13-2 on the season.
Several Alpena girls basketball players also garnered honors after the the Wildcats went 10-10 and finished in a tie for second place in conference play.
Senior Jade Schultz earned first-team all-BNC honors after a standout season. She averaged 14 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and routinely finished in double figures for Alpena. Schultz scored 20 points in two different games this season and had a season-best 21 against Gaylord.
Junior Allie DeRocher earned second team honors and averaged 9.1 points per game. DeRocher captained Alpena’s attack at point guard, but upped her offensive game as well, reaching a season-best 16 points in back-to-back games.
Senior Anna Young and sophomore Allie Urlaub both earned honorable mentions.
Young was a consistent defender for the Wildcats and a reliable scorer as well.
Urlaub was one Alpena’s best players off the bench and reached double figures several times, most notably during a 19-point effort against Gaylord where she canned four three-pointers.