Wildcats win XC races at Petoskey Invite

PETOSKEY–The Alpena High cross country teams had strong showings on Saturday, winning their respective races at the Petoskey Invitational on Saturday.

Though nearly 20 schools participated, teams were broken up into smaller groups for races.

Alpena’s boys team finished with 29 points, ahead of Sault Ste. Marie (29) and Gaylord (56)

Haydn Allen led Alpena with a career-best time of 18:14. Hunter Hitzelberger finished fourth (18:32), Jacob Kochanski was sixth (19:00), Brendan Stepaniak ran a career-best 19:03 and was seventh; Matt Guest ran a season-best 19:18 and was 10th and Blake McDonald was 13th after running a season-best 19:34.

Alpena’s varsity girls team won its race with 37 points, ahead of Sault (40) and Gaylord (47).

Madi Szymanski won the race with a season-best time of 20:16. Grace Mitchell ran a season-best 22:18 to finish third.

Emma Dickins (6th, 23:08), Karlin Decker (14th, 24:41), Cailyn Burrone (13th, 24:40), Samantha Zolnierek (16th, 25:11) and Alison Burowski (17th, 25:31) all turned in season-best times.

Alpena’s JV boys team finished second behind Sault.


Posen 62, Au Gres 50

AU GRES–Some timely defensive stops and timely offense paved the way to victory for the Posen football team on Friday.

Lucas Stone rushed for two touchdowns and had a pick-six as the Vikings rallied in the second half to beat Au Gres in a shootout, 62-50.

Posen (2-0) trailed 34-32 at halftime, but was able to clam down on the Wolverines while gaining offensive momentum.

“We found a way to pull it out. We overcame some adversity; we had some injuries and some our younger kids had to step up,” Posen coach Greg Pietsch said. “It was a good win.”

Stone finished with 272 rushing yards and two scores on 12 carries. In addition to his pick-six, he finished with 16 tackles on defense.

Logan Timm had nine tackles and a 60-yard touchdown reception.

Posen quarterback Chase Dubie had 83 passing yards and 119 rushing yards and AJ Brunet had 13 tackles.

Posen hosts Gaylord St. Mary on Friday.

Oscoda 50, Rogers City 0

ROGERS CITY–The Oscoda football team continued to roll on Friday, blanking Rogers City 50-0.

The win improves the Owls to 2-0 on the season. In two games, the Owls have outscored their opponents 108-0.

Oscoda controlled the game from the get-go, building a commanding 32-0 lead by halftime and a 38-0 lead after three quarters.

Isaac Hein was 6-of-15 passing for Rogers City for 37 yards and an interception. He also had 27 rushing yards on 11 carries.

Matt Newhouse caught four of Hein’s passes for 36 yards.

The Owls are scheduled to play Tawas next week.

The Hurons will play Alcona on Friday. Rogers City previously played Alcona on Sept. 18, winning 24-18 on a late touchdown.

Marlette 31, Alcona 18

LINCOLN–Offensive struggles cost the Alcona football team on Friday as it lost to Marlette at home, 31-18.

Zach Stephenson had two touchdowns for Alcona (0-2) and Gavin Walker had one.

Walker had 12 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries as Alcona’s defense created five turnovers. Stephenson added 10 tackles.

Alcona hosts Rogers City on Friday.


Roscommon 7,

Alcona 2

ROSCOMMON–The Alcona soccer team lost to Roscommon on the road on Friday, 7-2.

Despite falling behind 3-0 in the first half and losing the game, the Tigers did have a few bright spots. Ashton Rigby scored in the second half after a throw-in from Joel Steiner and later in the half, Steiner sent a corner kick right to the head of Tim Jamieson for Alcona’s second goal.

Alcona hosts Oscoda on Wednesday.


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