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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP: Slow start costs Alpena icers in loss to Traverse Bay Reps

News Photo by James Andersen Alpena’s Brody Thompson (14) fights for control of the puck with Traverse Bay Reps defenseman Aaron Ackerson during the first period of a hockey game on Friday at Northern Lights Arena.

ALPENA–The Alpena High hockey team found some momentum late on Friday, but a slow start cost the Wildcats in a 5-3 loss to the Traverse Bay Reps at Northern Lights Arena.

Cam Young, Eli Gosselin and Evan Kraenzlein each had a goal for Alpena (2-8-1) and Collin Lightfoot played a solid game in net.

Alpena trailed 1-0 after one period and 4-1 after two frames

“We played well in spurts, but they were by far the better team tonight,” Alpena coach Chris Limback said. “We had trouble matching their speed and skill.”

Kraenzlein, Blaise Keller and Jack Steinke each had an assist for Alpena.

Courtesy Photo Members of the Posen girls basketball team pose after winning the North Star League’s Little Dipper division title on Friday in a home win over Au Gres. With the victory, Posen clinched its fourth consecutive division title.

Alpena plays at Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Sault Ste. Marie 62, Alpena 22

ALPENA–A balanced scoring effort made things easy for Sault Ste. Marie on Friday and made for a long night for the Alpena girls basketball team.

Lilly Alaspa scored 10 points and the Blue Devils had 11 different players score in a 62-22 win at Alpena High School.

News Photo by James Andersen Alpena's Jade Schultz shoots the ball over an Oakland defender during a women's basketball game on Friday at Park Arena.

Allie DeRocher led Alpena (3-9) with seven points, Allie Urlaub and Ellie Clarke each had five, Jenna Leeck had two and Jade Gray had three.

Alpena’s JV team won 56-46. Emily Kalisch scored 23 points for the Wildcats and Maddie Linton added 13.

Posen 68, Au Gres 20

POSEN–Makayla Kamyszek scored a career-high 26 points and Ella Szatkowski added 20 as the Posen girls basketball team rolled past Au Gres 68-20 on Friday.

The win gives Posen (8-1, 8-0 North Star League) its fourth straight Little Dipper division title.

News Photo by James Andersen Alpena's Keagan Fischer directs the Lumberjacks' offense during a women's basketball game on Friday at Park Arena.

“A lot of people didn’t give us much of a chance after we lost two first team all-conference players, but this is a testament to the girls’ work ethic to keep things rolling in Posen,” Posen coach Karl Momrik said.

Posen plays at Hale on Monday.

Hillman 37, Fairview 26

FAIRVIEW–Julia Taratuta had 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists and Melanie Morrison had six points and seven rebounds for Hillman (7-3), which won its fourth straight game.

Katelyn Bowers had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Fairview (5-4)

Rogers City 36, Mio 18

ROGERS CITY–Karissa Rabeau scored 13 points, Samantha Williams added 11 and the Hurons used a solid defensive effort to get back to the .500 mark.

Rogers City (5-5) led 15-4 at halftime and continued to apply defensive pressure.

“They couldn’t do much against our defense. Obviously you’ve got to happy any time you hold a team to that few points,” Rogers City coach Duane Pitts said. “I was happy with the effort our girls put in tonight.”

Rogers City plays at Hillman on Monday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Posen 78, Au Gres 39

POSEN–Lucas Stone scored 28 points, Chase Dubie had 19 and Cole Krajniak had 10 points for the Vikings (8-1, 8-0), who won their eighth straight game on Friday.

“We had great team basketball tonight. All players scored and we just have to continue to be consistent,” Posen coach Chris Keller said.

Rogers City 61, Bellaire 35

BELLAIRE–Nick Freel had 23 points and the Hurons won big on Friday, routing Bellaire 61-35.

“We played great team ball and did a lot of the little things right tonight,” Rogers City coach Matt Point said.

Rogers City improves to 5-5 with the win.

Oscoda 83, Standish 58

OSCODA–Owen Franklin had 28 points and Drew Hess added 24 for the Owls (12-0) in another win on Friday.

“Standish is a really good basketball team. I was happy with our effort & it will certainly give us some things to work on heading into the playoffs,” Oscoda coach Mike Poland said.

 Oscoda plays at Mancelona on Monday.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Oakland 63, Alpena 54

ALPENA–Parker Neu had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Lumberjacks in a loss Friday and Chris DeRocher added 12 points and 15 boards.

Alpena (1-4) trailed 32-29 at halftime and was outscored 31-25 in the second half.

The Lumberjacks will play at MidMichigan on Tuesday.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Oakland 68, Alpena 33

ALPENA–Mollie Girard had eight points and Jade Schultz added seven for the Lumberjacks (0-5) in a Friday loss.

Keagan Fischer added five points for ACC, which trailed just 11-5 after one quarter and 19-7 at halftime, but was outscored 28-8 in the third quarter.

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