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Former Alpena native, Dutcher named SDSU men’s coach

Former San Diego State University and University of Michigan head basketball coach Steve Fisher announced his retirement on Monday. Fisher is retiring from a coaching career that included a national championship at Michigan and later turning San Diego State into a West Coast power. The 72 ...

Another dominating day

HILLMAN — Early on in the season, the Hillman softball team has had no problem scoring runs, despite playing in below average conditions. After shellacking Newberry on Friday, Hillman kept crossing home plate early and often in a doubleheader sweep of Johannesburg-Lewiston on Monday at ...

Moir, Juergens shut down Joburg in Tigers sweep

HILLMAN — As if the playing conditions weren’t tough enough to hit in with the wind blowing and rain falling, Hillman pitchers Kyler Moir and Jared Juergens made it almost impossible for Johannesburg-Lewiston to put together any offense on Monday. Moir twirled a one-hit shutout, striking ...

Young nets hat trick, Storch reaches milestone in Wildcats win

OSCODA—The Alpena High girls soccer team got its 2017 season off to a winning start and earned a milestone win for its coach on Monday. Anna Young netted a hat trick, Kourtney Jones and Kennedy Kaiser each scored twice and the Wildcats topped Oscoda 8-0 at Oscoda High School. The win ...

ACC softball team earns first conference win

PORT HURON — After having several conference games postponed, the Alpena Community College softball team was able to get back on the field this weekend. The Lumberjacks earned their first conference win of the season after splitting a doubleheader with St. Clair Community College on ...

Vikings open season with weekend sweep of Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT — The Posen baseball team opened its season with a doubleheader sweep of Bridgeport, winning games by scores of 11-4 and 12-10. Jared Sharpe took the hill in game one and dazzled, tossing four innings and not allowing an earned run, while striking out nine batters to pick up the ...

They’re off and running

HILLMAN—Going into the season opener, new Hillman High School softball coach Ken Rundell was hoping to see his team hit the ball well. He didn’t have to wait very long. The Tigers got more than enough hits and backed those up with heads-up base running on the way to beating Newberry by ...

Tigers look strong in season-opening sweep

HILLMAN — Coming into the year with high expectations, the Hillman baseball team opened the season with a doubleheader sweep of Newberry on Friday, beating the Indians 10-1 and 5-1. The Tigers wasted no time putting runs on the board in the opener as Jared Juergens led off the home half of ...

Doubek steps down as Alpena hockey coach after 6 seasons

Pete Doubek took over as coach of the Alpena High School hockey team hoping to make his alma mater competitive again. Under Doubek, the Wildcats were regularly competitive, reached the regional final twice and earned some big wins over some of their closest rivals. After giving it his all ...

His time has come

For years, Jack Discher has seen many of his former gymnastics students and assistants take their place in the Alpena Sports Hall of Fame. Next month, Discher will finally get his turn. Discher is one of five inductees in the Hall of Fame’s 2016 class and will be inducted along with Jerry ...

Starting off strong

Improving each year is something the Alpena girls tennis team has done under head coach Charlie Giordano. The Wildcats were able to build some confidence right out of the gate by dominating Grayling is their season opener on Tuesday at the APlex. “We usually play Grayling once a year. ...

Coaching his way to the top

Growing up in a baseball family, Mike Cadarette spent his time playing and learning the game of baseball at a young age. Cadarette lettered in golf and football at Alpena High School, but it was baseball that was his passion and that passion for the game would eventually lead Cadarette to ...

MHSAA votes to expand 8-Man football playoffs

The 8-Man football playoffs will look a little different next season. The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced plans on Thursday to expand the 8-Man playoffs by adding a second division. At its annual Winter Meeting, the MHSAA's Representative Council, voted to expand the ...

Lumberjacks drop conference opener

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Alpena Community College softball team dropped its first conference game of the season on Friday against Oakland Community College. The Lumberjacks fell in the first game of a doubleheader by a score of 10-2 and had the nightcap called after three innings due to ...

ACC softball team opens up conference play today at Oakland

A little less than a month removed from spring training, the Alpena Community College softball team will begin conference play this weekend, playing a total of six games in three days, beginning today with a doubleheader against Oakland Community College. “The spring trip was a lot of fun. ...

2017 All-Alpena News Boys Basketball Team

2017 Player of the Year Gunnar Libby Hillman *Class D all-state second team *North Star League first team *Repeat All-Alpena News first team selection *Held averages of 18.9 points, 4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 4.7 steals per game *Finished his career as Hillman’s No. 2 all-time ...

2017 All-Alpena News Girls Basketball Team

2017 Player of the Year Vanessa Schook Hillman *Class D all-state second team *Three-time All-Alpena News first team selection *North Star League first team *Led the area in scoring with 19 points per game and averaged 2.4 rebounds per game *Became Hillman’s all-time girls ...

They’re on to bigger things

Alpena High School track and field standout Alec LeTourneau recently signed his national letter of intent to continue his athletic career and compete at Grand Valley State University. “It feels amazing knowing that I will be able to continue in a sport I love to compete in at a collegiate ...

Goebel joins ACC cross country team

Levi Goebel is the latest addition to sign on and further his athletic career with Alpena Community College’s steadily improving cross country team. “I’m pretty excited. I didn’t want my athletic career to end and this is the way I get to continue that,” Goebel said. “It will be ...

A valiant effort

SAULT STE. MARIE —The Hillman boys basketball team did all it could in Tuesday's Class D quarterfinal game against Powers North Central, but in the end, the Tigers were the 81st victim in a row as North Central held off a late Hillman rally to advance to the Breslin Center for the third ...