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Alpena Equestrian Team brings home regional, district titles

The Alpena Equestrian team had 11 riders on it this season. As a team, they were part of the Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship Association. This year’s team consisted of several first-year riders, but the team was nonetheless able to have a successful season. Being a part of the MIHA ...

Hurons should be proud of hard work

More than two months ago, Jesse Fenstermaker had one of his worst days as a coach. Amid an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Fenstermaker stood before his Rogers City football team and delivered some bad news: the Hurons wouldn’t be playing football this fall. “It was one of the worst days ...

Alpena coach up for national award

Alpena High School cheerleading coach Angel Howard is one of 16 coaches from 13 states, who is vying for the title of 2020 Greatmats National Cheer Coach of the Year. The award is part of Greatmats’ sixth annual National Award Series, which honors instructors, coaches and trainers who have ...

Local runners compete at XC finals

BROOKLYN—Alpena High junior Madi Szymanski wrapped up her season on a strong note. Szymanski finished 41st overall in the Division 1 girls cross country state finals on Friday at Michigan International Speedway. Szymanski crossed the line in 19:20.53, finishing 22nd in her ...

Salisbury, Eagles fly past Hillman in regional semifinal

MARION—Marion had revenge on its mind entering Friday’s Division 2 8-Player regional semifinal playoff game. Friday’s contest featured a rematch of a first round playoff matchup from a year ago. Last year, Hillman played host to Marion in a game that featured frigid conditions and a ...

Onaway captures third straight district championship

HILLMAN—For the third year in a row, Onaway is a district champion. The Cardinals claimed their third consecutive title by defeating Hillman in the district championship for the second year in a row. They swept the host Tigers 25-17, 25-19 and 25-17 on Thursday. “We got more to give, but ...

Szymanski hoping to earn all-state honors at finals

If all goes according to plan on Friday, Madi Szymanski will put a cherry on top of an already impressive season. Szymanski, an Alpena High School junior, will compete in the Division 1 cross country state finals today at Michigan International Speedway. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the race ...

Hillman looking to slow Marion in regional playoff game

The Hillman football team hasn’t necessarily been very flashy this season. But the Tigers certainly have found a way to get the job done when it counts. Buoyed by a ball-control offense, the Tigers are hoping to use their grind-it-out style to keep their season alive tonight when they ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Hillman wins playoff opener over Atlanta

ATLANTA—The Hillman football team began its 2020 postseason with a dominant win and an important victory over one of its biggest rivals. Jeff Klein ran for 301 yards and three scores on 33 carries to lead the Tigers past Atlanta, 54-22, in a Division 2 8-Player district matchup on ...

Injuries, turnovers plague Posen in playoff opening loss to Hale

For the first part of Posen’s Division 2 eight-man playoff opener at Hale, things couldn’t have gone much better. An early defensive stop and quick touchdown gave the Vikings the early lead, but an injury to a key player and three costly turnovers proved fatal, as they suffered a 72-8 ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Szymanski headed to XC finals

SAGINAW — Madi Szymanski is headed to the state finals. The Alpena High junior finished third at a Division 2 regional, crossing the line in 19:19.85, to punch her ticket to Friday’s final at Michigan International Speedway while also earning all-region honors. Szymanski was one of ...

ACC finishes strong XC season

LANSING — The Alpena Community College men’s cross country team finished its outstanding season Saturday at the MCCAA/NJCAA Regional Championships held in Lansing. The Lumberjacks did not know what to expect for the race, while having to run without their number-three runner, Musa ...

Wildcats’ season ends with blowout loss at Midland

MIDLAND—The Alpena High football team was blessed with an opportunity to get a taste of postseason football, something the Wildcats haven’t experienced in nearly two decades. With that opportunity came an uphill challenge as Alpena drew a first round playoff matchup against the undefeated ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Alcona falls to Johannesburg

JOHANNESBURG—The Alcona football team’s stay in the postseason was a short one as the Tigers lost 49-16 to Johannesburg-Lewiston in a Division 8 predistrict game on Friday. Gavin Walker led Alcona’s offense with 177 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. Walker also led ...

Alpena ready for playoff challenge against Midland

A long wait to return to the postseason ends for Alpena tonight. It’s been 16 years since the Alpena High Football team has played in a postseason game. Despite Alpena’s 16th straight losing season, this group of Wildcats will travel to Midland tonight and run onto the field for a first ...

Swami is short on words

This is a different postseason with everyone making the playoffs, so Swami isn’t going to waste words and will get right to the picks: ALPENA (0-6) at MIDLAND (6-0)—7 p.m. Friday—The Wildcats get somewhat of a break, not having to face Traverse City Central for a second time. Instead ...

Hurons won’t travel for playoff game

Rogers City High School athletic director Karl Grambau and superintendent Nick Hein met with football coach Jesse Fenstermaker on Thursday and made the call that the Hurons will not play travel to Iron Mountain for a Division 8 playoff game originally scheduled for Saturday. Due to Dicksinson ...

Youngsters welcome the return of gymnastics classes

The enthusiasm within Alpena Gymnastics is hard to miss these days. The program’s numbers are down slightly and safety protocols have increased, but there’s still plenty of excitement from the nearly 200 youth gymnasts participating. That’s just what Alpena Gymnastics founder Buffy ...

Alpena-area football teams ready for playoffs

Six weeks ago, nobody was sure if we’d to this point. With the 2020 Michigan high school football season in jeopardy in the final weeks of August, just weeks before the season was supposed to begin, football around the state was postponed. Three weeks later, teams were given the ...