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Panthers runners-up in LCAHL championship

The Alpena Panthers PeeWee AA hockey team finished runner-up over the March 19-21 weekend of the LCAHL championships. The team defeated Kalamazoo Friday, 2-0. Trevor Worth started the scoring with an assist from Sam Bastow and Owen Mischeloney finished the scoring with an assist from Trevor ...

All-North Star League hoops teams selected

The North Star League recently announced its all-league basketball teams for the 2021 season. The teams are as follows: GIRLS BASKETBALL Big Dipper 1st team Macy Kellstrom, Oscoda; Izzy Hulverson, Oscoda; Karissa Rabeau, Rogers City, Lily Bilbey, Alcona; Mio Whipkey, Oscoda; Kelsey ...

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP: St. Clair tops Lumberjacks

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL St. Clair 75, Alpena 47 ALPENA — A fourth quarter run by the Skippers proved to be the biggest difference in what was a close contest early on on Tuesday. Alpena (1-11) trailed 15-8 after one quarter, 37-29 at halftime. Jade Schultz poured in 21 points for Alpena and ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Onaway falls in boys hoops regional; Oscoda advances

BOYS BASKETBALL Alanson 59, Onaway 54 PELLSTON — Despite a spirited second-half comeback, the Cardinals (13-4) saw their season end in a Division 4 regional semifinal on Tuesday. Onaway trailed 19-17 after one quarter and 31-27 at halftime. The Cardinals started the third quarter on a 7-0 ...

Storch serves as assistant to Florida high school state champion

ALPENA — Even during the offseason, Tim Storch can’t keep away from the soccer field for too long. Recently retired from his role as Alpena High athletic director and with plenty of time on his hands in Florida during the winter, Storch decided to do what he’s done for more than three ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Posen, Alcona girls fall in hoops regionals

GIRLS BASKETBALL Mackinaw City 78, Posen 50 PELLSTON — Madison Smith had 23 points and Marlie Postula added 21 to lead the Comets past the Vikings (15-2) in a Division 4 regional semifinal. Posen trailed by just four after one quarter, but struggled defensively and was outscored 20-6 in ...

THE SCOREBOARD: Both men’s and women’s basketball teams lose to Muskegon

BOYS BASKETBALL Oscoda 72, W-P 24 WHITTEMORE — Drew Hess scored 19 points and Owen Franklin and Michael Gepfrey added 13 and 11 respectively for the Owls (19-0), who routed the Cardinals for their second consecutive district championship on Saturday. Caleb Nagel added nine points for Oscoda ...

Cardinals top Hillman, capture first district title since 2016

ONAWAY — It was physical, it was feisty, and it got downright ugly at times. But at the end of the night — no matter how it looked — the Onaway Cardinals just wanted to be the last ones standing. Thanks to a remarkably resilient performance, the Cardinals (13-3) pulled away late for a ...

Vikings defeat Onaway for 2nd straight district title

WOLVERINE — Patience and second half improvement paved the way to more district gold for the Posen girls basketball team. Ella Szatkowski scored 21 points and Makayla Kamyszek added nine as Posen rebounded from an up-and-down first half to defeat Onaway 44-29 in a Division 4 district final ...

Alcona routs Cardinals for first district title since 2018

WHITTEMORE — At end of a crazy week, the Alcona girls basketball team was left standing as a district champion. Kelsey Hansen scored 15 points, Lily Bilbey added 10 and Karen Sharboneau had seven as the Tigers defeated Whittemore-Prescott 49-23 on Friday in a Division 3 district ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Onaway, Hillman to meet in boys hoops district final

BOYS BASKETBALL Hillman 58, Posen 42 ONAWAY — Brady Firman scored a career-high 18 points and the Tigers snapped a seven-game losing streak over the Vikings to advance to Saturday’s district final against Onaway. Hillman (12-7) trailed 17-7 after one quarter, but took the lead 28-23 at ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Alpena hockey team falls in quarterfinal

HOCKEY Calumet 6, Alpena 0 MARQUETTE — The Wildcats came up empty-handed in a Division 3 quarterfinal Wednesday, falling behind 2-0 after one period and 4-0 after two frames. Alpena (5-12-1) took an early timeout halfway through the opening period and Calumet connected on the ...

Wildcats looking to topple Calumet in quarterfinals

ALPENA — A road game against an undefeated team with a chance to get a step closer to a state championship. Chris Limback couldn’t have asked for a better postseason scenario. “I like going on the road. I hope it gives us more fuel,” Limback said. “There’s no pressure on us at ...

Limback, son Rhett working together behind Alpena bench

ALPENA — There aren’t too many things Rhett Limback loves more than Alpena Wildcat hockey. So when he got the opportunity to join the Wildcats’ coaching staff this season, Limback jumped at the chance. It’s been a great way for Limback — a 2016 Alpena graduate and former Alpena ...

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP: Hillman advances in district tournament

BOYS BASKETBALL TC West 71, Alpena 49 TRAVERSE CITY— The Wildcats (3-11) played well for the first, third and fourth quarters, but the second quarter cost them in a Division 1 district quarterfinal loss. The Titans outscored them 24-10 in that period and went into halftime with a 37-20 lead ...

Wildcats lose heartbreaker to TC Central in district opener

ALPENA — The old saying goes, it’s hard to beat a team three times. After sweeping the regular season series against Traverse City Central, the Alpena High girls basketball team had opportunities to snap a lengthy postseason losing streak in Monday’s Division 1 district opener. But ...

Positive cases force teams to end seasons early

ALPENA — Positive cases of COVID-19 have brought an abrupt end to the season for several local basketball teams. As of Monday night, both the Rogers City boys and girls basketball teams, the Alcona boys basketball team and the Oscoda girls basketball team were all out of the state ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Onaway girls edge Hillman in district hoops opener

GIRLS BASKETBALL Onaway 45, Hillman 44 WOLVERINE — Victory eluded the Tigers by the narrowest of margins on Monday in a Division 4 district quarterfinal. Hillman (10-8) started the game on an 11-0 run, but Onaway chipped away and kept things close. Hillman led by one at halftime and took ...

Alpena outguns Gaylord 5-1 to claim regional title

TAWAS — A steady offensive effort. A goalie with a hot hand. A knack for killing off the power play. Now that sounds like a championship winning recipe. For the Alpena hockey team, it was just that Saturday at Tawas Bay Ice Arena, as it continually peppered Gaylord with shot-after-shot on ...

Local teams ready to begin boys basketball tournament

ALPENA — Just over one year ago, the sports world was flipped upside down. After going through the three month grind of a regular season, along with offseason workouts, everything changed. March went from being known for its Madness of teams battling to continue their season and competing ...