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Wildcats aim to flip the script in home finale

Coming off of one of its worst defeats in program history and still yet to enter the win column, the Alpena High football team enters Friday’s home finale against the Petoskey Northmen highly motivated. “We were upset after last week and we should have been. I told the guys if that ...

Swami sees what age can do

Frustration and blood pressure were two items that affected Swami this past week. His beautiful 2001 GMC pickup had issues with the door locks, especially when both doors locked with the keys in ignition. His blood pressure went up, knowing that he had to meet someone in 15 minutes. Luckily ...

Ellis ready for competitive atmosphere of state finals

The pressure will be on for Kennedy Ellis on Friday. But as she prepares to compete in the final golf match of her high school career, the Alpena High senior wouldn’t have it any other way. Ellis will compete in the Division 2 golf finals Friday at Forest Akers West in East Lansing and ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcat netters swept by Titans

TRAVERSE CITY—The Alpena High volleyball team played hard, but couldn’t avoid a sweep on Wednesday, losing to Traverse City West, 18-25, 16-25, 13-25. Allie DeRocher had six kills, two aces, and 12 digs for Alpena, Jade Gray had 12 assists and Allie Urlaub had five kills. Alpena’s JV ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Ellis earns first team Big North golf honors

TRAVERSE CITY—The Alpena High girls golf team competed in the Big North Conference championships on Monday in Traverse City, finishing with a team score of 445. Kennedy Ellis led the Wildcats after shooting a 92 and Gianna Bolda shot a 114. Ellis finished fourth overall in the conference ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Two medal for Alpena XC team

SAGINAW—The Alpena High boys and girls cross country teams took fifth and sixth place in their respective races on Saturday at the Saginaw Heritage Invitational. Alpena got a chance to see some pre-regional competition while racing on a new course. Jacob Kochanski finished 15th to medal ...

Trojans run past Wildcats

In the course of their history, the Alpena High and Traverse City Central football programs have had their fair share of close battles. Over the past decade however, the Trojans have dominated the series and on Friday, Alpena was on the wrong end of history as the Wildcats suffered their most ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Strong second half leads Hillman to win

HILLMAN—The Hillman football team shook off two weeks of tough losses with a 26-16 win over Posen on Friday. Hillman (2-2) led 6-0 at halftime, watched Posen’s Lucas Stone return the opening kickoff in the second half 78 yards for a touchdown and then scored 20 unanswered points to take ...

Winless Wildcats aiming to pull off upset over unbeaten Trojans

Two teams that have had complete opposite starts this season meet tonight in a game that will officially mark the second half of this 2020 high school football season for both schools. Alpena (0-3, 0-3 BNC) travels to Thirlby Field tonight to take on the undefeated, No. 9 ranked team in ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats routed by West

TRAVERSE CITY--The Alpena High boys soccer team had another rough Big North Conference contest on Thursday, losing to Traverse City West by mercy rule, 8-0. West scored its last goal with 25 minutes to play and got goals from six different players. Alpena (8-11-1, 1-8 BNC) has been ...

Swami feeling the pressure

Swami is under the gun with time running out on a move. The All-Knowing-One thought he had all the time in world, but when he looked at the calendar, time is running out. Swami knows once the move is over, it will feel good and he can relax. Until then, he’s on edge, hoping to get everything ...

Return to the Gridiron: Onaway’s 2015 team

News Sports Editor James Andersen is taking a look back at football teams from the last 10 years, offering his view of the best team from each of the nine schools in The News’ coverage area in the span. Preseason Outlook: Onaway coach Jim Cleaver: “It’s a big learning curve, just trying ...

Sanford and Etzler named champions of Springport Hills Tuesday league

Jim Sanford and Gary Etzler were champions of the Springport Hills Tuesday golf league in Harrisville last month by winning both halves. Winning both halves has only happened three times in 50 years since the league’s inception since 1970. Two of those three have been by Gary Etzler, the only ...

Wildcats swept by No. 5-ranked Vikings at home

ALPENA — The Alpena High volleyball team entered Wednesday’s Big North Conference volleyball contest winners of their last two matchups. The Wildcats (10-9, 2-5 BNC) knew extending their winning streak to three would be no easy task as they welcomed the No. 5-ranked team in Division ...

Wildcats snap BNC losing skid with win over Cadillac

ALPENA — The Alpena High soccer team showed improvement on Tuesday as they earned a much-needed 1-0 victory over Cadillac on Park Family Field at Wildcat Stadium. The first time the two teams met less than a month ago, the Wildcats were on the receiving end of a 6-3 loss, which began a ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Ellis qualifies for state golf finals

MOUNT PLEASANT — Kennedy Ellis is headed back to the state finals. The Alpena High School junior shot an 86 to finish third during a Division 2 girls golf regional on Tuesday at the Pohlcat in Mount Pleasant. Ellis’ score was good enough to earn the top spot among individual ...

Offense shines in Alpena volleyball win

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Alpena High volleyball team made quick work of Sault Ste. Marie on Monday, topping the Blue Devils 25-12, 25-23 and 25-22. Allie DeRocher led Alpena’s offensive charge with nine kills. Kate Skiba, Tiffany Tessmer, and Allie Urlaub each added six kills. The ...

Dargis, Cook keeping busy playing soccer, football this fall

ALPENA — Amid the ever-changing and admittedly different fall high school sports season, Andrew Dargis and Sam Cook are keeping pretty busy. Dargis, a junior, and Cook, a sophomore, are pulling double duty this fall, playing both soccer and football for Alpena High School. Cook is kicking ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Alpena High XC team impresses at Shepherd

SHEPHERD — The Alpena High cross country team had a solid day at the Shepherd Blue Jay Invite on Saturday. Twelve of Alpena’s 13 boys runners ran season-best times. Hayden Allen (17:11) was Alpena’s top finisher in a race that included Traverse City Central, Traverse City West, ...

Lumberjacks have record-setting day

One of the Alpena Community College men’s cross country team’s goals this season is to improve each meet. On Friday afternoon, at the Kirtland Firebird Invitational, the Lumberjacks not only improved, they had a record-setting day. All eight Lumberjacks had season bests, while five ...