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Lumberjacks unable to keep pace with Mott

Just two days removed from playing Mott Community College, the Alpena Community College women’s basketball team didn’t have much time to get healthier or figure out a way to slow down the Bears the second time around. The result: Monday’s matchup was much of the same as Alpena was unable ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats stunned by Ogemaw; Romero advances to regionals

WEST BRANCH — A game that was supposed to be a tune-up or confidence-booster on Monday for the Alpena High boys basketball team turned into anything but that. With the Wildcats welcoming rival Traverse City West on Thursday, Alpena may have looked too far ahead and was caught off guard as ...

Alpena hockey team shuts out Midland

MIDLAND — The Alpena high hockey team regrouped after a difficult loss to Big North Conference rival Traverse City West in their annual Purple Game on Friday night by traveling to Midland and shutting out the Chemics 2-0 to get back into the win column. Blaise Keller broke a scoreless tie ...

ACC on receiving end of blowout losses at Mott

FLINT — Down to just six players, the Alpena Community College women’s basketball team was in a tough spot and were on the unfortunate end of a 110-56 loss to Mott Community College on Saturday. Injuries have taken its toll on the Lumberjacks as Alpena fell behind early and couldn’t ...

One that got away

The Alpena High hockey team let one slip away on Friday. Aidan Rapin scored with 6:27 left and Traverse City West turned up the offense in the third period to skate by the Wildcats 5-3 at North Lights Arena in a Big North Conference contest. Alpena (9-12-1, 6-3 BNC) led three different times ...

Howe sinks game-winning three, Alcona tops Hurons

LINCOLN — Dominic Howe showed confidence and came up clutch as the senior buried an eventual game-winning three pointer with 18 seconds left to propel the Alcona boys basketball team to a North Star League Big Dipper division win over Rogers City on Friday at Alcona High School. Howe missed ...

The best for last

It’s always important to remember the famous phrase, “it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.” Oddly enough, the Alpena High girls basketball team got off to a slow start to Senior Night. The Wildcats were held to just 16 first half points and trailed 30-27 after three ...

Tigers stave off challenge from Posen for key NSL win

HILLMAN—Jenny Taratuta challenged her Hillman girls basketball team with a simple question on Thursday: How bad do you want this? Playing in their biggest game of the season to this point, the Tigers’ answer to their coach was a resounding “We want it bad.” Melanie Morrison canned a ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Oscoda wraps up Big Dipper division

OSCODA — The Oscoda girls basketball team celebrated its second consecutive North Star League Big-Dipper division championship as the Owls continued to roll and enjoyed a 64-27 blowout victory over Whittemore-Prescott on Thursday. Izzy Hulverson poured in 30 points for Oscoda to lead the ...

Coming up short

With all of the pre-game festivities going on during Alpena Community College’s Hoops for Hope night and the men’s basketball team entering Wednesday’s contest against Henry Ford winners of their last two games, the Lumberjacks were plenty motivated. It showed early on as they came out ...

ACC women unable to find rhythm in loss to Hawks

Good luck and fortunes have not been on the side of the Alpena Community College women’s basketball team this season. Not only have the Lumberjacks suffered a handful of heartbreaking defeats, but injuries have started to doom Alpena and the lack of healthy players hurt the Lumberjacks in ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Posen, Hillman girls win ahead of important Thursday matchup

MIO—Makayla Kamyszek scored a career-high 20 points and the Posen girls basketball team moved one step closer to clinching a division title on Wednesday with a 63-44 win over Mio. Elena Kalbitzer added 17 points and Riley Krajniak had nine for the Vikings (13-2, 8-0 North Star League Little ...

Swami still going strong

Swami’s first column first appeared some 36 years ago and he never thought it would still be going today. The idea was the brainchild of a young sports editor named Rodney Hart, who presented it as a preview of four upcoming games; that later turned into also predicting the outcomes. The ...

A marquee victory

POSEN—Sticking to its identity paid off in a big way for the Posen boys basketball team. Wyatt Romel scored on a put-back with seven seconds left and the Vikings scored an upset over Hale on Tuesday, topping the Eagles 47-46 at Posen High School in a hard-fought win. In an up-tempo ...

Morrison, Steinke help Hillman fend off Wolverines

HILLMAN — It’s been a challenging season for the Hillman boys basketball team. Entering Tuesday, the Tigers were in the middle of a seven-game losing steak. Hillman’s last win was over a month ago against the same Au Gres team the Tigers welcomed on Tuesday. Fortunately for Hillman, ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Alpena falls in road game at Western

BAY CITY—The Alpena girls basketball team had trouble keeping pace with Bay City Western on Tuesday and lost 56-42. Alpena (9-6) trailed 20-11 after one quarter, 36-19 at halftime and 46-28 after three quarters. Jade Schultz led Alpena with 15 points and Allie DeRocher had 12. Alpena ...

Krajniak’s career high, Posen’s second half explosion leads to win

HALE — Riley Krajniak scored a career high 29 points and the Posen girls basketball team erupted for 45 points in the second half to defeat Hale on the road, 74-49 on Monday. The Vikings led 29-26 at the half, but made adjustments and found its rhythm in a big way in the final two ...

Working for a win

In a high-scoring game with lots of offense, Tanner Orban’s big day propelled the Alpena High hockey team to another win. Orban tallied a hat trick and added an assist to help the Wildcats skate past Petoskey 7-4 at Northern Lights Arena on Saturday. In a game that saw 11 goals and 79 ...

On a winning track

Hunter Canute scored one for Mom. Canute scored his first goal of the season and Anden Marceau scored on a 2-on-1 in the second period as the Alpena High hockey team stated to a 2-1 Senior Night win over Cadillac on Friday at Northern Lights Arena. During a pre-game speech, Canute’s ...