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Blockheads 11U team wins Soo Sluggers Showcase

The Thunder Bay Blockheads 11U baseball team won the inaugural Soo Sluggers Showcase this weekend in Pickford.  The Blockheads took on the Manton Lakers in the championship game and won 11-4. Pictured left to right are: front: Bryson Collegnon, Evan Hahn, Cam McEwen, Gavin Ross, Ethan Walker, ...

Blockheads 12U team wins Gaylord tourney

The Thunder Bay Blockheads won the 12U Division Championship in Gaylord last weekend, beating Fusion 231 (Traverse City) 11-3 in the championship game on Sunday. Players pictured left to right are: Landen Gagnon, Brady Chapman, Gavin Dellar, Josh Hahn, Lucas Dagner, Abram Paad, Nathan Southard, ...

Golf Results

ALPENA GOLF CLUB G.O.D. League (6-17) A Flight—J. Grulke 7 1/2, G. Vandeven 2 1/2; R. Chism 7 1/2, M. Times 2 1/2; D. Bargeon 5 1/2, G. Rasche 4 1/2; T. Fredlund 5 1/2, J. Bywater 4 1/2; M. Klimek 5 1/2, S. Goike 4 1/2; B. Coen 6, R. Roland 4; P. Nensewitz 6, R. Mortimer-Dixon 4. B. ...

Annual Aliferis race canceled amid COVID concerns

Amid the ongoing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 19th annual Aliferis Race at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena has been canceled this year. The race was originally scheduled for Sept. 5. “We can’t ensure social distancing and it would be very difficult to safely hold any of ...

Alpena Mystics win Summer Sizzle tourney

The Alpena Mystics 18U softball team earned another tournament title, topping the field in the NSA’s Summer Sizzle Tournament in Davison this past weekend. The Mystics topped the MI Blasters 13-0 in the title game after being the Saginaw Riverdawgs (2-1), Grosse Point Diamonds (6-0) and ...

Blockheads 11U, 14U teams win tourney titles in Gaylord

The Thunder Bay Blockheads 11U baseball team took top honors at a tournament in Gaylord this past weekend. The Blockheads won the championship game and outscored their opponents for the day 43-6 in four games. Pictured left to right are: front: Cam McEwen, Ethan Walker, Parker Kaiser, Kadyn ...

Alpena Mystics win Lansing Karah Bash

In its first weekend of playing ball this season, the Alpena Mystics 18U softball team got off to a winning start, winning the Lansing Karah Bash Tournament 5-0 last weekend. Team members include: Jade Schultz, Nikita Cordes, Aubree Sheldon, Rhea Amrich, Gillian Howard, Jade LaFleche, Corrine ...

2020 All-Alpena News Boys Basketball Team

2020 Player of the Year Owen Franklin, Oscoda ∫ AP Division 3 all-state first team ∫ Detroit Free Press and Detroit News Division 3 honorable mention ∫ Finished second in the area in scoring at 22.4 points per game ∫ Averaged 8.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.4 steals per ...

2020 All-Alpena News Girls Basketball Team

2020 Player of the Year Lauren Langley, Oscoda ∫ AP Division 3 all-state first team ∫ Detroit Free Press and Detroit News all-state Division 3 third team ∫ All North Star League-Big Dipper first team ∫ Led the area in points (20.7) and rebounds (10.0) per game ∫ Finished ...

Thunder Bay Blockheads 11U team wins Saginaw tourney

The Thunder Bay Blockheads 11U baseball team topped the field at the Saginaw Sugar Beets Tournament last weekend. The Blockheads won all four games they played and outscored their opponents 72-1. Pictured left to right are: front: Cam McEwen, Owen Kaiser, Parker Kaiser, Evan Hahn, Ethan Walker, ...

Sports will look a lot different, if they return

I’m a life-long sports fan, like many of you, and have been missing sports since they understandably disappeared in March. I don’t know where you are in your thinking, but I’m convinced that, while sports will return, we won’t be viewing games —in person or on television —in the ...

Wildcats welcome return to field for conditioning workouts

Charlie Williams was back in his element on Monday morning. Under sunny skies and comfortable temperatures at Park Family Field at Wildcat Stadium, Williams and nearly 70 Alpena High School football players took their first steps toward playing this fall. “It feels great. I’ve been ...

AHS announces return-to-play procedure

Alpena High School has taken the first step toward having sports this fall. Alpena Athletic Director Tim Storch announced Thursday, that the school had entered Phase 1 of a four-phase return to play procedure for an eventual return to all athletic activities this fall. The first phase, which ...

Longing for the old days

Even with most professional sports on hiatus, there’s no doubt it’s hard to be a Detroit sports fan these days. The Tigers and Red Wings are in the midst of rebuilds. The Pistons are stuck squarely in the middle of the NBA pack and the Lions are, well, the Lions. When and if the ...

ACC inks Wayland’s Thurston to women’s hoops team

When Alpena Community College women’s basketball coach Bobby Allen recruits, he looks for versatile players who can communicate well and lead by example on the court. Briana Thurston is one player who checks all of those boxes. Thurston, a Wayland Union High alum, became the newest ...

MHSAA shares guidelines for re-starting sports

EAST LANSING (AP) — The Michigan High School Athletic Association released a 10-page document Friday outlining the “how” of re-opening sports for the upcoming season. Then “when” is still definitely in limbo. Area athletic directors weighed in on the release, with reactions ranging ...

Winter, Young named Athletes of the Year

ALPENA — The Alpena High School Athletic Department named Eli Winter and Anna Young as the 2019-20 Male and Female Athletes of the Year during the Virtual Senior Awards on Thursday. Winter was a standout on the football field as a two-way player. He led the Wildcats in rushing and was ...

2 Oscoda athletes named to academic all-state teams

ALPENA — Two local athletes were selected to the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan academic all-state teams this week, BCAM said in a news release. Oscoda junior Owen Franklin and senior Lauren Langley were selected to the team after earning a 3.73 grade-point average and a 4.0 ...

Alpena native named Big Ten Coach of the Year

ALPENA —Alpena Native and University of Michigan gymnastics coach Kurt Golder has earned unanimous Big Ten Coach of the Year honors. The Big Ten Conference announced the 2020 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics individual award winners on Thursday, as voted upon by the conference coaches. ...

Competitive bike race in West Branch delayed until May 2021

WEST BRANCH — MidMichigan Health Foundation had made the decision to postpone the highly anticipated Road Race Classic bicycle race scheduled for May 30 in West Branch until May of 2021. The race was slated to bring in cyclists from across the state with entry fees designated to support ...