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North Star League announces all-league teams for winter sports

The North Star League recently voted on its all-league teams for the 2019-20 winter sports season. The teams picked include: BOYS BASKETBALL Big Dipper—First Team Brayden Mallak, Oscoda; Owen Franklin, Oscoda; Drew Hess, Mio; Nick Freel, Rogers City, Brendan DeFlorio, Mio; Dana Thorson, ...

Feeling the effects

Kyle Henigan walked off the pitchers mound at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale, Florida after escaping a fourth-inning jam to preserve a Saginaw Valley State University lead. Henigan started for the Cardinals and pitched four scoreless innings against Saint Anslem University. Henigan allowed a ...

A tough pill to swallow

J.D. Ellenberger felt like he was on top of the world last Monday. The Rogers City senior had every reason to be after he banked in a three-pointer as time expired to lift the Hurons over Alcona 53-50 in a district playoff game. “I’ve always dreamed about it and I’ve thought about it, ...

MHSAA suspends all sports activities until April

Athletes in Northeast Michigan are used to waiting it out when the spring sports season starts, but they— and the rest of the state — might be left waiting longer than usual. The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) on Friday afternoon directed all member schools — more than ...

Play every game as if it’s your very last

The phrase “play every game as if it’s your last” has never meant more than it does right now. But for some athletes, the message may have been realized too late. For many athletes, there is no tomorrow in their world of sports. While I’ve been away, enjoying the 80-degree temperatures ...

Local teams in limbo after MHSAA suspends postseason tourneys

In more than a dozen years as Onaway High School athletic director, Marty Mix has dealt with his fair share of challenges. But Thursday may just have been his toughest day on the job. Amid growing concerns over the coronavirus — and on a day that included the cancellation of the NCAA ...

Cardinals flying high

ONAWAY—After Wednesday’s district semifinal, Onaway boys basketball coach Eddy Szymoniak had a simple question for his team. “What’s our record?” As players thought about it, Szymoniak’s answer was short and simple: We’re 2-0. For the Cardinals that means they’re ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Local boys hoops teams advance to district finals

JOHANNESBURG—For the first time since 2017, the Rogers City boys basketball team will get a chance to play for a district championship. Nick Freel scored 22 points, J.D. Ellenberger added 14 and the Hurons routed Whittemore-Prescott 55-25 on Wednesday in a Division 3 district semifinal at ...

A loss to learn from

PELLSTON—Experience trumped youth on Tuesday. Allison Schultz scored 17 points, Hallie Marshall added 14 and St. Ignace used its talent and playoff experience to breeze by the Posen girls basketball team, 65-23, in a Division 4 regional semifinal at Pellston High School. Posen (17-6), who ...

An impressive start

JOHANNESBURG—The Oscoda boys basketball team started the postseason off on a dominant note. Brayden Mallak scored 21 points and Owen Franklin added 15 as the Owls rolled past Roscommon 74-39 during a Division 3 district quarterfinal at Johannesburg-Lewiston on Monday. The win advances the ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Alpena falls to Trojans; Hurons rally past Alcona

TRAVERSE CITY—One bad quarter cost the Alpena High boys basketball team on Monday. Again. Playing Traverse City Central for the third time this season—and second time in four days—the Wildcats couldn’t break into the win column and lost to the Trojans 61-48 in a Division 1 district ...

Posen’s Momrik as passionate as ever 10 years after heart attack

Karl Momrik has never been one to mask his emotions. Anyone who’s watched the longtime Posen girls basketball coach on the sidelines for even a few minutes knows how passionate he is about the game he loves. He pumps his first with every successful basket. He laments missed shots ...

Posen ready for challenge of playing St. Ignace in regionals

Posen girls basketball coach Karl Momrik knows exactly how big of a challenge his team faces tonight in a Division 4 regional semifinal matchup against St. Ignace. “That is a mega power. There’s two powers in Division 4—St. Ignace and Adrian Lenawee Christian—it’s them and everybody ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Hillman bested by Trojans on the road

CEDARVILLE—The Hillman boys basketball team ended the regular season with a 51-37 loss to Cedarville on the road Saturday. Hillman (5-14) trailed 44-25 after three quarters, but cut the lead to eight midway through the fourth quarter. The Tigers ultimately ran out of gas after having to ...

Boys hoops teams begin district play tonight

After a banner year last season, the Oscoda boys basketball team has been chomping at the bit for a chance at another postseason run. The Owls’ quest begins tonight as district play begins for boys basketball teams across Michigan. Oscoda (19-1), who has run by most of its opponents ...

Round 3 goes to Posen

HILLMAN—All the time put in and hard work paid off big for the Posen girls basketball team on Friday. Riley Krajniak scored 13 points and Makayla Kamyszek and Lizzy Romel added 11 and 10 respectively as the Vikings held off a late charge from Hillman to win 47-43 in a Division 4 district ...

Back-to-back: Oscoda defeats Alcona in district championship

WHITTEMORE — For the third straight year, the Oscoda and Alcona girls basketball teams met on the court with a district championship on the line and for the second consecutive season, the Owls were able to knock off their North Star League foe, beating them for the third time this season in ...

Signs of improvement

HILLMAN — Eric Muszynski was skeptical entering Thursday night’s home finale against Oscoda. Hillman’s head coach wasn’t pleased with his team’s effort in a loss earlier in the week and the Tigers welcomed an Oscoda team they lost to by 46 points just over two weeks ago. Muszynski ...

Posen, Hillman set for district title clash

Who wants it more? It’s a simple question, but it says everything about the Hillman and Posen girls basketball teams as they prepare for their biggest game of the season. Both teams will meet at 7 p.m in a Division 4 district championship game in Hillman tonight. A win for Posen (16-5) ...

Schooners looking toward future after trip postponement

A planned overseas trip for the Thunder Bay Schooners will have to wait another year. Amid worldwide concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, the Schooners will not be participating in the ninth PAMINA Swimming Festival in Bad Bergzabern, Germany. Fifteen swimmers and several coaches ...