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Big Rapids OF Annah Folkema signs LOI with Lumberjacks

Growing up, Annah Folkema fell in love with baseball and softball watching her older brother play in high school and in Pony League baseball. Eventually, she got to see him sign his letter of intent to play college baseball. On Wednesday, Folkema got her chance to follow in his ...

Hillman Little Leaguers win in pool play action

Hillman’s girls Little League team opened pool play with a win on Tuesday, defeating Gaylord 10-8. Nicole Barbeau got the win for Hillman after pitching four strong innings and going 3-for-4 at the plate with three singles. Gretchen Weiland also saw time on the mound for Hillman and was ...

Preparing for the future

Over the past several years, gymnastics in Alpena has enjoyed a resurgence. Young athletes who are interested in gymnastics have plenty of opportunity to become a part of what has become a successful gymnastics program in Alpena. On Monday, the Alpena APlex was host to a three day ...

Alpena’s football culture in need of serious change

The Alpena High football program’s revolving door of head coaches needs to be slammed shut. With the recent resignation of Aaron Sims, Alpena High School is in search of yet another head coach and their next hire will mark the school’s sixth varsity football coach in the last 10 ...

Kuzewski resigns as Hillman girls hoops coach

When John Kuzewski took over as Hillman girls basketball coach in 2007, he did so wanting to build and sustain a successful program. Kuzewski did just that, turning Hillman into one of Northeast Michigan’s most consistent programs. After 12 seasons Kuzewski has resigned, citing a desire ...

Alpena relay team sets new record at national meet

GREENSBORO, North Carolina—Members of the Alpena High track team broke a national distance medley relay record during the New Balance National Outdoor track and field championships this past weekend in North Carolina. The quartet of Josh Smith, Aden Smith, Jadon Duncan and Drew Seabase ...

Meeting their match

EAST LANSING — Throughout the postseason, the Rogers City softball team has had an answer for every challenge thrown its way. But the Hurons met their match on Friday and didn’t have enough answers to stop Unionville-Sebewaing in a 8-3 loss during a Division 4 semifinal at Michigan State ...

Back for another shot

This year is going to be different. Amanda Wirgau can feel it. Even if she can’t explain it. “The team, you can just feel the difference in the games,” Wirgau, Rogers City’s senior catcher, said. “I don’t know how to explain it.” Whatever it is—be it good vibes, good ...

Chemistry between Altman, Wirgau paying off for Hurons

Sometimes all it takes is a head nod or a finger point for Krysten Altman and Amanda Wirgau to know what the other is thinking. When that happens, it usually means good things for the Hurons and a long day for their opponents. Rogers City’s battery—junior pitcher Altman and senior ...

Hurons hoping to continue success in close games

Rogers City softball coach Karl Grambau said his team had saved him a trip to the hospital for a stress test after it won a district title a few weeks ago. Grambau was joking then, he might as well have been describing the bulk of the Hurons’ postseason run. Close games have been the ...

Welcome to ACC

Alpena Community College welcomed a new student-athlete on Wednesday as Alexis Trombley signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her athletic career for the Lumberjacks. Trombley signed on to become a member of the ACC volleyball team and also committed to play softball for the ...

Hurons seize opportunity

PETOSKEY—Throughout the postseason, different members of the Rogers City softball team have made big plays at key times to keep the Hurons’ season alive. On Tuesday, it was Karissa Rabeau’s turn. The sophomore outfielder lined a two-run double up the middle in the top of the sixth ...

Copping, Goike to continue baseball careers at Delta College

For the past three years, Bruz Copping and Aidan Goike have been staples in the Alpena High baseball program. Both Copping and Goike made the varsity team as sophomores and started the past three years, playing key roles for the Wildcats during a successful three years on the ...

A familiar foe

The Rogers City softball team’s quest to return to East Lansing will follow a familiar path this season. For the second straight season, the Hurons (26-8) will play Rudyard in a Division 4 quarterfinal on Tuesday at Petoskey High School. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. The winner will ...

Four in a row

EAST JORDAN — Brooke Saile picked the perfect time to hit her first career home run. The Rogers City junior’s two-run shot to center field in the fourth inning gave the Hurons the spark they needed on the way to a 7-0 victory over Onaway in a Division 4 regional final at East Jordan High ...

Alpena rallies in semifinal, falls in regional title game

SAGINAW — Saturday’s Division 1 regional championship day for the Alpena softball team was filled with emotion. The Wildcats rallied back to defeat Grand Blanc in the regional semifinal game 3-2, but got shut out in the title game as Bay City Western defeated the Wildcats 6-0 at Saginaw ...

Time to step it up

As exciting as district play was last week, the competition will intensify during the regional tournament on Saturday. Of the three local softball teams that remain in the playoffs, two—Alpena and Rogers City— are ready to defend regional championships. The other—Onaway—is looking ...

Shining bright on the diamond

Playing a collegiate sport as a freshman has its challenges and can be intimidating. The time commitment it takes to earn playing time may seem a bit overwhelming at times from the hours put in at practice, to the weight room, to games and balancing academics. Lyndsey Ryba is used to ...

Mistakes cost Tigers in regional baseball loss

MIO—Mistakes caught up to the Alcona baseball team at the wrong time on Wednesday. The Tigers committed four errors during a Division 4 regional semifinal against Marlette and ultimately paid for their mistakes in an 8-4 loss at Mio High School. Alcona (15-16) briefly led in the fourth ...

Sims steps down as Alpena football coach

After three seasons, Alpena High football coach Aaron Sims has decided to move on. Aaron Sims made the decision on Tuesday and ends his Alpena tenure with a 7-20 record. “The decision for me really came down to doing what’s best for our family. There were opportunities that opened up ...