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Mistakes hurt Posen in road loss to Mio

MIO — Coming into Friday’s game, the Posen football team had turned its season around and won its past three games, but the Vikings made a handful of mistakes that proved costly as Posen (3-3) fell to Mio (5-1) by a final score of 46-26. Tyler Hincka had another solid day on the ground as ...

Coming up just short

As if Alpena High School wasn’t filled with enough emotion on Thursday night as the Wildcat volleyball team played host to their annual Pink Game, welcoming BNC foe Traverse City Central and the two rivals provided even more emotion and excited throughout the night, but in the end Alpena was ...

Wildcats hoping long road trip to Marquette results in victory

After winning two consecutive games, the Alpena High football team took a few steps backward in last weeks 37-6 loss at Traverse City West. The Wildcats made costly mistakes early, fell behind and could never dig themselves out of the hole they that they fell in. This week Alpena will once ...

Alpena soccer team falls to TC West

TRAVERSE CITY ­— The Alpena boys soccer team was on the receiving end of a 5-1 loss against the No. 4 ranked team in Division 1, Traverse City West on Thursday. The Titans held a 3-0 lead at the half before Alpena got on the board with its lone goal of the night from Ivo ...

Swami in the fixing mood

If something isn’t broke, don’t fix it, is a famous saying. This has been the cry of some teams around the area, where others are looking for that quick fix at this late juncture of the season. With the influx of 8-man football, teams like Mio must be wondering, why they did not switch ...

Tigers secure the title

LINCOLN — For the Alcona soccer team, playing to a tie has never felt sweeter. On Wednesday, the Tigers played host to North Star League rival Oscoda in a game that was going to decide the teams’ NSL fate. With an Alcona win or tie, the Tigers would claim the outright title and a loss, ...

A steady improvement

ONAWAY — The Onaway volleyball team continues to be trending in the right direction at the right time. After a sluggish start to the season, the Cardinals have picked up their play and on Tuesday, Onaway improved its Ski Valley Conference record to a perfect 5-0 on the season after ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Hurons rally to sweep Vikings at home

ROGERS CITY—Some early struggles paved the way for refocused efforts and a sweep for the Rogers City volleyball team. The Hurons trailed 18-6 in the third set against Posen on Tuesday, but rallied back behind the strong serving of Jeffra Dittmar to top the Vikings 28-26. Rogers City won ...

A needed boost

Kate Skiba gave the Alpena High volleyball team the boost it needed on Monday. The junior outside hitter showed off her serving skills, dishing up 10 aces in the first two sets to help the Wildcats sweep Tawas at Alpena High School. Alpena defeated the Braves 25-8, 25-16 and 25-20 during an ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Alcona soccer team beaten by Roscommon

LINCOLN—The Alcona soccer team had trouble finding the back of the net during a 3-1 loss to Roscommon on Monday at home. Joel Steiner scored a goal in the second half for the Tigers (8-5) with an assist from Brett Nelson, but that was the only goal Alcona had. “It was a good game. We ...

Hillman Sports Hall of Fame inducts 2019 class

HILLMAN—On the basketball court and on the football field, there was little that Rick Hamilton couldn’t do. Hamilton’s abilities as a dual-sport star earned him a slew of accolades during his time as a Hillman High School athlete and on Saturday, Hamilton took his place among the ...

ACC cross country team wins Firebird Invitational

The Alpena Community College cross country team had three goals going into Friday’s Firebird Invitational: win the meet, use the race as a hard tempo run and have all eight runners earn at T-shirt which is given out to the top 15 runners. The Lumberjacks completed all three as Alpena’s ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Turnovers cost ‘Cats in loss to TC West

TRAVERSE CITY—The Alpena football team had trouble getting out of its own way on Saturday. The Wildcats committed four turnovers and couldn’t keep up with Traverse City West during a 37-6 loss at Thirlby Field. Alpena’s only score came with 12 seconds left when Ryan Voltz found Charlie ...

Taming the Tigers

HILLMAN — After Hillman made the switch to eight-player a season ago, the Tigers and Mio Thunderbolts did not play each other for the first time in 30 years in 2018. On Friday, the two North Star League foes renewed their rivalry. The first meeting went to the Thunderbolts as Mio (4-1) came ...

Clark, defense step up for Alcona in homecoming win

LINCOLN—After a rough few weeks, the Alcona football needed some kind of spark. Mason Clark and the Tigers’ defense gave Alcona and its fans quite the spark on homecoming night Friday. Clark rushed for three scores and Alcona’s defense played well all night as the Tigers ended a ...

Wildcats looking to keep momentum going vs Traverse City West

The last two weeks have done a lot to rejuvenate the Alpena High football team. After an 0-2 start, the Wildcats have won two straight games and shown improvement in all facets of the game. Perhaps most importantly, winning has improved the level of trust within the program. “Coach ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Oscoda blanks Hurons to move to 5-0; Posen wins 3rd straight

OSCODA—The Oscoda football team kept on rolling Friday with a 54-0 victory over Rogers City to improve to 5-0. The Owls struck early and often, hurting the Hurons (0-5) in all aspects of the game. Quarterback Brayden Mallak had three touchdown passes and added another touchdown. Oscoda’s ...

Alpena Community College softball team adds three new players

News Photo by Jonny Zawacki The Alpena Community College softball program welcomed three new members on Friday. Former Alpena High Wildcats Kali Spomer and Riley Alexander and Rogers City Huron Alissa Bowden signed their National Letters of Intent on Friday to continue their academic and ...

Finishing strong

The Alpena High volleyball team experienced a whirlwind of emotions on Thursday, but in the end Alpena found itself celebrating. The Wildcats completed a comeback and finished a strong fifth set to defeat Big North Conference rival Petoskey 25-20, 22-25, 15-25, 25-21 and 15-7 at Alpena High ...

Cooper Black off to stellar start in NAHL career

Some things just never change. For Cooper Black, nothing has changed since the standout netminder graduated from Alpena High School last year. During his senior season as a Wildcat, Black was nearly unsolvable as he put together arguably one of the best seasons for any goaltender in Alpena ...