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Mission accomplished

Before the start of the youth wrestling season, Benalli Gabara told his coach John Bygden he wanted to win a state championship. It might seem like a lofty goal for a nine-year-old wrestler, but Gabara wasn’t shy about his objective and ultimately made good on his goal. Gabara made his ...

Wildcats sleepwalk through first half, fall to Cadillac

Playing in front of a home crowd on Senior Night against a Big North Conference rival didn’t seem to be enough motivation for the Alpena girls soccer team on Tuesday. The Wildcats got off to a slow start, fell behind early and despite a strong second half effort, Alpena dug itself too big ...

Haydn Goebel to continue basketball career at ACC

During his time at Alpena High School, Haydn Goebel showed signs of tremendous upside as one of the Wildcats’ big men. It was Goebel’s huge upside that led him to being recruited by Alpena Community College men’s basketball coach Mark Jacobs and on Tuesday, Goebel made sure he would ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats secure share of BNC title

TRAVERSE CITY — For the ninth consecutive season, the Alpena High softball team is Big North Conference champions. The Wildcats earned a doubleheader sweep over rival Traverse City Central on Tuesday, defeating the Trojans 7-1 and 17-8. Emma Fraser and Jade Schultz combined to throw a ...

Controlling their fate

POSEN—Clutch hitting put the Posen softball right where it wants to be. Faith Cousins scored on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the sixth inning in game one and Lizzy Romel singled to score Brooke Ciarkowski in game two, giving Posen 7-6 and 12-11 wins over Hillman during a North Star ...

Tigers find plenty of offense in sweep of Posen

POSEN — Despite a slow start to Monday’s North Star League doubleheader in Posen, the Hillman baseball team got rolling and when it did, the Tigers were able to score runs in bunches, picking up a sweep over their NSL rival, winning by scores of 8-4 and 11-3. Hillman was held scoreless ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Alpena girls soccer team sets new record for wins

SAULT STE. MARIE—Seven different players scored for the Alpena High girls soccer team on Monday during a record-setting 8-1 over Sault Ste. Marie. Kennedy Kaiser scored twice and Alpena (12-8-3, 3-3-2 Big North Conference) got single tallies from Mollie Girard, Macy Dickinson, Jenna Leeck, ...

A mixed bag

The Alpena High girls soccer team got off to a fast start on Saturday during its annual Sunrise Side Soccer Challenge Cup tournament at Wildcat Stadium. But as the day wore on, fatigue set in and the Wildcats weren’t able to sustain their early momentum. Ultimately, Alpena finished 2-3-1 in ...

Wildcats get tested in home Huron Shores Softball Tournament

The Alpena softball team knew it was going to be tested in their annual Huron Shores Tournament at Alpena High School on Saturday. The Wildcats welcomed three of the premier programs in the state, including No. 1 ranked Clarkston on Saturday. Alpena was winless on the weekend, falling to ...

Winter, Bullis set records as Alpena boys track wins Falcon Invite

OGEMAW-HEIGHTS — Saturday was another record-setting evening for the Alpena boys track team as a pair of Wildcats set new school records and as a team, the Alpena boys won the Falcon Invite at Ogemaw-Heights. Eli Winter broke his own Discus record with a distance of 175-5 and Gabe Bullis ...

Alpena High teams to play on new turf field next season

Though voters on Tuesday rejected Alpena Public Schools’ bond proposal for facilities improvements throughout the district, Alpena’s sports teams will have a brand-new playing surface next season thanks to private donations. The APS Board of Education accepted more than $600,000 in large ...

Steady as they go

Consistency at the plate and in the field helped the Alpena High softball team to a win against a familiar opponent on Friday. Rachel McDonald hit a two-run home run to right field and the Wildcats defeated Garden City 9-2 at Alpena High School. Alpena (15-4) scored in all but one inning ...

Rogers City takes twinbill from Oscoda

OSCODA—The Rogers City softball team had another easy day on Friday, beating Oscoda 18-0 and 17-2 in a North Star League doubleheader. Kyrsten Altman limited Oscoda to two hits and struck out nine in the opener. At the plate, she had a double among two hits. Taylor Fleming had a pair of ...

Down to the wire

Three weeks ago, the Alpena High girls soccer team earned a monumental win after beating Gaylord on the road 2-1. The Wildcats had an impressive encore against the Blue Devils on Thursday and though they didn’t win, they turned in another solid performance against a conference ...

Hurons stay perfect in North Star League play

WHITTEMORE—The Rogers City softball team made quick work of Whittemore-Prescott on Wednesday, defeating the Cardinals 18-0 (four innings) and 8-1. Kyrsten Altman threw a two-hit shutout for the Hurons (11-4, 6-0 North Star League) in the opener and struck out nine. She also had three hits ...

Alpena baseball, softball teams win on the road

BOYNE CITY—A day after earning a pair of clutch conference wins, the Alpena High softball team kept the momentum going on Wednesday with a pair of wins over Boyne City, 18-7 and 9-4 (four innings). Kali Spomer pitched a complete game for the Wildcats (14-4) in the opener and Wildcats ...

Taking two from the Titans

What a difference a few days can make. The Alpena baseball team was just two days removed from a disappointing championship game loss in its annual home tournament, but the Wildcats knew they needed to focus their attention on Big North Conference play. That’s exactly what Alpena ...

Alpena rallies late to complete sweep of rival Titans

Coming into Tuesday’s Big North Conference game, the Alpena softball team knew it was going to be challenged by one of the top teams in the Big North Conference in Traverse City West. The Wildcats were challenged, but made the plays and came up with key hits when they needed to remain ...

Boyd sets new record, Alpena soccer defeats TC Central

CADILLAC — The Alpena track team continued its stellar season in Cadillac on Tuesday. Maddy Boyd re-broke her record in the 1,600 Run finishing with a time of 5:11.21. The Alpena girls track team also came away with 22 more personal records on the day. The Alpena boys track team was ...

Vikings take two

POSEN — A wild and exciting night of baseball ended with two victories for the Posen baseball team as the Vikings swept Au Gres at home in a North Star League doubleheader on Monday, defeating the Wolverines 14-10 and 7-6. In game one, the Vikings battled back from an early deficit to take ...