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Vikings, Wolverines split North Star League doubleheader

POSEN—The Posen softball team has shown itself to be plenty talented this season. But as the calendar flips to the last few weeks of the season before districts, the Vikings know they still have some kinks to work out. Brooke Ciarkowski hit a two-run home run and the Vikings split a pair ...

Hillman baseball team splits tight twinbill with Owls

OSCODA — The Hillman baseball team played a pair of tight games in a doubleheader at Oscoda on Monday against the Owls. Hillman earned a 1-0 win in game one behind a strong pitching performance from Kory Henigan and key baserunning from Nic Taratuta and Oscoda won the nightcap ...

Alpena honors excellence

When her name first appeared on the Alpena Sports Hall of Fame ballot a few years ago, Melissa (Brousseau) O’Dell felt it was an honor just be nominated. On Saturday, O’Dell took the next step, moving from nominee to inductee, ensuring her career will be remembered in the annals of Alpena ...

Wildcats come up short in MacKenzie Invite final

After winning the opening game of its annual MacKenzie Invitational in dramatic fashion, the Alpena baseball team had an opportunity for some more late game heroics on Saturday. But the Wildcats came up just short and lost in the championship game to Standish 7-6 to complete a 2-1 weekend and ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats win BCW Invite; Boyd sets new 3,200 record

BAY CITY—Maddy Boyd broke her own school 3,200 run record and Alpena’s boys track team took top honors as the Wildcats turned in many solid performances on Friday at the Bay City Western Invitational. Boyd finished third in the 3,200 run, but crossed the line in 11:00.98, bettering her ...

Lumberjacks end homestand on a winning note

Some late-inning heroics helped the Alpena Community College softball team end its recent homestead on a winning note. Makayla Price hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and Emily Vivian scored on an error in the seventh inning to give the Lumberjacks a 5-4 victory over Macomb on ...

Alpena rallies in seven

The Alpena High baseball team sprang to life at just the right time on Friday. Chris DeRocher scored on a fielder’s choice to complete a three-run seventh inning rally that gave the Wildcats enough runs to edge Marquette 4-3 during the opening day of the MacKenzie Invitational at Alpena ...

Lumberjacks drop pair of home games to Macomb

The Alpena Community College Lumberjacks welcomed Macomb Community College and opened a weekend series with the Monarchs and the first two games went to the hot-hitting Monarchs as they swept ACC by scores of 17-1 and 13-5 on Friday at Alpena High School. Macomb took care of business in the ...

Hillman softball team sweeps Rudyard at home

HILLMAN—The Hillman softball team rebounded from a tough loss on Thursday with a sweep of Rudyard on Friday at home. Hillman won the opener 3-0 and triumphed in the nightcap 9-2. McKenna Hiveley earned the win for Hillman (9-4-1) in the opener, allowing four hits, five walks and striking ...

A hard-fought battle

Bad weather and sloppy field conditions continue to be the trend for the Alpena High School girls soccer team during its recent home stand. Despite the poor conditions, Alpena (8-5-1, 2-3-1 Big North Conference) scored early, but eventually played to a 1-1 tie against Big North foe Petoskey ...

Track great O’Dell headed to Alpena Sports Hall of Fame

In the heat of competition, Melissa (Brousseau) O’Dell knew how to stay calm under pressure. As she watched her fellow competitors scream, yell or get angry to pump themselves up, O’Dell simply focused on her faith and trusted her abilities. O’Dell’s composure allowed her to have a ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Hillman falls in extras; Posen, Onaway win big

HILLMAN—The Hillman softball team played a tough game against Tawas on Thursday, but ultimately fell to the Braves 9-3 in eight innings. The game was tied 2-2 through six innings and the Braves prevailed after two extra innings. Bailey Schook took the loss for Hillman, but ended the game ...

Passion for sports leads Romstadt to Alpena Sports HOF

If there’s one word that personifies Bill Romstadt, it’s longevity. Since 1945, sports have been Romstadt’s life. His passion and drive continue to define him today, but also helped him during a decorated athletic and officiating career. On May 4, Romstadt will take his place in the ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Local teams compete in NSL track quad

LINCOLN—Several local track teams braved the cold on Tuesday to complete in a North Star League quad at Alcona High School. Au Gres competed with Posen, Rogers City and Alcona. BOYS Top local boys finishers were: Discus—1. John Sharboneau, Alcona, 127-0.5; 2. Gabe Jakubcin, Posen, ...

A clean sweep

The Alpena High baseball team got exactly what it was looking for on Tuesday in a doubleheader sweep over Cadillac. Bruz Copping and Keegan Spomer dazzled the Vikings as they both went the distance on the mound and combined to strike out 23 Cadillac batters. The Wildcats were victorious in ...

Wildcats sweep Cadillac, but want to improve defense

Alpena High softball coach Paul Marwede was pleased to see his team walk away with two wins on Tuesday. But after topping Cadillac 11-0 (five innings) and 18-11 during a Big North Conference doubleheader, Marwede was wishing things had gone a little smoother. The Wildcats had plenty of ...

Late goal sends Titans past Alpena girls soccer team

For the past two seasons, former Alpena native Jaelyn Dobrowolski has been a thorn in the Alpena High girls soccer program’s side as the Traverse City West junior has scored multiple goals on numerous occasions against the Wildcats. Alpena focused its attention on the talented Titan on ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Alpena’s Weide throws perfect game

CADILLAC—Travis Weide threw a perfect game, Keegan Hahn threw a one-hit shutout and the Alpena JV baseball team had an easy day against Cadillac on Tuesday, topping the Vikings 10-0 (six innings) and 11-0 (six innings). Weide’s perfect game came in the nightcap and was highlighted by a ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats keep shutout streak going

PETOSKEY — For the fifth consecutive game, the Alpena High School soccer team recorded a shut out victory. The win Monday came against Big North Conference rival Petoskey as the Wildcats came away with a 2-0 win and beat the Northmen for the first time in Alpena head coach Tim Storch’s ...

Unable to hold on

For the first time this season the Alpena Community College softball team looked like it was on the verge of winning a game in convincing fashion. After dropping game one 14-2, the Lumberjacks game out in game two and strung together some hits and runs throughout the first four innings as ...