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Gentry to play at St. Cloud State University

Emma Gentry, a resident of Alpena, has signed a national letter of intent to attend St. Cloud (Minnesota) State University and play NCAA DI ice hockey for the Huskies. Gentry joins the Huskies after playing for the 19U HoneyBaked Hockey team in the 2019-20 season, where she notched 50 goals ...

Cooper Black honored to be drafted by USHL Omaha Lancers

ALPENA — After a storied high school career and record-breaking senior season, there was no doubt former Alpena High School Wildcat goalie Cooper Black was bound for continued success between the pipes. On Tuesday, Black was drafted in the sixth round by the Omaha Lancers of the United ...

Huron Shores cancels youth baseball season

ALPENA — The Alpena Huron Shores Babe Ruth youth baseball/softball 2020 season has been canceled, the group announced Friday. "Please know that this was extremely difficult for us as a board to come to this conclusion," the group said. "The safety of our children, coaches, umpires, and ...

Alpena’s Black drafted by USHL team

Former Alpena High School goalie Cooper Black was drafted by the Omaha (Nebraska) Lancers of the United States Hockey League on Tuesday. Black was selected in the sixth round and 81st overall by the Lancers, who area Tier 1 junior hockey team. Black spent the past season with the Maryland ...

Coaches group honors area cagers

ALPENA — Several Northeast Michigan athletes were honored by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan this week. Two Oscoda boys basketball players were honored: Junior Owen Franklin was named to the boys Division 3 BCAM team as one of the best, while senior Brayden Mallak received ...

News cancels track and field event

ALPENA — The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in another sports cancellation, this time the 17th annual Alpena News Track and Field Honor Roll Invitational scheduled for May. “Obviously, we are sad to have to make this announcement,” Alpena News Publisher Bill Speer said. “With last ...

Workouts go online amid coronavirus outbreak

ALPENA — In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and numerous stay-at-home orders in place around the U.S., Americans have looked for anything — no matter how big or how small — that gives them a sense of routine. For Brenda Budnik, that means setting aside time each day to work out. ...

MHSAA cancels remainder of 2019-20 seasons

ALPENA — The Michigan High School Athletic Association has canceled all sports for the rest of the academic year, as expected after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday said students will not return to their school buildings at least until fall to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. It’s ...

MHSAA cancels remainder of 2019-20 seasons

ALPENA -- The Michigan High School Athletic Association has canceled all sports for the rest of the academic year, as expected after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday said students will not return to their school buildings at least until fall to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. It's ...

Local coaches doing what they can to prepare for (potential) season

It’s not a stretch to say Karl Grambau gets excited when springtime comes. As coach of the Rogers City softball program, Grambau has presided over arguably the most successful era in program history. Since 2012, the Hurons have won eight district titles, six regional championships, made ...

Forming a game plan: Coronavirus affecting college recruitment

College sports have been shut down for the spring season and high school sports are currently on hold. As each day passes, the hopes of a high school season become more uncertain. With college sports done for the 2019-2020 school year and high school sports possibly to follow, schools, ...

Alpena players honored by BNC

Several Alpena High School athletes were honored by the Big North Conference for their play during the 2019-20 winter sports season. Seniors Kelley Stark, Jack Schmanski and Jordan Schultz all earned honorable mentions on the all-BNC boys basketball team. Stark led Alpena in points during the ...

Trying to find a way

Not all hope has been lost for the spring sports season, but with each passing day, the hope for seniors to be able to compete in their final high school sports season slowly fades. After the high school sports season was put on hold just over a week ago, athletes, coaches and fans have been ...

ACC softball season cut short

Alpena Community College head softball coach Christin Sobeck and her staff put in a lot of time during the offseason to prepare her Lumberjacks for the 2019-2020 season in hopes of they could take the next step as a program. Once her team was set, the players put in even more work on and off ...

Alpena Sports Hall of Fame banquet rescheduled

The 37th annual Alpena Sports Hall of Fame banquet has been rescheduled. Originally the celebration was set to be on Saturday, May 2, at the APlex. The annual event has now been changed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The new scheduled date is currently set for Saturday, August 8, at ...

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 ...