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Schmanski places in top 10 at Alpena Golf Invite

The Alpena High boys golf team couldn’t have asked for better conditions or a better day to host its annual Alpena Golf Invite as the Wildcats welcomed 16 total teams to River’s Edge Golf Club on Tuesday. Along with Alpena, the other five Big North Conference teams competed—Gaylord, ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Alpena baseball team clinches first BNC title since 2015

PETOSKEY — For the first time since 2015, the Alpena baseball and softball teams have won Big North Conference championships in the same year. The Alpena baseball team avenged last season’s letdown in conference play and entered Tuesday’s doubleheader with Petoskey needing just one win ...

The best in their class

Chris DeRocher and Maddy Boyd aren’t strangers to success. Throughout their athletic careers at Alpena High School, both DeRocher and Boyd have pushed themselves to become the best they can be and on Monday, the two were recognized for their efforts as they were named 2019 Alpena High ...

Selke throws no-hitter as Onaway stays perfect in SVC play

ONAWAY—Calley Selke threw a no-hitter and the Onaway softball team kept its perfect record in Ski Valley Conference play on Monday, defeating Johannesburg-Lewiston 5-0 and 11-1 in a doubleheader on its Military Appreciation Night. Selke’s no hitter came in the opener for Onaway (21-4, ...

Becoming Lumberjacks

The Alpena Community College got a big influx of local talent on Sunday after more than a half dozen local players all inked their letters of intent to play volleyball with the Lumberjacks next season. Those that sized their letters of intent included: Maddie Hincka (Rogers City), Alex ...

Local athletes qualify for Division 4 track finals

INDIAN RIVER—Northeast Michigan will be well represented at the Division 4 track and field state finals in a couple of weeks. Local athletes shined on a big stage during a Division 4 regional on Friday in Indian River, winning regional championships in 11 different events. In total, 30 ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Alpena boys track team wins first regional since 1944

BAY CITY—The Alpena High boys track team had one of its strongest performances in program history on Friday, winning a Division 1 regional at Bay City Western. Alpena won the regional with 128 points and the Wildcat boys won in five events while qualifying nine athletes for the state finals ...

A dream is realized

In a few weeks, senior athletes will graduate and compete in their respective sports for what may be the final time. For many athletes who do not get the opportunity of being recruited to play a sport at the next level, they are content with continuing their education or searching for a ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats suffer another heartbreaking loss to TC West

TRAVERSE CITY — In the first meeting between Alpena and Traverse City West, the two teams competed in a back and forth battle, but it was the Titans coming out on top after scoring a goal with 2:24 left to steal a win at Wildcat Stadium. On Thursday, a similar result occurred as the ...

A near perfect day

ROGERS CITY — Kyrsten Altman set the tone early in Rogers City’s doubleheader sweep of North Star League rival Posen on Wednesday. Altman tossed a no-hitter and was within one fielding error of a perfect game in the Hurons’ 10-0 game one win over Posen. Not only was the pitching ...

Consistency at the plate helps Hurons in sweep

ROGERS CITY—The ability to consistently put the ball in play has carried the Rogers City baseball team to a lot of wins throughout its history. This longtime hallmark carried the Hurons to two more on Wednesday after Rogers City defeated Posen 13-3 (five innings) and 4-2 in Rogers ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Schmanski leads Alpena boys golf team in Gaylord

GAYLORD — Alpena’s Jack Schmanski placed sixth at the Gaylord Invitational held at The Tribute. Schmanski shot an 80 with four birdies on a challenging golf course. “It’s been a year of growth and fortunately we were able to see some growth today,” Alpena coach Eric Mitchell said. ...

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 ...