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Softball districts made for exciting weekend

After his team rallied to win an eighth consecutive district title on Saturday afternoon, Rogers City softball coach Karl Grambau joked that the Hurons had saved him a trip to the hospital and money for a stress test. You couldn’t blame him for thinking that. After two of the most tightly ...

Hurons find a way

ATLANTA—The Rogers City softball team has made winning district championships look effortless for the last several years, but the Hurons’ latest district triumph proved to be anything but easy. After a uncharacteristically quiet day at the plate, the Hurons finally woke up in the ninth ...

Alpena’s Winter, Bullis win championships at D-1 finals

EAST KENTWOOD — For the first time since 1997, Alpena High School has a state track champion. Eli Winter broke his own school discus record to win a state title and Gabe Bullis paced the field in the pole vault to give the Wildcats a pair of state champions during the Division 1 finals ...

Hillman, Rogers City fall to Joburg in district play

ATLANTA — Two teams’ postseason woes continued on Saturday as the Hillman and Rogers City baseball teams were both on the receiving end of a loss to Johannesburg-Lewiston during Division 4 district play in Atlanta as Joburg shut out Rogers City 8-0 in the first game of the day and held onto ...

The sweetest feeling

GAYLORD—Eight years of waiting is over for the Onaway softball team. Calley Selke hit a game-tying three-run home run, pitched a gem in relief and Taylor Larson delivered a game-winning, two-run single with two outs in the sixth inning to help the Cardinals knock off Indian River Inland ...

Alpena’s Winter looking to put a bow tie on record-setting season

In a season filled with big moments, Eli Winter is hoping to save his biggest one for the state’s biggest stage. Winter will compete in the discus and shot put at the Division 1 track and field state finals at East Kentwood High School on Saturday, looking for the cherry on top to arguably ...

Alcona High baseball team wins district championship in Mio

MIO—Early offense carried the Alcona baseball team back to a district championship. The Tigers scored eight runs in the third inning of Friday’s Division 4 district final and went on to defeat Au Gres 13-3 to win their first district since 2017. Both teams scored a run in the first ...

The hunt for hardware begins

With all of the confidence and talent that many of the area baseball teams possess, district tournament over the next few days should see a lot of competitive games. Teams such as Alpena, Hillman, Alcona and Rogers City are looking to avenge previous district defeats, while teams like Mio and ...

Area softball teams eyeing for deep postseason runs

With the regular season complete, area softball teams are ready to begin what they hope will be long and successful postseason runs. For teams like Alpena, Rogers City and Onaway, anything less than a district championship and appearance in a regional championship game would likely be a ...

Alpena vaulter Myers looking to finish strong at state finals

Patience and persistence have carried a long way Karli Myers during her high school career. On Saturday she’s hoping those traits along with her talent will carry her to the awards podium. Myers will be one of three Alpena pole vaulters competing at the Division 1 state finals at East ...

Local athletes compete in D-4 golf regional

GAYLORD—Several local golfers posted solid scores during a Division 4 boys golf regional at Treetops Resort in Gaylord on Wednesday. Alcona posted a team score of 377 and was led by Kurt Niemetts’ score of 88. He was followed by Aiden Wrobel (91), Patrick Bates (93), Ashton Trary (105) ...

One final tune-up

ROGERS CITY — Over the past several years it has been a luxury for the Alpena High and Rogers City softball teams to play their final games of the regular season as a tune-up before postseason play begins. For more than a decade, both the Wildcats and Hurons have enjoyed their share of ...

Alcona’s Bilbey prepared for busy weekend at state finals

Lily Bilbey has a busy weekend ahead of her. The Alcona sophomore will compete in four different events during the Division 4 track and field state finals at Baldwin Street Middle School in Hudsonville on Saturday. She’ll compete in the 100 dash, 200 dash, 400 dash and run a leg in the ...

Cardinals split with Farwell on the road

FARWELL—The Onaway softball team split a doubleheader with Farwell on Wednesday and each team won by a 6-4 score. Onaway (25-6) won the opener 6-4. Calley Selke earned the win after striking out eight. Kennedy Crawford, Breya Domke and Kayla Metty each had two hits for Onaway and Selke ...

Putting on a show

A record-setting day put Maddy Boyd back in a familiar spot. The Alpena High senior broke two meet records during the 16th annual Alpena News Honor Roll Track and Field Invitational on Tuesday at Thunder Bay Junior High School. Boyd bettered her own meet mark in the 1,600 run crossing the ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Alcona baseball, Hillman softball teams win PreDistrict contests

ATLANTA — The Posen baseball team had its season ended on Tuesday as the Vikings fell in a PreDistrict game to Johannesburg-Lewiston 11-3 in Atlanta. The Vikings opened the game with three runs in the home half of the first inning, but the game quickly changed as Joburg kept the Posen bats ...

Two for the seniors

The Alpena High baseball team gave its seniors a winning sendoff on Saturday. The Wildcats rallied for a win in game one and won in a rout in game two, defeating Melvindale 4-3 and 9-0 at Alpena High School on Senior Day in their home finale. “I was real pleased with the day. It’s our ...

Right down the middle

TOWER—Before the second game of a doubleheader on Friday, Onaway softball coach Jodi Brewbaker had a simple message for her team. “Let’s get this done.” The Cardinals took Brewbaker’s message to heart and bounced back from a rough finish in game one to split a Ski Valley Conference ...

Posen softball team secures Little Dipper division championship

HALE—The Posen softball team ended its regular season on a satisfying note on Friday. Posen broke open a pair of close games with Hale to clinch the North Star League’s Little Dipper division title after 22-3 and 14-2 wins. Posen (16-8, 7-1 NSL Little Dipper) led 5-3 after three innings ...

Everyone’s a winner

HILLMAN — A busy week and regular season ended for the Hillman softball team as it split a North Star League doubleheader against Alcona, winning game one 5-4 and falling in the nightcap 13-5. Hillman found itself trailing early in game on as Hailee Gordy doubled home a run in the top of ...