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Local teams ready to begin boys basketball tournament

ALPENA — Just over one year ago, the sports world was flipped upside down. After going through the three month grind of a regular season, along with offseason workouts, everything changed. March went from being known for its Madness of teams battling to continue their season and competing ...

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP: Posen, Hillman pick up boys hoops wins

BOYS BASKETBALL Posen 61, Rogers City 44 ROGERS CITY—Lucas Stone scored 22 points and the Vikings (11-3) started the game on a 22-8 run to avenge a loss to the Hurons last Friday. Posen led 38-23 at halftime and 51-36 after three quarters. AJ Brunet added 14 points for Posen, Chase Dubie ...

Michigan ups stadium capacity, requires teen athlete testing

LANSING (AP) — Michigan on Friday eased outdoor stadium capacity restrictions before baseball’s opening day but ordered weekly rapid testing of teen athletes amid a climbing coronavirus case rate that ranks fourth nationally over the past week. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said, for now, she ...

Marceau’s late goal sends Alpena over Sault, to regional final

TAWAS — For as evenly matched as Alpena and Sault Ste Marie appeared to be in their Division 3 regional semifinal hockey game at Tawas Bay Ice Arena on Thursday, it seemed almost certain the two sides were headed for overtime. Anden Marceau had other ideas however, as he won a loose puck ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Posen, Oscoda girls end regular season with wins

GIRLS BASKETBALL Posen 40, Rogers City 17 ROGERS CITY— The Vikings (13-1) ended a stretch of three road games in three days with another easy win that saw them get out to a 26-5 lead by halftime. Ella Szatkowski paced Posen with 12 points, Makayla Kamyszek added 10 and Faith Cousins added ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Posen boys win Little Dipper title

BOYS BASKETBALL Ogemaw Heights 67, Alpena 49 WEST BRANCH — Cooper Bright had 20 points, but fourth quarter struggles cost the Wildcats on Tuesday. Alpena (3-10) trailed 44-39 after three quarters, but the Falcons took control in the final period, outscoring the Wildcats 23-10. Austin Prue ...

Vikings spoil Alpena boys basketball team’s Senior Night with lopsided win

ALPENA — A pair of threes and a pair of rim-rattling dunks was not the way that the Alpena High boys basketball team envisioned ITS Senior Night game starting. Cadillac opened with a three, got a quick steal that set up a Cole Jenema slam dunk. Seconds later it was as if someone hit the ...

Hale’s second half comeback stuns Vikings

POSEN — With a chance to seal the North Star League Little Dipper title at home Monday, things were looking pretty good early on for the Posen boys basketball team. Visiting Hale rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit however, and the Eagles hit two free throws in the contest’s final ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Posen girls basketball team wins 11th straight game

GIRLS BASKETBALL Joburg 37, Alcona 27 LINCOLN — The Tigers (10-4) led 19-14 at halftime, but Joburg got the upper hand after outscoring Alcona 13-2 in the third quarter. Anna Loyer led Alcona with eight points and Tara Madej had 15 for the Cardinals. Alcona has finished the regular season ...

Morgan Hardies working to rebuild Atlanta girls basketball program

ATLANTA — Can a former Hillman Tiger turn around the Atlanta girls basketball program? Morgan Hardies is going to try. Hardies wanted to be a coach for the same reasons anyone wants to coach: It’s a chance to pass on her knowledge of the game. It’s a chance to mold, teach, and lead ...

Seniors ignite Wildcats to victory over Alcona

ALPENA — Emotions always run high on Senior Night, but the Alpena High girls basketball team’s senior trio did not let emotions interfere with their final home game of the regular season. Allie DeRocher, Elyse Clarke and Jade Gray combined to outscore Alcona (10-3) by themselves, pouring ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Atlanta girls top Vanderbilt; Onaway boys win sixth straight

GIRLS BASKETBALL Atlanta 49, Vanderbilt 22 VANDERBILT — Shaelynne Lance scored 21 points, Tanasja Tidwell added eight and the Huskies (2-8) used a fast start to earn their second win of the year on Monday. Atlanta led 20-6 after one quarter, 33-12 at halftime and 42-16 after three ...

Rogers City senior Nick Freel surpasses 1,000 career points

ROGERS CITY — Now that Rogers City senior Nick Freel has surpassed the 1,000 point mark, he figures it is safe to let everyone in on his secret pregame routine. “Usually, I put on some of my music, sit back and relax, eat a peanut butter sandwich and chill before the games to keep my mind ...

Freel scores 35 in Hurons’ win over Alpena

ALPENA—Motivation and a total team performance provided a path to victory for the Rogers City boys basketball team on Thursday. Nick Freel scored 35 points and the Hurons edged Alpena 63-62 in a non-conference contest for both teams. From the opening tip, the Hurons (7-5) stayed in step ...

Hard work paying off for Posen’s Szatkowski

POSEN—Before the start of the season, Posen girls basketball coach Karl Momrik gave Ella Szatkowski some very simple advice. Take the season one game at a time and good things will happen. So far, plenty of good things have been happening for Szatkowski this season. As of Monday, the ...

Alpena U14 bantam team wins District 7 title, moves to state finals

CHEBOYGAN—The Alpena Freese Hydraulics bantam hockey team won the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association District 7 title last weekend, beating the Sault Area Builders 3-2 Sunday in Cheboygan. Anchored by exceptional goaltending from Nathan Parris and a relentless forecheck, the Red Raiders ...

Alcona boys fade in second half, suffer home loss to Tawas

LINCOLN—Some nights, the formula to winning a game is a rather simple one. Tuesday was a perfect example of just that, as the Tawas boys basketball team hit the shots it needed, handing host Alcona a 50-41 non-conference setback. “Tawas hit some pretty good shots and they shot the ball ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Onaway gets past Forest Area

BOYS BASKETBALL Onaway 66, Forest Area 58 FIFE LAKE—The Cardinals (9-3) got off to a commanding 27-8 start and overcame injuries down the stretch to win their fourth straight game. Onaway led 40-17 at halftime and 51-31 at halftime, before holding off a fourth-quarter rally attempt. ...