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PREP ROUNDUP: Alpena girls win on the road; Wildcat boys lose

GAYLORD—Jade Schultz scored 21 points and the Alpena High girls basketball team played a solid defensive game to defeat Gaylord 45-31 on Friday. Schultz was 5-of-8 from the free throw line and Allie DeRocher added seven points for the Wildcats (9-5, 4-3 Big North Conference), who pulled ...

Alpena Sports Hall of Fame unveils 2019 inductees

The Alpena Sports Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2019 inductees. The seven selections will be inducted on May 2 during the Hall of Fame’s annual Enshrinement Dinner at the APlex. The Class of 2019 is: ∫ Eric Puls ∫ Bruce Vanderwall ∫ Tom LaVoie and Terry ...

Alpena High’s special day

Alpena High School was forced to reschedule its original plans for National Signing Day on Wednesday due to illness among staff and students in the school. Despite the wait, a dozen students were joined by family, friends, coaches and members of the school as the 12 Wildcat senior athletes ...

Vaulter Bullis picks Navy after year of deliberation

After nearly a year of weighing his options, Gabe Bullis made his college choice official. Bullis, Alpena High School’s senior superstar pole vaulter, announced his intention to attend the United States Naval Academy (Navy) during Alpena’s National Signing Day ceremony on ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Oscoda holds off Hurons with fourth quarter run

ROGERS CITY—Lauren Langley had 19 points, Olivia Toppi added 12 and the Oscoda girls basketball team held off a spirited effort from Rogers City to beat the Hurons 56-34 on Thursday. Oscoda (13-3) led 31-29 after three quarters and finally pulled away from the Hurons (4-12) with a 24-5 run ...

Swami sees a big difference

What a difference a year makes. Last year, Swami was taking up residency at Alpena High in February after snow and icy roads backed up the basketball schedule. This year is completely different. Swami had just one home games this week and plenty of extra time, though that figures to change by ...

Their best effort yet

The Alpena Community College men’s basketball team is enjoying its current homestand. The Lumberjacks put forth their best effort of the season on Wednesday and their efforts were rewarded as Alpena defeated Oakland Community College by a final score of 80-68 at Park Arena to earn its ...

Slow start hurts ACC women in loss to Raiders

Sometimes it’s possible to lose a game in the opening minutes of a game. Thus was the case Wednesday for the Alpena Community College women’s basketball team as they got off to a dreadful start, dealt with some adversity and weren’t unable to overcome a poor start in a 70-51 loss to ...

Alpena High grapplers go 1-1 in pair of home duals

In their only home meet of the season, several members of the Alpena wrestling team had a strong showing on Wednesday in a quad with Pellston, Rogers City and Oscoda. Aiden Chism (189 pounds) and Wyatt Romero (215) each had a pinfall win and Gunnar Spencer (heavyweight), Caleb Bullis (130) ...

A high-scoring affair

Alpena High boys basketball assistant coach Tim Hoes had a simple message for the Wildcats on Tuesday: Play hard and have fun. The Wildcats took that message to heart and responded with one of their best performances of the season. Kelley Stark scored 21 points, Jack Schmanski added 17 and ...

Hurons earn signature victory against Mio

ROGERS CITY — Tuesday’s North Star League Big-Dipper division contest against Mio will be one the Rogers City boys basketball team looks back on as a signature moment in what could end up being a special season. After starting the season 1-4 and unsure of what to expect out of a team ...

National Signing Day continues to grow at Alpena High

After the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) ruled in 1981 to abolish early signing days, National Signing Day was put into place and the special day where athletes sign their National Letter of Intent to continue their athletic careers has since typically been on the first Wednesday ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Big offensive night leads Posen to win; Alcona tops Cards

AU GRES—Eyan Hincka had 16 points and nine rebounds and the Posen boys basketball team had a stellar night offensively on the way to a 67-38 win over Au Gres on Tuesday. Lucas Stone had 12 points and 10 assists for the Vikings (9-4) and George Kroll and Wyatt Romel each had 12 ...

Lumberjacks sweep the Lakers

Dakota Prevo recorded a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds and Brooke Nguyen scored a game high 21 points and hit four of Alpena’s 10 threes on the night as the Lumberjacks rolled to a blowout victory over Lake Superior State University JV on Monday, winning by a score of ...

Lumberjacks sweep the Lakers

The wait is over for the Alpena Community College men’s basketball team. The Lumberjacks earned their first win of the season on Monday and lit up the scoreboard doing so as they were able to fend off and outscore a pesky Lake Superior State University JV team and win by a final score of ...

Freel scores 22 to lead Hurons past Onaway

ROGERS CITY — Nick Freel continues to provide the Rogers City boys basketball plenty of offense as the junior poured in a game high 22 points and led the Hurons to a 58-49 victory over Onaway on Monday. Onaway led at the half, but as has been the story this season for the Cardinals, they ...

New indoor turf surface coming to APlex

Local sports teams will soon get a huge boost when it comes time to hold spring practices. The APlex will soon allow teams to rent practice time on a brand-new indoor turf surface, which will cover two of the facility’s tennis courts. The turf, which was paid for by the Park Family ...

Second half collapse

Friday’s Big North Conference showdown was a tale of two completely different halves for the Alpena High boys basketball team. Through one half of play, the Wildcats (7-5, 1-4 BNC) put together their best performance of the season, holding Traverse City Central (11-3, 3-2 BNC) to just 12 ...

Hurons bounce back with dominant victory

ROGERS CITY—With about 41 seconds to go in the first quarter, J.D. Ellenberger launched a shot from the perimeter, hitting a perfect three-point shot. Just 11 seconds later, there was Ellenberger again, coming up with a steal and another bucket. It was just that kind of night for the ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Oscoda stays undefeated with win over Mio; Posen tops Eagles

MIO — The Oscoda boys basketball team proved again Tuesday that it is going to take quite a team and quite an effort to defeat a team that is firing on all cylinders. The Owls swept the regular season series with Mio, defeating the Thunderbolts 62-47 on Friday. Two of the top players in ...