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PREP ROUNDUP: Hurons beat Alcona in OT

LINCOLN—Isaac Hein made the play of the game. Again. Rogers City’s quarterback scored on a five-yard run on 4th-and-5 in overtime to help the Rogers City football team defeat Alcona 18-12 on Friday. It marked the second time in as many meetings between the two teams that the game came ...

Wildcats turn in solid performance at home despite loss to Gaylord

Alpena High boys soccer coach Tim Storch never likes to lose. But he couldn’t fault his team’s effort on Thursday. Matt Diamond made 14 saves and the Wildcats turned in one of their best performances of the season in a 2-1 loss to Gaylord at Park Family Field at Wildcat Stadium. The last ...

Wildcats hope to get going offensively vs. Blue Devils

For the second consecutive week, something has to give. Alpena and Gaylord meet tonight in a Big North Conference matchup that features a pair of winless teams and two programs that have struggled offensively through their first two games. Not only have the Wildcats (0-2, 0-2 BNC) been unable ...

Return to the Gridiron: Posen’s 2015 team

Preseason Outlook: Posen coach Greg Pietsch: “I think we’re going to improve, I really do. I think we’ve put a lot of time in in the weight room. I think we’ve put a lot of time in going to camp and we’ve got some experience coming back.” Final Record: 10-1 Season in Review: ...

Swami is feeling the chill of an early fall

The change between summer and fall brings about colors that are next to none in terms of beauty. It also means cooler temperatures. For Swami, that means stoking the wood burner to bring on the heat to the house. Swami isn’t the only one in need of heat. Some area teams are fighting a case ...

Wildcats earn hard-fought victory over Gaylord

The Alpena High volleyball team has had its share of struggles in Big North Conference play. But entering Wednesday, the Wildcats had one conference victory and it was against Gaylord, who the Wildcats welcomed on Wednesday. Having already beaten the Blue Devils once and playing in front of ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Alcona soccer team beaten by Owls at home

LINCOLN—The Alcona soccer team played hard at home on Wednesday, but lost to Oscoda 5-2. Oscoda took an early 1-0 lead, but Joel Steiner scored for Alcona on a free kick from 40 yards out near the end of the first half to knot the game 1-1. The Owls caught fire before halftime and went ...

Jacobs pleased with Lumberjacks’ progress during 2020 season

It’s hard to keep the smile from Mark Jacobs face these days. In the middle of a pandemic, the longtime Alpena Community College cross country coach is having a blast coaching another hard-working team that just keeps getting better. “I couldn’t be happier. I believe this team will ...

MHSAA announces football playoff changes

The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced on Friday its plans for an adjusted playoff format for 11 and 8-Player football for the 2020 postseason. Nearly every team in Michigan will get a chance to play a seventh game this season, after a six-game regular season. The playoff ...

Alpena’s offensive woes continue in blowout loss

Two teams entered Saturday night with a chance to improve after a disappointing first week and earn a victory. Unfortunately for Alpena (0-2, 0-2 Big North Conference), it welcomed an angry Traverse City West (1-1, 0-2 BNC) team that was embarrassed and the Titans took out their frustration ...

Wildcats win XC races at Petoskey Invite

PETOSKEY—The Alpena High cross country teams had strong showings on Saturday, winning their respective races at the Petoskey Invitational on Saturday. Though nearly 20 schools participated, teams were broken up into smaller groups for races. Alpena’s boys team finished with 29 points, ...

ACC XC runners keep improving

While running in their third meet of the season, the Alpena Community College men’s cross country team is exactly where it needs to be at mid-season; a team that is continues to get better each week. Despite an extremely difficult course and mid-80 degree temperatures, the Lumberjacks ...

Athletic programs adapt to challenges in wake of pandemic

ALPENA — No matter what her team’s record is at the end of the year, Melissa Doubek knows the 2020 season will be a memorable one. Alpena High School’s longtime volleyball coach has been involved with the program for nearly 30 years, but it’s doubtful that any amount of ups-and-downs ...

Wildcats, Titans aiming for better results in Week 2 clash

Two teams that wasted no time putting opening week behind them were Alpena and Traverse City West. Tonight the Big North Conference foes will aim for better results as they meet on Park Family Field at Wildcat Stadium in Alpena’s home opener. Alpena and West are coming off disappointing ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Hillman edged at home; Posen wins shootout

HILLMAN—The Hillman football team fell just short of victory on Friday, losing to Hale 14-12 at home. Sean Henigan ran in a 10-yard touchdown for Hillman (1-1) with a minute left, but London Achatz was stopped short on the two-point conversion. “We had an outstanding effort tonight but ...

Wildcats can’t sustain early momentum in loss to Central

The Alpena High volleyball team couldn’t keep ahold of momentum on Thursday. The Wildcats took the first set of a Big North Conference matchup with Traverse City Central, but couldn’t keep up the intensity the rest of the way and ultimately watched the Trojans walk away with a four-set ...

Return to the Gridiron: Oscoda’s 2018 team

News Sports Editor James Andersen is taking a look back at football teams from the last 10 years, offering his view of the best team from each of the nine schools in The News’ coverage area in the span. Preseason Outlook: Oscoda coach Mark Whitley: “Our goal is always to win as many games ...

Searching for a new normal

Will we ever experience “normal” again? The All-Knowing-One feels we will, but it will not be overnight. Everyone and everything seems to have been affected over the last several months. People have been stressed and even animal sightings in Swami’s backyard have decreased. Football is ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Onaway tops St. Mary in five sets

ONAWAY—Breya Domke had 20 kills and the Onaway volleyball team went down to the wire with Gaylord St. Mary on Thursday, topping the Snowbirds in five sets. Onaway won 20-25, 25-20, 25-19, 19-25 and 15-13. “They played well. Give credit to Gaylord St. Mary,” Onaway coach Steve Watson ...

West’s experience too much for Wildcats in loss

With each game, the Alpena High boys soccer team continues to grow, continues to learn from its mistakes and continues to gain experience. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, no amount of experience gained this season could slow down Traverse City West and its freight train of an offense on ...