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Hillman’s 32 first-quarter points lead to win over Onaway

HILLMAN — There couldn’t have been a better way for a team to start a football game than how the Hillman Tigers opened Friday’s contest against Onaway. Playing in their final regular season home game of the season and despite being banged up, the Tigers (7-1) continue to find ways to ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats defeat Petoskey; Ellis shoots 94 at state finals

PETOSKEY — Entering Friday’s Week 8 Big North Conference showdown against Petoskey, the Alpena High football team needed a victory to keep its playoff hopes alive and the Wildcats did what they needed to do as Alpena earned its third BNC win of the year and fourth overall as they defeated ...

Alpena aims to end district title drought

The Alpena High boys soccer team is hoping the third time is the charm on Saturday. For the third time this season, the Wildcats will take the field against Gaylord and after a pair of close defeats, Alpena is hoping to gain the upper hand when the teams meet in a Division 2 district final in ...

Staying in the moment

Focus on the moment. That mindset has paid off in spades for Kennedy Ellis this season and if she can do it this weekend, it might just propel her to even higher heights.  Ellis, an Alpena junior, will compete in the Division 2 state golf finals this weekend at Forest Akers East in East ...

Wildcats prepared for tough test vs. Petoskey

Alpena High football coach Eric Mitchell and his staff hardly need to remind their players what’s at stake in the next two weeks. Win their final two games and the Wildcats have a chance to earn a playoff spot and finish with a winning record; their first since 2004 on both ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Hurons fall on Senior Night; Alcona, Hillman win

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City volleyball team had its Senior Night spoiled on Thursday as the Hurons dropped a North Star League match to Mio in four sets, losing by scores of 25-18, 17-25, 20-25 and 24-26. Senior Kyrsten Altman paced Rogers City with 10 digs, five aces and three kills. ...

Time flying for Swami

When you get to be Swami’s age, time really flies. It seems like just yesterday we were in the midst of football practice and now here we are in Week 8. There are local teams that have outdone themselves and are looking forward to the postseason while others are fighting for a playoff spot ...

Manning earns 2nd-team Big North honors

GAYLORD—Lucas Manning made his first Big North Conference race a memorable one. Manning, an Alpena senior, finished 11th at the Big North Conference Championship on Tuesday, crossing the line in 17:26.33. In doing so, Manning earned second team all-conference honors. Manning was the only ...

It’s all falling into place

Everything fell perfectly into place for the Alpena High boys soccer team on Tuesday. A new team record for wins? Check. New individual program records set? Check. Another win to keep its season alive? Check. Ivo Arvidsson-Ullberg, Kyle Barbeau and Kolton Goebel each scored twice and the ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats card team low score; Alcona blanked in districts

TRAVERSE CITY—The Alpena High girls golf team carded its lowest score of the season on Monday at Big North Conference Championships and Kennedy Ellis earned second team all-conference honors. Ellis fired a 90 and finished sixth on the way to her all-BNC selection. As a team, Alpena shot a ...

Momentum swings hurt Lumberjacks in home loss

The Alpena Community College volleyball team was caught between swings in momentum on Saturday. The Lumberjacks played well in spurts, but when they lost momentum it proved costly and ultimately resulted in a pair of conference losses to St. Clair at Park Arena. St Clair won the first match ...

Lumberjack cross country team runs strong at Oakland Invitational

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — In their first all Junior College team meet of the season, the Alpena Community College cross country team hoped to get a grasp on what their competition would look like when they run at Regionals in two weeks. As the old saying goes “sometime the best laid plans go ...

When it rains, it pours

For a quarter and a half, the Alpena High football team was able to feed on the energy of its homecoming crowd and controlled the early stages of Friday’s key Big North Conference football game. Unfortunately the Wildcats (3-4, 2-2 BNC), suffered a few tough breaks and unraveled in the ...

Hillman secures playoff berth after win over Pellston

HILLMAN—The Hillman football team’s playoff streak will continue for a 14th straight season. Caleb Sanders scored a pair of touchdowns to help the Tigers romp past Pellston 38-14 at Hillman High School and secure a playoff berth with their sixth win this season. On a night when rainy ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Vikings win big over Pats

ST. HELEN — The Posen football team traveled to take on Charlton Heston on Friday and despite difficult playing conditions due to Friday’s rain fall, the Vikings came away with a dominant 44-8 victory. The weather could not slow down Posen running back Tyler Hincka who continues to shine ...

An opening statement

The Alpena High soccer program has come a long way since head coach Tim Storch took over in 2011. The Wildcats are enjoying one of their best seasons in team history and on Thursday, Storch and his group of Wildcats achieved another milestone as Alpena won its first postseason game under ...

Wildcats eyeing homecoming victory over TC Central

The Alpena High football team is in unfamiliar territory heading into tonight’s crucial Week 7 matchup against Big North Conference rival Traverse City Central. Not only is there an added motivation because of homecoming festivities, but the stakes are even higher and the Wildcats (3-3, ...

Lilly Lewis joins ACC softball team

Former Alpena High School Wildcat Lilly Lewis became the newest member of the Alpena Community College Lumberjacks softball team as she signed her National Letter of Intent on Thursday at ACC’s Park Arena. Lewis is lefty specialist, having spent most of her high school career coming out of ...

Swami doing double duty

The fear of the unknown can make your blood pressure rise. There’s a reason Swami does a lot of research for his column every week. This week, Swami had to do extra research, not just for his column but also because of some refrigerator issues. It involved research, research and more research ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Hurons sweep Hillman at home

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City volleyball team played host to Hillman on Thursday and swept the Tigers in a North Star League matchup, winning by scores of 25-23, 25-19 and 25-16. The Hurons were led by Brooke Saile who finished with 12 digs, 10 kills and three aces. Kristin Brege dished out ...