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Expectations remain high for Alpena boys basketball team

The Alpena High boys basketball team enjoyed its first winning season in four years after finishing with a 16-5 record a year ago and coming within a game of claiming a share of the Big North Conference title.  Now the Wildcats will look to keep their program trending in the right direction ...

Wildcats have ingredients to put together winning season

The Alpena High girls basketball team has a lot of ingredients to work with this year: team speed, height, experience and leadership. If the Wildcats can mesh all those elements together successfully, they should put themselves in position for a winning season and taking another step forward ...

Wildcat wrestling great Gabara takes over as Alpena’s coach

Merton Gabara knows all about what it takes to be successful in high school wrestling. As a grappler for Alpena High School in the early 1970s, Merton Gabara had a standout career for the Wildcats, going 102-7-1 in two seasons with a Class A state title win in 1974. Now more than 40 years ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Strong fourth quarter pushes Cards past Bulldogs

ONAWAY—After a lackluster season-opener, the Onaway girls basketball team bounced back in a big way with a 46-33 win over Indian River Inland Lakes on Wednesday. Onaway (1-1) trailed 25-24 at halftime and 33-29 after three quarters, but closed out strong, outscoring the Bulldogs 17-0 in the ...

Swami loving the warmth of the gym in the winter

When it comes to snow fall, adults and youth have very different thoughts. With the first snowfall, the youngsters are all full of joy, eager to participate in snowboarding, downhill skiing and other outdoor activities. Older folks dread the thought of cleaning off their cars, driving on ...

Making the adjustments

Tuesday’s girls basketball contest for Alpena was a tale of two halves. The Wildcats (2-0) struggled mightily in the first two quarters, but got a spark in the third quarter and put together a strong second half to defeat Cheboygan 37-27 at Alpena High School. Alpena couldn’t get ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats top Chiefs to win season opener

CHEBOYGAN—Kelley Stark and Cooper Bright scored 14 points each to lead the Alpena High boys basketball team to a 50-39 win over Cheboygan on Tuesday in the Wildcats’ season opener. Alpena led 18-12 after one quarter and upped its lead to 34-23 by halftime and 44-33 after three ...

Oscoda’s Langley to join Michigan rowing team

OSCODA—You never know where opportunity is going to strike, especially when it comes to athletics. That’s certainly true for Lauren Langley. Langley, an Oscoda senior, signed her letter of intent last Friday to join the University of Michigan’s rowing team in front of friends and ...

Down to the wire

LINCOLN—Robbie Barbato made just two shots for the Alcona boys basketball team in its season opener Monday. But his last shot of the night turned out to be the right one at the right time for the Tigers. Barbato drilled a field goal from just inside the three-point line with four seconds ...

Kimmerer sets record in win over Hurons

ROGERS CITY — Joseph Kimmerer entered Monday’s season opener just three points shy of breaking Hale’s all time scoring record held by Chad Brandt who finished with 1,230 points, set in 1992. Kimmerer entered with 1,228 and it didn’t take long for the star senior to set the record and ...

Hillman falls in season opener to Cardinals

WHITTEMORE—The Hillman boys basketball team got off to a good start in its season opener on Monday, but struggled down the stretch and ultimately fell to Whittemore-Prescott 57-49. Gunner Mellingen had 17 points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Tigers, who led 10-6 after one quarter, ...

Beat The Geek returns for another year

Greetings to you, the readers of The Alpena News. Your friendly neighborhood Geek is back with another round of college football bowl picks. That’s right, the News’ annual Beat The Geek contest has returned for another year and the Geek is more determined than ever to prove once again who ...

Unable to adjust

On Friday, the Alpena High hockey team welcomed the Traverse City Bay Reps in a game that featured the Wildcats holding their annual “Teddy Bear Toss” in an effort to benefit Toys for Tots. Alpena wasted little time putting a puck in the net, allowing the fans to send their teddy bears ...

Balanced effort leads Posen to win

ROGERS CITY—Great teamwork on both ends of the floor added up to a victory for the Posen girls basketball team on Friday. Elena Kalbitzer scored 16, Riley Krajniak added 11 and the Vikings coupled balanced scoring with stout defense to topple Rogers City 53-26 at Rogers City High ...

Wildcats secure a victory

There were plenty of missed shots, missed few throws, turnovers and some uneven play, but at the end of its 2019-20 season opener, the Alpena High girls basketball team emerged victorious. Jade Schultz scored 15 points, Allie DeRocher added 14 and the Wildcats held off a spirited effort by ...

A winning start

ONAWAY — The first basketball game of the season can tend to be interesting in terms of executing, limiting mistakes and playing good as a team. For the Posen girls basketball team, the first game of the year looked like it could be a sign of big things to come as the Vikings opened the ...

The shots don’t fall

The Alpena Community College men’s basketball team came in with a game plan to limit Mid Michigan Community College’s Jaylen Rutherford who, entering Tuesday was the second leading scorer in the nation and dropped 29 on the Lumberjacks in the season opener. Alpena did what no other team ...

ACC women unable to get going against Lakers

As undersized as the Alpena Community College women’s basketball team is, missing a few key post players on Tuesday only made a game against Mid Michigan Community College that much more challenging. The Lumberjacks have been without Shelby Seaver all season and were missing Dakota Prevo on ...

Tigers drop season opener after slow start vs Cedarville

HILLMAN—A slow start cost the Hillman girls basketball team in its season opener. Elysia Causley scored 22 points and Cedarville used a fast start to top the Tigers 61-34 on Tuesday at Hillman High School. Season openers aren’t usually the smoothest games for most teams, but Jenny ...

Alpena shuts out Blue Devils for first victory

Entering Saturday, the Alpena High hockey team had endured a lot of heartbreak and frustration early in the season. The Wildcats (1-3) were in need of some good fortune and a confidence boost and that’s exactly what they received as they earned a shut out victory over Sault Ste. Marie, ...