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2020 All-Alpena News 11-Player Football Team

In a record-setting season, Owen Franklin was more than a few notches above the competition. Franklin’s athletic prowess is well-established, but during the 2020 season. The Oscoda senior quarterbacked the Owls to a record-setting 423 points, including five shutouts to begin the season. ...

2020 All-Alpena News 8-Player Football Team

In a season marked by cancellations, reschedules and safety protocols to deter the spread of COVID-19, Trace Juergens was a consistent playmaker for the Atlanta football team. Juergens, a junior running back, made his mark early, accounting for four touchdowns in a season-opening win over ...

Athletes honored by North Star League

The North Star League recently announced its all-conference teams for the 2020 fall season. The teams are as follows: FOOTBALL 11-Player First Team Owen Franklin, Oscoda; Isaac Hein, Rogers City; Clayton Henry, Rogers City; Brennon Mills, Oscoda; Caleb Nagel, Oscoda; Zachary Ouillette, ...

AHS cross country honors four seniors

The Alpena High School cross country program honored four senior boys, who recently finished their careers as Wildcats. Brendan Stepaniak (career best, 18:24), Eli Rondeau (19:06), Ben Poli (19:17) and Blake MacDonald (18:29) have run for the past six or seven seasons, and were highly valued ...

Former Wildcat netminder Black commits to Dartmouth

Two years ago, Cooper Black was rewriting the record books at Alpena High School. Black was a staple in one of the best seasons in the history of the Wildcat hockey program. Black helped his 2018-2019 Alpena hockey team set the record for most wins in a season, while capturing Big North ...

MHSAA makes plans for fall championships in December

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan high school football championship games would be played after Christmas if the state allows fall sports to resume, officials said Wednesday. Sports and in-person classes are on a three-week break in an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus. Football ...

Alpena soccer players earn BNC honors

Several Alpena High School soccer players were recognized by the Big North Conference for their play during the 2020 season. Senior Brett Najmowicz earned second team all-conference honors and seniors Mike Clark, Matt Diamond and Joe Williams and junior Abe Brege earned honorable ...

2020 Turkey Trot converted to virtual event

This year’s 18th Annual Turkey Trot has been converted to a virtual event in compliance with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) new emergency order that enacts a three-week pause targeting indoor and social gatherings and other group activities in an effort to curb ...

Alpena volleyball team presents season awards

The Alpena High School volleyball team recently presented their team awards. Allie DeRocher, middle, was awarded the Top Offensive Player Award. She led the team in kills and blocks. Jade Gray, right, was awarded the Playmaker Award and Top Server Award. Jade served with a 95% accuracy. Kate ...

MHSAA suspends fall, winter sports for 3 weeks

The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced Sunday the suspension of fall sports tournaments as well as all winter practices and competitions scheduled to start over the next three weeks. The announcement was made in accordance with an executive order issued by the Michigan ...

Alpena runners compete at Meet of Champions

FREELAND—A pair of Alpena High School runners got to test themselves against some of the best runners in the state again, at the Michigan Meet of Champions on Saturday in Freeland. Hayden Allen qualified to run the Elite Tier 2 race at the meet and finished 68th (18:12). Madi Szymanski ...

Alpena Equestrian Team brings home regional, district titles

The Alpena Equestrian team had 11 riders on it this season. As a team, they were part of the Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship Association. This year’s team consisted of several first-year riders, but the team was nonetheless able to have a successful season. Being a part of the MIHA ...

Hurons should be proud of hard work

More than two months ago, Jesse Fenstermaker had one of his worst days as a coach. Amid an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Fenstermaker stood before his Rogers City football team and delivered some bad news: the Hurons wouldn’t be playing football this fall. “It was one of the worst days ...

Alpena coach up for national award

Alpena High School cheerleading coach Angel Howard is one of 16 coaches from 13 states, who is vying for the title of 2020 Greatmats National Cheer Coach of the Year. The award is part of Greatmats’ sixth annual National Award Series, which honors instructors, coaches and trainers who have ...

Local runners compete at XC finals

BROOKLYN—Alpena High junior Madi Szymanski wrapped up her season on a strong note. Szymanski finished 41st overall in the Division 1 girls cross country state finals on Friday at Michigan International Speedway. Szymanski crossed the line in 19:20.53, finishing 22nd in her ...

Salisbury, Eagles fly past Hillman in regional semifinal

MARION—Marion had revenge on its mind entering Friday’s Division 2 8-Player regional semifinal playoff game. Friday’s contest featured a rematch of a first round playoff matchup from a year ago. Last year, Hillman played host to Marion in a game that featured frigid conditions and a ...

Onaway captures third straight district championship

HILLMAN—For the third year in a row, Onaway is a district champion. The Cardinals claimed their third consecutive title by defeating Hillman in the district championship for the second year in a row. They swept the host Tigers 25-17, 25-19 and 25-17 on Thursday. “We got more to give, but ...

Szymanski hoping to earn all-state honors at finals

If all goes according to plan on Friday, Madi Szymanski will put a cherry on top of an already impressive season. Szymanski, an Alpena High School junior, will compete in the Division 1 cross country state finals today at Michigan International Speedway. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the race ...

Hillman looking to slow Marion in regional playoff game

The Hillman football team hasn’t necessarily been very flashy this season. But the Tigers certainly have found a way to get the job done when it counts. Buoyed by a ball-control offense, the Tigers are hoping to use their grind-it-out style to keep their season alive tonight when they ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Hillman wins playoff opener over Atlanta

ATLANTA—The Hillman football team began its 2020 postseason with a dominant win and an important victory over one of its biggest rivals. Jeff Klein ran for 301 yards and three scores on 33 carries to lead the Tigers past Atlanta, 54-22, in a Division 2 8-Player district matchup on ...