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PREP ROUNDUP: Hurons rally to sweep Vikings at home

ROGERS CITY—Some early struggles paved the way for refocused efforts and a sweep for the Rogers City volleyball team. The Hurons trailed 18-6 in the third set against Posen on Tuesday, but rallied back behind the strong serving of Jeffra Dittmar to top the Vikings 28-26. Rogers City won ...

A needed boost

Kate Skiba gave the Alpena High volleyball team the boost it needed on Monday. The junior outside hitter showed off her serving skills, dishing up 10 aces in the first two sets to help the Wildcats sweep Tawas at Alpena High School. Alpena defeated the Braves 25-8, 25-16 and 25-20 during an ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Alcona soccer team beaten by Roscommon

LINCOLN—The Alcona soccer team had trouble finding the back of the net during a 3-1 loss to Roscommon on Monday at home. Joel Steiner scored a goal in the second half for the Tigers (8-5) with an assist from Brett Nelson, but that was the only goal Alcona had. “It was a good game. We ...

Hillman Sports Hall of Fame inducts 2019 class

HILLMAN—On the basketball court and on the football field, there was little that Rick Hamilton couldn’t do. Hamilton’s abilities as a dual-sport star earned him a slew of accolades during his time as a Hillman High School athlete and on Saturday, Hamilton took his place among the ...

ACC cross country team wins Firebird Invitational

The Alpena Community College cross country team had three goals going into Friday’s Firebird Invitational: win the meet, use the race as a hard tempo run and have all eight runners earn at T-shirt which is given out to the top 15 runners. The Lumberjacks completed all three as Alpena’s ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Turnovers cost ‘Cats in loss to TC West

TRAVERSE CITY—The Alpena football team had trouble getting out of its own way on Saturday. The Wildcats committed four turnovers and couldn’t keep up with Traverse City West during a 37-6 loss at Thirlby Field. Alpena’s only score came with 12 seconds left when Ryan Voltz found Charlie ...

Taming the Tigers

HILLMAN — After Hillman made the switch to eight-player a season ago, the Tigers and Mio Thunderbolts did not play each other for the first time in 30 years in 2018. On Friday, the two North Star League foes renewed their rivalry. The first meeting went to the Thunderbolts as Mio (4-1) came ...

Clark, defense step up for Alcona in homecoming win

LINCOLN—After a rough few weeks, the Alcona football needed some kind of spark. Mason Clark and the Tigers’ defense gave Alcona and its fans quite the spark on homecoming night Friday. Clark rushed for three scores and Alcona’s defense played well all night as the Tigers ended a ...

Wildcats looking to keep momentum going vs Traverse City West

The last two weeks have done a lot to rejuvenate the Alpena High football team. After an 0-2 start, the Wildcats have won two straight games and shown improvement in all facets of the game. Perhaps most importantly, winning has improved the level of trust within the program. “Coach ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Oscoda blanks Hurons to move to 5-0; Posen wins 3rd straight

OSCODA—The Oscoda football team kept on rolling Friday with a 54-0 victory over Rogers City to improve to 5-0. The Owls struck early and often, hurting the Hurons (0-5) in all aspects of the game. Quarterback Brayden Mallak had three touchdown passes and added another touchdown. Oscoda’s ...

Alpena Community College softball team adds three new players

News Photo by Jonny Zawacki The Alpena Community College softball program welcomed three new members on Friday. Former Alpena High Wildcats Kali Spomer and Riley Alexander and Rogers City Huron Alissa Bowden signed their National Letters of Intent on Friday to continue their academic and ...

Finishing strong

The Alpena High volleyball team experienced a whirlwind of emotions on Thursday, but in the end Alpena found itself celebrating. The Wildcats completed a comeback and finished a strong fifth set to defeat Big North Conference rival Petoskey 25-20, 22-25, 15-25, 25-21 and 15-7 at Alpena High ...

Cooper Black off to stellar start in NAHL career

Some things just never change. For Cooper Black, nothing has changed since the standout netminder graduated from Alpena High School last year. During his senior season as a Wildcat, Black was nearly unsolvable as he put together arguably one of the best seasons for any goaltender in Alpena ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Onaway stays perfect in SVC

GAYLORD—The Onaway volleyball kept its perfect conference record intact on Thursday, defeating Gaylord St. Mary in a Ski Valley Conference match: 25-23, 25-16 and 25-12. “We came out of the gates making too many mistakes, but we seemed to get better as the night went on,” Onaway coach ...

Swami sets the record straight

Swami got quite the surprise last week. Opening up the sports page last Friday, Swami was shocked to read about how he suddenly had another daughter, who’d gotten married no less. His youngest daughter has in fact been married some 16 years and there’s been no extra children added to the ...

A welcome surprise

With a 14-2-1 record and several new program records, the Alpena High boys soccer team is making good on the high expectations it set for the 2019 season. What the Wildcats didn’t expect however is the year Ivo Arvidsson-Ullberg is having. With his speed, quickness, on-field vision and ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Nelson, Meiram lead Alcona to another soccer win

WHITTEMORE—The Alcona soccer team earned an easy North Star League victory on Wednesday, defeating Whittemore-Prescott 8-0. Brett Nelson and Muslim Meiram each scored twice and Alcona (8-4, 5-0 NSL) got goals from six different players in the win. Koedy Berryhill, Tim Jameson, Ryan ...

Staying in the race

When the Alpena High boys soccer team got an early punch in the mouth on Tuesday, Grant Botha was there to deliver multiple knockout blows. The junior midfielder scored a hat trick and helped the Wildcats earn a key 5-2 Big North Conference victory over Petoskey at Park Family Field at Wildcat ...

Tawas makes quick work of Hillman in volleyball sweep

HILLMAN — Tuesday was a quick evening for the Hillman volleyball team as the Tigers were overmatched by a taller Tawas team that attacked the net all night. The Tigers had no answer and struggled to communicate at times. All of this led to Hillman getting swept on its home court by the ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats fall to West; Domke leads Cards in win

TRAVERSE CITY—The Alpena High volleyball team came out on the losing end against Traverse City West on Tuesday, dropping a Big North Conference match in four sets: 12-25, 25-21, 12-25 and 21-25. Edie Zann had 12 kills and five blocks for Alpena; Emma Dockrill had eight kills and two aces; ...