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Kerkala, Miners hand Wildcats frustrating defeat in tournament opener

Goaltending can often be the difference between winning and losing. Unfortunately for the Alpena High hockey team, it ran into a hot net minder on Friday in the opener of their home Thanksgiving Classic at Northern Lights arena. Negaunee goaltender Ryan Kerkala stopped 41 of Alpena’s 42 ...

2019 All-Alpena News 8-Player Football Team

At 5-foot-6 and 140 pounds, Tyler Hincka was never the biggest football player on the field this season. But he certainly was the most captivating. Hincka was Posen’s breakout star this season, running over, under and through opposing defenses with ease. Whether he was muscling his way ...

Lumberjacks come up short in home opener

Coming off its first win on the young season earlier in the week, the Alpena Community College women’s basketball team played another strong game in its home opener on Saturday at Park Arena. Despite a late rally, turnovers hurt the Lumberjacks late and they fell to Glen Oaks by a final of ...

Early season woes for Lumberjacks continue in loss to Glen Oaks

It’s been a frustrating first few games of the season for the Alpena Community College men’s basketball team. The frustration continued on Saturday in a 86-64 loss to Glen Oaks Community College in ACC’s home opener are Park Arena. “We’re too talented of a team to play like this. ...

Wildcats can’t slow Macomb Dakota in home loss

Chalk this one up as a learning experience. Joey Gavlinski scored a natural hat trick and six different players scored for Macomb Dakota as the Cougars skated to an 8-0 mercy-rule win over the Alpena High School hockey team on Saturday at Northern Lights Arena during the final day of the Fall ...

Opening night heartbreak

At times in Friday’s season opener, the Alpena High hockey team showed flashes of a team that is going to once again be strong and competitive, but at other times, the Wildcats also showed their inexperience and it cost them in the final seconds as a late giveaway in their own end led to a ...

The puck drops tonight

Last season was special for the Alpena High hockey team. The 2018-19 Wildcats set a school record for wins (21-5-1), captured both a Big North Conference and regional championship and advanced to the state quarterfinals. Last year’s Wildcats team raised the bar and put Alpena back on the ...

Seven Wildcats named to Big North first team

After a 4-5 season in which it went 3-2 in Big North Conference play, the Alpena High football team was rewarded with a record number of all-conference selections for the 2019 season. The Wildcats had seven players named to the first team and 12 players honored overall with two ...

Posen’s Hincka, Kaszubowski earn MVP honors from MWC

After standout seasons on both sides of the ball, Posen’s Tyler Hincka and Gage Kasubowski earned top honors in the eastern division of the Midwest Central Eight Man Conference. Hincka, a senior running back, ran all over opposing defenses this season to the tune of 2,009 rushing yards and ...

Local athletes honored by NSL

Numerous local athletes earned all-North Star League honors for their accomplishments during the 2019 fall season: SOCCER Alcona won the league title with a 5-0-1 league record, followed by Oscoda (3-1-2), Fairview (2-3-1) and Whittemore-Prescott (0-6). First Team Offense Brett Nelson, ...

Officially a Wolverine

For Eli Winter, the choice has always been an easy one. On Monday, the Alpena high senior got to make it official. Winter formally announced his commitment to the University of Michigan track and field team after officially signing his letter of intent with the Wolverines last Wednesday ...

ACC women earn first victory

SAULT STE. MARIE—The Alpena Community College women’s basketball team got in the win column for the first time this season, defeating Lake Superior State’s JV team 76-33 on Monday. Brooke Nguyen scored 13 points and Emma Jore had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Dakota ...

How the Storey goes

PICKFORD—Entering Friday’s Division 2 eight-player state semifinal contest, the Hillman Tigers knew they faced one of their toughest tests not only of the season, but in program history as they took on No. 2 Pickford with a chance to advance to next Saturday’s state championship ...

Opportunity of a lifetime

Hillman head coach Cody Allen said it best. Tonight his team of 22 players will have an “opportunity of a lifetime.” At 7 p.m. when the ball is set on the tee, the lights are shining down onto what is likely to be a frozen and snow covered field at Pickford High School, the Tigers will be ...

Bulldogs top Onaway in thrilling regional final

CHEBOYGAN — Rudyard got its revenge on Thursday. Nina Alpers had 15 kills and helped the Bulldogs defeat Onaway in four sets to win a Division 4 regional volleyball title at Cheboygan High School. Rudyard won 24-26, 25-18, 27-25 and 25-22 to move to a quarterfinal matchup next ...

A familiar foe

The Onaway volleyball team has had a pretty good run of success in the regional tournament as of late, winning three regional titles in its past four regional finals. The Cardinals are hoping to make it four championships in five regional finals tonight. Onaway will face off against Rudyard ...

Getting the job done

CHEBOYGAN — The Onaway volleyball team took care of business on Tuesday. Breya Domke had 14 kills, five aces and three digs and the Cardinals served 23 aces as a team en route to a sweep of Pellston in a Division 4 regional semifinal in Cheboygan. Onaway won 25-14, 25-19. 25-20 and ...

Not looking ahead

Steve Watson doesn’t take anything for granted when it comes to the postseason. “(In the postseason) I assume everyone (the opponent) plays flawlessly,” Watson said. “I’m expecting them to do everything right.” He’s expecting nothing less from his Onaway volleyball team when ...

Slow start costs Lumberjacks in latest defeat

KALAMAZOO—Another flat performance cost the Alpena Community College basketball team a chance to win on Saturday. The Lumberjacks dropped their third straight contest, losing to Lake Michigan College 72-56 during the Kalamazoo Valley Invitational. Logan Guenther had 16 points to lead ACC ...

Hillman makes history

HILLMAN — For the first time in program history, the Hillman Tigers are regional champions. Hillman entered Friday’s game with a shot to rewrite the record books and put an exclamation point on what has been a dream season. The Tigers did just that and needed every ounce of effort they ...