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Something to strive for

Consistent. It’s word that describes the Alpena High softball program. For well over a decade, Alpena has been a consistent winner on the field. The Wildcats finished last season with a remarkable run that resulted in their eighth straight Big Big North Conference title, their first ...

Riffert has high hopes for veteran-led boys track team

It may be difficult for the Alpena High boys track team to top what it did last season. But with a new coach and a team brimming with talent, the Wildcats are more than willing to try. “I think we’re going to have an exciting season. We have a lot of talent in a lot of different ...

Wildcats hoping experience, leadership lead to big 2019 season

Two years ago the Alpena High baseball team snapped a seven-year district championship drought with a group that featured a handful of young and inexperienced starters. The Wildcats were ahead of schedule and looked destined to be one of the top teams in the region for the next few ...

Numbers, confidence high for Alpena girls tennis team in 2019

In recent years, the Alpena High girls tennis team has seen its numbers fluctuate from season to season. The 2019 season will be different however and the Wildcats enter with large numbers and great deal of confidence and experience. A total of 18 girls make up the rosters between the ...

Alpena girls track team has small roster, but big expectations

As Joy Bullis prepares to lead the Alpena High girls track team this season, she’ll be coaching one of the smallest teams she’s ever had. But small numbers aren’t stopping Bullis from setting high expectations for the Wildcats. “It’s the smallest team I’ve ever coached at Alpena ...

Alpena boys golf team hopes to be playing its best late in the year

Since Alpena golf coach Eric Mitchell took over the boys golf program, he and his team face the same challenges each spring. The Wildcats are unable to get on the course much early in the season behind many of the teams in the state and in the Big North Conference once it begins. Despite ...

Wildcats looking for more consistency on the soccer field

Looking at the Alpena High girls soccer team’s roster, the Wildcats certainly have plenty of potential for a good season. Whether the Wildcats can put it all together on both ends of the field and do it consistently enough will determine just how far they can go this season. “On paper, ...

Building a pipeline

The Alpena High School hockey team gave local fans a lot to cheer about this season. From the offensive exploits of Kyle VanDusen and Colby Plowman, to the stellar goaltending of Cooper Black, to the solid defensive play of Owen Limback, the Wildcats made the most of their talent on the way ...

Wildcats blank Oscoda for first win

OSCODA—Twenty four hours made a big difference for the Alpena High girls soccer team. Kennedy Kaiser and Hannah Burger each scored twice and six different Alpena players scored as the Wildcats rolled past Oscoda 8-0 on Tuesday. Anna Young had a goal and four assists for Alpena (1-1) and ...

Alpena girls soccer team drops opener

SAGINAW—The Alpena High girls soccer team didn’t get the start it was hoping for. Anna Young scored twice for the Wildcats in their season opener, but Alpena ultimately came out on the short end in a 4-2 loss to Saginaw Swan Valley. Alpena (0-1) was on the attack offensively for much of ...

A shot of confidence

For the second time in as many contests, the Alpena High girls tennis team earned was victorious with a 7-1 home win over Grayling on Monday at the APlex. The Wildcats looked sharp and showed improvements from their first time out last week, which also resulted in a victory. “We love ...

Wildcats open season on the road

SAGINAW—The Alpena High softball team took advantage of nice weather on Saturday to play three games against the Swan Valley Vikings. Alpena lost game one, 5-3, won game two, 7-6, in eight innings and lost game three, 16-8. In the first game, Alpena (1-2) jumped out to a 3-0 after three ...

1970-71 AHS boys basketball team chosen as Team of the Year

Courtesy Photo The 1970-71 Alpena High School boys basketball team has been chosen as Team of the Year by the Alpena Sports Hall of Fame. The Wildcats went 14-4 in the regular season and won a district championship with wins over Bridgeport and Bay City Central. In the district title game, ...

Attempting to create opportunities

ALPENA — Over the years, cities such as Traverse City, Petoskey and Gaylord have grown, and with that growth has come more possibilities for athletes. Alpena has plenty to offer the local community and its athletes, but, over time, the town has lost just as much — if not more — than it ...

Alpena baseball team loses season opener to Midland Dow

MIDLAND—The Alpena High baseball team’s 2019 campaign got off to a rough start on Friday. The Wildcats had nearly as many hits as they did errors and couldn’t overcome a late surge by Midland Dow, ultimately losing 12-2 in its season opener. Dow also won the nightcap, 5-2. Alpena ...

2019 All-Alpena News Girls Basketball team

2019 Player of the Year Taylor Fleming, Rogers City ∫ Division 3 all-state first team ∫ Repeat selection as All-Alpena News Player of the Year ∫ All North Star League-Big Dipper first team ∫ Finished her high school career as only one of two Rogers City girls players to record ...

Wildcats open with win against Boyne City

The Alpena High girls tennis team couldn’t have asked for a much better way to open its season. The Wildcats hosted Boyne City on Thursday and came away with a 7-1 victory over the Ramblers. Alpena has had the luxury of practicing at the APlex and the Wildcats took advantage of the early ...

Recognized for their efforts

Two area girls basketball standouts and a head coach were recognized for their efforts during the 2018-2019 high school girls basketball season. Rogers City’s Taylor Fleming earned Division 3 first team all-state honors, Oscoda’s Katelyn Etherton received honorable mention recognition and ...

2019 All-Alpena News Boys Basketball team

For the second year in a row, Alpena's Chris DeRocher showed exactly why he was the top player in the area. DeRocher capped off a stellar four year career for the Wildcats, leading Alpena to a 16-5 record, while breaking the all-time scoring record with 1,624 points, breaking a mark that ...

Ferris State’s top Dawg

The four year journey competing in collegiate sports is an absolute grind. So much effort and dedication is put in from the time an athlete steps onto campus in hopes of the hard work ultimately paying off. For Ferris State senior Logan Fleming, she is a perfect example of what hard work, ...