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PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats fall to Petoskey in Big North match

PETOSKEY—The Alpena High volleyball team lost to Petoskey on Tuesday in four sets: 11-25, 14-25, 25-22 and 15-25. Kate Skiba led the Wildcats with 17 kills and 23 digs. Jade Gray added 15 assists and 14 digs. Rogers City 3, Hillman 1 HILLMAN—The Rogers City volleyball team defeated ...

Alcona defeats Fairview at home

LINCOLN—The Alcona soccer team came out on top in a high-scoring game on Monday, defeating Fairview 4-3. Alcona got out to a strong start, getting first half goals from Corey Boboltz, Tim Jamieson and Joel Steiner. The Eagles scored 30 seconds into the second half and Ashton Rigby later ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats finish second in Huron Shores Invitational

Two of three ain’t bad. The Alpena High boys soccer team took runner-up honors at its home Huron Shores Invitational on Saturday, losing in the championship game 5-0 to Traverse City Christian. Alpena (7-5-1) had beaten Cheboygan (2-1) and Tawas (5-0) earlier in the day. Matt Diamond ...

ACC impresses at Kirtland Invite

The Alpena Community College Cross-Country team ran well on Friday and came away with the runner-ip trophy at the Kirtland CC Invite. The four-mile race was held at Hanson Hills in Grayling and had six teams competing. “One of our top goals this season is to be better today than we were ...

Wildcats shut out in season opener at Cadillac

CADILLAC—There was plenty of excitement leading up to the opening game of the 2020 football season. No player may have been more excited than Cadillac quarterback Aden Gurden. The Vikings’ (1-0, 1-0 BNC) signal caller was steps ahead of the competition on Friday as he made opening night ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Tigers, Hurons win openers

HILLMAN—The Hillman football team kicked off its 2020 season in dominating fashion on Friday, beating Au Gres 60-12. The Wolverines scored the game’s first touchdown, but the Tigers responded with 54 unanswered points to take firm control of the contest. Sean Henigan led Hillman with 11 ...

Wildcats open up 2020 football season at Cadillac

Three weeks after the original start date, football is back and the Alpena Wildcats and head coach Eric Mitchell are ready to get onto the field and do battle against Big North Conference foe Cadillac tonight at 7 p.m. in Cadillac. “We’re through the roof excited. We felt like we had a ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Strong second half sends Vikes past Alpena

CADILLAC—The Alpena High boys soccer team couldn’t put together two solid halves on Thursday, losing 6-3 to Cadillac in a Big North Conference game. Alpena (5-4-1, 0-3 BNC) trailed 3-2 at halftime, but the Vikings took control of the game in the second half. Brett Najmowicz. Abe Brege ...

Return to the Gridiron: Alcona’s 2016 team

News Sports Editor James Andersen is taking a look back at football teams from the last 10 years, offering his view of the best team from each of the nine schools in The News’ coverage area in the span. Preseason Outlook: Alcona coach Jason Somers: “We’ve actually committed to a couple ...

Wildcats swept by TC West in Big North Conference tilt

After opening Big North Conference play against Cadillac with a loss one week ago, the Alpena High School volleyball team had time to reflect and prepare for another one of the BNC’s top teams in Traverse City West. Unfortunately, Wednesday’s results were eerily similar to the Wildcats’ ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats blanked by Blue Devils

GAYLORD—The Alpena High boys soccer team came up empty-handed on Tuesday, losing to Gaylord 5-0 in a Big North Conference contest. Alpena is 5-3-1 overall and 0-2 in conference play. The Wildcats play at Cadillac on Thursday. Alcona 2, Pinconning 1 PINCONNING—The Alcona soccer team ...

Northmen rout Alpena in Big North opener

Experience got the better of youth on Thursday. Dylan Aldridge recorded a hat trick and Hunter Hicks added a pair of goals as Petoskey steamrolled past Alpena 5-0 at Park Family Field at Wildcat Stadium in the Big North Conference opener for both teams. The Northmen, who returned the bulk of ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Atlanta netters win twice in tri

ST. HELEN—The Atlanta volleyball team got into the win column for the first time this season, earning victories over Charlton Heston Academy and Au Gres on Wednesday in a tri. Atlanta beat Charlton Heston 25-14, 25-9 and defeated Au Gres 11-25, 27-25 and 15-13. Tanaysja Tidwell had 13 ...

Return to the Gridiron: Rogers City’s 2018 team

News Sports Editor James Andersen is taking a look back at football teams from the last 10 years, offering his view of the best team from each of the nine schools in The News’ coverage area in the span. Preseason Outlook: Rogers City coach Jesse Fenstermaker: “Winning and losing will come ...

Wildcats earn second straight shutout victory

New guidelines made Wednesday’s soccer matchup between Alpena and Tawas a bit different, but the result was much of the same for the Wildcats as a lone second half goal was enough to lift Alpena to its second straight shutout victory and helped the Wildcats improve to 5-1-1 on the season ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats swept by Cadillac

CADILLAC—The Alpena High volleyball team came out on the losing end in a Big North Conference contest with Cadillac on Wednesday, falling to the Vikings in three sets. Alpena lost 15-25, 13-25, 15-25. Jade Gray had 12 assists, six kills and seven digs for the Wildcats and Allie DeRocher ...

Storch hopes to see consistent improvement from soccer team

Tim Storch isn’t making any bold predictions this season.  He simply wants to see his Alpena boys soccer team improve game by game.  A year removed from leading the Wildcats to one of their best seasons in program history, Storch will have some rebuilding to do as he begins his ...

Doubek excited about offensive potential of volleyball team

The Alpena volleyball team is small but mighty this season. The Wildcats have just nine players on their varsity squad, but it’s a team that isn’t short on experience and could end up being one of the most exciting teams coach Melissa Doubek has had in her tenure. “We’ve got some ...

Young Alpena boys tennis team has lots of room for growth

The Alpena boys tennis team is going back to school this season.  With a mix of 11 players that includes five sophomores, four freshmen and four players who are brand new to tennis, Charlie Giordano has plenty of teaching to do.  But that’s just how the longtime Alpena coach likes it, ...

Cross country team counting on youngsters to help during rebuilding season

When Joy Bullis looks at this season’s Alpena High cross country team, she’s reminded of her earliest days coaching the Wildcats; working with an up-and-coming team with lots of potential. After graduating a number of experienced runners, Bullis will be counting on her returning ...