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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 ...

Lumberjacks come up short at Kalamazoo Valley

KALAMAZOO—Both the Alpena Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams came up short in their quest for victory on Friday. ACC’s men’s team lost to Kalamazoo Valley 100-75 despite a 27-point effort from Chris DeRocher. The Lumberjacks got off to a slow start and were ...

A championship at stake

For the past seven years, Hillman and Cedarville have developed an intense rivalry. The Tigers and Trojans have done battle each of the last seven years and have played in some of the most important games of the season. The rivalry began in 2012 on the basketball court when the teams ...

Onaway plays more efficiently in district title win

HILLMAN—Onaway coach Steve Watson was left feeling a little disappointed with the way his team played on Wednesday, despite a victory. He didn’t have many reasons to be disappointed a day later. Breya Domke had 13 kills, three aces, five digs and made several big plays late to help ...

The end of the line

LINCOLN — Two nights after pulling off a dramatic victory in its postseason opener, the Alcona volleyball team fought hard, but was unable to finish on Wednesday. Alcona ran out of gas in each set as the Tigers had their season swept away from them as they fell to Houghton Lake in a ...

Cardinals overcome uneven play to reach district final

HILLMAN—The Onaway volleyball team didn’t have its best performance on Wednesday. But at the end of the night, the Cardinals did what they needed to do to put themselves in position to win a district championship. Breya Domke had 13 kills and seven digs to lead the Cardinals in a sweep ...

Strong serving leads Posen past Vanderbilt

HILLMAN—Playing to its strengths paid off big for the Posen volleyball team on Wednesday. Mia Newhouse had 10 aces, Makayla Kamyszek added eight and Posen served up 25 on the way to a sweep of Vanderbilt in a Division 4 district semifinal at Hillman High School. Posen won 25-13, 25-12 and ...

The postseason is here

LINCOLN — On a night that started out so easy for the Alcona High volleyball team, it ended as anything but easy for the Tigers. Alcona opened district play against Roscommon and despite winning the first two sets, the Tigers were forced to gather themselves, find a way to hang on and not ...