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Wildcats hope to gain confidence under first year head coach

New Alpena High girls golf coach Tate Skiba isn’t making any bold predictions for this season. For the Wildcats, this season will be all about gaining confidence on the golf course, gaining experience and laying a foundation for future success. Skiba, who was hired in an 11th hour move, has ...

Setting the tone

POSEN — For the first time, Hillman and Posen opened a new season lining up across from each other. Early on, the game featured a lot of what you would expect in an opener as both teams made costly mistakes and both teams played a tightly contested first half. But adjustments in the second ...

Hurons nipped by Cards; Alpena runners finish 2nd in opener

WHITTEMORE—Whittemore-Prescott managed to stay one step ahead of the Rogers City football team on Friday. Dakota Gagnon scored on a two-yard run with 11:14 left and the Cardinals hung on to beat the Hurons 12-8 at Whittemore-Prescott. The Cardinals were stopped on a pair of two-point ...

Mistakes cost Wildcats in season-opening loss to Eskymos

By AUSTIN HEMMINGSON Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA—It’s hard to know what to expect in high school football season openers. Teams haven’t seen their first live game action yet, and nobody really knows what teams are capable of. The Escanaba football team came out as the more ...

Owls get revenge

OSCODA — In last year’s season opener, Oscoda surrendered a touchdown late and suffered a 30-22 loss against Houghton Lake. On Thursday, the Owls got revenge with a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck as they hung on to defeat the Bobcats by a final score of 14-12 at Oscoda High ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Huskies pull away from Pats to win opener; Alcona edges Braves

ST. HELEN—Strong play on both sides of the field gave the Atlanta football team a win to start the 2019 season. Aaron Cuzzort, Trace Juergens and Ethan Byrne all ran for touchdowns and Atlanta’s defense held strong in the second half as the Huskies defeated Charlton Heston Academy 44-20 ...

Wildcats look strong in home quad after needed team meeting

After a poor performance on Tuesday, Alpena High volleyball coach Melissa Doubek lit a fire under her team during a heart-to-heart discussion the next day. The message: Learn from your mistakes and take ownership on the court. It didn’t take long for the Wildcats to get the ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Wildcats topple Wolves 8-0

BAY CITY—The Alpena High boys soccer team made things look easy on Wednesday on the way to beating Bay City Central in an 8-0 mercy-rule victory. Ivo Arvidsson-Ullberg and Caleb Eaton both scored twice for the Wildcats (4-0-1), who also got single goals from Jake Schiller, Craig Tagliareni, ...

Wildcats hoping to improve under Mitchell

For the sixth time in the past decade, the Alpena High football team will once again be lead onto the field by a new head coach to open the year. Eric Mitchell begins his first season as head man for the Wildcats and is familiar with program, having been Alpena’s defensive coordinator for ...

Reloaded Owls eyeing NSL title, playoff spot

OSCODA — It’s not every year that a football team can graduate several top players and reload with players who are just as talented. But that’s the situation the Oscoda football team finds itself in for the 2019 season: flush with talented, athletic players who are eager to make another ...

Posen eyeing a return to postseason

After missing the postseason two years in a row after its dream 2015 season, the Posen football team made it back to the playoffs last year and won a playoff game, finishing the season 8-3. This year, the goals and expectations are similar for a Vikings team that is familiar with one another ...

Hillman hoping for more success in second year of eight-player

Not many programs around the area have enjoyed the success that the Hillman football program has over the 13 seasons. In their first season of eight-player, the Tigers transitioned nicely by going 8-2 and running their always-important playoff streak to 13 years in a row under first-year head ...

Numbers and expectations high for Onaway

The numbers are growing for the Onaway football program after a strong 2018 season. The Cardinals have 25 players on the roster this year and bring back more team speed and a lot of depth for a team that is coming off its first playoff appearance in six years. This year Onaway is hoping to ...

Refocused Huskies hoping for turnaround

ATLANTA — It’s not a stretch to say the Atlanta football team took its fair share of lumps last season. The Huskies struggled against several bigger and stronger teams on the way to a 2-7 record. But with eight returning players, who are all a year older and a year more experienced, the ...

Speedy Tigers looking to learn from 2018 season

LINCOLN — The Alcona football team learned a hard lesson last year: past success is no guarantee of future success. A banner year in 2017 gave way to a 1-8 season in 2018 and players got a reality check in just how much hard work it takes to win. The 2019 Alcona roster is ready to put those ...

Hurons aiming to keep program trending upward

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City football team got a taste of success last season. Now the Hurons want to take things a step further. A year after going 8-2 and returning to the playoffs for the first time in nine years, the Hurons are out to prove last season was the start of a new era of ...

Swami feeling a time crunch

Some things change and some things stay the same. With the first day of school always changing, Swami has been feeling a little bit of a time crunch this week. Since football season starts before Labor Day, it cuts down on Swami’s time to prepare his column, so he feels time pressured. But he ...

History-making win

Park Family Field at Wildcat Stadium hosted an athletic event for the first time on Monday and the home team came away the victor. The history-making night was special as the Alpena boys soccer team earned a 1-0 win over Bay City John Glenn in the inaugural game played on the new artificial ...

Alpena netters reach finals in Sault Invite

SAULT STE. MARIE—The Alpena High Volleyball team opened the 2019 season playing in the Sault St. Marie Invitational over the weekend. The Wildcats beat host team, Sault St. Marie in the semifinals but fell to Petoskey in the finals after battling to the third set of the 2-out-of-3 match. ...

Opening the season

Saturday’s Sunrise Side Soccer Challenge Cup was mixed with emotion as the Alpena boys soccer team began its 2019 campaign with an 8-0 victory over Adrian and a 2-2 tie with Boyne City. Gaylord won the tournament after defeating Adrian 7-1 and Boyne City 5-0. The Wildcats played strong in ...