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Wildcats can’t get offense going in loss to Falcons

Alpena High boys soccer coach Tim Storch knows his team is going to experience some growing pains this year and Wednesday’s game against Ogemaw Heights was a prime example of why. The Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season—losing to the Falcons 1-0 at Park Family Field at Wildcat ...

Alpena netters top Gaylord

GAYLORD—The Alpena High volleyball team opened Big North Conference play with a win on Wednesday, defeating Gaylord. Alpena defeated the Blue Devils, 25-12, 25-17, 11-25 and 25-14 Alllie DeRocher controlled the net for Alpena with six blocks and eight kills; Kate Skiba had six kills and ...

LaBell’s hard work leads her to ACC

Last spring, Dayna LaBell got a chance to practice a little bit with the Alpena Community College softball team. After signing her letter of intent last month, LaBell will now get the chance to suit up for the Lumberjacks next spring. LaBell was one of several recent local high school ...

Wildcats compete in first Big North meet

INTERLOCHEN—The Alpena High girls golf team competed in its first Big North Conference meet of the year on Tuesday at Interlochen Golf Club for the TC West Invitational. Kennedy Ellis led the way for Alpena with an eighth place 90. The Wildcats shot 447 as a team with Gianna Bolda shooting ...

Wildcats tie Harbor Springs in season opener

The Alpena High boys soccer team took the good with the bad on Thursday. The good: The Wildcats didn’t lose their season opener, playing to a 1-1 tie with Harbor Springs at Park Family Field at Wildcat Stadium. The bad: Alpena had an up-and-down game and couldn’t convert on several ...

Return to the Gridiron: Atlanta’s 2012 team

Preseason Outlook: Atlanta coach Troy Cheedie: “I’m excited. I know the kids are excited. I know the offense, the kids know, so I think it should be pretty good for us.” Final record: 4-5 Season in review: With seven returning starters, the Huskies had high expectations in Troy ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Alpena volleyball perfect in home quad

The Alpena volleyball team had a perfect day on Thursday. Hosting their annual home quad, the Wildcats didn’t lose a single match on the way to beating Cheboygan, Hillman and Rogers City in three sets each. “We did a good job of executing a lot of different offenses,” Alpena coach ...

Finding inspiration and enjoyment in watching football

Being a football fan is something special and, to me, there’s nothing in this world more special than being a Green Bay Packers fan. Sports have played a huge role in my life—especially football—and football has pretty much taught me that I can do anything I can set my mind to and not ...

Kyley LaFleche hopes to find success at ACC

Kyley LaFleche has plenty of reasons to be excited for the upcoming school year. The recent Rogers City High School graduate will get the chance to play basketball and softball at the collegiate level after recently signing with Alpena Community College. By signing with the Lumberjacks, ...

Longing for football and reminiscing about the past

Like many of you, I’m more than a little disappointed that we won’t have high school football this fall. Regardless of what you feel about the decision made by the Michigan High School Athletic Association, I applaud their efforts to play it safe and wait for the chance to play a full ...

Sheldon excited to join ACC softball team

Over the last several years, Aubree Sheldon has watched many of her Alpena High School softball teammates sign their letters of intent and go off to play at the collegiate level. Now Sheldon will finally get her turn. Sheldon was one of several local softball players to sign LOIs with ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Alpena wins three at Bellaire quad

BELLAIRE—The Alpena High School volleyball team came out on top on Tuesday, winning all three of its matches during a quad in Bellaire. Alpena defeated Bellaire (25-14, 25-20), East Jordan (25-13, 23-25, 15-8) and Boyne City (25-11, 25-16). Kate Skiba had a stellar night at the service ...

Ellis finishes 11th at Pupel Invite

Senior Kennedy Ellis represented the Alpena High School girls golf team on Tuesday at the Pupel Invitational. The invitational was played at The Meadows at Grand Valley State university. Ellis shot 90 on the par 73 course and placed 11th overall.

Cordes fulfills childhood dream in signing with ACC

A childhood dream came true for Nikita Cordes last week.  The recent Alpena High School graduate has dreamed of playing collegiate softball for many years and now she’ll get that chance after she signed a letter of intent with Alpena Community College to join the softball program for the ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Alpena girls golfers compete in Graying

The Alpena High girls golf team competed at Grayling Country Club Monday, where the Wildcats shot a team score of 463. Kennedy Ellis shot 88. Rebekah Carlson shot 115. Brianna Boyk shot 127 in her first tournament. Amelia Carlson shot 133. Mykenize Klimczak and Sydney Silver rounded out the ...

Schultz to join ACC women’s hoops, softball teams

Throughout her athletic career, Jade Schultz has always been a natural leader.  Those leadership skills helped Schultz tremendously during a standout career as a basketball and softball star at Alpena High School and now she’ll get a chance to showcase her leadership abilities at the next ...

PREP ROUNDUP: Alpena falls in finals of Sault Invite

SAULT STE. MARIE—The Alpena High volleyball team kicked off the season on Saturday at the Sault St. Marie Invitational. Alpena beat the host Blue Devils in the semifinals—25-19, 25-23— but lost to Petoskey in the Championship, 23-25, 19-25. Allie DeRocher had eight kills and 13 aces ...

Ellis finishes 10th at Lober Invitational

Senior Kennedy Ellis finished in the top 10 at the TC Lober invitational. The Lober invitational was a 36 hole tournament. Ellis’ two-day, 36-hole total was 172 (82-90). This was one of the first tournament for girls high school golf this season.

Schools in northern Michigan OK for soccer, volleyball, swim

EAST LANSING (AP) — High schools in the Upper Peninsula and much of the northern Lower Peninsula can compete in fall soccer, volleyball and swimming, officials said Thursday. But schools in other regions of Michigan need to wait to hear more from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan High ...

Local teams looking toward the future as football moves to spring

Jason Somers and members of the Alcona High School football team were about an hour from starting practice on Friday, handing out equipment when the news broke: There would be no high school football this fall in Michigan. To deter the spread of COVID-19, the Michigan High School Athletic ...