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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 ...

Jenny Taratuta named Hillman girls basketball coach

The search for the next Hillman High School girls basketball coach is complete. Jenny Taratuta agreed to become the next head coach and lead the Tigers onto the court beginning in the 2019-2020 season. Hillman had a vacancy at the position since former head coach John Kuzewski stepped down ...

Alpena’s Ellis opens season at Lober Invitational

Alpena High School junior Kennedy Ellis received an individual invitation to represent the Wildcats at the Traverse City Central Lober Invitational for girls golf at the Grand Traverse Resort on Aug. 19-20. This is her first tournament of the 2019 season.  Ellis completed the two-day, ...

High school football is back

Football is back. Nearly nine months of offseason has come and gone and high school teams around the state are back on the gridiron as they prepare for the upcoming 2019 football season. Some area teams wasted no time beginning practices as Posen continued its annual tradition when the ...

Victory times three

Courtney Nunneley and Tom Lahner just on keep winning. The two of them pulled off a three-peat at the 52nd annual City Open on Sunday and were back in a familiar spot, hoisting the tournament’s championship trophies at the end of the two-day tournament which started at River’s Edge Golf ...

Alpena semi-pro hockey team to start play in November

A new semi-professional hockey team is coming to Alpena. The Alpena North Stars, a single-A semi-pro team will begin play this season at Northern Lights Arena. The team will be part of the new Interstate Hockey League and will be joined by the Battle Creek Cavalry, Bay City Americans, Flint ...

Alpena hockey player Gentry headed to camp in New York

Hard work is paying off in spades for Emma Gentry this summer. Gentry, an Alpena native, was one of five Michigan players selected for the 2019 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival in Lake Placid, New York. The week-long event runs from Aug. 5-14 and will feature some of the top U18 and U22 ...

A big day for Onaway

A pair of Onaway High School graduates will be continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level during the 2019-2020 school year. Onaway’s Calley Selke and Britney Buczkowski each signed their National Letter of Intent to play sports at Alpena Community College and became ...

Doubek returns to coach Alpena High volleyball team

The Alpena High School volleyball program will have a familiar face on the sideline next season. Melissa Doubek is returning to lead the Wildcats more than 25 years after she started the school’s varsity program. She’ll succeed Kolby Andrews, who coached Alpena last season. “I’ve ...

Alpena alum Cunningham inducted into national Hall of Fame

During his long coaching career, John Cunningham has earned a slew of awards and been inducted into several different Halls of Fame. But last month, Cunningham received an honor that even he admits ranks among the best in his career. Cunningham, a 1963 graduate of Alpena High School, was ...

A new look for Alpena

Alpena High School is in the process of getting some major upgrades. A few days after school was dismissed for the summer, the athletic facilities on the campus of Alpena High School began undergoing some major changes. These upgrades include the gymnasium floor being redone and repainted, ...

A total team effort

ALPENA — From minor cuts, scrapes, sprains, and bruises to concussions and broken bones, there’s always potential for injuries during high school athletic events. For local high schools, the health and safety of athletes is a top priority. But when injuries happen, do those athletes get ...

2019 All-Alpena News Baseball Team

Pitcher Bruz Copping—Alpena ∫ All-Big North Conference first team ∫ Voted Alpena’s pitching co-MVP ∫ Finished with a 10-2 record and a 2.09 ERA ∫ Struck out 58 batters and walked 18 batters in 69 innings pitched Pitcher Keegan Spomer—Alpena ∫ All-Big North ...

A game changer

For the past two years, a lot of questions surrounded Alpena High School’s all-time scoring leader Chris DeRocher. There was never a question of whether DeRocher could play basketball at the collegiate level. It was a question of where DeRocher was going to continue his athletic career if ...