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Ready for a rematch

ROGERS CITY—Amanda Wirgau still remembers clearly the feeling of last season’s quarterfinal loss. The stinging feeling, the pain of losing and ultimately a missed opportunity to advance further in the postseason. But in the aftermath of arguably one of the most painful losses in program ...

Winning big at home

ROGERS CITY—The Rogers City softball team’s motto this season is a simple one. “If we’re doing it, we’re doing it.” What the Hurons are doing is hitting, hitting well and continuing to win. The Hurons pounded out 17 runs on 17 hits against Whittemore-Prescott in a Division 4 ...

Wildcats fall to Saginaw Heritage in regional semifinal

UNIVERSITY CENTER— Going into Saturday’s regional semifinal game, the Alpena baseball team knew it was in for its toughest test to date and needed to be at its best. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, even their best may have not been enough to upset No. 12 ranked Saginaw Heritage as the ...

Onaway’s rally falls short vs. Lakers

ROGERS CITY—There were no last-inning heroics for the Onaway baseball team this time. But the Cardinals made sure they went out fighting. Maple City Glen Lake managed to stay one step ahead of the Cardinals on Saturday and defeated them 4-3 in a Division 4 regional semifinal in Rogers ...

They’re ready for regionals

ROGERS CITY—In the top of the third inning of Saturday’s district softball championship game, Rogers City’s Mary Brege found herself at the plate and behind 2-0. Brege continued to work in the at-bat and eventually evened the count at 2-2. With the count even, Brege then launched a solo ...

Alpena, Alcona, Onaway ready for challenges in regional matchups

Three area teams fought to keep their baseball seasons alive and earned district championships last weekend. Now all three teams will face tough challenges in their respective regional matchups. Alpena capped off an improbable comeback to win its first district title since 2010 and first ...

Four new Lumberjacks

On Monday, Alpena Community College cross country coach Mark Jacobs put the finishing touches on what appears to be another stellar class of student-athletes to join his program. Andrew Grabiel, Isaac Cross, Evan LeTourneau and Dallin Toth all made it official, signing their letter of Intents ...

Nugent perseveres through cancer diagnosis

In seven years of watching the annual Alpena News Track and Field Honor Roll Invitational, it has never ceased to amaze me. Between the sheer amount of talented gathered there, seeing athletes from different area schools mingle and the chance to watch longstanding meet records fall, it truly ...

The Comeback Cardinals

HILLMAN — Many kids dream about the opportunity to come up to the plate with a chance to drive in the winning run in a championship game. On Saturday, Onaway’s D.J. Fenstermaker had that opportunity and capitalized as he blasted a one out double off the center field fence that scored pinch ...

Hurons win 6th straight district title

HILLMAN—One by one, members of the Rogers City softball team held up a hand, all five fingers extended. Then each member held up another hand, extending their index fingers. The Hurons are district champions once again. Since 2012, that’s just what the Hurons do in the playoffs. Mary ...

Day earns all-state honors at D1 finals

EAST KENTWOOD — Mitchell Day finally did it. After two years of near misses, the Alpena senior earned all-state honors at the Division 1 state track and field finals on Saturday, finishing second in the 3,200 run with a school record time of 9:08.80. Fenton’s Dominic Dimambro won the ...

Alcona baseball team captures district crown

LINCOLN — There isn’t a much sweeter feeling than winning your final home games of the year and celebrating with a district championship in front of your hometown. On Saturday, that’s just what the Alcona baseball team did as they won two games to capture the district crown in front of ...

Hear the Wildcats roar

“It ain’t over till it’s over.” Yogi Berra’s old adage never rang more true than it did Friday for the Alpena baseball team. Alpena rallied with one of the most improbable comebacks in program history, erasing a six-run deficit and eventually overtaking Traverse City West 9-7 in a ...

Wildcats tripped up by Marquette in semifinal

For the third year in a row, the Alpena softball team experienced a fate that it is all to familiar with as the Wildcats were once again tripped up by Marquette, losing another heartbreaker to the Redettes, this time in a district semifinal game 3-0 in eight innings on Friday in ...

Local athletes headed to track and field finals

Two weeks ago, Trevor Roznowski experienced the most memorable moment of his high school career. If all goes well on Saturday, he might just have another contender at the top of the list. Roznowski is one of nearly two dozen local athletes who will compete in the track and field state finals ...

Time to play ball

After eight weeks of up-and-down weather and regular season play, things are looking up as baseball district play begins. Much like the weather warming, several area teams are hoping now is the time their ball clubs begin heating up for the postseason stretch. The Alpena baseball team will ...

Competitive D4 quad highlights district softball play

For the past five seasons as the calendar turns to June and district play begins, one constant has rung true for the Alpena softball team. At some point the Wildcats will play Marquette. For years, the two teams have traded district crowns and for the last five seasons the Wildcats and the ...

One final tuneup

With dreams of winning district titles later this week, the Alpena and Rogers City softball teams got a final tuneup on Wednesday during a non-conference doubleheader. Jasmyn Schultz hit two home runs and the Wildcats took both games from the Hurons, winning the opener 4-2 and the nightcap ...

Competing against the best

LINCOLN—Azaiyah Bell picked up right where he left off. A year after earning four first place finishes at the Alpena News Honor Roll Track and Field Invitational, the Whittemore-Prescott senior added three more on Tuesday. It was more than enough for him to earn Male Athlete of the Meet ...

Wildcats no match for Titans in district opener

For the second time this season, it was the Jaelyn Dobrowolski Show at Wildcat Stadium as the star freshman played a key role in leading Traverse City West to a convincing 8-0 victory against the Alpena girls soccer team in the opening round of districts on Tuesday. “Obviously it’s not a ...