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Wildcats shoot new tournament bests in opener

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The Alpena High girls golf team opened up the 2017 season in Grayling recently with three of the team members shooting their best tournament rounds ever. The Wildcats were led by freshmen Kennedy Ellis who shot 120 and Gwyn Kollian who posted a 138. Senior Mikayla Williams smashed her best ...

Swami breaks from his routine

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Routines are easy to fall into and everyone has one whether it’s having a cup of coffee in the morning or getting up the same time every day. A lot of times, people are afraid to break from routines. For the last 41 years, Swami has been a routine type of guy for Alpena High football, ...

A good way to start

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It took one half for the Alpena boys soccer team to find its rhythm, but when they did, they put points on the board and opened the 2017 season with a 3-1 victory over Ogemaw Heights on Tuesday at Wildcat Stadium. “The first half we looked like a team that graduated 10 seniors and seven ...

Wildcats picked to finish fifth in annual BNC poll

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The Alpena football team has been picked to finish fifth in the Big North Conference this season. In an annual poll of media outlets covering the Big North's six schools, the Wildcats were awarded 11 points and fifth place, finishing ahead of Gaylord, which was given seven points. Traverse ...

Hurons fall in semis of Sault volleyball tourney

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SAULT STE. MARIE—The Rogers City volleyball team opened its 2017 season on the road during a six-team tournament in Sault Ste. Marie last weekend. The Hurons fared well and ultimately fell in the semifinals to Houghton, 21-25 and 26-28. In preliminary matches, Rogers City split with ...

Rockport hosting second annual XTERRA rugged triathlon today

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For the second straight year, Rockport State Recreation Area will host the XTRERRA Rockport Rugged Triathlon, offering runners, bikers, marathoners other athletic enthusiasts a unique experience. The race begins Saturday at 8 a.m. The event puts a twist on the traditional triathlon by ...

An uptick in offense

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After a busy offseason where the Alpena football program made it a goal to get bigger, faster and stronger, the Wildcats look like a team ready to take a big step forward in 2017. Alpena will be in its second season under head coach Aaron Sims who has helped the program develop a new attitude ...

Make way for 9th annual car show, swap meet

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HILLMAN — The 9th Annual Wheels Car Club Cruise Night and Car Show and Swap Meet are both this weekend in Hillman. The Saturday night cruise kicks the event off at the Thunder Bay Resort from 4-7 p.m. There will between 30 and 40 cars for the cruise. “It’s been an eight month ...

Going out on a high note

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The Hillman football program has been a model of consistency for over a decade. The Tigers have not had a losing season in 11 years and have made the playoffs in all but one year since Bill Koenig was named head coach. Koenig took over in 2005 and got off to a rough start as Hillman was ...

City Open still going strong at 50

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In 1968, Dave Karschnick Sr. and his golfing buddies started the City Open in an effort to determine the best golfer in Alpena. I can't speak for Karschnick, but I'd say it's a safe bet that 50 years later he's pleased with how well the tournament has endured. "(River's Edge PGA ...

Let the season begin

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ROGERS CITY—The first day of high school football practice brings a renewed sense of optimism to football players across Michigan. Getting back on the field represents a chance to start fresh, a chance to start preparing for the long grind ahead and ultimately a chance to play some ...

Wildcats showing signs of confidence as season begins

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It has been a busy and intense offseason for the Alpena High School football program. Head Coach Aaron Sims has one year under his belt with the Wildcats and throughout the offseason, Sims has done his best to make sure his team would be ready to take the next step forward this year. ...

Hillman begins final season of 11-man football

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Monday marked the final first day of 11-man football practice for the Hillman varsity football program. After a decision was made a few months ago that the Tigers would be transitioning to 8-man football in 2018, Hillman held its first day of practice with the goal in mind of going out on ...

A milestone victory

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Tom Lahner picked a special year to join elite company. Lahner separated himself from a crowded field and fought through the weather to earn top honors at the 50th annual City Open on Sunday at Alpena Golf Club. The win gives Lahner his third City Open title in four years and he joins Bill ...

A special tradition

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Todd Skiba thought he had no chance. There he was with a few holes left, trailing the leaders and unable to separate himself from the pack. In the blink of an eye, all that changed. “On 17, Al Skiba came up to me and said, ‘Those guys (Bob Centala and Tom Grueter) are blowing up. All ...

Pleased with progress

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When Tim Storch took over the Alpena soccer program in 2011, he singled out of the youth program as one of the most important pieces to help make Alpena competitive. Six years later, Storch is pleased with the progress Alpena has made and the progress is evident in the increased ...

Alpena High hockey program to hold reunion next month

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As the Detroit Red Wings celebrated their last game at Joe Louis Arena in April and team legends like Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan returned to join in the festivities, Chris Limback got an idea. What if the Alpena High School hockey program did that? Limback's idea will become a ...

Transition to Cal Ripken beneficial for Alpena

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It’s the time of the year where youth baseball players have either finished playing or are gearing up for the stretch run that comes after state and regional tournaments. The youth baseball season in Alpena has come to an end after the 12U all-stars were eliminated from a regional ...

Alpena 12U team suffers winless regional weekend

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The Alpena 12U team traveled to Kentucky for the regional tournament and suffered three losses in three games. In game one, Elizabethtown, Kentucky jumped to an early lead and Alpena was unable to recover. Nerves, temperature and errors contributed to the game one loss. Reed Seabase and Marc ...

Hance putting together stellar summer campaign

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Summer isn’t always about vacation and relaxation. The end of the high school softball season doesn’t always mean competition on the diamond is over for the next eight months. For Jayna Hance, the hard work continues throughout the summer months as she prepares to get better for the ...