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Wildcats look strong in home quad after needed team meeting

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...