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Schultz to join ACC women’s hoops, softball teams

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

Hentkowski to play hoops, softball at ACC

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This spring has admittedly been a different one for Linnea Hentkowski. With spring sports cancelled in the wake of concerns about COVID-19, Hentkowski has spent a lot of time running, keen on staying active and getting ready to return to the sport she loves, whenever that time comes. ...

A risk with no reward

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Last Friday afternoon, the Michigan High School Athletic Association delivered a gut-wrenching announcement. The MHSAA made the decision to postpone the 2020 fall football season until the spring of 2021; a decision that has sickened many parents, coaches, fans and, of course, athletes. A ...

Girard adds softball to athletic endeavors at ACC

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Mollie Girard will be busy this upcoming school year.  When she’s not busy with her criminal justice studies, the Alpena Community College sophomore will have a full plate when it comes to athletics. She’ll be one of several returners to the ACC women’s basketball program and she ...

Alpena High honors Athletes of the Year

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Recent Alpena High School graduates Eli Winter and Anna Young were formally recognized as the 2019-20 Male and Female Athlete of the Year on Friday at Wildcat Stadium. The pair was originally recognized for the honor in May during a virtual senior awards ceremony. Winter was a standout in ...

High school football moved to spring over virus concerns

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LANSING (AP) — The Michigan High School Athletic Association on Friday moved the football season to next spring but said other fall sports would proceed as scheduled during the coronavirus pandemic. The move came days after the Big Ten postponed all fall sports and said it hoped to make ...

Player’s Pub Alpena Women’s League champs

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Courtesy Photo Player’s Pub topped Ridge Runners 7-2 to win the championship. Leading hitters: Alexis Smith 3-3, Emily Vivian 2-3, Leah Tolan 2-3, Kara Gehrke 2-3, Jade Schultz 2-3, Cassandra Shaw 1-3 and Kelli Francisco 1-3 with an RBI coming off a sac fly. Pictured here, back row, from ...

Hillman Horseshoe Club hosts its first-ever MHPA Tournament

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HILLMAN — Hillman’s first sanctioned horseshoe tournament was a success. Under sunny skies, the unmistakable clang of horseshoes filled the air as more than a dozen pitchers from around the state squared off at Emerick Park during a Michigan Horseshoe Pitchers Association tournament on ...

Alpena alum Adam Urlaub signs LOI with ACC

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Nearly two weeks ago, Alpena Community College men’s basketball coach Mark Jacobs was talking with assistant coach Andy Marwede about Adam Urlaub. A person who overheard the conversation, told Jacobs that Urlaub sounded “just like a Mark Jacobs athlete.” Now Urlaub will get the chance ...

Kennedy Ellis competes on TCJGA tour

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Alpena High senior Kennedy Ellis completed the Traverse City Junior Golf Association (TCJGA),  Northern Michigan junior golf tour ranked second place overall in the girls elite division. The tour consisted of 10 tournaments throughout the summer. The tour’s 36 hole championship was held Aug. ...

Local players sign LOIs with Alpena Community College

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Alpena Community College had several athletes sign their Letters of Intent on Monday. All six players will be joining the ACC softball team next season and several of them will also participate in other sports. Pictured left to right are: Jade Schultz (basketball and softball); Dayna LaBell ...

Swinson, Nunneley take top honors in City Open

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Despite rainy conditions and tough competition, Nathan Swinson and Courtney Nunneley did what they needed to do to rise to the top. The two of them took top honors at the conclusion of the 53rd annual City Open on Sunday, playing through rainy conditions during the final round at River’s ...

Horseshoe enthusiast, volunteers bring new courts to Hillman

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HILLMAN — For Don Mueller, horseshoes have been a lifelong interest. He grew up playing horseshoes in his backyard and met his wife Vicki playing horseshoes downstate. He’s been a National Horseshoe Pitching Association member since 1995, pitches on a local league in Lewiston and has ...

MHSAA waits to clear football, soccer, volleyball games

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LANSING (AP) — The Michigan High School Athletic Association said Wednesday that competition can begin Aug. 19 and 21 for lower-risk sports like golf, tennis and cross country, but it held off on allowing the start of football, volleyball and soccer games during the coronavirus pandemic. The ...

ThunderCats battle back to win Thunderstruck Tournament

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The Alpena ThunderCats 12U softball team took top honors in the 10th annual Alpena Thunderstruck Tournament this past weekend. They were 5-0 over the weekend.  They battled back from a 6-2 deficit in the last inning against Team Michigan from Grosse Pointe and won the championship game, ...

Thunderstruck Tournament continues in Alpena

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Tournament Results 12U Division Saturday Ogemaw Outlaws White 6, Fanatics 3 Thundercats 13, Ogemaw Outlaws-Mattson 1 PI Panthers-Orr 5, Fanatics 4 Team Michigan 12, Ogemaw Outlaws-Mattson 0 Team Michigan 13, PI Panthers-Orr 1 Thundercats 8, Ogemaw Outlaws White 5 Sunday ...