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Contact sports can resume Monday, with masks

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By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan’s health department lifted a monthslong ban on contact sports that was ordered to help curb rising coronavirus cases, starting Monday, as long as masks are worn. Thursday’s announcement from Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer came a ...

Williams chooses Alma College to continue football career

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Charlie Williams spent time lifting weights at a young age with his father, who introduced him to the importance of weight-lifting and working hard. Williams carried those lessons with him growing up during middle school and high school with a goal to become the best football player he could ...

Mullard excited to lead Huskies

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ATLANTA—Randy Mullard has plenty to keep him busy these days. As Atlanta High School’s maintenance director, athletic director and softball coach, Mullard wears a lot of hats and is heavily invested in Atlanta’s athletic programs. “There is always a lot going on and there’s ...

Athletes, parents rally to start sports

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LANSING (AP) — A few hundred high school athletes, their parents and other supporters rallied outside Michigan’s Capitol in Lansing in support of the reopening of sports programs shut down by COVID-19 restrictions. Saturday’s “Let Them Play” demonstration was held as the state ...

State debates lifting ban on contact sports

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LANSING, — The fight over whether to allow youth contact sports took center court Thursday in Lansing as Michigan lawmakers heard testimony from educators, parents and students wanting to get back to competition. Even though a ban on indoor dining ends Feb. 1, youth contact sports, ...

MHSAA: No changes to state football finals

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ALPENA — No additional tickets will be sold for the 11-Player Football Finals that began Friday and continue today at Ford Field, despite Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s announcement that arenas with at least 10,000 capacity can allow up to 500 people, the Michigan High School Athletic ...

Morrison’s wall displays passion for Hillman athletics

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Doug Morrison has always had a passion for sports. Morrison grew up playing sports in Hillman and his love for Hillman athletics has never faded. It is hard to argue that there is a bigger supporter of the Hillman Tigers than Morrison, who is often seen at sporting events during each season ...

Andrews returns to lead Alpena

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Alpena High School announced the hiring of Kolby Andrews as its varsity volleyball head coach on Wednesday. Andrews will take over for Melissa Doubek, who retired from coaching this past fall.  “Thank you to Melissa for her dedication and professionalism leading our volleyball program. ...

James Andersen: 2020 had special moments, despite pandemic

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When I pulled into the Onaway High School parking lot on the night of March 12, I had no clue the boys basketball district games I was there to cover would be the last high school games I’d see for five months. The next morning, the Michigan High School Athletic Association declared that ...

Volleyball, swimming and diving to resume next week

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The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday that the postseasons for volleyball and Lower Peninsula swimming and diving can resume Jan. 4. Participants in both sports must be tested there times per week for COVID-19 using rapid tests created by the Michigan Department of ...

Oscoda opts out of postseason

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When the Michigan High School football playoffs resume, the Oscoda Owls won’t be among those teams participating. Citing safety reasons and a lack of available players, the Owls recently announced that they’ve opted out of the postseason. The decision was reported by the Oscoda Press and ...

Hessbrook named top AP Division 7-8 Player of the Year

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ITHACA (AP) — Injuries, physical and mental, are going to occur and what matters is how one reacts to overcome them. Ithaca High School senior quarterback Brady Hessbrook has endured more than his share of injuries, yet they have never stopped him from continually striving to improve during ...

MHSAA announces updates for fall, winter schedules

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The Michigan High School Athletic Association recently announced plans for a restart to the fall sports schedule as well as an updated plan for the 2021 winter sports season. On Tuesday, the MHSAA announced a schedule adjustment to conclude the 2020 fall sports tournaments. Due to ...

Hein, Juergens named to MHSFCA all-state teams

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Two local football players were recently named to All-State teams by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association for the 2020 season. Atlanta running back Trace Juergens was named to the Division 2 8-Player team and Rogers City defensive back Isaac Hein was named to the Division 8 ...

Fall postseasons to resume; winter season still on hold

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EAST LANSING (AP) — The Michigan high school fall sports season is stretching into January. Football playoffs will resume Jan. 2. The eight-player championship games will be played Jan. 9, followed by the 11-player finals on Jan. 15-16, the Michigan High School Athletic Association said ...

2020 All-Alpena News 11-Player Football Team

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In a record-setting season, Owen Franklin was more than a few notches above the competition. Franklin’s athletic prowess is well-established, but during the 2020 season. The Oscoda senior quarterbacked the Owls to a record-setting 423 points, including five shutouts to begin the season. ...

2020 All-Alpena News 8-Player Football Team

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In a season marked by cancellations, reschedules and safety protocols to deter the spread of COVID-19, Trace Juergens was a consistent playmaker for the Atlanta football team. Juergens, a junior running back, made his mark early, accounting for four touchdowns in a season-opening win over ...

Athletes honored by North Star League

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The North Star League recently announced its all-conference teams for the 2020 fall season. The teams are as follows: FOOTBALL 11-Player First Team Owen Franklin, Oscoda; Isaac Hein, Rogers City; Clayton Henry, Rogers City; Brennon Mills, Oscoda; Caleb Nagel, Oscoda; Zachary Ouillette, ...

AHS cross country honors four seniors

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The Alpena High School cross country program honored four senior boys, who recently finished their careers as Wildcats. Brendan Stepaniak (career best, 18:24), Eli Rondeau (19:06), Ben Poli (19:17) and Blake MacDonald (18:29) have run for the past six or seven seasons, and were highly valued ...

Former Wildcat netminder Black commits to Dartmouth

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Two years ago, Cooper Black was rewriting the record books at Alpena High School. Black was a staple in one of the best seasons in the history of the Wildcat hockey program. Black helped his 2018-2019 Alpena hockey team set the record for most wins in a season, while capturing Big North ...