Centala picks up 100 career win at Big North Championship Saturday

Alpena hosted a six team wrestlng tournament on Saturday that included Gaylord, Petoskey, Traverse City Central, West and?Ogemaw Heights.

Five Alpena wrestlers medalled including a first place finish by R.J. Centala in 140.?

Centala picked up his 100th career win along with his first place win.

Connar Day was third place at 135 while Dakota Patterson was third in 160. Austin?Weekes picked up a strong second place in 189 and Aleco Hantis earned a first place win in heavy weight.

“We had some guys medaling with a few others that would win one match and then lose another and get out of the running for the medal. It was usually just a mistake or two.?I think it’ll be a good run up to districts on Saturday,” Alpena coach Jake Stenz said.

Alpena hosts team districts on Wednesday, werestling against?Midland. Bay City Central will wrestle against Midland Dow at the same time.?The winner of these matches go on to wrestle for the district championship.

Individual districts take place in Davison on Saturday.


Escanaba 6, Alpena 4

WELLS – If the Escanaba Eskymos thought their second game with the Alpena Wildcats less than 24 hours apart would be just as easy as their 9-2 victory Friday night, Alpena showed them they had another thing coming. Alpena certainly was a different team Saturday afternoon, but the Eskymos were still able to come away with a 6-4 victory.

The Eskymos came out playing their hard skating, smooth and fluid style and generated a ton of scoring chances in a 19-shot first period, but the strong and physically superior Wildcats certainly made their presence known, dominating physical play and delivering hard clean checks right from the start. Even Emily Duncan, the lone female Wildcat, didn’t shy away from physical contact, delivering a few hits of her own.

The Eskymos got on the board first when Ben Lasecki tipped a puck past Alpena goaltender Jesse Boilore off the rebound. Esky added another goal on the powerplay and escaped the first period with a 2-0 lead.

Escanaba scored 22 seconds in when sophomore Levi Wunder got his 29th goal of the year.

Once the Wildcats got on the scoreboard, just over four minutes into the period, it began an avalanche.

Alpena’s second goal, just under a minute later, was scored by Zach Nash was happy to accept the gift. The Wildcats’ third and tying goal came nearly two minutes after that.

“The group of kids we have are very resilliant,” said Alpena coach Pete Doubek. “We’ve preached all year, don’t hang your heads, and they’ve come back in a lot of games and fought until the very end. Sometimes we don’t have our ‘A’ game on, but they’ve never just bowed out of a game.”

The Wildcats stayed close for the rest of the game but couldn’t make up the difference as Escanaba finished two goals ahead, 6-4.

Boys Basketball

Oscoda 64, Fairview 63

FAIRVIEW-The Fairview boys fought a tough match at home against?Oscoda on Saturday and in spite of leading the?Owls most of the game lost in overtime by a tight one point.

The first quarter saw Fairview up 19-14 while the half ended with their lead narrowed to 34-32. Fairview leaped ahead to a 47-34 lead in the third by a fourth quarter spurt by Oscoda tied the game at 55-55.

Oscoda scored nine points to Fairview’s eight in overtime to take the win.

Leading scorers for Oscoda included Kyle?Griffin with 14, Kevin Leveille and Jarred Little with 11 apiece.

Fairview’s top scorers were Austin Handrich with 23, Hudson Szubelak with 19 and?Kasson Willobee with 15.

Fairview drops to 4-8 overall while?Oscodagoes to 3-7.

Girls Basketball

Oscoda 58, Fairview 50

FAIRVIEW-The Fairview girls hosted Oscoda on Saturday and in spite of leading at various points couldn’t come away with the win.

The first quarter saw Fairview up 10-7 and continuing to lead at the half 25-19. Oscoda took the lead by the end of hte half, 33-32 and finished the game with a 58-50 spread.

Top scorers for Fairview included Johnna Weidbrouek with 17 points, Logan Winton with 13 and Kyleigh Dejarlais with 11.

Oscoda’s top scorers included Emily Toppil with 13 points, Tori Lapointe with 15, Carley Brown with 11 and Andrea Rousseau with 10.

Fairview drops to 3-10 while?Oscoda goes up to 4-8.