Prep Roundup (2-28-13)

WEST BRANCH-Ogemaw Heights gave the Alpena boys basketball team all it could handle in its regular season finale on Thursday.

With the game tied with 1:20 remaining, Luke Cordes hit a shot inside and the Wildcats sank a pair of free throws to take a 51-47 win on the road.

“A win is a win and we found a way tonight,” Alpena coach John Pintar said.

Playing without sophomore point guard Tyler Pintar, Alpena (16-4, 8-4 Big North) led by as many as 15 in the third quarter, but Ogemaw battled back and knotted the game with 1:20 left. After Alpena took the lead again, Ogemaw missed a tying shot with 10 seconds left.

Cordes led Alpena with 18 points, Kam Fitzek added 13 and Brad Styma had eight.

Alpena trailed 11-6 after the first quarter, but led 25-22 at the half. The Wildcats led 45-30 after three quarters before Ogemaw’s rally.

“We didn’t play a good first quarter. We were real lackluster and then we took a 15 point lead in the third quarter, but then we just lost our flow,” Pintar said.

Cam Zettel led the Falcons with 14 points.

Alpena plays at Gaylord on Monday in a Class A district quarterfinal.

Alpena’s JV team finished the year at 17-3 after a 68-28 win over the Falcons. Everyone on the team scored.

The Wildcats’ JV team won 67-41 to finish the year at 7-11. Dylan Tucker led Alpena with 13 points and Brett Gapske added eight points.

Hillman 65,

Rogers City 22

HILLMAN-Ty Jones’ monster night helped the Hillman boys basketball team win its regular season finale.

Jones scored 28 points with 20 of those coming in the first half. That mark is good for eighth all-time in the state record book and Jones was just shy of another state record for three-pointers. He sank six treys in the first quarter, one shy of the state record and finished with eight for the night.

“Ty Jones really got us going and the guys fed off that and played really well,” Hillman coach Eric Muszynski said. “I’m really proud of how the boys are playing right now.”

The Tigers have won their last six games in a row.

Hillman (14-5) jumped out to a 28-2 lead after one quarter and led 45-10 at the half.

Hunter Fessler added 18 points for Hillman, Michael Olschanski had 12 rebounds and Mason VanPamel had six assists.

Hillman led 57-17 after three quarters and didn’t allow the Hurons to do much of anything offensively.

“Our pressure got to Rogers City a little bit,” Muszynski said.

Posen 81, Hale 73

HALE-Nick Hincka scored 32 points and the Posen boys basketball team rallied to win its regular season finale against Hale, 81-73, on Thursday.

Posen trailed by 12 points in the third quarter, but switched to a zone defense and ended up giving the Eagles some trouble late in the game.

Martin Mulka added 14 points for the Vikings (8-12, 5-9 North Star) and Brandon Dietz chipped in 12 points off the bench.

The game was knotted at 18 after the first quarter, but Hale led 40-35 at the half. The Vikings stormed back in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Eagles 30-10.

Posen’s JV team won 47-40.


Alpena 4, Cadillac 3 OT

CADILLAC- The Alpena hockey team topped Cadillac 4-3 in overtime in a pre-regional game on Thursday.

The Wildcats will play Sault Ste. Marie in a regional final at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Gaylord. The Blue Devils topped Cheboygan 11-0 in the other pre-regional.


Rogers City goes 2-1 on first day of D4 finals

AUBURN HILLS-Rogers City got off to a good start on the first day of the Division 4 individual wrestling finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Thursday.

Rogers City 189-pounder Caleb Pommerenke defeated Bronson’s Brett Burtum by an 18-4 major decision. He will wrestle New Lothrup’s Cody Symons in the next found of the championship bracket.

Wrestling at 135 pounds, the Hurons’ Evan Lamb defeated Kent City’s Brendon Rodenburg in a 12-5 decision and will square off against Hudson’s Wyatt Spangler in the next round.

Rogers City’s Jacob Sobeck (125) was pinned by Lutheran Westland’s Zach Francis in 3:30 and will wrestle Laingsburg’s Malachi Marshall in his next bout.

Onaway 103-pounder Issac Nave lost to Addison’s Jacob Voss 7-3. He will wrestle Bangor’s Ishmael Hodge in the next round.

The Cardinals’ other qualifer, 140-pounder Morgan Robbins was pinned by Addison’s Justin Schroeder in 1:17. He will wrestle Kent City’s Jayson Ellicott in the opening consolation round.

At 125 pounds, Mio’s Zach Mack pinned Addison’s Collin Haag in just 1:31 and will wrestle Bronson’s Hunter Machus in the next round.