Local athletes qualify for state track finals
MARION-Megan Quick will have won last chance to earn all-state honors in track and field.
The Alcona senior qualified for the Division 4 state finals in two individual events and in one relay at a regional in Marion on Saturday and will compete in the Division 4 finals in Hudsonville on May 31.
Quick finished runner-up in both the 400 dash (1:02.50) and 800 run (2:.32.75). She was also part of the winning 3,200 relay team with Torie Harmon, Karina Cole and Katelyn Nelson (10:31.13).
Quick has qualified for the state finals in four straight seasons and medaled in the each of the last two. As a sophomore, she was seventh in the 800 run and eighth as part of the 3,200 relay team. Last year she was runner up in the 400 dash and fourth in the 800 run.
Harmon finished right behind Quick in the 400 dash (1:02.84) to qualify for states. Alcona’s 1,600 relay team also qualified after finishing third (4:25.24).
Rogers City’s Emily Malocha qualified in two events, after she took second in the 1,600 run (5:48.74) and third in the 3,200 run (12:27.22).
Posen’s Korynn Hincka earned a return trip to the state finals after winning the high jump (5-2 1/2) and she’ll be joined by teammate Anjelica Patterson, who finished second in the shot put (33-2 3/4).
Fairview’s Andrea Ford also qualified for the finals after winning the 200 dash (28.07).
Alcona will also send several members of its boys team to the state finals. Garrette Norling took second in the pole vault (10-4), Mitchell Havercroft took second in the 400 dash (54.12) and Alcona won the 800 relay (1:37.43).
Other local boys qualifiers were: Onaway’s Joe O’Bradovich, who won the high jump (5-11), Mio’s Bryce DeGrammont, who took second in the 800 run (2:02.12) and Fairview’s Jake Wojtoviets, who took second in the shot put (45-2).
Alpena goes 0-2 in Pinconning
PINCONNING-The Alpena softball team lost two games in a rain-shortened tournament in Pinconning on Saturday.
In its opener, Alpena lost to Saginaw Swan Valley 4-3. Lauren Heath pitched a complete game, allowing four runs on four hits. Alex Peters provided a big hit for the Wildcats (24-7) with a two-run home run.
“It was a well played game, but it’s a case of whoever blinks first gets the short end of the stick,” Alpena coach Paul Marwede said. “I was pleased with how we played.”
Alpena lost its second game to Pinconning 10-2. Jessica Marwede finished the day with two doubles for the Wildcats.
Alpena will play at Traverse City West on Tuesday with a chance to take the Big North Conference title outright. Alpena is 8-0 in conference play and wins the title outright with a sweep.
Alpena JV wins
FLUSHING-The Alpena JV softball team won its second straight weekend tournament on Saturday, taking top honors in the Flushing Tournament.
The Wildcats cruised to a 13-0 victory over North Branch in the finals. Alpena (26-2) scored at least two runs in all five innings and had 15 hits.
Lauren Heath pitched four innings and struck out four. Mykayla Price pitched the first inning and struck out the side.
Jordan Modrzynski had three hits, including a two-run home run and two RBIs. Kennedy Lundquist had three hits and two RBIs, Price had three RBIs and Alyssa Gehrke had three hits.
Alpena advanced to the finals were relative ease, defeating Plymouth (15-1), Linden (22-1) and Powers (6-3).
Against Plymouth, Price struck out eight in seven innings and had three hits. Lundquist had three hits and three RBIs. Modrzynski had two hits and Alayna Nugent and Emily Edmonds each had a pair of RBIs.
Price struck out seven in five innings against Linden and had three RBIs. Lizzy Kendziorski had five hits and five RBIs. Heath had three hits and four RBIs. Edmonds had three hits.
Price struck out 12 in seven innings against Powers and had two hits and two RBIs. Madison Amlotte had three hits and Lundquist had one hit and two RBIs.
Alpena hosts Traverse City West on Tuesday.
Alcona goes 1-2 in Tawas
TAWAS-The Alcona softball team went 1-2 at a tournament in Tawas on Saturday.
Alcona (6-14-1) lost to Tawas 11-2 in its opening game. Alissa Terpstra had Alcona’s only hit. Kendra Cole pitched for Alcona and allowed eight runs on nine hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Terpstra pitched the final inning in relief.
The Tigers played Carrolton in their second game and won 11-4. Alcona pounded out 10 hits for the game.
Keilee Elmer had three hits for Alcona and Sam Schopfer and Terpstra each had a hit and two RBIs.
Cole earned the win for Alcona, allowing four runs on four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.
Alcona finished the day with a 13-2 loss to Mio. The Tigers were limited to one hit and made six errors. Elmer had a hit, an RBI and scored a run. Cole pitched the first 1 2/3 innings and allowed nine runs on three hits with two walks and a strikeout. Terpstra pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief and allowed four runs on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
Rogers goes 2-0 in Glen Lake Tourney
MAPLE CITY-The Rogers City softball team went 2-0 at the Glen Lake Tournament on Saturday.
The Hurons won their opener 11-0 against LeRoy Pine River. Nikki Radke was the winning pitcher and Alexa Quaine pitched an inning of relief. Together they allowed three hits and struck out eight.
Morgan Hall had two hits and four RBIs; Kayla Fleury had a double and two RBIs; Cassie Brege had a hit and two RBIs; Quaine had a hit and an RBI and Sarah Meredith and Rachel Chojnacki each had a hit.
Rogers City advanced to the tournament final and beat Claire 3-1. Radke pitched six innings and allowed one run on five hits for the win.
Quaine came on in relief and helped turn a double play to help Rogers City in the last inning.
Quaine had two hits, Hall had a double and two RBIs and Brege, Meredith, Fleury and Courtney Streich all had single hits.
Rogers City plays at Mio today.
Alpena finishes third at Esky Invite
ESCANABA-The Alpena baseball team took third at the Escanaba Invitational on Saturday, defeating Houghton 11-1 (five innings) in the consolation game.
Tim Atkinson pitched a complete game for the win, allowing three hits and two walks with two strikeouts.
Giulio Fantasia had two hits and an RBI and Tyler Pintar had a hit and three RBIs.
Fantasia, Atkinson and Ryan Caderette were all named to the all-tournament team.
Alpena (15-8) lost its opener, 5-3 to Negaunee. Cody Tucker pitched the first 2 1/3 innings, allowing two hits, four walks and striking out four. Cadarette relieved him and pitched the final 4 1/3. He walked four, allowed one hit and struck out two.
Pintar had a double among two hits and Atkinson had two hits and an RBI.
Alpena plays at Traverse City West on Tuesday.
Hillman goes 1-1 at Whittemore Tourney
WHITTEMORE-The Hillman baseball team went 1-1 at the Whittemore-Prescott Invitational on Saturday.
The Tigers lost their opener 2-1 to Charlevoix. Ty Jones took the loss, allowing six hits and two walks with six strikeouts in seven innings. Gunnar Libby was 2-for-3 and scored Hillman’s only run. David Julka was 2-for-3 and Dylan Steinke walked three times.
Hillman defeated Farwell 4-3 in the consolation game. Dylan Ross earned the win, allowing two runs on two hits with six walks and four strikeouts in five innings. Kyle Henigan came on in relief and allow two hits with four strikeouts for the save.
Henigan was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Julka was 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Hillman hosts Au Gres today.
Weichel breaks record for Alcona
EAST LANSING-Lucas Weichel broke a school record and the Alcona golf team performed well at Forest Akers East and West course at Michigan State University on Saturday.
Weichel broke the school 18-hole low score total with a 75 on the east course while Walker Kelly followed up with a 79. Josh Mead lead the team on the West corse with a 78.
The team played their first 36 hole event ever and put up solid numbers against the likes of Class A schools.
The team will try to defend its district title next Wednesday at Indian River Country Club.