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News File Photo Alpena’s Cooper Bright, seen here running during the Alpena News Honor Roll Meet on Tuesday, won all-state honors and broke his own school record in the 400 dash Saturday. Alpena distance runner Madi Szymanski also earned all-state honors and set a new school record in the 3,200m race.


ROCKFORD – Cooper Bright has done it again.

The Alpena High senior broke his own record in the 400 meters on Saturday in the Division 1 Athletics final with a blistering time of 49.76 seconds.

The time earned Bright seventh place in the event and all-state honors as a top-eight finisher. He previously set a new Alpena record in the 400m on Tuesday clocking 49.84 seconds.

Alpena senior Madi Szymanski also had a record day. She earned all-state honors after finishing seventh in the 3,200m race (10:35.76) and set a new school record in the event, breaking the old mark by 15 seconds.

Junior Alpena Elijah Allen took 17th place in the boys’ 300 hurdles (41.88).

At the Division 4 Finals in Hudsonville, a pair of athletes combined for five all-state medals.

Onaway sprinter Madilyn Crull earned two all-state finishes after finishing third in the 100m (13.04 seconds) and eighth in the 200 meters (27.96). Alcona’s Kelsey Hansen was a three-time winner, finishing fifth in the shot put (35-4), eighth in the long jump (15-6 1/2) and eighth in the discus (102-4).

Other local finishers included:

BOYS

Garrett Somers of Alcona in the 200m (preliminary 14th, 23.79); Alcona’s Garrett Somers in the 200m (preliminary, 19th, 23.96); Onaway’s Jadin Mix at 300 hurdles (13th, 42.91); Alcona’s 800 relay team of Somers, William Liebler, Jeremiah Bullis and Hunter Rigby (21st, 1:39.44); Hayden Johnston of Alcona in the shot put (25th, 36-7); Xavier Santiago d’Onaway in the high jump (9th, 5-11) and Bullis in the pole vault (10-3).

GIRLS

Crull in the high jump (15th, 4-10); Onaway’s 400 relay team of Crull, Charlotte Box, Lainey Shimel and Kailyn George (55.98) and Posen’s Lizzy Romel in the 100 hurdles (preliminaries, 15th, 17.75).

BASEBALL

Alpena blocked by Mt. Pleasant

MOUNT PLEASANT — The Alpena baseball team’s time in the district was short after an 11-4 loss to Mt. Pleasant in a Division 1 District semifinal on Saturday.

Alpena went 4-2 after three innings, but the Oilers scored nine runs over the next three innings to win.

Jake Zann had two hits and scored a run for Alpena. Logan Momrik had a brace and 2 RBIs.

Alcona Wins District Title

WHITEMORE — A six-run first set was enough to propel Alcona to a district title on Saturday with a 6-4 victory over Au Gres.

Alcona took advantage of some errors from Au Gres in the first set and fired several runs on an RBI brace from Ricky Schott.

Gavin Walker had two hits for the Tigers and Collin Walker, Nathan Nardi and Jesse Sheldon each had an RBI. Owen Borsvold allowed four runs on seven hits, struck out seven and walked one.

Alcona beat Mio 4-1 in the semifinals earlier today. The Tigers scattered 5 hits and Collin Walker, Evan Borsvold and Owen Borsvold each had a hit and an RBI.

In Hillman, Johannesburg-Lewiston won a district title after beating Rogers City 9-5 in the district final. The Cardinals outscored Onaway 17-2 (3 innings) in one semifinal and Rogers City beat Atlanta 16-0 (3 innings) in the other semi.

SOFTBALL

Alpena fall in district final

TRAVERSE CITY — Alpena’s quest for a District title ended with a 13-5 loss to Traverse City Central on Saturday in a Division 1 District Final.

Alpena led 5-4 after five sets, but the Trojans scored nine runs in the last two sets.

Macy Schram had two hits and two RBIs for the Wildcats and Izzy Edmonds and Avery Dubey each had two hits and an RBI.

Alpena beat Mount Pleasant earlier in the day 6-5.

Alcona won a district title on their home turf, dominating Au Gres 19-4 in four sets. The Tigers previously beat Hale 17-0 (3 sets) in the semifinals.

In Hillman, the host Tigers won their second straight district title after beating Joburg 8-4. The Tigers beat Rogers City 7-6 in 8 sets in the first of two semifinals to end Rogers City’s nine-game district title streak.

Statistics for the Hillman and Alcona districts were not available at the time of printing.



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