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Photo from the news kit Alpena running back Kadyn Budnick (32) carries the ball during a Week 2 soccer match against Cheboygan in Alpena’s home opener at Park Family Field at Wildcat Stadium.

ALPENA – The Alpena High football schedule will have familiar opponents on the schedule next season, but will not join a new conference. Still.

Alpena’s candidacy to join the Northern Michigan Football Conference – along with Cadillac, Petoskey and Gaylord – from 2022 was rejected Tuesday by conference superintendents, according to the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

The Wildcats were hoping to join the NMFL after Traverse City West and Traverse City Central recently announced they are leaving the Big North Conference for football at the end of this season.

“It’s really unfortunate news that we won’t be joining the Northern Michigan Football Conference. But we are moving forward and are excited about the future,” said Alpena sporting director Jon Studley. are working on a plan B consisting of establishing a competitive schedule for us. ”

According to the Record-Eagle, several superintendents have expressed their concern about the size difference between large BNC schools and schools already present in the NMFL.

The NMFC currently has 20 teams divided into three divisions. The addition of the other schools in the Far North would have potentially resulted in the creation of a fourth division that would have included Sault Ste. Marie and Cheboygan.

Studley has confirmed that Alpena will play Cadillac, Petoskey and Gaylord next season, with Marquette. Plans are currently underway to complete the remaining five games.

“Neither of us is freaked out, but we want to set a schedule,” Studley said.

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