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Tue
22
Dec

MFL MarMac boys fly past Kee

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac boys basketball team defeated Kee 68-57 on Dec. 15, improving its overall record to 2-3.

The biggest quarter of the night was the first, as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 21-8 lead. By halftime, it was 37-23. Kee cut into the advantage in the third quarter, with a 16-12 run, but couldn’t overcome the early deficit.

The Bulldogs out-shot the Hawks by 12 percentage points in the game—48.9 percent versus 36.7 percent. The teams made the same amount of shots, at 22, but MFL MarMac was able to hit that mark in 15 fewer attempts.

Tue
22
Dec

Central girls basketball team loses two of three games


Hannah Asche tries to dribble around a Turkey Valley defender in the 51-23 loss last Tuesday night. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Carly Kluesner playing tough defense against Turkey Valley. The sophomore finished with four points, two rebounds and one steal.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

It was a hard week for the Central girls basketball team, dropping the first two games to cap a three-game losing streak, before getting off the snide with a victory over South Winneshiek Friday night. 

The week started against Central City, where the Warriors lost 48-36, scoring over seven points in only one quarter of the game. Delaney Scherf led the team with 11 points, while Hannah Asche had a nice game with nine points. Haley Frieden contributed eight points, Carly Kluesner had four and Lexi Loan and Madison Sylvester each had two. 

Tue
22
Dec

Bulldog wrestlers win two more duals, take Regina Invite championship


The Bulldogs were champions of the Regina Invitational in Iowa City on Dec. 19. Pictured (front, left to right) are Holden Mathis, Konnor Barat-Klimesh, Tristen Koehn, Koal Klenk, Bryce Radloff; (back) manager Emily Hendrickson-Troester, coaches Tracy Decker and Mike Meyer, Kashton Mathis, Austin Nickolai, Gabe McGeough, Jacob Trudo, Michael Knickerbocker, Logan Brown, Andrew Heins, coach Chip McGeough, Karter Decker and manager Savannah Schaller. (Photo courtesy of MFL MarMac Wrestling)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac wrestling team continued to roll last week, winning two more duals and taking the top spot at Saturday’s Regina Invitational.

The first dual victory came in a triangular at Denver on Dec. 17, as the Bulldogs edged the host school 42-39. 

Logan Brown (220), Konnor Barat-Klimesh (113), Andrew Heins (126), Kashton Mathis (145) and Austin Nickolai (182) all secured big falls for MFL MarMac, while Gabe McGeough (170) and Jacob Trudo (285) added to the total with wins via forfeit.

Tue
15
Dec

Central’s support of girls wrestling leads the way in northeast Iowa


Maria Medberry (top) is one of three girls on Central’s high school wrestling team. The school has been promoting and slowly building female inclusion in the sport. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

There’s an old adage that says “girls can do anything boys can do,” and at Central, they are leading the way in bringing that to fruition. Since last year, the school has been promoting and slowly building a girls wrestling team, something both head coach Joe Koehn and activities director Aaron Reinhart have been strongly behind. 

While Central doesn’t have an official girls program, the overall program, which is predominantly male, features several female athletes who compete alongside the boys. 

Tue
15
Dec

Central girls win big at Clayton Ridge, but fall to TigerHawks


Fern Diersen looks for an open teammate. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Grace Kuehl avoids a Clayton Ridge defender in last week’s Central win.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

It was an up and down week for the Central girls basketball team, as they easily defeated the Clayton Ridge Eagles 57-36 before losing their second game of the year—a disappointing 55-31 defeat to North Fayette Valley. 

Against the Eagles, Central’s defense was strong, holding Clayton Ridge to nine points or less in the first three periods and forcing 20 turnovers. 

Delaney Scherf led the team in the scoring column with 24 points, and Haley Frieden added 15 points on the night. Ashlyn Scherf had seven points off the bench and Hannah Asche was good for three. Fern Diersen, Carly Kluesner and Abby Cummer each had two points. 

Tue
15
Dec

Bulldogs win three more duals, place second at Nashua-Plainfield Tourney

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac wrestling team continued to perform well last week, winning three more duals and placing second at the Nashua-Plainfield Tournament.

The three dual victories came in a meet at Edgewood-Colesburg on Dec. 8. The Bulldogs started the night by defeating a tough Beckman-Catholic squad 44-36.

“They took care of us pretty good last year, and they’ve got some good kids who’ll be right there at the end,” said head coach Chet Bachman. “So it was nice to beat them.”

Tue
15
Dec

MFL MarMac girls basketball team off to 4-1 start


Riley Moreland has been MFL MarMac’s top scorer and rebounder so far, including double-doubles against Ed-Co and South Winn last week. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Sophomore Grace Anderson, in her first game back from an injury, provided a spark off the bench in MFL MarMac’s win over West Central, with 14 points and four rebounds.

Last week, Carlie Jones and the Bulldog defense were able to hold off a pesky West Central team, winning 33-26.

Miranda Lang sends a pass to one of her MFL MarMac teammates.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Two weeks into the season, the MFL MarMac girls basketball team is 4-1, but head coach Jason Winter said there’s still room for improvement.

“Almost every one of our games has been pretty close,” he said. “Right now, we’re kind of playing to the level of our competition.”

After a big season-opening win over Turkey Valley, the Bulldogs started the second week of play Dec. 7, against Edgewood-Colesburg. MFL MarMac jumped out to a 28-18 advantage over the Vikings in the first half, but Ed-Co chipped away at the lead in the third quarter, making it 37-30. The Bulldogs held them off in the fourth period, though, winning 50-42.

Tue
15
Dec

Central boys drop two games


Dan McGreal drives by a Clayton Ridge defender for a layup. He finished the game with 13 points. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Central's leading scorer, Evan Pensel, goes for the deep three against NFV. Pensel finished the game with seven points.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

It was another tough week for the Central boys basketball team, as they dropped both games and fell to 1-4 on the year. 

In the first game of the week, the Warriors took on Clayton Ridge, losing 67-49 after falling behind early. The Warriors shot 35.3 percent from the field, which was bested by the Eagles’ 51.8 percent performance. In other statistical categories, such as rebounds, free throws, assists and steals, the Warriors kept pace, but they also committed 12 turnovers and 14 fouls. From behind the arc, the team went just 9 for 26. 

Evan Pensel led the Warriors in points with 14, followed by Dan McGreal with 13 and Parker Vaughn with eight. Ashton Burroughs came off the bench for six. 

Tue
15
Dec

MFL MarMac grabs first win


Freshman Wyatt Powell had 17 points in the Bulldogs’ Dec. 11 win over West Central. With nine assists, he was just short of a double-double. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Senior Cayden Ball had a big week for MFL MarMac, scoring 21 points at South Winn, followed by a 13-point output against West Central.

Carver Blietz-Bentien cut past a West Central defender on his way to the hoop in last week's game.

Against West Central, senior Gavin Meana tallied nine points, two rebounds and two assists.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

After tough losses to Edgewood-Colesburg and South Winneshiek earlier in the week, the MFL MarMac boys basketball team cruised past Upper Iowa Conference opponent West Central Friday night, picking up its first win of the season.

The Bulldogs began last week’s action on Dec. 7, dropping a match-up with Ed-Co 75-40. The Vikings jumped ahead 18-11 in the first quarter, then went on a 16-6 run in the second period to take a 34-17 lead into halftime. The second half didn’t get much better for the Bulldogs, who struggled to contain the Ed-Co offense, which rattled off 33 points in the third quarter alone.

Tue
15
Dec

Young Warrior wrestling team has some success

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central wrestling squad showed improvement this past week, performing well in the JV boys/girls quad at Center Point-Urbana on Dec. 8, while the varsity team went 1-2, winning their first match-up of the young season. 

At the JV portion of the meet, Maria Medberry went 2-1, winning the first place matches in the 131-138- and 126-138-pound weight classes. She won both via pin, while fellow female teammates went 1-4. Brandy Beatty lost both of her matches via fall, but Rebecca Suhr won the first-place match for the 143-152 class by pin. Meanwhile, Nate Shirbroun, the lone male wrestler for Central, won both first place matches for the 170-175 and 170-182 weight classes. 

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