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Tue
20
Oct

Warriors lose 62-60 heartbreaker in season finale


Evan Schroeder carried the load for the Central offense, rushing for 121 yards on 19 carries for two touchdowns. He also added a passing touchdown and returned five kicks for 217 yards, including two touchdowns. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Elliot Kelly had two passing touchdowns and ran for 35 yards in the Warriors’ loss at Central City on Oct. 15.

A Warrior team effort tackled the Central City runner.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central football season ended in a heartbreakingly close 62-60 loss to the Central City Wildcats on Oct. 15. The game, which was originally scheduled for earlier in the year, served as the season finale when Central opted out of the playoffs, a decision that was made without player involvement. It was a decision the players understood, but were still disappointed by. Heading into the game, the team seemed ready. 

“We feel good, we’re playing loose and excited. It’s the seniors’ last game, so emotions will be high, which is good because I know that they will bring the excitement,” head coach Joe Koehn said beforehand. 

Tue
20
Oct

Three Bulldog runners turn in all-conference performances


With a 15th-place finish, Clare Grau was MFL MarMac’s top performer at the Upper Iowa Conference meet. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Kaylee Walch, who placed 19th on Oct. 15, has made huge improvements on her time this season, said head coach Eric Koenig.

Caleb Nordheim finished 19th and earned an all-conference spot on Oct. 15.

Colin Moses joined the cross country team late, but is getting back to where he was last season.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac cross country team competed in the Upper Iowa Conference meet at North Fayette Valley on Oct. 15, where three runners—Clare Grau, Kaylee Walch and Caleb Nordheim—turned in all-conference performances.

“The weather conditions were less than ideal, mainly the wind being the negative factor,” said head coach Eric Koenig, “but even with that the kids turned in good performances.”

Tue
20
Oct

MFL MarMac volleyball team wraps regular season

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac volleyball team wrapped up the regular season last week, following up a five-set loss to Clayton Ridge by sweeping Kee.

The Bulldogs started the Oct. 13 game at Clayton Ridge on a high note, easily winning the first set 25-17. The Eagles stormed back with 25-20 and 25-15 victories in the second and third frames, though, taking a 2-1 lead. MFL MarMac then evened the score with a 25-22 win in the fourth set. In the deciding fifth set, the Eagles flew away with a 15-9 finish.

Tue
13
Oct

Bulldogs are back-to-back district champions


Junior Kaden Stocker caught two receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown Friday night, in MFL MarMac’s 60-0 win over Postville. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Corbin McElwaine (left) and Tyler Wille were part of a stout offensive line that allowed the Bulldogs to accumulate over 100 yards passing and 279 on the ground against the Pirates.

At Postville, MFL MarMac quarterback Max Havlicek completed nine of 14 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball twice himself for 35 yards and another touchdown.

Austin Schlee vaulted over a Pirate defender in the 60-0 MFL MarMac win on Oct. 9.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

For the second straight year—and the second time ever—the MFL MarMac football team has won a district title. With a 60-0 win at Postville on Oct. 9, the Bulldogs tied with South Winneshiek and Wapsie Valley for the top spot in Class A District 4.

“They’ve accomplished a lot,” head coach Dan Anderson said of his team. “Starting the season, maybe even I was a doubter a little bit. But you should never doubt these guys.”

Tue
13
Oct

MFL MarMac runs at South Winn, in final race before conference meet

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac cross country team ran at South Winneshiek on Oct. 6, in the final competition before next week’s conference meet.

Freshman Clare Grau continued to perform well for the Bulldogs, charging to a 22nd-place finish with a time of 22:47.67. Fellow freshman Kaylee Walch had a strong meet too, running the course in 24:16.35 to finish 35th. Freshman Ruby Koeller came in 46th at 26:37.93, while sophomore Alexis Ross, freshman Kaylee Nuehring and sophomore Cadence Weber placed in spots 48 through 50, respectively, with times of 27:31.86, 27:43.23 and 28:24.36.

Tue
13
Oct

Warriors fall to Blue Devils


Lexi Loan goes up for the kill against West Central, with teammates Kaitlyn Wiley (2), Ava Pensel (3) and Chelsia Larson (7) looking on. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

As the season is quickly coming to an end, the Central Warriors volleyball team is running out of time to up its record, and the recent loss to the West Central Blue Devils doesn’t make it any easier. 

The 3-17 Warriors, playing at home Oct. 5, watched the 8-2 Blue Devils win the match in straight sets, 25-21, 25-14 and 25-14.

Tue
13
Oct

Passing offense a highlight in Central loss

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central football program entered the Oct. 9 game against 3-3 Northwood-Kensett mired in the struggles of rebuilding under a new coaching regime. While the 1-5 Warriors have shown signs of improvement, most notably in the punting game, where Evan Pensel seems to have solidified the position, averaging 27.6 yards per punt, the offense and defense are still searching for an identity. Northwood-Kensett won the match-up 70-21.

On the defensive side, tackling has been an ongoing issue, so much so that head coach Joe Koehn acknowledged the coaching staff’s efforts to improve it. 

Tue
13
Oct

MFL MarMac volleyball team ups record to 6-9


Brooke Gillitzer tips the ball over the net in MFL MarMac’s Oct. 6 game against West Central. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Aleyna Rodriguez (left) and Grace Anderson try to fend off the Blue Devil attack on Oct. 6

Kayden Gillitzer smashes the ball through a West Central block.

Abby Schellhorn sets one of her teammates up for a kill in the Bulldogs’ 3-0 loss to the Blue Devils.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac volleyball team upped its record to 6-9 last week, following up a loss to West Central with a victory over South Winneshiek.

The Bulldogs took on the Upper Iowa Conference-leading Blue Devils in Monona on Oct. 6, losing in straight sets, 3-0. The first two sets were back-and-forth affairs, with MFL MarMac narrowly falling 25-23 and 25-22. West Central put the match away in the third, however, claiming a 25-18 advantage.

Tue
13
Oct

Central cross country competitive at South Winn

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

It was another competitive performance put in by Central’s cross country team at the Oct. 6 meet in South Winneshiek. The team once again saw medalists and season best times as the runners prepare for next week’s conference meet. 

Beginning with the varsity girls, Delaney Scherf and Hannah Asche led the way, finishing 10th and 11th, respectively. They both had a time of 21:34, good enough to medal, and it was a season best for Scherf. In the field of 52 runners, Allie Mussman finished 23rd, with a season best 22:48. Other team members finished outside the top 25, including Jaydin Dettman, who ran a career best 23:37 for 31st, Taylor Moser (33rd), Maria Medberry (42nd) and Haley Mueller (43rd). 

Tue
06
Oct

Dunkerton defeats Central 52-6


Evan Schroeder dives forward for extra yards. He led Central with 50 yards rushing in the loss to Dunkerton. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Nate Shirbroun returns a kickoff in Central’s Oct. 2 game against Dunkerton.

Evan Pensel tackles the Dunkerton runner.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central football team headed into the Oct. 2 game against the Dunkerton Raiders riding a high from their homecoming victory and coach Joe Koehn’s unwavering loyalty to running the football. The Raider defense was undaunted, stymieing the Warriors’ rush offense, holding it to 70 total yards for a 1.9-yards-per-carry average. The end result was a 52-6 loss, bringing the Warriors’ record to 1-4 on the season. 

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