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Tue
23
Jun

After slow start, Central rallies to 3-3 record


Fern Dierson connects with the ball during Central’s doubleheader sweep of Postville on June 17. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Madison Sylvester takes the unassisted out at first base against Postville.

Central pitcher Chelsia Larson allowed a combined three hits in the team’s doubleheader victories over Postville.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central Warriors softball season started quite inauspiciously last week, before the team rallied to finish with a record of 3-3. 

It all began with a doubleheader on June 15 that included a thwarted late inning rally and a late game loss against the Kee Hawks. 

Tue
09
Jun

MFL MarMac softball will rely on pitching, defense

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

With five offensively-productive seniors lost to graduation, the MFL MarMac softball team will rely on its pitching and defense to carry the load this season.

“But even though we lost the seniors, we have youngsters that got tested last year,” said head coach Jerald Kleve, who’s entering his fifth season at MFL MarMac. Pat Wille is in her second season as assistant coach.

“Lauren Haberichter and Mackenzy Ruff have been throwing [leading up to the season],” Kleve added, “and our infielders have a lot of experience, with senior Keri Picha back after missing last season with knee surgery.”

Tue
09
Jun

Bulldogs have sights set on conference title

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac baseball team boasts one of its most experienced lineups in years, a strength head coach Brandon Burke hopes will have the Bulldogs competing for an Upper Iowa Conference title.

“Many of our starters are returning for their fourth or fifth year as a starter,” said Burke, who’s entering year five at the helm. Collin Stubbs is assisting the Bulldogs for a third season. 

Among the returning players are seniors Cedrick Drahn, Ethan Stubbs, Kaleb Tilson and Trevor Jones, along with junior Max Havlicek.

Tue
10
Mar

Five lady Bulldogs earn all-conference recognition


Bailey Winter

Rachel Davis

Jordan Schubert

RoseMary McGeough

Riley Moreland

Five players from the Upper Iowa Conference champion MFL MarMac girls basketball team have earned all-conference recognition. Bailey Winter and Rachel Davis were each named to the first team and Jordan Schubert to the second team, while RoseMary McGeough and Riley Moreland picked up honorable mention nods.

Winter, a senior, was the Bulldogs’ leading scorer this season, with 14.3 points per game. She had a 46.4 field goal percentage and was the team’s top three-point threat, sinking 26 shots from behind the arc over 23 games. Among MFL MarMac players, Winter was tops with 61 assists, 89 steals and 43 blocks. She was also second with 5.3 rebounds per game.

Tue
10
Mar

Four MFL MarMac players make all-conference basketball team


Cedrick Drahn

Tyler Kurth

Gavin Hertrampf

Cayden Ball

Four members of the MFL MarMac boys basketball team that won a share of the Upper Iowa Conference title have received all-conference honors. Seniors Cedrick Drahn and Tyler Kurth were first team picks, while senior Gavin Hertrampf and junior Cayden Ball were honorable mention selections.

Drahn was the Bulldogs’ scoring leader, averaging 15.4 points over 22 games. He drained a team-high 46 shots from behind the arc and was also tops in assists (130) and steals (40). Drahn’s six rebounds per game put him second among MFL MarMac players.

Kurth scored 12.6 points per game—second on the team—and his 60.6 field goal percentage over 22 games was also one of the top marks. He led all Bulldogs with 8.5 rebounds per game and 19 total blocks.

Tue
25
Feb

MFL MarMac wrestlers cap off successful individual seasons at state


MFL MarMac wrestlers Karter Decker (126 pounds), Gabe McGeough (145 pounds), Jacob Trudo (heavyweight) and Zach Howe (195 pounds) capped off successful seasons at the state tournament in Des Moines Feb. 20-22.

MFL MarMac state qualifiers Karter Decker (126 pounds), Zach Howe (195 pounds), Jacob Trudo (heavyweight) and Gabe McGeough (145 pounds) are pictured with coaches Travis Johnson (left), Mike Meyer, Chet Bachman, Collin Stubbs and Tracy Decker.

126-pound Karter Decker finished his freshman year with a stellar 44-3 record.

Bulldog heavyweight Jacob Trudo, a junior, flew under the radar for much of the season, but turned up the intensity in January and February.

The tournament got off to a good start for 195-pound senior Zach Howe, who had a first-round fall over Kale Pevestorf of Coon Rapids-Bayard.

Sophomore Gabe McGeough won the fifth-place medal at 145 pounds in Class 1A. It was the best finish for an MFL MarMac underclassman in over a decade and a half.

“One thing I think I do well is rise to the occasion,” said Gabe McGeough. “I didn’t probably wrestle the best I could my first match, but as the tournament went on, I kept wrestling better and better. By the end, I was wrestling the best I had all year.”

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac wrestlers Zach Howe, Jacob Trudo, Gabe McGeough and Karter Decker competed at the Iowa High School Athletic Association State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines Feb. 20-22, capping off successful individual seasons. McGeough, a sophomore, won the fifth-place medal at 145 pounds in Class 1A—the best placement for a Bulldog underclassman since Kyle Pedretti a decade and a half ago.

“They’ve put in a lot of work, a lot of weekends, getting ready,” said head coach Chet Bachman. “I’m proud of these guys for making it to the state tournament. They represented us very well.”

Tue
18
Feb

Four MFL MarMac wrestlers are state bound


MFL MarMac wrestlers Gabe McGeough (left), Zach Howe, Jacob Trudo and Karter Decker have qualified for the state tournament. The wrestlers are pictured with coaches Chip McGeough, Travis Johnson, Tracy Decker, Mike Meyer, Chet Bachman and Collin Stubbs. (Photo courtesy of MFL MarMac Wrestling)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Four MFL MarMac wrestlers have punched tickets to the Iowa High School Athletic Association State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines this week. Zach Howe was the 195-pound champion at Saturday’s Class 1A District 6 Tournament at Starmont, while Jacob Trudo, Gabe McGeough and Karter Decker qualified after placing second in their respective weight classes.

Sophomore Kashton Mathis placed fourth at 120 pounds, and fell short of advancing.

Tue
11
Feb

Anderson will play college football


Last week, MFL MarMac senior Kutter Anderson signed a letter of intent to play football at Morningside College, in Sioux City. He’s pictured with sister Grace and parents Tiffany and Corey. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac’s star running back, Kutter Anderson, has committed to play football at Morningside College, in Sioux City. The senior, surrounded by his family and teammates, signed a letter of intent last week.

Anderson became the school’s first 1,000-yard rusher this past season and earned both all-district and all-state accolades. That, paired with his leadership abilities, piqued Morningside’s interest, he said.

“They really liked my speed and my bursts and really liked my vision, being able to see cuts and make those cuts,” he commented.

Tue
03
Dec

With seven seniors, experience is key for MFL MarMac boys basketball


Members of the 2019-2020 MFL MarMac varsity boys basketball team include (sitting, left to right) Kale Miene, Gavin Meana, Colin Moses; (middle) assistant coaches Cory Donlon and Adam Simon, Ben Miene, Cayden Ball, Cullen McShane, Jordan Harnack, Braden Landt, assistant coach Mychal Moon; (back) head coach Eric Dettbarn, Kaleb Tilson, Spencer Larson, Gavin Hertrampf, Cedrick Drahn, Tyler Kurth, Beau Benzing, Caden Stuckman and assistant coach Mark Kautman. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac boys basketball team will boast one of its most experienced squads in recent years when it hits the court this week. 

That includes four returning starters in seniors Cedrick Drahn, Tyler Kurth and Gavin Hertrampf, plus junior Cayden Ball.

“I have eight returners overall, and a couple of those other guys actually started games here and there in the past couple years,” said head coach Eric Dettbarn, referring to seniors Caden Stuckman and Spencer Larson. Seniors Beau Benzing and Kaleb Tilson, as well as sophomore Cullen McShane, should also see an increase in playing time, he added.

Tue
03
Dec

Bulldog wrestling team is ‘putting a new engine in the car’


Members of the 2019-2020 MFL MarMac wrestling team include (front, left to right) cheerleaders Taylor Berns, Maya Butikofer, Kira Krueger, Avery Ihde, Jordyn Jones, Alexis Ross and Destiny Berns; (middle) manager Savannah Schaller, Isabella Bogdonovich, Caleb Nordheim, Austin Schlee, Kashton Mathis, Andrew Heins, Tyler Zuercher, Logan Brown, Collin Henkels, Kadence Pape, manager Rose Koehn; (back) head coach Chet Bachman, Koal Klenk, Karter Decker, Austin Nickolai, Zach Howe, Jacob Trudo, Gabe McGeough, Michael Knickerbocker, assistant coach Tracy Decker and manager Emma Keehner. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

After graduating seven seniors—four of whom were state qualifiers at some point in their high school careers—MFL MarMac head wrestling coach Chet Bachman admits this year is a bit of a re-vamp for the team.

“Our theme for this year is actually ‘putting a new engine in the car.’ That’s kind of what we’re doing,” he explained.

The 2019-2020 Bulldogs feature a mix of wrestlers, he said.

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