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Middle, long distances look to be strengths for boys track team

Members of the MFL MarMac high school boys track team are (left to right) Nick Larson, Kolton Matthews, Jamarr Tanniehill, Levi Ferguson, JT Stocker, Riley Doeppke, Alex McNally, Korby Keehner, Zach Trudo, Dylan Corlett, JP Murphy and Spencer Rose. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

This year’s MFL MarMac boys track team is a smaller squad than in years past, but a combination of experienced runners, new faces and hard work should make the group exciting to watch, said head coach Dan Anderson.

2017 is Anderson’s 11th year at the helm, and he’ll be joined by second-year assistant Kyle Kirkestue.

The team’s biggest strength, said Anderson, will be at the middle and long distances.


Bulldog wrestlers earn valuable experience at state

Freshman Ethan Stubbs (left) and sophomores Michael Egan, Korby Keehner and Nathan Johanningmeier were the youngest group MFL MarMac has ever sent to state.

Sophomore Korby Keehner placed eighth in the 220-pound weight class, becoming the fourth Keehner to bring home a medal for the Bulldogs.

Korby Keehner (far left) stands on the podium at the IHSAA State Wrestling Tournament.

Sophomore Michael Egan (132 pounds) wrestles in his second state tournament.

Despite suffering two close losses in the state tournament, sophomore Nathan Johanningmeier (152 pounds) is “not far away” from advancing further said head coach Chet Bachman.

“It was neat to have a freshman go to state,” said head coach Chet Bachman of Ethan Stubbs, who wrestled at 106 pounds.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac returned from the state wrestling tournament with some hardware, following an eighth-place finish in Class 1A by sophomore Korby Keehner. Three other wrestlers—freshman Ethan Stubbs and sophomores Michael Egan and Nathan Johanningmeier—did not place, but picked up some valuable experience.

“I’m proud of these guys,” said head coach Chet Bachman at a welcome back event at the high school Feb. 19. “They had their work cut out for them.”

According to Bachman, with three sophomores and one freshman, this was the youngest group MFL MarMac has ever sent to the state tournament. It’s the largest in 10 years.


Four Bulldogs headed to state wrestling tournament

Pictured (left to right) are assistant coaches Collin Stubbs and Mike Meyer; head coach Chet Bachman; state qualifiers Michael Egan, Korby Keehner, Nathan Johanningmeier and Ethan Stubbs; and assistant coaches Tracy Decker, Travis Johnson and Gary Berns. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Four MFL MarMac wrestlers—Ethan Stubbs, Michael Egan, Nathan Johanningmeier and Korby Keehner—are headed to the state wrestling tournament after placing in the top two at the IHSSA Class 1A District 6 tournament at Starmont on Feb. 11.

The 106-pound Stubbs, a freshman with a 37-7 record, punched his ticket to state with a second-place finish.

Egan, who’s a sophomore, also finished second, but at 132 pounds. He has a 46-2 season record and was also a state qualifier last year.


Bulldogs are sectional champs, send record seven wrestlers to districts

The MFL MarMac wrestling team won the sectional tournament at Postville Feb. 4. Seven wrestlers—Ethan Stubbs, Michael Egan, Brady Olson, Riley Doeppke, Nathan Johanningmeier, Garret Keehner and Korby Keehner—were individual champions. (Photo courtesy of Erin Keehner)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A week after becoming Upper Iowa Conference champions, the MFL MarMac wrestling team topped another tournament, this time winning their sectional at Postville Feb. 4. Seven of the team’s 14 wrestlers were individual champions.

The Bulldogs racked up 251 team points, handily out-pacing the second-place finisher, South Winneshiek, which had 203 points. With 194.5 points, Sumner-Fredericksburg placed third, followed by Postville with 119, Starmont with 74, Clayton Ridge with 50, Central with 43.5 and Turkey Valley with 36.


Bulldog wrestlers hope to build on the success of last season

Members of the 2016-2017 MFL MarMac high school wrestling team include (front, left to right) manager MacKenzie Gramlich, cheerleaders Brenna Boland, Brooklyn Landt, Lizzie Miene, Jerica Meana, Sierra Wiebensohn, Katelyn Berns, Chloe Diehl, manager Eden Heying; (middle) manager Chelbe Feuerhelm, Zach Howe, Kaleb Krueger, Keaton Dettman, Austin Ruff, Nathan Johanningmeier, Hunter Miller, Michael Egan, manager Emily Hanson; (back) head coach Chet Bachman, assistant coach Travis Johnson, Avrey Smith, Kutter Anderson, JT Stocker, Brady Olson, Chaise Ziegler, Matt Knipfel, Ethan Stubbs, Colton Dettman, Maccoy Pritchard, Riley Doeppke, Jamarr Tanniehill, Nick Larson, Zach Trudo, Michael Berger, Korby Keehner, assistant coach Collin Stubbs and assistant coach Tracy Decker. Not pictured is Garret Keehner. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Last season, the MFL MarMac high school wrestling team was conference dual champions and advanced all the way to regionals. Five individuals qualified for sectionals, with two making it to the state tournament. 

“We had a strong season last year,” said head coach Chet Bachman, “and we want to build on that.” 

Bachman, who’s joined this season by assistant coaches Tracy Decker, Collin Stubbs, Travis Johnson, Mike Meyer, Chase Strub, Gatlin Keehner and Kyle Kirkestue, said his team will benefit from some strong returners. 


Expectations high for experienced Bulldog boys basketball team

Members of the 2016-2017 MFL MarMac boys basketball team include (front, left to right) manager Kelsi Davis, Mason Hertrampf, Levi Ferguson, Jordan Weaver, Nolin Lang, Gavyn Wade, assistant coach Mychal Moon; (back) head coach Eric Dettbarn, Bradley Herold, JP Murphy, Blake Brainard, Cade Kuenster, Carl Davis, Bryar Ruff, Tristen Kautman, Spencer Rose, Peyton Meisner, Ty Hefner and assistant coach Adam Simon. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Upper Iowa Conference champions last season, an experienced MFL MarMac boys basketball team has hopes for a repeat, and much more, this year.

“We bring back our starting five from last year along with two of our key reserves off the bench, so we have a lot of experience returning,” said head coach Eric Dettbarn, who enters his 30th season at the helm. He’s joined again by assistants Adam Simon and Mychal Moon. 


Adney, Heins receive all-conference honorable mention nods

Amber Adney

Nicole Heins

MFL MarMac seniors Amber Adney and Nicole Heins are both honorable mention selections on the Upper Iowa Conference All-Conference volleyball team.

Adney, in 69 sets, amassed 123 kills, to lead the Bulldogs. She was also the team leader in digs, with 249. In addition, Adney picked up 28 total blocks and 15 assists and had a .888 serve efficiency, after successfully completing 199 of 224 serves. Twenty-eight of those successful serves were aces.

Like Adney, Heins also played in 69 sets this season. With 67 total blocks, she was one of the Bulldogs’ leaders in that category. She also racked up 93 kills and 49 digs. Her serve efficiency was .840, reflecting 163 successful serves, including 19 aces, out of 194 attempts. 


Close-knit Bulldogs hope to play smart football

Members of the MFL MarMac 2016 varsity football team include (front, left to right) managers MacKenzie Gramlich and Chelbe Feuerhelm, Christopher Wright, James Slama, Keaton Dettman, Nathan Johanningmeier, Derek Larson, Avrey Smith, Levi Ferguson, manager Lizzie Miene, assistant coach Kyle Kirkestue; (middle) head coach Tom Oppelt, assistant coach Mitch Seitz, Mason Hertrampf, Brady Olson, Korby Keehner, Michael Berger, Garret Keehner, Riley Wille, Samuel Kvistad, Hunter Boone, Wyatt Geick, assistant coach Brody Baxter, assistant coach Brian Berger; (back) Peyton Meisner, David Bradford, Bryar Ruff, Spencer Rose, Cade Kuenster, Ty Hefner, Chase Stubbs, JP Murphy, Nick Larson, Shane Hexom, Colton Dettman and Kyle Adam. Not pictured are Riley Doeppke and assistant coach Gatlin Keehner. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Senior leadership will be one of the hallmarks of this year’s MFL MarMac football team, according to fourth-year head coach Tom Oppelt.

“We have a whole lot of playing experience in our senior class,” he added.

On the offensive side of the ball, Oppelt said the coaching staff—which includes Brody Baxter (four years), Brian Berger (two years) and Kyle Kirkestue, Mitch Seitz and Gatlin Keehner (all in their first season with the team)—expects to see big things of seniors Bryar Ruff, Chase Stubbs, Riley Doeppke, Ty Hefner and Nick Larson. 


Strong senior presence has Bulldog volleyball team poised to make strides this season

Members of the 2016 MFL MarMac varsity volleyball team include (front, left to right) Amber Adney, Emily Hanson, Kayla Keehner, Kylie Moose, Aspen Havlicek; (back) Jayde Schubert, Julie Lenth, Josie Kleinow, Kelsi Davis, Nicole Heins, Ali Crogan, Jade Gerndt and Anjela Waterman. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

With seven returning seniors, including two, in Amber Adney and Kayla Keehner, with varsity-level experience for four years, the MFL MarMac volleyball program is poised to make strides this season.

“We have been slowly building the program, and hopefully this will be a year we see more wins that we did not have last year,” said Natalie Heiring, now in her fifth year with the team and second season as head coach. She is joined by assistant coach Joe Milewsky, who has 15 years of experience. “Last year, the girls surprised themselves by beating some teams they have never beaten. It is nice to see the girls do well after they have been working on building the program for so long.”


Enthusiasm strong on MFL MarMac cross country team

Members of the 2016 MFL MarMac cross country team include (front, left to right) assistant coach Eric Koenig, Allison Corlett, Marissa Lechtenberg, Laycee Roys, head coach Eliza Philpott; (back) Kolten Matthews, Coltin Ball, Ellie Kinley, Reagan Butikofer, Cassidy Penrod, Hannah Schutte, Keri Picha, Jesse Breuer and Kaleb Krueger. Not pictured is Keagen Smerud. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Getting a taste of last year’s state cross country meet through state qualifier Hannah Schutte, who returns as a sophomore this season, has sparked a lot of enthusiasm in the 2016 MFL MarMac cross country team, said fourth-year head coach Eliza Philpott. She is joined by assistant coach Eric Koenig, now in his second season.

Philpott and Koenig said this enthusiasm is one of the team’s strengths, and has translated into good, quality practices over the first couple weeks of the season.

“The kids come ready and willing for practice knowing it’s going to be tough, and that makes for an exciting environment,” they explained.