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Tue
08
Dec

MFL MarMac snags win over Turkey Valley

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac girls basketball team kicked off its season Dec. 1, snagging a 46-38 victory at Turkey Valley. 

The Bulldogs led the Trojans 8-5 through the first quarter, then broke it open in the second, going on an 18-4 run to claim a 26-9 halftime advantage. Turkey Valley cut into the lead in the third quarter, though, making it 35-25. The Trojans also out-scored the Bulldogs 13-11 in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t overcome the early deficit, losing by eight points.

Tue
08
Dec

Bulldogs drop to 0-1

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac boys basketball team lost its Dec. 1 season opener at Turkey Valley 48-40.

The Trojans jumped out to a 10-5 early lead, then upped it to 22-16 at halftime. The Bulldogs just couldn’t catch them in the second half, falling by eight points.

The MFL MarMac offense struggled to get momentum in the game. Despite shooting the ball 10 more times, the Bulldogs hit the same amount of shots as Turkey Valley—15. The team was also just 5-31 behind the arc and got to the free throw line only nine times, compared to 28 attempts by the Trojans.

Tue
08
Dec

This season, Central wrestling has experience and expectations

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

As the winter sports season commences, a familiar name echoes across the coaching landscape at Central, that of Joe Koehn, who led the Warriors football program this past fall in his first stint as head coach. He returns now, not to the gridiron, but to the wrestling mat for his third year as the head coach. 

It was a love for wrestling and the experience of wrestling in high school that lured Koehn to the job. This year comes with high expectations for an experienced team and a coach who seems to thrive on competition. 

Tue
08
Dec

All-state football selections include five MFL MarMac players


Max Havlicek

Cullen McShane

Kaden Stocker

Gabe McGeough

Karter Decker

The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association, with assistance from the Iowa Football Coaches Association, has announced its all-state high school football teams for 2020. Five MFL MarMac players made the list, including Max Havlicek and Cullen McShane on the Class A first team and Kaden Stocker on the second team. Gabe McGeough and Karter Decker were both third team selections.

Havlicek’s all-state recognition came at defensive back. The senior was one of the Bulldogs’ tackling leaders, with 40 total. He recovered one fumble and was second on the team with five interceptions.

Tue
01
Dec

Central girls start season with win over Postville


Haley Frieden led Central in scoring, with 24 points, in the 59-41 win over Postville on Nov. 24. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Delaney Scherf proved effective on the defensive side of the ball, leading the Warriors with five steals.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central girls basketball season got off to a rousing start last week, with a dominant 59-41 victory over the Postville Pirates. 

Central was led in scoring by Haley Frieden with 24 points, including 16 in the first half. Delaney Scherf had 20 in the game, including 13 in the second half. Other scorers were Lexi Loan with six points, Abby Cummer with four points and Carly Kluesner with three points. Grace Kuehl hit a field goal in the fourth quarter to finish with two points. 

Tue
01
Dec

Deep Bulldog wrestling team returns three state qualifiers


Members of the MFL MarMac wrestling team include (front, left to right) managers Savannah Schaller and Rose Koehn, cheerleaders Jordyn Jones, Clare Grau, Amara Buchheit, Alexis Ross, Kaylee Nuehring and Avery Ihde, and managers Emily Hendrickson-Troester and Emma Keehner; (second row) assistant coach Brent Pape, Koal Klenk, Bryce Radloff, Kadence Pape, Aleyna Rodriguez, Cortney Schroeder, Haylee Guyer, Isabella Bogdonovich, Holden Mathis, Konnor Barat-Klimesh; (third row) head coach Chet Bachman, Mason Overton, Michael Knickerbocker, Collin Henkels, Codi Humble, Tristen Koehn, Austin Schlee, Kashton Mathis, Andrew Heins, assistant coach Collin Stubbs; (back) assistant coach Tracy Decker, Taylor Herzmann, Logan Brown, Karter Decker, Jacob Trudo, Nolan Lerch, Tyler Zuercher, Gabe McGeough and assistant coaches Mike Meyer and Chip McGeough. Not pictured are Austin Nickolai, JJ Lynd, Landon Johnson, Caleb Nordheim and Noah Bond. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac wrestling roster features nearly 30 athletes this year—including a record five girls—an amount that should help the team fill all 14 weight classes.

“We’ve got plenty of depth,” said head coach Chet Bachman.

Leading the team will be three state qualifiers from a season ago: senior heavyweight Jacob Trudo, junior Gabe McGeough, who will likely wrestle at 152 or 160 pounds, and sophomore Karter Decker, who will compete in the 138 or 145 weight classes.

Tue
01
Dec

Warrior boys basketball team plans to trust the process


Members of the Central varsity boys basketball team include (front, left to right) Corey Weber, Parker Vaughn, Daniel McGreal, Ashton Burroughs, William Moser; (back) head coach Brady Stramer, James Eberhardt, Hazen Loan, Tommy Seeland, Evan Pensel, Abenet Lammers, C.J. Polkinghorn and coach Mike Beck. (Photo by Willis Patenaude)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

Coming off a 3-20 season, second-year Central boys varsity basketball coach Brady Stramer looks to improve the team as players and individuals behind a philosophy that promotes helping people above all else. 

Fueled by a love of the game and an enjoyment of competition, Stramer turned to coaching when playing was no longer an option, and the entire endeavor has been nothing short of a “rewarding experience.” 

“My favorite thing about coaching is working with the students and seeing them improve,” Stramer said. 

Tue
01
Dec

Coach Wiley preaches teamwork for Central girls basketball team


Members of the Central varsity girls basketball team include (front, left to right) Lexi Loan, Grace Kuehl, Hannah Asche; (middle) team manager Isabelle Groth, Carly Kluesner, Haley Frieden, Delaney Scherf, Ashlyn Scherf, Alyson Feickert, team manager Karleigh Thorson; (back) head coach Mark Wiley, Fern Diersen, Abigail Cummer, Maci Kluesner, Madison Sylvester, Kaitlyn Wiley and coach Molly Scherf. (Photo by Willis Patenaude)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

After going on postseason runs and reaching the regional finals the last two seasons, Central girls varsity basketball coach Mark Wiley is expecting more of the same this season. 

The 14th-year head coach has taken a love of sports, developed at a young age playing ball against his brothers, and used that to transform the program into a regular contender, winning double-digit games nine times and finishing above .500 seven times since the 2007-2008 season, not to mention last year’s stellar 21-4 record that led to a competitive loss in the Class 1A - Region 3 championship game.  

Tue
24
Nov

New group of leaders hopes to keep Bulldogs at top of the conference


Members of the MFL MarMac girls basketball team include (front, left to right) Kaitlin Picha, Riley Moreland, Mallory Lang; (middle) Ashley Shaw, Miranda Lang, Lakota Morrissey, Makayla Morrissey; (back) manager Shelby Mielke, Carlie Jones, Caydence Moon, Brooke Gillitzer, Kayden Gillitzer, Mackenzy Ruff, Grace Anderson, Brooklynn Moon, Hannah Bogdonovich and manager Abby Schellhorn. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

After losing seven seniors—most of whom started or saw significant playing time a year ago—the back-to-back Upper Iowa Conference champion MFL MarMac girls basketball team is looking to reload.

“We’ve got a lot of girls who have gotten some quality minutes at the varsity level,” said head coach Jason Winter. “This year, they’re just going to have to play more minutes and be relied upon a lot more than last year.”

That includes senior Kayden Gillitzer and juniors Miranda Lang, Lakota Morrissey and Riley Moreland. The last two are coming off injuries.

Tue
24
Nov

MFL MarMac will rely on athleticism, good attitude to offset inexperience


Members of the MFL MarMac boys basketball team include (front, left to right) Carver Blietz-Bentien, Chauncy Drahn, Wyatt Powell, Kaden Stocker, Cullen McShane, assistant coach Mychal Moon; (back) head coach Eric Dettbarn, assistant coach Cory Donlon, Gavin Meana, Kale Miene, Colin Moses, Ben Miene, Braden Landt, Cayden Ball, Max Havlicek and assistant coaches Mark Kautman and Brandon Burke. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

This year’s MFL MarMac boys basketball team is admittedly inexperienced, but head coach Eric Dettbarn hopes the Bulldogs can make up for that with athleticism and good attitude.

Although the team is senior-heavy again, with seven, due to a strong 12th-grade class last season that helped propelled the Bulldogs to the top spot in the conference, only Cayden Ball has seen considerable varsity playing time. The guard was honorable mention all-conference a year ago, and will be relied upon to do much of the scoring with junior Cullen McShane, who also brings valuable experience to the group.

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