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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.


Students represent North Clayton Shooting Team in state competition

Members of the newly-formed North Clayton Shooting Team—Keaton Dettman (lef), Samson Elledge, Austin Ruff, Derek Larson, Alex McNally and Brandi Schneider—competed in the Iowa State Trapshooting Meet June 10 and 11. Not pictured is Caleb Overton. (Submitted photo)

The Allamakee Sportsman Club allowed the team to use their facilities for practice. (Submitted photo)

Seven MFL MarMac students represented the newly-formed North Clayton Shooting Team at the Iowa State Trapshooting Meet held on June 10 and 11. Participants attempted to shoot 200 targets with one round of trap consisting of 25 clay targets.  Each day, an hour was given to shoot at 100 targets.

This year’s trapshooting team members included:  Amber Adney, Tessa Detra, Keaton Dettman, Samson Elledge, Taylor Gerndt, Shane Hexom, Nolin Lang, Derek Larson, Alex McNally, Caleb Overton, Dillon Pitzner, Austin Ruff, Brandi Schneider and Avery Smith.

The Iowa State Trapshooting Meet results were:

·Keaton Dettman: 22, 19, 22, 24, 19, 20, 22, 24 = Total 172


MFL MarMac baseball team has season of learning experiences

Bryce Burke

Nathan Johanningmeier

Garret Keehner

By Head Coach Brandon Burke

The 2016 Bulldog baseball season was full of learning experiences and teachable moments. The team finished the season with a 5-23 record. 

At the beginning of the season, the coaching staff was excited to work with this group of kids, but didn’t really know exactly what they had in the team. They were quick to find that this team was full of young talent and potential, but lacked experience.


Bulldog softball players earn Upper Iowa all-conference honors

Becca Harms (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Jasmine Stocker (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Mollie Ward (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Chaun'te Drahn (Photo by Grant Langhus)

Four MFL MarMac softball players recently received Upper Iowa Conference all-conference honors. Becca Harms and Jasmine Stocker were named to the second team, while Mollie Ward and Chaun’te Drahn earned honorable mention recognition.

Harms, a senior catcher, played in each of the Bulldogs’ 32 games this season, compiling a .402 batting average (a team high) and 21 RBIs. Defensively, Harms had a .972 fielding percentage. Of 16 stolen base attempts, she caught 10 runners.

Senior outfielder Stocker, who also batted lead-off all season for MFL MarMac, started each of the team’s 32 games. She put up a .346 batting average and drove in 12 runs, including a home run. She was one of the team leaders in runs scored, with 16. In the outfield, she had a .813 fielding percentage.


Young players will fill big roles for Bulldog baseball team

Members of the MFL MarMac 2016 baseball team include (front, left to right) Dillon Pitzer, Zach Trudo, Bryce Burke, Cedrick Drahn, JT Stocker, JP Murphy; (middle) head coach Brandon Burke, Kyle Adam, Michael Egan, Nathan Johnanningmeier, Robert Reichard, Nick Larson; (back) assistant coach Randy Fuelling, Korby Keehner, Tyler Tayek, Michael Berger, Garret Keehner, Peyton Meisner, Kaleb Tilson and assistant coach Gunner Mohs. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Since finishing his high school baseball career with MFL MarMac three years ago, Brandon Burke has been itching to return to the district as a coach, to continue accomplishing some of the goals he had as a player.

“This job has been a life-long dream of mine. Since I was a young kid, I have wanted to coach baseball at MFL MarMac,” said Burke, who’s now entering his first season as head coach. “My long-term goals include conference championships and state tournament appearances.”