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Five MFL MarMac volleyball players receive all-conference honors

Brinan Berger

Bailey Winter

Riley Moreland

Rachel Davis

RoseMary McGeough

Five MFL MarMac volleyball players have earned Upper Iowa all-conference honors. Seniors Brinan Berger and Bailey Winter were both named to the first team and sophomore Riley Moreland to the second team, while seniors Rachel Davis and RoseMary McGeough each received honorable mention nods.

Berger, who was the only unanimous selection, was third in the conference and first among the Bulldogs in digs, with 343. She also racked up 179 kills, putting her among the conference leaders. Berger completed .889 percent of her serves and smacked 32 aces.

Winter was one of the conference and team leaders in several different categories. Her 62 total blocks put her second in the Upper Iowa, and she was fifth with 183 kills and ninth with 239 digs. She also boasted a .916 serve efficiency and had 34 aces.


Senior experience, teammate familiarity will propel MFL MarMac volleyball team

Members of MFL MarMac’s varsity volleyball team include (front, left to right) Miranda Lang, Lakota Morrissey, RoseMary McGeough, Megan Lang, Dika Putri; (middle) Aleyna Rodriguez, Lexy Johnson, Zoee Gerndt, Mackenzy Ruff, Rachel Davis, Anna Stoddard; (back) manager Saysha Schoulte, Riley Moreland, Brinan Berger and Bailey Winter. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac volleyball team will rely on four returning seniors to propel its success this season.

“They have seen three years of varsity and are used to playing with each other,” said head coach Kelly Winter of the core group, which includes Bailey Winter, Brinan Berger, RoseMary McGeough and Rachel Davis. “These seniors have played enough volleyball together to know each other’s tendencies, and that is going to help us in close games. They just all mesh together and are not selfish about how we get the win, as long as we get it.”


Strong numbers have Bulldogs fielding full boys, girls cross country teams

Members of the MFL MarMac cross country team include (front, left to right) Sydney Moser, JJ Lynd, Koal Klenk, Reilly Franzen, Isabella Bogdonovich; (middle) Hunter Kugel, Joe Grau, Keri Picha, Kayleigh White, Rose Grau, Kashton Mathis, Will Koether; (back) assistant coach Monica Schwartzhoff, Colin Moses, Dusty Berns, Keagan Smerud, Jordan Schubert, Kayden Gillitzer, Caleb Nordheim, Jesse Breuer, Logan Brown and head coach Eric Koenig. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

This season, for the first time in recent years, MFL MarMac will field full boys and girls cross country teams.

“And what’s better,” said head coach Eric Koenig, “we’ve got a solid five boys and five girls who have the potential to score well as a team at every meet.”

Koenig said the team is full of kids who enjoy running and pushing themselves to get better. A great group of seniors has emerged as real leaders, and they’re setting good examples for the younger athletes, he added. The underclassmen also have a lot of talent, and they aren’t afraid to work.


Bulldogs are overall stronger, faster and return 13 seniors

Members of the MFL MarMac football team include (front, left to right) manager Jonah Wille, Gavin Meana, Cole Allert, Hunter Meyer, Collin Henkels, Aidan Grove, Andrew Heins, Kaden Stocker, Austin Schlee; (second row) Kale Miene, Logan Engelhardt, Chauncy Drahn, Karter Decker, Michael Knickerbocker, Alek Roys, Tyler Zuercher, Corbin McElwain, Hunter Goltz, Levi Walz; (third row) assistant coaches Nelson Converse, Luke Arenz and Brandon Becker, Braden Landt, Jordan Harnack, Max Havlicek, Cayden Ball, Cullen McShane, Tyler Wille, Gabe McGeough, Jack Vorwald, Josh Reichard, head coach Dan Anderson, assistant coach Kyle Kirkestue; (back row) Logan Klenk, Chaise Ziegler, Spencer Larson, Zach Howe, Gavin Hertrampf, Kaleb Tilson, Jackson Landt, Kutter Anderson, JT Stocker, Cedrick Drahn, Eli Johnson, Ethan Stubbs and Trevor Jones. Not pictured are Jacob Trudo and managers Marlene Franzen and Storm Huinker.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac football team boasts a 44-man roster this year, growing nine players from a squad that went 4-5 a year ago and had the school’s best season in a decade. Those players also worked hard in the offseason, making the overall team stronger and faster, noted head coach Dan Anderson.

“We’ve really started getting things turned around here,” he said, “and we do have a lot of those kids back.”

Among the returners are 13 seniors, which Anderson said is key.


All-conference selections for baseball and softball announced

Cedrick Drahn

Nathan Johanningmeier

Ethan Stubbs

Michael Egan

Zach Trudo

Jayde Schubert

Hannah Schutte

Keagan Moose

Jordan Schubert

Kyleigh Picha

By Peyton Meisner, North Iowa Times

Upper Iowa all-conference selections for the 2019 baseball and softball seasons have been announced. 


First Team: Cedrick Drahn (junior)

Second Team: Nathan Johanningmeier (senior) and Ethan Stubbs (junior)

Honorable Mention: Michael Egan (senior) and Zach Trudo (senior)


Softball team brings back five seniors

Members of the MFL MarMac softball team include (front, left to right) Kyleigh Picha, Lizzie Herzmann, Keagan Moose, Jayde Schubert, Summer Schutte; (back) Mackenzy Ruff, Dacia Schoulte, Jessica Loera, Grace Anderson, Lauren Kishman, Lauren Haberichter, Keri Picha, Brinan Berger, Jordan Schubert, Abby Koslowski, Abby Schellhorn, Ashley Shaw, Savannah Schaller and Jordyn Jones. Not pictured is Hannah Schutte. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac softball team returns seven starters from last year, which head coach Jerald Kleve said will be a huge strength this season. 

Of those seven, five are seniors: Hannah Schutte, Lizzie Herzmann, Keagan Moose, Kyleigh Picha and Jayde Schubert.

“They’ve been out all four years,” said Kleve. “That’s experience and the confidence level that will bring with that. That’s the biggest thing we have. The kids are comfortable.”

Kleve also values the insight he and new assistant coach Pat Wille can provide.


MFL MarMac seniors cap off careers at state track and field

MFL MarMac seniors Hannah Schutte (left), Summer Schutte and Emma Ammons capped off their high school track and field careers on a high note, competing in the state meet at Drake University in Des Moines on May 16-18. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac seniors Emma Ammons, Hannah Schutte and Summer Schutte capped off their high school track and field careers on a high note, competing in the state meet at Drake University in Des Moines on May 16-18.

There, Ammons threw a personal-best 112 feet, 3 inches in the discus, earning her 11th place in Class 1A. Hannah Schutte finished 14th in the 800 with a time of 2:29.59, besting her qualifying mark by several seconds. Summer Schutte ran a 27.62-second 200 meter dash to place 19th in the event.


MFL MarMac will rely on pitching experience this season

Members of the MFL MarMac varsity baseball team include (front, left to right) Chauncey Drahn, Ethan Stubbs, Kaden Stocker, Trevor Jones; (middle) Max Havlicek, Logan Engelhardt, Jackson Landt, Kaleb Tilson, Cedrick Drahn, Drew Mezera; (back) head coach Brandon Burke, assistant coach Collin Stubbs, Chaise Ziegler, Michael Egan, Nathan Johanningmeier, Zach Trudo, Cullen McShane and assistant coach Tyus Adkins. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac baseball team will rely on an experienced pitching staff to reach the next level this season.

Ninety-seven percent of last year’s staff returns this summer, and all but one athlete has multiple years of varsity experience, according to head coach Brandon Burke. The leaders will include juniors Jackson Landt and Cedrick Drahn, senior Nathan Johanningmeier and sophomore Max Havlicek.

“All four of these guys have experienced success in the past and we are looking for them to be work horses on the mound,” said Burke, who’s entering his fourth season with the Bulldogs.


Boys track team has depth in long distances

Members of the MFL MarMac boys track team include (front, left to right) Dusty Berns, Victor Breuer, manager Brittney Kober, Caleb Nordheim, Hunter Kugel, Koal Klenk, Jesse Breuer, Aidan Grove; (back) head coach Kyle Kirkestue, Logan Brown, Kutter Anderson, Jacob Trudo, Dylan Corlett, Colin Moses, Wyatt Steven, Austin Nickolai, Zach Trudo, Cayden Ball, Logan Klenk and Kale Miene. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac boys track team has new leadership this season, with the addition of head coach Kyle Kirkestue. A Bulldog alum, Kirkestue has served as an assistant for both track and football, but this will be his first time in charge. He looks forward to gaining experience through this opportunity, as well as helping his athletes grow. 

“I feel I have a simple coaching philosophy, and that is to develop young student athletes into outstanding individuals by using the sport to teach valuable life lessons,” Kirkestue said. “The athlete will learn the principles that make up a strong and reliable work ethic.” 


MFL MarMac girls track team brings back three state qualifiers

Members of the MFL MarMac girls track team include (front, left to right) Kira Rieck, Maya Butikofer, Isabella Bogdonovich, Sadie Ewing, Ariella Kann-Caceres, Aleyna Rodriguez; (back) Avery Ihde, Mackenzy Ruff, Summer Schutte, Emily Knickerbocker, Emma Ammons, Hannah Schutte, Kayleen Fels and head coach Kylie Sandstrom. Not pictured is assistant coach Eliza Philpott. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Kylie Sandstrom had one goal when she took over as head coach of the MFL MarMac girls track team this year: to increase the number of participants. With 12 girls currently on the roster, a handful more than last year, she can already cross that off the list. 

Now, it’s time for another goal. That one, she said, is to simply be there for the kids. 

“I’m not here to benefit myself,” Sandstrom shared. “I’m here to benefit the kids—however I can push them to be better in the event they want to be in.”