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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.


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.


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.


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.


Bulldogs pick up slew of all-district honors

Bulldogs who earned all-district honors this season included head coach Dan Anderson as well as players Spencer Larson (left to right), Jacob Trudo, Jackson Landt, Cayden Ball, Tyler Wille, Cedrick Drahn, Eli Johnson, Cullen McShane, Gavin Hertrampf, Karter Decker, Zach Howe, Ethan Stubbs, Max Havlicek and JT Stocker. Not pictured are Kutter Anderson and Gabe McGeough.(Photo by Audrey Posten)

MFL MarMac was well represented on this year’s Class A District 5 all-district football teams. Dan Anderson was named coach of the year, and 16 players were recognized for their efforts.

Four Bulldogs were first team offense selections, including senior lineman Eli Johnson, who was deemed offensive MVP. The line was one of the team’s strongest suits this season, paving the way for the fifth ranked total offense in Class A. Also receiving honors were senior quarterback Cedrick Drahn, senior running back Kutter Anderson and senior kicker Jackson Landt.


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)