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Tue
15
Sep

MFL MarMac celebrates homecoming with abbreviated schedule


Image courtesy of MFL MarMac Community School District

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

MFL MarMac will celebrate homecoming next week, Sept. 21-25, with the theme “Can’t Hide Our Bulldog Pride.” The annual school tradition will look a bit different this year, though, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“First and foremost for us is what’s best and safest for our students, to keep them in a face-to-face educational setting and the athletes on the field, on the court and running,” said Megan Schellhorn, teacher and advisor of the MFL MarMac High School Student Council, which typically organizes homecoming activities each year. “But we also want to provide the community with something.”

Tue
15
Sep

Voters raise question about absentee ballot request form

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Last week, all Iowa registered voters received an absentee ballot request form from the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office. The mailing confused some voters who have already applied directly to their county auditor for an absentee ballot. Should they complete the form sent by the Secretary of State or wait for a mailing from the local auditor’s office?

“We have been receiving numerous inquiries as to whether or not a voter has to submit an additional absentee ballot request form if they have already done so,” said Clayton County Auditor Jennifer Garms. “The answer is no.”

Tue
15
Sep

Marquette continues steps to limit dog issues in the city

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The city of Marquette continued steps at its regular meeting Sept. 8 to deal with dog issues in the community—whether threatening behavior toward humans or other pets, or running at large without a leash.

The council approved second readings of two different ordinance amendments, one regarding animal protection and control and another about a dangerous or vicious animal. The first readings were approved at the council’s August meeting.

Tue
15
Sep

CAMPAIGNING DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: Mike Klimesh (R), Senate District 28

In the midst of an election year, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted how political candidates typically connect with voters. Over the past few weeks, the Times-Register has been sharing how some local candidates have adapted—how they’re “meeting” constituents and continuing to share their ideas.


By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The third time’s a charm, or so the saying goes, and no one hopes those words are truer than Mike Klimesh. After suffering defeats in both 2010 and 2012, he’s currently running for the Iowa Senate in District 28, and expecting a different, more favorable result. 

Tue
15
Sep

Another top 10 finish for MFL MarMac's Moser


The MFL MarMac girls, led by Clare Grau, burst off the starting line at North Fayette Valley. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

(Front to back) Bulldogs Kole Pape, Cody Moses, JJ Lynd and Reilly Franzen compete in the Sept. 10 cross country meet at North Fayette Valley.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac cross country team ran in its second meet of the season at North Fayette Valley on Sept. 10. 

Junior Sydney Moser earned her second top-10 finish of the season, placing eighth with a time of 22:05. Freshman Clare Grau also performed well, completing the course in 22:33, which was good for 13th place. Other Bulldog finishers included freshmen Kaylee Walch and Ayla Gerndt, who were 40th and 45th, respectively, with times of 25:11 and 25:37. Sophomore Alexis Ross came in 54th at 27:14, while freshman Ruby Koeller was 58th at 27:49 and freshman Kaylee Nuehring 65th at 29:12. 

Tue
15
Sep

Muddy track limits Central runners


Parker Vaughn was the Warriors’ only varsity boys runner at NFV. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Maci Kluesner and the Central cross country team competed in a meet at North Fayette Valley on Sept. 10.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

It was a week of adversity for Central’s cross country team, starting with the cancellation of the Clayton Ridge meet on Tuesday and ending with a muddy track on Thursday at the Fayette Valley meet, where the weather conditions led to the team underperforming.   

Tue
15
Sep

Warrior volleyball team picks up first win

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central volleyball team got its first win of the season this past week at the Jesup Tournament, but the season struggles continued as the Warriors dropped the other three matches in straight sets. 

Central first played the Jesup J-Hawks, losing both sets, 21-10 and 21-2. Ava Pensel led the team in assists with three and had one of the team’s two aces. Chelsia Larson finished with one of the team’s four kills and its only block of the match, and Maddy Wille secured four of the team’s six digs. 

Tue
15
Sep

Central loses 78-12, but offense shows improvement


Running back Sean Wilwert runs toward the end zone, capping off a 52-yard touchdown run for Central during Saturday’s loss to Midland. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Nick Deitchler runs toward the sideline to get around the Midland defense.

Warrior quarterback Evan Schroeder hands the ball off to fullback Noah Diersen.

Brandon Whittle (52), CJ Polkinghorn (42), Noah Diersen (21) and other Central teammates tackle the Midland ball carrier.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The struggles continued for the Central football program amid a chaotic week of unsavory weather, position shifting and an injured starting quarterback. 

Heavy rainfall led to the game being postponed on Friday night and rescheduled to a Saturday morning kickoff. Due to field conditions at Midland, the game was relocated to the turf field at Beckman Catholic High School in Dyersville. 

As for the team, according to head coach Joe Koehn, adjustments were made to the rush defense along the defensive line and linebackers, and Evan Schroeder, nursing a groin injury, split time at quarterback with Elliott Kelly. 

Tue
15
Sep

MFL MarMac suffers narrow 21-20 loss to Wapsie Valley


On a windy, rainy night, MFL MarMac’s ground game was especially important. The team had a combined 162 rushing yards, 102 of which came from Gabe McGeough. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Karter Decker snagged a 75-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Max Havlicek to score MFL MarMac’s first points against Wapsie Valley Friday night.

Bulldog tight end Braden Landt picks up a block during MFL MarMac’s 20-21 loss to Wapsie Valley.

MFL MarMac’s senior quarterback, Max Havlicek, was 6-16 and threw for 134 yards and one touchdown against the Warriors.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Under challenging windy and rainy conditions, the MFL MarMac football team suffered a close 21-20 defeat to fourth-ranked Wapsie Valley Friday night. It was the Bulldogs’ first loss of the season and the program’s first regular season defeat since 2018.

“They played their hearts out. I’m proud of them,” head coach Dan Anderson said of his team. “Unfortunately, when two really good football teams play, someone’s got to lose. You hate for it to be you.”

Tue
15
Sep

Bulldogs still searching for a victory

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac volleyball team is still searching for its first win, after losses to West Central and host Maquoketa Valley at a triangular on Sept. 8.

West Central won the first set of the opening game 25-13. The Bulldogs took the Blue Devils to the wire in set two, though, but narrowly fell 26-24.

Riley Moreland was a force at the net for MFL MarMac, racking up eight kills and three blocks—both team highs. She also had six digs and four assists, and completed seven of eight serves, including one ace. Anna Stoddard had three of the Bulldogs’ nine kills along with two blocks, while Grace Anderson tallied two kills and two blocks. 

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