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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.

Tue
10
Nov

A tale of two halves: St. Ansgar rallies past Bulldogs in quarterfinal game


Following MFL MarMac’s Class A quarterfinal loss at St. Ansgar on Nov. 6, senior Max Havlicek hoisted the team’s state participant trophy for fans to see. The Bulldogs finished the season 9-2. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Just like he did throughout the season, running back Cullen McShane made Saints defenders miss Friday night. The junior ran the ball 10 times for 184 yards and a touchdown. The total pushed him to 1,477 yards on the season, surpassing the 1,312 by Brad Mohs in 1980 that was the single season school record.

Karter Decker streaked to the end zone after catching a pass from quarterback Max Havlicek in the first quarter of the Nov. 6 loss to St. Ansgar.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac football team lost its Nov. 6 Class A quarterfinal game at undefeated St. Ansgar 49-14, closing the book on an unforgettable season.

“I’m extremely proud of these guys,” said head coach Dan Anderson. “Who would’ve thought, at the beginning of the season, we’d be sitting here in the quarterfinals—281 schools in the state of Iowa didn’t get the opportunity we had to play in the quarterfinals. That’s pretty special for the guys to make it that far with only one or two guys who were starters last year on offense. To start this game, we had 10 underclassmen starting on defense against a senior-laden team.”

Tue
10
Nov

Setting goals, keeping positive mindset helped Grau reach state level


MFL MarMac’s Clare Grau capped off a stellar freshman season by running in the state cross country meet on Oct. 31. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

MFL MarMac freshman Clare Grau has been a lifelong runner. In seventh grade, she joined the middle cross country team, then kept with the sport as she entered high school this fall.

“I enjoy running a lot,” she said. “It takes your mind off things.”

“And,” she added, “you can set goals for yourself.”

When the season started, Grau admitted running in the state cross country meet wasn’t necessarily on her mind.

Tue
03
Nov

Stout defense, physical run game propel MFL MarMac past Ed-Co


MFL MarMac’s ground game was one reason for the team’s 22-14 win over Edgewood-Colesburg on Oct. 30. The Bulldogs combined for 357 rushing yards, including 154 yards and a touchdown from fullback Gabe McGeough (22)—an effort that put him over 1,000 yards on the season. Running back Cullen McShane had already hit that mark, meaning MFL MarMac has a pair of 1,000-yard rushers for the first time in school history. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

“Our backs ran hard,” against Ed-Co, said MFL MarMac head coach Dan Anderson, “and the linemen were firing off and doing enough to hold their blocks against a fast, physical team.” Hunter Meyer, shown here blocking for running back Cullen McShane, was part of that effort.

The Bulldog defense, including freshman Wyatt Powell, limited the impact of Ed-Co’s all-state-caliber quarterback Parker Rochford.

Cullen McShane (left) and Gabe McGeough celebrated the victory with a handshake.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac football team extended its playoff run Oct. 30, using the combination of a stellar defensive effort and physical run game to defeat Edgewood-Colesburg 22-14.

“These are the exciting ones you remember,” said head coach Dan Anderson. “We knew it would be a good game that, if everyone played well, it would be a one-score game. And it was.”

“Too bad one team had to be done,” he added. “These are two really good football teams. I have a little empathy—we’ve been here before. We know what it feels like and it hurts.”

Tue
03
Nov

Grau participates in state cross country meet


Clare Grau (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

MFL MarMac freshman Clare Grau competed in the state cross country meet at Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge on Oct. 31, finishing 43rd in the Class 1A race.

She was MFL MarMac’s first cross country athlete to run at state in six years.

“I couldn’t be more proud of her,” said head coach Eric Koenig. “She ran a 21:34 and placed 43rd out of 152 of the top runners in Class 1A in the state. That’s nothing to hang your head about.”

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