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Tue
08
Dec

Central boys finish week 1-2


In the win over West Central, Parker Vaughn had 10 points, two assists and two rebounds for the Warriors. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Corey Weber scores an uncontested lay up against West Central.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central boys basketball season got off to a big start against the West Central Blue Devils on Dec. 1, as the Warriors dominated in a 57-32 victory, holding the Blue Devils to less than 10 points in each of the first three periods. 

As a team, the Warriors shot 39.7 percent from the field, making 23 of 58 shots, and from long range they went 10 for 26. More than half of the team’s 57 points came from three pointers. 

Aside from the shooting, the Warriors played a complete game, overwhelming the Blue Devils on the boards with a 34-21 rebound advantage, to go along with 16 assists and eight steals. 

Tue
08
Dec

Bulldogs cap dominant week by taking top spot at Cascade Dual Tournament


MFL MarMac junior Gabe McGeough is off to a strong start this season, winning all seven of his matches so far—six of them by fall. Here, he pinned Starmont’s Keegan McTaggart in the home dual meet Dec. 3. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Several Bulldog freshmen, including Konnor Barat-Klimesh, were big contributors in last week’s success. Barat-Klimesh earned a fall over Riceville’s Will Felper in his first match Dec. 3.

Senior heavyweight Jacob Trudo worked out of the grasp of Riceville's Mitchel Marr on his way to hard-fought pin early in the dual last Thursday night.

132-pound freshman Bryce Radloff won his first high school match by fall.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

It was a dominant first week of action for the MFL MarMac wrestling team, which won two duals in a Dec. 3 home meet, then cruised to a first-place finish in the Cascade Dual Tournament the following night.

“You couldn’t ask for a better week,” said head coach Chet Bachman. “The kids wrestled well and took care of their matches. When they won, they usually won by fall.”

With COVID-19 making every day of wrestling an uncertainty, he was even more excited. 

Tue
08
Dec

Warrior wrestling team is winless in opening week


Nick Deitchler won all but one match in the five duals Central wrestled in last week. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Brandon Whittle wrestled hard in a home dual meet on Dec. 3, in which the Warriors hosted Ed-Co, Postville and West Delaware.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central wrestling season got off to a rough start last week, with the Warriors dropping all five of their duals. 

“We are a young team trying to find ourselves. Our struggles are just fixing the simple things right now…[we] just need to do one thing at a time and don’t worry about getting the cart ahead of the horse,” said coach Joe Koehn.

The week began with a meet at Hudson on Dec. 1, where Central faced the Hudson Pirates and Wapsie Valley Warriors. Against the Pirates, the Warriors lost 72-9, with Nick Deitchler securing the only victory via fall, while teammate Spencer Heer won an 8-7 decision. 

Tue
08
Dec

MFL MarMac snags win over Turkey Valley

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac girls basketball team kicked off its season Dec. 1, snagging a 46-38 victory at Turkey Valley. 

The Bulldogs led the Trojans 8-5 through the first quarter, then broke it open in the second, going on an 18-4 run to claim a 26-9 halftime advantage. Turkey Valley cut into the lead in the third quarter, though, making it 35-25. The Trojans also out-scored the Bulldogs 13-11 in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t overcome the early deficit, losing by eight points.

Tue
08
Dec

Bulldogs drop to 0-1

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac boys basketball team lost its Dec. 1 season opener at Turkey Valley 48-40.

The Trojans jumped out to a 10-5 early lead, then upped it to 22-16 at halftime. The Bulldogs just couldn’t catch them in the second half, falling by eight points.

The MFL MarMac offense struggled to get momentum in the game. Despite shooting the ball 10 more times, the Bulldogs hit the same amount of shots as Turkey Valley—15. The team was also just 5-31 behind the arc and got to the free throw line only nine times, compared to 28 attempts by the Trojans.

Tue
08
Dec

This season, Central wrestling has experience and expectations

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

As the winter sports season commences, a familiar name echoes across the coaching landscape at Central, that of Joe Koehn, who led the Warriors football program this past fall in his first stint as head coach. He returns now, not to the gridiron, but to the wrestling mat for his third year as the head coach. 

It was a love for wrestling and the experience of wrestling in high school that lured Koehn to the job. This year comes with high expectations for an experienced team and a coach who seems to thrive on competition. 

Tue
08
Dec

All-state football selections include five MFL MarMac players


Max Havlicek

Cullen McShane

Kaden Stocker

Gabe McGeough

Karter Decker

The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association, with assistance from the Iowa Football Coaches Association, has announced its all-state high school football teams for 2020. Five MFL MarMac players made the list, including Max Havlicek and Cullen McShane on the Class A first team and Kaden Stocker on the second team. Gabe McGeough and Karter Decker were both third team selections.

Havlicek’s all-state recognition came at defensive back. The senior was one of the Bulldogs’ tackling leaders, with 40 total. He recovered one fumble and was second on the team with five interceptions.

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. 

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