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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. 

Tue
08
Sep

Warriors begin cross country season


Delaney Scherf (left) and Hannah Asche led the lady Warriors on Sept. 3, at MFL MarMac. Asche achieved a personal course best 22:09 and finished third, while Scherf placed ninth. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

At the Sept. 3 meet at MFL MarMac, McKenna Jaster was 13th in the JV standings.

Taylor Moser finished in the top 25 at the Sept. 3 meet at Tri-City Golf Course, in Luana.

Central's JV girls had three runners finish in the top 10 out of 21 runners at MFL MarMac, including Madylen Gregerson, who was seventh.

Brayden Finley ran a personal and career best time of 19:01 at Oelwein on Sept. 1.

Parker Vaughn maneuvers through a group of Decorah runners at Oelwein on Sept. 1.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central Warriors cross country season got underway on Sept. 1, at the Oelwein Huskies Invitational, where Delaney Scherf battled for the victory, defeating 178 other runners. It was a personal best for both the course and her cross country career, with a final time of 20:30. 

Several other runners on the girls JV squad also finished with personal course records, including Hannah Asche, who was fourth, and Allie Mussman, who finished 10th, as well as Haley Mueller, Maria Medberry, Miley Wingert and McKenna Jaster. As a team, they ended the meet with a score of 72, finishing second behind Decorah, who scored a 26. 

Tue
08
Sep

Missed tackles, limited offense lead to Central loss


Defensive lineman Joel Thiese (60) makes a tackle with help from his teammates during Central’s Sept. 4 game against Springville. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Warrior wide receiver Hazen Loan (33) takes the pitch from quarterback Evan Schroeder.

Fullback Sean Wilwert (9) goes in motion as quarterback Evan Schroeder waits for the ball to be hiked.

Evan Pensel, James Eberhardt, Hazen Loan and CJ Polkinghorn celebrated Senior Night on Sept. 4.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

Going into last Friday’s football game against the Springville Orioles, Central Head Coach Joe Koehn felt good about the match-up.

“Both teams have speed and some athletes who know how to use it. I am very excited to see how things play out…we have been focusing on staying low in all aspects of the game,” he said. 

However, as the final whistle blew, the score showed a one-sided affair, as Springville defeated the Warriors 81-0. 

Tue
08
Sep

Bulldog football team cruises to 2-0 record

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac football team upped its record to 2-0 Sept. 4, with a convincing 35-13 victory at Alburnett.

Like the previous week, where the Bulldogs’ special teams tallied two touchdowns before the offense even took the field, Friday night’s game got off to a fast start. Just 13 seconds in, sophomore Karter Decker returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown, and MFL MarMac went up 7-0. 

Around a minute later, after a huge completion from senior quarterback Max Havlicek to senior receiver Cayden Ball, junior running back Cullen McShane scored from five yards out, giving the Bulldogs a 13-0 advantage.

Tue
08
Sep

Moser runs to fifth-place finish as MFL MarMac cross country season gets underway


Sydney Moser placed fifth with a time of 22:18, and was the top Bulldog finisher. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Kaylee Walch (left), Rose Grau and Ayla Gerndt ran together during MFL MarMac’s season-opening meet at Tri-City Golf Course.

In her first high school meet, Clare Grau finished 12th.

Caleb Nordheim led the MFL MarMac boys with a 13th-place finish on Sept. 3.

Sophomore Will Koether ran the course in 19:39.60, which was good for 16th place.

At last week’s meet, J.J. Lynd came in 32nd.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac cross country team kicked off its season Sept. 3, in the lone home meet at Tri-City Golf Course outside Luana.

The team was led by junior Sydney Moser, who raced to a fifth-place finish with a time of 22:18.00. Freshman Clare Grau earned a time of 23:42.50, placing her 12th. Fellow freshmen Kaylee Walch and Ayla Gerndt finished 20th and 21st, respectively, with marks of 25:53.70 and 26:02.50. Ruby Koeller, another freshman, came in 26th at 28:43.60, while freshman Kaylee Nuehring took the 31st spot with a 30:04.70 time.

Tue
08
Sep

Central volleyball falls to 0-7

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central Warriors volleyball team wrapped up the Midland Tournament on Sept. 5. They entered the tournament 0-3 on the season, and the struggles continued. 

In match one, they took on the Cascade Cougars, dropping both sets, 21-5 and 21-11. 

The team had five kills on 41 attempts, and was led by Kaitlyn Wiley with three. Ava Pensel earned the team’s four assists. In total, Central netted one ace serve on 17 serve attempts, with an 88.2 percent serve efficiency. 

On defense, they scored 15 digs, seven of which went to Maddie Wille. 

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