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Tue
25
Aug

Strong skill positions, defensive nucleus have Bulldogs ready to defend title


Members of the MFL MarMac football team include (front, left to right) Uriah Duffield, Mason Overton, Elias Hatt, Holden Mathis, Wyatt Powell, Colin Henkels, Bryce Radloff, Bryce Diehl, Dylan Jones, Carver Blietz-Bentien, Tristen Koehn, Nolan Lerch, Dalton Krause; (second row) manager Jaxton Schroeder, Kade McElwaine, Cole Allert, Cayl Anderson, Gabe McGeough, Kaden Stocker, Karter Decker, Corbin McElwaine, Cyrus Johnson, Taylor Herzmann, Blake Lamborn, Jacob Berns, manager Marlene Franzen; (third row) Danta Wood, camera and statistician Cayden Pester, Jonah Wille, Tyler Zuercher, Hunter Meyer, Levi Walz, Austin Schlee, Chauncy Drahn, Josh Reichard, Cullen McShane, Jack Vorwald, Alek Roys, Brandon Christofferson, Hunter Goltz, assistant coach Nelson Converse; (back) assistant coaches Jake Wilke, Brandon Burke and Luke Arenz, Gavin Meana, Kale Miene, Tyler Wille, Braden Landt, Colin Moses, Cayden Ball, Max Havlicek, Logan Brown, assistant coaches Kyle Kirkestue and Ryan Pomerening and head coach Dan Anderson. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac football team is coming off an historic season—one that saw them go 10-1 and claim the first district title in school history. Last year’s squad was senior-dominated, including five all-state players.

“All of them graduated, and we lost some excellent football players, so there are going to be a lot of new faces,” admitted head coach Dan Anderson, but that doesn’t mean anyone should sleep on the Bulldogs. 

Tue
25
Aug

With freshman surge, Bulldog cross country will field full girls and boys teams


Members of the MFL MarMac cross country team are (front, left to right) manager Haylee Guyer, Cadence Weber, Alexis Ross, Kaylee Nuehring, Clare Grau, Rose Grau, Ruby Koeller, Sydney Moser, Amara Buchheit, Ayla Gerndt, Kaylee Walch; (back) assistant coach Michelle Hontz, Hunter Kugel, Reilly Franzen, Koal Klenk, JJ Lynd, Caleb Nordheim, Dusty Berns, Cody Moses, Izayah Streicher, Kole Pape and head coach Eric Koenig. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac cross country team boasts 23 kids on its roster this season, with plenty of both boys and girls to field full varsity teams. It’s a prospect sixth-year head coach Eric Koenig is excited about.

“Just being able to field a full boys and girls team in itself is an accomplishment for schools our size,” he noted. “The kids are not only running for individual placement, but also a team score—something more than just themselves. These kids are really supportive of each other and define what a team is, and for us coaches, that’s as exciting to see as their improving performance.”

Ten of those team members are freshmen.

Tue
25
Aug

Central cross country team includes seven returners


Members of the Central cross country team include (front, left to right) Corey Weber, Haley Mueller, Jaydin Dettman, Madylen Gregerson, Hannah Asche, Delaney Scherf, Brayden Finley; (back) Taylor Moser, Allie Mussman, Eva Embretson, Maci Kluesner, Parker Vaughan, McKenna Jaster, Carly Kluesner, Maria Medberry, Hailey Mahoney and coach Mark Bauder. (Photo courtesy of Blaker Photography)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

In 38 years as a coach at Central, 30 for cross country, Mark Bauder has seen a lot, done a lot and experienced decades of change, but this year will be different—perhaps unlike any other he has ever faced. 

It’s not just COVID-19 running alongside the team, invading the tranquility of the run, but also because, for the first time in nearly three decades, the cross country team doesn’t have enough runners for a team score. According to Bauder, that “makes achieving personal best times even harder.” 

Tue
25
Aug

Central football coach Joe Koehn brings new approach to game


Members of the Central football team include (front, left to right) Sabastian Florek, Lane Orr, Noah Diersen, Nick Deitchler, Evan Pensel, Evan Schroeder; (second row) Jasmine Grau, Mark Hertrampf, Joel Thiese, Riley Keene, James Eberhardt, Brandon Whittle, William Moser; (third row) Sam Fettkether, Spencer Heer, Ryan Schroeder, Tate Berns, C.J. Polkinghorn, Elliot Kelly; (fourth row) Ashton Burroughs, Hazen Loan, Nate Shirbroun, Sean Wilwert; (back) coaches Blake Rodenberg, Joe Koehn, Colten Ledbeter and Isaiah Hopp. (Photo courtesy of Blaker Photography)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

It was a trip back to Central to attend a football practice while a attending college that ignited the coaching passion in Joe Koehn. Now, six years later, he has emerged as the head coach, injecting new life, as well as more fun, into the program. 

Koehn was inspired by a bevy of former coaches from high school to college, all role models who imprinted elements of trust and respect for those who have come before and how they have helped by way of accomplishments. But above all, they left a “very positive impact” on Koehn, which translates into his coaching philosophy. 

Wed
29
Jul

Five Bulldog softball players earn Upper Iowa Conference honors


Lauren Haberichter

Jordan Schubert

Keri Picha

Brinan Berger

Abby Schellhorn

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Five MFL MarMac softball players have earned Upper Iowa all-conference honors. Lauren Haberichter and Jordan Schubert were each named to the first team and Keri Picha to the second team, while Brinan Berger and Abby Schellhorn picked up honorable mention recognition.

Haberichter, a sophomore, was the Bulldogs’ top pitcher. Over 73.2 innings, she had a record of 10-4—the second best win total in the conference—and a 3.71 ERA, which put her fourth in the Upper Iowa. Opponents were held to a .232 average and struck out 93 times.

Wed
29
Jul

MFL MarMac baseball team has five Upper Iowa all-conference selections


Cedrick Drahn

JT Stocker

Ethan Stubbs

Kaleb Tilson

Karter Decker

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac baseball team had five of its players selected to the 2020 Upper Iowa all-conference teams. Cedrick Drahn received first-team honors, while JT Stocker and Ethan Stubbs were named to the second team. Kaleb Tilson and Karter Decker picked up honorable mention status.

Drahn, the team’s senior shortstop, hit .346 in 52 at bats for the Bulldogs. He tallied 18 hits (including a home run) and 13 walks, and had a .507 on-base percentage—tied for fourth best in the conference. Drahn was second on the team in RBIs, with 12, stole 11 bases and scored 18 runs.

Tue
21
Jul

South Winn thwarts MFL MarMac’s bid for district title


In the victory over Kee, Max Havlicek’s stat line included a double, RBI, stolen base and run scored. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Bulldog second baseman Trevor Jones played stellar defense against Kee, including this leaping catch.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac baseball team defeated Central City, then Kee, in the first two rounds of postseason play last week, advancing to the district final for the first time since 2003. South Winneshiek dashed the Bulldogs’ hopes of a title, however, winning their 24th game. 

Central City

The Bulldogs faced off against Central City on July 13, two nights later than originally scheduled because of rain postponement. Despite accumulating just one hit to the Wildcats’ eight, MFL MarMac was able to take advantage of a combined four walks and hit by pitches, six stolen bases and four Central City errors to pull out a 5-2 victory.

Tue
21
Jul

After overpowering Pirates, Bulldogs drop second round game to North Linn


Jordan Schubert had two hits, an RBI, stolen base and two runs scored in MFL MarMac’s 15-3 first-round playoff win over Postville on July 13. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Lauren Haberichter allowed just four hits and two earned runs against the Pirates.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

After an easy opening-round playoff victory over Postville early in the week, the MFL MarMac softball team couldn’t keep the momentum rolling in a season-ending shutout loss to undefeated North Linn.

The Bulldogs hosted winless Postville July 13, dismantling the Pirates 15-3 in three innings. They racked up a combined 15 hits in the game—including at least one from each starter—and scored five times in the first inning and a whopping nine times in the second.

Tue
21
Jul

War Eagles’ season ends with hope for next year


Pitcher and shortstop Caleb Helle was named first team all-conference. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

Brandon Thiese, a pitcher and first baseman for the War Eagles, earned second team honors in the Upper Iowa Conference. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Catcher Oakley Harbaugh also received second team all-conference recognition. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Pitcher and center fielder Hazen Loan received honorable mention status. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

Also earning an all-conference honorable mention nod was pitcher and second baseman Drake Ostrander. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Clayton Ridge/Central baseball team took on the Bellevue Comets in the first round of postseason play July 13, losing 8-1.

The War Eagles finished the season with a 4-14 record (3-12 in the Upper Iowa Conference). 

While the team’s offensive MVP, Oakley Harbaugh, opened the game with an RBI, giving the War Eagles a short-lived lead, the Comets answered, scoring eight runs on seven hits. Bellevue also benefited from 11 walks by War Eagle pitchers, who struggled throughout the season to “find their groove,” in the words of head coach Zach Mueller. 

Tue
21
Jul

Central suffers first-round loss


Central second baseman Abby Cummer awaits a throw from shortstop Delaney Scherf during the playoff opener against Starmont. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central Warriors softball team lost in the first round of the playoffs July 13, falling to the three-win Starmont Stars 12-1. 

Delaney Scherf led the Central offense with a double and run scored. Maddy Wille tallied two hits, while Madison Sylvester and Kaitlyn Wiley each singled.

On the season, the Warriors finished 3-17 overall and 2-14 in the Upper Iowa Conference, in eighth place, just ahead of the Postville Pirates. 

One of the team’s biggest struggles was pitching, with a combined  ERA of 9.46. Pitchers allowed opponents to bat .327. 

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